Energy Pods are nicknamed the "Lifter's Chocolate" because weightlifting and resistance training require not only strength, technique, and endurance but also critically rely on precise nutrition for optimal performance and muscle growth. For athletes and fitness enthusiasts engaged in any type of weight lifting or resistance training, every nutrient needs to have a purpose and function. Energy Pods and CocoZen fill this nutrient void while bringing the taste of a world-class culinary dessert experience inside a perfect on-the-go cup. Here's a practical guide on how weightlifters and resistance trainers can incorporate these products into their routines.
For Training Days
- Consume half an Energy Pod or a tablespoon of CocoZen 30-60 minutes before your workout.
- Pair with a small serving of carbohydrates like a piece of fruit or whole-grain toast for immediate energy.
- For maximizing performance, consider adding a pre-workout supplement with caffeine, creatine, and beta-alanine for an extra energy boost.
Energy Pods and CocoZen provide a balanced mix of proteins, fats, and fibers, offering sustained energy release without causing rapid spikes in blood sugar. This helps in maintaining steady energy levels throughout the workout.
Adding in fruits or fast-digesting carbohydrates can be helpful in workouts that require high intensity and explosive power movements, such as CrossFit and powerlifting, as these foods can help replenish or preserve glycogen stores at such extremes of performance.
Caffeine, creatine, and beta-alanine inside a pre-workout drink can potentially enhance performance, retain water in muscles, and maximize muscle growth during intense workout sessions.
- For extended training sessions exceeding an hour, consume a small amount (less than 0.2oz) of Energy Pods or a teaspoon of CocoZen every 30 minutes during a workout.
- Stay hydrated with water or an electrolyte drink, especially during intense or prolonged sessions.
A mid-workout snack of Energy Pods or CocoZen can help maintain energy levels and prevent fatigue during longer training sessions. The combination of nutrients in these products supports sustained performance.
For advanced athletes who want to maximize performance and muscle gain, adding an electrolyte drink with dextrose, sodium, potassium, and magnesium can help extend the workout while ensuring complete hydration. Additionally, for very extreme workouts, fortifying the nutrition routine with branched-chain amino acids(BCAAs) might be helpful as well.
- Consume half an Energy Pod or a tablespoon of CocoZen within 30-60 minutes after your workout.
- Pair with a carbohydrate source like a banana or rice cake to aid in glycogen replenishment.
- Drink a protein shake to support muscle repair and growth.
Post-workout nutrition is crucial for recovery, reducing muscle pain, and facilitating muscle building. Energy Pods and CocoZen provide essential nutrients and proteins needed for muscle repair and reduce delayed onset muscle soreness(doms).
For advanced athletes, carbohydrates help replenish glycogen stores depleted during the workout, and a protein shake with at least 15-20 grams of high-quality protein alongside CocoZen and Energy Pods further supports and facilitates muscle recovery.
For Daily Use
- Healthy Snacking: Energy Pods and CocoZen are perfect for a nutritious snack, providing balanced nutrition for daily muscle maintenance and recovery.
- Portion and Appetite Control: The pre-measured servings of Energy Pods in combination with protein and high-quality fiber can help manage portion sizes, while CocoZen, also fortified with high-quality fiber, allows for easy portion control with its jar format and using a spoon.
- Healthy Daily Dessert: These products are great substitutes for traditional high-sugar desserts, especially chocolate bars, puddings, mousse, and other chocolate dessert products. Since CocoZen and Energy Pods contain zero-calorie anti-oxidants as sweeteners, unlike other desserts, they will not harm your teeth in the long run.
Energy Pods and CocoZen from KG Food Company are more than just snacks; they are essential tools for weightlifters and resistance trainers. Incorporating these products into your strength training routine ensures your body receives the right balance of nutrients for optimal performance and recovery. Whether you're lifting weights for competition, fitness, or as part of an active lifestyle, these products can be your go-to source for energy, muscle repair, and recovery
How do Energy Pods and CocoZen support weightlifting and resistance training?
Energy Pods and CocoZen provide a balanced mix of proteins, healthy fats, and fibers, which are essential for sustained energy and facilitating muscle growth and recovery. They are convenient for pre-and post-workout nutrition, aiding in performance and muscle growth.
Can I use Energy Pods and CocoZen as a meal replacement?
Energy Pods contain essential nutrients from almonds and high-quality whey protein isolate which in conjunction with other ingredients make them a compact meal replacement food product. CocoZen, though similar to Energy Pods in ingredients, functions more as a spread and sauce than a meal replacement food product.
Are Energy Pods and CocoZen suitable for all types of weightlifting and resistance training?
Yes, they are versatile and suitable for various forms of strength training, from bodybuilding to functional fitness to CrossFit and powerlifting.
How do Energy Pods and CocoZen fit into a muscle-building diet?
They are rich in high-quality protein and essential nutrients, making them an excellent addition to a muscle-building diet while having the potential to curb appetite. They help in muscle recovery and growth, especially when consumed during a workout, and ensure muscle growth while being in a caloric deficit.
Can I use these products if I'm on a calorie-restricted diet?
Absolutely. Energy Pods and CocoZen are portion-controlled, noted to be exceptionally filling, and can easily fit into a calorie-restricted diet. They provide essential nutrients without excess calories from products such as chocolate bars.
Are there any allergens in Energy Pods and CocoZen?
Yes, they contain allergens such as tree nuts (almonds), milk (whey protein), and soy (soy lecithin). It is important to note that whey protein isolate has a trace amount of lactose while soy lecithin has a trace amount of soy. We recommend talking to an expert if you have a history of allergic reactions to any of these ingredients before using our products.
How should I store Energy Pods and CocoZen?
Store them in a cool, dry place. They are shelf-stable and do not require refrigeration, making them convenient for on-the-go consumption.
Can Energy Pods and CocoZen be used on non-training days?
Yes, they can be used as a healthy snack or dessert alternative on non-training days, providing balanced nutrition and satisfying cravings more healthily.
Is there a limit to how much I can consume in a day?
We recommend consuming one Energy Pod a day with two on extreme training and workout days. CocoZen is best consumed 2-4 tablespoons per day. The products contain fibers and erythritol which, at high doses and similar to all foods with fiber, can cause mild digestive issues.
Do Energy Pods and CocoZen contain any artificial sweeteners or additives?
No, they are sweetened naturally with the antixoidants erythritol and monk fruit extract and do not contain artificial sweeteners or harmful additives.