Pre-workout supplements are the group of supplements most frequently chosen by Poles, including preparations based on caffeine, beta-alanine, which aim to provide energy, increase muscle strength and improve muscle blood flow. Due to the wide range of available products, the question arises which ones are the most effective?
Pre-workout nutrients – introduction
The group of supplements referred to as pre-workout supplements is characterized by fast assimilation and dosing periods closely related to the training time. The primary purpose of this type of supplementation is to stimulate the body to physical activity, through the caffeine, taurine and beta-alanine they contain.
The second important property is the improvement of muscle perfusion, achieved by the precursors of nitrogen oxides, manifested by the so-called effect of the muscle pump. Some supplements are enriched with additional ingredients, such as various types of creatine that increase the strength of the body.
Olimp AAKG Shot
Advertised by Olimp as a perfect stimulator of strength, mass and pump and as a means to combine with other supplements such as creatine or HMB.
The producer first indicates the content of arginine alpha ketoglutarate (AAKG). Arginine is a nutrient from which biologically active compounds are formed in the body for body shaping, development of exercise capacity and maintaining sexual performance (agmatine and nitric oxide). It enables proper blood supply, oxygenation and nourishment of muscle tissue. It also facilitates the development of muscle mass, reduction of adipose tissue and supports erection.
Taking into account the price (120caps- PLN 60), lack of adverse effects, and well-rated stimulant properties, is one of the best supplements from the so-called average price range.
SAW, or Super Agressive Workout, is known as one of the most popular pre-workout nutrients in Poland.
The preparation has a strong anabolic effect and drastically increases the volume of working muscles. SAW provides them with additional oxygenation, nutrition and impulse for growth. The beta-alanine complex and active neurostimulators improve endurance and concentration and increase the body’s energy resources. The preparation prevents premature fatigue and excessive acidification of tissues. SAW assists in building muscle strength and mass, as well as improves efficiency during hard physical efforts.
In the current opinion, it is considered a very good preparation, which, like AAKG Olimpu, does not lead the body to such effects as nausea or dizziness. Especially recommended for those who have just started their adventure with strength training.
Fitness Authority Xtreme Napalm Pre-Contest
Xtreme Napalm is defined by the manufacturer as an advanced product that strongly stimulates the body. It was prepared with the thought of effective preparation for intensive heavy and endurance training. The supplement is supposed to start working a few minutes after the first portion is consumed. It gives a feeling of strong stimulation of tissues throughout the body. Arginine and beta alanine contained in Xtreme NO-Volumizing Complex support the release of nitric oxide from epithelial tissue, which in turn improves the transport of nutrients and oxygen to the blood vessels of working muscles and gives the feeling of constant pumping during the entire training session.
In addition, Xtreme NO-Volumizing Complex together with Xtreme Power & Pump Focus Complex provide buffering capacity of muscle tissue and reduce the accumulation of lactic acid. Active ingredients increase concentration and add energy, which is of great importance for hard-training people in the gym, pitch or court.
There are several types of this product available on the market, from liquid form – shots, available at many gyms, as well as in the water-soluble version. The prices oscillate around 100 PLN per 500g, which is not a barrier.
The side effect of unwanted Napalm supplementation is a very frequent tingling of the body, especially palms and dizziness.