A few weeks ago, I was pumped when the folks over at FRS Energy + Endurance sent me over a lovely little package containing their Two-10 Discovery Challenge pack. First, a couple of things you should know about me and “energy” products. I don’t do pills, diet or otherwise. I don’t do caffeine-filled supplements that will make me jittery. I’ve tried those samples they give you at GNC and they normally make me feel sick and cracked out. In general, I avoid all of that stuff. I liked the FRS products, though, because they’re not filled with a bunch of chemicals. They’re also not “diet” drinks.
I don’t do a lot of reviews on my blog because I want to make sure it’s something I would actually purchase on my own and recommend to others. I did a lot of research online before my package arrived, so I was pretty excited to try out their products.
What is FRS all about?
According to the company, their formula uses antioxidants and vitamins that work with the body at the cellular level, instead of filling it with chemicals, sugar and large doses of caffeine. Their formula uses an antioxidant called quercetin (don’t ask me to pronounce it). Basically, it’s an antioxidant found in blueberries and apples, and gives you all kinds of great vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E.) Vitamins? Ok, I can work with vitamins!
According to the folks at FRS, some of the benefits include:
- Long-lasting, natural energy
- Improved athletic performance
- Increased mental function
- Immune system support
Even though I read a bunch of reviews online, I was glad the company provided some statistics of their own about the results. According to scientific studies, here were some of the benefits:
- 30% of participants had a reduction in mental fatigue
- 17.1% saw improvement in concentration
- 13.2% saw an increase in endurance
- 2.9% saw an increase in physical performance
- 3.9% say an increase in Vo2max3 (typical measure of fitness)
Armed with knowledge and statistics (thank God for the internet), I decided to put the products to the test. You’re supposed to drink the stuff 2-3 times a day. Well, I didn’t have the dedication for that, so I tried the products like I do everything else- sporadically, and generally when I felt like I needed a boost.
What I tried
First up were their canned drinks- strawberry kiwi and low-cal peach mango.
Both were grabbed on my way to work when I’d been up super early and was feeling groggy heading into the office. I liked the peach mango flavor a lot more than the strawberry kiwi. Probably just personal preference since I’ve heard others liked the strawberry better.
Next, I sampled the FRS concentrate drink.
The bottle comes with 16 concentrated servings of the formula that you just mix with water. The yellow color was a bit…dark.. so I was a tad nervous at first, but once I drank it it just tasted like orange juice. It was tasty, easy to drink, and a nice pairing with breakfast. Although the sugar content was a little high, I feel like all the vitamins and nutrients outweighed that con.
My sample pack also came with 4 small energy chews. I tried them once before a yoga class and haven’t eaten the rest yet. I’m not exactly an energy chew connoisseur, but the taste was fine to me. Nothing amazing, but they were pretty tasty and did the trick because I had a lot of energy in class.
Overall, I liked the FRS products, especially the orange concentrate and the peach mango drink. I got a barely noticeable boost in energy, which was actually exactly what I wanted. I’m not the kind of person that wants to feel high on energy supplements. I get lots of sleep and work out, so my energy levels are pretty good on their own.
What I liked the most was that it gave me just enough of a boost to help me focus through my morning, give me a little energy before hot yoga, and help supplement my daily vitamin intake. I’m also going to credit FRS for potentially stopping a cold before it started. I’d been sniffling for a couple days, so I pounded that orange concentrate and felt better almost immediately. I can’t prove that’s what did it, but the FRS concentrate has 200% of your recommended daily vitamin C, so I just put two and two together.
Have you ever tried FRS products before?
Do you take any energy or vitamin supplements?
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of FRS. Although I was compensated for my review, all opinions are my own!