With many pre-workout formulas on the market, it can be tough to decide which one will best support your energy levels, focus, and endurance in the gym. For purists, there are single-ingredient supplements to choose from while multi-ingredient supplements are a go-to for those who prefer a combination of enhancing ingredients all in one product. Check out what’s behind these six powerful pre-workout formulas from Max Muscle Nutrition and find the one that’s right for you.
Single Ingredient Supplements
Agmatine is derived from the amino acid arginine and has been noted to support nitric oxide production. An increase in nitric oxide increases blood flow, which in turn increases the amount of oxygen available to our muscles. All in all, this process has a positive impact on endurance and strength.
Max Muscle’s Agmatine Sulfate contains a pure and natural source of agmatine sulfate known as AGmass manufactured by modern fermentation methods. “This is a wonderful product for everyone to open up the blood vessels for better oxygen uptake to the muscles and faster recovery between sets,” said Jason Mayol, franchisee of Max Muscle Nutrition store in San Mateo, California.
CarnoSyn is the only patented (it has 21 global patents) and scientifically proven (by more than 40 studies) form of beta-alanine for human performance. Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid that clinical research has shown has the ability to increase intramuscular carnosine levels. A study published in the journal, Nutrients, found that subjects who took 2–6 grams of beta-alanine per day were able to increase carnosine concentrations in the skeletal muscle by 20 to 80 percent. Increased carnosine can result in increased muscular strength and power with the ability to effect endurance and delay onset of fatigue.
triTOR is a stimulant-free formula containing 10 active ingredients backed by scientific research to boost your workout performance. triTOR includes beta-alanine (as Max CarnoSyn), which has been shown in more than 50 studies to promote muscular growth, branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) to improve protein and nitrogen balance in muscles during exercise, and creatine for energy. Additionally, the formula contains Sustamine, a combination of the amino acids L-alanine and L-glutamine, which helps to fuel and repair muscles, as well as betaine hydrocholoride and beet root powder to enhance sports performance in both endurance and resistance-trained athletes.
Amanda Lanier, 26, of Stockton, Calif. credits triTOR for sustained energy through her entire workout and helping her push through while she prepared for the Governor’s Cup competition. “Considering triTOR is a non-stimulant pre-workout, I knew this product was for me as caffeine tends to keep me awake at night,” she said. “The first thing I was blown away by was the taste! It tasted like cherry candy! The pump and mental focus I had from this product were insane.”
Get the most out of your workout with FBX 2.0, which includes some of the most researched and tested performance-enhancing ingredients. Improving upon the original FBX formula, the proprietary blends in FBX 2.0 include doses of key ingredients that have been clinically-validated for efficacy. The formula includes 1.5 grams of agmatine sulfate (or AGMass), 3.2 grams of beta-alanine (as CarnoSyn), and 2.5 grams of creatine monohydrate (Creapure). The addition of glutamine, which can be depleted during training or due to lifestyle factors such as stress or poor diet, aids in recovery and supports immune system health. “This is the ultimate pre-workout of choice,” said Mayol. “It has all the bells and whistles with extensive scientific research to give every workout an intense performance. No anxiety, no crash, and long-lasting effects.”
Noah West, 16, of the Chicago Fury Hockey AAA Midget Majors said FBX 2.0 is his favorite Max Muscle product. “FBX 2.0 helps me focus [and] as a goalie, I like to have mental clarity,” he said. West reported that he likes the glutamine in the product because it helps with endurance and recovery after a game.
Full Blown XXX
FBXXX is an ultra-concentrated pre-workout formula that seems to do it all! It doesn’t just combine more ingredients than most pre-workout options, it delivers the right high-quality ingredients to support the energy, strength, and power to sustain you throughout your entire workout. This formula includes:
■Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate (AAKG), a form of arginine that produces more nitric oxide than other types of arginine.
■Creatine monohydrate, which plays a critical role in energy production necessary to fuel your body’s cells. Numerous studies have shown that creatine supplementation may help athletes increase the power, strength, and mass of the skeletal muscle.
■CarnoSyn – the same proprietary form of beta-analine in a single ingredient formulation.
■Caffeine for its ability to increase energy and mental alertness as well as improve endurance.
■Other key ingredients that increase metabolism and mental focus, including a derivative of the adaptogenic herb, schizandra, that helps the body deal with stress, and a dose of B vitamins for increased energy and red blood cell production.
This high-stimulant, pre-workout formula contains 10 key ingredients to support a powerful workout. “The newest and strongest of all our pre-workouts, this is more of the ‘hyperfocused’ type of stimulant-based pre-workout that Max Muscle carries,” Mayol explained. He uses stimoVEX on days when he trains large muscle groups like the legs, back, and chest. “Not to mention, the motivation feeling can last as long as 4-5 hours so if you’re about to have a day of fitness, this can take care of your whatever workouts you have lined up for the day,” he continued.
The stimoVEX formula includes Setria Performance Blend (Patent Pending), l-glutathione, l-citrulline, beta-alanine (as CarnoSyn), AlphaSize Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline (A-GPC), BioPerine, beet root powder, caffeine, l-arginine, yohimbine, and hordenine.
AlphaSize (A-GPC) works to increase levels of acetylcholine in the brain, which in turn can improve mental focus. A 2015 study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition suggested that A-GPC was effective at increasing lower body force production after just six days of supplementation.
The strong stimulant effect comes from the combination of caffeine, yohimbine, and hordenine – all known to have thermogenic or fat-burning effects. The addition of BioPerine, an extract from the black pepper plant aids in greater absorption of these powerful ingredients.
Devina Medinas, 23, an athlete through Max Muscle Nutrition in Walnut Creek, Calif., said stimoVEX gives her what she needs to keep going. “After a long day of work and I am feeling short on energy, I take stimoVEX to keep me going. I’m very alert and focused for each set. It has been a useful aid it to help me maintain a full-time job and consistent workout schedule.”
About the Author: Phillip W. Harvey, PhD, RD, FACN, FISSN, is the Chief Scientific Officer for Max Muscle Nutrition, a position he has held for more than a decade. As a leading expert in nutritional biochemistry, he is a master and prolific formulator of Max Muscle Nutrition, MLab, Naturliga, and Athlete’s Choice products. He is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Nutrition Specialist and elected Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and Fellow of the International Society for Sports Nutrition. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the International Society for Sports Nutrition, American Society for Nutrition, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Institute of Food Technologists.