FLEXISEQ

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They Say - Don’t let pain and stiffness get in your way. Stay active. Stay in the game.

FLEXISEQ® Sport supports all active people who wish to pursue a healthy, active lifestyle while taking care of their strained joints without the use of drugs.

Regular and intense physical exercise and sports injuries can put strain on joints which can result in problems ranging from occasional pain and stiffness to accelerated onset of arthritic conditions.

FLEXISEQ® Sport is a long-term solution for sportsmen and women and other active people who wish to protect against friction, wear and tear that might appear in their joints during periods of physical exertion.

The product has been developed in collaboration with top professional sportspeople and sports medical staff, proving itself in some extremely tough scenarios.

FLEXISEQ® Sport uses one of the world’s premier anti-doping laboratories to screen batches for any trace substances that are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Every batch of FLEXISEQ® Sport has been tested and cleared for use so athletes not only have assurance they are treating pain and stiffness and caring for their joints without drugs, but also that their product is competition compliant.

Anyone subject to anti-doping rules, seeking further assurance their pack of FLEXISEQ® Sport has been screened, can log into the Portal to view or download their pack’s batch certificate.

We Say -

Part 1 by Dave W

The rosta of Flexiseq ambassadors is impressive; Saracens Rugby Club, Leicester Rugby Club and rugby players Jason Leonard, Cian Healy, Brad Barritt, Ryan Jones and Alex Corbisiero. Rugby players put their bodies through some terrifically tough work outs so to get these guys on board meant to me that the product was probably every bit as good as it said it was. But still, I had to check for myself…

Also, I’m just a regular bloke. I don’t have a professional coach to tell me when to use the Flexiseq gel, or how to apply it, or where to apply it, as the rugby players do. So I reckoned my tests would be valuable in this sense, to show what help Flexiseq can offer an everyday amateur sportsperson.

The first test was for me to run 14 marathons in 14 days. I’m 47 years old and have always have problems with my knees. I can run a marathon, sure, but as a result of doing so I usually have serious issues in both knees and ankles and training for them is usually interrupted by a multitude of minor injuries. So doing a marathon every day, for 2 weeks, was going to be a big challenge for me, and the Flexiseq gel.

I should note that I don’t take painkillers like Ibuprofen at all. I like to try to keep myself healthy by as natural as means as possible and as most of us know Ibuprofen messes with your insides big time. I generally treat minor niggles by eating tumeric, ginger and pineapple but I very much doubted that these foods would help me stay fit during these punishing 14 days.

The marathons were completed in Canada in temperatures ranging from plus 18 to minus 7. Sometimes they were on tar roads and sometimes on knee jolting trails, as illustrated in the photo here…

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I’m pleased to say that although I wasn’t fast, I did complete all 14 marathons in relative comfort and finished with no major injuries at all, and certainly no knee or ankle pain, which is where I’d usually feel it. I would smear the Flexiseq gel on every morning and evening in areas that are usually a problem for me – ankles and knees – and as a result, I feel, I was able to complete my 2 week long test.

Here’s a print out from my GPS watch showing the marathon data. They read from the bottom up, and before I started the 2 week test I did a 10km race, which is the first entry you can see.

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Ok, so Flexiseq had passed the first test. I’d run a marathon every day for 2 weeks. But, how would Flexiseq help to keep me together if, say, I ran 4 marathons in 1 day?

The Endure 24 event provided me with the perfect opportunity to find out. This event required competitors to run 5 mile laps of a hilly trail course with the winner being the runner who’d covered the most laps at the end of the 24 hour period. Here’s me after I completed my first marathon.

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During the event I began to feel problems in both knees, just under the kneecap, and also at the sides. This was after about 40 miles. I stopped at the race village, where I had stored all my kit, and put Flexiseq all the way round my knees, then carried on. The pain went almost immediately.

But it came back, after about 100 miles. Or rather, new pain appeared. So I stopped again and put more Flexiseq on and yet again, the pain disappeared and allowed me to continue. In the end, I was able to do 120 miles – that’s almost 5 marathons in 1 day – and grab 3rd place in a very competitive field. Here’s me at the finish line…

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120 miles in 24 hours, I was pretty happy with that. It’s more than I’ve ever run before. The last time I did Endure 24 I managed just 100 miles and couldn’t walk for a few weeks afterwards. This time I did 20 more miles and felt no lasting pain as a result of my efforts. That’s a huge difference.

The Saturday after Endure 24 (last weekend) I did 67 miles in the Isle of Man Parish Walk and suffered no knee problems at all (I’d been using Flexiseq every day the previous week to ensure my joints were as strong and recovered as they could be). That was a few days ago and ever since the event I’ve been using Flexiseq once again, and now feel ready for my next big event, next Saturday’s 110km trail race in the Lake District.

I’ve just mentioned the big events so far but to get ready for the big events you need to train hard, and I’ve been running almost every day since February during the time I was in Canada. The weather has been as cold as minus 35 and it’s easy to get injured it’s that temperature, but I’ve stayed fit all the time and I do put this down to a few things.

Being mindful and concentrating during exercise helps, of course. As does having a balanced, whole food diet. But I’m also now convinced that Flexiseq is a quality product that has helped me stay fit and strong, enabling me to train and compete harder than I’ve ever done before.

