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by The Professionals at Hammer Nutrition

January 11, 2013

Enjoy a noticeable competitive edge in your races

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Swimmers often employ a tremendous range of training techniques, a variety of equipment and training aids, and use high-quality fuels and supplements, all for the purpose of helping them get the most out of all the time and energy they put into their workouts. For swimmers who also race, the ultimate goal of all of these things is to help them win races and set personal bests.

Although you may have covered all of the bases when it comes to proper fueling, useful and beneficial training equipment, effective workouts, and adequate rest, like many athletes, you may still be looking for that extra something: an effective, yet legal and safe, performance-boosting supplement that will help you perform at your very best come race day.

A good way to start your search is by talking with other swimmers, coaches, and athletes in other sports. Get their feedback on specific products that work for them or their athletes. Doing personal online research on ergogenic aids can prove to be time well spent. However, the best way to determine what will work for you is by personal testing in training: giving a particular product a thorough test in your workouts, separate from other products. As is usually the case, many athletes are different in how they respond (or don’t respond) to a particular supplement, we’re all “experiments of one” so to speak, so finding out what works for you ultimately comes down to personal, thorough test.

Sadly, many ergogenic aids over-promise and under-deliver. It’s no wonder why, after finishing a bottle of one of the widely available “geez-this-stuff-did-absolutely-nothing” products, many athletes never use them again. The unfortunate truth is that there’s a lot of junk out there, and many athletes waste a lot of money on products that end up in the trashcan. When you see a large number of companies rapidly producing the “latest and greatest” product, that’s a pretty clear red flag that this particular supplement—or, more accurately, the nutrient(s) in it—may end up doing nothing more than draining your bank account.

The good news is that, in spite of the plethora of worthless pills and potions on the market, there are a handful of products that really do work as advertised and can help take your races to the next level. One way to find out what those products are is to limit your search to those made from companies who have been in business for a long time and have an untarnished reputation in producing high-quality products under strict quality control procedures. Supplements that have also been around for a long time and have stood the test of time in terms of efficacy are your best bet.

We don’t blame you for being skeptical about trying another supplement, especially if you wasted your hard-earned money on ineffective products in the past. However, there are three products in the Hammer Nutrition line that we believe will have a noticeably positive impact on your race day performance. If they didn’t, and if athletes didn’t keep using them, they too would have disappeared a long time ago. We recommend and stand behind:


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