When I first started writing the 10 most frequently asked questions, the article started to expand on to 6 pages. Understanding my own levels of ADD, I decided that splitting it in to two different articles would be best. No one likes to read that much anyway.
Without further adoo aka bullshit, bullshit, and more bullshit on my part, here are the final 5 most asked questions…
1) My face itches when I drink my Pre-Workout, is that normal?
Yes, this is pretty normal. Not all pre-workouts are created equal. Check the label, if you see Beta-Alanine listed in high amounts (2500mg/2.5g or higher) be prepared for some part of your body to itch. Especially for my bigger bro’s who take 2-4 scoops. The itch can freak people out, I get it…this is where the sample box can come in to play. I can also tell you from experience that you build a tolerance and the itch settles down (eventually).
WARNING: If you are new to the SUPP game and are starting to freak out on your new pre, do not prance around the weight room freaking out telling everyone how itchy your face is. They don’t care. If they are experienced meatheads you will turn them off so fast. Check out the 10 commandments of being a bro on how to handle yourself. No one likes a pre-workout virgin.
2) I play an NCAA Sport, how do I know if my supplement is banned?
90% of the time supplements are labeled as NCAA approved. Typically, when an athlete asks me what supplements they should take, I direct them to brands that I know are safe and go through rigorous testing. Brands such as Optimum Nutrition, BSN, Muscle Pharm, ProSupps, and Isatori are all NCAA safe.
Here’s the catch. Just because a product is labeled ‘safe’ doesn’t mean you can’t test positive for high levels of various ingredients…the biggest one being caffeine. When I was in college working with the basketball team, guys would have to be careful of caffeine levels going in to a test week. 2 cups of coffee plus 2-4 scoops of pre-workout puts you pretty close to caffeine levels if you aren’t counting. Especially if you’re drinking coffee with shots of espresso or have a high caffeine pre.
So the bottom line is this- know what is in your product. Protein powder is fine, pre-workouts make sure they are labeled NCAA safe, and avoid T-boosters and fat burners when you’re in season.
3) I’ve been taking a Thermogenic but haven’t lost any weight, why?
The quote “You can’t out train a bad diet” comes to mind. Many times people who buy fat burners think they are magic pills that lets them eat shitty food and ‘get away with it’. This is definitely not the case. When you start on a thermo or fat burner, you definitely still need to watch caloric intake like regular diets. The only thing you may need to watch is caffeine intake along with a thermo- no one likes the caff-jitters.
The bottom line- when you start taking ANY supplement- it isn’t magic. Protein powder doesn’t grow muscles over night and fat burners don’t melt love handles in a week. Stick to your plan, diet and exercise often and with these tools they can help get the results you desire.
Trainer tip- don’t weigh yourself more than once week (I prefer every two weeks). The scale is just a number. Things like body fat percentage and how your clothes fit are more important to me. People get too wrapped up with day-to-day changes and it can destroy you. Stick to the plan. Work hard. Find motivation both internally and externally and kick some ass!
4) I heard Creatine is a waste of money, why do you take it?
I had a prep school kid tell me that creatine is just for gaining water weight.
I had a hard time not laughing directly at his face.
Creatine is one of the most popular and most tested supplements. Those two points are not a coincidence. Creatine has been found to help with muscle loading, recover, and strength gains in trained individuals. Some people say they notice bloating and excess water retention…personally, I have never felt that and I take 5-7 grams a day when I train (5-7 days per week). I don’t recommend it to those who find distance running to be the focal point of their training. But for those who actually lift, and lift hard and heavy…give Creatine a shot. This is my personal favorite. (Muscle Pharm goes through some of the toughest testing procedures before they will release it on the commercial market- makes me feel good about putting in my body!)
5) What supplements do you take?
