Mad Rock’s knowledgeable vegan breaks down the reasons he drinks raw juice for his competitions.
Due to the style of climbing that I was training for I needed to mainly focus on Power Endurance.
This is typically the hardest form of climbing since it requires you not only to improve your endurance (how long you can climb for) but also how many powerful and dynamic moves you can do in sequence. Basically this means training to perform high intensity moves for long periods of time. After a few weeks training with the juice, I reali zed not only was I able to double the amount of training days on, I was able to train longer and at a higher intensity during each climbing session. I would spend somewhere between 5 to 8 hours in the gym climbing at a high intensity level with fewer breaks in between. This was exactly what I needed to properly prepare for my upcoming competition and I attribute these results to the health promoting properties of raw organic juice.
Lets take a closer look at the ingredients of the juices which dramatically improved my training and recovery.
NW Raw in Ashland, Oregon offers several different types of juices, all delicious and nutritious, however to keep things somewhat simple lets look at the three main juices I was incorporating into my training and why they were beneficial.
The Mojo: carrot, apple, beet, kale, lemon, ginger.
Main Training Properties: The Mojo juice is one of my favorite training juices. High in antioxidants and rich in beta-carotene this juice became a great pre-workout favorite mainly because of the high amounts of beet juice. Beet juice is rich in natural chemicals called nitrates. Studies have shown that these nitrates can help boost stamina and allow you to exercise longer, improve blood flow, and help lower blood pressure. Another main ingredient in the Mojo juice is kale. Kale is rich in B-complex vitamins which help your body derive energy from nutrients. Kale is also high in iron and copper which activate enzymes your cells use to generate fuel, and iron also helps deliver the oxygen your cells need to maintain cell metabolism.
The Altitude: carrot, orange, pineapple, coconut milk, lime.
Main Training Properties: The Altitude is a powerhouse juice and one that I used primarily post-work out. After any workout there is a period of time in which your immune system is compromised. Due to this I loved the Altitude for providing tons of Vitamin C. The carrot juice also provides Vitamin A (which plays a key role in immune system function) and Iron that helps supply your tissues with oxygen. Pineapple juice contains bromelain (a natural anti-inflammatory), Potassium (which is a natural electrolyte), and B-6 (which helps metabolize proteins).
The Compass: celery, cucumber, romaine, cilantro, kale, lemon.
Main Training Properties: The compass is a great rehydration juice and one I utilized before, during, and after workouts. Celery juice is highly nutritious and one of the most hydrating foods we can put in our bodies. It is incredibly alkalizing, (vital for peak health.) The vitamins and nutrients in celery juice are in perfect harmony with each other. Celery leaves are high in vitamin A, while the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C and dense in potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids. Celery juice is also high in natural sodium, an organic salt which allows the body to use the other nutrients that are taken into the body. Every cell in our body is constantly bathed in a salt solution, and if the salt level is not in balance, dehydration occurs. This is why celery juice is a perfect rehydration drink for athletes. The compass also contains cucumber juice which is high in Vitamin K. Vitamin K aids in the development of strong and healthy bones and also promotes healthy circulation by controlling the thickness of your blood. The Romain contains Potassium, an essential mineral that, in addition to functioning as an electrolyte, builds muscle and proteins and plays a role in breaking down carbohydrates and helping your body use them as energy.
Lets see the results!
After months of preparation and training I felt strong, light, and ready to compete. I arrived in Richmond, VA and spent two days competing in a grueling test of fitness, endurance, power and precision. The climbing consisted of two qualifying rounds, semifinals, and finals. The competition was stiff and some of the best climbers in the country went head to head for the opportunity to stand on the podium. The problems forced long powerful moves on overhanging terrain and when it was all said and done, and the results came in, I stood in third place. Looking back I can honestly say I was fully prepared for this event and was duly impressed with the positive results I received from incorporating the powerful raw organic juice blends from NW Raw into my training regime. As a heath conscious vegan athlete, I look forward to sharing my results with you and promoting more nutrition based training programs in climbing as well as other extreme sports.