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Posted in: Articles by ProSource, Supplement Articles
By Dwayne Jackson. PhD | Aug 27, 2014



Power Your Way to Productive Workouts
With These Valuable Performance Optimizers



In bodybuilding and strength sports, training with 100% intensity day in and day out is what separates the amateurs from the pros. After all, the only way to see maximum gains is to workout with maximum intensity consistently. This requires your mind and body to be primed during each workout.

Based on the overload principle, in an effort to build muscle, you must increase the amount of work completed as you progress from workout to workout. In basic physics, the work equation states: work = force x distance, where force is determined by strength (or the amount of weight you push) and distance is determined by training volume (or the number of sets and reps completed). Fortunately, there are several compounds ideally suited to optimize your mind and body to carry you through heavy and high-volume workouts. In this article, we will introduce you to the top pre-workout maximizers geared to increase workout productivity by supporting anabolism, muscle endurance, intensity, and blood flow to working muscles.

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Beta-Alanine
What it is: An amino acid that it is not involved in synthesizing proteins, but plays a rate-limiting role in carnosine production by interacting with histidine. In as little as 4 weeks, beta-alanine supplementation can increase muscle carnosine levels by more than 60%, leading to increased muscle endurance and workout intensity.

What it does: High muscle carnosine improves muscle performance through its ability to buffer skeletal muscle pH (acidity) during high intensity / fatiguing exercise. Since one of the primary causes of fatigue during exercise is metabolically mediated decreases in pH (or acidosis), it is obvious why beta-alanine supplementation and increased muscle carnosine support increased workout volume and intensity.  

How to take it: Is there anything worse than that feeling, halfway through a workout, of losing steam? A top-quality product like ProSource's Beta Alanine is the way to go here.   ProSource was one of the first manufacturers to introduce a pure, premium-grade beta alanine, and theirs is still the industry standard. Take a pre-workout dose of 2 grams, 30 minutes prior to training.


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Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)
What they are: A special set of  3 essential amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) that must be supplemented in the diet. BCAA levels can become depleted during heavy exercise as they get broken down to make energy. This can compromise muscle BCAA levels and leave you in a state of muscle catabolism.

What they do: Supplemental BCAAs boost anabolism and blunt catabolism. They are also delay fatigue, as they are key regulators of focus, energy and strength under conditions of stress and exercise. Leucine is a key player in initiating the anabolic response to exercise. As such, high quality BCAA products should contain at least twice as much leucine as isoleucine and valine.

How to take them: Take 5-10 g, up to 4 times per day. ProSource's Mega BCAA provides premium-quality aminos in the preferred 2:1:1 ratio (leucine/isoleucine/valine) and comes in two convenient formats, capsules and powder. To ensure adequate blood BCAA levels always take a dose of BCAAs 30 minutes preworkout and immediately postworkout.

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Creatine Monohydrate
What it is: A nitrogenous organic acid synthesized by the body from arginine, methionine, and glycine and stored in skeletal muscle. During exercise, creatine plays a fundamental role in energy production by forming the ATP needed for muscle contractions.

What it does: Having augmented creatine stores not only provides energy substrates for exercise, but also promotes greater anabolic responses by physical and hormonal mechanisms. First, it increases the amount of water taken up by muscle cells, which swells the muscle and signals for increased repair (it also makes your muscles look bigger).  Second, it increases the release of the anabolic hormone, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and decreases myostatin levels (the 'anabolic brakes') post-workout. Notably, research has shown that beta alanine stacked with creatine produces synergistic increases in strength and muscle mass, with decreases in fat mass.

How to take it: Here the story has always been genuine CreaPure Creatine Monohydrate from AlzChem Labs in Germany. This specific source has been the gold standard for years, far superior to the impurities-laden alternatives from China and other places. At the same time, buffered creatines, though much hyped in the ads in bodybuilding magazines, have yet to show results worthy of their increased price. ProSource has you covered here as well, since its Creatine Monohydrate product is 100% sourced from CreaPure creatine, micro-crystallized for an unsurpassed 99.95% purity. Although creatine monohydrate dosing is body weight and tolerance dependent, a good starting point is to first complete a loading phase of 5g, 4 to 6 times per day for a week. After a week take 5 g 30 minutes before and immediately after training. On rest days take 5 grams with breakfast and 5 grams later in the day.