This is the last question of the list. Like I said in part one, this list could go on forever. People ask all sorts of odds n’ ends. After the protein shake questions, this is typically what I get asked. I always start this answer with “my training goals are different than yours, and my training regime is very different than yours”. Typically I drink BSN’s Syntha6 Isolate or Dymatize Elite’s Primal or anything lactose-free. I am a little sensitive in the dairy department. With my protein, I always add about 100grams of carbohydrates. I love EFX’s Karbolyn but lately I have been all about ProSupps Karbolic Chocolate flavor (check out the review I wrote- should be on CP soon!).
I rotate through about 3 different pre-workouts…Campus Protein’s Fuel (legitimately my favorite pre), ProSupps Hyde, and Cellucor’s C4 all of which I add a generous scoop of Creatine to. When I need a real kick in the ass to get going, 1 scoop of Purus Lab’s Muscle Marinade (OG FORUMLA!) really gets the job done! I consider myself a snob when it comes to pre-workouts. I don’t like trying new ones so when I find pre’s that work for me I tend to stick with them. When I buy BCAA’s I LOVE Scivation’s Xtend…all the flavors are good, but Green Apple is my favorite. On top of these I typically take fish oil, vitamin D, Calcium, and a multivitamin.
It may seem like a lot…typically people look at me like I am crazy, but I like to train hard 6-7 days per week. It’s my lift and my therapy. I need to have a solid stack that keeps me going and allows my body to recover up to the fullest extent to make sure I can perform both with my clients and with my own training. Plus no one is going to trust me as a Campus Protein Rep/ Blog Contributor, if I didn’t LIVE IT!
Hopefully you all found these past two articles to be helpful. I’m sure there will be a third installment to this series at some point down the road. If you have any questions on supplements feel free to leave them in the comment section below. Myself, or one of the super smart CP reps will provide you with the best answer and advice to help you with your training and supplement needs!
CP Ingredient Guide
Find out what's going in your body.
5-Hydroxytryptophan, is also known as 5-HTP. 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a chemical that the body makes from tryptophan (an essential amino acid that you get from food). After tryptophan is converted into 5-HTP, the chemical is changed into another chemical called serotonin (a neurotransmitter that relays signals between brain cells). 5-HTP may have a positive effect on sleep, mood, anxiety, appetite, and pain sensation.
7-Keto-DHEA is metabolized from DHEA, a prohormone. It has been shown to aid in fat loss, while having no effect on testosterone. 7-Keto speeds up ones metabolism and heat production within the body for weight loss. Also, by activating the thyroid, it will boost the immune system, enhance memory, and slow down aging.
Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) Disodium Salt
ATP is an energy source for your cells...or muscles. Think of it as a battery that allows you to lift more, and carry out activities such as bodybuilding. ATP energy is converted into creatine to increase one rep max. By putting ATP into its salt form, it is used much more efficiently by the body, and helps to crank out a few extra reps by supplying your muscles with their natural source of fuel. It also increases blood flow, and signals for the production of adrenaline.
ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid)
ALA is a powerful antioxidant that is essential for aerobic metabolism. It is also commonly used in weight loss supplements as a fat burner. Alpha-lipoic acid is used in the body to break down carbohydrates and to make energy for the other organs in the body.
Alpha-Glyceryl phosphoryl choline (Alpha-GPC)
Alpha-glyceryl phosphoryl choline (alpha-GPC) is a naturally occurring phospholipid compound that plays a critical role in the way the brain, nervous system, and muscles function.* Alpha-GPC supports brain function and mood, promotes improved reaction time, and helps support focus and the mind-muscle connection during workouts.* When combined with caffeine, L-tyrosine, and huperzine A, alpha-GPC delivers clean mental stimulation and focus that last throughout workouts.*Research suggests that, by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, alpha-GPC also supports muscle strength, power, and endurance.*
A byproduct of the amino acid L-Arginine, Agmatine Sulfate is responsible for many biological functions, such as the regulation of ion channels and Nitric Oxide transport. It is used as a pump agent in pre-workouts. It will increase strength, energy, and recovery in the gym. For more, please read our most recent article on Agmatine:
Ajwain extract is a powerful herbal supplement that increases your body’s ability to burn fat. It also increases oxygen uptake, so your pump will be better than ever!
