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Pre workout foods what meals to eat

Best Foods to Eat Before Working Out

What are the best foods to eat before working out? Should you even care? Big Hell Yeah to that one last one. You need to care a lot. The pre-workout meals you eat can make or break your workout.

This article is all about what to eat prior to working out – we have another that features what to eat after working out here

That may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s not. Seriously. Think about it. If you head for the gym with nothing in your stomach but a bag of potato chips or a Twinkie, how will you train? Junk like that ain’t exactly the food of champions.

On the other hand, how do you think you will train if you hit the gym just after you’ve eaten a big meal?

Sure you may have made food choices that can juice you up with plenty of carbs, but the chances are you will feel bloated. Maybe even a little nauseous when you lie back on the bench and try to go to work.

Why You Shouldn’t Overdo It With Your Pre-Workout Meals

The other problem with going large on your pre-workout meals is it can make you sleepy. This happens in the animal kingdom as well, cats, dogs, even lions; they all crash out and bag some Zs after a big meal.

The scientists seem to still be trying to figure this one out, but they think it could be because overdoing it with the carbs and protein may trigger the release of serotonin. [SOURCE]

There’s another reason why eating a big meal before a workout isn’t a smart idea. It can actually rob you of energy instead of providing it. The same can happen if you try to fuel-up on sugar-laden snacks and soft drinks.

In both cases, the problem is the same. Be it due to eating big pre-workout meals or trying to get a sugar rush from snacks, your blood glucose can go sky high.

When you have too much glucose circulating your liver releases insulin to bring it down. More often than not, it does the job to well and you are hit with a sugar crash that can rob you of energy and give you cravings for high-calorie foods. [SOURCE 1, SOURCE 2]

The take-home point here is it’s not just about knowing the best foods to eat before working out. The size and timing of your pre-workout meals is important too.

The Role of Macronutrients In Your Pre-Workout Meal

“Macronutrients” is a term used to describe the main nutrients in food. There are only three of them: Carbohydrate, protein, and fat.

Although most foods contain a mix of macronutrients, many foods are classed by the main one they contain.

For instance, steak is mainly considered a source of protein but it contains fat too. Oats have protein, but people generally eat them to fuel-up on carbs.

Carbohydrate Protein Fat
Steak (100 g) 0 g 25 g 19 g
Oats (100g) 12 g 2.4 g 1.4 g

When you workout one of the main things you need is energy, so the best foods to eat before working out are ones that provide carbs. This is because carbs are your body’s primary source of energy. It’s designed to run on carbs.

It can get energy from protein and fat as well, but carbs are easier to use. Does that mean your pre-workout meals have to be all about carbs? No. They can contain the other two macronutrients too.

The thing is, adding them to your meal may be a bad idea if the time between eating and training is not long enough. Eating fat just before training can be particularly bad.

Carbohydrate (The #1 Choice for Your Pre-Workout Meals)

Carbohydrates (The #1 Choice for Your Pre-Workout Meals)

There are two kinds of carbs:

  1. Simple Carbs
  2. Complex Carbs

Simple carbs are basically sugars. They can provide a quick burst of energy, but can also cause your blood glucose to spike.

Complex carbs release energy more slowly than simple carbs. They keep you going for longer so they are the best carbs to use in pre-workout meals.

As they are digested, complex carbs release glucose into the blood. Your muscles convert this to ATP and use it for energy via a process known as cellular respiration. [SOURCE]

When the supply of glucose exceeds the demand, the liver converts the excess glucose to glycogen. It’s an important fuel reserve that is stored mostly in the liver but is stored in the muscles too.

Later on, when glucose levels are depleted during exercise, the liver converts glycogen back to glucose to help keep things going. [SOURCE]

So, the best foods to eat before working out are ones that provide complex carbs.

Here are a few examples of carb-rich foods you can add to your pre-workout meals:

  • Brown rice
  • Oats
  • Yams
  • Wholewheat pasta
  • Quinoa

All pre-workout Meals should contain carbs.

Protein (For Increased Endurance and Faster Recovery)

Protein (For Increased Endurance and Faster Recovery)

The amino acids provided by protein help increase endurance. In so doing, they enable you to increase the intensity of your workout. [SOURCE]

The branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) leucine, isoleucine, and valine are generally considered particularly important. For that reason, you can find them in many pre-workout supplements.

Adding protein to your pre-workout meals will also improve protein synthesis and provide you with extra strength. In addition to this, you may find you feel less muscle soreness due to a faster recovery rate.

Some of the best protein-rich foods to eat before working out include:

  • Turkey Breast
  • Tuna steak
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Soy

However, whether or not it is a good idea to include them in your pre-workout meals will depend on how soon you are eating them before your workout.

Protein (For Increased Endurance and Faster Recovery)

Fat (A Good Choice, But Not Always the Best Choice)

During a short duration of high-intensity exercise, your muscles are going to be running on glucose. For longer periods of exercise, things change.

Once the glucose is gone and the stores of glycogen have run dry your body will start burning fat for energy.

Every gram of fat you eat provides nine calories. That’s a lot. Carbs and protein only provide four calories per gram.

Fat is a high-calorie food so it stands to reason it can be good for providing energy. Here’s the rub: it takes a long time to digest.

The other problem is eating foods that are high in fat can slow the absorption of other foods.

It’s best not to eat foods that are high in fat before just before working out.

If it’s two or three hours before your workout, that’s fine. Chow down with confidence. Otherwise, give the fatty food a miss.

Most importantly, if you are adding fats to your pre-workout meals go for healthy (unsaturated fats). If you go for the other kind (saturated) you won’t be doing your heart any favours.

If you are adding fats to your pre-workout meals, some good options are:

  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Avocados
  • Walnuts
  • Mackerel
  • Herring

Using olive oil when roasting or frying food is also a good way to add unsaturated fat to your pre-workout meals.

Pre-Workout Meals v Pre-Workout Snacks

If you are eating two to three hours before your workout you have the freedom to choose pre-workout meals that contain carbs, protein, and fat. You still need to keep things healthy though and make sensible food choices.

When your pre-workout meals are only one to two hours before working out it’s best not to eat foods that contain fat. Eating them may hinder your workout instead of helping it.

Stick to carbs and proteins and think about making the portion size a little smaller so it will be lighter on your stomach.

If you are eating less than an hour before working out you will need to forget about eating a pre-workout meal. You need to be looking at pre-workout snacks instead.

Ideas for Pre-Workout Meals (2 – 3 Hours Before Training)

If you are eating two to three hours before training you have more options. There are fewer restrictions regarding fat.

Idea No. 1 Idea No. 2
Lean Grilled Steak (protein + fat)

Boiled Potatoes (Carbs)

Green Beans (Carbs)

Poached Salmon (Protein + Fat)

Boiled Brown Rice (Carbs)

Boiled Peas (Carbs + Protein

Ideas for Pre-Workout Meals (1 – 2 Hours Before Training)

If you are eating one to two hours before training, the best foods to include in your pre-workout meals will contain less fat. You won’t be looking at anything too complicated either, so it should be quick and easy to prepare:

Good choices include:

  • A light salad with bulgur wheat or couscous
  • Wholegrain cereal with skimmed milk
  • A small bowl of porridge topped with strawberries
  • Protein shake with a little mango

Pre-Workout Snacks (Eaten Less Than 60 Minutes Before Training)

When choosing your pre-workout snacks try to go for something small and simple and concentrate on carbs.

Some good choices for pre-workout snacks include:

  • An apple, pear, or orange
  • Half a cup of dried mixed fruit
  • Cereal bar

Good pre-workout snacks should provide an ongoing supply of glucose during your workout and do so without making your stomach feel bloated and full.

The Bottom Line

Choosing good pre-workout meals involves more than known the best foods to eat before working out. You also need to get the timing right and put some extra thought into the portion sizes.

If the idea of having so many restrictions regarding the foods you eat before working out seems a little daunting, it may be best to concentrate on the benefits a little smart pre-workout meal planning can provide.

Eating the right pre-workout meals or snacks at the right time can help you feel more energized in the gym. It can also help prevent muscle damage, speed up recovery, and generally support your ambition to build a strong, lean physique.

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Nutrex Outlift – Stim Free Pre Workout Review https://www.hypertrophia.com/nutrex-outlift-stim-free https://www.hypertrophia.com/nutrex-outlift-stim-free#respond Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:35:57 +0000 https://www.hypertrophia.com/?p=308 Last updated on January 27th, 2019Nutrex Outlift Review Nutrex released their pre-workout supplement Outlift in regular and stim-free versions. This review covers the stim-free version but they are close enough in ingredients for the information [Read More]

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Last updated on January 27th, 2019

Nutrex Outlift Review

Nutrex released their pre-workout supplement Outlift in regular and stim-free versions. This review covers the stim-free version but they are close enough in ingredients for the information below to be useful to you.

If you’re anything like me, you have two pre-workouts in the cupboard, one with stimulants, and one stim-free option.

A stim-free option is useful for a day where you want to get your stimulant fix another way, or you want to take advantage of the other ingredients a stim-free will use, or you just don’t want the stim “feel”.

Of course, some of you always go stim-free for any number of reasons, and so these are your go-to products.

I have alternated Nutrex Research’s Stim-Free Outlift with another product I have been testing, Dymatize Pre W.O.

This gave me a great idea as to how a stimulant based pre-workout compared with the stim-free pre. They are also fairly similar with respect to some of the key inclusions and their dosages, and they provided an even better platform for comparison.

Why Use Nutrex Outlift Stim-Free?