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Caffeine
What it is: A bitter tasting psychoactive stimulant that occurs naturally in a variety of plants and seeds. As far back as the Stone Age, it was found that chewing the seeds, bark, or leaves of certain plants elevated mood, increased energy levels and focus, and decreased hunger. It was realized years later that these effects were due to their caffeine content. Today, caffeine is regarded as the most "widely enjoyed" psychoactive substance and is ingested daily by 90% of North Americans.

What it does: It increases time to exhaustion, boosts strength, mobilizes fats, and increases focus. Although the exact mechanism(s) behind caffeine's performance-enhancing effects seem indefinable at present, it is well known that caffeine blocks adenosine receptors in the central nervous system. These adenosine receptors normally inhibit stimulatory neurotransmitter release, but when caffeine is present the inhibition is lost and neurotransmitters (like adrenaline) are released in large amounts. This stimulatory effect of caffeine is likely responsible for most of its performance benefits.

How to take it: A number of pre-workout optimizers and energy catalysts contain caffeine (usually in 200 mg or 250 mg doses) and you're good to go with BioQuest's hormonal support/performance optimizer Andro Fury (see below) or the newly amped-up energy/diet support breakthrough BetaStax Elite, also from BioQuest. If you're on a tight budget, you can also supplement with caffeine straight-up, in the form of ProSource's Extreme Caffeine, which adds 250 mg of L-tyrosine for enhanced focus. Take 100-300 mg of caffeine 30-45 minutes before training.

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Glycine Propionyl-L-Carnitine (GPLC)
What it is: A special form of l-carnitine-bound glycine containing a propionyl ester.

What it does: GPLC has been reported to augment nitric oxide (NO) production in resistance-trained subjects, thus promoting increased muscle blood flow for optimized nutrient delivery and metabolite clear-out and great muscle pumps. Performance-based studies have shown that even short-term GPLC supplementation leads to increased peak power production and increased lactic acid clearing during intense training.

How to take it:BioQuest's Alpha Fury was one of the pioneering products in this category and it's still an industry leader. The patented GlycoCarn formulation of Glycine Propionyl-L-Carnitine found in Alpha Fury has been linked to improved muscle pumps and performance, enhanced recovery support, and added energy for workouts.

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Arginine Alpha-Ketogluterate (AAKG)
What it is: A supplement that contains a blend of L-arginine (A) and alpha-ketoglutarate (AKG). L-arginine is a conditionally essential amino acid used by every cell in the body. It is involved in protein synthesis, the production of amino acids, creatine production, and the urea cycle. It plays an essential in the removal of toxic ammonia from cells, which can build up during intense exercise. L-arginine is essential for the production of nitric oxide (NO), which leads to vasodilation and increases in blood flow, and has been reported to stimulate mitochondria synthesis. AKG is produced endogenously in the citric acid cycle, a biochemical energy-producing pathway.

What it does: According to the research, taking AAKG leads to rapid and sustained increases in blood arginine levels. Most athletes who use AAKG claim it leads to sustained muscle pumps and, when taken prior to heavy training, studies have shown that AAKG decreases perceived exertion to increased workload (i.e., heavy workouts feel lighter than they actually are). Most notably, it has been shown that stacking creatine with AAKG substantially improves peak anaerobic power output.

How to take it: Arginine-based pump complexes have been extremely popular since the pre-workout category exploded into prominence almost a decade ago. A leading product in that first wave (and still highly popular today), was ProSource's Super-AKG. Super AKG comes in both powder and capsule form, and has long been famous for providing the same (or better) arginine content at roughly half the price of much-hyped competing products. For best results, stack with ProSource Creatine Monohydrate.