Amino Acids are the building blocks of proteins, which are extremely important to muscular development and repair. There are numerous amino acids out there, and having them as a part of your diet is crucial. Whether it’s building muscle or losing fat, amino acids can help you achieve your goal.
Antioxidants help to prevent cellular damage done by free radical molecules. Often found in fruits and vegetables (usually referred to as flavinoids), antioxidants are extremely important to your overall health.
Ashwaghanda is an herbal supplement that is commonly found in testosterone-boosting supplements. It has been clinically proven to boost testosterone significantly in as little as three months.
Astragin is extremely helpful in nutrient absorption. It aids in raising L-Arginine, Glucosamine, and folate absorption rates in your body to allow for better workouts all around.
Beta-alanine, often associated with “the tingles”, is an amino acid which promotes more muscular energy by helping to neutralize lactic acid. What this means for you is better endurance, more energy throughout your workout, and better overall results.
Betaine is a little-known ingredient that is one of the powerhouses of the body. It helps to boost your body’s natural synthesis of creatine. It also initiates muscle protein synthesis, further adding to your gains, while blocking insulin sensitivity so that you can gain more muscle without putting on fat. Worried about throwing too much weight on the bar for your body to handle? Betaine’s got you covered there too: levels of SAMe are elevated during betaine supplementation, which promotes joint recovery.
Beta Vulgaris L. (Beet Root) ExtractConsuming beets (beta vulgaris), either by eating the whole beet, drinking beet juice or taking a beet extract, has been suggested in numerous studies to enhance exercise performance.* The performance benefits of beet extract include greater exercise endurance, greater power output, and less fatigue.* This means that during a typical weightlifting workout, it could improve your strength, allow you to complete more reps with a given weight, and allow you to better maintain rep ranges and strength toward the end of the workout.*
BCAA (Branch Chain Amino Acids)
If you want to preserve your lean muscle and prevent muscle catabolism, then BCAAs are for you. Protein supplies the building blocks to rebuild and repair your muscle tissue after the completion of a workout. These proteins are then broken down and disassembled into amino acids. The body has 22 different amino acids, and each have a unique function. Additionally, there are 9 essential amino acids that the body cannot produce and need to either be consumed through food or supplementation (supplied by BCAAs). Since BCAAs are metabolized within the muscle, they can be used for building new muscle or energy during workouts.
The protein in beef provides amino acids that are necessary for making muscle. Beef protein isolates allow you to ingest quality protein without getting the not-so-good nutrients hidden in even filet mignon. Naturally containing creatine, beef protein is a great choice for bulking up or if you are lactose intolerant.
Beet Root Extract
Beet Root Extract aids in boosting Nitric Oxide levels. Effectively, this means bigger pumps and better blood flow to muscles.
A free acid form of HMB, BetaTOR is more easily processed by the body than HMB Calcium.
Is a concentrated and convenient form of black pepper's active ingredient, piperine. Clinical studies suggest that when used in conjunction with other nutritional supplements, Bioperine® may enhance their absorption and bioavailability by as much as 2,000%.*
If you want to make sure you make it to the gym, or you’re just having a slow start to your morning, then you may need some caffeine. It is a natural stimulant found in many common things consumed on a daily basis including coffee, soda, and tea. Although caffeine is great for an energy boost, it also is a popular fat loss support supplement found in most thermogenics, and can help you throughout your workout, being a key component of many pre-workouts. Caffeine anhydrous, a popular form of caffeine used in supplements, is not bound to water, making it more potent by weight than caffeine normally is.
Another form of Caffeine, Caffeine Citrate (Cafcit) is a derivative of Caffeine anhydrous. Clinically tested, Caffeine Citrate gives the same effects of Caffeine, but take a shorter time to kick in.
