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    Is your pre-workout working as hard as you are?

    submitted by GNC Newtown

    You train hard and strive for the best results possible. But is your pre-workout working as hard as you do? 

    Is it utilizing safe, healthy ingredients? If not, consider adding the following supplements to your exercise routine!

    BEET POWDER – Olympic athletes don’t mess around when it comes to training. The 2012 London Olympics saw thousands of competitors adopt beet powder as a means of safely and effectively boosting stamina and performance. Beets contain  “nitrates,” which transform into nitric oxide. This causes blood vessels to dilate, getting more oxygen to our muscles, enhancing strength and endurance. Mental focus and reaction time also improve.

    L-CARNITINE – This amino acid-like compound helps us convert fat to energy. It “frees” our stored fat while exercising, so that we tire less quickly, training more intensely for longer periods of time.

    L-CITRULLINE – Similar to beets, this amino acid dilates our blood vessels, allowing nutrients into the bloodstream more quickly. The result is reduced fatigue and improved performance for both cardio and weight training.

    NATURAL CAFFEINE – There are two types of caffeine: natural, plant sourced caffeine and synthetic caffeine. There are over 60 different plants from which you can get caffeine, the most popular being Yerba Mate. This shrub, indigenous to Brazil and Argentina, can enhance performance and mental focus. Yerba Mate contains amino acids and glucose regulating compounds giving the body steady energy for long periods of time. Caffeine Anhydrous, found in many pre-workout and energy drinks, is a synthetic form of caffeine. It is synthesized through a number of processes exposing it to harsh chemicals. This form of stimulant often causes feelings of intense fatigue or “crashing” after a workout.