Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard Pre-Workout is a perfect example of an affordable pre-workout with everything you would want to see in a pre-workout. However, the dosage of these ingredients is a little mediocre. For this reason, I believe it would be a good pre-workout for a beginner or someone who doesn’t want a super powerful pre-workout.
Gold Standard Pre-Workout comes in a plethora of different flavors; watermelon, strawberry lime, pineapple, and green apple are some examples. The flavor I sampled was the fruit punch flavor, and I have to hand it to hand it to Optimum Nutrition. Their fruit punch flavor tasted like the red Hawaiian Punch. If you were to hand me a cup with this in it, and say here is some hawaiian punch, I would no doubt believe you. The solubility of Gold Standard Pre-Workout is also great. If you look at the powder, the crystals are super thin and light. After you scoop it into your shaker bottle it immediately starts to dissolve. I’ve got to give Gold Standard Pre-Workout a gold star on taste.
Like I stated earlier, Gold Standard has most of the components to be a great pre-workout. It has caffeine, creatine, beta-alanine, l-citrulline, and acetyl-L-carnitine (If you don’t know what these ingredients are do not worry, I will go over the benefits of each). Although it has all of these components the dosage of each are meager compared to other competing pre-workouts. This is why I would recommend it to someone who is new to pre-workout.
Alright as promised here is the break down of the major ingredients:
Caffeine: 175mg in Gold Standard Pre-Workout
Caffeine is a naturally occurring central nervous system stimulant found in plants. It has been proven to increase physical performance and to decrease mental fatigue. It should be obvious why caffeine is a key ingredient in most pre-workouts.
Creatine: 3g in Gold Standard Pre-Workout
Creatine is naturally made in the body, and it is turned into creatine phosphate. Creatine Phosphate helps the body create ATP, or adenosine triphosphate. ATP provides the muscles with energy to contract. Some people deem creatine as “unsafe”, but I have never had any issues with it. Just be careful to avoid dehydration if you are consuming creatine. SIDE NOTE: You should always avoid dehydration 😃
Beta-Alanine: 1.5g in Gold Standard Pre-Workout (below recommended dosage (3-6g)
Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid, which means the body can create it. The function of Beta-Alanine is to create a molecule, named carnosine. Carnosine reduces the acidity level in the muscles. When a muscle contracts over and over again its acidity levels rises, which in turn impairs the contraction of the muscles. When we have a build up of carnosine in the muscles they are less acidic and will be able to endure longer.
L-Citrulline: 750mg in Gold Standard Pre-Workout
L-Citrulline is a non-essential amino acid (non-essential meaning the body produces it). The reason L-citrulline benefits us fitness junkies is because the body uses L-citrulline to create L-Arganine, which boosts nitric oxide level in the blood. This widens blood vessels allowing more oxygen to flow into the muscles. When our muscles receive more oxygen they are stronger and can endure longer. Also, with the increased blood flow the build-up of lactic acid and ammonia is swept away from the muscles. Lactic acid and ammonia cause the “burning” sensation we get after a hard work out. This will decrease the time we must take between workouts.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine: 375mg in Gold Standard Pre-Wokrout
Acetyl-L-Carnitine is a nootropic. Nootropics increase cognitive functions. Some functions ALCAR (Acetyl-L-Carnitine) are improved memory, mental energy, information processing, reasoning, learning, and prolonging your attention span. To put this into workout perspective, this can help you stay focused for longer, and can actually help focus in on the muscles you are working.
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