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Caffeine

Caffeine is a popular, powerful stimulant that is proven to be able to increase muscle endurance, strength and exercise performance. Caffeine works primarily by increasing Noradrenaline, the neurotransmitter in the brain most responsible for concentration. READ MORE

Hordenine

Hordenine is a naturally occurring alkaloid found in a variety of plants such as barley. Hordenine acts as a Monoamin Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI), meaning it blocks the enzyme (Monoamine Oxidase) responsible for the breakdown of Noradrenaline and can therefore enhance and even extend the effects of Caffeine. READ MORE

L-Theanine

Theanine is an amino acid, primarily found in tea, which has a synergistic effect when combined with Caffeine. Theanine actually reduces the negative side effects of Caffeine, while enhancing the cognitive benefits such as alertness, focus, attention and mood. In addition, Theanine induces the production of nitric oxide, which further increases blood flow. READ MORE

Betaine

Betaine Anhydrous, aka Trimethylglycine, has been shown to increase muscular endurance, strength, and growth hormone production in response to exercise. In a study done at the University of Connecticut, researchers found that resistance-trained athletes (experienced weight-lifters) increased their muscle strength by 25 percent, and their muscle power by 20 percent, by taking 1.25 grams of betaine twice per day. READ MORE

Choline Bitartrate

Choline Bitartrate is a stable form of choline that can, in acute doses, not only provide cognitive benefits but provide increased muscle endurance and reduced fatigue. For pre-workout supplementation, choline should be pulsed in high doses acutely as higher doses are partitioned to the brain to a greater extent. READ MORE

Alpha-GPC

Alpha GPC is an advanced form of Choline, and happens to be the most rapidly absorbed source of Choline available. Alpha-GPC works in the brain to increase levels of the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine, which is responsible for signaling muscle contraction. READ MORE

Citrulline Malate 3:1

Citrulline malate is the amino acid L-Citrulline bound with Malic Acid. L-Citrulline is converted in the kidneys into L-Arginine, which has long been used in the supplement industry as a substrate for production of Nitric Oxide. However, the body much better absorbs Citrulline than Arginine. READ MORE

L-Norvaline

L-Norvaline can enhance and extend the vasodilation (a.k.a. pump) induced by Citrulline Malate by blocking the enzyme that normally limits Nitric Oxide production. When high blood concentrations of arginine produce Nitric Oxide, they also cause the body to produce the enzyme - arginase - that is used to break down and remove arginine, bringing levels back to normal. READ MORE

L-Tyrosine

L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that is known to increase mental focus, boost energy, improve mood, and even assist in fat metabolism. Inside the body, Tyrosine is used to produce vital hormones and neurotransmitters, such as thyroid hormones, dopamine, norepinephrine, and also epinephrine. Research shows that elevated epinephrine levels may reduce fatigue. READ MORE

Creatine MagnaPower®

Creatine MagnaPower®, or magnesium creatine chelate, is a patented version of creatine molecularly bonded to magnesium to promote the synthesis and regeneration of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate - your primary “energy currency” within the cell). This unique form of creatine is shown to have far superior absorption and bioavailability over other forms of creatine. READ MORE

Beta-Alanine (CarnoSyn®)

Beta-alanine, also known by its trademarked name CarnoSyn®, is the building block of carnosine, a molecule that helps to buffer acid in muscles, increasing performance in prolonged, intense physical activity.

Beta-alanine, by elevating muscle carnosine levels, enhances the performance capabilities of muscle in 4 ways: READ MORE

Hordenine

Hordenine is a naturally occurring alkaloid found in a variety of plants such as barley. Hordenine acts as a Monoamin Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI), meaning it blocks the enzyme (Monoamine Oxidase) responsible for the breakdown of Noradrenaline and can therefore enhance and even extend the effects of Caffeine. This ingredient is one of the main reasons why Amplified is able to increase and sustain energy levels far beyond the capabilities of caffeine alone.

Research Links:

  1. Deamination of hordenine by monoamine oxidase and its action on vasa deferentia of the rat. (1989)
  2. Pharmacological effects of hordenine. (1995)

Betaine

Betaine Anhydrous, aka Trimethylglycine, has been shown to increase muscular endurance, strength, and growth hormone production in response to exercise. In a study done at the University of Connecticut, researchers found that resistance-trained athletes (experienced weight-lifters) increased their muscle strength by 25 percent, and their muscle power by 20 percent, by taking 1.25 grams of betaine twice per day.

