How Citrulline, Arginine and Creatine Can All Work Together

When it comes to nitrate and amino acid supplementation pre-workout, there is one major goal that everyone is after: Energy.

Energy can mean different things depending on who you’re asking, but to us, it’s simple — how strong do you feel? How long can you last in the gym before getting fatigued? How intense will your body allow every set to be? The answer to each question is directly related to how much energy you physically have.

How much you walk into the gym with depends largely on what you’re providing your body with. How well-rested and recovered your muscles are plays a big role, and so does the system’s available energy sources. And, naturally, this is where citrulline, arginine, and creatine come into play. NOX-P3, ANX-P3 and N’FUZE can all work together — and here’s how.

Arginine and citrulline go  hand-in-hand, as the first is synthesized from the second in order to aid function and performance. Arginine is needed for many reasons, some of which include muscle synthesis, growth hormone production and immune function. The process of conversion is necessary for the body to gain arginine’s benefits, but it comes at a big cost — the process expends a great deal of cellular energy (ATP) and oxygen. During intense exercise, citrulline is broken down quickly as oxygen and ATP are depleted, increasing fatigue and sapping strength. (It’s also worth noting that citrulline can be derived from arginine through nitric oxide production.)  A University of Pittsburgh examination in 2004, published in The Journal of Nutrition, outlines the process and notes that supplemental arginine replenishes ATP levels — creating a surplus of energy that directly affects strength, power and endurance during a workout.

Another noteworthy point about the arginine-citrulline relationship is that, during the body’s recycling and conversion between the two, a very important by-product is produced — nitric oxide, which is a massive benefit for vasodilation (the expansion of the blood vessels to better deliver oxygen and nutrients). Because of this, arginine is generally noted as a “precursor” to nitric oxide, as an Austrian laboratory review published in 1999. A study published in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy later reaffirmed this in 2002 and noted that arginine is key in vasodilation:

“The main importance of Arg is attributed to its role as a precursor for the synthesis of nitric oxide (NO), a free radical molecule that is synthesized in all mammalian cells from L-Arg by NO synthase (NOS).” — Reference.

The big question, of course, is how can all of this come together to help the individual (that’s you!) have a better workout? Knowing that 1) an arginine surplus means less ATP is spent; 2) ATP stores can actually be IMPROVED with creatine and 3) there are multiple pathways for arginine, citrulline and arginine nitrate, we can combine it all to come up with the answer:

Using ANX-P3 90 minutes pre-workout will use the N3O Synthase pathway, and NOX-P3 an hour later will use a different one to combine the effects of both arginine and arginine nitrate. Meanwhile, N’FUZE 30 minutes pre-workout will provide a super-stable form of creatine to boost ATP. The end result will be an incredible workout that will let the body maximize its cellular oxygen and energy stores for better performance.

Workout of the Week: Shoulder Burner

Few things round out the physique quite like a broad, strong set of shoulders for upper-body width. Perform this workout once a week for four straight weeks to develop the deltoids and traps. Use manageable weight and full range of motion for best results.

SHOULDER BURNER

Seated Military Press: 15, 12, 8

Arnold Press: 3×12

4 Supersets: Lateral Dumbbell Raises x 15, Front Dumbbell Raises x 15

Full Frontals: 4×8

Barbell Shrugs: 2×20 (3-second pause at top, bottom of movement)

Get a “True” Pump with Citrulline Nitrate

The physiological phenomenon known as “the pump” is not a myth. How it is achieved, however, very well could be.

Many tend to think that stimulant-based supplements, or those primarily based on caffeine blends, are the answer. NO! The pump is about vasodilation; immediately, it can be felt with a slight “flush” throughout the body. This is because the blood vessels are expanding, delivering nutrients to the muscles efficiently. Contrast that with those tweaky stimulant products that actually constrict, and you’ll see the difference.

Citrulline Nitrate plays a big role in several of NUTRISHOP’s pre-workout products, like NO-XP3 and HEMOVEX.

