IT'S THE S#*T

Cape Cyclists Better their Best

In the month of July we hosted yet another CrampNOT MTB ride along with Nick Bester, which took place in Cape Town over two days. Each day saw the ever so youthful Nick ‘Yster’ Bester lead the groups of cyclists through a 150km course, which started and ended in Meerendal in Durbanville.

 

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” There’s no room at the top for cramps.”

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“ Beep Beep beep…Beeb beep beep…!” is the sound that awakened me from my deep slumber, dragging me into a state of consciousness. For a second, I had hoped that the sound I was hearing came from my dream. Realising that it was not a moment from the movie, Inception. My conscious self momentarily begged my body not to be alerted by that.

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Hank McGregor: King of the Berg once again

The name Hank McGregor is one of the most well-known and highly regarded names in the canoe and surfski fraternity, as canoe sport fans have seen him win just about every major canoe race over the last decade or so.

He literally is a machine. In fact, the power and technique that encompasses his paddling style has earned him the befitting nickname of “ Hank the Tank.”

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Hank McGregor winning the World Canoe Marathon World Championship (canoephotography.com/Balint Vekassy)

The Berg River Canoe Marathon has been described as one of the most gruelling multi-day canoe races on the racing calendar. Even the 6-time Canoe Marathon World champion says that it is the toughest canoe marathon in South Africa and possibly, the world.

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The Comrades Marathon is appropriately dubbed the Ultimate Human Race, as it is an event that tests the strength, character and the mentality of runners as they courageously tackle the 89-kilometre course.

The Comrades Marathon is the oldest ultra marathon in the world, which sees more than 20 000 runners from 60 countries attempting to complete the strenuous journey from Durban to Pietermaritzburg (the up run) or from Pietermaritzburg to Durban (the down run).

 

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Cato Ridge at just after sunrise, which was the 30 kilometre mark of the Comrade’s Marathon.

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“ To cross the finish line” is an expression that we are all familiar with and in the sport of running, it is often taken literally. Hence, completing a race requires just that…But, what if we told you that there is a race where the objective is to avoid the finish line? Confused?

Well, on 8 May 2016 more than 150 000 runners, in 33 different locations around the globe, geared up at 11AM (GMT) to run as far as they could until the finish line could catch them…Now, you must really be confused.

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The power of the mind is a remarkably potent thing. This is quite evident in the recent feat that Leicester City has achieved by winning the Premier League this season. Without that sense of belief, the Foxes could definitely not have achieved, which is arguably the biggest shock in football history.

Most people that have used CrampNot for the first time were faced with this dilemma, as they had used the neuromuscular supplement without experiencing any muscle cramps when they usually would. Was it a mind over matter kind of a thing or did CrampNot actually work?

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Was it the S#*T or was it their minds?

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“Cracking the pickle juice conundrum”. This is rather an unusual phrase that Dr Sivi Gounden, one of the brainchildren behind CrampNot, uses to describe the birth of the neuromuscular supplement. Before the whole story can be told, you will need an understanding of the actual cause of muscle cramps.

Since the pre-launch events of CrampNot, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo, we have learned that many people still think that muscle cramps can be treated and prevented through electrolyte mixtures, salt tablets and even the concoction of Enos and Coke. But nobody can blame them, as we have all been taught that cramps can only be avoided through hydrating well and by making sure you are topped up with electrolytes.

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CrampNot: It’s the S#*T

Ours is the even better go getter generation. We work harder and play harder than ever before. Though we might have the drive to push further every time, our bodies sometimes kick back.

Nowhere else is this more evident than with exercise associated muscle cramps. Although muscle cramps are extremely common in both amateur and professional sports, effective treatment has been a bit of a mystery to science…UP UNTIL NOW.

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The week of the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016 was an exciting week for the Best 4 Sports Team, as it saw the unveiling of CrampNot to the Johannesburg and Capetonian public. The 100% natural and world’s first commercially available neuromuscular supplement had received a fantastic response from a diverse crowd representing various sporting codes, as well many who are well known within the medical and pharmaceutical fraternities.