Cayenne is derived from a plant in South America and is a member of the pepper family. Cayenne contains vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium and manganese. Cayenne is well known for its spicy flavor. It is used within the supplement industry to help with things such as, cardiovascular health, fat loss, and healthy digestion. It is often used in fat burners, due to its metabolism boosting properties, as well as its ability to suppress appetite and cravings for certain tastes.
Calcium is abundant in milk, and promotes strong and healthy bones and aids in fat metabolism. Calcium is a must if you’re planning on lifting heavy (and we know you are).
Carnitine L-TartrateStudies suggest that L-carnitine L-tartrate supplementation supports recovery after exercise with as little as 1 gram.* The better recovery is likely due to carnitine's ability to boost nitric oxide (NO) production and therefore increase blood flow to recovering muscles, as well as its ability to induce an increase in muscle oxygen consumption.* Another benefit of L-carnitine L-tartrate is that it increases the amount of androgen receptors in muscle cells.* These are the receptors that testosterone binds to inside muscle fibers to instigate muscle growth.* Since testosterone rises following a workout, having a higher concentration of androgen receptors in the muscle cells can help ensure that more of that testosterone is used to build muscle.*
Is an essential nutrient needed to support cell membrane structural integrity, neurotransmission, and lipid transport; it is naturally produced in the body and also found in food sources such as eggs, meat, fish, peanuts, and broccoli. Choline bitartrate aids in the synthesis and storage of acetylcholine, thus improving the “mind-muscle” connection during workouts. It increases neural focus.
Chondroitin is part of cartilage tissue. It helps support the structure of joints by holding water and encouraging the nutrient flow around joints. Since cartilage does not receive any blood flow from the body, maintaining optimum cartilage support with Chondroitin can benefit your joint health.
Not only does cissus extract improve overall heart health, but it is also an extremely potent natural fat burner.
Is a nonessential amino acid that is primarily found in melons, and malate, an apple derivative. Citrulline is used to enhance nitric oxide (NO) production. Benefits include supporting arginine and NO levels, promotes ATP production by reducing lactic acid and ammonia, increased phosphocreatine recovery, and enhanced muscle recovery when combined with excercise.*
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a naturally occurring trans fatty acid made from omega-6 essential fatty acids. According to a government study supplementing CLA will aid in weight management by burning and utilizing fat cells for energy. It also helps to maintain lean muscle mass, which is always great when cutting down on body fat, as your body sometimes breaks down muscle for energy.
Creatine is one of the most tested supplements on the market. Creatine saturates your muscles with water and nutrients to provide them the ability to produce energy more frequently and efficiently. What this translates to in the end is longer and more explosive workouts, allowing you to put on size and strength. There are many types of Creatine, such as Monohydrate, HCl (Hydrochloride), Nitrate, Ethyl Ester, and Buffered. Each one is absorbed by the body differently, so be sure to assess your tolerance to each before continuing use.
Curcuma is an herbal extract that increases blood flow. Not only does this mean a better pump, but it can also help to relieve pain in sore areas and act as an anti-inflammatory (just in case you go a bit too hard on leg day).
D-Aspartic Acid has been clinically proven to balance hormone levels and promote muscle growth. Over prolonged use, it has been shown to boost testosterone levels by as much as 40%.
Dandelion Root Extract
Dandelion Root has been widely used in history as a digestive aid and to lower blood pressure. However, bodybuilders have been known to use it for its ability to remove excess fluid (water) from the body to look more shredded.
Dextrose is a carbohydrate derived from starches. More complex than normal table sugar, dextrose is used by the body more efficiently, and is often in mass gainers to allow for better partitioning of nutrients to the muscle. It is also much less likely to be stored as fat.
DMAE (also known as “dimethylaminoethanol” and “dimethylethanolamine”) In dietary supplement form, DMAE is essential to the production of acetylcholine (a type of chemical that helps nerve cells to transmit signals). DMEA increases the brain’s production of acetylcholine, which affects functions such as short-term memory, learning, REM sleep and attention.
