Red Rush Powers Sue On!

In April 2018, AIM-Sponsored Athlete Sue Phillips-Leclerc faced another beast . . . the Spartan Beast in New Jersey that is. This means Sue endured over 12 miles and more than 30 obstacles that include climbing ropes and crawling under barbed wire until crossing the finish line.

This is something Sue does for fun: testing her strength, endurance and resolve. In the end, she placed 3rd in her age group in the Spartan Beast. Red Rush is an essential supplement for her intensive training and challenging competitions.

The Beastly Beginning

“I guess I was always big into working out, mostly just going to the gym and lifting weights,” Sue explained. “I was a spin instructor for probably 15 years. And I love the mountains and trail running.”

After Sue entered her first Spartan Beast in Killington, Vermont, she was hooked. Both her husband, John Leclerc, and her daughter, Red Rush Athlete Taylor Witkiewicz, were great motivators because they competed as well.

Mountain Life

Sue and her family live in Plattsburgh, New York, in the Adirondacks, so their virtual backyard contains 46 high-peak mountains. “We spend a lot of time on the trails in the summertime,” Sue said. “Sometimes we’ll go hiking, and I’m religious about taking Red Rush. But occasionally my husband will say, ‘Oh man, I forgot to drink my Red Rush!’ It’s so funny the difference that it makes. It gets the blood flowing and increases stamina.”

Even their 2018 travels took them to high heights and physical challenges: Banff and Jasper in the Canadian Rockies and the 6-Pack of Peaks Challenge™ in Southern California. Red Rush came along for the bumpy ride.

Training Schedule

Sue’s day job as a speech therapist in a public school means that she has an interesting work-week exercise routine. “I get up at 3 a.m. and train for 2 hours, a combination of running and weight training,” Sue stated. Her husband set up a workout room in their garage that she half-jokingly refers to as a torture chamber. “I work out six days a week.”

Her job gives her the summers off to focus on training for upcoming events, such as the August 10 North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships and the September 15 Killington “ULTRA”, which is at least 30 miles and double the obstacles of the Beast.

To power Sue on, Red Rush will be her supplement of choice because “Red Rush makes a world of difference for training and competitions.”

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Race Walking with Red Rush

By Anel Oosthuizen, AIM-Sponsored Athlete in George, WC, South Africa

Life is not measured by the amounts of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away. This has been my motto since I was a little girl in an oversized red T-shirt.

I was born and raised in a small town called George, located in the Western Cape of South Africa. When I began primary school, I used to compete in everything athletic just because I loved sports so much. I even tried shot put, but let’s just say that it just wasn’t meant to be.

My journey as an athlete really began when I was only seven years old, doing short distances. When I was nine, I started doing the middle distances, up to 1200m. I have always enjoyed doing the endurance events more than any other discipline.
I started race walking when I was 10 years old. So much has happened ever since, winning five gold medals at the National School Championships, attaining six South African Senior titles and breaking seven SA records. I’ve been able to travel to 14 countries and compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Throughout my ed­u­cation and sporting career, I have had an amazing support system. My parents have stood by my side, motivating and supporting me ever since I can remember. I realize every day how privileged I am to have been able to receive this kind of support my entire life. I am now a full-time teacher and athlete, enjoying every bit of juggling this thing called life.

In February 2018, I began using Red Rush beet juice concentrate. As an
endurance athlete, I have to always be ready for competitions. After a month of using Red Rush, I felt more energized and noticed that my recovery time really improved after long, hard training sessions.

The fact that Red Rush is a natural product is a huge bonus. I can truly recommend it to any athlete. Besides, Red Rush is so concentrated, it conveniently fits into small bottles that don’t take up much space in a gym bag.

I give huge thanks to AIM and Red Rush for making my life easier with fast recovery and great nutrition.

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Actively Fit Firefighter and Father

As much as you want something to happen right away, it’s not going to because there’s a different plan. These are the words of Red Rush Athlete Andrew Tagdhiri, who for many years dreamed of being a father and becoming a firefighter.

Back in 2010, he owned a gym in California. “I really wanted to get into the fire service, helping people and being the first one people call when they’re in trouble,” Andrew stated, “but life wasn’t leaning me toward that way.” So three years later, he moved to Idaho. “I fell in with the right people and worked for the right people.”

Andrew had been actively involved with CrossFit, which is how he met Phillip Jermann, biologist and quality assurance manager for The AIM Companies. Andrew also found a gym, Snake River CrossFit, where he found himself to be an asset, and started coaching full time for owners Frank and Michaela Beauvais. Frank happened to be a well-known firefighter in the valley. “He took me under his wing, and I followed in his footsteps,” Andrew said.

