Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

If you’ve missed our post about TORQ’s opening hours over the Christmas/New Year period, all the information you need is here:


Over the festive period, if you are tuning into our social media channels, you will see that we will be releasing links to various educational pieces that we have run over the years – a bit of Christmas reading! If you’re not on social media, have missed the posts, or simply would just like a summary of them for reference, here they are:

Are you confused about the technical words nutrition companies use to describe the merits of their products? What’s the difference between a Hydration Drink, an Energy Drink and an Energy Gel – they’re all liquids, but how do they differ in their respective functions?


As an athlete or physically active ‘competitive’ person, are you in the slightest bit confused as to whether you should be consuming a diet rich in carbohydrate, or restricting carbohydrate intake and leaning more towards fat and protein as your major nutrient sources? There are certainly some mixed messages out there, so we feel that this topic desperately needs to be discussed in a balanced fashion to clear up any ambiguity.


How many grams of carbohydrate can the human body absorb per hour during exercise?


At long last, we have put together a definitive nutritional guide for stage-racing and multi-day events. We give you a blow-by-blow account from build-up to break-down. In other words, from start to finish – if we do our job properly, we’re going to make sure you never break down!


Those of you accustomed to reading our articles will know that we like to ‘Myth-Bust’ every now and again. Well, on this occasion we’re going to look at the humble energy bar.


We invite you to explore our Digital Training Resources, designed to help you to maximise your winter indoor training. Click on the images below to access our useful training, nutrition, fuelling and weight loss articles. Your first click will take you to our Indoor Training Plan, a dedicated resource constructed to help structure your indoor winter training, whatever your ability.


There are just a few days to go now until TORQ owner Matt Hart departs from Land’s End with the talented and inspirational Dr William Tan, along with teamies Peter, Alan and Dave. They plan to cover the 960 mile journey (they’re going the pretty way) to John o’Groats in just 9 days and here we tell you how they’re going to fuel themselves.


Some time ago we wrote an article heavily criticising the concept of Electrolyte Tablets on the basis that they don’t fuel performance and aren’t particularly effective as a source of hydration either. They also contain artificial sweeteners, which are generally a hot topic of debate – at TORQ we choose not to use them. We don’t want to cover old ground too much, but we thought we’d raise the topic again in the context of the humble Energy Drink, because it seems really clear to us that if the electrolyte tablet had been invented first, should the energy drink have come along in its wake, it would have been lauded as the greatest breakthrough in exercise science for years.


These resources have been built around a real life situation, so it doesn’t get more authentic than this. TORQ athlete Mark Turnbull decided he wanted to tackle the highly competitive RTTC National 24-Hour Championships and having received coaching and nutritional guidance for a number of years through TORQ’s Fitness Consultancy, we not only felt it our duty to assist him, we also considered this an excellent opportunity to use his experience to educate our customers as to what it takes to prepare and execute a great 24-hour performance – something we’re sure you will learn a lot from, and/or will hopefully apply to your own preparation should you be considering entering a similar event.


TORQ have delivered 2:1 Maltodextrin:Fructose (MF) Rapid Energy Delivery since 2005. If it has been suggested to you by any brand that products formulated at 2:1 MF are somehow revolutionary and new, it’s simply not the case. It certainly was in 2005 when we formulated our first Energy Drink and in 2007 when we incorporated the same 2:1 MF delivery system into our Energy Gels.


Once again, on behalf of all the staff here at TORQ, have a fantastic Christmas and New Year…