Pre-training stimulants and their effects:
- improving and maintaining physical performance throughout the workout
- releasing the necessary amount of energy into the body
- starting up the body before and during training
Active ingredients that are most often part of pre-training stimulants:
Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that is used to improve physical performance and increase energy levels. At the same time, it strengthens focus and concentration, but also positively affects metabolism. Recent studies have shown that caffeine can actively increase power output by increasing calcium mobilization in muscle cells. The optimal dose to improve performance ranges from 200 to 400 mg.
Citrulline malate is a combination of the amino acid L-citrulline and malate, i.e. malic acid, which helps to increase physical performance and accelerates muscle regeneration. It is converted to l-arginine in the liver, effectively increasing the level of arginine in the body. It increases arginine levels in a natural way, making muscle congested rapidly, while boosting strength and improving endurance.
Green tea can be found in several forms. It is beneficial for bodybuilders and athletes to help protect the joint apparatus. In addition, green tea is a great fat burner and is often used in reducing diets. It contains ingredients called catechins that have antioxidant effects but also contain caffeine. Therefore, you should pay attention to which part of the day you consume it. If you are sensitive to caffeine, you should not consume it at midday and before bedtime.
Folic acid is also called vitamin B9, vitamin M or folacin. It is present in the formation of amino acids such as tryptophan, cystine or methionine. Folic acid intake is very important for the human body and should therefore be supplemented with food (spinach, leaf sprouts, melon) or nutritional supplements.
Taurine a stimulant and a non-essential amino acid that promotes nervous system activity. This improves physical and mental performance, delays fatigue and exhaustion. The advantage is that it accelerates muscle fibre recovery after training and restores energy supplies. Taking taurine during training allows for faster carbohydrate transfer to muscle cells, ensuring greater power and strength that can be used for more repetitions.
Creatine is an organic acid that is composed of the amino acids as methionine, glycine and arginine. Creatine is naturally found in the human body and helps to supply muscles with energy. This supports muscle growth, volume and strength. The most popular form is creatine monohydrate. However, other forms of creatine are also known, such as ethyl ester (CEE), creatine Ph-X or multi-component creatine, which consist of several types.
Tribulus Terrestris is a powerful herb extract that contains up to 95% of saponins. It is an ideal stimulant for increasing strength and physical endurance, but at the same time it helps to restore damaged muscle fibres during difficult training.
Lysine is an amino acid that plays an important role in muscle formation, healing and body regeneration. At the same time, it maintains a positive nitrogen balance, contributing to the formation of anabolic environment in the body.
Glycine is the simplest amino acid and is found in proteins only at very low levels, except collagen and elastin. As an amino acid, it plays an important role in protein synthesis in the body, but in particular collagen. It is essential in the body for the proper functioning of the enzymes and the formation of haemoglobin. It is known for its sweet taste and is therefore often used as a flavouring to enhance taste and smell.
Tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid that is beneficial for the body's physical and mental balance. It has the ability to produce dopamine and noradrenaline. At the same time, tyrosine works against stress and can relieve feelings of fatigue or depression. Its deficiency causes increased appetite, resulting in weight gain. Tyrosine works particularly in conjunction with caffeine.