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Thirsty on the Golf Course? How About Amino Vital?

Product Review: Amino Vital Focus Zone

Photo: FocusZone,
Photo: FocusZone,

I watch a lot of golf on TV and the Golf Channel is an engrained muscle-memory by now on my remote (don’t judge).

During all this viewing, I’ve seen a lot of commercials. One of the commercials that caught my attention was Amino Vital. With clever advertising and prominently placed logos on the bags of PGA Tour stars, I decided to give Amino Vital products a try.

I’m not saying a sports drink will allow me to hit drives as far as Dustin Johnson (one of the company’s most high-profile athletes), but if tastes good, keeps me hydrated, and helps maintain my focus throughout the round, I’m in.

Standing behind their products, Amino Vital confidently proclaims, “Our products are unique in promoting cellular level muscle recovery, repair, and energy. The ability to absorb pure amino acids promotes increased energy and great focus.”


I began with the STARTER pack (16 packets) of the company’s FOCUS ZONE product. The starter pack comes with two flavors: Grape and Lemon. Each packet mixes into a bottle of water (16-20 ounces) or in the Amino Vital mixing bottle (free w/purchase).

Image: Starter (Focus Zone Sampler), *Pricing April 2017*
Image: Starter (Focus Zone Sampler), *Pricing April 2017*

There are a lot of options in sports drinks on the market, so Amino Vital operates in a competitive environment. Some popular sports drinks have great taste, but are high in calories. Others are very energizing, but can have a crash effect when the energy wears off.

I found Amino Vital FOCUS ZONE a perfect blend of the two. Focus Zone has great taste but is low in calories and was not highly energizing, so there’s no crash effect later in the day.

  • With great taste, Amino Vital Focus Zone is an easy go-to on the course. Just grab a packet from your golf bag, mix it in a bottle of water (or Amino Vital mixing bottle) and you’re ready to go.
  • At just 15-calories a packet, Amino Vital Focus Zone is a great low calorie replacement for your regular sports drink.
  • At current pricing (including shipping), Amino Vital Focus Zone is approximately $1.60 a packet. This makes Focus Zone a cheaper, or very competitive pricing option, against all major sports drinks on the market.

Easy Mixing, Great Taste, Great Value!

Try Amino Vital FOCUS ZONE!

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Golf course superintendent keeps both his course and his health in top shape

Texas’ Jesse Shulse finds balance between golf, CrossFit

Jesse ShulseGCSSA logoAfter a 12-hour day as superintendent at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas, Jesse Shulse is just getting started.

As is typical for the profession, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America member Shulse is regularly up before dawn. But when he leaves work late in the afternoon, Shulse heads for CrossFit Aggieland in nearby College Station, Texas, where he is part-owner and a fitness trainer.

“For me, going to the gym and working out immediately cuts off the stress of the job,” said Shulse. “I really enojoy doing both jobs – being a superintendent and a trainer.”

Both are hard work, especially the way 34-year-old Shulse tackles them. He has helped the private Traditions Club earn top-5 status in the state, and he has competed in regional CrossFIt competitions and Ironman competitions that include a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run.

His time in the gym is a family affair as his wife, Melody, is also a trainer at CrossFit Aggieland, and their three children, Ryleigh, Wesley and Emily, all take part in CrossFit Kids.

Plus, it was family that led him into the golf industry. While in high school, Shulse began working on a golf course where his older brother Justin was the assistant superintendent.

After high school, Shulse left his native Texas to play soccer at the University of Rhode Island, but returned home to graduate from Texas A&M University with a degree in turfgrass science. And for the A&M alum and dedicated Aggie fan, Traditions Club was a great fit as the Jack Nicklaus-designed course is home to the A&M men’s and women’s golf teams.

His foray into CrossFit, which is a fitness program that incorporates several elements of high-intensity training, calisthenics and Olympic weight lifting, was a natural progression for the lifetime athlete and Ironman competitor.

While Shulse had run marathons and worked out with personal trainers, he missed the team atmosphere he had enjoyed in college. In 2010 he decided to try a CrossFit class. The sense of community and competitive atmosphere of CrossFit hit a chord, and he said it has pushed him to fitness levels other activities have not. He is now a Level 2 CrossFit trainer and has competed in various CrossFit competitions. He said his dedication to CrossFit has also benefitted him in his role as a superintendent.

Traditions Club has been very supportive of his CrossFit endeavors, and both golfers and some members of his maintenance staff regularly join him at the gym.

“CrossFit works because it’s a community; you eat together and you train together,” Shulse said. “Six of my (golf course) employees are now coming to the gym, and for one it’s been life changing. He has lost more than 100 pounds and is training for a marathon.”

CrossFit offers some specialized courses focused on specific workouts such as rowing and gymnastics. While there is no specific golf CrossFit course yet, Shulse says any golfer can add to their game by taking part in CrossFit or other regular fitness.

“It’s extremely important for golfers to take part in physical activities. If you’re a golfer, you’re looking at how strong you are. When you’re getting fit, you’re building strength,” Shulse said.

He said for golfers he modifies workouts to help with mobility, especially for older golfers.

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Ankle mobility and your golf swing

OB Performance Club-LogoIncrease your ankle mobility for more consistency in your golf swing.

Proper joint function is key to performing a quality and consistent golf swing. In today’s video we are going to take a look at your ankle mobility it can help you maintain your connection to the ground during your golf swing.



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