The obvious reasons are that you want a stim-free pre-workout, Nutrex Research are a reputable company, and Outlift is a fairly recent product line, so why not?!

One thing to point out from the beginning is the 26 grams of Outlift powder for every scoop.

That’s a pretty big scoop and worthy of your attention, because there are only a couple grams of non-active ingredients in Outlift, meaning it contains about 24 grams of active ingredients.

Companies who routinely put out these pre-workouts, the servings of which are in single figure grams, can not compare their products to something like Nutrex Outlift.

Here are the reported benefits of Outlift Stim-Free:

  • Enhances Power and Strength
  • Amplifies Muscle Pump, Reduces Fatigue, Supports Recovery
  • Stim-Free
  • Scientifically Based Formula
  • Non-Proprietary Blend

Yep, that last point brings be to the next section. The formula is an open book; no proprietary blends to trick the customer.

Nutrex Outlift Stim Free Ingredients

What Are the Ingredients and Dosages?

Nutrex have used the majority of their regular Outlift pre-workout formula, taken out the caffeine and l-tyrosine and added Betaine instead.

To that end it’s a true non-stim version of the same formula, which is not the route a lot of companies go mainly because they usually have too many stimulants so after they replace them, there is very little of the original formula left.

My point is, if you like the look of regular stimulant Outlift except for that darn caffeine and l-tyrosine, well, you’re in luck.

The main active ingredients in each 26 gram scoop are as follows:

Citrulline Malate [8 g] – the chief of the muscle pump ingredients at the moment. It’s better than straight arginine for boosting nitric oxide levels because arginine is broken down too quickly.

So, taking citrulline increases serum arginine more than taking arginine does (just go with it).

Beta-Alanine (as CarnoSyn) [3.2 g] – CarnoSyn is the most respected branded form of beta-Alanine, the non-essential amino acid that helps you push a few more reps in your volume set.

L-Leucine [3 g] – the primary branched chain amino acid (BCAA), which can be used in the muscle as direct fuel, and triggers the anabolic muscle growth process.

Betaine Anhydrous [2.5 g] – a heart protecting methyl-donor that helps reduce cellular damage from exercise oxidation. Research tells us it might have a similar effect to creatine with respect to drawing water into cells.

Creatine Monohydrate (as Creapure) [2 g] – creatine needs no introduction, it’s the most proven strength building supplement ever. However, I would add another 3 grams of Creatine monohydrate to this amount to replenish your phosphocreatine energy stores.

Taurine [2 g] – helps speed recovery and reduce muscle soreness, especially in combination with the BCAAs in the blend. It may also be able to help aerobic function and increase exercise induced fat burning (thermogenesis).

L-Isoleucine [1.5 g]
L-Valine [1.5 g]
BioPerine [5mg]

Like I said in the Creatine bit, the only thing I would do is add some additional creatine to your shake. Timing for creatine is not critical, it simply builds up in your cells to saturate them and form a phosphocreatine reservoir.

By adding 3 grams more of creatine monohydrate you will provide your body with enough for each day with a little in reserve to top up your phosphocreatine stores. Whereas the 2 grams in Outlift may potentially be used up during intensive workouts.

Your phosphocreatine reservoir is basically an energy store that you muscles can tap into when they need it.

Will the Formula Work for You?

It depends on whether you enjoy/need a stimulant kick up the backside. If you’re okay taking stimulants, then I’d stick with stim-formulas for the most part because they provide something that non-stims just can’t.

I mentioned in the intro that I like having one of each; a stimulant containing pre-workout and a non-stim pre-workout. That’s personal choice, but it lets me have a coffee heavy morning some days and still get pumped in the gym without overdoing the caffeine.

The most common possibility is that you are a non-stimulant kind of person. I don’t care why you don’t take stimulants, but I want you to have a solid pre-workout, and with Nutrex Outlift you’ve got one, trust me.

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BPI – One More Rep Review https://www.hypertrophia.com/bpi-one-more-rep-review https://www.hypertrophia.com/bpi-one-more-rep-review#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 01:05:35 +0000 https://www.hypertrophia.com/?p=304 BPI – One More Rep Review BPI Sports say that their “legendary” 1.M.R pre-workout has evolved into the newer One More Rep. I liked the 1.M.R branding, it was a cool play on the famous [Read More]

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BPI – One More Rep Review

BPI Sports say that their “legendary” 1.M.R pre-workout has evolved into the newer One More Rep.

I liked the 1.M.R branding, it was a cool play on the famous contraction 1RM, meaning One Rep Max – the amount of weight you can pull or push in a particular movement for exactly one repetition and no more.

Whether the name change is really to accommodate for the change in recipe, or it’s because the bros of the world couldn’t get their heads around the the letter twist.

Whatever. What’s in a name anyway, right?

Actually, that’s where BPI are being legit. Most pre-workout manufacturers go with the fierce approach to their marketing. Make a song and dance about how their stuff’s so potent you could lift a 200 lb kettle bell with your butt cheeks, and the customer might look over the fact that it’s still only caffeine and some amino-acids.

BPI go with the cooler strategy. Basically, One More Rep can help you bust out, well, one more rep. One more than your previous PB, or, you know, one more than your competition.

According to them it can anyway.

BPI One More Rep

Why Use BPI’s One More Rep?

The three main “on-trend ingredients” (their phrase, not mine) in One More Rep are L-Citrulline, L-Carnitine and Beetroot.

Citrulline is the muscle pump ingredient to use these days, and for good reason. It gets converted to L-Arginine, a primary Nitric Oxide (NO) booster, in the kidneys.

The NO relaxes the walls of your blood vessels, allowing them to dilate (vasodilation) and thus send more blood volume, including oxygen and nutrients to your working muscles. You know, the “pump”.

It’s better than taking straight arginine because, as you probably know by now, arginine levels tank too quickly before it can get to your blood. So, ironically, supplementing citrulline increases your arginine levels more than arginine does.

So far so good.

Carnitine is a bit of an all-rounder. It’s endured the test of time, that’s for sure. I wouldn’t put it up there as the ingredient with the biggest impact, but it has enough medium impacts to make it very worthwhile.

It gets involved with fat metabolism, aerobic exercise performance, heart protection, muscle damage, insulin sensitivity and blood flow (to mention a few) and they’re positive effects across the board.

Beetroot might look like a weird inclusion if you haven’t seen its rise in the supplement industry yet, but it’s a naturally high source of nitrates, which are useful again for the pump and intra-workout endurance and performance.

There’re more ingredients in One More Rep but I’ll get to those in a bit. The three described above answer the main question though: why buy this over another pre-workout? Because it contains quality, research proven ingredients.

These and the rest of the formula can provide the following benefits to your workout, recovery and growth phases:

  • Enhanced Muscle Pumps
  • Increased Focus
  • Improved Muscle Endurance
  • Heightened Strength
  • Faster Recovery
  • Increased post-training Muscle Growth
  • Increased Fat Burning

Next, I’ll open up the rest of the formula and see whether it’s worth you giving One More Rep a spin in the gym.

What Are the Ingredients and Dosages?

The formula for the new One More Rep is below. Each scoop is 10 grams of ingredients.

Most of the formula is open (i.e. each individual measurement is noted), and then there’s a proprietary energy blend.

  • 30 mg – Niacin (Vit B3)
  • 128 mg – Sodium
  • 3 g – L-Citrulline
  • 1 g – L-Carnitine L-Tartrate
  • 500 mg – Beetroot (powder)
  • 500 mg – Trimethylglycine (TMG) as betaine anhydrous
  • 500 mg – N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine

One More Rep Energy (proprietary) Blend – 454 mg

  • Caffeine anhydrous
  • Theobromine
  • Phosphatidylcholine
  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Yohimbe extract

Adding that up quickly, you can see there’s only 6112 mg – 6.1 grams – of active ingredients.

Therefore, nearly 4 grams of the 10 gram scoop is non-active ingredients added for taste, texture and powder quality.

Just over six grams!

For comparison purposes, Dymatize Pre W.O. and Nutrex Outlift each contain 8 grams of Citrulline Malate alone…2 grams more of a single ingredient than One More Rep’s entire formula.

And it’s not as if the other ingredients in One More Rep are unique to it in any way. You can find these ingredients in many of the pre-workout powders online and on the shelves.

Yohimbe is an interesting inclusion. It’s a stimulant that causes a little bit of controversy, even though it’s in a lot of US made fat burners and pre-workouts.

It’s potent, but it might interact with anxiety levels in some people, especially those pre-disposed to anxiety disorders and/or panic attacks.

The proprietary energy blend means we can’t know for sure what the dosage of Yohimbe is, but it’s rare to find a company adding problematic amounts to their products these days so we’ll just have to trust BPI Sports.

Will the Formula Work for You?

I’m not sure about this one, guys. If you’re a loyal, die-hard BPI customer then you’re probably not reading reviews anyway – you’re just going to buy it.

If you’re shopping around then I recommend you just do a bit of comparison on like for like ingredients with the different brands and pre-workout products.

How can one have 25 grams of active ingredients and another have just over 6 grams? Especially when they’re using pretty much the same ingredients?

It just doesn’t compute.

The ingredients themselves are good, and it does give a medium pump, and a stimulant kick. It’s quite a step down from the full muscle-nutrient packed pre-workouts I associate with the best performances of my life.

… but then it’s perhaps 20 bucks cheaper than those products as well.

Let me know what you think.

