High5 Energy Gel - Aqua - Caffeine - Citrus - 66g
MMA/Muay Thai Energy Gel Supplement
Standalone caffeinated energy-gel which doesn't require drinking water as an accompanyment
Nutrition Facts: High5 Energy Gel - Aqua - Caffeine - Citrus - 66g
Serving Size: 66g
Servings per container: 1
Amount Per Serving
Saturated Fat 0g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Total Sugars 3.3g
*The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a food contributes to a daily diet, based on FDA recommendations. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Protein RDA is based on an 80kg athlete consuming 1.6g of protein per kg of body mass.
High5 Energy Gel - Aqua - Caffeine - Citrus - 66g
Company Background: High5
Launched by two triathletes back in 1994, High5 is a sports nutrition firm based in Brighton, UK. The company website declares the much-repeated spiel that products are designed by athletes for athletes.
High5 offers a wide spectrum of energy gels plus sports supplement products, including hydration tablets, energy bars, electrolyte gels, energy gummies, powders, cereals, vitamins, and recovery drinks.
As you might expect with any prominent sports nutrition brand, High5 is an active supporter and sponsor of multiple pro teams, athletes, and events across a gammet of sports. Interestingly, High5 is already well-known in martial arts by partnering with the GB Taekwondo Team to support nine full-time athletes. High5 products are used during both training and competition, with the Taekwondo team consuming energy gels, electrolytes, energy bars, and recovery drinks. High5’s website mentions that some athletes prefer their energy gels with a kick of caffeine.
Reading the About Us section of their website, High5 claims several significant firsts in sports nutrition:
First in the World to launch 2:1 fructose energy drinks, research resulting performance gains, and produce easy to follow step-by-step nutrition guides
- First to launch 4:1 carbohydrate to protein drinks
- First to perform advanced carbohydrate absorption testing in elite athletes, setting new records in the process
- First in Europe blend real fruit juice in gels to create a lighter consistency.
Recycling & Sustainability
The packaging of energy gels must be inert and rugged to keep the product fresh. However, this makes the packaging materials used to create energy gel sachets notoriously hard to recycle.
High5 recognizes this issue and has partnered with TerraCycle to provide recycling solutions.
TerraCycle specializes in dealing with hard-to-recycle materials. High5 makes an effort to collect spent packaging and deliver it to TerraCycle for recycling.
If you attend an event that is being supported by High5, keep a lookout for their special recycling bins.
For the 99.9% of us to whom that doesn’t apply, if you purchase High5 Energy Gels direct from the manufacturer’s website, the gels come with a pre-paid envelope to return used energy gel sachets back to High5 for recycling. Nice 😉
High5’s Range of Energy Gels
In this review we focus on the 66g High5Energy Gel – Aqua – Caffeine – in Citrus Flavor.
High5 has a lot of innovative energy gel alternatives available, including:
Aqua Energy Gel Range:
These gels contain real fruit juice to give the gels a lighter consistency. This has the advantage of being able to take the gel without water, (which High5 says can be a great option for beginners). The Aqua energy gels bridge the gap between sports drinks and energy gels.
High5’s Aqua Energy Gels are available in two versions:
With Caffeine: Berry or Citrus
No Caffeine: Orange or Berry
Regular Energy Gels
Akin to energy gels you are likely to have encountered in the past, where the gel must be consumed with water. Again, two versions:
Caffeinated: Raspberry or Orange
Non-caffeinated: Banana, Orange, Berry, Apple & Citrus
Slow Release Energy Gels
High5’s slow release variant sounds interesting and we’re keen to test them in the future. The gels contain slow-release carbs for longer sustained efforts, plus magnesium & 7 trace minerals. Available in blackcurrant or orange flavor.
Caffeine Hit Energy Gels
The madman in the room 😉 Whilst the caffeinated versions of High5’s regular and aqua energy gels contain 30mg of caffeine, their ‘Caffeine Hit’ variant packs a whopping 100mg of caffeine into the gel for supercharged efforts. Available in tropical flavor.
