The Climb with Peak Endurance and Red Rush

Climb

In July 2015, Dimitri attempted to climb to the steep summit of Banff’s Mount Rundle— an elevation gain of 5,175 feet. This Preferred Member in Edmonton, Alberta, had AIM on his side. As for the fear factor, Dimitri admitted, “I’m really afraid of heights.”

Dimitri has been taking a variety of AIM products, including BarleyLife, since he was a young boy. He and his family had been introduced to “Nutrition that Works” by AIM Director Janet Breitkreutz.

A few days before the climb, Janet recommended that he take Peak Endurance and Red Rush. “I needed all the help I could get,” Dimitri acknowledged. “My friends and I made a pact in the spring to get in shape for the climb, but it never happened for me. I’m thirty-four now. I used to be quite athletic and fit, but I never kept that up.” At the same time, Dimitri had resolved to, “. . . push until I get to the top. I know myself. Even if I’m hurting, I’m not going to stop.”

The day arrived, and suddenly the peak loomed before Dimitri and his five friends. The idea was to scramble: climbing to the top without ropes. “The mountain went from flat to immediate elevation,” Dimitri stated. “Most of the guys were starting to hurt. Not even a quarter of the way up, I looked like someone was pouring water on me; I was sweating so badly.”

At midway, Dimitri continued to feel the burn, but each time it would go away after a few minutes of rest. “I didn’t feel any muscle cramping or gasping for breath,” he stated. “I was sipping water and Peak Endurance all the way up. Earlier I had taken one bottle of Red Rush, which really helped my breathing.”

At one point, the trail unexpectedly narrowed, and Dimitri felt his legs buckle at the sight of a vertical 1,000-foot drop. “I could feel my backpack tipping me over the edge. I had to lie down on the ground and was too scared to move,” Dimitri recalled. “Even though I could see the mountaintop, I really felt that was the end of the climb for me. All I could think about was my wife Jamie and our daughter Zarah, and what would happen to them if I fell.” One of Dimitri’s buddies encouraged him with the news that the path widened just ahead. Slowly, Dimitri moved through his fear and continued the climb.

When the group was only 400 feet from the peak—still at least an hour’s climb—dark clouds began moving in and thunder sounded. The risk of being caught on a sheer peak in a storm ended the ascent for half the group. “We were so close,” Dimitri exclaimed, “but it just wasn’t worth the risk to my family.” The remaining three who reached the top were fortunate. The storm passed them by.

“The truth is,” Dimitri added, “I was out of water and Peak Endurance for the descent. If I had tried going to the top, I never would have made it down the mountain. God was taking care of me.”

The days following the climb were not as painful as Dimitri had expected. “I thought I wouldn’t be able to move the next day,” he explained, “but I was okay. The other guys were really sore, looking like they had been horseback riding.” Dimitri believes his recovery had a lot to do with taking AIM products. “They’re amazing!”

The Ride of His Life

Richard Porter

The solution for Richard Porter, AIM Member, was the recovery and energy from the AIM Garden Trio®—AIM BarleyLife®, AIM Just Carrots®, and AIM RediBeets.

Richard’s problem? Finishing a daunting 300- mile bike ride.

Twice before, the 300-mile bike ride—a ride for charity from Richard’s hometown of Plainview, Texas, to the Dallas-Fort Worth area—had led to a disappointing finish and a lot of questions. The answers came from friend and AIM Director Debra Pugh who introduced Richard to the nutritious beet, carrot, and barley powders of the Garden Trio.

“I was stunned at how good I felt after trying the Garden Trio,” Richard said. “The first time I took it was in place of breakfast in the morning before a workout. I had the incredible energy for the ride—energy that I hadn’t had up to that point. That sold me.”

When he assessed his previous 300-mile ride attempts, Richard identified his problem as being one of recovery and energy. Riding 100 miles in one day is completely exhausting, and Richard aimed to do this three days in a row. On his first two attempts, he made it through two days of cycling before stopping. The third time, with the help of the Garden Trio, he completed the 300-mile journey.

“On the ride, the recovery part of the Garden Trio really became critical,” Richard said. “A trained cyclist can bike 100 miles a day. Can they do it two days in a row? Three days in a row?

“When I took the Garden Trio at night following each leg of the ride, I didn’t have the fatigue and the soreness and the lethargy that I normally had on the subsequent day of a hard ride.”

The ride was not without its obstacles. Richard encountered a twenty mile-per-hour headwind, asthma attacks, seven flat tires, and unexpected road construction. He admits that at age forty-nine he doesn’t have the same energy or stamina as he did in his youth, but he may have found his solution with the Garden Trio.

“It seems to be doing remarkably well for me as an energy drink and a recovery drink,” Richard said. “As an older athlete, being able to do a hard work out, come in and drink the Garden Trio, and get up the next day to work out again, it’s amazing.”

Richard will continue with his charity rides as he raises money for a scholarship endowment for college-age missionaries. His next ride is planned for April or May.

Garden Trio Exercise

AIM Energizes at Any Age

Medicine Hat

“I believe that any kind of exercise is important for aging well. That’s why I began taking hockey lessons offered at a military base. I later met a group of women who get together to play recreational hockey.

“I’m forty-three years old, but the group is made up of women of all ages and abilities. We all get together once a week to shoot the puck around. Some have played hockey for years. One player is twenty-one years old and plays on a junior hockey team, so it is a challenge for me to keep up.