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POWHER Pre-Workout for Women Review – Formulated for the Female Body https://www.hypertrophia.com/powher-pre-workout https://www.hypertrophia.com/powher-pre-workout#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 02:17:38 +0000 https://www.hypertrophia.com/?p=957 POWHER Pre Workout for Women POWHER is a pre-workout supplement made especially for women. It’s manufactured in FDA registered facilities and sold exclusively online via the manufacturer’s website. As you are probably aware, most supplements [Read More]

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POWHER Pre Workout for Women

POWHER is a pre-workout supplement made especially for women. It’s manufactured in FDA registered facilities and sold exclusively online via the manufacturer’s website.

As you are probably aware, most supplements are marketed towards men. The female body can respond differently to ingredients than the male body does, so this is a big problem.

Stimulants are a good example. Although the average guy may be able to handle high doses of caffeine and other stimulants, many women cannot. It takes more than a splash of pink on the label to make a supplement be genuinely female-friendly.

Like the majority of pre-workout supplements, POWHER is a powder you have to mix with water and consume as a drink. The colour of the powder? Pink, of course. So is the label on the clear plastic tub that houses the powder and, here’s a twist, the flavour is pink too—pink lemonade.

However, don’t knock this product for the overpoweringly pink stereotype it presents. Unlike a lot of supplements that are aimed at women, POWHER offers some real power.

POWHER Buying Info and Coupon Codes

POWHER is available exclusively from it’s own official website.

There is currently No POWHER coupon code due to the special offer that is running

Click here to view special offers and pricing

 

Powher Pre Workout

What is POWHER?

Pre-workout supplements are all created with the same agenda. They are intended to give people the extra push they need to train harder in the gym or while practicing their favorite sport, be it running, martial arts, or something else.

Promised Benefits

  • Provides a stable release of energy
  • No jitters, side effects, or crash
  • Supports intense workouts and faster fat loss
  • Increases your strength in the gym
  • Improves stamina
  • Provides a mental boost
  • Helps you attain a more toned body
  • Contains no bulking ingredients

POWHER v the Alternatives

In theory, there are three types of pre-workout supplement. Those that are intended for both men and women and those that are intended to be used solely by members of one sex or the other. In reality, most of the workout supplements on the market are best suited for men.

In fact, some manufacturers go as far as marking the same supplement under two different names. One is the original pre-workout for men, the other masquerades as a pre-workout for women.

There is a lot of deception when it comes to supplements for women. That’s what makes POWHER so exciting.

Instead of ignoring the fact that women don’t handle stimulants as well as men do, the manufacturer has chosen to use a low dose of caffeine. No other stimulants are included.

Does the lack of stimulants mean POWHER also lacks power? Not hardly. That small dose of caffeine is backed up by 12 natural ingredients that can boost energy levels and support an improved workout in other ways.

The other important thing to know is, POWHER designed to help women get a nice toned appearance. Pre-workouts for men often contain ingredients to accelerate muscle growth and add extra bulk.

Getting big and bulky is not what the average girl wants, so POWHER will not inflict it on her. Instead, it provides just enough muscle-building support to aid faster recovery and reduce post-exercise muscle pain.

Women pre workout supplement

POWHER Ingredient Profile

Each (10g) serving of POWHER contains 13 active ingredients:

PER 10g SCOOP
Pantothenic Acid 10mg
Vitamin B6 10mg
Vitamin B12 50mcg
Taurine 2,500mg
OxyJun 400mg
EnXtra 300mg
L-Citruline Malate 2,000mg
Beta-Alanine 1,000mg
Coconut Water (freeze-dried) 500mg
Tyrosine 500mg
Lysine 500mg
RedNite 500mg
Natural Caffeine 100mg

Formula Viability

The combination of ingredients used in POWHER is first-rate and there has been no scrimping on the inclusion rates. A formulation like this doesn’t just give the competitors a run for their money, it leads the way.

Pantothenic Acid

Also known as Vitamin B5, pantothenic acid shares a common trait with other B vitamins in that it helps the body to extract energy from food. For this reason, pantothenic acid is also included in many energy drink formulations. It also has a role to play in blood cell production. [SOURCE]

Vitamin B6

Another popular energy drink ingredient. Apart from being good for invigorating the body, Vitamin B6 also assists muscular function and aids the production of the hemoglobin that’s responsible for carrying oxygen around the body and the hormones that regulate the mood. [SOURCE]

Vitamin B12

Also a popular energy drink ingredient, Vitamin B12 helps promote and a healthy nervous stem and supports the production of blood cells and DNA. Like all B vitamins, B5 is water-soluble. The body cannot store it and needs its levels topping up every day. [SOURCE]

Taurine

Yet another energy drink ingredient. Apart from boosting energy levels, taurine is also able to provide increases in strength, protect against muscle damage, and speed up post-workout recovery. [SOURCE 1, SOURCE 2, SOURCE 3]

OxyJun

A patented ingredient extracted from the bark of the Termninalia Arjuna tree. Termninalia Arjuna is popular with practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine and research proves it can have a beneficial effect on the heart. Research conducted specifically on OxyJun shows the ingredient can support longer periods of exercise without fatigue. [SOURCE 1, SOURCE 2]

EnXtra

EnXtra is a caffeine-free botanical ingredient that boosts performance, energy and mental focus and does so without the risk of side effects. Furthermore, it increases levels of mental alertness and focus for up to five hours and, when combined with caffeine, it can amplify the stimulant’s benefits without the risk of a “crash”. [SOURCE]

L-Citruline Malate

A non-essential amino acid that boosts performance and endurance. There is a wealth of evidence that proves these abilities, including a seven-day study, involving trained cyclists. [SOURCE]

Beta-Alanine

Beta-Alanine is an amino acid that assists protein synthesis and has a long-standing reputation as a performance enhancer. Research shows Beta-Alanine can extend periods of physical activity by reducing lactic acid build-up. [SOURCE 1, SOURCE 2]

Coconut Water

Coconut water is a good source of vitamins and minerals. Some of the minerals it provides are important electrolytes the body needs for energy. This makes it very good for revitalizing the body. [SOURCE]

Tyrosine

An amino acid that’s included in many nootropic supplements because the body uses it to make norepinephrine and dopamine. It also assists the production of adrenaline. When taken in supplement form, Tyrosine may boost mental focus and lift the mood. [SOURCE]

Lysine

An amino acid the body uses for constructing collagen and repairing muscle tissue. It also commonly used as a performance enhancer. Medicinally, lysine is used as a remedy for cold sores. [SOURCE]

RedNite

A patent-protected beetroot extract that contains 25 times more nitrate than normal beetroot would provide. Nitrate improves the circulation, thereby ensuring the muscles and major organs receive extra oxygen and nutrients. This makes it possible to workout with greater intensity for longer periods of time before tiredness sets in. [SOURCE]

Natural Caffeine

Caffeine increases mental focus, improves concentration, and boosts energy levels. That’s why students and overworked executives sometimes take caffeine tablets. Caffeine is also often added to diet pills because it has the ability to boost the metabolism and encourage fat burning. [SOURCE]

Women pre workout supplements

Usage Guidelines

Mix one (10 g) scoop of the POWHER with 250 ml of water and then drink the solution 30 minutes before your workout.

Customer Comments and Opinion

POWHER customer reviews are hard to find but are, nevertheless, very good.

“I had the energy, trained hard and waited for the crash. It never came and there has been no side effects at all. I’ve got all my friends using Powher as well now.”

“The last supplement I tried had me bouncing off the walls and sent my heartbeat crazy. This one does none of that. It gives a nice clean buzz of energy. Tastes good too. I’ll be sticking to it from now on.”

“Way better than any of the other pre workout supplements I’ve tried. I can really feel this one working and it’s made a big difference to my intensity. I’m training harder and toning up well now. The best thing about it is there have been no jitters or other side effects to spoil things.”

Any POWHER Side Effects

POWHER does not have any known side effects. However, as with any supplement of this nature, it is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing a child.

Ladies who have existing health problems or are using medication should take the precaution of checking with their doctor before using POWHER for the first time.

Although POWHER only contains a modest amount of caffeine, its presence may make the formulation unsuitable for women who have an unusually low caffeine tolerance. Women who fall into this category are advised to begin with half-scoop doses. This will allow them to asses their tolerance.

However, each scoop contains the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. So anyone who can drink a cup of coffee without issue should be able to use POWHER without issue aw well.

Summary

POWHER is what most other pre-workout supplements for women only claim to be and customer reviews show it delivers the goods. That’s not surprising. It contains an incredibly good combination of ingredients.

The important thing to remember is POWHER is not a weight loss product. It’s a training enhancer for women who workout hard and want to workout harder. If that’s you, POWHER will help you to burn extra calories and lose fat more easily.

Powher review

Where to Buy POWHER

POWHER is exclusive to the product website. Each tub provides 25 servings (250 mg) and has an RRP of only $45. That’s not bad at all.

It’s also possible to get a better deal by placing a slightly larger order. The best deal goes to women who order three tubs of POWHER and get a fourth tub for free, along with free worldwide shipping.

There is currently no POWHER coupon codes due to the special offer running

Click here to visit POWHER official website and view current price promotions

POWHER FAQ

How long does a tub of POWHER last?

POWHER is a pre-workout supplement. You will only need to take it on the days you workout or go to your chosen sporting activity. How long a tub lasts will depend on your level of activity.

If you only train three times a week, each tub will last eight weeks. If you train six times per week a tub will last for a month.

Is it safe to take POWHER and other supplements as well?

If you want to take POWHER alongside vitamin and mineral supplements there should not be any problems. However, if you are planning on taking it with appetite suppressants, fat burners, or other supplements the sensible thing to do is discuss your intentions with a doctor first.

