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How it Works

Simon Mtuy at WS100
VESPA athlete Simon Mtuy at the WS100.
Photo: Don Charles Lundell
There is always a well-known solution to every human problem--neat, plausible, and wrong.
-- H. L. Mencken, Prejudices: Second Series, 1920
US editor (1880 - 1956)

Fat is YOUR fuel...

The key to sustaining athletic performance lies in optimizing the body's ability to metabolize fat. The conventional wisdom of "Carb-loading" has limitations. The human body can only store a limited supply of glucose as glycogen in the muscles and liver. Furthermore, the body is limited in the amount of carbohydrates and simple sugars it can ingest during physical activity and this amount is not enough to sustain a high level of activity. Fortunately, the body has a plentiful and highly concentrated supply of energy in the form of fat. Training for endurance develops mitochondria, large mitochondria, which increases the body's ability to oxidize fatty acids. VESPA optimizes fat metabolism at all levels of conditioning from beginner to World Class athlete.

VESPA's key ingredient is an all-natural amino acid complex (in a naturally occurring peptide) derived from the Asian Mandarin Wasp and works by shifting the muscles to metabolize a higher level of fat during physical activity thus stabilizing and conserving glycogen.

The brain and nervous system have to utilize glucose to function optimally, however,they require very little. Muscle tissue, on the other hand, when using glucose for muscle metabolism, consumes glycogenat an extremely high rate whichwill eventually result in the commonly experienced state of "bonking" if sugars are not replaced.

By shifting the muscles to metabolize a higher percentage of fat as the primary energy source glycogen/glucose levels are stabilized and conserved so the brain and nervous system can function optimally resulting in greater mental clarity/focus and optimal motor skills/coordination over a greater period of time.

VESPA does not "boost" performance.VESPA's effectsare subtle and largely un-noticed in the conventional sense.VESPA is not a fuel nor an electrolyte replacement nor an "energy" drink so you won't feel a sugar high or a caffeine buzz (You won't feel the crashes either). VESPA works by optimizing your muscles' ability to derive its energy from a readily available and plentiful source. This allows the athlete to sustain a higher level of performance for a greater period of time (relatively speaking). VESPAathletes commonly find they are not "wiped out" and "craving carbs" after a workout or race and recover faster with lower levels of muscle soreness.

While the direct effects of tapping in to your natural fuel stores is key to endurance, the indirecteffects are just as critical. Stabilizing and conserving glycogen levels directly correlates to lower blood lactate levels. While there are a number of subtle positive effects on the body by reducing lactatesthe one most noticed is lower degree of muscle soreness andfaster recovery. As mentioned above mental clarity & focus and motor skills remain at a high level.

In effect what the VESPA athlete notices is what he/she does not notice, that is, he/she does not notice the ups & downs of sugar levels or caffeine and the accompanying changes necessary in physical exertion. The athlete will not notice any drop in mental clarity or motor skills (when this happens you don't notice it anyway!) and canstay fully aware tobe on top of their game.

Real Endurance / Real Performance

Vespa mandarinia
Vespa mandarina.
Photo: Gary Alpert
The Asian Mandarin Wasp (Vespa mandarina) is one of nature's most potent endurance animals. This wasp flies between 70-100 KM per day in search of food and carries half its body weight to its entire body weight in food back to the colony to feed to the larvae. The adult wasp does not eat this solid food, rather, it receives a liquid secreted by the larvae in a symbiotic relationship called trophallaxis. In turn, the adult wasp feeds the larvae a food ball usually composed of other insects the wasp has preyed upon and subsequently chewed into a food ball using its powerful mandibles.

KAWAHARA Co., Ltd. of Japan developed a method for isolating this food source, the VESPA Wasp Extract, found in every packet of VESPA.




Performance Pedigree

Japanese sweeping the 2007 100K
The Japanese sweeping the '07 100KM with 1st Place Men's/Women's Overall & Team.
Photo Meijco van Velzen
Olympic Gold Medal and World Championship winning athletes have trained and performed using VESPA. While VESPA is no substitute for proper training, nutrition and rest these athletes know VESPA gives them that extra edge in endurance, mental clarity and motor coordination to win at the highest levels of competition.

VESPA powered athletes have won in these events:

The Big Fix at Monarch Pass
The Big Fix 2006 at Monarch Pass.

The BIG FIX 2006 . . . 27 days, 3480 miles, Davis, CA to Boston, fixed gear cycles . . . a charity ride to find a cure for Histiocytosis.

"We ran out (of VESPA) in Pennsylvania and were calling hockey stores like they were crack dealers!"
-Walter "The Big Dawg" Dawes, Big Fixer