“I definitely noticed a difference in my performance since I started taking AIM Peak Endurance® and AIM Red Rush™ before playing hockey. I have more energy and don’t feel as tired. I can race for the puck even faster without feeling out of breath. For recovery after playing, I take Peak Endurance again, so I don’t feel sore the next day. Overall I’m more relaxed as well.

“After sitting in on a ProPeas teleclass, I decided to try AIM’s pea protein to help me build muscle mass. I think it’s working. So all three AIM Sports products are helping me.

“By the way, I also take the Daily Essentials on a regular basis as well because I’m in this for the healthy long run. People say I look younger than my age. That’s great, but what’s important is that I’d like to be playing hockey twenty years from now. And when I’m eighty, I hope to have the energy of a sixty-year-old! Along the way, I’m going to keep on letting people know about AIM products.”

Kimberley Schaeffer, Preferred Member Medicine Hat, Alberta
Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everyone can achieve.

A Family Tackling Obstacles with Red Rush Nitric Oxide Boost

Sue and Taylor

Red Rush athletes and AIM Wholesale Members Sue Phillips-Leclerc (shown on right) and Taylor Witkiewicz are a mother-daughter obstacle course racing team from the Northeast. Fitness has always been an integral part of their family. Sue began weight training around the time Taylor was born, and the two of them have hiked the Adirondack Mountains for years and years. Taylor grew up active in youth and high school sports. Before she left for college, the duo did weight training together in the mornings before school.

In the summer of 2011, on a kick to find adventure, they signed up for the Spartan Beast, a 12-plus-mile race through a series of challenging obstacles in Killington, VT. Think mud pits, barbed-wire crawls, fire-pit leaps and wall climbs. Anything can happen during these kinds of races. But according to Sue the usual damages “are cuts from barbed wire, face-plants in the mud, not stooping low enough under logs and banging our heads, getting shocked, jumping on fire instead of over and clutching onto Taylor for dear life every time there’s a water obstacle!”

During a race, they offer each other inspiration although they don’t run side by side the entire time. If one gets ahead, it motivates the other to kick their game up a notch. That’s not to say they aren’t competitive with each other, but they save that energy for training. Although Taylor is now in college, she keeps up with Sue’s regimen and often adds to it.

Sue says it’s absolutely amazing to compete in races with her daughter. “I love that we can share these crazy adventures together. Taylor has such an incredible work ethic. She realizes that you get what you put in. She’s placed top in her age group at almost every race, obtained a perfect 4.0 in the Honors Program at University of New Hampshire for the past two years all while working at the gym, (where else?) tutoring others in business courses and training for OCR’s (obstacle course races)!”

And Taylor couldn’t be happier to follow in her mother’s footsteps. “My mom is such a huge role model to me! I have really fallen in love with weightlifting as well as obstacle course racing and doing these activities by her side makes them even better! I’m so thankful that my mom introduced me to these sports that have become such an enjoyable and exciting part of my life. I love all the crazy experiences we have been able to share together and can’t wait to see what’s next for our Momma-Daughter Duo. Besides, how could I not want to follow in such awesome footsteps?!”

Both mother and daughter enjoy Red Rush before their races. “We’ve been taking Red Rush prior to any endurance session. We’ve found that it really helps eliminate that lag you feel when you are first starting a run or workout session. It increases blood flow and definitely helps get you going much faster and more efficiently. We really like the fact that its stimulant-free, so no crash.”

Peak Endurance for Recovery

Study after study has come out denouncing the benefits of over-the-counter, store-bought sports and energy drinks that mainly target inactive teenagers and youngsters with their marketing. The biggest complaints are that these drinks contain too much sugar, caffeine, have an overabundance of sodium and not enough healthy stuff.  My theory is that there is some degree of willful ignorance when consuming these products.  For instance: “Oh. It’s a sports drink. It can’t be anything but healthy. I will not read the label.”

That’s where Peak Endurance differs. Peak Endurance was developed with performance in mind. Instead of containing a ton of sugar. It has only one gram per serving, enough necessary to deliver its full compliment of electrolytes, B-vitamins, oral ATP and vitamin C. But we’ve discussed why Peak Endurance is better than all the other “sports” drinks on the market. Let’s take the time to get into specifics on how Peak Endurance helps athletes and heavy exercisers recover.

1. Electrolyte Replenishment 

An electrolyte is a substance that helps electricity move through the body, and they are found in every cell: Sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphate and chloride.  When you pump iron, go for a run or do any sort of strenuous activity, you will sweat. Sweating leads to an imbalance of electrolytes which can snowball into cramps, nausea and fatigue. Severe, long-term electrolyte imbalance can lead to kidney failure, irregular heart beat and seizures.

2. ATP

Adenosine triphosphate is the cellular currency of energy.  In order to exercise, your body needs to produce ATP. If it cannot, you are done exercising. Cells can store excess ATP, so replenishing your ATP levels after exercise will keep the proverbial “barn” stocked. Also, it plays a huge role in anabolic signaling for muscle recovery and repair.

3. Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is essential to muscle growth. It is thought to keep your cortisol levels in check. Although the body needs cortisol, too much can increase appetite and interfere with amino acids and hormones essential for building muscle. Additionally, a lack of vitamin C reduces the amount of collagen the body makes, and you need collagen because it helps to repair muscles and maintain lean muscle mass.

4. B-Vitamins 

All B vitamins help the body by breaking down fat and carbs for energy. The also assist the body in metabolizing fats and protein, and protein, I hear, is great for building muscle.

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