In August 2017, Andrew began four months of training at the Treasure Valley Joint Fire Academy. “The first three months focused on drill work followed by a month in a classroom,” Andrew stated. “Phillip had hooked me up with Red Rush in 2014 at CrossFit, and it had made my lungs feel fresh. The amount of air and oxygen that I could get was a big difference than when I didn’t take it. So it really helped me physically with the grueling, firefighter tryout process and mentally for the focus I needed in the classroom. Other guys got tired, but Red Rush helped me to keep pushing through.”

Four days before Andrew graduated from the academy, his wife, Bri, gave birth to their first child, a baby girl named Elliet. “Pretty good finale to 2017,” Andrew exclaimed. “Everything we’ve been praying for ever since we’ve known each other. Bri’s known that I’ve wanted to be a firefighter and a dad for a long time. All of it came true in perfect timing. Life aligned so perfectly.”

Andrew and his family live in Nampa, Idaho, home of AIM USA. Red Rush continues to be a daily part of his shift work at the Meridian Fire Department. “Something I was made to do is to be there for people, an avenue outside of coaching CrossFit or athletes, to help people, but now in people’s everyday lives, not just at the gym,” Andrew said. “And Red Rush is working out to better my skills in a way of being able to perform as an occupational athlete. Sometimes I have to make game-time decisions that can affect lives. Red Rush keeps me focused and doesn’t let fatigue make those decisions.”

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Under PRESSURE!

CDC statistics reveal that around 75 million adults in America—that’s 1 out of every 3 grown-ups or a whopping 32%—are living with high blood pressure (hypertension) . . . but for how long?

Apparently only 54 percent of those with hypertension have it under control. In 2014, there were 1,100 deaths every day that resulted from high blood pressure as either a primary or contributing cause, over 400,000 American deaths for that year alone.1  

As a result, tens of millions of people are under pressure to take medications to help lower their high blood pressure levels. At the same time, the figure of 75 million people with hypertension may also exist because of a major change to blood pressure level readings that occurred fifteen years ago.

Pressure Changes

For decades, a blood pressure level of 120/80 was considered to be ideal. Anything under 140 was okay. But a change took place in May 2003, when American doctors got new advice from the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, a government-sanctioned medical panel.

The advice was that suddenly 120 could be thought of as an unsafe level, an indication of a “new” condition termed prehypertension: 120 – 139 systolic pressure. 2 Of course, such readings would sell more hypertension drugs.

Many people who had previously been fine suddenly were told by their doctors that they needed to take blood pressure medication. Nothing had actually changed except for the potential increase in drug sales and the possible side effects that people taking them might experience, including the increased risk of heart failure or stroke. The concept of lowering your blood pressure is to avoid heart problems or stroke, not to take drugs that may possibly give you heart failure or a stroke.

In 2017, new and improved blood pressure guidelines suddenly appeared, so now people with 130/80 systolic pressure readings suddenly have hypertension, not prehypertension (which apparently no longer exists). “The new guideline increases the number of US adults recommended for drug therapy by 4.2 million.”3  And the figure of 75 million increased to more than 100 million American adults with high blood pressure.

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High Blood Pressure Is Serious

Whatever you believe about these readings, high blood pressure is an indicator that your body is under serious pressure. According to the Mayo Clinic, the resulting dangers include damage to the:

  • Arteries
  • Kidneys
  • Heart
  • Brain
  • Eyes

What’s more: “High blood pressure (hypertension) can quietly damage your body for years before symptoms develop.” 4

AIM to Naturally Lower Blood Pressure

It’s not that all medicine is bad for you. There are medical conditions which require drugs as the best, immediate answer. However, it is the proliferation of long-term medicating for health problems that can be improved by lifestyle changes alone that is something worth changing on a widespread and individual level.

Research shows that a diagnosis of high blood pressure may not be one of those life or death situations requiring medication because there are natural options for getting it under control. For example, the Mayo Clinic offers 10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication, one of which includes what should be obvious: eat a healthy diet.5 Or check out the 3 steps from the Good Men Project that include drinking beet juice and eating anti-inflammatory, alkalizing foods and supplementing with non-GMO barley grass, carrot and beet juice powders.6

AIM offers additional lifestyle modifications, some as simple as taking the Garden Trio or drinking Red Rush beet juice concentrate, choices that supplement a healthy diet.

