Once you start training at the gym, it doesn’t take long before you find out about the growing, cult-like obsession of pre-workout supplements. I find there is nothing more that causes consistent confusion in the supplement industry, in my opinion, than pre-workout products; and I speak from the perspective of a professional athlete that never had them available. The bewilderment comes from not knowing ‘what’ is in a pre-workout and not knowing what each ingredient does. Yet so many people are blindly consuming them. Warning: they all claim to be revolutionary, yet few deliver. They all have slick marketing and are also pushed by synthetically enhanced bodybuilders that all claim they are the best proprietary enhancer since the invention of sliced bread. So how can you possibly know what ‘is’ and isn’t crap? Here, I’m going to explain to you exactly what a pre-workout supplement is, ingredient by ingredient, and why Propello Life’s pre-workout supplement safely and effectively delivers.
So what is a pre-workout supplement and why would I want to take it? Basically, a pre-workout supplement is a specially designed supplement meant to be taken before exercise in order to improve some or all of the following: Energy Levels, Endurance, Strength & Recovery. Sound pretty generic? Let me clarify by giving you a standard scenario:
In Ohio, eight months out of the year, it’s cold, damp and dark at six o’clock in the morning. It seems even colder and gloomier when you have to get up and train. And doubly ‘worse’ when there is a warm body next to you in bed who isn’t waking up at the same time. It is at this hour that it seems like gravity has dropkicked the body and landed a heavy right hook to the face. Your eyes droop, your legs are heavy, your limbs drag, and your nervous system is running on smoke and fumes.
Precisely, it is training on days like these that you thank the gods you have a Propello Life pre-workout supplement! It is all the motivation needed that prevents one from hitting ‘snooze’ and missing your workout. You fumble the top off, mix a heaping scoop of West Coast Citrus in water, gulp the potion down, and the magic begins. Just ten minutes later, your attention span narrows like a fine laser and you feel like a badass superhero in the latest Marvel flick; ready to push and squat against the forces of evil.
There’s no question that a pre-workout supplement can get you fired up to get to work in the gym. However, the majority of pre-workout drinks are stuffed full of ineffective ingredients and/or minuscule dosages of otherwise good ingredients, making them little more than a few cheap stimulants (i.e. caffeine) with some ‘pixie dust’ sprinkled in to make for a pretty label and convincing ad copy. Many others mega-dose ingredients or add everything, including the kitchen sink, thinking that if it is makes you ‘feel’ something, it must be working! Everyone wants to be in better shape, but as we know, getting motivated can be really hard (perhaps really, really hard is more accurate).
Seriously, nothing beats being able to quickly drink a pre-workout powder that hypes you up and energizes you for the gym. It’s a total mood-switch into workout mode; more focus, clarity and power! Don’t get me wrong; this isn’t an attack on caffeine. Actually, according to many studies, a little caffeine is the perfect ingredient to get you going in this fashion. Caffeine’s stimulating effect in pre-workouts is a double-edged sword in the fitness industry. Due to caffeine’s feel-good energizing effect (which actually isn’t a bad thing), literally anybody can go out and make a pre-workout supplement, slap a groovy label on it, sell it to pre-workout newbies, and have massive success. Now this isn’t inherently a problem, except for the fact that this creates a shroud of confusion around pre-workout supplements and how they could actually be ten times better.
There is literally a marketing shroud created by companies selling mega-cheap caffeine pre-workouts (high margins) that choke out the genuinely perfect pre-workout supplements. This is my gripe and major beef with the wonder drug caffeine as it’s allowing marketing companies to saturate your brain with so many average and decent products that you never even learn about the great, exceptional, and perfect ones.
So what makes Propello Life’s Pre-Workout so good? Until now, the market for these types of performance improving supplements has been missing a cleaner, less artificial option. Propello Life has created this without the addition of unnecessary artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners that are often used to mask the inherently bitter or sour taste of many of the ingredients mentioned. Additionally, nearly every other pre-workout supplement ‘claims’ to be composed of the following ingredients, yet rarely is. Some having more than others, and some having larger or smaller dosages of each ingredient. Basically, Propello Life’s Pre-Workout has the correct dose of scientifically backed, safe, and natural ingredients without all the artificial and non-gmo ingredients. Plus it tastes great!
Here are some Red Flags to watch out for when looking at other pre-workout products
- Huge list of ingredients: If a pre-workout contains a large number of ingredients; it’s a red flag
- Proprietary Blends: If a pre-workout supplement contains proprietary blends, don’t buy it. What’s in that blend, anyway? Don’t support this quack-chicanery.
- Mega Dosing or Pixie Dusting: If a pre-workout isn’t built around clinically effective dosages of scientifically validated ingredients, move on.
These are the primary pre-workout ingredients in Propello Life’s Pre-Workout you should be familiar with:
Ingredient #1: Caffeine
Caffeine is the main stimulant that gives you uber-loads of energy and focus. However, not all caffeine is created equal. First, dosages vary drastically from product to product; so watch out for excessive amounts of caffeine. Second, most use synthetic (artificial) caffeine!
