Training for a marathon is tough. Personally, I feel the training is harder than the marathon itself. The cold dark nights, when all you want to do is curl up in front of the fire and TV, but your training plan shouts ‘intervals‘ at you instead! The 5am breakfast to fuel yourself for your long run/race and the constant running on tired legs – marathon day is easy in comparison! (Well, not exactly easy, but….)
SO, when I received an email asking me if I wanted a sample of FLEXISEQ Sport, a topically applied, drug-free gel that lubricates damaged surfaces within joints to relieve pain and stiffness, why would I say no!
What does it claim to do: (Taken from FLEXISEQ website)
- Lubricates cartilage in your joints
- Effective non-drug product
- Relieves joint pain and stiffness
FLEXISEQ® Sport gel is a topically applied, non-drug gel that lubricates damaged surfaces within joints to relieve pain and stiffness. It is clinically proven to be as effective as a prescription painkiller at relieving even chronic osteoarthritic joint pain.
A recent study investigating FLEXISEQ Sport as a treatment for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) has shown that the non-drug gel reduced muscle soreness faster than a prescription oral painkiller (ketoprofen 100mg, twice daily) with those treated with FLEXISEQ Sport finding their muscle soreness was cleared on average 12 hours faster than those using the oral drug.
FLEXISEQ® Sport adopts one of the world’s premier anti-doping laboratories’ batch testing protocols, to offer further assurance the non-drug product is safe to use by athletes and anyone else subject to anti-doping rules, for example those in the armed forces.
FLEXISEQ® Sport meets the demands of all professional athletes and those who exercise, stay fit or simply enjoy an active life.
It’s clinically proven to be as effective as a prescription painkiller at relieving even chronic joint pain and was recently named as a gold medal award winner in the Best Injury Prevention Products category of the Men’s Running magazine awards 2015.
So here is what I thought about it:
I used the gel when my knees were a little sore after some long runs. At first, I thought it must have been a coincidence that the stiffness eased quite quickly. I know it claims to be as effective as a painkiller, but I am always sceptical. As the mileage has increased, I have found myself using it more and more, and I definitely haven’t experienced the stiffness and soreness in my knees that I usually get.
When other runners have been describing niggles, I have found myself suggesting to them that they should try this gel. I’m not totally convinced that it’s because I think it will solve everything, but I am sure it is helping ease my joints.
My husband suffers with arthritis in his hands, and when it is bad, he used this gel and he said that it ‘dulled the pain, and relieved the symptoms.
Obviously this gel was gifted to me to try, but this review is my honest opinion, and I am sure that even though this has quite a hefty price tag for a gel, I will purchase more.