Disclaimer: I was provided the product free in exchange for my review. All views expressed regarding my experience with the product are my own, and I did not receive any additional compensation for this post.
I first tried MeStrength at my namasDAY yoga class. Having not taken organized yoga in over two years, and being somewhat weak in the upper body and totally inflexible all around, I was worried I'd be taking a beating in the class. I mixed up my strawberry-kiwi packet about an hour before class (it foams when you shake it up!) and started sipping early, then continued to take little drinks throughout the class. I guzzled the rest on the way home. The flavor was GREAT, and definitely not too sweet like so many drink mixes tend to be. My experience with the class was a huge success despite my reservations, and though I pushed my body in many ways, I didn't feel ANYthing the day after! But it was only my first experience with MeStrength, so I wasn't quite ready to sing any praises quite so quickly...
My Muddy Monk trail run on Saturday morning gave me the chance to try the lemon-lime flavor - I figured I'd go green while I was out in the woods! I did like the flavor, but I didn't drink the whole bottle very quickly, and by the time I got to the last few swigs, the lemon-lime had really soured! Despite the taste change, I once again noticed an incredible lack of soreness in my later day activities, but the real challenge was yet to come.
Sunday was a double-whammy: I ran the Brookfield Zoo 5k in the morning then went for an Urban Kayak excursion with my office team. I opted for orange MeStrength in the morning, and made quick work of my entire bottle while I wandered the zoo after the race. I gotta say, this was probably my least favorite flavor. The first pre-race sips were okay, but maybe it soured too, because by the end of the race when I went back to it, I was only drinking it because it was cold, definitely not because I liked the taste! For the kayaking trip, I went with grape, which was much more consistently tasty over the course of a few hours. By the end of the day, I was so sure I wouldn't be able to move: I'd given my legs way too much of a beating over two races, and my pathetic upper body struggled with the kayaking. Somehow, though, even the day after I still wasn't sore - AT ALL. Nothing. The weekend had kicked my butt, but somehow I was completely mobile and free of aches and pains.
My final packet of MeStrength partied hard with me at Zumba last night! I'll admit I was too excited to remember to snap a photo, but I used the fruit punch flavor (the last in the set). While I did like the fruity taste, this was the only flavor that DID taste a little too sweet for my liking. I drank most of it, but couldn't get myself to finish the bottle due mostly to the overly sweet sensation. Woke up this morning and STILL no soreness. Amazing.
In summary: I freakin' love MeStrength. This stuff WORKS. Remember how I said I was skeptical about being able to see actual differences in just five packets? I was wrong. My body took a pounding the past few days, and though my joints are a little stiff in the cold weather, my muscles actually feel incredible. That extra creatine boost is fantastic and really does the trick. My only negative observation was that I found myself having to use the bathroom much more often than if I had been drinking plain water. And I mean a LOT more often. I'm not sure if that's the creatine or the electrolytes or the flavors themselves, but I definitely noticed a big difference. I think it's a very small price to pay for the product's benefits, though.
UPDATE: I did some research about the "souring" of the orange and lemon-lime flavors. Originally I assumed something in the product was causing the flavor change, but it is more likely to have been the way my body chemistry reacted as I became dehydrated. The sour tastes only occurred AFTER I was done with my activity, when I needed water the most and my salivary glands were working overtime to compensate for the problem - leading to a heightened sensitivity to the tartness of those particular flavors.
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