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Performance Enhancers: and Athlete’s Guide to SAFE Ergogenic Aids
We know exactly what you’re thinking: there’s a lot of stigma surrounding performance enhancers. The phrase calls to mind ideas of giant muscle men on steroids or doping endurance athletes doing whatever it takes to win, no matter the cost.
Of course some shady things go down in the realm of performance enhancement, especially in the professional arena. We’re not denying that. But we have identified, tested, and verified that SAFE performance enhancers not only exist, but are incredibly beneficial in everyday use by everyday athletes from all walks of life.
There are two safe, clinically proven ergogenic aids available to the general public that we are totally, 100% behind.
Ergogenic Aids, Explained
An ergogenic aid is generally defined as any substance that provides a mental or physical advantage while training or competing (1). There are plenty of unsafe ergogenic aids both old and new, most of them illegal, however, the two safe, scientifically proven options are actually quite common. In fact, one of them is probably already in your kitchen counter.
Ergogenic Aid #1: CAFFEINE
You guessed it. Caffeine – enhancing performance from the first ever cup of coffee to the cappucino you had this morning – improves cognitive function, general alertness, and increases the pain and effort perception threshold (2). This means that, while that cup of joe definitely makes you feel a little buzzed and ready for anything, what’s really happening is a dulling sensation of your effort, meaning you can expend more energy without feeling as though you’re about to run out of juice.
Sports nutrition took that and ran with it: most preworkout supplements on the market list caffeine as the primary component in formulas designed to make you feel like you can lift a car. The problem is, when you go overboard, caffeine, like any performance enhancing substance, can have some less-than-ideal side effects (3). Depending on your height and body composition, up to 400mg per day seems to be the highest amount one should consume to avoid unwanted side effects such as insomnia, nervousness, irritability, upset stomach, and muscle tremors (3). However, kept in safe quantities, issues that pop up in the overly caffeinated are few and far between.
What to expect
Caffeine-based preworkouts will:
- Ensure you’re awake for the 5:00am workout
- Physically stimulate your body and get you excited to move
- Increase work capacity over time, upping your gains
- Energize you through your entire training session and keep you from feeling completely exhausted when you finish
We can only speak for ourselves. Promix Preworkout takes your training to the next level by delivering an energizing blast of:
- +200mg caffeine anhydrous for increased alertness and energy output
- +3.2g beta-alanine for elevated muscular endurance (4)*
- +3g n-acetyl l-tyrosine to stimulate metabolism, cognitive function, and explosive muscular strength and power (5)
- +1g taurine for improved VO2 max and increased time to exhaustion
- +6mcg B-12 methylcobalamin to boost natural energy levels
*Beta-alanine may cause a tingling feeling called paresthesia (4). This is completely harmless, but for athletes who are ultra-sensitive to this sensation, we’ve created Promix Tingle-Free Preworkout for all of the benefits without any perceived jitters.
Our formula was developed specifically by our resident R.D. and Exercise Physiologists to accelerate metabolism, increase alertness and cognitive performance, and provide explosive muscular strength and power to get you pumped to train harder and with more efficiency, safely. While many options come hand in hand with a whopping crash once their effects wear off, Promix ensures a stable release of energy in our no-crash formula.
How Long Does Preworkout last?
That said, most preworkouts will start kicking in 15-30 minutes after consumption and leave you feeling noticeably depleted within and 60-90 minutes, leading to a major drop in energy post-lift. We hate that feeling, and frankly, don’t have time to waste feeling wrecked, so we developed a product that eliminated the bummer of coming down, steadily releasing energy into your system upon consumption and throughout your workout so you always hit the showers feeling at the top of your game.
When to Take Preworkout
2 scoops of Promix Preworkout in water 20-30 minutes before your session will do the trick, but depending on your height and mass, you might choose to use more or less. It’s imperative that you do NOT exceed 2 servings (4 scoops) in one day (remember, 400mg of caffeine per day is about as high as any of us want to go, and with 200mcg per serving, you toe the line at running into unwanted side effects).
