Another Look at XP2’s PREWORK

The biggest difference between other run-of-the-mill pre-workout formulas and XP2’s PREWORK, NUTRISHOP’s newest product for improved workout performance, is the inclusion of citrulline malate, which we took a look at earlier this week. However, there are a few other notable ingredients that make this a great option as well.

For example, the Pump Formula in PREWORK also contains Beta-Alanine, a big-time compound that really is a must in any kind of pre-workout blend. Beta-Alanine fits in as a “precursor”: When it arrives to the muscle, it puts everything in motion — nitric oxide and carnosine are by-products of Beta-Alanine, and when combined with citrulline malate forms quite the punch.

Because citrulline malate helps the body accept the nitric oxide created within the body, and because the presence of Beta-Alanine ensures there will be plenty of it to accept, PREWORK is a great combination of the two. This duo works together to decrease muscle fatigue, increase vascularity, improve workout strength and build more powerful, longer-lasting muscle.

Workout of the Week: Fat-Burning Legs Day

There’s no question that legs day is one of your best non-cardio opportunities to burn fat while building muscle — if you do it right. Pace is part of the equation, but another significant aspect to a heart-pumping workout is HOW you train. Supersetting antagonistic muscles in a huge muscular section of the body like the quads, hamstrings and glutes will flood the area with nutrient-rich blood for recovery, while the supporting cast of muscles (mainly the core) enjoys the benefit of working to stabilize as well.

For this workout, keep a fairly fast clip throughout, taking no rest in between exercises of a superset and just 90 seconds between sets. You should be out of the gym with this workout in less than an hour.

FAT-BURNING LEGS DAY

4 Supersets: 15 squats/15 hamstring curls

4 Supersets: 15 stiff-legged deadlifts/15 leg extensions

4×10 heavy leg press

3 Supersets: 100 walking lunges/20 seated calf raises. (For the walking lunge sets, do 10 sets of 10, taking 10 seconds between sets to rest).

D-Aspartic Acid: A MUST for More Testosterone

As men age, testosterone production falls — this is the unfortunate truth about this powerful hormone that is responsible for muscle growth, fat loss, and many other positive attributes. During puberty and into the 20s, testosterone production ratchets up sharply, and then it drops off slowly forever, naturally.

There is hope, however, in the form of D-Aspartic Acid (DAA). It is an amino acid that, research shows, can increase natural testosterone production by up to 40 percent in men mainly by increasing levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) from the pituitary gland. The result is a mimicking of the same body state experienced by men in their 20s — a natural elevation of testosterone based on the same processes the pituitary goes through. In 2007, an Italian study addressed DAA and its role in the male body, showing the pro-testosterone hormones the body will create with DAA supplementation:

In the pituitary gland, it stimulates the secretion of the following hormones: prolactin (PRL), luteinizing hormone (LH), and growth hormone (GH) In the testes, it is present in Leydig cells and is involved in testosterone and progesterone release.

Among the benefits of increased natural testosterone are enhanced libido, elevated mood, and, of course, strength, muscle growth and fat loss. Supporters of DAA research note the results of a particular study featuring a test group that ingested it:

…Researchers gave a couple of dozen men aged between 27 and 37 a daily dose of 3.12 grams of for twelve days consecutively. Twenty other men were given a placebo. The testosterone level in the subjects that received the supplement had risen by 33% after the twelve days.

Now, there are a few DAA-based products in the supplement world, but be warned — there are side effects in many of them. The body’s No. 1 goal, in any process, is to achieve balance, and this goes for hormonal levels too. This means that for every huge spike in testosterone, there is a reaction by the body that is undesirable: Aromatization, the conversion of androgens (in this case, testosterone) into estrogens. Obviously, this is not what you want if you’re trying to add muscle and lose fat!