A healthy diet includes a fair amount of plant-based foods because of the incredible variety of healthy nutrients they provide. The Garden Trio delivers concentrated nutrients in the juice powders of barley grass, carrots and beets (more vegetable nitrate as well).

One shot of Red Rush beet juice contains 500 mg of vegetable nitrate, which your body converts to nitric oxide (NO). It’s funny how something abbreviated to “NO” can be so good for you. It has a relaxing effect on arteries, widening them so that blood flows more easily, and lower blood pressure results. 7  It is that simple. Sometimes taking “NO” for an answer is positive.

If you find yourself suddenly under pressure after a diagnosis of hypertension, know that there are natural options for lowering blood pressure.

1https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_bloodpressure.htm

2https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/new-blood-pressure-guidelines-pay-off-8212-for-drug-companies/

3http://www.cardiobrief.org/2017/11/13/new-blood-pressure-guideline-sets-lower-13080-threshold/

4https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20045868

5https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20046974

6https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/3-steps-to-beet-high-blood-pressure-without-drugs-kcon/

7https://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20121212/beetroot-juice-blood-pressure#1

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Alex Garb Competes in China

On August 28, 2017, AIM-Sponsored Athlete Alex Garb boarded a direct flight to Nanjing, China, where the 2017 Roller Games were being held. This second opportunity to play in a world championship for Team Canada was uniquely different for Alex. Her husband, Matthew, who plays on the men’s team, was seated next to her on the plane. Alex and Matthew were married in May, the same month that she was offered a goalie position on the women’s inline hockey team.

It was also the first time Alex traveled to Asia, and the contrasts added a bit of sensory overload. “It was organized chaos,” Alex stated, “China is fast paced, there’s so much traffic and a lot of people everywhere. The food was different … lots of dishes I wasn’t used to. I ate mostly at the hotel buffet.”

Powered by Nutrition That Works!

As for supplemental food, Alex came well prepared to stay healthy and perform optimally in the net. For the trip, she packed a lot of AIM nutrition, including BarleyLife, AIMega, fit ’n fiber (which has become one of her favorites), FloraFood, PrepZymes, Peak Endurance, Proancynol 2000 and Red Rush. “I took the beet juice right after arriving to help me stay up and avoid jet lag,” Alex said. “I also took it before I played. The air quality was so bad that it was hard to breathe. Red Rush helped me get more oxygen.”

“Honestly, without the AIM products I wouldn’t have been as healthy as I was while on this trip. So many people got sick,” Alex explained. “But I had products like BarleyLife and ProPeas to snack on and energize whenever I was hungry or tired, so I could bounce back easily.”

The Results

Team Canada finished in third place, taking home the bronze medal. During the competition, Alex was the backup goaltender, playing in two and a half games that her team won.

“It was hard to watch the USA beat us in the semifinal and go on to win gold,” Alex admitted. “Same for not playing in the bronze medal game that we won against the Czech team. I’d say not playing those big games was really frustrating and made me eager to be the difference maker once I get the chance to start. The coaching staff really encouraged me, saying that my time will come soon. And I’m so grateful that AIM is sponsoring me and providing the nutrition that is helping me to reach my goals.”

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Preparation for a Cycling World Record

Sixty-year-old Wimpie van der Merwe,
Red Rush Athlete and AIM Preferred Member sets his sights on The Hour

My name is Wimpie van der Merwe, proudly South African and sixty years old. I recently attempted the master’s world record for the Hour. It’s the most prestigious record in cycling, attempting to ride the furthest distance in 60 minutes.

The Hour is even more valued than a Tour de France victory. Only the best in cycling have ever held this record. For most, it’s a career-ending effort. Not only is the Hour so physically demanding, it is so emotionally fulfilling that there is hardly any worthwhile goal to fulfill after achieving it.

An Impressive Cycling Career

During my cycling career, I have broken many records: 12 world, 18 African and 18 South African, setting records on both sides of the spectrum with distances from 200 meters to 1,000 kilometers. Presently, I still hold records: 12 South African, 11 African and 1 world, making me one of the most accom­plished riders in the history of cycling.

Remaining very active on the international scene, I competed in the 1,400 km ultra-endurance London Edinburgh London (LEL) race in the first few days of August 2017. All of these achievements have made me one of the most knowledgeable cyclists when it comes to preparation of the mind and body for speed and endurance. And I’m willing to share some of these principles

The Science of Cycling Endurance

At the outset, I had to become my own scientist, learning through ex­perimentation and making my own mis­takes. There are no scientists who have been there to tell me what to do. In fact, scientists study and follow sportsmen like me. And at this level of competition, I had to accept that there is no manual to follow.