Citrulline is an amino acid that does a few things, including helping support L-Arginine in the body and also serving as a precursor to nitric oxide production. Imagine there is a line of dominos that has to fall before the effect of nitric oxide can take place — the presence of Citrulline is one of the first dominos. The end result of taking a Citrulline Nitrate product is gains in strength, endurance and faster recovery. Recent studies have proven that citrulline helps to relax the blood vessels, making it an essential ingredient  in any vasodilatory supplement. In 2008, Medical News Today found that natural ingredients like watermelon, that contain citrulline, may even serve as a libido booster because of this trait!

This is quite different from a lot of pre-workout products that are devoted to pure, fast-intake energy. Unfortunately, it’s not usually accomplished with an ingredient like Citrulline; instead, ungodly amounts of caffeine or other stimulants are the chief ingredients in other formulas.

How Arginine Nitrate Can Help Your Workout Performance

Arginine Nitrate is the newest approach to nitric oxide boosters, utilizing a secondary pathway than typical pre-workout products for a more sustained, long-lasting effect. This is the top ingredient responsible for amazing workouts and pumps that you’ll find in ANX-P3!

Arginine Nitrate is backed by some pretty heady research. It was found by a 1999 study in Cardiovascular Research to be a bona fide precursor to nitric oxide; German research from 2003 indicates that it plays a role in wound-healing and recovery; in 1998, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism that arginine can even stimulate growth hormone secretion.

During intense exercise, in the middle or toward the end of your workout when your body is low on oxygen anyway, the L-Arginine NO Synthase pathway — the more common route for typical pre-workouts — is much less effective, and nitric oxide production won’t last as long. The effect of this process is usually seen early in the workout, when energy and stored oxygen levels are high.

Arginine Nitrate, however, doesn’t rely on oxygen nearly as much, meaning a longer, sustained effect that will last through your final reps, and vasodilation will, too. Arginine Nitrate uses the N3O pathway, an alternate to the normal L-Arginine NO Synthase pathway used by regular Arginine-based products.

You might be wondering why Arginine Nitrate is important, or what it does. First, we’ll start off with pure L-Arginine, an essential amino acid that plays a big part in many important bodily functions, including immune function and muscle building. But it’s also an immediate precursor to nitric oxide, and as a peer-reviewed article in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy points out, this makes it crucial when vasodilation — the expansion of blood vessels for better blood flow — is needed. Bonded with a nitrate, this provides improved blood flow to and from the heart, maximizing that sought-after pump and vascularity.

With improved vasodilation and blood flow over a longer period, the end product for the athlete is the highest possible nutrient delivery during the workout. This is important because of the muscles’ desperate need for vital nutrients to recover, rebuild and sustain strength and endurance.

MEMORIAL DAY BLOWOUT SALE!

Summer is now officially here, and NUTRISHOP Chico is making it easy for you to stock up on all the fat burners, protein, weight gainers, creatine, testosterone boosters, and more that you need to get into shape quickly and safely!
Monday only, we are having a Memorial Day Blowout sale at the Forest Ave Location (East will be closed for the Holiday).

  • Save 30% from 10am to 12pm
  • Save 25% from 12pm to 3pm
  • Save 20% from 3pm to 7pm.
  • Protein will be 15% OFF all day long!
  • Sale is good on all of our best testosterone boosters including 1-XD, Anitest, Arabol and HGH-191 and more. It is also good on Chico’s best selling fat burners like HYPERCOR, Lipocor, Detoxin, Phenadren and more!

Stock up on everything you need for your Summer body. See the ad below!

The COMPLETE Fat Loss Plan and Lean Muscle Plan Workouts!

We’ve crafted workout plans designed to build solid muscle, burn fat and get you in the best shape possible just in time for summer. We normally offer one free workout plan a week, but to help you really get moving, we’re doing something a bit different this week: We’ve got an entire PLAN built, that you can do each day as part of a program.

Be sure to check our site at 7 a.m. throughout the week, and we will have the specific workouts posted for that day, along with the handy links to the PDF files at the end of the week if you want to print out the entire plan, plus a chart to track your progress. We’ll also recommend the best supplements to take if you’re doing a specific plan, because nothing’s worse than wasting your workout.

