Big Pistachio Racing Tests HRV and HCT Impacts From Sports Nutrition

February 27, 2014

During the 30-day trial period, Eli Cohen (Team Director of Big Pistachio Racing) measured his Heart Rate Variability (known as HRV) and had his blood Hematocrit levels (HCT) tested post trial. Research evidence increasingly links high HRV to good health and a high level of fitness, while decreased HRV is linked to stress, fatigue and even burnout. Meanwhile, HCT measures the proportion of blood, by volume, of red blood cells.

HRV TestEli had this to say about his HRV, “Two weeks into the sample I ran the Bandera 25K, which is regarded as one of the nastiest trail races in Texas. I was able to rattle off a 30 minute PR! What was most surprising, however, was how good I felt in the morning – no muscle soreness. I’d guessed I would need to take a full recovery day judging from the Total Stress Score, but HRV said I could put in some light work – a 10K shake out.”

Eli had his blood drawn before and after to set a baseline and gave the EnduroPacks 30-day sample pack a try. “While all the numbers were within range at the end of the trial period, what I appreciate most is how quickly I recovered. My hematocrit (HCT) numbers even looked great considering 40-49 is optimal for endurance athletes."

HCT results

Eli Cohen has this to say, “Like many athletes, I’ve spent my endurance career searching for that magic formula that will optimize my training, help me recover faster, and perform better on race day. My coach has me dialed in on heart rate zone training and periodization, I measure my heart rate variability every morning, my diet’s clean, but there’s still that desire for an added edge”

EnduroPacks, Inc. offers the highest quality sports nutrition to aid in the recovery and performance of endurance athletes. After extensive research by its team of professional athletes and industry experts, EnduroPacks has identified the most effective products in the most efficient forms. Each pack contains a 30-day supply of four essential products, a Liquid Multivitamin, Concentrated Electrolyte Spray, Essential Amino Recovery Patch, and the L-Glutamine Recovery Complex. EnduroPacks products are GLUTEN-FREE, manufactured in the USA, contain no GMOs, and are 100% organic and vegetarian.  

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