Part 2 by Dave S

I’ll admit I was pretty sceptical when I heard about Flexiseq Sport Joint Lubrication Gel and the claims about how it could help improve sports performance and reduce joint pain (something I regularly suffer from in my knees after long bike rides). Flexiseq Sport’s manufacturers, Pro Bono Bio, had started with a treatment for Osteoarthritis (simply named ‘Flexiseq’) which had received rave reviews from a number of newspapers, magazines, health journals and especially from Arthritis Research UK, and it was clear that a bright spark in their marketing department must’ve realised the potential market with us crazy endurance sports-people regularly putting our joints through hell and thus Flexiseq Sport was born! But would it be any good?

Another potential bonus of this product which a great deal of Flexiseq’s marketing materials capitalise on is how it can act as a safe alternative to Ibuprofen, with their website describing how ‘Replacing painkillers (such as commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) saves sportsmen and women from the well documented risks of side effects’. Admittedly I’ve popped one or two Ibuprofens in the past to ease joint pain during marathons, however after hearing how disruptive this practice could be to my digestive system I’d chosen to put up with the joint pain rather than rick stomach and kidney problems further down the line, so I was interested to see how this product would work during a number of long distance events I had lined up over the next few months…

Using Flexiseq to reduce injury pain

Although I’d planned to use the gel later in the year during long distance events such as marathons, triathlons and cycle sportives, my first need for the gel came earlier than expected when I felt ankle pain during the last 2 miles of a half marathon. As I wasn’t carrying the gel with me at the time I had to finish the race in a strange run/limp style and put up with the subsequent pain post-race, but later that evening I applied the cream as per the pack instructions and was pleased to feel the pain subside, so much so that I chose to apply it again a couple of days later when I decided to take part in an interval training session. By this time my ankle still felt uncomfortable but wasn’t really hurting anymore so this was more a case of using the gel as a preventative measure and thankfully I finished my session pain-free!

Now it’s funny how while running is considered high impact and cycling is low impact, I tend to feel a bit of muscular pain from running but serious joint pain in my knees following a long ride and as expected my knees were practically creaking following a gentle 45 mile cycle offering another opportunity to test this gel’s pain relief claims. This time, as I was applying the cream to my knees rather than my ankle I was careful to apply the gel to either side of my knee and not actually on the knee-cap as per the product’s instructions and straight away the pain subsided, however the real test would be the following day when I was due to spend the day walking around London with my partner and daughter… The next morning I woke with seriously painful legs so I headed straight for my tube of Flexiseq and deposited a line of Flexiseq on each knee as per the packet instructions, and thankfully the gel worked as promised and I was pain free all day – this stuff was turning out to be a game changer!

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Using Flexiseq as a preventative measure

My first major test of the gel as a preventative measure came during the Paris Marathon. For this event I knew my knee and ankle joints would be taking impact for at least 3 and a half hours and lately I’d suffered some joint pain during some of the half marathons I’d completed in training, particularly around my ankles, so the question was: would Flexiseq help me to avoid pain during a run over a much longer distance? The morning of the marathon I applied the gel to both knees and ankles as per the instructions, and funnily enough I didn’t think about the gel again until around 16 miles into the race when I realised I should’ve been feeling joint pain by now!

Now this would have been understandable if I’d been completing a trail run where the ground is much more forgiving, but the Paris Marathon had started on cobblestones for the first mile then transferred to pavement for the remaining miles, and I was in shock just how fluid my joints still felt! This continued for the remainder of the miles and even when I’d finished the race and was walking through the finish area, although my calves were sore and my legs felt like they weighed 10 tons I was happily surprised just how pain free my joints were!

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The following day my partner and I had planned to visit Disneyland Paris and again I applied the Flexiseq gel as per the instructions and despite berating myself for choosing to walk around a theme park the following day with knackered legs, much to my relief the rest of our Paris trip remained joint pain free.

My final long-distance test of the Flexiseq gel came during the Wiggle Steelman Olympic Distance triathlon at Dorney Lake in Windsor. This would be a real all-round test with a 1.5km open-water swim, 42km cycle and 10km run and I was fully expecting to feel like I was falling apart after this event! On the morning of race day I applied the gel to my wrists, knees and ankles – the main areas I was expecting to take a beating during the race – and as before I totally forgot about the gel from that point on, basically because I didn’t feel any joint pain during or after the race!

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In a few weeks time I’ll be taking on an even longer distance and I’ll admit that despite worries about training, nutrition, equipment and various other elements which could go wrong, my worries about joint pain have been well and truly quelled by this product and it has joined the few products I’ll always refer to as my essential kit for future long distance events. So is this gel everything it promises to be? To be honest it’s possibly too early to tell if this product will act as a long term solution preventing me from ever experiencing joint pain again during some of the crazy challenges I have planned, however I’ll definitely be making use of the gel in future before long distance challenges (especially a number of Ultra-Marathons I’m planning to complete next year) and I’m glad to have such a powerful piece of kit in my event tool-box, not to mention the fact I can use this gel instead of potentially harmful Ibuprofens! Of course it’s worth mentioning that this gel isn’t a cheap option with a current RRP of £35 for a 100ml tube, plus the 3 month shelf-life of the product is cause for concern as you’re looking at a £140 outlay for a single years supply of the gel, however financial points aside I think Flexiseq Sport have got something special here and if it’ll help people suffering with crippling joint pain to continue enjoying their favourite sports again, it’s worth every penny.

To discover more about Flexiseq, please see http://sports.flexiseq.com/uk/ 

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