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Shifting Into Overdrive

Shifting Into Overdrive

Maximizing the 5 Factors
That Pave the Way for a
Super-Productive Workout

Beyond amazing genetics, the top pro athletes and bodybuilders have one thing in common: the ability and fortitude to train at 100% day in and day out. So how is it that these athletes maintain their energy levels in the gym, even when they are stressed, tired, or sleep deprived? Here’s one answer: energy-maximizing supplements!

What is the link between optimizing energy and growth?

In order to make gains in the gym, you must consistently stress the body. As such, your resistance-training program should be progressive and intense. Most simply put, as training volume and intensity progress (and your workouts get longer and tougher), your body adapts. This adaptation is noted as increases in muscularity and strength; however, maintaining an ever-increasing workload in the gym requires an ever-increasing output of mental and physical energy.

When it comes to getting the most out of your time in the gym, there are many factors that must synergize. In an effort to give you the “perfect workout” day after day, the absolute best pre-workout products and energy boosters attempt to target many physiological systems simultaneously. The top supplements in these categories aim at boosting a combination of the following 5 factors:

1)    Brain energy
2)    Mental focus
3)    Exercise endurance
4)    Muscle pump
5)    Testosterone support

If you manage to keep these factors “cranked up to 10” with each workout, then you are READY TO GROW and will have the best chance to break through plateaus and realize your potential. In this article we will focus on supplements in the preworkout and energy booster categories that will help you keep your training intensity at maximum!


A few years ago, preparing for a workout, you might have taken a NO-based pump complex, some caffeine, some aminos, and whatever else. In short, you would have been one of those guys whose gym bag rattled everywhere he went because he was carrying so many supplements. Heck, some guys still do that, and we salute you, old-school workout warriors! These days, however, all-in-one pre-workout solutions have evolved to the point where, not only are they truly comprehensive and viable across multiple pathways of workout maximization, but their ratios of respective ingredients are probably superior to what you could do on your own by mix-and-matching different products. Synergy is important, people! All of which brings us to the category leader, AndroFury from BioQuest.

The R&D team at BioQuest did their homework with this product. Not only does it contain key ingredients for liberating brain energy, mental focus, endurance, and extraordinary muscle pumps, it also contains compounds aimed at boosting anabolism.

Anabolism is most simply defined as constructive metabolism, via a process in which skeletal muscle boosts anabolism which increases protein synthesis, leading to greater muscle hypertrophy. Weight training on its own promotes physiological responses that increase anabolic drive in skeletal muscle. The key hormone driving this anabolic response is testosterone, which becomes elevated from resistance training. Even better, a supplemental technology exists that can augment the anabolic response to training by increasing the production of testosterone and its effects in skeletal muscle. That technology, a full-spectrum, protodioscin-rich super compound that can function as a key catalyst for the production of luteinizing hormone (LH) in the body, is contained in AndroFury.

Researchers at BioQuest formulated AndroFury, an innovative pre-workout powered by key compounds aimed at harnessing mental and physical energy and optimizing testosterone production during your workouts, specifically to amp your workouts into the stratosphere. Here are categorized descriptions of AndroFury’s main ingredients:

Testosterone Support


What it is: Protodioscin is derived from a hearty flowering plant that thrives in warmer climates and has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for impotence and infertility in men. The steroidal saponins extracted and purified from this plant are considered to be the factor responsible for the biological activity related to testosterone support. This activity depends on the concentration and the composition of active saponins, of which (to bodybuilders) the most important is protodioscin. What sets AndroFury (and ProSource’s AndroTest, for that matter) apart from other protodioscin-containing supplements is that the protodioscin-rich super compound contained in AndroFury is the end result of an industry-leading, multi-phase extraction process so extensive (and completely unprecedented in the industry) it yields up to 40 times more testosterone-supporting power when compared to competing brands. That’s testosterone support that makes a difference!

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 protodioscin supplements are likely due to substandard processing of materials and low yield of active saponins. Make sure to choose products that are standardized to contain a mimimum 40% protodioscin to ensure maximum effect. Again, the protodioscin content in AndroFury meets this critical standard.

Exercise Endurance


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. AndroFury contains this essential workout maximizer in a clinically indicated dosage. You can also supplement beta alanine separately with ProSource brand Beta Alanine.

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 would support workout volume and intensity.

