A good pre-workout should do four things to improve the user’s workout. 1) It should provide physical energy, like you might feel from an energy drink. The energy component should also help with mental focus (mind muscle connection). 2) It should increase ATP or cellular energy stores. 3) It should buffer lactic acid and decrease fatigue. 4) It should increase blood flow to the working muscle and deliver nutrients and enhance the muscle pump.
The new Lean Revolution Limited Edition produces on all four of these fronts and is one of the few non geranium based products that provide a significant boost in focus and energy.
For Energy and Focus: N-Methyltyramine is a conditionally essential amino acid which works by being an essential precursor to the neurotransmitter nor epinephrine. N-Methyltyramine also activates brown fat and increases body metabolism and the use of white fat (bad fat) as body fuel. N-Methyltyramine, is known as an adrenergenic amine, which means it can help facilitate the action of the sympathetic nervous system on the adrenal glands, thereby increasing the body’s metabolism, and boosting energy. N-Methyltyramine is like a shot of adrenaline providing a very smooth focused energy.
Piracetam enhances brain metabolism by increasing Glucose Utilization, Blood & Oxygen Flow. The net result is a boost in mental energy & cerebral circulation.
CDP Choline was also added for brain and mood support. CDP Choline results in a noticeable level of alertness and motivation. In addition, colors seem brighter and sharper and libido is enhanced.
For ATP Production and Cellular Energy: Creatine MagnaPower provides more active creatine to the bloodstream for subsequent incorporation into the cells of the muscle. Chelate provides magnesium, which is involved in more energy producing systems than creatine, in addition creatine requires magnesium for its energy producing cycle. High doses of creatine are not required, since the chelate is not susceptible to acidic cyclization. Gastric disturbances are eliminated since only doses approximately 20% of what would be needed with creatine monohydrate are required.
For Buffering Lactic Acid and Fatigue Reduction: Beta Alanine and Creatinol O Phosphate act to reduce fatigue and muscle failure. Beta Alanine works through increasing carnosine levels. By doing so, it helps improve weight training and athletic performance in a variety of ways. By increasing carnosine levels it increases buffering capacity in the muscle, this helps prevent your muscles from becoming overly acidic during times of stress.
For Increasing Blood Flow and Muscle Pump: Most people are familiar with arginine but the metabolic by product of arginine known as agmatine sulfate goes well beyond arginine in terms of effectiveness. This formula also uses citrulline, glycerol and vanadyl to enhance the pump effect from exercise.
Dominick Walsh is a blogger for Performance Nutrition and TMRzoo.com and covers all men’s health topics and exercise issues including protein powders, diets, weight loss, weight lifting supplements, fat burners and supplement reviews. Dominick’s columns cover everything you need to know about your pre, during and post workout nutrition.