When it comes to performance most riders will go to extreme lengths for very small advantages. Bike upgrades, shoes, helmets and new kit materials only scratch the surface of where we as cyclist spend our hard-earned cash. Well, one of my favorite products got an upgrade. Amp Human has gone through some name changes as the company was in search of the best way to market their unique product. It seems it’s once again getting a new name but this time it’s because the product is getting an improved formula.
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WHAT IS IT
The latest formula called Next Gen PR Lotion is intended to improve the application process while maintaining and protecting the underlying technology. But let’s step back a moment and review what the original PR Lotion also known as Topical Edge (originally) is and does. PR Lotion is a proprietary pre-workout lotion that gives your body more bicarb, a natural electrolyte. This allows you to push your limits over the normal perceived limit. Bicarb occurs naturally in our bodies and its role unlike other electrolytes is to neutralize the acid that builds up in our muscles when we ride hard. Applying PR Lotion before and even after a ride is designed to aid in the body’s ability to recover faster and perform better.
WHAT’S THE CATCH?
What are the drawbacks you might ask? Well because you are applying the lotion directly to the active muscles it has very little negative effect. For some, salty sweat can burn if you get it in your eyes but this is no different than the body’s natural process and we are usually pretty salty even when we don’t use it. The other drawbacks have all been with the application process, until now.
The original PR Lotion is a sort of dark mustard color and has a thick oily texture. It goes on easy but can be hard to get the slippery feeling off your hands without a thorough wash. This is where Amp Human has been putting much of their recent efforts because they know that a product is only as strong as its weakest link. For me, the color was never an issue but the application was a process but worth the results. For some, that process was not worth it all the time.
In the past, we used the PR Lotion only on more intense training rides or races. The added bicarb would allow our body to more efficiently manage efforts and the associated side effect of the workload. Our inconsistent use offered advantages on those specific rides but didn’t take full advantage of its true potential. After a few conversations with the Amp Human team they explained how a more regular use would lead to much larger gains.
Similar to hydration, PR Lotion works to maintain a more efficient system. If you go on a ride and don’t drink enough it doesn’t immediately affect you but the days proceeding will be diminished as your body tries to recover. PR Lotion is similar in that it loads the muscles with much-needed electrolytes to keep everything working at its pinnacle. In short, even or less intense days PR Lotion allows your body to work more efficiently.
ON THE ROAD
The new formula is night and day a better user experience. When applying, the new texture seems to spread more evenly and has no greasy feeling. If you are going to apply multiple times (see pro tips below) the new formula doesn’t seem to smear into clothing while you wait for it to absorb. We also noticed that we could use a towel to clean our hands easily. No more greasy hands and hoods while riding.
The underlying technology is unchanged meaning the same results as far as performance. The results can be hard to see on a single ride, especially if you don’t use a power meter. A few testers thought of it as some sort of snake oil even though they were able to PR many of their favorite segments while still felt fresh after their ride. This is where it can be tough to gauge because using it means you are already setting yourself up for a better recovery.
It can’t make you faster, but when used regularly you can ride at a higher level for more days in a row. This builds strength the same way block training can, but with a higher level of recovery. At the end of the day, PR Lotion can help you ride at your most efficient level. The new formula has vastly improved the user experience and is now something that we will use more often. All we can say is give it a try, we think it makes a difference. The new bottle is also improved and we had a few of the original bottles open from the wrong end if we didn’t shake it well enough beforehand.
“The more I use PR Lotion, the more I get out of my training performance and recovery.” – Geraint Thomas, Tour de France Champion
Tomorrow starts today with PR Lotion
With longer days and events on the horizon, training season is the air. Amp Human is offering you an exclusive buy 4 bottles get 1 free on PR Lotion to help you maximize every training session and recover faster, so you can get back to doing what you love.
Your personal best is waiting to be unlocked. PR Lotion is the only tool to deliver game-changing bicarb directly to your muscles to support incredible performance gains. Apply liberally to train harder, perform stronger, and recover faster.
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