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5-Hour Energy Continues to Support the Troops with 5-Hour Energy Shot Donations to Operation Gratitude

Monday, April 20, 2009
We are all aware of the sacrifices our troops make on a day-to-day basis to protect our lives and maintain a nation of solidarity and freedom. Showing our support for the troops is not only important here on the home soil, but also around the world on military bases, temporary camps and on the front lines.

In an effort to relay that patronage following 9/11, Operation Gratitude was created to support the nation's soldiers and boost morale with care packages containing letters of appreciation, food, entertainment items, hygiene products and more. Today, the care packages continue to help troops endure the intense physical conditions and time away from friends, loved ones and their lives in America.

In 2007 5-Hour Energy began donating 5-Hour Energy shots to the Operation Gratitude effort. The 5-Hour Energy shots help keep troops alert and energized, and also give them a little taste of home.

"We're proud to be associated with Operation Gratitude," said Carl Sperber, Director of Corporate Communications for Living Essentials. "U.S. Troops have the most difficult job imaginable, and Operation Gratitude's mission to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages is one we're honored to be part of."

As a non-profit, volunteer corporation, Operation Gratitude continues reaching out and relaying our country's support. The team at Operation Gratitude also maintains a wish list of the simple things our troops could use like batteries, moist towelettes, fans and board games. Additional ways Operation Gratitude helps Americans express their respect and appreciation in a hands-on manner is through collection drives and letter writing campaigns.

You can find out more about Operation Gratitude and all that this philanthropic effort has done for the men and women over seas by visiting the Operation Gratitude Web site. It's never too late to lend a hand to those who risk their lives daily.


Study Confirms that Caffeine Can Ease the Pain of Your Workout

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Everyone has seen it, you're at the gym and you notice that many choose coffee over sports drinks or regular H2O. When energy levels are burned off from the stresses outside the gym, the caffeine in that cup of coffee carries many through a routine workout. Even more invigorating, and probably unnoticed by the java Joes at the gym, is that the caffeine in their mug of dark roast also helps ease the pain of their workout.

Robert Motl, a University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor, did a study with 25 college males to test the claims that caffeine does in fact reduce the pain of a work out on both coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers. During the tests, Motl's team put the subjects through routine cycling exercises and prior to the workout, participants were given a pill. Some received a dose of caffeine and others a placebo. The study found that caffeine does reduce pain during a workout in both habitual coffee drinkers and java-free gym goers.

Being a stimulus that works on the adenosine neuromodulatory system, a part of the brain associated with pain processing, caffeine diminishes the physical pains of athletic exertion. This is encouraging news for everyone who wants to become more physically active.

Many go to the gym and push it until the pain convinces them to call it quits. This is the point where a natural and healthy boost like caffeine can take it to the next level. By reducing the pain of a workout, that level at which we tend to drop off because of exhaustion and soreness gets pushed back and the extra workout increases the health benefits.

The caffeine-workout connection helps explain why so many are chugging large raspberry mochas into the nation's health clubs. You, like everyone else, want to get the most out of the time invested in a workout. But you are not a coffee drinker or running on a full stomach of dark brew isn't the greatest idea. A quick solution is a 2 oz. 5-Hour Energy shot. 5-Hour Energy shots have the same amount of caffeine as a cup of premium coffee and are sugar-free, contain only 4 calories and they store nicely in your gym bag.

For greater details about Motl's caffeine study, you can read about it in the April edition of International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.



Name the Energy Guy Contest Conclusion

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Name the Energy Guy contest is over, and the result shows the fans like things the way they are. No need to plaster any embarrassing names on our logo's name tag, the Energy Guy remains The Energy Guy.

5-Hour Energy hosted a contest on the 5-Hour Energy Fan Zone throughout February that asked fans to come up with names for the logo's silhouetted runner. After over 600 names were suggested, the top five nominations were put to a vote. The finalists were Dash, Marathon Mike, Powered Howard, Steve and The Energy Guy.

Just what did our beloved mascot think of the finalists? "It would have been a lot for me to give up my name on a shameless marketing gimmick."

And his take on The Energy Guy winning it all? "Thankfully the good people who use 5-Hour Energy came to my rescue."

Luckily, our mascot has an official name he is happy with. His name and reputation remain intact and we only have you, the fans, to thank for that! Check out the 5-Hour Energy Fan Zone for more contests and to keep in touch with our very own, officially named, The Energy Guy.


Another 5-Hour Energy MySpace Contest

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Become a 5-Hour Energy MySpace Friend!

After the success of the first 5-Hour Energy MySpace Friends Contest, we here at 5-Hour Energy have decided to hold another one! Already a friend, good news for you! Still haven't become a friend yet? Here's a little incentive. That's right, as long as you're a friend of 5-Hour by the end of this month, you'll be entered to win a free 12 pack of 5-Hour Energy shots.

After becoming a 5-Hour Energy MySpace friend, you'll be in the loop with all of our promotions, news and contests. You'll get access to our MySpace blog, see new 5-Hour videos, and keep up with our newly named mascot, Energy Guy! So you'll get more out of being our MySpace friend than just an entry into this contest, you'll be up to speed about all upcoming contests and more!

Spread the word and help us grow on MySpace, you'll be glad you did! Check out even more 5-Hour goodness at the 5-Hour Energy Fan Zone and the 5-Hour Energy YouTube page. Stay connected, be in the know, and win free 5-Hour. What could be better?