We’ve got both workouts below — the PDF of the workout plan first, with a printable one-week chart right under it and followed by a recommended supplement stack. The knowledge is now yours — go make it happen!

THE FAT LOSS PLAN

The Fat Loss Plan

The Fat Loss Plan Chart

Supplement stack: 30 mins. pre-workout – NOX-P3N’FUZEBCAA Sport. During workout: BCAA Sport mixed into your water bottle. Immediate post-workout: N’FUZE, PRO7EIN SYNTHESIS, BCAA Sport. Additionally, HYPERCORDETOXINSOMNILEAN and LIPOCOR, according to label instructions throughout the day.

THE LEAN MUSCLE PLAN

Lean Muscle Plan

Lean Muscle Chart

Supplement stack: 30 mins. pre-workout – NOX-P3N’FUZEBCAA Sport. During workout: BCAA Sport mixed into your water bottle. Immediate post-workout: N’FUZE, PRO7EIN SYNTHESIS, BCAA Sport.

Thursday’s Workouts: The Lean Muscle Plan and the Fat Loss Plan

We’ve crafted workout plans designed to build solid muscle, burn fat and get you in the best shape possible just in time for summer. We normally offer one free workout plan a week, but to help you really get moving, we’re doing something a bit different this week: We’ve got an entire PLAN built, that you can do each day as part of a program.

Be sure to check our site at 7 a.m. throughout the week, and we will have the specific workouts posted for that day, along with the handy links to the PDF files at the end of the week if you want to print out the entire plan, plus a chart to track your progress. We’ll also recommend the best supplements to take if you’re doing a specific plan, because nothing’s worse than wasting your workout.

Below, we’ve got the Thursday workouts for the Lean Muscle Plan and the Fat Loss Plan.

THURSDAY

Lean Muscle Plan

Shoulders
They get their very own day. Why? Because they’re the socket most prone to injury and they’re easy to overwork.

  •  Military barbell press: 4×10. Lower the bar to right in front of your nose, and, keeping your back straight, raise it up just before the point of locking out at the elbow.
  •  3 Supersets: Lateral dumbbell raises (10)/front raises (10)/rear delt rows (10). Use light weight and get your form down, above all else. Stretch out the shoulder fascia for the best results.
  •  Cable external rotation: 3×10. Nice and light, these are meant only to strengthen the rotator cuff. Nobody will be impressed with a big weight stack, and you’ll get hurt.
  •  Cable internal rotation: 3×10. Same deal.
Supplement stack: 30 mins. pre-workout — NOX-P3N’FUZEBCAA Sport. During workout: BCAA Sport mixed into your water bottle. Immediate post-workout: N’FUZE, PRO7EIN SYNTHESIS, BCAA Sport.
Fat Loss Plan

Arms/Shoulders
You’ll increase blood flow throughout the entire arm and shoulder region, but will limit leg activity entirely.

  • Seated Military Press; 4×8. Keep your back straight and pressed tight against the support to prevent injury.
  • 3 Supersets: Overhead Triceps Extensions (12)/Alternating Dumbbell Curls (12).
  • 3 Supersets: Lateral dumbbell raises (10)/front raises (10)/rear delt rows (10). Use light weight and get your form down, above all else. Stretch out the shoulder fascia for the best results.
  • 3 Supersets: Rope pushdowns (10)/Preacher Curls (10).
  • 3 Tri-Sets: Dumbbell Shoulder press (8)/Reverse-Grip
  • Dumbbell Curls (8 per arm)/Dips (8). Don’t rest in between.

Supplement stack: 30 mins. pre-workout — NOX-P3N’FUZEBCAA Sport. During workout: BCAA Sport mixed into your water bottle. Immediate post-workout: N’FUZE, PRO7EIN SYNTHESIS, BCAA Sport. Additionally, HYPERCORDETOXINSOMNILEAN and LIPOCOR, according to label instructions throughout the day.