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Jun 21, 2012

Hit the Floor Ready for More with These Essential Pre-Workout Maximizers

Pre-workout formulas have become a mainstay in most peoples' supplement regimens. This is because most contain a blend of today's best science backed workout enhancing compounds in a single serving, making them convenient and cost effective. In this article we have highlighted the main ingredients in today's hottest pre-workout formulas. In an effort to ensure you choose products wisely, we have indicated the effective dose of each ingredient.




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Beta-Alanine
Based on an abundance of recent research illustrating its positive effects on muscle performance, beta-alanine is a must-have ingredient for athletes. This rate-limiting precursor to carnosine (a dipeptide that is concentrated in skeletal muscle) synthesis has been shown to elevate muscle carnosine levels by more than 60%. This is great for bodybuilders, as it has been shown that increased muscle carnosine levels correlate positively with increased power production and work capacity. As a result, many new studies illustrate the benefits of beta-alanine ingestion pre-workout to increase exercise intensity and power through its effects on muscle carnosine. A top-rated product like ProSource's Beta Alanine will contain a pure, highly bioactive, ultra-premium grade of this valuable amino. For best results, look for products that contain at least 2-3 g per serving.

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Creatine
It goes without saying that creatine supplementation is an absolute must for those seeking increases in strength and muscularity. There is an abundance of well-documented scientific data to back up creatine's direct muscle-building potential and impact on strength and power when taken before a workout. Creatine increases phosphocreatine in muscle that's utilized to make more ATP (energy), enabling more intense training sessions. Creatine increases skeletal muscle hypertrophy and protein synthesis by creating an osmotic gradient in muscle, whereby water is shunted into muscle cells to make them swell (which is a signal for anabolism). As well, recent scientific evidence has shown that creatine ingestion inhibits catabolic myostatin levels after training and elevates insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), thus providing two other potent modes for muscle growth. For best results, look for products that contain at least 5 g of CreaPure brand creatine monohydrate per serving, as found in ProSource's gold standard Creatine Monohydrate product.

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Zycor
Zycor, of course, isn't a compound but rather the most highly praised performance maximizer to hit gym floors and athletic fields in recent years. Athletes have raved over this breakthrough formulation's capacity for generating a dynamic and long-lasting upsurge of energy more than sufficient for facilitating incredibly productive and intense workouts. Zycor's proprietary combination of ultra-bioactive, premium-grade energy factors is precision-targeted for super-rapid delivery and a dramatic energy rush that can be felt in minutes. In addition, unlike less-sophisticated technologies which generate a jittery over-stimulated feeling followed swiftly by a precipitous energy crash, Zycor ramps up energy smoothly and evenly for a long-lasting plateau of increased focus and intensity. Zycor has only been available for a few months and already there are legions of athletes out there who wouldn't think of starting a workout without it!

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Arginine
Arginine is an amino acid precursor to nitric oxide (NO) production. Although controversial, some research shows that supplemental arginine boosts NO production, to promote vasodilation and increased muscle blood flow. However, recent evidence shows arginine supplements pack more punch than increased blood flow and greater delivery of muscle-building nutrients. In fact, arginine supplementation has been shown to boost growth hormone levels (GH), norepinephrine and epinephrine concentration, and insulin release. A recent study found arginine is involved in molecular signaling (via mTOR) for muscle growth, making it a multidimensional muscle builder. For best results, look for products that contain at least 3-5 g of arginine per serving. ProSource's Super-AKG product has long led the way in the industry for its combination of super-premium ingredients and affordable pricing.

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Glycine Propionyl L-Carnitine (GPLC)
This unique form of L-carnitine has been shown to augment nitric oxide production in resistance-trained subjects, thus promoting increased muscle blood flow for optimized nutrient delivery and metabolite clear out. In support, performance based studies have shown that even short-term GPLC supplementation leads to increased peak power production and increased lactic acid clearing during intense anaerobic exercise. Look for products that contain at least 4.5g of GlycoCarn brand USP grade GPLC. BioQuest's Alpha Fury pre-workout optimizer was a pioneer in this product category and remains unrivaled for both ingredient quality and performance-enhancing efficacy.

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Caffeine
Pre-workout formulas usually contain a hefty amount of caffeine (over 200 mg per serving), however caffeine is generally safe (unless you have a sensitivity). Caffeine is most commonly regarded as a central nervous system stimulant, but it's also highly involved in increasing fat mobilization from fat cells into the bloodstream. Caffeine's stimulant properties have been shown to increase muscle strength and training intensity when taken pre-workout. As well, studies have confirmed that preworkout caffeine supplementation reduces muscular soreness by greater than 50%. It has been shown that preworkout caffeine doses of 3mg/kg or more produce the greatest strength benefits. While many products contain caffeine, savvy bodybuilders seek out a source that also offers highly synergistic fat-loss mechanisms as well. BetaStax and its clinically validated, ultra-bioactive PureWay-Slim weight-loss agent have attracted legions of ardent fans over the years, making it a long-established and best-selling tool of workout maximization.

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Citrulline
This amino acid also helps prevent muscle fatigue, as it assists in production of energy by increasing the rate of phosphocreatine and ATP production. Citrulline, converts to arginine (a precursor to nitric oxide) in the body and optimizes blood and nutrient delivery to working muscles. Recent research indicates that citrulline supplements can actually increase blood levels of arginine and nitric oxide more effectively than arginine ingestion. It has proven to be a great preworkout supplement, as a single dose of citrulline was recently shown to combat exercise-induced fatigue, increase time to exhaustion, and substantially decrease muscle soreness. For best results, look for products that contain at least 3 g of citrulline per serving.

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1,3 Dimethylamylamine (DMAA, Methylhexaneamine, MHA, Geranamine, Geranium Extract)
This is an interesting compound that was originally developed as a nasal decongestant and patented by Eli Lilly in the 1940s. It is structurally similar to amphetamine, hence it has similar physiological and psychological effects when ingested. It has recently resurfaced in many of the best selling pre-workout formulas and is responsible for the significant stimulant kick that these products provide. Today DMAA is most commonly listed in the ingredients of pre-workout formulas as Geranamine, because it is said to come from geranium oil extracts. However, since geranium oil contains very low amounts of DMAA, it is more likely that these products contain synthetic forms of this compound. Currently, this stuff is legal to buy and use but there are rumors that legislation may be in the works to have DMAA go the way of ephedra. Like most potent stimulants, DMAA is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) prohibited list and many elite athletes have been stripped of titles, medals and banned from competition after using products that contained it. Further, recent research has shown that DMAA ingestion can lead to false positives from drug tests for amphetamine use. Unfortunately there are few studies to back up or refute this compound's safety, albeit DMAA abuse has been associated with risk of stroke and, like most stimulants, may lead to impotence, adrenal fatigue, frequent headaches, high blood pressure, and dependency. If you are using a product with DMAA in it, then proceed with caution.


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