Editor’s note: This story appears in the August/September issue of New England Lacrosse Journal.
For the serious athlete, gaining muscle and recovering faster from strenuous workouts are two of the most important parts of training.
It’s in those areas that athletes can produce their competitive advantage. That’s as true in lacrosse as it is in other sports.
And those processes can be accelerated with the use of YOLKED®, an NSF Certified for Sport protein enhancer that safely and naturally harnesses the immense power of fertilized egg yolk, one of nature’s most nutrient-dense substances, to provide tremendous training benefits.
“YOLKED is something that every athlete should be taking,” said Zach Guth, a Minor League pitcher in the Colorado Rockies system. “My recovery rate has almost doubled since I have been taking it. It has taken my training and my performance to the next level.
“I have added almost 25 pounds to my bench max and my fastball velocity is up nearly 5 miles an hour due to YOLKED making me stronger. I would 100 percent recommend this to any serious athlete.”
YOLKED is not a protein supplement. It is a protein enhancer, a unique composition that has been clinically proven to enhance the rate at which protein rebuilds muscle in the body.
“What we want to get across to the lacrosse community is that YOLKED understands the mindset, the goals and the ambitions of young, competitive, elite athletes,” said Dante Carnevale, the company’s chief strategist. “We’re here to help these athletes change their bodies so that they can reach their potential physically and find out how good they can be.
“YOLKED is for competitive athletes who are working hard to achieve something, whether it’s making a varsity team, getting a college scholarship or trying to succeed as a professional.”
YOLKED is a very simple product with only three ingredients – high pressure pasteurized egg yolk, with a touch of vanilla and dextrose for flavor. So why not just eat eggs? For one, the eggs that are purchased at the supermarket are not fertilized. Fertilized egg yolk possesses powerful growth and differentiation factors that are absent in unfertilized eggs.
Also, the heat used to cook eggs will denature the powerful bioactivity found in fertilized egg yolk. And eating raw eggs is dangerous due to high risk of microbial contamination. Through its proprietary manufacturing process,
YOLKED retains all of the benefits of raw egg yolk, with none of the drawbacks.
Though its benefits can be enjoyed by anyone, the target audience for YOLKED is athletes between the ages of 15 and 30 who are serious about becoming elite in their sport. It has been clinically proven to increase the rate of muscle protein synthesis by 18 percent and build three times more muscle than protein alone.
In a 2016 double-blind, placebo controlled human clinical trial at the University of Tampa, it was found that male athletes ages 18-21 who took YOLKED in conjunction with resistance training gained three times more muscle than those who took placebo.
In a 2019 double-blind, placebo controlled human clinical trial involving older adults performed at the University of California-Berkeley, YOLKED was shown to significantly increase the fractional rate of muscle protein synthesis, by up to 18 percent.
“There’s a lot of powerful science behind it,” said Carnevale, “whether it’s muscle gain, improving recovery from workouts and injury, or reducing muscle atrophy while recovering from surgery.”
Testimonials have come from across the sports world. Team YOLKED captains include U.S. soccer star Carli Lloyd, NBA star Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic, and 10-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Joe Thomas.
“I’m proud to represent a brand that is committed to delivering cutting edge products made with safe, all-natural ingredients that help improve strength, speed and recovery,” said Lloyd.
YOLKED clients include the Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets of the NBA; and the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings of the NHL.
Numerous college programs have also come aboard as clients, including Boston College and Brown, as well as dozens of players from the NFL and NBA.
“We first started using YOLKED in the fall of 2019 with our redshirt training group,” said Grant Geib, the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Western Michigan University. “The purpose of the redshirt group is to provide athletes with an early jump on their physical development for the following season. We partnered with YOLKED as an experiment to see if we could provide our athletes with an extra boost during this pivotal window of training.
“As the training program unfolded, we were extremely impressed with the growth and performance of our athletes. We saw substantial increases in size (5-7 pounds on average), gains in strength, and several athletes reported improvements in recovery. We were specifically impressed with the results of some of our veteran athletes in the program who appeared to smash through training plateaus while using the product. The redshirt training program has always been successful for us, but YOLKED provided an extra dimension.”
A recommended serving of YOLKED can be taken at any time of day, either “straight up” from the single-serve packet or mixed into a protein shake, smoothie, milk, yogurt or oatmeal, though it is not water-soluble. The taste has been compared to a vanilla cupcake.
Athletes should see results – improved recovery, strength gains – within one month of usage, though some athletes report positive results within 2-3 weeks.
“Our product is extremely unique,” said Carnevale. “Everyone takes protein. A lot of people take creatine. And those products are great. But YOLKED is a separator. It’s cutting edge and an opportunity for athletes to be ahead of the curve when it comes to getting bigger, faster and stronger.
“This is for people who have high ambition in their sport, who are busting their butts to be the best they can be and are looking for a safe, all-natural edge that will help separate them from their competition.”
To learn more about YOLKED or purchase the product, visit their website at www.YOLKED.com. For coaches or teams that would like to make YOLKED a part of their training program, contact Carnevale at DCarnevale@myoscorp.com.