Pre Workout

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Expertly composed complex formulas combine amino acids, creatine, stimulants and other substances and are ideal for high-intensity athletes who want an all-round supply. If you are looking for formulas without carbohydrates, formulas without creatine or formulas without stimulants, you will also find them.

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General Information

The pre-workout phase is one of the most important time windows in sports nutrition. The term "pre-workout" refers to the phase before the training, where the nutritional training preparation has to be done. An empty stomach makes for poor training performance, while a feeling of fullness can also hinder the productivity of the training session. For this reason, it has been proven to take the last solid meal about 2 hours before training. This meal should be rich in easily digestible protein and provide enough carbohydrates to help build and maintain muscle mass and provide the body with energy. In addition, so-called pre-workout supplements, which are taken immediately before training, are particularly popular in weight training and bodybuilding. These supplements thus ensure the immediate training supply. Depending on the personal preferences of the athlete, individual doses of protein, carbohydrates, amino acids, stimulants or special supplements are used, which can also be combined with each other. As the inexperienced user is often overwhelmed by the wide range of individual substrates, he or she also has the possibility to fall back on all-in-one pre-workout supplements. These All-in-One Supplements offer the advantage of a specially adapted formulation based on many years of experience of a competent development team. Furthermore, in addition to these coveted All-in-One Pre-Workout Supplements, other products are also available that combine several potent substances into one, which have been designed as All-In-One products for a wide range of objectives and needs.

Among the most proven and popular substrates that are used in pre-workout supplements are
  • Arginine
  • Agmatine Sulphate
  • BCAAs
  • Beta Alanine
  • Creatine
  • Citrulline
  • Glutamine
  • Carbohydrates
  • Caffeine
  • Nitric Oxide Precursors (N.O.)
  • Taurine
  • Proteins

Arginine

Arginine is one of the most important amino acids, which is classified as semi-essential. An amino acid is classified as semi-essential if its intake through food is only required in certain situations. This is the case with arginine in adolescent children and adolescents or in the recovery process during or after illness. An amino acid always becomes essential when the human organism is not able to produce it independently. Non-essential amino acids, on the other hand, are amino acids that can be produced independently by the organism.

The reason why the amino acid arginine is one of the most popular substrates in pre-workout nutrition is that arginine is the only precursor of the nitric oxide (N.O.), which is considered vasodilative. Especially in bodybuilding, athletes strive for a strong muscle pump during training, which comes along with some advantages. For example, it is known that cell swelling leads to increased protein synthesis, which is accompanied by a reduction in protein breakdown. As a result, the muscle pump is an effective marker for triggering hypertrophy (muscle growth).


Agmatine Sulphate

As a biogenic amine of the amino acid arginine, agmatine sulfate finds its place as a popular pre-workout substance. While arginine has been used in sports nutrition for a long time, agmatine sulphate is a relatively new substance. Meanwhile, Agmatine Sulfate is already displacing arginine from the supplementation plans of numerous successful athletes.


BCAAs

The term BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acid) covers the three essential amino acids leucine, valine and isoleucine, which are also known as branched chain amino acids. BCAAS have always been an integral part of sports nutrition. Since BCAAs are essential amino acids, the human organism is not able to synthesize them on its own and is therefore dependent on a supply via the diet. Especially the amino acid L-leucine is considered to be a key amino acid in modern sports nutrition. Supplementation with BCAAs is particularly popular during calorie-reduced dietary phases, in which fitness and bodybuilding athletes run an increased risk of losing hard-earned muscle mass through protein breakdown (catabolism) due to a negative calorie balance. Equally popular and widespread is supplementation in endurance sports such as triathlon. The Peak Performance Products range offers you numerous BCAA supplements, which provide an optimal supply depending on the planned time of supplementation. An extremely fast supply of BCAAs is possible with BCAA TST. The BCAAs, available in Total Solution Technology, enter the blood pool in massive quantities around 10 minutes after consumption and develop their functionalities there. BCAA TST is therefore ideal for use shortly before training and can also be used as an intra-workout supplement due to its extremely fast absorption. Not quite as fast and less massive, but also already after 15 minutes, the BCAAs of the BCAA Caps enter the blood pool. Over a supply period of 60 minutes a release of the branched-chain amino acids takes place.

An optimal long-term supply of BCAAs can be achieved by taking Mega BCAA. The high-dose BCAA tablets guarantee a long-lasting and even supply through a special time-release formula. Because of this, Mega BCAA is ideal for an early intake before training or during longer periods of fasting to ensure a long-lasting supply of BCAAs.


