What ingredients are in your Pre-Workout? – Gen--X Muscle

What ingredients are in your Pre-Workout?

At Gen-X Muscle, we believe we have developed one of the best Pre-workouts on the market today.  The results speak for themselves.  Our ingredients are derived from organic materials and are backed by multiple studies.

Gen-X Muscle Preworkout ingredients

Beetroot Extract                  

This powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and vascular-protectant offers many benefits. We use it because it has a high nitrate content which improves muscle efficiency by lowering the oxygen cost of aerobic exercise.  In layman's terms, your body needs less oxygen (or uses oxygen more efficiently) to produce higher aerobic performance. Physical activity which last longer than a few minutes, such as running, jogging, HIIT,  cycling or playing sports can certainly benefit from this organic ingredient. 

BioPerine

This ingredient is derived from Black pepper. Bioperine simply makes the other ingredients of GenX Muscle better.  Bioperine increases your body’s ability to use more of our ingredients such as the amino acids isoleucine, leucine, valine (BCAA’s) or CoQ10. 

We want you to get the most out of the ingredients we added to our GenX Muscle formula. In one study, Bioperine increased the bioavailability of another ingredient in GenX Muscle, CoQ10 by 30%. http://www.bioperine.com/

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)

L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine & L Valine (4:1:1) Branch chain amino acids (BCAAs)-These essential proteins are essential for muscle growth and repair.  Essential proteins are proteins that our bodies cannot make so we must consume them.  BCAAs help protect against the catabolic effect of dieting.  Research has shown that BCAA’s prevent fatigue  and aid in muscle building. BCAAs aren't broken down in the liver like other amino acids.  BCAA's are actually broken down in muscle, adipose tissue, kidney and brain which can be  utilized to create ATP which is why they are broken down in skeletal muscle. BCAAs combined with Creatine Monohydrate and Creatine HCL work in tandem to help build muscles faster.    Women’s Health Magazine also has something to say about BCAA’s.  Isoleucine and Valine are glucogenic and ketogenic amino acids and Leucine is a ketogenic amino acid.  A glucogenic amino acid is an amino acid that can be converted into glucose and a ketogenic amino acid can be converted to ketone bodies.  This means BCAA's can also be utilized by your body for energy. 

Caffeine Anhydrous

Caffeine is made from the seeds and leaves of coffee plants. Anhydrous simply means  without water.  To make the anhydrous version of caffeine, caffeine is extracted from the plant and dehydrated. Caffeine anhydrous is highly concentrated so you can use less of this ingredient to achieve more benefit.  Caffeine travels to your brain from your bloodstream where it acts like adenosine.  If you recall adenosine combines with triphosphate to make adenosine triphosphate or ATP.  You may also recall that ATP is what your body uses to create energy. By itself adenosine works like a depressant, which may make you feel sleepy. Caffeine mimics adenosine by taking the place of adenosine in your brain but instead of making you sleepy it makes you more awake.  The effects of caffeine as a stimulant can also enhance the effects of dopamine, norepinephrine, glutamate, and adrenaline.  Research has shown that caffeine increases athletic performance and endurance.

 

CoQ10                       

This anti-oxidant is naturally created by your body and his found in every cell within your body.  Your body uses this coenzyme to create energy (Adenosine Triosphate- ATP).  As you age, the amount of CoQ10 that your body produces declines. If you recall, a coenzyme speeds up the chemical reaction of an enzyme.  An enzyme works to break down substrates like fat, carbohydrates and proteins.  Coenzyme 10 is sometimes used to address abnormal heartbeats, highblood pressure coronary artery disease, neurological disorders, atherosclerosis (fat and cholesterol build-up on the artery walls), and congestive heart failure. When coupled with BioPerine, research found a 30% increase in the amount of CoQ10 used by the body.  Read the research. 

Creatine Monohydrate & Hydrochloride

Over 20 years of research & studies have proven that Creatine boosts athletic performance, is a great treatment for neuromuscular disorders and aids in muscle building.  Your body naturally uses Creatine to create energy (Adenosine Triosphate- ATP) organically. Supplementation with Creatine increases the availability of ATP for your body’s use to create energy and to build muscle. We like it some much we opted to use two different types of Creatine for their unique properties. We use Creatine HCL because your body can absorb and use this ingredient more quickly than other forms of Creatine.  We use Creatine Monohydrate because it attracts water into the muscle fiber for growth and degrades less during digestion.  Research has also found that Creatine Monohydrate reduces Cortisol.

Glucose

For some reason carbohydrates (Glucose) have gotten a bad name. As an organic ingredient, Glucose as an energy source is used by the body more efficiently than other carbohydrate sources. By adding a small amount of glucose to Gen-X Muscle Premium Pre-workout, we achieve two goals.  The first to preserve the energy (glycogen) that your body has stored to support longer or higher intensity workouts.  Second, to add just enough glucose to briefly increase an insulin response.  Why? Because insulin helps your body to store other Gen-X Muscle ingredients such as Creatine into your muscle fibers (Which is where you want it!) for use during physical activity.   