How long does it take to work?

After it’s been consumed, the effects should become apparent within 30 minutes. That’s why the usage guidelines state it should be consumed 30 minutes before training begins.

Will POWHER help me to lose weight?

It will if you are already eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise, but that’s not its primary purpose. POWHER is intended for active women who are looking for a way to enhance their performance during training or sport activities.

What’s the best way to store POWHER?

As with any other powder-type supplement, the best place to store POWHER is in a cool dark area, away from strong smells that may taint the flavor. It’s also important to replace the lid firmly between each use. Supplement powders can absorb moisture from the atmosphere. This can affect the texture and flavor. Replacing the lid correctly will prevent this from happening.

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HydroxyCut SX-7 Revolution Shatter – Pre-Workout https://www.hypertrophia.com/hydroxycut-sx-7-revolution-shatter-pre-workout https://www.hypertrophia.com/hydroxycut-sx-7-revolution-shatter-pre-workout#respond Fri, 23 Nov 2018 18:18:07 +0000 https://www.hypertrophia.com/?p=298 HydroxyCut SX-7 Revolution Shatter Review It’s the “ultimate pre-workout with dual-phase technology” according to MuscleTech, the manufacturer of all things HydroxyCut. Many products have a US version and an “International” (non-US) version of their formula, [Read More]

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HydroxyCut SX-7 Revolution Shatter Review

It’s the “ultimate pre-workout with dual-phase technology” according to MuscleTech, the manufacturer of all things HydroxyCut.

Many products have a US version and an “International” (non-US) version of their formula, and the HydroxyCut line is a prime example.

In a nutshell: The US allows some ingredients like Yohimbe to be sold, and other countries don’t. This means the international version usually has that/those ingredient/s swapped out for something else.

Muscletech have never been shy about hyping up their Hydroxycut products, and SX-7 Revolution Shatter is no different.

They make some massive claims, and pull some weird competitor-comparison table out of the hat to show you that this pre-workout is the best and others don’t even come close.

The MuscleTech brand might very well be the best selling bodybuilding supplement brand in America, but does that mean they manufacture pure bodybuilding gold, or does it mean their marketing game is strong?

Let’s see how Hydroxycut SX-7 Revolution Shatter holds up to some real scrutiny.

SX-7 Revolution Shatter – The USA Version

The American recipe is the one they want to sell you, because the ingredients it contains are the controversial ones. The ones that make people think they are taking something edgy, potent and maybe, just maybe a little dangerous.

MuscleTech have cottoned on to the fact that anyone with real sense wants to see an open label, i.e. all the ingredients and their inclusion rates laid out to bare on the back of the packaging.

If they could, these companies would put proprietary blend inside proprietary blend all day long, because it means they can put crap all in to the products, and still charge you an arm and a leg for them.

These days however, they are dealing with Customer2.0, that’s you by the way, and you are way more savvy about what you are putting in your body.

Hydroxycut Shatter

What Are the Ingredients and Dosages in the US Version?

The ingredients are presented in the MyoShock™ Performance Blend and the NeuroAMP™ Sensory Matrix

You can take 1 scoop or 2 scoops of the pre-workout, which equates to 50 or 25 servings respectively.

Here’s the ingredients in 2 scoops:

MyoShock™ Performance Blend

  • 3200 mg – Beta-alanine (CarnoSyn®)
  • 3000 mg – L-Citrulline (as pure form and peptide form as PepForm®)
  • 2500 mg – Betaine anhydrous
  • 1000 mg – Taurine

NeuroAMP™ Sensory Matrix

  • 350 mg – Caffeine
  • 250 mg – TeaCrine® using ActivSphere™
  • 100 mg – Lion’s Mane
  • 40 mg – Guayusa
  • 40 mg – Yohimbe extract

Beta-alanine, L-Citrulline, Betaine and Taurine should come as no surprise to you if you’ve used pre-workouts.

They’re there for muscle pumps, intra-set muscle endurance, acid buffering, blood flow, tissue protection (from oxidation). And I’ll say right now that they are included at decent dosages.

However, there might be a few ingredients in the NeuroAMP Sensory Matrix that you’d like to know more about.

Lion’s Mane – aka Yamabushitake is a dietary mushroom that’s associated with cognitive benefits, such as general cognitive function, reduction of anxiety and depression.

Human studies with Lion’s Mane are thin on the ground but it’s showing some great potential. There’s evidence showing it can improve nerve-growth factors in the brain.

This could mean a couple of things: (1) it might be used to help people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. i.e. it could help attenuate the loss of neurons; and/or (b) it could improve cognitive function in healthy people.

Option (b) there is a dream scenario. New neuron growth in otherwise healthy people would essentially equate to enhanced cerebral capacity and processing speed.

The study on humans (Japanese men between 50 and 80 years old) used a 1000 mg daily dose.

HydroxyCut SX-7 Revolution Shatter only has a 100 mg dose at the 2 scoop serving. One tenth of the studied dose.

In itself, that doesn’t necessarily mean 100 mg is useless but going from the study findings of “Yamabushitake is effective in improving mild cognitive impairment” at 1000 mg to the vague “contributes to the unique sensory experience” (at a 100 mg) that MuscleTech/HydroxyCut talk about…is a bit of a stretch.

Now, let’s look at Guayusa.

Guayusa (ilex guayusa)

Guayusa (ilex guayusa) is a tea leaf extract similar to Green Tea and a natural source of caffeine.

It contains phenolic compounds, including Chlorogenic acid (one of the bioactives in green coffee) and several carotenoids of which lutein is the most abundant.

A study has shown it to be safe, comparable to Green Tea at appropriate dosages.

Another study investigating the effects of Guayusa as a natural source of caffeine showed that it induces less of an epinephrine (adrenaline) response than green coffee.

Cutting to the chase, Guayusa doesn’t look like a very potent nervous system stimulator and therefore won’t have much fat burning effect via that pathway. At least, not compared to caffeine anhydrous and even green coffee (and probably green tea).

By the way, Ilex guayusa tea is commercially available as Runa tea. There are probably similar benefits as green tea (C. Sinensis) with respect to antioxidant activity.

I’ll wrap up Guayusa by saying that the study that found less of an adrenaline boosting effect than green coffee also used a 200 mg dose of guayusa.

HydroxyCut SX-7 Revoluton Shatter contains 40 mg at the maximum serving of 2 scoops.

It also contains Caffeine, Theacrine and Yohimbine, the latter being potent, so I’m not too bothered about the dose Guayusa as it all stacks up cumulatively.

However, with a 40 mg dose of Yohimbe extract, 350 mg of caffeine and 250 mg of Theacrine, I don’t see the Guayusa making a drop of difference.

Yohimbine is definitely worth a mention at this point

The 40 mg dose in 2 scoops is actually Yohimbe extract bark, from which the Yohimbine – the active compound – content is estimated.

Yohimbine

Here it’s standardized at 6% which yields a 2.4 mg dose of Yohimbine. That’s considered a good starter dose of the stimulant, especially in the presence of the other stimulants in the blend.

That said, there are definitely some precautions you should take with Yohimbine.

  1. Yohimbine can cause anxiety symptoms, even panic attacks, especially in people pre-disposed to such conditions. It’s actually often used in scientific studies: to induce such side effects in investigations of anxiety.
  2. It’s a powerful stimulant and can raise the heart rate, sometimes uncomfortably if combined with intense exercise.
  3. The yohimbe bark used in this product is associated with more side effects than the isolated yohimbine compound.

If you want to try Yohimbine, I would try and find a product containing isolated Yohimbine rather than the yohimbe bark.

Also start with a very low dose, particularly if it’s stacked with other stimulants. And go steady in the gym, on the track or whatever the first few times you use it.

Will The HydroxyCut SX-7 Revolution Shatter USA Version Work?

Yes.

As a pre-workout supplement for getting a muscle pump, as a cognitive booster for focus and drive, even as a fat burner…it will work.

Personally I would like to mess with the dosages a bit so that it’s not simply a case of halving every one of them if you take 1 scoop versus 2 scoops.

Basically, I’d like the option of keeping the MyoShock blend at the 2 scoop doses and the NeuroAMP blend at the 1 scoop dose.

As that’s completely impossible, I’ll say this: Please, if you are unused to stimulants, or pre-workout supplements, take the single scoop – or even half a scoop – on your first try.

Ironically if you use caffeine and other stimulants habitually/daily then you are going to get less out of the product in general.

My advice would be to cycle off stimulants, winding down your daily intake until you are basically on nothing for a week. Then start your cycle on this.

Begin with a half or single scoop on day 1 and see how you go from there.

Rant alert !!! Incoming Rant !!!

I don’t like the way MuscleTech compare their products to the unnamed “Competitor 1” and “Competitor 2”.

I don’t like the way they say it’s “Creatine Free” as if that’s a good thing – Creatine is one of the most proven and effective muscle growth/strength supplements ever.

It means nothing to say other companies “bulk up their formula with creatine” without any context.

Yeah, some companies, e.g. Nutrex and (all hail) Jim Stoppani (JYM Supplements) put Creatine in their pre-workout formula. But they also have massive 26 gram single scoops of ingredients compared to the 16 grams in 2 scoops of the HydroxyCut SX-7 featured in this review.

Winds me up. Anyway…

MuscleTech also say there’s no L-Citrulline and no Lion’s Mane in Competitor 1 and 2. Also that there is Beta-alanine and Betaine in the competition, but the amounts are hidden in proprietary blends.

Exactly who are these competitors, MuscleTech, and why do you select those as your #1 and #2 ???

