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This post is long overdue! For that I apologize because I’ve been hoarding all this amazing information to myself! I have been taking collagen in some form or another for 5 years now and have been obsessed with the results I have seen. Typical collagen use boasts stronger hair and nails while improving skin elasticity, ligament and tendon strengthening.
Collagen is no new subject on this blog! Read more about the benefits of collagen here and for recipes using collagen for pre and post-workout recovery go check out my eBook Paleo for the Outdoor Athlete.
What I want to discuss in this blog post, however, are the benefits of a specific brand of collagen for athletes from PhysiVāntage called Supercharged Collagen. Since I am incredibly passionate about climbing and all things workout-related, you can bet I was stoked to jump on board when Eric Hörst (founder of PhysiVāntage) reached out to me about his new product.
I have been following Eric’s work for years now and have always regarded him as an expert in the climbing industry. He has written numerous books, blog posts and podcasts on climbing training, performance and how to become a better climber! Something I can definitely get behind and am always striving for in my own life. Eric also still crushes well into his 50s and has a wife and two kids that also climb pretty dang hard. Major respect.
After the pleasure of meeting Eric and his family at a previous job routesetting, I was always excited to see what new trips Eric and his family went on and the new training information he consistently cranks out.
With the introduction of the most recent product line PhysiVāntage and all the knowledge I have on collagen I got really excited to see that FINALLY a product was created with full potential to work with the body. What I mean by this is the fact that Eric and his team have added vitamin C to the Supercharged Collagen to double collagen synthesis.
In case you forgot, here is what collagen can do for the body:
- build muscle tissue
- burn fat
- improve immunity
- improve digestive health
- cardiovascular health
- reduce joint pain
- improve sleep quality
- fight inflammation
- improve skin, hair and nail strength
Collagen can do so much for the body but the points I would really like to focus on are the ones that can benefits athletes and climbers the most. Muscle tissue, joints and inflammation are HUGE factors for climbers both in performance and injury prevention.
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From the PhysiVāntage website: “Supercharged Collagen is a first-of-its-kind tendon/ligament support supplement based on recent (and ongoing) research by Keith Baar (UC Davis School of Medicine) and Greg Shaw (Australian Institute of Sport). In vitro and human studies have shown that consumption of vitamin C-enriched hydrolyzed collagen before targeted exercise the markers of collagen synthesis, while numerous professional athlete case studies have shown an accelerated return to competition after injury. Consuming Supercharged Collagen 30 to 60 minutes before rehab/prehab exercise or climbing-specific training (fingerboard, campus board, and such) will target the critical amino acids Glycine, Proline, Hydroxyproline, and Leucine to the vital connective tissues and muscle matrix you wish to strengthen.”
This is such big information! Let me put that in the simplest terms possible: taking Supercharged Collagen before training or climbing can actually help strength muscle matrixes. WOWZA. Okay, wrap your brain around that. This is exactly what I love supplements for. When paired with a whole foods-based diet free of processed foods, adding in additional products can be extremely beneficial to achieving athletic and performance-oriented goals.
Psyched yet? You should be! Now let me explain what makes PhysiVāntage Supercharged Collagen different than other collagens. One of the most special aspects about PhysiVāntage Supercharged Collagen is the fact that there is added vitamin C. In order for collagen production to work optimally, there must be an adequate level of vitamin C present in the body. Now, I’m not sure about you but I’m certain there are days where I don’t get enough vitamin C for whatever reason and therefore my collagen production is negatively impacted.
With PhysiVāntage Supercharged Collagen, vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid is added to make sure that collagen formation is optimal. Along the same lines, collagen is made of amino acids which are often referred to the building blocks of our bodies and help us to thrive and live our lives.
One of the nine essential amino acids (meaning the body cannot produce these on its own), l-tryptophan is not found in collagen peptide supplements unless it is added in purposefully, which is exactly what PhysiVāntage does! With the added benefit of l-tryptophan, it makes their collagen a complete protein source! Easily digestible and can be used to target specific muscle groups and tendons if taken before a workout or climbing session.
Absolutely brilliant. If you’re like me and want to up your climbing game and get stronger fingers, shoulders and tendons – PhysiVāntage Supercharged Collagen is for you! Visit their website here and use code FRIENDS15C for 15% off your purchase!! Make sure to check our their Crush formula as well for a little caffeine boost riiight before attempting your project!
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