Caffeine quantities in pre-workouts for example:
- Low: 0 to 150 mg (no jitters, low stimulant)
- Higher (overstimulation/leads to addiction): 150 to 200 mg
- Unethical and dangerous: 200-365 mg and up (known to cause heart-attacks)
Another risk to watch out for is adrenal fatigue from the overconsumption of caffeine. I will take an educated guess, but your pre-workout is likely not your only source of caffeine each day. If you consume a pre-workout with 300 mg of synthetic caffeine and a couple cups of coffee, then you can easily be consuming over 500 mg per day! Caffeine at high levels over long periods of time can lead to adrenal fatigue. Less is sometimes more – especially with caffeine!
Propello Life provides 100 mg of natural caffeine from coffee bean sources. This provides a healthy energy boost, increased focus, and increased pain threshold. This dosage is equivalent to just one cup of your standard coffee, and is an effective and safe dosage that will not cause jitters (for most people; some people are very sensitive to caffeine). Some companies go absolutely insane and unethically over-dose their pre-workouts like fools.
Ingredient #2: Citrulline Malate
Citrulline Malate has two effects on the body that makes it useful in a pre-workout supplement.
First, is its ability to increase nitric oxide levels with l-citrulline – which has been shown to help dilate the blood vessels. Meaning, more blood circulation for increased performance and recovery. Second, is an increase in energy from malic acid (malate), which is a cellular energy cycle component easily burnable by the body. So overall, you’re getting increased blood flow (pump) to supply muscles with nutrients, oxygen, and flush out lactic acid. Huge for recovery!
Propello Life provides 3 grams of Citrulline Malate (2:1 ratio) in every serving. This is the scientifically studied dosage and form of the ingredient to increase blood flow and get the benefits listed above.
Ingredient #3: Beta Alanine
Your initial response to beta alanine is likely to be the most memorable! That’s because beta-alanine in proper dosages can cause a flushing/tingling of the skin. This is most predominant in the face! But don’t freak out, this is totally normal and nothing to worry about. And this small tingly price comes with the benefits of increased endurance and recovery. Yes I know, your initial thoughts are: I don’t want to tingle but the benefits are that it boosts explosive muscular strength and power output, increases muscle mass, boosts muscular anaerobic endurance, increases aerobic endurance, and increases exercise capacity so you can train harder and longer. Not bad!
Propello Life provides 1.6 grams per serving of Beta Alanine. The scientific studies on beta alanine are done at 800 mg, 1.6 g, 2.4 g, and 3.2 g. The studies found that the performance benefits are achieved at a 1.6 gram dosage with a much lower occurrence of the ‘tingling’ sensation. That is why Propello Life only put 1.6 g per serving. To minimize the ‘tingle’ sensation while achieving the great benefits of beta alanine.
Ingredient #4: Creatine
Many old-school pre-workout supplements include creatine in their pre-workouts, as it’s one of the most supported muscle builders. There are hundreds of studies done on creatine, over 20 years, that all conclude that it is completely safe, increases muscle strength and size, enhances recovery, improves sprint performance, and even some recent studies showing it enhances brain function! Look, if there ever was a ‘must-have’ supplement, creatine is it. It’s safe and it works. Period. But not all creatine is created equal…at least not all forms are fully supported by scientific studies. So stick with Creatine Monohydrate to be sure you are getting what you paid for!
Propello Life provides 5 grams of Creatine Monohydrate. Creatine Monohydrate is the form studied and proven over the past 20 years to deliver, at a 5 gram dosage, all the benefits listed above. Most pre-workouts don’t provide this dosage and form. So be careful to read the label closely. Creatine is a must have for anyone working out on a regular basis!
Betaine is a pretty simple molecule found most prevalently in spinach, wheat germ, and its name founding vegetable: beets. Once available in the body, betaine does one of two noteworthy things with its methylation capability. This is either by facilitating homocysteine into glutathione, or stimulating an increase in bodily SAMe levels. Both of these molecules increased by betaine have considerable benefits on the human body. Namely, it amplifies the effects of creatine monohydrate, improves muscle protein synthesis, supports healthy levels of homocysteine, and again, suggested to raise SAMe levels, which supports positive mood, liver health, and aids joint recovery.
Propello Life provides 2.5 grams of Betaine in every serving. This is the scientifically proven dosage to deliver the benefits above.
Ultimately, you will be faced with a ton of options for pre-workout supplements. Most of them will be formulated to make you ‘feel’ something, may be downright dangerous, and/or cheaply made with nothing but caffeine as the key ingredient. If you decide to choose Propello Life’s Pre-Workout, you are choosing a safe, simple, and effective product that will give you a great workout. And an added benefit of Propello Life’s Pre-Workout is that it is not only perfect for consuming before you workout, but is perfect for days you don’t workout so you can feel like the super-hero you are to take on your day.
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