It’s a crock of sh!t, plain and simple!

These days, every single company with open label products are saying “other companies hide their ingredients in proprietary blends”.

Some still do, sure, but not your main competitors. And all of these companies with open labels are only doing so now because they have been forced out of their BS ways by the trail-blazers.

Rant. Over.

Conclusion: This product will definitely get you going. There’s just no need for MuscleTech to be d-bags about it.

Additional Comments – International Recipe for HydroxyCut SX-7 Revolution Shatter

Yes, right, there is another recipe for people who don’t live in the US, because certain ingredients can’t get through customs.

MuscleTech have taken out the Yohimbe, which is due to the aforementioned side effects of the stimulant.

They’ve also taken out the Guayusa for the non-US version. I’m not sure why but perhaps it isn’t economical to source it in Europe and other countries. Either way, it’s got the boot, but I doubt it’s a safety issue.

Niacin, as nicotinic acid, is the one replacement at 10 mg or 20 mg (1 or 2 scoops). That’s basically a bit of Vitamin B3. In those quantities there’s not much point talking about it because it won’t do much. It certainly isn’t a replacement for Yohimbine in terms of stimulation.

All other doses are the same in the US and International versions. At least with the international recipe you don’t have to worry about the potential for anxiety. Some people might prefer that assurance.

Summary

HydroxyCut SX-7 Revolution Shatter is an effective pre-workout supplement, and in my opinion a vast improvement on many of the previous products in the same line.

There is a lot of quality competition out there though, so I would ignore the blatant marketing trickery of MuscleTech, and encourage you to do your own comparisons.

I understand they have to do something to stand out in a competitive market, but there must also be people like me to balance the equation.

I’m the Yin to their Yang…or something.

Recommended Pre Workout

4 Gauge real reviewThere are hundreds of pre workout supplements on the market with a hundred different ingredient profiles.

We consider 4 Gauge to be a premier supplement as it contains high dosages of the ingredients to get the most from your workout.

4 Gauge is suitable for men and women and for people of all levels from the beginner to the competitive trainer

Read the 4 Gauge review here

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Last updated on January 8th, 2019

4 Gauge Pre Workout Review

4 Gauge is a pre workout supplement by Roar Ambition. The company is based in Britain and the USA and is also responsible for creating the high-potency fat burner Instant Knockout.

Both products have done very well since their launch and succeeded in amassing an army of fans.

Roar Ambition places a lot of focus on creating high-quality supplements that contain optimum doses of respected ingredients.

The company also refrains from hiding ingredients in proprietary blends. You know exactly what you are getting with Roar Ambition because all the inclusion rates are there to see.

All Roar Ambition supplements are produced in CGMP-approved facilities in the UK and USA. This may not seem like an important consideration, but it is.

CGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices) guidelines are very strict. The quality of products made in such establishments has to be incredibly good.

4 Gauge review

4 Gauge Buying Info

  • Orders are via the official website only. You can buy in your local currency ($, €, £ and AUD$)
  • There are special offers from time with the current best offer being buy 3 and get 1 free.
  • There is free shipping to the USA and UK on larger orders

Click here to visit official 4 Gauge website and view special offers

As is often the case with pre-workout supplements, 4 Gauge comes in powder form. The idea is you mix it with water and drink it before training. Nothing new with that idea.

However, the packaging is very imaginative. The tubs resemble a large shotgun cartridge. It’s a good match for a name like “4 Gauge” and provides an excuse for lots of clever marketing terms:

  • Load up your guns
  • Blow apart your previous workouts
  • Enjoy more explosive training sessions

Like a 4 Gauge shotgun shell, this pre-workout is designed to be as big and bad as they come.

The marketing is certainly very clever and customer reviews suggest Roar Ambition’s marketing claims are on target. Let’s take a closer at 4 Gauge and see why so many people are saying this pre-workout blows them away.

4 Gauge Pre Workout Feature

  • No sweeteners or other artificial ingredients
  • No proprietary blends
  • Clinically dosed
  • Fast-acting formulation
  • Manufactured in CGMP-approved facilities

What the Powder Is Designed to Do

4 Gauge is a pre-workout supplement. It’s intended for people seeking extra energy and focus while they train.

A lot of people struggle to find the energy and focus needed to give it their all while training. That’s not so surprising really. The average gym-goer often has to train after putting in a full day at work.

Even those who are not being held back in this way can still find it hard to train with the intensity necessary to get maximum gains.

How It Compares to the Other Options Available

There’s a lot of pre-workout supplements on the market. All of them are sold with pretty big promises. 4 Gauge stands out from the rest of the crowd for one reason, and it’s not the clever packaging. It’s the fact that it delivers the promised results.

There’s a good buzz about the product. It’s got people talking and they have a lot of good things to say.

Promised Benefits

  • Incredible energy
  • Increased stamina
  • Improved mental focus
  • Enjoy amazing workouts
  • Attain massive strength gains
  • Enjoy superior muscle growth
  • Train with enhanced strength, and endurance
  • Get heads turning with your new and improved physique

So, What Does All This Mean?

The list of benefits promised to users of this product is quite long. However, most of the things that are promised are the results of three main benefits.

1. Incredible Energy

Energy and strength are two different things. It doesn’t matter strong you are, if you feel too pooped to do anything with your strength you’re screwed.

It’s a bit like having a Ferrari with next to no gas in the tank. You may look pretty good, but you ain’t going to get very far. There may be a quick burst of power, but then your energy splutters and dies.

A good workout takes time. You have to put in that time and it needs to be quality time. Swinging the weights around in a lack lustre fashion won’t do much for you at all. Nor will backing up on the reps or dropping the weights.

Do any of these things too often and probably won’t even maintain the muscle and strength you’ve already got. But we’re all only human and it’s hard to train with intensity when all your get up and go has got up and gone.

That’s why 4 Gauge is designed to provide you with a significant energy boost.

2. Increased Stamina

When we talk about “stamina” what we really mean is staying power. It’s really just the ability to continue doing something over a prolonged period of time. If you’ve got energy, you can put in the work. Stamina allows you to do so for longer. There’s only the subtlest of differences between the two.

What does 4 Gauge do

3. Improved Mental Focus

You need mental focus to stop your mind from wandering and concentrate on the job in hand. It allows you to “focus” on the area you are targeting and work it in the correct way.

Training with focus helps prevent you from being lazy while training. More than that. On the days when you really don’t feel like going to the gym, regaining your focus will help turn things around.

If you want to build a strong body, you need to maintain a strong state of mind. 4 Gauge is designed to help you do it.

4. Knock-On Benefits

All of the other promised benefits are knock-on benefits.

When you have extra energy and stamina, combined with improved mental focus, you will be able to train harder. This will allow you to enjoy amazing workouts. “Amazing” because they are so much better than before.

Unless your diet has gone incredibly wrong, the fact that your training harder will result in strength gains and muscle growth.

Finally, as your physique improves heads may start to turn as you pass by. That’s the idea anyway.

4 Gauge Ingredients at a Glance

A two-scoop (14g) serving of 4 Gauge provides:

  • L-Citrulline Dl-Malate (6000mg)
  • Creatine Monohydrate (1000mg)
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine (500mg)
  • Coconut Water Powder (300mg)
  • Red Beetroot Extract (300mg)
  • Caffeine Anhydrous (150mg)
  • L-Theanine (200mg)
  • Rhodiola Rosea (Root) Powder (100mg)

The 4 Gauge Pre Workout Formula

Roar Ambition has succeeded in putting together a very impressive formulation. All of the ingredients are first-rate.

L-Citrulline Dl-Malate + Red Beetroot Extract

L-Citrulline Dl-Malate is an amino acid extracted from watermelons and it shares an important ability with red beetroot. Both ingredients boost nitric oxide levels. [SOURCE: 1, 2]

In so doing they provide a benefit called vasodilation. This is a slight widening of the blood vessels. It occurs naturally during exercise, but boosting nitrogen levels improves the effect.

Vasodilation improves the circulation and this offers a few interesting benefits.

The blood is responsible for providing the muscles with nutrients and oxygen and the need for both increases during exercise.

When extra nutrients and oxygen become available the muscles can work longer and harder before fatigue sets in.

During exercise, lactic acid builds up in the muscles and limits the amount of work they can do.

When the circulation improves, thanks to vasodilation, more lactic acid is flushed from the muscles and carried away. Again, this helps support a better workout.

Creatine Monohydrate

Scientists first discovered the muscle-boosting power of creatine back in the 1970s. However, due to the popularity of steroids, its use never really caught on until the 1990s.

Now most bodybuilders are familiar with creatine and know what it can do. A lot of people use it as a standalone product.

Creatine is good for encouraging muscle growth [SOURCE: 3 ], but 4 Gauge is a pre-workout supplement so, in this case, the value of creatine lies in another area.

It can help boost workout capability by reducing fatigue. [SOURCE: 4 ]

Caffeine + L-Theanine = Smart Caffeine

Everyone knows caffeine is good for boosting energy levels. It’s added to all the best brands of energy drink for precisely that reason. Caffeine also has a lot of respect for its ability to improve mental focus and concentration. On top of this is it reduces fatigue.

Unfortunately, a minority of people do not tolerate caffeine well and may experience jitters and other side effects

L-Theanine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in green tea and black tea. It’s known for its ability to produce a unique state of mind that is sometimes referred to as an “alert calm”. [SOURCE: 5 ] This is just a way of saying it calms the mind without causing sedation.

One of the most interesting things about L-Theanine is the way it interacts with caffeine.