Muscle Pump

Arginine Alpha-Ketogluterate (AAKG)

What it is: A supplement that contains a blend of L-arginine (A) and α-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 role in the removal of toxic ammonia from cells, which can build up during intense exercise. L-arginine is essential for the production 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. NO potentiators were all the rage a few years ago, and still serve a valuable role in performance optimization today. AndroFury contains a sizeable 1000 mg dose of Arginine-AKG, and ProSource brand Super AKG provides an even larger 3000 mg dosage of this versatile amino.

What it does: According to the research, taking AAKG leads to rapid and sustained increases in blood arginine levels. Most people 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.

Brain Energy and Mental Focus


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 caffeine content. Today, caffeine is regarded as the most “widely enjoyed” psychoactive substance and is, of course, present in AndroFury.

What it does: It increases time to exhaustion, boosts strength, mobilizes fats, and increases focus. Although the exact physiological mechanism(s) behind caffeine’s performance-enhancing effects are only just starting to be realized, 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 responsible for most of its energy enhancing benefits.


L-Carntine L-Tartrate (LCLT)

Here we switch things up a little and address another aspect of testosterone support, namely the promotion of increased androgen receptor levels. BioQuest's AndroCept contains a specialized L-Carnitine L-Tartrate technology that has been reported (see the study below) to increase the number of androgen receptors on the muscle cell which, in turn, makes more testosterone available within the body for greater anabolism. It’s an exciting new field of supplemental research and development, and AndroCept (and BioQuest) are on the cutting edge of this breakthrough category.

What it is: Carnitine is a compound synthesized by the liver and kidneys from the amino acids methionine and lysine. The blend of L-carnitine and L-tartrate produces a highly stable and bioavailable form of carnitine.

How does it build muscle? LCLT can be thought of as an “anabolic potentiator. It works by upregulating the testosterone-mediated “anabolic system” in skeletal muscle, resulting in enhanced recovery and greater gains.  The proof comes from a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study concluding that 21-days of LCLT supplementation upregulated androgen (testosterone) receptor content in skeletal muscle and augmented luteinizing hormone secretion (a signaling hormone for testosterone production) in resistance-trained men. A complimentary study showed that LCLT supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle tissue damage after heavy squatting exercise. Carnitine also increases nitric oxide production and increases fat loss by transporting more fat to the mitochondria where it is oxidized and turned into energy (ATP).

BetaStax® Elite

Energy Production and Fat Oxidation

Why have we listed a “fat burner” in an article about energy and muscle growth? Three reasons: first, there are some people who like to mix-and-match their own pre-workout regimens (see the old-school warriors cited above), but want an additional supplement that provides sustained mental and thermogenic energy to really get their “sweat on” in the gym. Second, the best way show off your muscularity is to get your body fat level under 10%, which requires strict dieting and cardio training in conjunction with muscle building workouts. This definitely calls for a potent energy liberating supplement like BioQuest's BetaStax Elite. Third, BetaStax Elite contains a unique matrix of premium-grade energy factors ideal for helping you hit the gym floor with energy to burn.

BetaStax Elite helps to attack fat loss from several angles with key ingredients that help curb appetite, increase energy, mobilize fats, and enhance metabolic rate. This product is so potent, that many BetaStax users rave about the smooth and sustained energy surge that is felt almost immediately upon taking it, with no jitters, headaches, or crash. The unique feeling of sustained energy that comes from BetaStax Elite is due to an ideal synergy of its energy factors and its proprietary Liquid SpeedCap™ technology. The novel stimulating effect of BetaStax Elite makes it an ideal pre-workout “pick me up” to carry you through your workouts at 100%, while also promoting increased thermogenic energy and enhanced fat burning.

In conclusion, it should be noted that every subpar workout is a missed opportunity. Indeed, it could be argued that a poor workout is worse than no workout at all, because you’re just inducing increased catabolism (muscle-wasting) without accruing any anabolic benefit. Supplement correctly, and you’ll make sure ever workout pays big dividends!

Read more about AndroFury here!

Read more about AndroCept here!

Read more about BetaStax Elite here!

Read more about Super AKG here!

Use as directed. Read all product label instructions and warnings thoroughly before use. A 4-week study of healthy males using AndroTest showed a 59.75% average increase in free testosterone compared to baseline and 59.88% average increase in total testosterone compared to baseline. Use weight-loss products as directed with a sensible diet and exercise program that includes reduced caloric intake and increased physical activity. Consult a health care professional before beginning any weight loss program. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.