Beta Alanine

Beta Alanine is the biogenic amine of aspartic acid, which is the main component of carnosine. Carnosine is known as dipeptide, which is present in human muscle and brain tissue. In addition to supplied beta alanine, the human organism needs the amino acid histidine, which is present in the body, to form carnosine. As an important buffer substance of lactic acid, carnosine is of great importance, because if the lactate formation exceeds the lactate degradation, here we speak of the anaerobic threshold, this leads to an overacidification of the muscles, which results in a loss of muscle performance. For this reason, beta alanine is particularly sought-after as a substance that is significantly involved in the formation of carnosine in performance-oriented sports nutrition. An often occurring side effect is the "tingling" under the skin, which can be felt after taking Beta Alanine, but is completely harmless for healthy people.


Creatine

Creatine, also known as creatine, is an organic acid that is primarily found in meat or fish. Particularly high amounts are found in red meat such as beef. In addition, the human body is able to produce creatine independently in the liver, kidneys and pancreas. With about 95%, a large part of the creatine is found in the human muscles, where this substance is stored.  Since the requirements of a performance-oriented athlete are much higher than those of the average person, creatine is known among athletes as a performance-enhancing substance, which has long been an integral part of sports nutrition. A performance-enhancing effect is scientifically proven beyond doubt, as far as creatine is taken up daily in an amount of 3g during short-term intensive strains in the context of high-speed strength training (e.g. classical muscle building training). Creatine functions as an elementary component of ATP synthesis. ATP is adenosine triphosphate, which is of particular importance for athletes as a direct source of energy for muscle contractions.

While the majority of athletes already achieve very good results with pure creatine monohydrate, other athletes are better off with special creatine compounds. The most effective creatine form on the market is the excellently absorbable creatine alpha-ketoglutarate (creatine AKG), which in contrast to pure monohydrate does not require the intake of an additional transport matrix (e.g. carbohydrates).


Citrulline

Citrulline is known as a non-proteinogenic α amino acid, which finds its natural origin particularly in the edge area of the watermelon (skin) as well as in onions and garlic. In sports nutrition, citrulline has mainly been used as a highly valued component of N.O. (Nitric Oxide) supplements, as citrulline is able to increase blood arginine levels better than arginine itself. Since arginine is the only known precursor of the vasodilator Nitric Oxide, this fact makes citrulline a very interesting pre-training substrate in sports like bodybuilding, where athletes strive for a strong muscle pump.


Glutamine

Glutamine is one of the most important amino acids in sports nutrition, which is involved in countless bodily functions. As a proteinogenic amino acid, glutamine is a component of human protein and is therefore found in large quantities in the muscles. Athletes who train particularly intensively have problems meeting their glutamine requirements through nutrition and self-synthesis. This is especially true for dietary phases, in which the athlete ensures that the fat burning process is set in motion through high-intensity training and a calorie deficit. For this reason, glutamine is an important cornerstone in sports nutrition.

Since about 90% of glutamine, after ingestion, ends up directly in the liver, where it is consumed, and thus only a small part reaches the extracellular muscle tissue, special glutamine compounds offer the decisive advantage of a much higher bioavailability. Glutamine Fusion combines glutamine-alpha-ketoglutarate, N-acetyl-L-glutamine and L-alanyl-L-glutamine in a special formula that has an extreme bioavailability and thus provides the athlete with the best possible supply.


Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are known to athletes and the general population as a source of energy. Besides protein and fat, carbohydrates are among the three macronutrients. Carbohydrates consist of sugar molecules, also known as saccharides. In general, nutritional science distinguishes between three types of sugar:
  • Simple sugars (Monosaccharide)
  • Diabetic sugar (Disaccharide)
  • Polysaccharide (Polysaccharide)
Glucose (dextrose) can be given as an example for simple sugar. In the case of double sugar, lactose (milk sugar) could be named, and with regard to multiple sugars, starch serves as a good example.

Before training, a low-glycaemic carbohydrate, such as the disaccharide isomaltulose, is an ideal choice. Glucoslow contains PalatinoseTM (brand name of Isomaltulose), which provides a long lasting and constant carbohydrate supply. A needs-based form of carbohydrate supply is not only important for energy supply, because carbohydrates have been proven to help restore normal muscle function (contraction) after training or competition. If carbohydrates are supplied after intensive and/or long-term exercise that has led to muscle fatigue and depletion of the glycogen stores in the skeletal muscles, then this has been shown to contribute to the restoration of normal muscle function. In order to achieve this effect, 4g of carbohydrates per kg/body weight must be taken within the first 4 to max. 6 hours after the above-mentioned exercise. Because of this, Glucoslow is also ideal for the second post-workout phase, in order to supply sufficient carbohydrates in the above-mentioned time window. Carbohydrates are therefore of great importance for the immediate training supply, but also all day to cover the calorie and energy requirements.