We utilize the same proven nutrient timing in our first two products - the first 1.25-gram dose is found in Amplified, and the second is included in Infused, our intra/post-workout drink designed to complement the effects of Amplified. Taking Amplified pre-workout and Infused during your workout is our recommended way to utilize this exact nutrient timing.

Research Links:

  1. Effect of betaine supplementation on power performance and fatigue. (2009)
  2. Ergogenic effects of betaine supplementation on strength and power performance. (2010)
  3. The effects of chronic betaine supplementation on exercise performance, skeletal muscle oxygen saturation and associated biochemical parameters in resistance-trained men. (2011)
  4. Effect of betaine supplementation on cycling sprint performance. (2012)
  5. Betaine supplementation enhances anabolic endocrine and Akt signaling in response to acute bouts of exercise. (2013)

Choline Bitartrate

Choline Bitartrate is a stable form of choline that can, in acute doses, not only provide cognitive benefits but provide increased muscle endurance and reduced fatigue. For pre-workout supplementation, choline should be pulsed in high doses acutely as higher doses are partitioned to the brain to a greater extent. One to two grams is typically used. Excess choline is actually converted into another powerful nutrient - one that is also profiled here: trimethylglycine (Betaine).

Research Links:

  1. Effects of Choline on Athletic Performance & Fatigue. (1996)
  2. Choline and betaine in health and disease. (2011)

Alpha-GPC

Alpha GPC is an advanced form of Choline, and happens to be the most rapidly absorbed source of Choline available. Alpha-GPC works in the brain to increase levels of the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine, which is responsible for signaling muscle contraction. This means greater muscle fiber recruitment and more forceful muscle contraction. It is also the only form actually shown to increase power output in athletes after oral ingestion.

Research Links:

  1. The effects of acute and prolonged CRAM supplementation on reaction time and subjective measures of focus and alertness in healthy college students. (2010)
  2. The effects of a multi-ingredient cognitive formula on alertness, focus, motivation, calmness and psychomotor performance in comparison to caffeine and placebo. (2014)
  3. The effect of 6 days of alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine on isometric strength. (2015)
  4. The effects of alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine, caffeine or placebo on markers of mood, cognitive function, power, speed, and agility. (2015)

Citrulline Malate 3:1

Citrulline malate is the amino acid L-Citrulline bound with Malic Acid. L-Citrulline is converted in the kidneys into L-Arginine, which has long been used in the supplement industry as a substrate for production of Nitric Oxide. However, the body much better absorbs Citrulline than Arginine. In fact, Citrulline is shown to increase plasma Arginine levels even more effectively than Arginine itself! Yes, studies show that supplementing with Citrulline will raise Arginine to a greater degree, and for a longer duration, than simply taking an equal dose of Arginine. The Malic Acid component also contributes to cellular energy production. In summary, according to the latest sports science, Citrulline Malate has been shown to provide the body with:

  1. Greater Nitric Oxide Production - for more intense, longer-lasting pumps and vascularity.
  2. Reduced Lactic Acid and Ammonia buildup during exercise - to help you train harder and longer.
  3. Amplified Cellular Energy (ATP) Production – to help your muscles power through intense activity.

Note: Not all Citrulline Malate blends are created equal. Look across the pre-workout category and you will see cheaper forms of Citrulline Malate at ratios of 1:2, 1:1, and at most a 2:1 ratio of Citrulline to Malic Acid. Amplified uses an extremely potent 3:1 ratio of Citrulline-to-Malate for maximum effect.

The clinically effective dose of Citrulline Malate to enhance sports performance is shown to be around 6,000 to 8,000 mg (six to eight grams), taken before exercise.

