Anyone else using a pre workout?
Been taking Pump igniter along with my 5g's of creatine a day and my lifts have gone up quite a bit even on days i don't really feel like going I go and get a good workout with it.
Yes. I'm a huge fan of pre-workout supplements, although some are MUCH better than others.
It really depends on what you're looking for in a pre-workout, but, for me, the biggest thing is ingredients that will give me a pump and increase endurance and reduce fatigue. I'm not opposed to pre-workouts including creatine, beta alanine, and betaine, but these are supplements that work via saturation and should be taken every day for weeks for the full effects to be realized; they are not best used as acute performance enhancers (although some people love the tingling feeling that high doses of beta alanine can cause).
My pre-workout essentials include:
-4g citrulline (or 6g citrulline malate (2:1) or 8g citrulline malate (1:1))
-1g agmatine sulfate
and my daily staple supplements include:
-3.2-4.8g beta alanine
-2.5g betaine anhydrous
Recently I've been taking Cobalt Energy Supplements products (they're a newer company based near me in South Florida that is online and in a few local stores and gyms) that has a philosophy I can really get behind (all natural, no proprietary blends, scientifically formulated products).
I'm a big fan of Trifecta, which is a daily staple supplement with 5g micronized creatine monohydrate, 4.8g beta alanine, and 2.5g betaine anhydrous. It's a 30 day supply at this dose for $29.99 right now, plus there's a 10% off coupon code, so it ends up being $27 for 30 days ($0.90 per day). I think it's a very versatile supplement; not only is it a solid staple to take on its own, but it stacks well with other pre-workout supplements that may have either creatine, beta alanine, and/or betaine, since the pre-workout may not a sufficient amount alone, and you're probably not taking it every day, which these ingredients should be taken to get the full benefits. It's not a glamorous product, but it's solid.
I've also been using their stimulant-free pre-workout Enormous recently, since it's the first pre-workout I've found that has the 8g citrulline malate (4g citrulline), 1g agamatine, 1-3g taurine, 1g ALCAR I want. Based on all of the stimulant-free pre-workouts I've tried (High Volume, Dilate, Hemavol, etc) Enormous is right up there in terms of pump and endurance benefits (plus it has the added benefit of being naturally flavored and colored, unlike all the others, if you care about that sort of thing). Price wise, it's also right in line with the others, although none of them are exactly cheap due to the expensive ingredients and high doses used in all of them. The citrulline and agmatine are the key ingredients in all of these products, but I really like the addition of taurine that's only present in High Volume and Enormous, but the addition of ALCAR (which has been one of my favorite focus/cognitive supplements for a long time now) gives Enormous the edge for me. Right now it's $29.99 for 30 scoops (or 15 full servings), but with supplements like Enormous and High Volume, many people never feel the need to go above 1-1.5 scoops due to the high doses of proven ingredients. The 10% coupon code is also good here, bringing the price down to $27 ($0.90 per scoop, $1.80 per 2 scoops).
I've also been able to try a prototype of a purely stimulant-based pre-workout that they're planning on releasing soon, and I have to say, it's certainly one of the strongest pre-workouts I've tried in terms of energy and "feel." The launch price should be $1 per serving before any coupons, but I think I'd prefer to go with 1/2 to 3/4 of a serving the vast majority of the time, and I have a pretty high stimulant tolerance. Stacking 2 scoops of Enormous with 3/4 of a serving of this new stimulant product is probably the best pre-workout stack I've tried, and the ability to take a combination of various serving(s) of each (depending on what type of workout I'm doing and how much, if any, stimulants I want) is a nice feature that I expect more companies to start moving towards in the future (and it seems like a few companies are starting to have separate pre-workout supplements geared towards either pump/endurance or stimulants that stack very well together. I know PES has High Volume for pumps, and I've heard that they're releasing a stimulant-based pre-workout supplement in the future).
Here's the website for Cobalt Energy Supplements:
and here's the current 10% off coupon code: SUMMER10%