Product Review – Lactigo
Linda Mihalec took the time out of her busy schedule and helped us out reviewing a product we were presented with some time ago. Linda is wise beyond her years and super intelligent so who better, as a combat sports athlete and an endurance athlete, to review this product. If you like what you’ve read or are interested in purchasing this product visit https://www.lactigo.com/.
Training as both an endurance athlete and a fighter opens me up to fatigue in many different ways. I am currently training for my first amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) fight as well as trying to maintain a running schedule that allows me to be competitive on the local road racing circuit that covers mostly half marathon and marathon distances. I train twice a day seven days a week, I spend six days a week in some type of class at AFS Academy, I run six days a week usually covering between 40-50 miles, I weight train twice a week, and of course yoga twice a week in an attempt to balance myself out.
I did not use Lactigo every day. I decided to let the fatigue of my schedule wear on me a little bit so that I had my light training days, and recovery days, etc. I used Lactigo when I knew I had a hard workout coming up that would wear on my muscles and during this specific block of training for me it was some interval runs as well as some distance runs on extremely hilly courses. I first started using Lactigo on interval runs that were fairly flat 6 minutes on (probably right at lactic threshold) and 2 minutes off. These runs by themselves usually feel ok while doing them but if I make it through the workout fine I will then usually still feel it in the recovery run the next day. Well, I immediately noticed that my next day recovery run was not a recovery run and that my legs were ready to go. So, okay, that is a positive sign but I have my good weeks and bad weeks so I was not quite sold just yet. What really piqued my interest was when I used it on a course that I know very well and is notorious for its nasty hills. This course is 15.68 miles of rolling hills with 1,086ft of elevation gain. My task was to run a solid warm up and then a descending tempo for 30 minutes where I ran a little faster every 5 minutes. I then finished out the run at a solid pace. I know this course well and running it at much less strenuous paces has given me extreme fatigue in my legs and significant tightness within the last 5 to 6 miles. I finished out this run very strong, and although of course I was tired, I did not have the tight heavy legs I usually experience.
Going into the next days I did not have the extreme fatigue in my muscles that I should have expected to have with that solid of a run. I was really starting to notice a trend, however I was still skeptical, that after all I was making some really good gains on my own before I started using Lactigo. It is very hard for me to isolate all the variables and give quantitative scientific data that says the only reason I am experiencing these effects is due to the Lactigo. I love to run the hilly courses and, being located in central Kentucky, that is what I race a lot. This time I decided to take an extended break from the Lactigo and ran part of a very familiar half marathon course. I did 11.2 miles and 791ft of elevation gain and my hamstrings were tightening up about halfway through. Just about one month later I went out and raced the entire half marathon distance (13.1 on 1,053ft) on that same course with the Lactigo, and my legs did not tighten up. I definitely felt like I raced the next day but as I said I am very familiar with the course and the race and the fatigue was not the same. My legs were in much better shape and that race is what finally really sold me on the product.
I started out very skeptical of Lactigo from the beginning and would like to get my concerns out in the open. I first was unsure of how exactly it was properly regulating the PH levels of my muscles by just rubbing in an unspecified amount (apply liberally to skin) on my skin and being transferred transdermally. Secondly, I did understand that the reason it was supposedly giving me such a good recovery was the fact that my muscles were never going acidic in the first place. However, I was skeptical of this as well. Was I going to end up being able to push through some really great workouts, only to run into an injury due to overtraining weeks down the road? Well, I followed instructions and just applied it to my skin very liberally. Applying it thirty minutes prior did not always work out well for me. Sometimes I applied it as close to ten minutes prior to working out (however, I always have a warm up period of about 10 minutes) and I never had any problems with the Lactigo activating. The overtraining issue was my next biggest fear. Although, Lactigo did allow me to train through and have some outstanding runs on some tough courses, the effect was not so great that I trained into injury. I still felt fatigue of course and could only run as hard as my body was ready. I just did not feel the tight, sore, or any heavy legs that usually accompany some of the runs I’ve used it on.
Overall I was very pleased with Lactigo. It was very easy to apply and seemed to have a large window to apply it so if you did not get things exact you had some room for error. It did exactly what it advertised. It kept my muscles from becoming sore and tight so that I could push on, train, race just a little harder, and feel better the next day. Of course I still eventually became fatigued and I did need a recovery day after a hard run. But overall I was in a much better place using Lactigo than I was without it.