Research Links:

  1. Citrulline malate limits increase in muscle fatigue induced by bacterial endotoxins. (1997)
  2. Citrulline/malate promotes aerobic energy production in human exercising muscle. (2002)
  3. L-citrulline reduces time to exhaustion and insulin response to a graded exercise test. (2006)
  4. Citrulline and the gut. (2007)
  5. Dose-ranging effects of citrulline administration on plasma amino acids and hormonal patterns in healthy subjects: the Citrudose pharmacokinetic study. (2008)
  6. Citrulline malate enhances athletic anaerobic performance and relieves muscle soreness. (2010)
  7. L-citrulline-malate influence over branched chain amino acid utilization during exercise. (2010)
  8. Citrulline malate supplementation increases muscle efficiency in rat skeletal muscle. (2011)
  9. Effects of citrulline supplementation on fatigue and exercise performance in mice. (2011)
  10. Short-term effects of L-citrulline supplementation on arterial stiffness in middle-aged men. (2012)

L-Norvaline

L-Norvaline can enhance and extend the vasodilation (a.k.a. pump) induced by Citrulline Malate by blocking the enzyme that normally limits Nitric Oxide production. When high blood concentrations of arginine produce Nitric Oxide, they also cause the body to produce the enzyme - arginase - that is used to break down and remove arginine, bringing levels back to normal. L-Norvaline will actually inhibit the arginase enzyme, preventing it from inhibiting your nitric oxide production. In studies done at Texas A&M University, L-Norvaline has been shown to increase nitric oxide production by 55%! Again, higher Nitric Oxide levels result in increased blood flow to muscles - meaning prolonged pumps and vascularity during and after exercise. Typical effective dosage ranges from 150 to 250 mg.

Research Links:

  1. Arginase modulates nitric oxide production in activated macrophages. (1998)
  2. Arginase inhibition restores arteriolar endothelial function in Dahl rats with salt-induced hypertension. (2005)
  3. Amino acids, arginase and nitric oxide in vascular health. (2006)
  4. Arginase inhibitor in the pharmacological correction of endothelial dysfunction. (2011)

L-Tyrosine

L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that is known to increase mental focus, boost energy, improve mood, and even assist in fat metabolism. Inside the body, Tyrosine is used to produce vital hormones and neurotransmitters, such as thyroid hormones, dopamine, norepinephrine, and also epinephrine. Research shows that elevated epinephrine levels may reduce fatigue. A study done with military cadets showed that ingesting tyrosine improved mental and physical performance, while reducing fatigue during demanding military combat training drills.

L-Tyrosine tends to be taken in doses of 500 to 2,000 mg approximately 30 to 60 minutes before any acute stressor (such as exercise).

Research Links:

  1. Treatment with tyrosine, a neurotransmitter precursor, reduces environmental stress in humans. (1989)
  2. Tyrosine reverses a cold-induced working memory deficit in humans. (1994)
  3. The effects of tyrosine on cognitive performance during extended wakefulness. (1995)
  4. Tyrosine improves cognitive performance and reduces blood pressure in cadets after one week of a combat training course. (1999)
  5. Tyrosine, phenylalanine, and catecholamine synthesis and function in the brain. (2007)

Creatine MagnaPower®

Creatine MagnaPower®, or magnesium creatine chelate, is a patented version of creatine molecularly bonded to magnesium to promote the synthesis and regeneration of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate - your primary “energy currency” within the cell). This unique form of creatine is shown to have far superior absorption and bioavailability over other forms of creatine.

Creatine is a well-known, well-researched sport supplement that gained widespread popularity in the early 1990s. Creatine directly aids in the replenishment of ATP (ATP = Andenosine Triphosphate - your primary “energy currency” within the cell). Numerous studies have shown that creatine can increase muscular strength and size, as well as reduce recovery time. It's been used by athletes for decades to increase high-intensity exercise capacity and lean body mass. More recent research also suggests that creatine can improve neural function and reduce perceived mental fatigue.

Magnesium is needed for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body and helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.

Creatine is sold in a variety of forms, including creatine monohydrate, creatine ethyl ester, creatine alpha-ketoglutarate, tri-creatine malate, creatine citrate and magnesium creatine chelate. Though all types of creatine are sold for the same purposes, there are differences between them, such as price, necessary dosage, effectiveness, utilization, and bioavailability.

