Energy Gels are Too Thick!

Energy Gels are Too Thick!

Most energy gels are extremely thick, forcing you to have water available just to get it down. We’ve heard more than one horror story from athletes that have choked, gagged or even thrown up while using an energy gel. If you don’t use energy gels you might be asking yourself: “why on earth would I want to?”

The answer is that energy gels like e-Gel pack all the carbs and electrolytes you need in a convenient transportable pack, so they are ideal for running, cycling, triathlons, etc. The additional advantage is that liquid carbs are absorbed via osmosis and don’t have to go through a full digestive processes like solid foods, fats, fibers and protein. But you have to use them right and you have to have enough water to move them along through the osmosis process. Watch this video (right) for more information.

e-Gel is a thinner consistency than most other gels (we added more water to the formulation) so it’s easier to get down and avoid the choking and gagging!

Read some of these stories from our customers about how easy it is to use e-Gel

Jeff Domenico

"I was running my best marathon ever in Detroit, had five miles to go and I took my e-Gel 100 yards before a water station. I got to the station and it was a bunch of guys handing out beer! GU and other energy gels are so thick that I would have needed water right away, but the e-Gel was so thin and easy to digest, I got through it just fine when I hit a water station about a mile later. Not only did I finally hit my sub-three hour dream, I hit 2:57!" ...
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Battle Creek, Michigan
Sport: Running

Nadine Echeverry

"I just finished my first marathon, and I am singing the praises of your product! I have been training with Team In Training/Greater Los Angeles Chapter/Long Beach since May. .... At first, I bought them just because I LOVED the taste compared to the Clif shots I had been using. Also, I LOVED the consistency of your e-Gel, in that I didn't feel like I had to chew it!" ...
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Lakewood, California
Sport: Running

Shaun Gallagher

"After having difficulty in races where my gastric system would 'lock up', I found that I simply couldn't handle gels and electrolyte pills frequently enough to support my needs. The calorie content and large amount of electrolytes in e-Fuel were a perfect balance for my training and racing needs. Because e-Fuel mixes fast and easy, it was easier for me to increase the concentration without worrying about trying to swallow a thick, clumpy drink. At Ironman Wisconsin I raced with 2 bottles of 4x concentrated e-Fuel (800+ calories per bottle) on the bike as my primary nutrition. Using eFuel helped me surpass my goal and register a 13 hour finish time with no cramping or stomach problems. " ...
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Tampa, Florida
Sport: Triathlon

Michael Keller

"I just wanted you to know that I do like your product. I used it during the CIM marathon in Sacramento and during my training runs etc.. I like it for several reasons, one is it's not so thick so it goes down easy. It tastes good and it gives me a great energy boost. " ...
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Visalia, California
Sport: Running

Kitty Robinson

"When I tried my first e-Gel, I was pleasantly surprised by the pleasant taste and thinner consistency. I had tried other gels before and was always turned off by their thickness. I began to use e-Gels in all of my long training runs and followed the advice given on the website religiously. I couldn’t believe how much better I felt when using your gels! I was stronger during my runs, my mind was clearer and my recoveries were a breeze! I ran my first half with the e-Gels and took several minutes off my time previous half time, felt great the entire race and was clear and coherent after the race." ...
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Forsyth, Georgia
Sport: Running

Steve Muchnick

"I started using e-Gel during my training for the Marine Corps Marathon. I had tried (and gave up on) other gels because my stomach couldnt' handle the heavy consistency, and also because they just didn't seem to add very much edge to my performance. A running club friend suggested I give e-Gel a try. Running in the typical East Coast summer heat and humidity this summer, I couldn't help but feel the immediate bounce from e-Gel - for some reason it absorbs faster than anything else I've tried. I decided to buy a box and go with the Crank PR guarantee, and I went through the remainder of my training season with e-Gel. During that time I easily PR's a half-marathon and saw training times steadily improving. My run at the Marine Corps Marathon went very well, and I did PR, so I won't be getting the free box of e-Gel. Oh, well, I guess I'll just have to buy another one when I start training in January for my first trip to Boston! GET YOURSELF SOME OF THIS STUFF! Thanks, Crank!" ...
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Ellicott City, Maryland
Sport: Running

Carrie Berg

"I have been using e-Gels and e-Fuel since 2005. I like the consistency and flavor of the gels. My stomach appreciates the low sugar content compared to other brands. I have completed 11 marathons, 5 Half Ironmans, and 2 Ironmans using these products. And I may be 50, but I don't plan to stop anytime soon. I now have several training partners using Crank Sports products." ...
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Mason City, Iowa
Sport: Triathlon

Kenny Matys

"I was sponsored by PowerBar as a pro climber for over a decade and loved their products. Now as a competitive road racer I needed a product that was easy to use and tatsted good. Eating on the bike is paramount. I use e-Gel on a regular basis I am a convert. The thinner consistency, better taste, easy opening and larger size are some of my favorite characteristics. Easy online ordering with direct cash savings rewards certainly help as well." ...
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Boca Raton, Florida
Sport: Cycling, Climbing

David Greenblatt

"I have been using e-Gels for my marathons (and long-run training) for over 2 years. I am convinced that e-Gel is the best -- for sodium and potassium replacement and for the 150-calorie energy boost. The taste is pretty good, and they digest easily with water just after gulping down an e-Gel pack. Bonking (or cramping) at the 20-mile mark of a marathon due to insufficient energy/electrlyte replacement happens; but, with e-Gel, no bonking or cramping for me. " ...
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Dallas, Texas
Sport: Running

Ron Berman

"I dread the other thick gels because it takes a longer time to swallow and digest it. The taste actually has a great flavor unlike some other tooth paste gels. Another important reason to use Crank Gel is that you get an additional 50 calories compared to other gels, which in most cases will prevent you from bonking. " ...
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Staten Island, New York
Sport: Triathlon, Duathlon

Bradley Weprin

"I have found e-Gel to be of a much thinner consistency than other similar products so it goes down easier. It provides a similar boost to those products containing caffeine, but it does not have the caffeine." ...
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Dallas, Texas
Sport: Running