Outperforms Standard Arginine-Based Agents
Has any area of bodybuilding science advanced and evolved as rapidly as the pre-workout category? Ten years ago, pre-workout supplementation meant slugging down a bottle of sugary Gatorade. Five years ago, the first arginine-based NO potentiators arrived to great fanfare. And now, it looks like the science of pre-workout supplementation may have a new springboard with an entirely new kind of bodybuilding performance maximization catalyst found in Alpha Fury by BioQuest.
Before we take a closer look at this exciting new bodybuilding technology, it should be noted that if you're not incorporating a pre-workout product into your regimen, you're missing an opportunity to flood your muscles with key nutrients to help derive maximum benefit from each and every workout. From a physiological perspective, priming the pump before you hit the floor makes great sense. You supply a healthy dose of valuable nutrients right before stressful exercise and your body has at this invaluable fuel at its disposal to make the most of the training stimulus. Add to the fact that blood flow increases several folds of magnitude from resting values after completing exercise and that delivery of these key ingredients will certainly be optimized. Bigger muscles, great pumps, improved strength, and faster recovery are all suggested outcomes from this nutritional approach.
In the context of blood flow, a molecule called nitric oxide has stolen the show. The scientific interest centered upon nitric oxide is based upon a solid foundational physiological rationale. Nitric oxide stimulates relaxation and dilation of the blood vessels, resulting in a larger transport vehicle for valuable nutrients to travel to and from muscles resulting in an improved delivery as well as improved removal of unnecessary waste products. In addition, nitric oxide is a key communicator between cells, almost an ambassador of sorts from one part of the body to another.
Much of the initial focus was centered on the conditionally essential amino acid, arginine, and a backbone molecule of a key energy system used by our cells during exercise called alpha-ketoglutarate. Increased availability of these molecules as a result of supplementation is linked to increases in nitric oxide levels. As a result, their combination was popularized and marketed for their ability to increase nitric oxide levels. According to the theory, this increase in nitric oxide would stimulate vasodilation resulting in an increased transport capacity of the blood vessels, which would lead to greater adaptations to resistance training over time or improved strength, power and body composition. In a subsequent study, Shelmadine and colleagues (Shelmadine and Cooke 2009) supplemented a combination of several ingredients including arginine, creatine and a host of other amino acids and reported improved resistance training adaptations. This combination of workout maximizing compounds (with minor tweaks across brands) is now well-established as the industry standard.
Enter Glyco-Carn, a patented form of glycine proprionyl-L-carnitine. Glyco-Carn was developed by Sigma Tau Health Science, Inc. and has undergone fairly involved research investigation for its ability to mitigate nitric oxide production and influence various exercise outcomes. In the last four years, a series of a studies completed by investigators have found that Glyco-Carn at a dosage of 4.5 grams over 4 weeks increased nitrate/nitrite levels (markers reflective of nitric oxide production) (Bloomer and Smith 2007) and in another study using the same 4.5 gram dose over 8 weeks of use, increased levels of nitric oxide (Bloomer and Tschume 2009) were observed. Additionally, studies using Glyco-Carn found it to reduce the accumulation of lactate, a marker of fatigue, and increased the total amount of work completed after a series of cycling sprints (Jacobs and Goldstein 2009). While actual levels of muscle carnitine aren't influenced by its use (Smith and Fry 2008), its use has also resulted in decreased levels of oxidative stress in the blood after supplementation and exercise, an important point which further supports its role at supporting exercise training (Bloomer and Farney 2010, Bloomer and Tschume 2009). BioQuest, the makers of AlphaFury, have been closely monitoring this exciting line of investigation involving GlycoCarn, and are now among the manufacturers able to make this technology available to bodybuilders.
Alpha Fury's combination of Glyco-Carn and beta-alanine represents an exciting combination of ingredients in pre-workout supplementation science. These key ingredients are two primary players, which facilitate optimal exercise training and improved adaptations to your exercise program. If your standard arginine-based pump complex has been letting you down lately, you owe it to yourself to check out what AlphaFury can do for you.
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