Benefits & Features
Use a shaker bottle or blender
FOR SUPERIOR MUSCLE GROWTH, STRENGTH, AND RECOVERY.*
40g COMPLEX CARBS
FOR RAPID ENERGY REPLENISHMENT & MUSCLE RECOVERY.*
Tested & certified
Free of banned & illegal substances
Gluten-Free and Low-Lactose
A More Complete Recovery Solution
Critical Reload is a great tasting, collegiate-compliant, performance, and recovery shake based on the latest sports-nutrition research that demonstrates specific pairing of carbohydrates & proteins enhance muscle recovery and restores energy better than consuming each nutrient individually.
A PURE PROTEIN SHAKE FOR RECOVERY IS OUTDATED
What, when and how much you eat following intense exercise has a dynamic effect on your training adaptation and muscle recovery. But, not all nutrient combinations work well independently.
As a result, Critical Reload’s 2:1 carbohydrate and protein blend infuses the muscle with growth-promoting proteins and energy replenishing carbohydrates so you can recover faster and kick-start your next workout into high gear!*
Safe, High-Quality Nutritional Product
Athletes must be extremely careful about what they put into their bodies. Critical Reload’s vigilant product testing and certification serve the athletes, coaches and parents performance aspirations while never compromising health and safety.
Critical Reload has adopted the Informed-Choice testing and certification program to provide the highest level of assurance possible that our products are free of banned and/or illegal substances.
Critical Reload is suitable for collegiate athletics and is permissible under NCAA* Bylaws because it’s not a dietary supplement and does NOT contain banned or harmful substances.
*NCAA is a registered trademark of the National College Athlete Association. This product is not endorsed by the NCAA.
MANAGE YOUR PERFORMANCE WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY
WINDOW #1: To speed muscle recovery, drink Critical Reload immediately after exercise to replenish depleted energy stores, stimulate muscle growth and facilitate quicker recovery between training & practice.*
WINDOW #2: To boost energy, drink Critical Reload 30-minutes prior to exercise to boost blood glucose levels, delay fatigue, & counteract muscle damage during exercise.*
WINDOW #3: As a snack, drink Critical Reload between meals (i.e., breakfast-lunch, lunch-dinner) as a nutritious snack to boost metabolism, maintain blood sugar levels, and prepare for sustained energy and performance.*
Not A Dietary Supplement
Critical Reload is not a dietary supplement and is better identified as a conventional food by the FDA because it contains no vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, or other substances found in the human diet, such as enzymes.
Critical Reload is produced in a food manufacturing facility that adheres to strict Good Manufacturing Practices as regulated by the FDA.
Our most frequently asked questions about Critical Reload
Critical Reload is different from milk becuase it contains three distinct, proportional types of protein: casein and whey proteins (isolate and hydrolyzed), so the user gets a unique sequence of amino acids. Critical Reload scores 100% in all essential amino acids – not limiting or deficient in the essential amino acids. Why all this focus on amino acids?
First and foremost, your body builds muscle out of amino acids, not whole proteins. Secondly, proteins provide the body critical amino acids that serve as building blocks for the formation of new muscle. But not all dietary proteins are equal. Since whey rapidly increases protein synthesis and casein blocks protein breakdown, a combination of both was ideal in the ingredient development of Critical Reload.
Milk proteins are excellent sources of essential amino acids, but they differ in one crucial aspect — whey is a fast-digesting protein, and casein is a slow-digesting protein. Fast-digesting whey means it is emptied from the stomach quickly, resulting in a rapid and significant increase in plasma amino acids. The results are a quick but transient increase in protein synthesis, while protein breakdown is not affected. Whey also has higher levels of leucine, a potent amino acid that stimulates protein synthesis. Whey protein is superior at augmenting protein synthesis rapidly, but this positive effect is short-lived.
Milk casein protein is relatively insoluble and tends to form structures called micelles that increase solubility in water. During the processing of milk, which usually involves heat or acid, the casein peptides and micelle structure become disturbed or denatured to form simpler structures. As a result, a gelatinous material gets developed. The basis for whey casein is a slower rate of digestion, which results in a slow but steady release of amino acids into circulation.
Yes, Critical Reload is completely GLUTEN-FREE!!! What is more, Critical Reload President and founder’s wife has Celiac’s Disease and consumes Critical Reload regularly.
No. Critical Reload does contain a low-level of lactose (2-grams per 8-ounce (oz) serving compared to 12-grams per 8-oz searing of low-fat milk). Lactose tolerance varies widely. The majority of athletes I’ve worked with whom are lactose intolerant can take Critical Reload without any gastrointestinal disturbance. There is a minority though that cannot take Critical Reload because of their heightened lactose sensitivity. We recommend you consult your physician before using Critical Reload.
A case of Critical Reload contains six (6), 3.4-pound bags.
Each 3.4-pound bag of Critical Reload contains 24 servings.
Critical Reload is considered a conventional food as defined by the FDA. A dietary supplement contains one or more dietary ingredients that may include: vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, and amino acids, other substances found in the human diet, such as enzymes. Critical Reload contains none of the dietary ingredients.
Secondly, Critical Reload is produced in a food manufacturing facility that is GMP certified, and FDA regulated. The acronym GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practices, and to be GMP certified means that the manufacturer demonstrates a robust regulatory commitment and compliance to international GMP standards.
Lastly, conventional foods must have a Nutrition Facts panel while dietary supplements must have a Supplement Facts panel. Label verification delineates Critical Reload’s nutrition panel as Nutrition Facts and NOT Supplement Facts.