 

L-Citrulline Malate

There are actually two parts to this non-essential amino acid and anti-oxidant. The first part, citrulline comes from the word "citrillus" which means watermelon.  Watermelons have the highest concentration of citrulline.  The second part, malate is  derived from the word "malum" which means apple.  Malate has been shown to help support aerobic metabolism by reducing lactic acid production and continuing pyruvate production in the Krebs cycle.  If you've read our "The Science" page then you should be familiar with what the Krebs cycle is.  At its origin, Citrulline malate was created and used to reduce weakness and fatigue (antiasthenic agent). Citrulline malate works to boost nitric oxide, which as we know increases vasodiliation, blood flow, glucose update and waste removal. Citrulline malate also works in collaboration with other nitric oxide boosters included in GenX Muscle such as beetroot extract, taurine and caffeine.  Research has shown that supplementing  with at least 6 grams of Citrulline malate "reduced fatigue by 34%, increased the rate of oxidative ATP production during exercise and a 20% increase in the rate of phosphocreatine recovery after exerices, indicating a larger contribution of oxidative ATP synthesis to energy production".

 

L-Theanine

We call this ingredient the “calmer”. L-Theanine found in plants and teas, supports alpa brainwave creation which is associated with being awake or alertness.  Through this state of relaxation L-Theanine reduces the jitters that some may feel when consuming caffeine. Research has also shown that L-Theanine increased alpha activity which plays an important role in “critical aspects of attention”.

 

L-Tyrosine

By itself this amino acid produces catecholamines such as dopamine and adrenaline.  Combined with Caffeine this amino acid really packs a punch.  Research has shown L-Tyronsine to increase the effects of caffeine, however we’ve been able to tamper the effects of this combination to achieve just the right level of energy.

Panax Ginseng

One of the oldest herbs known to humankind has shown through research to boost muscular endurance, physical performance and the immune system.  Other studies have shown Ginseng to reduce lethargy and increase alertness.  We found with the combination of other Gen-X Muscle ingredients Panax Ginseng contributed to higher levels of energy and focus.

 

Niacin(B3)

Can be found in such food items as meat, fish, eggs, green vegetables or grains. Niacin helps your body to convert the food that you eat into glucose, which we know from The Science, is an important part of the process for your body to create energy.  Niacin also helps your body to lower cholesterol, improves skin health and helps to protect cells that make insulin in the pancreas of those with Type I diabetes.  

 

Potassium

We love our bananas, but we love even more the large amount of potassium that we get  with our favorite fruit. Potassium is a mineral which is important for proper heart and kidney function.  During a workout, your body loses minerals like Potassium and Sodium through sweat (and urination). Low Potassium levels can produce symptoms like muscle cramping, weakness, constipation or fatigue. Potassium along with sodium play important roles in helping your body to create energy, to synthesis amino acids and functions in carbohydrate metabolism. Potassium in concert with sodium controls fluid levels in cells and works to maintain proper electrolyte balance in cells and in blood. Potassium plays another important role which is to help your body  restore depleted glycogen after your workout.  As we know from The Science,  glycogen is stored glucose which your body uses to create energy.  However, too much potassium can be bad for your health, so we added just the right amount to help you through your workouts. 

 

Sodium

During an hour of exercise you may lose between 220mg to 1,100 mg of sodium per pound of body weight.  Excessive water intake before, during or after exercise can dilute the sodium in your body which can cause muscle spasms and can make you feel weak or nauseous .  Sodium also helps to control water levels and blood volume in your body.  Front loading sodium can reduce the amount of sodium and water loss during exercise.  Sodium and Potassium actually work in tandem to in a process called the sodium-potassium pump.  This processes uses ATP to move sodium out of cells and potassium into cells, which allows for nutrients and metabolites to move across the cellular membrane.  Too much sodium with low potassium intake elevates blood pressure and influences vascular volume.  

 

Taurine

This amino acid wears several hats.  As an anti-oxidant, Taurine protects the body’s cells from damage which result from oxidation. Taurine is positively correlated to memory and mental function. Research has also shown Taurine to help increase the increase the amount of oxygen your body can process (VO2max).  As we age, Taurine reserves decrease which make supplementation a must.

 

Teacrine

Multi-faceted effects come from the reactions between two neural pathways: dopaminergic and adenosinergic pathways. By affecting these major pathways and supporting other neurotransmitters, Theacrine’s (as TeaCrine®) increases energy without irritability and enables competitive athletes, active individuals and driven professionals to enhance their physical and mental performance.* Decades of scientific studies show that high dopamine levels result in perceived feelings of energy, improved mood, sensations of pleasure, increased motivation and greater mental focus and clarity.*Research on Theacrine also indicated that the compound increases activity in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) region of the brain, associated with reward, task completion and motivation.

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