Rather than focusing on providing energy, instead, the purpose of these electrolyte gels is to help keep you properly hydrated. Each gel contains 85mg sodium, 40mg Potassium, 57mg Magnesium, and 120mg Chloride. Electrolyte gels are available in raspberry or chocolate flavors.
Batch Tested Products
Supporting professional-level athletes, High5 offers the option to purchase products from a tested batch.
High5 tests these batches against the WADA Prohibited List of banned substances.
Which High5 Energy Gel is Better? Aqua or Regular
Your choice of energy gel depends on its intended use.
The Aqua energy gels contain fruit juice, thinning the consistency and allowing them to be consumed as a standalone product. You could consider the aqua gels as being somewhere between a sports drink and energy gel.
Meanwhile, the regular energy gels are thicker, more concentrated, and must be taken with water. But they have the advantage of weighing less, being less bulky, and being easier to carry.
For marathon runners or cyclists, space and weight are at a premium. But in Muay Thai this isn’t usually an issue. So for most Muay Thai fighters, the Aqua version of High5’s energy gels could be the best choice for convenience (and palatability).
Ingredients: High5 Energy Gel – Aqua – Caffeine – Citrus
High5’s aqua energy gel is made from:
- Glucose Syrup
- Fruit Juice Concentrate (Orange, Lemon 0.2%, Lime )
- Acidity Regulators (Sodium Citrates, Citric Acid, Malic Acid)
- Sodium Chloride
- Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate)
- Natural Flavouring.
High5’s gels are both vegetarian and vegan friendly and are made using natural flavorings.
No artificial sweeteners or coloring is used.
Since this version of the gels contains caffeine, they are not recommended for pregnant women or children.
High5 Aqua Gel – Caffeine: Key Ingredients
The key ingredients in High5’s Aqua Energy Gels are:
23g of carbohydrates; Presumably from glucose syrup and maltodextrin. Provides 95 calories of energy to fuel your training or competition
30mg of caffeine; Caffeine acts as a central nervous system stimulant and can reduce fatigue, and increase endurance, focus, and muscular strength.
When to Take High5 Aqua Energy Gel for Muay Thai?
High5 Aqua Energy Gels should be taken before or during exercise.
If you are planning an extended Muay Thai workout, High5 state that you can consume up to 3 Aqua Energy Gels per hour.
Just rip the top of the sachet and gobble the contents.
Because the Aqua variant already contains fruit juice it’s not necessary to take water whilst you consume the energy gel. But you should always be conscious to keep well hydrated – especially in the hot & humid Muay Thai gyms of South-East Asia.
Taste: High5 Aqua Energy Gel – Citrus
For this review, we tried the caffeinated citrus version of High5’s Aqua Energy Gels prior to hitting the gym for a Muay Thai training session in Thailand. The taste was okay. Neither mind-blowingly delicious, nor stomach-convulsing repulsive. It should be noted that the sample we got our hands on was slightly after its best-before date, so perhaps a fresher gel would deliver a bit more zing.
As promised from an energy gel blended with fruit juice, the consistency was light and easy to swallow without the need for drinking water.
If citrus isn’t your thing, the gels are available in a variety of other flavors too, depending on whether you opt for caffeinated or non-caffeinated, regular or aqua; Berry, orange, banana, apple, raspberry, or blackcurrant.
Pros & Cons: High5 Energy Gel – Aqua – Caffeine
- Good source of energy and caffeine
- Easy to consume, with no need to accompany by water
- Palatable taste
- Responsible recycling provided by High5
- Trusted by martial arts professionals
- Heavier and bulkier than regular energy gels (minor)
Where to buy High5 Energy Gels
High5 Aqua Energy Gels are available direct from the manufacturer’s website. You can get a great deal on multi-gel packs containing 5 or 20 sachets. Best of all, but direct from High5 and you’ll receive a prepaid envelope to return used sachets for recycling.
High5 gels are also available on big comparison shopping websites such as Amazon.