When combined, L-Theanine controls the negative aspects of caffeine [SOURCE: 6 ] allowing you to receive all the benefits with no energy crash.

For this reason, the combination is often called “Smart Caffeine”.

Acetyl L-Carnitine

An amino acid that can help get you through your workout by delaying the onset of mental and physical fatigue. [SOURCE: 7 ]

Coconut Water

Coconut water is not often added to formulations such as this, but that does not make its inclusion less valid.

Apart from being a good source of vitamins and minerals, it helps keep the body hydrated.

There is evidence to suggest drinking coconut water can revitalize the body in a similar way to energy drinks. [SOURCE: 8 ]

Rhodiola Rosea

A respected adaptogen herb. Rhodiola rosea should help the body cope better with the stress of a hard workout.

Additionally, it’s known to be good for improving endurance and enhancing mental cognition. [SOURCE: 9, 10 ]

Usage Guidelines and Recommendations

The dose is two scoops of 4 Gauge, mixed with 300-350ml of water. Alternatively, you can mix it with the fruit juice of your choice.

Roar Ambition recommends consuming the mixture 20-30 minutes before training.

It’s permissible to double the dose of powder for a more extreme energy boost. However, if you are new to 4 Gauge it’s best to see how you go with the normal two-scoop dose first. 

4 Gauge Customer Reviews

Customer reviews suggest this is a product that gets the job done.

A few average comments read: 

“If you need something to put some extra charge into your workout, this stuff’ll do it. It really clears your head, helps you focus, and gives you a shit-load of energy. All without jitters or other side effects. It’s bloody good stuff.”

4 Gauge Customer Reviews

“The powder is easy to mix. There are no lumps and it tastes really good. In my case, I feel the extra energy start kicking in at around the 20-25 minute mark. It keeps me energized throughout my workout too. It’s a real game changer. My BMI is down and I’m making some very good gains. This stuff really does what it says on the tin. It’s easily the best pre workout I’ve tried and I’ve tried a lot.”

4 Gauge real results

“I decided to try this because I found so many good reviews. Now I’m writing one: 4 Gauge works. Try it you’ll see. Best pre-workout on the market by far.”

4 Gauge for women

“My BF uses this and he let me try some. I was nervous because I’m normally not too good with caffeine. I never had any problems with this at all and it boosted my energy levels no end. It works well for me so now I buy my own.”

Potential Side Effects and Interaction Issues

Side effects don’t appear to be an issue, but 4 Gauge is not suitable for women who are pregnant. Nor is it a good option for women who are nursing a child.

If you have existing health problems, the best thing to do is check with a doctor before using 4 Gauge. The same goes if you are considering using 4 Gauge alongside other supplements or medication.

It’s also worth remembering the formulation contains caffeine. That means it may not be a good option for you if you do not tolerate stimulants well.

However, the caffeine charge is not that high. It’s no more than you would get from one-and-a-half cups of coffee. And let’s not forget that it’s stacked with l-theanine. It’s “smart caffeine” and, as such, boosts energy levels in a kinder way than normal caffeine.

Again, if you have any doubts, your doctor will be the best person to speak too. Nothing beats professional advice.

4 Gauge Summary

4 Gauge is a high-quality pre-workout supplement. It contains a well-balanced blend of natural ingredients that are more than capable of delivering the promised results.

Additionally, customer reviews also support the various claims Roar Ambition makes for the product. So there really isn’t a lot more to say. In a world where so many supplements are sold on the back of lies, it’s refreshing to find one that actually appears to deliver the goods.

Where to Buy 4 Gauge

All sales are handled via the official 4 Gauge website, you cannot buy it in the shops and it is not available from any third-party online stores.

Nor do Roar Ambition carry out any marketing activities via Amazon or eBay. So, if the product appears to be on sale elsewhere it’s likely to be counterfeit and should be avoided.

4 Gauge special offers

A single 4 Gauge “shell” normally costs around $45 (available in other currencies), but Roar Ambition often offer special deals and promotions that provide more “BANG!” for the buck.

At the time of this review, the best deal went to customers who purchased three shells and got an extra loaded into their parcels for free.

Deals such as these come and go, so if you visit the 4 Gauge website and there’s a good deal to be had, take it like a shot.

4 Gauge Buying Info

  • You can only order from the official website
  • You can buy in your local currency ($, €, £ and AUD$)
  • Payment options are: Paypal, Amazon pay and credit or debit card)
  • There are special offers from time with the current best offer being buy 3 and get 1 free.
  • There is free shipping to the USA and UK on larger orders

Click here to visit official 4 Gauge website and view special offers

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Mesomorph Pre-Workout from APS Review – Our Analysis https://www.hypertrophia.com/aps-mesomorph-pre-workout-review https://www.hypertrophia.com/aps-mesomorph-pre-workout-review#respond Sat, 01 Sep 2018 17:56:27 +0000 https://www.hypertrophia.com/?p=310 Last updated on January 25th, 2019Mesomorph Pre-Workout Review Mesomorph is a pre-workout supplement that’s been through some changes in the past, but remained one of the favourites amongst stimulant-loving gym junkies across the US. Most [Read More]

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Last updated on January 25th, 2019

Mesomorph Pre-Workout Review

Mesomorph is a pre-workout supplement that’s been through some changes in the past, but remained one of the favourites amongst stimulant-loving gym junkies across the US.

Most other countries don’t let this stuff past their borders because it’s usually got some kind of ingredient in it that rubs them up the wrong way.

You see, Mesomorph used to contain DMAA, which is – in my humble opinion – one of those potent but overhyped ingredients that became a stimulant sensation.

APS are a bit like Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals in that they seem to enjoy pissing off the FDA by taking an age to remove the ingredients they have been told to.

But remove it they did. Now it’s back with a couple of other impressive sounding stimulants to make up for the lack of DMAA.

APS are also a bit like the company GAT (German American Technologies) because they love putting long-ass scientific names for common ingredients on their labels to trick meatheads into thinking they are drinking pure Hulk juice.

Oooh, Methylxanthine Anhydrous…that’s probably going to give me metal bones like Wolverine.

Nope. It’s caffeine, which is in, umm..Everything. Ever. Made.

So, now we’ve cleared that up, and it’s got me sounding like I hate everyone and everything, let’s look at where Mesomorph lies on the scale of Stimulated Next Level Jacked Workout Heaven – to – About as useful as a fish with tits.

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Why Use APS Mesomorph?

It’s not for the open labelling, that’s for damn sure.

Mesomorph’s formula is split into 3 proprietary blends that give you a total scoop of 15.5 grams.

Within that scoop, there’s nearly 3 grams unaccounted for on the label i.e. the active ingredients add up to a nat’s scrote above 12.5 grams.

So, within the mix is some additional non-active ingredients that are there for flavour, keeping the powder in good condition, that sort of thing.

When you compare 12.5 grams with some of the heavier weight pre-workout scoops out there, Mesomorph looks pretty thin.

Total scoop weight isn’t necessarily indicative of quality, but IF a formula is heavy AND contains good ingredients at good individual dosages, then it’s probably a safer bet. You’ve only got to look at products like Dymatize Pre W.O. and Nutrex Research Outlift to see what I’m talking about.

That said, APS are going after the stim-lovers with Mesomorph, and sometimes they don’t need to be present at such high volumes as the more nutrition type ingredients to have an effect.
Combine that with the potential cost of said stimulants and you have a lightweight but stim-heavy pre-workout.

I guess that brings me nicely to the actual answer to the sub-heading question: Why use Mesomorph?

Answer: You are the type of person who loves getting amped on stimulants for a workout.

What Are the Ingredients and Dosages?

Like I said, Mesomorph’s recipe is split into three blends that are mesmerizingly named:

  1. Synthenox-Carnosine/Nitric Oxide Complex
  2. Mesoswell-Cell Volumizing ATP Matrix
  3. Neuromorph-Neuro Energized Stimulant Matrix

In plain human speak, that’s:

  1. Muscle Pump and Endurance ingredients
  2. Creatine and stuff
  3. Caffeine and other Stimulants

Muscle Pump Ingredients

In the 6500 mg total, we’ve got Beta Alanine (which we’ve learned is 3200mg), Citrulline Malate, and Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate (AAKG).

Straight away, I’d say Citrulline Malate should be included at 6000mg to 8000mg alone. Citrulline is the best ingredient for inducing vasodilation/muscle pumps that we know of but most of the literature highlights the 6 to 8 gram dose.

The AAKG is a bit of waste of space if you ask me. It’s not hugely effective or long lasting for pumps.

Beta Alanine is perfect at 3.2 grams. It’s the industry standard lactic acid buffer and an ingredient that is rightly included. B-Alanine can help you push out a couple more reps in a volume set, for example.

Creatine and Stuff

The 4500 mg blend includes Di-Creatine Malate, L-Taurine, Creatine Nitrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vit C), Creatinol-O-Phosphate and Agmatine Sulphate.

Let’s talk about Creatine first. There is much debate as to whether a pre-workout even needs creatine.

In my opinion, you should go and buy creatine monohydrate – still the cheapest and still the best – and you’ll get a quality brand that will last between 3 and 6 months for half the price of a pre-workout.

That’s your creatine sorted, trust me. This couple of grams business in pre-workouts is not much more than a token inclusion. You want about 5 grams daily, and it doesn’t matter what time of day either. You know what, go and read my bit on creatine and then come back.

Taurine, yep, good for blood flow. Protects the heart when you’re tanking in the gym, protects your cells from intense oxidation. It’s an all-round good guy amino.

