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Hyped Up – The Boxing Buzz

Today, more than ever, athletes are bombarded with products that are marketed to increase performance, endurance and overall athletic ability. The question is, how many of these products actually work? And are they safe or are they doing more harm than good? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen fighters at the gym or in preparation for a fight who are downing a Monster or Red Bull, thinking it is going to improve their performance. For one, all of these drinks have an incredibly high amount of sugar that are quickly going to be metabolized as fuel only to later cause a slump in energy or a “crash.” They are also highly detrimental for a fighter who is trying to make weight.  All of the additional artificial flavors and colorings are a definite no-no. However, there is one other common ingredient in most sports drinks that is somewhat controversial, but potentially does have psychological and physical effects that could hold some benefits?

The Sweet Science

Recently, while I was assisting with the promotion of a local boxing card, a fellow fighter approached me.  He was sipping an energy drink from a well known brand and asked, “I heard that you know something about health and stuff? I need to make weight for a match this weekend. What can I do to drop it fast?” Gesturing to the can of liquid sugar he held in his hand, I jokingly said, “Stop drinking that.”  We went on to discuss why it was probably a major contributor to slowing his weight loss and the affect it could be having on his overall performance.