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Tribulus Terrestris  
What it is: A hearty flowering plant that thrives in tropical climates and has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for impotence and infertility in men. The steroidal saponins of Tribulus are considered to be the factor responsible for the biological activity of products derived from this plant. This activity depends on the concentration and the composition of active saponins. To bodybuilders, the most important saponin is protodioscin.

What it does: Protodioscin augments blood levels of testosterone, luteinizing hormone, dehydroepiandrosterone, dihydrotestosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate. Notably, a relatively recent study clearly illustrated that the concentration of protodioscin in herbal extracts is greatly influenced by the standardization of plant material. Thus, any negative reports of Tribulus terrestris supplements are likely due to substandard processing of materials and low yield of active saponins. Make sure to choose products that use strict standardizing procedures.

How to take it: Tribulus-based hormonal support products vary so widely in standardization, potency, and purity that you really have to be careful regarding your purchase of a product in this category. There are so many products out there that contain little or no active ingredient. In my own well-documented experience, ProSource's AndroTest is the way to go. AndroTest is the first T-booster ever standardized for a minimum of 40% protodioscin levels, a quality derived via a painstaking refinement process that can include of to 20 separate extractions. The result, as documented in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical study, is increases in total testosterone levels averaging 59.88% over baseline, with some subjects showing total increases as high as 275% over baseline. That's a difference you'll really feel as you walk out onto the gym floor for your workout!

Stacking Options
Here, we're going to make it easy for you. Although you could stack many of these supplements to get synergistic and/or additive benefits, BioQuest has two novel products that are affordable and take the guess work out of stacking.

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If you are looking to boost anabolism, they have created Andro Fury, a revolutionary pre-workout that aims to augment the anabolic response to exercise.

AndroFury
Anabolism can be simply defined as constructive metabolism. In skeletal muscle, we see constructive metabolism as increased protein synthesis, leading to greater muscle hypertrophy. Weight training on its own promotes biological responses that increase anabolic drive in skeletal muscle. The key hormone regulating the anabolic response is testosterone, which becomes elevated from resistance training. Notably, there are key supplements that can augment the anabolic response to training by increasing the production of testosterone and its effects in skeletal muscle.

Scientists at BioQuest have created a product that contains key compounds aimed at elevating testosterone and its actions in skeletal muscle. Their recently released product, called Andro Fury, includes ideal dosing of beta-alanine, BCAAs, and caffeine (mentioned above), but with an anabolic twist. AndroFury features 550 mg of an exotic Bulgarian herbal Tribulus Terrestris extract that is precisely standardized to yield the highest level of ultra bio-active protodioscin (40%) of any product ever commercially produced. Protodioscin-rich botanical extracts have been shown to effectively elevate testosterone, and its precursor luteinizing hormone (LH) along with dehydroepiandrosterone. In addition, they included 800 mg of l-carnitine l-tartrate (LCLT), which has been shown in human trials to also stimulate LH release (for greater testosterone production) and increase androgen (testosterone) receptor content in skeletal muscle of resistance-trained men. This dual effect of LCLT enables greater testosterone-androgen receptor interactions in trained muscle, thus amplifying training-induced anabolism.

If you are looking for extraordinary muscle pumps and workout energy, combined with optimal hormonal support, then Andro Fury should be your choice.

Alpha Fury
Of course, not everyone (women, especially) is looking for testosterone support from their pre-workout supplementation. In this case, BioQuest's AlphaFury (mentioned above) is for you. GlycoCarn (glycine propionyl-L-carnitine, or GPLC) has been extensively researched for performance-enhancing benefits and has been linked in scientific studies to the promotion of a number of critical exercise benefits as a result of the massively increased vasodilation it causes. It also has strong antioxidant benefits, and is active in the body for extended periods for improved athletic performance. AlphaFury also contains beta alanine for enhanced stamina, waxy maize carbs to enhance insulin boost and fuel for your workout, and a natural stimulant/alertness agent for intensity and focus support. It's pretty much the total package for maximized performance support.

With this knowledge in hand, you're ready to hit the gym amped, jacked, and pumped for truly spectacular results!


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