Caffeine

Caffeine, known more precisely as 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine, which is an alkaloid in the group of xanthines, is probably the best known and most used stimulant worldwide. Since the effects of a strong coffee containing caffeine are generally known, caffeine is used especially before intensive or long-term sporting activity. In the Peak Performance Products range, we offer you this much sought-after stimulant in capsule form, which allows for an uncomplicated dosage.


Nitric Oxide Precursors

The term Nitric Oxide precursors refers to substances that are considered precursors of Nitric Oxide or synergy substrates known in sports nutrition. Nitric Oxide is a messenger substance that plays a decisive role in vasodilatation. Especially in bodybuilding athletes strive for a strong muscle pump to improve the nutrient supply of the muscles and to set hypertrophic stimuli for new muscle growth.
Among Nitric Oxide precursors, for example, the amino acids arginine & citrulline are particularly well known, which are present in Arginine Fusion in a highly bioavailable matrix of arginine AKG and citrulline malate as well as co-substrates.


Taurine

Taurine is a functional aminosulfonic acid that has become known as an elementary component of energy drinks. Taurine is therefore an extremely popular pre-workout substance.


Proteins

Proteins, also known as albumen or protein, are among the three macronutrients of nutrition, along with fat and carbohydrates. As the basic building blocks of human cells, proteins have been proven to contribute to building and maintaining muscle mass. Furthermore, proteins contribute to the maintenance of normal bones. Due to these two important aspects, a sufficient protein supply is of great importance for the athlete. While during training, overthreshold training stimuli must be set in order to create the basis for muscle growth, the human body needs sufficient nutritional and building substrates in order to react to the growth stimulus with muscle growth. This supply is necessary throughout the day and is especially important before and after training. In order to prevent intensive and long-term training units from triggering catabolism (muscle breakdown), successful athletes rely particularly on a sufficient protein supply in the pre-workout phase to support muscle maintenance.

In general, a distinction is made between fast and slow proteins, which are categorised according to their absorption properties. As a fast protein Whey Fusion as a 6-component Whey protein matrix offers the advantage of a fast and massive supply of valuable amino acids. Even faster than a pure whey concentrate like Whey Fusion, Whey Protein Isolate penetrates the blood pool and enables a fast and extremely high quality amino acid supply, which many athletes appreciate immediately before training.
In addition to the use of single substrates, where the athlete has to commit to one substance, the extensive range of Peak Performance Products also offers you so-called All-in-One Supplements, which among other things supply the aforementioned substrates, which are synergetically combined with other co-substrates in only one product. X-Pump Fusion provides you with such an all-in-one formula as a state-of-the-art pre-workout supplement, designed for highly intensive training sessions.
Pre-Workout Supplements in sports

The use of pre-workout supplements is particularly common before fitness and bodybuilding training. But also endurance athletes, such as in triathlon, rely on a targeted supply of supplements in the pre-workout phase before training or competition. Due to their fast absorption properties and the possibility to supply nutrient and build-up substrates in a targeted, fast and uncomplicated way, pre-workout supplements are an integral part of performance-oriented sports nutrition.

Use and side effects

Proper training preparation begins with the intake of the last solid meal before training. The timing of this meal is just as important as the food that is eaten. Therefore, you should make sure to eat a solid meal with high-quality protein and carbohydrates about 2-3 hours before training. Successful athletes usually rely on an easily digestible and low-fat protein carrier such as chicken or turkey breast. Supplemented by a high quality carbohydrate source such as rice, you will receive an ideal pre-workout meal.

Pre-workout supplements should be used about 30 - 45 minutes before the workout to ensure immediate training supply. Which supplements should be used depends on the preferences, needs and goals of the individual athlete. In dietary phases, for example, many athletes prefer to supplement with stimulants, BCAAs or glutamine, while in the mass phase carbohydrates can also be used to a greater extent. Here it is up to the athlete to try out with which supplements he can ensure the best pre-training supply to achieve his individual training goals.

If used properly, nutritional supplements are generally not expected to have any side effects in healthy people. Especially when using stimulants, it is important to ensure that the consumption recommendations are not exceeded. Furthermore, stimulants should not be combined with each other. Furthermore, consumption in the evening can cause sleep to be negatively affected. Furthermore, users of beta alanine often report a "tingling" sensation under the skin. However, this known side effect is completely harmless.
 


*  As far as creatine is included, because 3g creatine daily increases the physical performance during high-speed training in the context of short-term intensive physical activity.
** As far as protein is contained, because proteins contribute to the building and maintenance of muscle mass.