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STIM-Rx Energy Complex
Perhaps the best known central nervous system stimulant is caffeine. There has likely never been a more simple, yet shrouded in controversy, in gradient. There is not a currently accepted nutrient with more data behind it and more lab rats than the most common ergogenic ingredient. Known effects of caffeine include the following:
• Reducing the perception of effort during weight training,
• Increasing the reps to failure with resistance activity,
• Reduces muscle pain when training to failure,
• Increases total workload in sleep-deprived athletes,
• Eliminates daily variations in strength,
• Enhancing the desire to train
• Encourages the use of body fat for energy expenditure during exercise.
Caffeine has been studied as effective in “the big four” lifts: bench press, deadlifts, rows, and back squats. There is also the notion of using caffeine may increase testosterone. In fact, there is a study that suggests that men who drank caffeinated coffee showed increases in total testosterone and concomitant decreases in total and free estradiol (estrogen). Coffee acts as
a natural aromatase inhibitor, which prevents the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Caffeine inhibits an enzyme known as phosphodiesterase which raises the concentration of cAMP. To strengthen the effect of caffeine, we have added Hemerocallis fulva, which |releases more cAMP and when combined with adrenaline (epinephrine), this prompts fat cells to release glycerol for energy. Why include multiple tea ingredients in pump and grow? Mechanistically, the tea types found in Pump and Grow exploit two different mechanistic pathways as opposed to doing what most green tea products do – simply increase the
amount of a single ingredient (usually green tea).
Growth Co Factor Complex
Beta Alanine is a naturally-occurring beta amino acid that is the rate limiting precursor to the production of carnosine in
the body – thereby increasing its amount. By doing so, it helps improve weight training and athletic performance in a variety of ways. Increasing carnosine levels is important because it increases buffering capacity in the muscle, which means that carnosine helps prevent your muscles from becoming too acidic during times of stress.
Carnosine is found in primarily type II (fast twitch) muscle fibers, which are important for explosive movements. In a recent study, dietary supplementation with beta-alanine for 2-4 weeks was shown to increase vastus larteralis carnosine concentration by more than 60%. In terms of performance, science has shown that beta-alanine supplementation for as few four weeks can result in 13% greater gains in total work completed during training, with no change noted among the control group. This makes Beta Alanine supplementation ideal for weight trainers, sprinters, and a variety of other athletes. In basic terms, that means that increasing carnosine levels allows one to train harder and longer for improved performance and results. Another important benefit of increased carnosine levels is that carnosine is a powerful precursor in potentiating Nitric Oxide (N.O.). This is because carnosine is the substrate for NOS (Nitric Oxide Synthase) activity, which is the enzyme responsible for generating Nitric Oxide. In layman’s terms, this leads to more dramatic vasodilation and ‘pumps’.
No other mass-building supplement works as well as creatine, nor has as much research support. Creatine has been shown to..
• Boosts muscle creatine levels for short-term energy,
• Bolsters anabolic signaling through insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1),
• Increase muscle antioxidant capacity,
• Improve high-intensity exercise capacity,
• Increases ATP production for immediate strength and energy.
A simple question with a not so simple response: why three types of creatine? No matter how you slice it, creatine monohydrate is the tried-and-true form of creatine that has been the subject of scrutiny in the most studies. Secondly, adding magnesium to creatine has been shown to maximize the uptake of creatine in muscle cells. The biggest concern we get when structuring a creatine based product is how to prevent the suggested “bloat” of creatine monohydrate; and our suggestion is add in a pyruvic salt which will still yield higher levels of creatine for volumization, while at the same time increasing power output while minimizing the “bloat.”
Beta Alanine and Creatine Collectively, these two powerhouse agents have been shown to increase aerobic power and time to exhaustion. Still, we won’t steer you wrong; the data explicitly shows that the combination may not increase the intensity of aerobic/anaerobic activity despite all the aforementioned positives, however, it will likely increase the duration of intense activity performed. In other words, it may not allow you to dumbbell press 160 lb weights (intensity defined in resistance training is how close you lift to your 1RM or how heavy you lift); but it may allow you to lift the 120 lb dumbbells for 15 reps instead of 10.