FORZAONE’S 1-XD is a powerful DAA product that also addresses the issue of aromatase by including an anti-estrogen blend to combat any estrogen conversion. DAA alone will be subject to aromatization, meaning that to get the full effect of it in a supplement, you would have to also find an estrogen inhibitor to counteract your body’s natural inclination to balance off your new, elevated testosterone levels. However, this inhibitor is already included in 1-XD, making it a clear choice for men who want to improve muscle size and strength while regaining their youthfulness.

Why PREWORK Works Well with BCAAs

As you exercise, you burn massive amounts of calories compared to what you might expend throughout the course of the day — and a giant spike in calorie-burning requires those calories to come from somewhere. The ultimate goal is to get your body to use fat to do this, but fat is option No. 3 on the body’s natural preference list when it comes to energy sources. Nos. 1 and 2: Blood sugar and proteins (in the form of muscle tissue!).

The answer: Load up on extra amino acids — BCAAs — to supply your body with an alternative energy source while maintaining and building muscle tissue at the same time. In turn, your muscles will be saved and the body will have to turn to visceral fat. BCAAs are actually becoming one of the most popular and well-researched supplements available. One landmark study by the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition found that BCAAs are responsible for myriad benefits:

Ingestion of a supplement containing BCAAs while following an 8-week resistance training program resulted in a greater decrease in percent body fat, an increase in lean mass, and 10-RM strength gains on the bench press and squat vs. ingestion of a whey supplement or a sports drink. — JISSN, 2009

But pre-workout supplementation doesn’t stop there. A sophisticated, non-stimulant-based pre-workout drink can also bring huge benefits. The best ones you can get will usually include a blend of arginine, beta-alanine and citrulline (malate or nitrate). Each is known to have great properties, including increased ATP production for more cellular energy and thus more strength and power, improved muscular endurance thanks to conversion of lactic acid to energy, and vasodilation — the expansion of the blood vessels to deliver nutrients and oxygen. XP2’S PREWORK contains both citrulline malate and beta-alanine, so it’s clearly a great option in this regard.

Studies have shown that beta-alanine directly affects intramuscular levels of carnosine, another amino acid that serves to provide a pH “buffer” in the muscle against lactic acid, which forms as a result of low oxygen. This keeps the muscle stronger for longer, with the end result being better endurance of strength.

And, as we mentioned, blood flow is critical to athletes during their workouts. Nutrient and oxygen delivery are of utmost importance for strength and endurance, as well as immediate repair of muscle breakdown. Blood flow has a direct correlation to just about every facet of the workout: Nutrients in the blood help grow and repair the muscles, while oxygen and amino acids in the bloodstream provide energy and endurance. On top of all that, better blood flow means a quicker recovery time for muscle tissue, which we know is torn down with microscopic tears during intense resistance exercise. This helps reduce soreness, while increasing the phenomenon known as “the pump.”

If you’re trying to build muscle fast, look into stacking PREWORK and a solid BCAA supplement, like BCAA SPORT!

Why PREWORK and N’FUZE Make a Great Stack

The only reason you’d take a pre-workout supplement is for the best possible workout performance, right? That’s why you’re intrigued in the brand-new PREWORK from XP2, after all!

Well, sometimes, a great product can be made even better by stacking it with another, and this is true in the case of your supplements. While PREWORK is an awesome way to promote strength, endurance and blood flow in the gym for better, longer workouts, its efficacy can be improved upon with some help — a workout partner, if you will!

CellShock’s N’FUZE is the perfect match for PREWORK because it helps achieve many of the same effects, but in different ways. PREWORK’s pump blend of citrulline malate and beta-alanine both signal to the body that nitric oxide must be produced, thus creating expanded blood vessels and in turn delivering nutrients, including oxygen, to the cells that need it most during intense exercise. The payoff for the athlete is decreased muscle fatigue, only with an elevated baseline of performance.

