There reaches a point in everyone's fitness journey where they get exposed to Pre-Workout. They want to take their exercise performance to the next level, and are looking for a natural way to push harder.
However, once you dive into the realm of pre-workout supplements, you realize the options are endless. It can be almost impossible to decipher what you actually need and what you don't.
The best way to decide which pre-workout is best for your goals is to learn about the ingredients in the product and why they work. Remember, the amount of each ingredient is just as if not more important than the ingredients themselves.
This essential guide will dive into the science behind the best pre-workout ingredients without making you feel like you're back in school doing a research report 😂.
Natural Caffeine (from Arabica Bean)
We all know the energizing effects of caffeine supplementation. We can feel it kick in minutes after drinking a cup of coffee or half way through your favorite energy drink. Although caffeine is unique in the way it immediately kick-starts your energy levels, be mindful of the slippery slope of your tolerance. Many people fall victim to ever-increasing caffeine dosage in pre-workouts which is why we keep our dosage at 200mg which is 33% of what your max daily total should be.
Be on the lookout for labels that clearly state "Natural Caffeine (from Arabica Bean)". This is the most natural source of caffeine for your body and will help promote smooth energy.
Have you ever slammed one two many cups of coffee or energy drinks and after 2-3 hours had a massive crash? Well, so have we - that’s exactly why we wanted all the energy without the terrible crash. L-theanine is one of the main active ingredients found in green tea and helps promote relaxation without the drowsiness. L-theanine helps you feel focused without the jitters or crash. When looking at pre-workouts it is important to find L-theanine infused blends. The ideal ratio between mg of caffeine and L-theanine is 1:1. That is why all of our pre-workout blends have 200mg Caffeine and 200mg of L-theanine.
L-citrulline is a popular ingredient in pre-workout supplements due to its ability to raise nitric oxide levels even more than L-Arginine. When nitric oxide production increases, blood flow improves and allows both nutrients and oxygen to travel faster in the body. This energizes you and allows you to work out longer.
While L-citrulline is ideal for bodybuilders, other athletes may get more significant benefits from L-citrulline malate — the salt form of malic acid and L-citrulline.
Malic acid is a useful compound involved in energy production. When paired with citrulline, your circulation, cellular energy, and muscular endurance improve.
This noticeably improves physical performance, helping you achieve your fitness goals faster
Studies indicate that 4-8 grams of citrulline malate is the optimal dosage before a workout. However, most products on the market contain around 2 grams due to its cost but we thought it was essential to provide an effective dose of 6g per serving.
Beta-alanine is an often misunderstood and under-dosed sports nutrition ingredient. When supplemented properly, beta-alanine increases muscle carnosine levels, thereby creating a buffer that helps neutralize lactic acid build-up.
A study on the effects of beta-alanine supplementation showed a significant increase in total bench press volume and a reduced feeling of fatigue compared to the placebo group.
L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that is used to produce noradrenaline and dopamine. Studies show it reduces stress during exposure to acute stressors such as training stimulus. Tyrosine is essential when you’re under stress or need to power through something requiring a lot of focused attention. If you run out, you might start to feel like you’ve hit a mental wall. That’s because tyrosine is a precursor to some of the most important neurotransmitters in your brain. Without tyrosine, your body can’t make:
- Dopamine, for mood and motivation
- Norepinephrine, for muscle recovery and blood flow
- Adrenaline, for focus and drive
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