Training Day: Games Sponsor

May 22, 2009 6:26 AM

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Training Day is proud to be the official sports nutrition sponsor of the 2009 CrossFit Games. Training Day is a research and results driven company, intently focused on improving athletic performance. While most companies create products for bodybuilders, using stimulants and sugars to fuel workouts, our products are designed for elite athletes, providing critical nutritional ingredients that provide sustained energy, increased endurance, and other key nutrients which protect and build lean muscle. A recent clinical study at the University of Oklahoma showed that Game Time, our pre-workout/pre-competition product increased VO2 Max, increased anaerobic capacity, and times-to-exhaustion, making it the perfect pre-workout supplement for CrossFitters. Test findings are summarized below:

Phase I, acute test results:
Game Time improves anaerobic capacity by 10.5%
Game Time improves time to exhaustion by up to 11.8%

Phase II, training study:
Game Time improves Vo2 Max by 16.8%
Game Time improves Critical Velocity by 3.2%
Game Time increases Lean Mass by 3.6%
Game Time improves Training Volume by 11.5%
Game Time decreases body fat percentage by 14.8%

Post Game, our post-workout/post-competition product, helps minimize the effects of muscle breakdown, fatigue and soreness, while improving recovery and immune system function.

At Training Day, we strive to be as passionate about our business as CrossFitters are about their WODs. If you, like most CrossFitters, are striving to increase performance, to push your athletic potential, Game Time will help you achieve your goals. Please visit our site ( and take advantage of the 40% discount we are extending to CrossFitters on all purchases. Just enter TDCROSSFIT at checkout to take advantage of this discount.

All Training Day products carry the prestigious NSF Certified for Sport stamp which ensures athletes that every batch is tested for safety and efficacy.

Please come visit our booth at the 2009 CrossFit Games to get a free sample and a t-shirt.

39 comments on this entry.

1. Chris wrote...

May 22, 2009 6:37 AM

2. Maximus @ CF East Bay wrote...

May 22, 2009 6:52 AM

Easily the most annoying website I have seen in years. Fail.

I do use and am interested in pre-workout products though. Good results recently from X-blade (CrossBlade)

3. Webster wrote...

May 22, 2009 7:45 AM

Seems too good to be true.

4. Tyler wrote...

May 22, 2009 8:03 AM

Soooo this is paleo...right?

5. The Pie wrote...

May 22, 2009 8:15 AM

I hope these guys are ready to back up what they are spitting because with this community they are now entering into you better be able to prove any research you are claiming. I look forward to reading some of the responses that go up on this blog.
I would also be really interested in what some of our top nutrition experts (Robb Wolf etc) has to say about products such as these. Its my understanding that outside of fish oil, creatine (if your red meat consumption is low) and perhaps BCAA's are the only supplements worth looking at.
That being if they are selling a magic potion that will get me a sub 3 Fran than I will line up overnight to get a hold of it.

The Pie
CrossFit Lions

6. Will wrote...

May 22, 2009 8:22 AM

"...because with this community they are now entering into you better be able to prove any research you are claiming"

That made me laugh.

7. Jonathan wrote...

May 22, 2009 8:30 AM

Supplements are not regulated by the FDA. They can say whatever they want.

Coach, do you have more information on this than what is posted on the TD website? Their info seems a bit lacking- the studies they cite are incomplete. Maybe I just missed it.

The CFJ sets very high standards for the quality of data. I would expect that if CF HQ is partnering with this company, they have had a positive experience with the product.

8. gav wrote...

May 22, 2009 9:06 AM

Really? Doesn't this go against everything crossfit is about?

9. chris wrote...

May 22, 2009 9:18 AM

At first glance, this appears to oppose everything that I thought crossfit promoted in terms of nutrition. I'm interested to hear the rationale behind the (very) prominent advertising of these products.

10. Aaron Shaffer wrote...

May 22, 2009 9:35 AM

Come on, you all don't remember?
The best path to elite fitness is clearly "eat meat, veggies, nuts, seeds, fruit, little starch, no sugar -- and lots of GAME TIME!"

11. Josh wrote...

May 22, 2009 9:53 AM

Ahhh...the wonderful world of $upplement$. The secret's in the Blend.

12. yenna wrote...

May 22, 2009 10:27 AM

Oh, come on guys. THEY are sponsoring US. We aren't endorsing them. Don't forget the difference between sponsorship and endorsement. I mean, we're sponsored by the Panda Express, too. Come on, give them a break.

