This is a subjective list of the best Pre-workouts supplements for the year 2012. The product did not need to debut in 2012, it is ranked in order of efficacy, potency, endurance effects, pump effects, energy and a few other things in my mind that you aren’t allowed to know.
These will go in rank of least “best” to “best”.
Not the worst in the bunch of this list, but as a reformulated “me too” product i didn’t notice anything different or exciting from this release from Dymatize. The pump wasnt that great and the endurance factor was the lowest of all tested. Energy spiked early and than dropped off rapidly, though it was a great rush that lasted for a bit.
Intense Strength and Pump with AGMATINE and our proprietary NITRO2GRANIT™ (high nitrate pomegranate extract) – with superior tolerance resistance, for full effect workout after workout. Unrivaled Stamina and Fueling from the Next Generation in Muscle Aminos*: CHAIN•SOL™ (instantized BCAAs) and Sustamine™ (glutamine dipeptide), delivering 2:1:1 ratio of BCAAs with a new standard of super-solubility, and importantly, muscle uptake. Cognitive ignition and support for focused energy triggered with concentrated Quercetin, N-acetyl Tyrosine and B-vitamins (active form/co-enzyme).
Slightly stronger than Xpand, the energy and pump of Cytosports product was intense, though endurance was not living up to the promise of included Citrulline and Carnosyn Beta Alanine. The niacin tingle was unnoticeable and taste was fair.
Pre-Training Nitric Oxide Energy Catalyst: 85mg Actinos NOS Activator. 1.5mg PepForm Leucine Peptides. 1g Carnosyn Beta Alanine. 2g Ajipure L-Arginine. 3g Citrulline Malate. 1.5g Creapure Creatine. Pre-Training Nitric Oxide Energy Catalyst. At its core, Monster Pump NOS generate what you want-intense mental focus & energy, enhanced Nitric Oxide levels, and explosive muscle power. What you see on the label is what you get-a comprehensive range of powerful ingredients at active dosages. No mystery proprietary blends, no fillers, just full disclosed functional ingredient technology. Actinos: A powerful nitric oxide synthase (NOS) enhancing peptide fraction that helps trigger muscle pumps for a surge of nutrient delivery. L-Arginine+Citrulline Malate: For enhanced nitric oxide synthesis, cell volumization and nutrient delivery to muscle tissue. Creapure: Pure creatine monohydrate for explosive muscle power output. PepForm: Leucine peptides for enhanced Leucine, bioavailability to trigger mTOR pathway muscle protein synthesis. CarnoSyn Beta-Alanine: For enhanced strength anaerobic & Aerobic capacity and delayed muscle fatigue. L-Carnitine Carnipure: For cellular energy production and delayed muscle fatigue.
One of the few with 1,3 DMAA still remaining, this product is not short on power or speed. It hits you hard and fast, you better be near your place of workout because if you don’t focus on something physical quickly you can find yourself overcome by the intensity. The pump was lacking, but the extra boost of creatine, beta-Alanine and Glycocarn gave you the never-ending workout feeling.
Pre-Workout Concentrate & Bronchostimulator. Glycocarn for intense pumps, strength and endurance. DMAA & Rev-pea for sustained release CNS stimulation. Quercetin for increased muscle mitochondria. 20-HE for muscle growth. Sustained release CNS stimulator. No crash, jitters, or tolerance build up. Maximize endurance and growth. In the era of concentrated pre-workouts, the race is on to create even stronger products with no emphasis on long term increases in: performance, muscle growth or preventing devastating “crashes” that can ruin your workouts. The lack of advancement in the stimulants used in other concentrates causes the users to build a higher tolerance which can make it harder for the user to experience the same “rush” as before. D-Stunner features the most advanced stimulytic blend of 1,3 Dimethylamylamine and REV-PEA which results in a no crash, sustained energy experience not available in any other concentrate REV-PEA is an advanced blend of energy and focus enhancing phenylethylamines that are more potent and stable then phenylethylamines alone. It also features GlycoCarn for intense pumps not seen in any other concentrate (large amounts of stimulants can cause vasoconstriction, this can limit the “pump” during exercise) and 20-HE which promotes an anabolic response to your workouts every time. The most profound advancement in the concentrated pre-workout category however, is that of the bronchostimulator 3,7-dimethylpurine-2,6-dione. Combined with the mitochondria (energy producing centers of cells) boosting effects of Quercetin, 3,7-dimethylpurine-2,6-dione will boost endurance and performance like never before
This is one of my favourites, it has great energy, great power, great concentration and it doesn’t wig you out like some others. It the almost “quite right” porridge of the pre-workout world. This would be higher in my list, but there are a few other items that provided a better overall workout, the only downside being serving size. Each time i take it, i noticed that i was unable to take the same amount everyday, it is very unpredictable so start with a sip and work into a full drink.
