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Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre and Benefits of a Pre-Workout Supplement

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Pre-workout formulations are definitely worth investing in if you’re after a boost in your performance at the gym. If you feel like you’re burning out before you get your pump or even just need a buzz in your motivation; pre-workout formulations are the place to start.

What is a pre-workout supplement?

Pre workout supplements use a cocktail of energy boosting stimulants, stamina enhancers and often, antioxidants. You don’t have to be a hardcore meathead to use pre-workout, far from it. I find that on those days when you feel lethargic; lack drive and are attempting to find any excuse not to train – this is the key.

Caffeine: Buzzing Absorption

We all know what caffeine is and does to the body. It blocks our body’s signals telling us to sleep and acts as a stimulant.

You might not know that caffeine also aids gastrointestinal absorption of other substances it’s taken with; often why you’ll find it attached to painkillers and sports supplements.

Cooling the Burn

This is where things get interesting. You’ll find Beta-Alanine in so many sports supplements and it’s hailed as one of the most popular and effective molecules around.

When you’re working out and your muscles start to burn; this due to an acid (hydrogen ion) flooding the muscle. The molecule carnosine helps to regulate this acidity and neutralise it as best it can.

So why not just take great whopping amounts of carnosine? Because it simply disintegrates in the stomach before getting a chance to go anywhere and do anything. This is when Beta-Alanine comes into play as it’s a precursor to carnosine which can be absorbed by the body and rapidly converted into it.

By reducing this acid build up in the muscles, you can work out for longer, train harder and achieve that pump quicker without feeling like you’re going to burst. Beta -Alanine is responsible for the tingle effect of pre-workouts that can leave you a little spaced to start with.

Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre

There are plenty of pre-workout formulations on the market, but from reading a lot of the Optimum Nutrition Pre Workout reviews out there, it’s clearly hailed as one of the best and top rated pre workout supplements – The Crème de La Mer of the supplement world.

After a few that I’ve tried, I can confidently say that it’s one of the best pre workout supplement options available.

What makes Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre different?

Not only does Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre taste great, although a little sweet, there are other benefits than simply being a stimulant and muscle acidity regulator.

Blood Flow and Cell Communication

Nitric Oxide is a gas found in the body that aids cellular communication and effects the release of hormones and adrenaline. Nitric Oxide also stimulates blood flow and nutrient delivery, allowing the muscles to both function and repair more effectively.

Because it’s hard to fill the body with gas, obviously, Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre uses micronised Citrulline which when absorbed by the body becomes Nitric Oxide – Ta-dah!

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

You’ll find encapsulated Capsicum, a chilli extract known to increase fat oxidation by up to 42%. This metabolism boost means that not only does Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre helps you workout harder, it theoretically gives you better results from your workout.

Added Extras

Finally a blend of beetroot juice powder – reducing oxygen uptake as well as grape seed extract, citrus bioflavonoids and the antioxidant powers of vitamin C (also one of my favourite skin care ingredients).

How and when should I take Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre?

I’ve experimented a lot with this. I’ve tried different dosage sizes; time frames and quantities and I’m fairly confident I’ve got it worked out. I don’t take it for every session, just the ones I know I can benefit with a boost, usually exhaustion training (training until your muscles pretty much give out); back and biceps then leg day.

How many scoops?

Start with one scoop with 500ml and then work your way up. If you’re intolerant to caffeine you shouldn’t be using this at all, but even the most ardent stimulant user should still start by playing it safe.

You might notice after a good few weeks that you start to see less of an effect; this is when you should maybe consider upping your dose to two scoops (still with 500ml of water or more if you want for taste). Just go easy and use your common sense.

How long before working out should I take pre-workout?

About 20-40 minutes will do. For me, it kicks in around 20 minutes after taking it and crescendos from there. You might notice you feel tingly; I’ve found this to be pretty normal and it’s the Beta-Alanine kicking in.

At first I tried taking slowly on the walk to the gym but found this time frame of around 15-20 minutes meant it kicked in slowly and I didn’t feel that much different. The real difference comes when I take the whole thing at once and down it; the buzz is better and the rush is more intense – you feel like you can take on the world.

Where can I buy Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre?

I was generously sent this product by Poised.co.uk who wanted me to check out a number of the sports nutritional products they had on offer but I stress that for all of my FITFACE and fitness articles, I’m not taking any fees or monetary sponsorship. Too many brands out there pay for blogs and sites for positive reviews and these are frankly unethical and ultimately pointless.

Poised.co.uk sell everything a guy would ever need really, including men’s grooming and skin care; sports nutrition and fragrance. Their prices are low and I honestly don’t know why they don’t rank further up on Google for a lot of their products (I’m annoyed I hadn’t found them sooner).

I will undoubtedly be buying my next Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre from Poised.co.uk because they sell it for the best price around at £32.99 with £2 delivery (orders over £50 are free-delivery); whereas stores such as Holland & Barrett retail it for the full whack of £44.99.

Comments
Harvey Specter
Posted at 04:24 October 5, 2014
BRENT SMITH
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Author

Sounds OK as long as you don’t bother with the work-out bit.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 01:54 October 10, 2014
    Thom Watson
    Author

    Haha, I’ve never tried it not working out but I think the effects might be a little interesting. Worth a go I suppose? x

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 03:30 October 10, 2014
    BRENT SMITH
    Author

    Could be. There again, lots of things might be ‘a little interesting’ but not all of them are worth a go! And by the way, somebody’s up rather late aren’t they? All those products you have to review — put ’em back in the toy-box and get some sleep! x

Harvey Specter
Posted at 04:24 October 5, 2014
BRENT SMITH
Reply
Author

Sounds OK as long as you don’t bother with the work-out bit.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 01:54 October 10, 2014
    Thom Watson
    Author

    Haha, I’ve never tried it not working out but I think the effects might be a little interesting. Worth a go I suppose? x

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 03:30 October 10, 2014
    BRENT SMITH
    Author

    Could be. There again, lots of things might be ‘a little interesting’ but not all of them are worth a go! And by the way, somebody’s up rather late aren’t they? All those products you have to review — put ’em back in the toy-box and get some sleep! x

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