I don't see any of you stepping up to the plate with $$ in hand.

13. Maximus @ CF East Bay wrote...

May 22, 2009 10:34 AM

Here is the "preliminary" research:


Amount Per Serving % DV
Calories 20.00
Calories from Fat 5.00
Total Fat 0.00 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.00 g 0%
Trans Fat 0.00 g
Cholesterol 10.00 mg 3%
Sodium 135.00 mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 1.00 g 0%
Sugars 1.00 g
Protein 4.00 g 8%
Calcium 20.00 2%
Iron 0.00 0%
Vitamin A 0.00 0%
Vitamin C 0.00 0%
Vitamin B-6 5.00 250%
Vitamin B-12 60.00 1000%
Gametime Proprietary Blend 10050.00 mg **
Taurine **
Sodium **
Whey Protein Concentrate **
Caffeine **
Leucine **
Valine **
Siberian Ginseng **
Isoleucine **
arginine AKG **
Kre-Alkalyn **
Tinospora Polysaccharides **
Citrulline AKG **
Rhodiola Rosea **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Natural and Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Acesulfame-K, FD&C Red No. 40, Sucralose

Warning: Use only as directed. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Contains dairy products. Consult a health care practitioner prior to using this product if you are using Levodopa, fluoride, prednisolone, cyclosporine, antihypertensive drugs, nitroglycerin, estrogen, nitrates, sildenafil, aminophylline, theophylline, nephrotoxic drugs, Phenobarbital or antibiotics. Do not take with products containing caffeine, synephrine of ephedrine. May cause nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue, insomnia, cramps of diarrhea. Do not use if you have gout, kidney disease, chronic alcoholism, high blood pressure, gastritis, asthma, liver disease, active herpes virus, renal failure, sickle cell anemia, anemia, hypertension, cardiovascular disease or acrocyanosis. Do not use this product without adequate fluid intake to maintain hydration levels. Store in a cool dry place. Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18. Keep away from children.

Contains dairy products.

14. Chris wrote...

May 22, 2009 11:36 AM

It's interesting that the sponsorship argument was used by someone to justify this. I think it's a thin line. Formula One and Tennis have turned their backs on some lucrative cigarette sponsorship. Whether this was principles based or due to societal pressure I do not know.

What I do know is that this seems to run counter to "eat meat and vegetable, nuts and seed, little starch and no sugar". Also, one of the "benefits" is increased VO2 max. I remember in one of Coach's lectures he points out that if he hears someone talking about VO2 max, he knows that they do not have a clue as this is mearly a correlate.

Interested to hear Mr. Wolf's views on this.

15. Russell Berger wrote...

May 22, 2009 1:04 PM

I'm glad someone got to the Panda Express comment before I could.

These are advertisements, not endorsements. CrossFit promotes a paleolithic diet and our top nutrition experts call BS on the benefit of most nutritional supplements. CrossFit also promotes the science of reason, individual responsibility, and intelligent discussion...

(in other words, it's really not a big deal)

16. Danny wrote...

May 22, 2009 1:56 PM

It's interesting since I sometimes eat captain crunch, and i have had increases in VO2 max, strength, power, lean mass, anaerobic capacity and a whole lot more. It can't be the training that is giving me this, so it must be the occasional bowl of cereal.

Maybe this stuff will work even better than the old captain

17. Justin Riley wrote...

May 22, 2009 2:04 PM

I haven't seen the one arm incline dumbell press in years, looks intense. Almost as good as the one arm preacher curl.
Training Day, thanks for your money in helping sponsoring the CrossFit Games.
To those who want to see the research, don't waste your time. Studies on supplements are usually garbage science funded by the company producing the supplement. Hype.
Is 24 hour fitness, gatorade, or runners world magazine thinking of stepping up as a sponsor?

18. Jonathan wrote...

May 22, 2009 2:08 PM

I'll start carrying Training Day stuff at my box when we install the tanning beds and juice bar.

19. Jason replied to comment from Chris...

May 22, 2009 2:39 PM

If I recall correctly F1 didn't turn their back on cigarette sponsorship, it's the cities where the races are held that have banned cigarette advertising that causes the teams to cover up.

20. ryan wrote...

May 22, 2009 3:42 PM

I love to see all of the negative comments by everyone throwing in their two cents on Training Day cause I know I can count on beating each of them down when we come head to head. The stuff works, whether you want to believe it or not.

