Alrighty gentlemen and gentlewomen, if you are into good pre-workout and are having a hard time choosing… look no further. Lit by Beyond Raw is one of my favorite pre-workouts, and hopefully it will be one of yours too! It is a solid pre-workout with a decent amount of intense focus and pump inducing ingredients. It also tastes delicious, which is a big plus for me.
My favorite (and my recommended flavor) is Beyond Raw’s gummy worm. Yes you read that correctly, gummy worm flavored pre-workout! At first it does sound a little weird and off-putting. Can the flavor profile of a gummy worm actually be injected into a powdered pre-workout drink? The answer is yes. Beyond Raw did an amazing job with the taste of their Lit pre-workout. It literally tastes like I am gulping down liquid gummy worms, and I’ve never been so pleased with a pre-workout flavor like I am with Lit. Now, gummy worm is not the only flavor that they offer. Lit comes in 4 different flavors: blue raspberry, fruit punch, gummy worm, and icy fireworks. Unfortunately, I love the gummy worm flavor so much it would be hard for me to stray from it, but the icy fireworks does catch my attention. It seems to be based on the red, white, and blue popsicles…. which could be amazing. So, we will just have to see if I’m feeling adventurous the next time I order a tub of Lit.
Do not fear. The taste of Lit isn’t the only thing Beyond Raw got correct. The ingredients in Lit create a hard hitting pre-workout that will get you through the toughest of workouts. I am a pre-workout junkie, so the more tingly and intense a pre-workout the better, and with Lit I get just that. Lit always brings the flush feeling to my face and my ears and I love it. It only lasts for a couple of minutes, so if you’re not a fan of the tingles fear not, after your first couple of sets the feeling will disappear. Now, lets get to the ingredient break down.
-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.
Micronized Creatine: 1.5g
-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. Just be careful to avoid dehydration if you are consuming creatine. SIDE NOTE: You should always avoid dehydration 😃
-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.
elevATP(Ancient Peat & Apple Extract): 150mg
-elevATP is a proprietary, clinically researched combination of a water extract of “ancient peat” (fossilized plants) and apple extract that works with our natural energy-producing mechanisms to stimulate ATP creation, the energy currency of the body.
-neuroFactor is an all-natural ingredient made from the whole fruit of coffee plants. The coffee fruit extract boosts brain function and cognition. This allows for a greater mind to muscle connection. This is done by increasing a certain protein in the body that supports and enhances how the neurons and the central nervous system work together.
-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.
Nitrosigine (Arginine Silicate Inositol): 1.5g
-Nitrosigine is a patented complex of bonded arginine and silicate. In one study Nitrosigine increased nitric oxide levels in the blood and beat out ingredients like: citrulline malate, L-arginine, agmatine sulfate, and arginine AKG.