Agmatine Sulphate is another good addition, but there’s some confusion as to whether it can be all that useful alongside Citrulline. They might fight for the same receptors, given that they work via the same pathway.

It’s in there for “cell volumizing” like the creatine and taurine and it’s becoming a staple inclusion in many pre-workouts for its improvements to bloodflow and cell hydration.

Caffeine and Other Stimulants

This mini proprietary blend comes to 1860 mg and it’s pretty much the pivotal aspect of APS’s Mesomorph.

Yes, it contains caffeine. No doubt.

It also contains Glucoronolactone (found in most energy drinks like Red Bull), Senegalia Berlandieri, Theobromine, Naringin and Isopropylnorsynephrine.

I’ll focus a little on Isopropylnorsynephrine and Senegalia Berlandieri given that they are the two ingredients added to the Mesomorph mix in lieu of DMAA.

Isopropylnorsynephrine is a common “isopropyl” derivative of synephrine, which is a common stimulant ingredient found in fat burners. It’s also known as betaphrine, and it’s been found to be more potent than synephrine (in the limited scientific literature that even mentions it).

It is not however found in Citrus Aurantium, the current – and most economical – source of synephrine.

Senegalia Berlandieri contains a bunch of phenylethylamine (aka PEA) derivatives which are probably the closest thing you’ll find to DMAA that is still available.

It interacts with serotonin and adrenaline levels, and can promote the “euphoric” sensation that people often ascribe to their first experience with caffeine.

Will the Formula Work For You?

I probably sounded like I was going wholly negative on APS Mesomorph. It’s mainly because I dislike the fancy schmancy words used for stuff like caffeine.

I also don’t appreciate the under-dosed Citrulline Malate, and the half-assed creatine.

BUT…

This is where I do a bit of a 180 because I’m going to say that Mesomorph is still awesome…if you like stimulants.

Because if you like stimulants, it will work for you. It somewhat lacks the optimum muscle nutrition that tends to work better for a lot of people (and ultimately works better for the muscles).

There’s a place for stims, though, when you just want to rock up to the gym, perform a mentally unhinged workout , and roll out.

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Dymatize Pre W.O. Review – Detailed and In-Depth Analysis https://www.hypertrophia.com/dymatize-pre-wo-review https://www.hypertrophia.com/dymatize-pre-wo-review#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2018 17:42:30 +0000 https://www.hypertrophia.com/?p=312 Last updated on November 23rd, 2018Dymatize Pre W.O. Review Pre W.O. is Dymatize’s current answer to the call for one-scoop, open-label, hard hitting pre workout powder supplements. It comes daubed with a bunch of slogans [Read More]

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Dymatize Pre W.O. Review

Pre W.O. is Dymatize’s current answer to the call for one-scoop, open-label, hard hitting pre workout powder supplements.

It comes daubed with a bunch of slogans and catchphrases, but the one that stands out to me is “Never Waste a Workout”. Ergo, take this sh!t and you will always get a worthwhile workout.

For me, that’s really the point of a pre-workout. Of course, it’s about getting the right nutrients at the right time for your muscles to perform, start recovering faster afterwards, and begin the anabolic process of growth.

I think of it as maximizing your energy, strength and endurance potential for the next couple of hours.

Some days I wake up and feel like garbage. Maybe I’ve done 4 big days training on the trot already and the idea then and there of going to the gym is a bit daunting.

Maybe my 2 year old has brought home yet another virus from daycare, and lovingly donated it to me via a mucus-laden sneeze to the face.

Whatever the reason, that’s when a stimulant pre-workout is definitely on the cards.

I’ve been using Dymatize PreWO for four or five weeks now, so I’ve gotten a really good idea as to how it stacks up against the competition.

Dymatize Pre W.O how does it work

Why Use Dymatize Pre-W.O.?

It’s a one-scooper, so it’s basically a formula of ingredients at various dosages, combined to give you the following benefits in the gym, on the track, or wherever:

  • Energy
  • Strength
  • Pump
  • Intensity

Those four benefits are the elements that all one-scooper pre-workout supplements should provide…

“Energy” ingredients to accommodate for the overall additional energy demands of full-bore workout. “Strength” compounds to literally help increase the force output of the muscles.

“Pump” agents to increase vasodilation, helping you get swole through your reps and sets. And “intensity” inclusions to help your mind dial in to your muscles and get you 100% in the zone.

Dymatize Pre W.O. contains 4 branded ingredients: CarnoSyn, Nitrosigine, betaPower and TeaCrine.

It’s good to see that because you know straight away that the Beta-Alanine, Betaine, Arginine Silicate and Theacrine are all of the highest industry quality.

By the way, it’s also Gluten Free and Banned Substance Tested, for those of whom they are requirements.

Dymatize Pre W.O. Ingredients and Dosages?

Dymatize have put an open formula in Pre W.O., which basically means we know (a) all of the ingredients, and (b) their inclusion dosage.

This is a trend most supplement manufacturers are following these days, responding to the demands of customers who, quite rightly, want to know what they are putting in their bodies.

So, what are you putting in your body if you drink Pre W.O. before hitting the gym?

Fifteen calories per serving, for a start. That’s low enough to not even ping your radar if you’re on a cut or counting your macros for any other reason.

Dymatize Pre W.O. Formula

The main active ingredients in one scoop are as follows, each scoop totalling 20 grams:

Citrulline Malate [8 grams] – it’s taken the reins from Arginine as far as vasodilation and muscle pumps are concerned. Citrulline makes it to the kidneys where it’s converted to arginine which then does its job. Drinking arginine itself has less effect as it’s broken down before circulating.

Beta-Alanine (as CarnoSyn) [3.2 g] – beta-Alanine is a non-essential amino acid that combines with histidine to make carnosine, which buffers lactic acid allowing you to push a few more reps in a volume set, or sprint another 20 metres to escape a mountain lion.

L-Taurine [2 g]

Betaine (as BetaPower) [1.5 g] – aka trimethylglycine (TMG), Betaine is a methyl donor which regulates homocysteine levels (high levels of homocysteine can ultimately lead to coronary heart disease). For performance it might protect cells from oxidative damage during exercise.

Inositol-Stabilized Arginine Silicate (as Nitrosigine) [1.5 g] – Citrulline might have taken over as the main pump ingredient but Nitrosigine is a stabilized form of Arginine that can have a longer lasting effect than arginine by itself and supposedly even boosts Nitric Oxide levels beyond Citrulline Malate.

N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine [350 mg] – a more stable form of L-Tyrosine which may add more tyrosine to your system, providing additional benefits like cognitive stimulation, anti-stress and anti-fatigue effects.

Caffeine Anhydrous [300 mg]

Coconut Water Fruit Powder [200 mg] – the electrolytes in natural coconut water are possibly some of the most helpful additions to this formula. When you get your sweat on, you lose them, so supplemental electrolytes help your muscles to keep firing when you’re going at it.

Theacrine (as TeaCrine) [125 mg]

All of the above included dosages reflect the average effective doses found in clinical studies that have investigated these ingredients.

Will Dymatize Pre W.O. Work for You?

I’ll get straight to the point: This is one of the best pre-workout supplements available.

For me, the muscle pump is critical for a good workout, and Pre W.O. provides that in spades. The combination of Citrulline Malate (at 8 grams, no less) and Nitrosigine make for a good pairing. Some of that mix might compete for receptors but you know you’re gonna get lit.

Muscle pumps are responsible for more than you looking jacked in the gym. It increases the performance of muscles, the nutrition that gets to them, oxygen transportation.

There’s even evidence that big pumps can give a stronger signal to the anabolic pathways that respond to the mechanical triggers of resistance training.

A piece of advice though: if you drink coffee then try and taper off it for a week before you start taking Dymatize PreWO. Then, when you take it, make sure it’s the only source of caffeine and stimulants you are getting. You will feel them that much more for your workout.

Personally, this product is high on my pre-workout supplement rotation. Quality product.

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GAT Psychon Review – Pre Workout Supplement https://www.hypertrophia.com/gat-psychon-review https://www.hypertrophia.com/gat-psychon-review#respond Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:11:00 +0000 https://www.hypertrophia.com/?p=296 Last updated on November 23rd, 2018GAT Psychon Review I’ll start this review by saying I was never a huge fan of GAT. The way they used to label their bog standard ingredients like caffeine under [Read More]

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GAT Psychon Review

I’ll start this review by saying I was never a huge fan of GAT. The way they used to label their bog standard ingredients like caffeine under their full scientific designation just rubbed me up the wrong way.

You’d have all this “1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine” crap on the label, and they’d do it for several of the ingredients too. Yeah guys, I make a cup of 1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine most mornings, wearing my Muppets pyjamas. It ain’t special.

Now, when I saw the ad for Psychon in one of the monthly BB mags, I immediately mumbled something negative under my breath.

I hate…HATE…preconceptions and assumptions, so it made me mad when I realized I was committing these heinous crimes. Hence, I launched into full-scale review mode on Psychon.

And this is what I found….

Why Use GAT Psychon?

GAT – German American Technologies – calls it their “Mega-Dosed Hyperemia Pre-Trainer”.

Don’t worry about that “hyperemia” part either. It might sound like you’re going to die if you drink something that causes hyperemia, but it’s actually a good thing in this case. Oh, GAT! Such cleverness you have.

Hyperemia here refers to “active hyperemia”, which is nothing more than increased blood supply to organs and muscles.

When you workout, these tissues need more oxygen and nutrients. Higher volumes of blood travel to the site, bringing the oxygen with it.

They’re probably also be referring to “passive hyperemia” which is when the blood builds up in the tissue and can’t exit as per normal.