Ecdysterone is similar in structure to the male hormone testosterone. It is used to increase muscle mass and improve athletic performance.
Egg protein is dairy free protein, making it an ideal protein to take if you are lactose intolerant and/or vegetarian. It takes about 2-4 hours to digest, which is great when you can’t get food in throughout the day.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA)
EFA’s are considered good fats that will keep your heart healthy, increase brain function, and have been shown to improve joint lubrication. These include DHA, and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Fiber is a carbohydrate that is not easily digested by the body. When fiber goes through your system it cleans out the intestines, and helps regulate the body. When trying to find out net carbs, look at the total carbohydrates and subtract the amount of fiber in the food.
Flax Seed Oil
This is a vegetarian fiber that helps support blood sugar levels, mental well-being, and regulate the body overall. It is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and loaded with antioxidants.
Forskolin keeps your hormones in check, keeping you from feeling like garbage while trying to lose weight, while also helping to curb appetite. Along with that, Forskolin influences enzymes which promote fat-burning and adrenaline production.
GABA stands for Gamma-Aminobutryic Acid. It is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter that helps nerve impulses communicate; GABA is naturally occurring in the human body. Supplementing with GABA helps with relaxation and deeper REM sleep when taken before bed.
Garcinia Cambogia is known to boost your body’s fat-burning ability, while blocking signals to store calories as fat. Garcinia also encourages raised serotonin levels, keeping you stress free so that your body does not store fat as easily.
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the muscle tissue and increases protein synthesis as well as help speed up recovery when taken as a supplement.
Also known as Glycerin or Glycerine, Glycerol acts as a solvent for ingredients, as well as a sweetener in supplements. Becoming more common in preworkouts, it also has the added benefit of being hygroscopic (water-drawing), allowing for fuller pumps.
Green Coffee Bean
Green Coffee Bean is a great natural source of caffeine. As well, it is also a powerful antioxidant, so it burns fat and promotes overall physical health.
Green Tea helps stimulate the mind, body, and aids in weight loss. It naturally contains caffeine to increase your energy and burn fat. It is also a natural appetite suppressant, reducing your cravings for food.
HMB (β-Hydroxy β-methylbutyric acid)
Usually found in supplements as HMB Calcium, this is a powerful supplement for your muscles. Using the mTOR biological pathway, it increases protein synthesis while inhibiting the biological processes that break down proteins in muscle.
Derived from barley and other plants, Hordenine has been shown to be a powerful stimulant. It aids in boosting metabolism and fat loss.
Horny Goat Weed
It’s in the name! It helps peak testosterone and will help with male enhancement.
Is a highly concentrated form of powdered glycerol (65%) that offers a unique combination of greater potency and function, offering exceptional hydration in a uniquely optimized proprietary blend of glycerol and silica. HydroMax™ is easily absorbed and distributed throughout the intracellular space, supporting fluid in the blood and tissues, positively affecting osmolarity and the expansion and maintenance of fluid volume, known as hyperhydration. This brings potential benefits for endurance and stamina events, including adaptation to environmental heat/humidity stress, along with promoting blood flow associated with resistance training. Glycerol has also been shown to help athletes store extra water, supporting hydration. This suggests improved efficiency in exercise, thermoregulation and supports physiological stress. In addition, at a 700 to 2,000 mg dosage glycerol enhances plasma and intramuscular volume expansion, producing a more engorged muscular appearance.*
A substance purified from a plant called Chinese club moss, is a natural and potent active compound used to support memory, learning, concentration, and mood. Huperzine A helps to regulate the body’s levels of acetylcholine and can support brain and muscle function.*
Also known as Dicaffeine Malate, Infinergy is a patented form of caffeine. It increases mental focus, and is claimed to have reduced side effects from regular caffeine.
