Product Review: Hornet Juice

I recently was sent a supply of the Performance Enhancing Hornet Juice Training and Competition Formula, courtesy of Hornet Juice (follow Hornet Juice on Facebook and Twitter). Simple to use, just mixed one of the 15g packet of the Hornet Juice powder with 250 ml / 8.5 fl.oz of water, juice, or favorite electrolyte/sports drink. Instructions are to drink the mixed Hornet Juice anywhere between 0 and 45 minutes before the start of training or competition.

From the website:

“What is Hornet Juice?

A powdered sports drink containing 17 amino acids that you mix with water or your favorite electrolyte drink, which you take before, during and after exercise, to give you increased energy, endurance and improved recovery time.

Hornet Juice works as a trigger for the oxidation of fat, which provides you with an abundant and long lasting source of energy.

What’s in it?
17 Amino Acids including; Proline, Glycine, Lysine, Threonine, Leucine, Tyrosine, Valine, Isoleucine, Alanine, Arginine, Phenylalanine, Glutamic Acid, Tryptophan, Histidine, Methionine, Serine, Aspartic Acid.

This unique combination of amino acids combine to trigger the burning of fat for energy, thereby increasing your athletic endurance.

Hornet Juice replicates a mixture secreted by the hornet larvae, which the adult hornet ingests to provide them with the energy they need for their incredible flights of endurance.”

A Snippet from the National Geographic documentary, “Hornets From Hell:”

First impressions are that this is a somewhat chalky drink and it doesn’t have a sugary, artificial flavor (which was great for me). Now I’m a texture guy, so didn’t mind the chalky feel, but some might find it odd and be turned off. I hope they don’t, because this product really works! It’s not a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am kind of obvious thing, like a sugar or caffeine rush. In fact,  I couldn’t even FEEL that I  had ingested any sort of supplement. However, I definitely felt stronger and felt better, even towards the tail end of the training. I used it for long rides, intervals, tempo runs, and each and every time I didn’t feel tired and always wanted to extend my workout(now that’s powerful!). Their one caveat? Don’t use it with a high-protein drink or bar, as it could dilute the effectiveness. I used it on a training ride while also using the Shamrock Farms Rockin’ Refuel (see review here), and didn’t notice any ill effects. Hornet Juice also recommends to use this supplement on an  empty stomach – as I try to work out as soon as I get up (and after walking the dogs), this is easy for me. One thing I really like about them is that they do not try to sell this as more than it is: “Hornet Juice is not a replacement for your existing sports nutrition (carbohydrate) and hydration replacement programs, but should be used in conjunction with them.” Will I burn more fat by using this product? Don’t know, but the feeling of more endurance is enough for me.

I definitely recommend Hornet Juice as a supplement for training!

Hornet Juice will also be sponsoring a giveaway on this blog, stay tuned for entry details on Monday, July 19th!

(Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free to review on my blog – courtesy of Hornet Juice. I did not pay for the item, receive payment, or agree to give it a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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