Both the active and passive stages are what makes you pumped up and swole in the gym. Excess blood travels to the muscles and is trapped there by the mechanical action of repetitions.

GAT Psychon pre workout

GAT call it “reactive hyperemia”.

So, basically, GAT Psychon is a pre-workout that gives you pumps.

Can’t they just friggin’ say that!?

They go on to tell us that Psychon is perfect for:

  • Your Heaviest Lifts
  • Muscle Building
  • Optimized Hormone Levels
  • Increased Strength
  • “Monstrous Muscle Torque”

Psychon is definitely pitched as a one-scooper…an all-in-one pre-workout that requires you to add zero additional ingredients.

Let’s take a look at the formula then.

What Are the Ingredients and Dosages of GAT Psychon ?

What Are the Ingredients and Dosages of GAT Psychon ?

Okay, Psychon is a great name. I’m all in for great names, and that’s something GAT certainly gets on the nose.

It makes me think I’m going to cause havoc in the gym, crushing PRs like a mental person on speed.

Of course, that’s plain ridiculous, but there it is.

Ingredients are the key though. Will they get your psych…on?

  • L-Citrulline Malate 2:1 – 8200 mg

BCAA Matrix 2:1:1 (total – 6000mg)

  • L-Leucine – 3000 mg
  • L-Isoleucine – 1500 mg
  • L-Valine – 1500 mg

Plus:

  • CarnoSyn (beta Alanine) – 3200 mg
  • Creapure (creatine monohydrate) – 3000 mg
  • Choline Bitartrate – 500 mg
  • L-Ornithine HCl – 500 mg
  • N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine 500 mg
  • Caffeine Anhydrous – 350 mg
  • L-Glutathione – 200 mg
  • Black Pepper Extract – 5 mg

Plus, it’s 10 calories per serve. Each scoop is 26.6 grams and of that, just over 23 grams are active ingredients. It has a blend of Vit B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc and Sodium in there, and the whole formula is open label.

Okay…what!?

That’s a phenomenal product, GAT. I’m absolutely thrilled I nipped that negativity in the bud and investigated this gem of a pre-workout.

Will GAT Psychon Work for You?

If you’re human, it will work.

This is up there with the best of the best pre-workout formulas. Packed, absolutely packed, with powerful, fully dosed, research-backed ingredients.

Glutathione, have you heard of that one? Check this study out and come back to me. Glutathione at 200 mg appears to boost the pump effects of Citrulline Malate, which is already in the blend at a ridonkulous 8200 mg.

There’s a full BCAA supplement within the supplement. It’s even got creatine monohydrate (still the best by the way) at a dose that will actually do something for you.

Full clinical doses of beta-alanine, ornithine, choline…and caffeine is in there kicking and punching.

I know it’s only a pre-workout but I get excited about these things, and GAT have blown my balls off with Psychon. I’m massively impressed.

Will it work? Yeah, it’ll work! I’m already ordering more!

I checked out some customer feedback and I was surprised to see it not faring too well on some prominent bodybuilding websites.

One guy says you should stick with Nitraflex (another GAT pre/pump). Another complains about the amount of ingredients and that there might be too many. Yet another says something about feeling sick when he drinks that much.

Guys, start with a half serving. Hell, half a serving of Psychon will still outstrip most other pre-workouts.

It pisses me off when I hear dudes complain about quality products, especially when they then go and rave about another that’s complete shite (not talking about Nitraflex, by the way). I just don’t get it.

No wonder some companies get lazy and put nutrient-light, stimulant-riddled junk on the shelves. It seems to be what some bros want.

When it comes to fuelling your workout, igniting a good pump and triggering the anabolic process of muscle growth, you want fully dosed, scientifically supported ingredients.

Psychon is that.

Well played, GAT. You’ve won me back….sort of.

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VolcaNO Extreme Review – by Force Factor, Nitric Oxide Booster https://www.hypertrophia.com/volcano-extreme-review https://www.hypertrophia.com/volcano-extreme-review#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 11:50:51 +0000 https://www.hypertrophia.com/?p=302 Last updated on December 20th, 2018Force Factor VolcaNO Extreme helps you achieve your maximum strength and power potential, it triggers a potent mind-muscle connection and unlocks relentless pumps and endurance… …according to Force Factor, the [Read More]

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Force Factor VolcaNO Extreme helps you achieve your maximum strength and power potential, it triggers a potent mind-muscle connection and unlocks relentless pumps and endurance…

…according to Force Factor, the manufacturers.

Nitric oxide boosters that come in capsule form have never gotten past me without getting completely ripped apart.

Capsules simply don’t have the space to fit the mass of powdered ingredients required to give you a good muscle pump.

For starters, the current scientifically proven dose of Citrulline-Malate (the most effective NO booster known) is between 6000 mg and 10000 mg, i.e. 6 to 10 grams.

And that’s just the first ingredient. Muscle pump, NO boosting, vasodilation pre-workout drink powders usually go on to include some other pump ingredients, plus the usual energizers and muscle nutrients.

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Try and take that as a pill and you’d be swallowing something the size of one of King Kong’s nuts.

With that said, I’m willing to give anything a chance. After all, there could be some kind of new ingredient that I haven’t yet tried.

VolcaNO Extreme how does it work

Why Use Force Factor VolcaNO Extreme?

I don’t know about you, but for me the pump is extremely important.

I’ve been studying supplements and muscle building for years, and ever since the start I’ve been tinkering around with individual ingredients and formulations trying to get swole AF on a daily basis in the gym.

Dietary nitrates are my first stop: lots of leafy greens and foods like beetroot. But a well stacked pre-workout supplement puts ingredients together that would otherwise be tricky to acquire.

Force Factor make some other products that I’ve been pretty impressed with, for example LeanFire Ultimate, which is a good fat-burner, albeit a pricey one.

So, putting my misgivings about capsule NO boosters aside, Force Factor say Volcano Extreme is legit, and it does contain a decent spread of ingredients.

I’ll open up the formula next and have a look at what it can actually do for you.

VolcaNO Extreme Ingredients

What Are the Ingredients and Dosages?

Each bottle of VolcaNO Extreme contains 90 pills, which equates to 30 servings at 3 capsules each.

Force Factor advise you to take it on workout and rest days so that’s a 30 day supply.

There is two blends within the formula. Bother are completely open-label, i.e. we know the precise inclusion rates of the ingredients.

Nitric Oxide Strength Matrix – 3150 mg

  • 1500 mg – Inositol-Stabilized Arginine Silicate (Nitrosigine ®)
  • 750 mg – L-Citrulline
  • 750 mg – Creatine HCl (CON-CRET ®)
  • 150 mg – Grape Seed Extract

Mind-Muscle Optimization Blend – 105 mg

  • 100 mg – Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine (AlphaSize ®)
  • 5 mg – Toothed Clubmoss

Nitrosigine is a stabilized arginine silicate which lasts a lot longer than regular arginine in the human body. According to the research [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4603712/] it is fast acting, elevating serum (blood) arginine levels within 30 minutes.

It also keeps them elevated for more than 1.5 hours. The study used a 1500 mg dose and so does VolcaNO Extreme. Arginine is the principal NO booster in the body.

Citrulline is considered better than basic l-arginine as an oral supplement because it survives the initial break-down process and makes it to the kidneys where it is converted to arginine.

Usually, L-Citrulline is taken at doses of 4 to 6 grams and when combined with malic acid to form Citrulline-Malate it is often taken in 6 to 10 gram doses for maximum effect.

VolcaNO Extreme contains only 750 mg of L-Citrulline. This may have some positive effect due to the presence of Nitrosigine.

Creatine HCl included at 750 mg is not altogether that useful. Creatine accumulates in your cells, forming a phosphocreatine reservoir. Creatine monohydrate is still the cheapest and best, and is my recommendation for creatine supplementation.

The small inclusion of creatine here feels like an afterthought.

Grape Seed Extract studies have shown an impressive increase in blood flow as a result of supplementation. However, they employed much higher dosages of 2 grams and 400 mg (from the two most relevant studies so far).

AlphaSize is a patented form of Alpha-GPC, which is one of my favourite ingredients of all time.

The mind-muscle connection is a weird, undefined, almost pseudoscientific phenomenon, but to anyone who lifts, it’s as real as it gets.

Alpha-GPC boosts neurotransmitter acetyl-choline which has a major influence on the neural triggering of muscle contraction force…ergo, the actual mind and muscle connection.

It’s a good ingredient, and one that is expensive to get hold of in any meaningful amount.
Ideally you’d want 500 mg of the stuff but you won’t find that much in a multi-ingredient product because it would cost so much.

Toothed Clubmoss is in for its Huperzia serrata, or Huperzine-A, content. It works in concert with Alpha-GPC because it inhibits the enzyme – acetylcholinesterase – that breaks down the acetylcholine that Alpha-GPC boosts.

Will The Formula Work for You?

When I first looked through the ingredients on the label of VolcaNO Extreme I was unimpressed.

That’s mostly because when I have an “NO booster” in my hand, I look for some key NO boosting ingredients and their inclusion dose.

Citrulline is often the first one I look for, and it’s in at 750 mg which is about 15% of the dose you ordinarily take.

Creatine is almost pointless in this product. You can buy 6 months worth of creatine monohydrate for half the price of Volcano Extreme.

The Nitrosigine, Alpha-GPC, and Huperzine-A sort of neutralize my urge to be wholly negative though. They are great ingredients, but they wouldn’t make me spend another pile of cash on this product.

My opinion: stick with your heavily dosed pre-workouts for getting swole.

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