We chose Magnesium Creatine Chelate for our formula because it brought these unique benefits to the table:

  1. Minimal reliance on insulin (carbohydrate) spikes to facilitate absorption. This is important for those on low-carb or no-carb diets.
  2. No Loading Phase
  3. No bloating or stomach discomfort
  4. Minimal extracellular water retention (no "puffy" look)
  5. ZERO Conversion to creatinine, an inactive waste product, so you actually use the creatine you ingest
  6. Creates a higher level of absorption and utilization than creatine monohydrate

Numerous studies have shown it can increase muscular strength and size, as well as reduce recovery time.

Creatine MagnaPower® Research Site Containing 7 Scientific Studies and Video Breakdown: http://creatinemagnapower.com

Beta-Alanine (CarnoSyn®)

Beta-alanine, also known by its trademarked name CarnoSyn®, is the building block of carnosine, a molecule that helps to buffer acid in muscles, increasing performance in prolonged, intense physical activity.

Beta-alanine, by elevating muscle carnosine levels, enhances the performance capabilities of muscle in 4 ways:

  1. Extended Endurance
  2. Faster Muscle Recovery
  3. Greater Muscle Strength
  4. Enhanced peak performance capabilities

When shopping beta-alanine supplements, always look for the trademark name CarnoSyn®. CarnoSyn® is owned by Natural Alternatives International, Inc., the patent holder on the manufacturing process by which beta-alanine is made, and is the only beta-alanine source that has been proven effective by repeated, reputable research.

Studies on beta-alanine have indicated a minimum effective dosage of 3.2 grams per day for at least four weeks. Beta-alanine can provide a notable stimulant effect and is typically taken as a pre-workout supplement. Large doses of beta-alanine may cause a tingling feeling called paresthesia. It is a harmless side effect. Some people report enjoying the sensation because it helps them feel the supplement working.

Note on Taurine: Taurine and beta-alanine share the same transporter (SLC6a6), so competition for absorption may occur. We chose to separate the dosage of beta alanine from Taurine to maximize both nutrients' absorption in the body. A full dose of Beta-Alanine is in Amplified, while Taurine is included in Infused.

CarnoSyn® Research Site Containing 55 Scientific Studies: http://www.carnosyn.com/research

Advanced Training Tips

Even the most advanced structure could crumble without a strong frame. Similarly, even the most advanced supplements can't provide full benefits without a strong framework of exercise and nutrition.

Lying Bicep Curl

Lying on the curl bench prevents you from swinging the weight up, and eliminates using the back and shoulder muscles to isolate the bicep.

"Breaking the wrists", or keeping your wrists limp and letting the bar just hang in your hands allows you to really squeeze and further isolate the bicep, allowing for maximum blood flow and pump.

Hanging Ab Raise

Abs can be tricky, but there is a correct way to fully engage the abdominal muscles. The hanging ab raise is a great movement that engages the entire core in one move. To get the most out of the ab raise, you must make sure to fully contract the muscles. On the concentric portion (the upward movement), blow the breath out of your lungs and imagine pulling your belly button to your spine. This completely contracts the abdominal muscles and will create the best contraction, resulting in a bigger ab pump and the most growth.

Incline Bench Variation (slow concentric movement with a quarter rep at the bottom)

To do this properly, less weight than you would normally bench will be used (humbling at first but well worth it!). Begin by unracking the bar, and lowering slowly to your chest. In this video, a 4 second negative is used. Once at the bottom, start the concentric movement (upward motion) but stop at a quarter of the way up. Return back to the bottom, then explode up and complete the rep. This keeps the chest under a longer period of tension (time under tension has been shown to increase blood flow and growth over normal tempo movements), creates a more intense burn and initiates more overall chest muscle activation.

Incline DB Chest Fly (Pronated Grip)

In this variation of the incline dumbbell chest fly, a pronated grip is used. Before beginning the movement, angle the dumbbells so they are at 45 degrees as shown. This will lessen the tension on the front deltoid and move most of the contraction to the upper chest. Removing the help of the front delt in any chest movement proves difficult, but this grip definitely will help ultimately creating more chest isolation and activation.

Lateral Explosive Push-Up

Explosive movements are vital to any strength training program, but are so often overlooked. How fast you can move weight will ultimately determine how much weight you can move. Explosive movements will greatly increase speed and power, contributing to a higher one-rep max and bigger gains. This variation of explosive push-ups uses a lateral as well as an upward explosion, working a greater overall range of muscles. Let the gains begin!

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