21. Nico replied to comment from Josh...

May 22, 2009 3:47 PM

I like it ;-)

If you take a look into the "Wondersauce", it's just the normal stuff you get in most of the pre- and postworkout drinks. Creatine, Glutamin and a few other amino acids, Zinc and some other minerals, some vitamins and some carbs(wether complex or not does not really matter). In the end it simply seems to be a designer supplement for people with too much money, because if you are interested in buying this sort of stuff you can get it much cheaper...

22. Haas wrote...

May 22, 2009 7:00 PM

Is that Steve Hess in the picture? Go Nuggets, beat L.A.!!!

23. gav replied to comment from ryan...

May 22, 2009 11:54 PM

Really? I can't tell if you're joking or not. Are you saying regular paleo food doesn't cut it and you're going to be champion at the games because training day has turned you into a true fire breather? I imagine Khalipa must have been taking this stuff last year...

24. Jerry wrote...

May 23, 2009 12:56 AM

This stuff is good but no substitute for Vitamin S. Get some juice and go again.


25. Larry wrote...

May 23, 2009 3:14 AM

LMFAO @ the crossfit girly men getting their panties in a twist because someone tries to make a buck on a protein shake.

Buck up for the supps, put on your man pants and support the sponsors.

26. jason wrote...

May 23, 2009 7:30 AM

I happen to run operations for a medical only supplement company on the west coast. I have been asked by a few people why not pursue crossfit. my reply is that it probably would not fly since the crossfit community focuses on whole food clean zone diets. A supplement should be used as support not a substituttion. The only problem I have is when companies make what is called "stucture function claims" Promising certain outcomes from supplements. really the only claims that can be made are from fish oil, Vit D and Niacin. To clear up some confusion, the supplement industry is FDA regulated...the DSHEA act of 1994 is now in effect as of this year. I am just not a fan of unproven claims with disclaimer at the bottom of the label. I do not know anything about this company. But my advice is if you do not like them don't buy the products.

27. gav replied to comment from Larry...

May 23, 2009 7:43 AM

Good point Larry. Shame on any of us for questioning the introduction of something we as a community generally don't feel can benefit us in comparison to a great diet, and great training. Hell, lets man up and let the big bad company take our money, whilst we bury our heads in the sand for fear of being 'girly'.

28. Steve Lars wrote...

May 23, 2009 2:24 PM

How many of you whiners have supported the RRG? We're still 62K short and time is running out.

This is about supporting the community. If you don't want to support the community, then don't let the door hit you on the can on the way out.

Coach knows what he is doing. Why do you all still question him? You should know better by now.

29. Geoff replied to comment from Jonathan...

May 23, 2009 3:18 PM

The FDA does regulate supplements, although not with the same scrutiny as pharmaceuticals. I suggest that FDA approval should not be taken as Gospel. Perhaps Vioxx will refresh your memory?

CrossFit promotes an attitude of healthy curiosity and skepticism. One where we question current orthodox methods and tools. I'm glad to see that extending to supplements but I think the tone of some comments was a little harsh.

I'm simply attempting offer an objective view here and suggest we welcome TD as a sponsor. If you'd like to avoid their tent at the games, I'm sure they won't mind.

Disclosure: Food is my drug (Paleo/Zone/IF with some occasional Warrior Diet).

30. Scott wrote...

May 23, 2009 3:41 PM

Guys, I am really shocked at the way you have all responded about Training Day, the product studies were done by a highly respected division 1 university, how could anyone question the validity of that?

I am an NFL football player and have been taking Training Day for about 3 months now. As a professional athlete of 6 years. I know my body top to bottom, thats my job, and I know that because of all of the positive testing in substance abuse I have to be really careful what I put in my body. When this company approached me and my team the first thing I asked them was if their products were certified by the NSF, the NFL makes us check with NSF to make sure it dosnt have banned substances. When they provided the nsf documentation I told them I would try it, and if it worked I would endorse it. I dont know any of these guys personally other then a few emails back and forth so I have nothing to gain from any of this, I sent them a email a week or so ago tripping out about how great it was, I had my body fat tested and during 8 weeks of using the three products I lost 3% body fat and gained about 17 lbs, as well my strength is up across the board in core lifts, a min of 20%, and my endurance is by far the best it has ever been. In my opinion Training Day is everything they represented themselves to be, they have my endorsement and I think you should at the very minimum thank them for supporting your sport, none of us professional athletes would be able to do this without the support of sponsors and fans.

31. rareid2 replied to comment from Scott ...

