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Rolfe is one of many top CrossFit athletes who relies on UCAN to stay fuel better and feel better in training and competitions. Eight-time Games athlete Travis Mayer has also found the long-lasting energy from UCAN to be more beneficial to his fitness routine compared to quick bursts of energy from caffeine. Mayer discovered UCAN leading up to the 2020 Games when his agent gave him some samples, and today the UCAN powder, gels and bars have become a staple in his training and on competition days.
What Makes UCAN Unique?The proprietary ingredient in UCAN is LIVSTEADY, a low-glycemic, non-GMO, complex carbohydrate uniquely designed to deliver long-lasting energy in a time-released manner, without the spikes and crashes you often get from sugary or stimulant based nutrition products. Stimulant-based energy, like caffeine, excites the brain and increases the feeling of being alert, but it doesn’t deliver consistent fuel to the muscles to allow you to push hard through an entire workout. Sugar-based energy gets released into your bloodstream all at once, followed by a crash, and requires frequent refueling to sustain energy levels. LIVSTEADY, on the other hand, delivers consistent energy over time, keeping blood sugar levels stable, allowing the athlete to perform at a higher level longer.
Five Reasons Rolfe and Mayer Take UCAN
1. Push Through Long Training SessionsThe first thing Mayer—who takes the UCAN Energy powder 40 minutes before a training session instead of a traditional pre-workout—noticed was how it helped him push through longer training sessions. “Usually, like, 90 minutes or so into a strength piece you’re like, ‘Alright I’m getting hungry, like I’m ready to eat,’ so it almost allows that to be suppressed and then I am able to go a little bit longer before I feel like I need to get food in,” said Mayer, who also takes a UCAN gel during longer aerobic sessions. He added that he would recommend it not only for high level athletes like himself, but for anyone who is training hard and struggles with feeling hungry or drained during or after training sessions.
2. Energy without the CrashUCAN was originally designed for children with life-threatening hypoglycemia as a way for them to get a steady-release of carbohydrates over several hours to manage their blood sugar. This was one of the big selling points for Rolfe, who found that, unlike other pre-workout products she dabbled with in her early CrossFit days, UCAN helped her avoid the crash she often felt mid-way through her training sessions. “It gives me that steady state and not that crash,” she said, adding that UCAN products are also easy on the stomach, helping her to avoid that nauseous feeling she might get from eating other types of food during a long training session. She added: “It’s easy to digest because it’s liquid, really. It’s like a shake. So when you don’t really feel like food, that’s what I’ll take first.”
3. Quick and EasyBeyond helping him get through long training sessions, Mayer also grew attracted to UCAN’s bars and gel products, as they’re easy for him to take quickly in between sessions, or when he’s in the car and needs to “get fuel in right away,” he said.
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Rolfe agrees and said the same is true of their protein. It’s quick and easy to add to her shaker if she’s feeling a bit hungry during a training session “to keep me a bit more satiated,” she said.