Well, adding the awesome krealkalyn in N’FUZE only raises that baseline even further! This super-pure form of creatine creates a surplus of ATP in the muscles, helping add not only endurance for that last rep but significant gains to strength, too. You’ll train with heavier weights, pump out more reps and see muscle growth. The clearest upshot of stacking N’FUZE with PREWORK is not only the combined effects, but the fact that PREWORK will improve the delivery of the N’FUZE itself, making every last cent count to its fullest.

On Friday, we’ll give another great stacking tip for PREWORK; in the meantime, stop in to NUTRISHOP and pick up this killer combination of workout performance supplements.

Another Look at XP2’s PREWORK

The biggest difference between other run-of-the-mill pre-workout formulas and XP2’s PREWORK, NUTRISHOP’s newest product for improved workout performance, is the inclusion of citrulline malate, which we took a look at earlier this week. However, there are a few other notable ingredients that make this a great option as well.

For example, the Pump Formula in PREWORK also contains Beta-Alanine, a big-time compound that really is a must in any kind of pre-workout blend. Beta-Alanine fits in as a “precursor”: When it arrives to the muscle, it puts everything in motion — nitric oxide and carnosine are by-products of Beta-Alanine, and when combined with citrulline malate forms quite the punch.

Because citrulline malate helps the body accept the nitric oxide created within the body, and because the presence of Beta-Alanine ensures there will be plenty of it to accept, PREWORK is a great combination of the two. This duo works together to decrease muscle fatigue, increase vascularity, improve workout strength and build more powerful, longer-lasting muscle.

Why PREWORK Stacks Well with BCAAs

As you exercise, you burn massive amounts of calories compared to what you might expend throughout the course of the day — and a giant spike in calorie-burning requires those calories to come from somewhere. The ultimate goal is to get your body to use fat to do this, but fat is option No. 3 on the body’s natural preference list when it comes to energy sources. Nos. 1 and 2: Blood sugar and proteins (in the form of muscle tissue!).

The answer: Load up on extra amino acids — BCAAs — to supply your body with an alternative energy source while maintaining and building muscle tissue at the same time. In turn, your muscles will be saved and the body will have to turn to visceral fat. BCAAs are actually becoming one of the most popular and well-researched supplements available. One landmark study by the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition found that BCAAs are responsible for myriad benefits:

Ingestion of a supplement containing BCAAs while following an 8-week resistance training program resulted in a greater decrease in percent body fat, an increase in lean mass, and 10-RM strength gains on the bench press and squat vs. ingestion of a whey supplement or a sports drink. — JISSN, 2009

But pre-workout supplementation doesn’t stop there. A sophisticated, non-stimulant-based pre-workout drink can also bring huge benefits. The best ones you can get will usually include a blend of arginine, beta-alanine and citrulline (malate or nitrate). Each is known to have great properties, including increased ATP production for more cellular energy and thus more strength and power, improved muscular endurance thanks to conversion of lactic acid to energy, and vasodilation — the expansion of the blood vessels to deliver nutrients and oxygen. XP2’S PREWORK contains both citrulline malate and beta-alanine, so it’s clearly a great option in this regard.

Studies have shown that beta-alanine directly affects intramuscular levels of carnosine, another amino acid that serves to provide a pH “buffer” in the muscle against lactic acid, which forms as a result of low oxygen. This keeps the muscle stronger for longer, with the end result being better endurance of strength.

And, as we mentioned, blood flow is critical to athletes during their workouts. Nutrient and oxygen delivery are of utmost importance for strength and endurance, as well as immediate repair of muscle breakdown. Blood flow has a direct correlation to just about every facet of the workout: Nutrients in the blood help grow and repair the muscles, while oxygen and amino acids in the bloodstream provide energy and endurance. On top of all that, better blood flow means a quicker recovery time for muscle tissue, which we know is torn down with microscopic tears during intense resistance exercise. This helps reduce soreness, while increasing the phenomenon known as “the pump.”

If you’re trying to build muscle fast, look into stacking PREWORK and a solid BCAA supplement, like BCAA SPORT!