May 23, 2009 4:38 PM

Why would anyone be shocked that Crossfitters come across as elitist? This is the same community, and I am a member of an affilliate, which allows people to open a CF gym with a Level 1 certification who have no idea how to program workouts to the point that they always follow the main page WOD regardless if their clients need something else. I have been following militaryathlete workouts for 7 weeks now because they fit in line with what I want to accomplish. Just the other day at my gym, the owner asked me when I was going to "man up" and start competing on the clock again, a la CF WODs. I told him that I would go back to the WODs whenever racing the clock fit my goals. CF, as a whole, is an intelligent community but many seem to adopt a sheep-like philosophy and follow the herd no matter what someone's goals are. If you don't want to try the supplement, don't buy it. Be thankful you have a sponsor.

32. Lawson wrote...

May 23, 2009 7:56 PM

It's shocking to see the community turn on a sponsor. Give it a rest. If you need to purify your body, do it and keep your trap shut about it. The rest will buy the supplements, support the community and leave you in the dust.

May 23, 2009 8:43 PM

I use these types of products from time to time. I have had good results with X-Blade, NO-Xplode, NaNoVapor, etc. Nothing like what is being claimed here (or by the other supplement makers) just a big pre-WOD boost.

I suspect the main efficacious ingredient in all of these is a boatload of caffeine, a proven performance enhancer.That and Creatine/N02.

The best nutritional protocol I have yet found is chocolate milk immediately following 20 minute+ metcons or endurance work. I recommend it for all of my athletes.

I have had excellent results with the Zone, but pure paleo, to me is overblown.

People get really really attached to their diets, to the point where it is like a religion: as Coach once said, asking people to change their diets is like saying "Why don't you try some Judaism tonight"?

I welcome the sponsorship, and I will certainly try the product.

34. Bob wrote...

May 23, 2009 11:12 PM

Maximus, you hit the nail on the head. Paleo is very over blown. I see it as the darwinists/liberals way of dumping on the country and the God fearing people who keep everything running smoothly.

great post.

35. Maximus @ CF East Bay wrote...

May 24, 2009 9:08 AM


Full disclosure: I'm a Godless left-leaning Libertarian denizen of the San Francisco Bay Area, and accept evolution as an indisputable fact.

The reason that Paleo is faulty is that it assumes (wrongly) that evolution stopped 50,000 years ago. It has not. It has accelerated, and this is easy to verify.

Therefore, it seems likely that we may have evolved to eat more than foraged and hunted foods, especially dairy.

36. Brad wrote...

May 24, 2009 9:44 AM

I don't fake-bake but I do manscape. I have been a crossfitter for 5 years and, like Scott, am a professional athlete. I have been using TD for 2 months (it's important to note that they haven't been a sponsor). I approached the company cautiously and only tried it after it got the thumbs up from my CF trainers/mentors.

Here are my thoughts in regards to some of the arguments.

1. Some people are upset that CF allowed TD to sponsor the games. I can't think of one sporting event that ISN'T sponsored. Sponsors allow us to do what we love and at the end of the day, the decision to support their product is ours.

2. A lot of people are bashing TD as a supplement. My advice, try it first. If you don't like it, bash away. If you don't want to try it simply because it's a supplement and that's not your cup of tea, more power to you. BUT if you want to bash a product you haven't tried, that seems a bit childish.

3. A lot of people are skeptical about the "testing" that TD has done. I would suggest you read Scott's post and encourage you to follow his lead. Test it yourself.

4. Finally. In response to The Pie- I just finished a 2:43 Fran. Was that time because I took TD? I would like to think it was ALL me but can't imagine that TD slowed me down. Might be time to "line up".

May 24, 2009 10:55 AM

Thanks so much for posting that article.

38. Mark wrote...

May 26, 2009 3:30 PM

Has anyone used Training Day, the results look incredible! I am not a huge supplement guy but if I can raise my Vo2 by 17% I am in.

Anyone any insight?

39. Ben M wrote...

August 2, 2009 8:31 PM

I believe these are the two studies referenced by Training Day:

Fukuda DH, Smith AE, Kendall KL, Graef JL, Moon JR, Stout JR. Acute effects of a pre-exercise supplement on critical velocity and anaerobic running capacity in college-aged men and women. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, in review.

Smith AE, Fukuda DH, Kendall KL, Graef JL, Moon JR, Stout JR. Acute pre-exercise supplementation improves times to exhaustion during high-intensity running in men and women. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, in review.