L-arginine is an amino acid that converts to Nitric Oxide when in the blood stream and gets blood pumping in your muscles. It is one of the most commonly used “pump-agents” in pre-workouts to make you look vascular.
A natural compound found in many foods, that has shown to speed up fat loss and increase workout efficiency, while also helping in muscle recovery and repair.
This is an EAA or Essential Amino Acid that helps maintains growth, lean body mass, and the balance of nitrogen within the body.
L-Taurine has been shown to increase protein synthesis, increase muscle hydration, and speed up your metabolism. It is also a common ingredient in many energy drinks, cited for its ability to increase focus.
Found naturally in tea leaves and certain mushroom varieties, L-Theanine is a common food additive in all foods. It has anti-stress properties, allowing for relaxation without causing fatigue.
L-Tyrosine is a byproduct of the amino acid Phenylalanine. When Phenylalanine gets metabolized, it helps the brain produce more dopamine improving overall mood and focus.
Longjack is an herbal extract that helps your body balance its hormones. Not only does it help to decrease body fat, but it also provides a boost in testosterone.
This is an all-natural sleep aid. Produced by the body, Melatonin helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
A powerful anabolic compound that helps build muscle but does not work with your hormones.
Micellar Casein is naturally found in milk, and comprises 80% of milk protein. This is a slow digesting protein that is taken right before you go to bed or when you go long periods of time without food. It takes 8 hours to digest and is incredibly lean.
This supplement is great for the liver, as well as lowering cholesterol. The main ingredient, Silymarin, is known to be a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which is extremely important in regulating joint health and overall well-being.
MSM helps support joint health. When taken in supplement form, it can aid in joint comfort and lubrication, especially when taken with chondroitin or glucosamine (or both!).
Multi-vitamins help give you every vitamin and mineral your body needs to build muscle on a daily basis. Not only will they help build muscle, they also promote overall bodily health to keep you going.
Known better as Vitamin B3, Niacin aids in the absorption of food. It also helps in signaling for DNA repair and hormone production. This will also heat up your body when using it.
Is a unique, bonded complex of arginine and silicon that helps significantly enhance nitric oxide (NO) levels, delivering benefits to those engaged in fitness training programs. Nitric oxide is a key factor in promoting blood flow to working muscles. Studies show that Nitrosigine® supplementation significantly support arginine blood levels in as quickly as 30 minutes and for up to 3 hours in addition to supporting silicon levels for up to 1.5 hours. With continued use, NO levels build over time leading to increased blood flow.*
NO2 allows your body to pump more blood efficiently. More blood flow translates to more nutrients to the muscles, not only making you look vascular, but also aiding in muscle recovery and protein transport.
OKG (Ornithine Alpha-Ketoglutarate)
OKG amplifies muscle protein synthesis and increase nitrogen. Formed from Ornithine and Glutamine, it promotes an anabolic state that allows you to pack on muscle, while preserving your existing muscles at the same time.
Olive Leaf Extract
Often used in anti-aging and antibiotic products, Olive Leaf Extract is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It can also help lower blood pressure and reset insulin sensitivity.
Better known as pikamilon, promotes higher mental function. Created from GABA and Niacin, it causes more blood flow to the brain, reduces mental fatigue, and increases cognitive functioning, and coordination.
Phosphaditic acid (PA) is a signaling molecule which initiates the anabolic mTOR pathway, as well as the cAMP pathway. This allows your body to use protein more efficiently to repair and build muscle after exercise, and regenerate ATP quicker during your workout. Interestingly enough, PA can also turn on the effects of creatine in individuals who usually do not experience any benefits.
Rauwolfia is a member of the Evergreen family. It has been widely used as a relaxant and is helpful is reducing blood pressure.
Rhodiola Rosea is a powerful herbal ingredient, with evidence stating that it enhances physical performance and reduces mental fatigue. It also contains many powerful antioxidants, making it beneficial for all aspects of your health.