Vaso Pump Max Blend
The first-ever industry coupling of two agents used to collectively increase work capacity while improving waste elimination; in short – LOLA and LALA (respectively, L-Ornithine-L-Aspartate and L-Argnine-L-Aspartate) . But haven’t ornithine and arginine been used for years and possibly dubbed less effective in harboring any kind of ergogenic benefit? The short answer is yes. However, the attachment of L-aspartate makes these agents unique. L-aspartate is a direct precursor of oxaloacetate; effectively Kreb’s Cycle intermediates, in which energy is generated from various macronutrients
(i.e. – fats, carbohydrates, and proteins).
Ornithine is formed from the breakdown of arginine during the citric acid cycle and isn’t coded for by DNA. Therefore, this amino acid isn’t involved in protein synthesis but is mainly involved in formation of urea in the body. Ornithine is also an important metabolic intermediate and is used to form polyamines. Research has shown that ornithine removes ammonia from the liver and acts to protect the liver from cirrhosis. Furthermore, recent evidence has demonstrated that L-ornithine supplementation reduces exercise fatigue by increasing the efficiency of energy consumption and promoting the excretion of ammonia.
Lowers the concentration of Lactic Acid in the blood during exercise It raises the aerobic capacity of the body likely through its long-since known vasodilatory properties. In other words, it increases oxygen consumption.
Focus & Endurance AMP Complex
Adapt or die? An adaptogen is an ingredient that helps your body “adapt” to environmental factors, and as such avoid potential damage created by those factors. Here, the stressor is the formula itself. Rationale for the inclusion of an adaptogenic complex is simple: make certain the continuous excitatory properties of multiple central-nervous stimulating agents doesn’t ultimately
become a physiologic burden on you. In plain terms, we don’t want you to suffer deleterious consequences with continuous use of agents like caffeine; which can occur with use day-in and day-out usually only manifest in cortisol (stress hormone) elevation. More cortisol means less testosterone.
Rhodiola rosea reduces the acute and chronic effects of stress by decreasing adrenal cortisol production and modulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. That means more testosterone, less fat, and more muscle.
• Lowers the perception of effort amidst high-intensity exercise,
• Helps the body adapt to physical stresses when acutely ingested,
• Increases testosterone while lowering cortisol,
• Increases aerobic capacity by boosting resistance to stress.
Advanced Ancillaries Complex
Ancillary nutrients have one goal – to offer synergistic effect in helping other active ergogenic agents move toward their desired outcomes. Oftentimes, you will hear that “this agent or that agent didn’t work for me.” Unfortunately, it is far too often that the ability of certain reactions to move forward are impeded by not having ample supply of a certain co-factor (usually in the form
of a vitamin or mineral) available at the directed time. Vitamin C has many functions pertinent to the human body’s normal
functioning,but most pertinent to this formula is the role it plays in the formation of neurotransmitters and hormones – both of which are released during exercise for the purpose of stimulating muscle growth and breaking down carbohydrates and fat for energy. In addition, vitamin C is involved in the synthesis of red blood cells – which are vital to delivering oxygen to the
muscle – and is a powerful antioxidant that prevents the build-up of free radicals in the body. While we know free radicals can lead to muscle and tendon damage as well as a host of other unwanted effects, we also have to be careful not to prevent influx of certain chemical messengers known as inflammatory cytokines which signal growth and repair substances to muscle
cites injured during intense training. Still, strength and endurance effects are seen with Vitamin C supplementation between 500-3,000 mg per day; but for the reasons mentioned, it is likely pertinent to use the lowest effective dose (LED) to prevent issues with recovery.
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Burtscher, M, et al. The prolonged intake of L-arginine-L-aspartate reduces blood lactate accumulation and oxygen consumption during submaximal exercise. J Sports Sci Med. 2005; 4: 314-322.
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