Thus, leaving us with great excitement going into our first Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo where we had given the cyclists the opportunity to try out our neuromuscular supplement for muscle cramps, as we had handed out samples. The response was exactly what we were expecting, as many of the participants of the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016 had shown interest in the new magical concoction that had helped many paddlers at the Dusi Canoe Marathon earlier this year.  Read More

CrampNot: The Answer to your cramping Prayers

Today, there is no such thing as friendly competition; whether it is the FIFA World Cup Final at the iconic Maracanã or an impromptu 3-on-3 game in the middle of the road of your neighbourhood, you still want to come out on top and to be the best! With that goal in sight, you go hard and all out. Pushing beyond your limits and playing your heart out…perhaps, a little too hard…and no matter how hard, how long or how often you train, you are still prone to the inevitable, dreadful involuntary and uncontrollable muscle contractions.

Despite hydrating well and constantly replenishing your electrolytes, the probability of muscle cramps occurring is still ever so likely…Well, at least not up until now.

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You are pedalling along one of the world’s most beautiful cycling routes with the breathtaking views of the glistening Indian and Atlantic Ocean. It is views such as these that distracts you momentarily, making your mind forget that you are enduring the blistering heat while sudden ferocious gusts of wind hits you from all directions. It is as if all of the Anemoi (Greek gods of wind), are putting up a collective effort to prevent you from finishing the world’s largest timed event.

However, you have proved that your strength and perserverence can be matched with any of the other 35 000 participants. But then you reach the beginning of Chapman’s Peak Drive feeling like you could do with a beer…”You’ve done well enough to get this far.”, whispers a voice in your head as you stare at the the peak of the hill while resting on your handle bars.

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An aerial shot of Chapman’s Peak Drive. (exodus.co.uk)

 

At this point, you can feel the incessant thumping of your heart against your chest as you begin to gasp for air more frequently. Your head under your helmet begins to reach boiling point while every drop of sweat begins to cascade down your exhausted body like a waterfall.

The voice in your head that you heard earlier suddenly becomes louder. The whispers become cries that you cannot ignore. Cries of “You are tired! You must stop!”, begin to creep in your mind, yet your physique shuns those commands until you realise you are nearing the top.

Every minuscule and fatigued muscle fibre in your body continues to exert force on your pedals allowing you to be within reach of the top of ‘Chappies’. Moments later you begin to visualise your descent, which excites you, not only because it will be adrenaline-fueled, but also because you know how valiantly you have worked for it.

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Cyclists at the 2013 edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour  (http-//www.capetown.travel)

Before you have even peaked, the inevitable happens…your quadriceps begin to stiffen, leaving you immobile and in excruciating pain. Out of agony you reach for your water bottle and your energy drink, gulping as much as you can in one go desperately wanting the pain to subside. You then commence to pour water over your head and on your upper legs, which does cool you down but virtually nothing for the pain.

It appears that you have suffered from a debilitating muscle cramp. Despite having replenished your hydration and electrolytes that your body requires, it had only relieved the cramp slightly. However, the pain and stiffness does not quite subside, leaving you with a bitter taste of disappointment in your mouth, as you are unable to finish.

The above scenario that was painted is a common occurrence in seasoned athletes and your so-called weekend warriors. Regardless of your fitness level and what conventional science tells you, whatever you seem to do does not quite work.

But what if we told you that, you do not need to have a similar experience this Sunday at the Cape Town Cycle Tour?

We can spare you from all of the disappointment, pain and agony by introducing you to CrampNot!

Best 4 Sports has created the world’s 1st commercially available neuromuscular supplement for Exercise Associated Muscle Cramps (EAMC). CrampNot is an innovative 100% natural product that utilises non-conventional science in order to prevent a cramp from occurring. If in the case that one begins to cramp, CrampNot can also be utilised as a treatment.

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This is it! The answer to all of your problems…at least to all of your cramp-related ones.

If you have any interest in hearing more about CrampNot and the science regarding our cramp supplement, please feel free to attend one of our product launches.

(See image below for details)

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Furthermore, if you are in Cape Town on 3rd-5th March 2016, we will be present at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo at the Cape Town Stadium. There, we will be handing out samples and answering any questions that you may have in relation to CrampNot.

So, come check us out!