Saw Palmetto is an important ingredient in hardening agents. It works by decreasing the amount of estrogen in the body so that testosterone can be more effective. Palmetto has been widely used as an herbal medicine to help in digestion.
Silk Amino Acids
Comprised of Alanine, Glycine, Serine, Valine, and Threonine, Silk Amino Acids are a great source of conditionally essential amino acids (meaning they can be produced by the body, but only in small amounts). They are also used in hair and skin products due to their moisturizing properties.
A vegetarian or vegan protein derived from the soy plant. It is very low in fat and lactose that will still provide your body with the amino acids it needs to build muscle.
This increases your metabolism, suppresses your appetite, and aids in fat loss. It is also stimulant free, so you will not feel jittery, and is great for those who are extremely sensitive to stimulants.
Often used by extreme distance runners, tart cherry extract helps your body recover after grueling workouts.
Taurine is a specialized amino acid that is important for endurance and muscle strength. It can also increase nitric oxide (NO) production.* Exercise depletes taurine levels, thereby impairing strength and endurance, so it's helpful to get a dose of taurine before every workout.*
Also known as Theacrine, TeaCor is naturally derived from plants, and is used as a caffeine-like stimulant in preworkouts and fat burners. It has been clinically shown to increase dopamine levels in the brain, improving mood, as well as being resistant to tolerances, meaning you will not have withdrawals.
This is one of the most proven testosterone boosting ingredients on the market. When using tribulus, you will experience strength gains and an increase in lean muscle mass. By signaling your brain’s androgen receptors, you will be able to use testosterone more efficiently.
This amino acid supports alertness, mental focus, mood, and energy during intense exercise, especially when combined with caffeine.*
Naturally occurring in many fruits and vegetables, Ursolic Acid is an anti-atrophy agent for your muscles, decreasing catabolism. It has been shown to increase muscle tissue and decrease fat cells in trials, and also has strong anti-cancer properties.
A synthetic extract from the periwinkle plant, Vinpocitene has many positive effects on mental health. It helps with vascular dilation, as well as improving memory and focus.
Supports in overall health and improves the immune system. This is a fat soluble vitamin, so it is best taken with fatty foods to be better absorbed by the body.
Vitamin B helps aid the immune and nervous system, increases energy levels, and increases nutrient absorption from food.
This is a water soluble vitamin that aids in overall health as well as the immune system because of its antioxidant profile.
This essential vitamin helps your bones by aiding in calcium absorption and also aids in heart health.
Whey protein is the most studied supplement after Creatine. It has been proven that protein helps build muscle, with the ideal ingestion time being immediately post-workout, or in your “anabolic window.” The only protein that is able to be digested within 45 minutes is whey due to its purity and chemical properties. Whey usually comes in a few forms: Hydrolysate, Isolate and Concentrate. Isolate is more filtered, and is more quickly absorbed by the body than Concentrate. However, it is important to keep a balance of both, since your muscles have a constant demand for protein.
Whey hydrolysate is the most anabolic form of whey protein. Whey isolate and concentrate is taken and further broken down to allow for even quicker protein uptake than before. It has been proven to be 93% more anabolic than casein after resistance training, so be sure to throw some in your post-workout shake!
White Kidney Bean Extract
White Kidney Bean Extract signals to your body not to digest carbs as it normally would, and instead shuttle them to where they’re needed. This allows you to take only the nutrients you need from food.
When white willow is ingested, it is converted into salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is has been known to aid in easing pain, and is one of the key ingredients in pain relievers such as aspirin.
Yohimbe comes from the bark of a tree found in Africa, and helps assist in weight management and antioxidant support. It also increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure, making it a great supplement to improve overall health. Often, Yohimbe bark is concentrated into Yohimbine HCL or Yohimbe Extract for added potency.
ZMA is a patented formula that is comprised of Zinc, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6. ZMA aids in deeper sleeps and a small peak in testosterone. The testosterone boost and better sleep aids in a faster recovery process, and allows for your body at building muscle.