MUSCLE POWER & PUMPS
L-Citrulline – Optimum Nutrition Pro Pre contains a whopping 6g of pure L-Citrulline. Most fitness enthusiasts would know that L-Citrulline is pivotal for the purpose of raising your nitric oxide levels. Increased nitric oxide levels increase the blood flow, which translates into muscle pumps at the gym.
L-Leucine – L-Leucine is the main branched-chain amino acid that has been proven to promote muscle growth.
MUSCLE RECOVERY, ENDURANCE, AND FATIGUE
Everything appears to be going perfectly well in a workout until fatigue kicks in, right? Well, here’s what Optimum Nutrition Pro Pre can do about it:
Vitamin D3 – Optimum Nutrition Pro Pre contains 800 IU of Vitamin D3. Such a quantity of Vitamin D3 is greater than what is really required for a pre-workout supplement—not that we’re complaining! Considering the benefits that Vitamin D3 has got to offer—such as a better immune system, lower fatigue, and enhance general health. It can easily be said that it’s one of the most favored nutrients of fitness enthusiasts. However, if you’re looking to benefit from all that Vitamin D3 has got to offer, it’s recommended for you to take additional supplements as well. Why? Well, it’s because the recommended dosage of Vitamin D is 2,500 IU per day. However, for a pre workout supplement, Pro Pre provides more Vitamin D3 than most of its alternatives.
Beta Alanine – The 3.2g dosage of Beta Alanine is right on the money. Such a dosage of Beta Alanine might cause a few jitters to those fitness enthusiasts who are not yet acquainted with this dosage level. However, those who thrive on the muscle-endurance boosting capabilities will absolutely love what it has got to offer.
ENERGY AND FOCUS
Here’s what Optimum Nutrition Pro Pre has got to ensure that you don’t blank out during your workouts:
Rhodiola Rosea – Not a common sighting in the pre-workout category. Pro Pre contains 200mg of Rhodiola Rosea, with the aim that it’ll be useful for the purpose of improving focus while reducing fatigue.
Caffeine Anhydrous – 300mg of Caffeine is exactly what you need to tear down those muscles at the gym. And guess what…this is exactly the dosage that Optimum Nutrition Pro Pre contains. I like the amount. For most people, this would be just enough to feel a serious energy kick, but without the jitters or crash.
L-Theanine – Optimum Nutrition Pro Pre offers a 200mg dosage of L-Theanine. When you consume a higher dosage of L-Theanine—as compared to the dosage of caffeine—the two work in synergy to form a “smart-caffeine” combination. This combination not only enhances the effects of caffeine but also serves to reduce its jittery side-effects. You should note that research has shown that you want to at least match the amount of l-theanine to caffeine to achieve optimal effect. Which is not the case here.
Ashwagandha – Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb that’s been used for centuries in one form or another.Ashwagandha is an adaptogen. It is supplemented primarily for its ability to prevent anxiety. Ashwagandha’s anti-anxiety effect is even synergistic with alcohol.
Coffee Fruit Concentrate – Optimum Nutrition Pro Pre contains 1g of Coffee Fruit Concentrate. This is a patented ingredient which is extracted from the whole fruit of the coffee bean. According to the marketing campaign of the Company, it’ll function as a cognitive enhancer by raising your neuroprotein levels. Since this is a patented, no comments can obviously be made about it. However, a case can be made for saying that an additional amount of Rhodiola Rosea would have been much more effective rather than the inclusion of Coffee Fruit Concentrate.
Trans Resveratrol – Resveratrol is a compound found in red wine that has traditionally been believed to prolong your life. While there’s no scientific evidence to back that belief up, Resveratrol has been found to improve the quality of life. Optimum Nutrition Pro Pre contains 75mg of Trans-Resveratrol, but when you bring it all into perspective, its inclusion appears to be pointless. I mean…Resveratrol does nothing to make your workouts better, so why include it in a pre-workout supplement?
N-acetyl L-Tyrosine – Optimum Nutrition contains 1g of L-Tyrosine. L-Tyrosine is known as a “brain booster” that has got the power to improve your cognition. 1G of the N-Aetyl form is definitely on the high end and you should feel the impact on your focus.