“I’ve had preworkouts before that taste like candy. Frankly, I can’t stomach drinking that.”Josh T.
Don’t worry! We’re on the same page. No one wants to drink something that tastes super sweet and artificial, so our preworkout is only made with crystallized fruit juices and whole-leaf stevia extract to hydrate and refresh with a the clean, crisp taste. With naturally light flavors like lemonade, strawberry lemonade, limeade, and wildberry, we guarantee you’ll find a flavor you love that doesn’t remind you of that last-choice Halloween candy.
Clear on caffeine? Let’s move on!
Ergogenic Aid #2: CREATINE
Chances are, you’ve heard of creatine, but might not really understand what it is or how it works. Attitudes toward creatine up until recently were largely focused on the supplement being exclusively for bodybuilders and intense powerlifters, but the truth is that creatine can be improve the performance of every type of athlete when utilized correctly. Creatine Monohydrate is the second ergogenic aid scientifically proven to support increases in muscular size, strength, and power when properly combined with strength and power based training programs, so if you’re looking to take your speed+strength combo pack to the next level, creatine might be just the ticket.
What can I expect when I use creatine?
- Creatine supplementation will deliver:
- Increases in muscular size, strength, and power
- Improved anaerobic capacity
- Elevated max effort sprint performance
- The support of bone regeneration
- The gain of lean body mass
- Enhanced recovery
Promix Creatine Monohydrate is an unflavored, instant-mix powder free of soy, gluten, GMOs, and artificial anything that powers you with only one ingredient:
+5g creatine monohydrate for all of the above
How Long Will it Take to See Results?
Combined with a strength and power-based training program and paired with a healthy diet sufficient in lean muscle building proteins, the gains will come as quickly as 30 days. Not sure how much protein you need, or which type of protein powder is right for you? Calculate your needs with the Promix Protein Calculator, then decide which protein is best for you and your goals!
When and How to Use Creatine
Old school methodology recommends a “loading phase” where the athlete takes 5g servings of creatine 2-4 times per day in the first five days to “load” the supplement into muscle stores. If you’re into that, we break those guidelines down for you on our packaging, but also acknowledge that recent studies show it’s not entirely necessary depending on your goals (6). Results can be achieved by mixing 1/2 – 1 scoop into into the beverage of your choice any time of day (we suggest taking it as part of a shake or with a meal). Unlike other time-sensitive performance enhancers like preworkout, timing of creatine supplementation will not impact results.
So Are You Down to Level Up?
Now that you have a better understanding of the major benefits of performance enhancers, take a look at how Promix can get you to the next level. Warning: your local gym might not have enough weights for you to lift.
When it comes to safety, we are here for YOU. If you have any questions regarding our products and how they enhance your lifestyle, visit our FAQs page, or feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to follow Promix Nutrition on instagram for the most up-to-date announcements and more posts to inspire you!
You’ve got this – be prepared to surprise yourself!
(1) Performance Enhancers: The Safe and the Deadly. Healthline Website. https://www.healthline.com/health/performance-enhancers-safe-deadly. Published August 9, 2016. Accessed February 20, 2019.
(2) Effect of Caffeine on the Neuromuscular System — Potential as an Ergogenic Aid. Canadian Science Publishing Website. http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/h08-121#.XG2o8pNKjOQ. Updated December 2008. Accessed February 20, 2019.
(3) Caffeine: How much is too much? Mayo Clinic Website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20045678. Published March 8, 2017. Accessed February 20, 2019.
(4) Beta-alanine. Examine, Website. https://examine.com/supplements/beta-alanine/. Published October 26, 2014. Updated September 30, 2018. Accessed February 20, 2019.
(5) L-Tyrosine. Examine, Website. https://examine.com/supplements/l-tyrosine/. Published June 22, 2013. Updated January 25, 2019. Accessed February 20, 2019.
(6) Your Complete Guide to Creatine Monohydrate. Bodybuilding.com Website. https://www.bodybuilding.com/content/creatine-monohydrate-101-the-research-behind-a-phenomenon.html. Published December 18, 2018. Accessed February 20, 2019.