The K-Otic Xperience: Psycho-Active Mind & Muscle Connections: K-Otic is literally going to hit you fast and right between the eyes. Because of its unique delivery system, you’ll be primed in as little as 15 minutes for an all-our war against the iron. It’ll jumpstart your neurotransmitters while simultaneously flipping the switch on your inner animal aggression. You’ll experience a new feeling of “domination” from our anabolic amplifier Taxadrol. We’ve added just enough to help you bulldoze thru your toughest workouts by giving you added mental/physical drive. Psycho-Active Power: K-Otic may push you closer to a new PR with every training session, and its key anabolic compounds will help you add the strength and confidence to pull it off. Some days your progress will not be measured by a new single rep increase, but maybe 3, 4 or even more! Psycho-Active Energy: The SINGLE SCOOP sustained-release energy of K-Otic happens in continuous “stealth” phases with no lag time. This means you’re pushing all the way thru with the same drive you had on REP 1 or SET 1! You’ll “Punish The Iron” one hardcore contraction at a time. You may also experience rock-hard fullness, pumps and swole. Flex Wheeler Says: You may not be a professional bodybuilder, but you want to train like one. For me, K-Otic brings all the pre-workout forces together fast-hitting intensity, unrelenting drive, higher pain threshold and off-the-chain strength and energy). Just a single powerful dose will help make every workout your best. You simply must try it to believe it. We designed K-Otic to clearly lead the way. I’m willing to put my name on it.
I loved the energy from this product. Aimed more at the “cardio” aspect of a workout session, for me this was almost the perfect Tabata product. I used this for boxing, MMA, bag work and general conditioning. Again, start slow as this product packs a wallup, and the reason it isn’t higher on the list is because of that unpredictability that is shares with K-Otic. No Pump, this is an energy and endurance formula only.
Athletic performance enhancer. Supports enhanced aerobic performance. Provides anabolic * anti-catabolic support. Boosts Lipoysis, fat oxidation & thermogenesis. Increase energy & endurance. Supports mental focus. Helps utilize fat as energy source. Enhanced with Ursolic acid & raspberry ketones. The Cardio Igniter is a new category of pre-workout performance enhancing supplement that focuses on maximizing aerobic capacity and fat burning, by stimulating your body to use as the energy source. If your goal is to perform at your best and get ripped while doing it, the Cardio Igniter is the product for you. The Cardio Igniter: helps protect lean muscle mass, helps boost aerobic capacity, helps accelerate fat loss, provides stamina-boosting, long-lasting energy, helps improve concentration and stave off boredom. Provides key electrolytes that helps delay fatigue and maintain mental alertness. Pre-workout: Cardio Igniter is great to use prior to any high intensity training where you need maximum aerobic capacity such as cross training, and HIIT (high intensity interval training) and LISS (low intensity steady state). Cardio Igniter helps prioritize fat as an energy source during exercise and provides both an anti-catabolic and anabolic (lean mass potentiating elements. Burn fat while you work out! Post-Workout, before Cardio: Many athletes perform resistance training prior to cardio (aerobic activity), while glycogen stores are high and energy levels are strong. Cardio Igniter is an excellent solution post resistance training because it helps to fuel the anabolic window and protect lean mass, while at the same time priming the body for aerobic activity and fat burning. Don’t miss the window! Before stand-alone cardio: Nothing primes your body and mind for maximum fat burning and aerobic intensity as the Cardio Igniter. Never do cardio without it! Before athletic activity: Cardio Igniter’s ability to help increase energy improve endurance, and enhance mental focus is a huge benefit to anyone performing athletic activities. It is very beneficial for aerobic oriented sports such as crossfit, soccer, basketball and martial arts. Burn fat while you perform! Cardio Igniter-Primes the body and mind for high intensity activity with: endurance-enhancing components, fatigue-delaying nutrients, muscles-sparing positive nitrogen balance stimulators, metabolism-boosting agents, pH buffering mechanisms to allow for stronger and longer muscle contractors, electrolytes, temperature-raising thermogenics, multi-pronged fat-burning nutraceuticals, Lipolytic-stimulating triggers, mind-focusing, boredom-fighting elements, physical and mental energizing compounds
These are my 10-6 picks for 2012. Tomorrow, we go through 5-1.
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