Pre-Workout Supplements

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    Mar 22, 2011 9:14 AM GMT
    I am still pretty new at the supplements part so forgive me if this is something everyone already knows, hah.

    I am looking for something to give me energy and enough to make me want to go at it full force. I most likely won't take them every time but sometimes I just need that punch. The problem my friends have given me supplements that they consider strong but they do nothing to me. I am not sure what that could mean but I know they don't work.

    If anyone has any advice or experience in this department, enlighten me! Please. hah
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    Mar 22, 2011 10:44 AM GMT
    L-Arginine
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    Mar 22, 2011 12:47 PM GMT
    there's a bunch of products that are powders you can mix up into a drink before you hit the gym. i mix mine with protein before i go, because i don't love the taste of it. some of the more popular ones are:

    - Jack3d
    - Mesomorph
    - Razor 8
    - Amped
    - White Flood

    i think White Flood is the only one of those that doesn't have creatine in it. if you aren't wanting to take the supp every day in the gym that may be a better option for you.

    i have taken the first 3 i mentioned, but know that the other 2 are also some popular ones. i didn't personally like Jack3d - though most people rave about it, Mesomorph was pretty amazing for me for a while but when i stopped it and started taking it again it was too strong. now i'm using Razor 8 and love it.

    if you don't want to get that fancy, then grab a shot of espresso.
    some gyms also have pre-made bottles of pre-workout drinks to give you energy. this is another good option if it isn't something you want to commit money to buying a tub of something to mix up every day, and its accessible - if your gym sells them. if not, find a local GNC or other supplement store. i actually don't love GNC's - i think most people that work at those stores don't know what the F they're talking about. but sometimes it's your only option.

    the last thing is a bit of a warning. if you DO commit to buying something, or you buy a pre-made drink, make sure you test your tolerance. drinking a full serving of something brand new like that can: upset your stomach, make your skin turn red and itchy, or any other number of things. not trying to scare you - just want you to be prepared. if the thing is giving you lots of energy, your body might take all of those ingredients and a number of things could happen. just test your tolerance.
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    Mar 22, 2011 1:06 PM GMT
    NO Xplode is another one. GNC has a pretty amazing return policy. If you hate it, you can bring it back, even if you've opened the container.

    I had to take that stuff back. I have a pretty tough stomach, but that stuff gave me crazy gut rot. No thanks. icon_evil.gif
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    Mar 22, 2011 2:04 PM GMT
    Supplements are designed to enhance an already active level of energy.
    If you're feeling too fatigued to workout properly, supplements will do nothing, or might even make you feel worse.
    My suggestion would be to increase your current energy levels before trying to chemically enhance them. That can be done via diet and cardio.
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    Mar 22, 2011 7:29 PM GMT
    Well like I said I am trying to get back into fitness, at the level I was.

    I have the energy but not enough to go tear the gym up. I need something that is stronger. My roommates bf told me about Jack3d and said it will work but I'm not sure because he said it's bad if you're doing cardio. I have some made by redline "Ultra Hardcore" and they are anything but. The guy at GNC said they were amazing but Redbull gives me more energy.

    In preference I prefer pills because I hate tastes but are powders better for you?
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    Mar 22, 2011 7:34 PM GMT
    A banana and 4 fig newtons.
    An apple with some peanut butter.


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    Mar 22, 2011 7:36 PM GMT
    powders are better because it goes through your system faster. Of course, when taken as directed it's usually on an empty stomach. You'll feel the surge of energy with most pre-workout supps that way.
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    Mar 22, 2011 7:37 PM GMT
    ricehntr saidpowders are better because it goes through your system faster. Of course, when taken as directed it's usually on an empty stomach. You'll feel the surge of energy with most pre-workout supps that way.


    Should I just take pre- workouts? Is there another forum or something that I can get a crash course on what I need versus "luxuries".
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    Mar 22, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    CLDoyle said
    ricehntr saidpowders are better because it goes through your system faster. Of course, when taken as directed it's usually on an empty stomach. You'll feel the surge of energy with most pre-workout supps that way.


    Should I just take pre- workouts? Is there another forum or something that I can get a crash course on what I need versus "luxuries".


    Everyone's going to give you their two cents and it's great to get advice from everyone! Pre-workouts is a luxury. Of course it's great to get that extra amount of energy at the gym. Helps you with your lifts or whatever you're trying to train for. If you're just starting out, I would say that all you need is a protein(whey- concentrate,isolate, and slow digesting casesin). Your BCAA (branch chain amino acids) are also important for recovery. Eat meals every 2/3 hours to keep your metabolism up. Diet of course is the priority.
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    Mar 22, 2011 7:55 PM GMT
    NO Xplode says "You will never train without it" on the bottle. That has become more of a threat than a marketing ploy. For me, I needed a preworkout supplement to give me that motivation I needed and it has worked amazingly well. I only drink a quarter to a half of 1 scoop and that is enough for an intense workout.
    I do not like the fact that it has creatine, but cycling it can still keep the body producing it's own creatine rather than relying on the supplement. I don't drink soda or caffeine outside of an unsweet brewed tea for lunch, so the caffeine content is enough to really amp me up. 3-4 wks on, 3 wks off.
    Natural remedies are fantastic, but for me to focus in the gym and really push myself, I needed a supplement. Good luck!
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    Mar 22, 2011 8:30 PM GMT
    NO Xplode is ok for vascularity boost...makes my nipples hard......lolz......miss Ma Huang, though....in terms of energy booster. Too bad it was taken off the market. icon_sad.gif

    Also use Yohimbe-Plus on occasion. And Five Hour Energy.
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    Mar 22, 2011 8:48 PM GMT
    bikerideguy saidL-Arginine



    The best answer on this thread was this one, L-arginine allows quicker recover as well as increasing your nitric oxide levels, that other crap u guys take dont really work u just think they do, if you want to have a quick energy blast you can take a little caffine 15 min after taking the L-arginine.
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    Mar 22, 2011 9:04 PM GMT
    I am currently using Liquid Carnitine and DFine8 before my workouts.

    I also like Deer Antler and Gecko for natural muscle building and strength. I mix them in to my regiment for something that's all natural and gives a pretty intense boost for working out. Dragon Herbs has pretty pure liquid forms:

    http://www.dragonherbs.com/prodinfo.asp?number=018
    http://www.dragonherbs.com/prodinfo.asp?number=006

    Tribulus is good for natural test boost as well. You can find a lot of different varieties on various sites.