Mentally, someone who wants to do what I do should have a single-minded purpose, not accept “no” for an answer, have an innate desire to test the limits, never be satisfied with the status quo, be persistent and focused, make friends with pain and dis­com­fort, be willing to sacrifice more than the rest of the com­­petition, un­der­stand that limitations are man-made and that “impossible” is a silly word.

Most of the time it is easier to know what to do than to do what you know because it costs discipline and sacrifice to put know­ledge into action and reach the pinnacle of
success. To be the best in your sport, there is no shortcut. So if you want to ruin your life and reputation, you can follow in the footsteps of Lance Armstrong.

Building a Foundation for Success

The basics of sport are the same as in building a house: to have a roof, you need to have walls and a foundation. The foundation of any success lies in the preparation phase, sometimes a multi-year period. Money cannot buy it. You cannot borrow it. You cannot replace it with a pill. Stamina, or mileage, the slow conditioning, muscle and body chemistry development phase is the primary part of any preparation.

About 60 percent of your time spent in preparing and nurturing stamina will be below an effort of a heart rate zone of 2-2.5 millimoles per litre (mMol) lactate. What follows is the power phase. About 30 percent of your time is spent at a corresponding effort of up to 4 mMol lactate. This is an effort that starts distinguishing the men from the boys.

The Hour record is done at an intensity as close as possible to the 4 mMol level. This is the “pay-as-you-go” level. The art of the Hour record is to be able to keep your effort exactly on this level. It can be explained as follows: If you go one beat faster, you are in oxygen debt and have to slow down, paying interest for the effort that was too hard. If you go one beat slower, it is ground you lost and can never make up again.

The final 10 percent of your time spent in preparation is in the zone above 4 mMol lactate. This is the red zone, the roof of your building. This is where strength manifests, lactic acid tolerance is developed and, at the same time, the most physical and mental damage occurs. It is the reason why you spend the least of your time here. It is quality time. It is the zone of pain and discomfort. It is the zone where your character is reflected. This is the zone that everyone subconsciously wants to avoid because fatigue makes cowards of us all. This is the top of the pyramid and as we all know, the higher the pyramid, the broader its base should be (stamina).

The Legal Edge: AIM Red Rush

Red Rush has proven itself so beneficial for these two latter zones because it delays the onset of fatigue. For the same workload to reach maximal heart rate, you can now last at least 16 percent longer. Because it enables the body to work more efficiently with fat as a source of energy, it lowers lactate levels at the same workload than before.

I drink one Red Rush daily to top up my nitrate levels and two before a major workout or competition to help me last longer and give me the legal edge to shatter human limitations they call world records.

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Alex Garb at Her 2nd World Roller Championship

Back in August 2016, Alexandra Frisk became the first Canadian AIM-Sponsored Athlete, having been selected as a goalie on the Canadian women’s roller hockey team. Team Canada won the world championship held in Italy in June 2016.

Since then, Alex has been a busy young lady: going to school, playing goalie on her college hockey team in Alberta, moving back to British Columbia, continuing her education for a career in optometry and getting married. Coincidentally, Alex was offered a goalie position on the 2017 Canada Inline Team on May 28: the day after her wedding.

Alex has taken on the last name of her husband, Matthew Garb, who plays for Team Canada’s men’s roller hockey. Both Alex and Matt will compete at the World Roller Games during the first week of September in Nanjing, China. (Note: The results of this world championship will be published in the November issue of Living Well magazine.)

Back in 2015, AIM Chairman’s Club Director Dr. Lanny Donald had introduced AIM products to Alex when she had her wisdom teeth removed. BarleyLife helped before and after surgery, and Alex continued to use it because she wasn’t taking any vitamins. Alex stated, “I knew it also had a lot of other nutrients that would help me as a student athlete.”

Coming on board as an AIM-Sponsored Athlete allows Alex a monthly supply of complimentary AIM products, which have really made a positive difference in regard to her academic and athletic challenges. With BarleyLife at the core of her supplemental program, Alex takes a variety of AIM products, including AIMega, GinkgoSense and Red Rush.

AIMega delivers the omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids that every cell in her body requires on a daily basis. GinkgoSense keeps Alex mentally sharp for her demanding studies and helps her to maintain good circulation. Red Rush delivers a nitric-oxide boost of stamina that gives Alex a competitive edge.

“I’m so grateful for support from The AIM Companies™ and the nutritional benefits of AIM products,” Alex acknowledged.

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