I’m sure that I’m not the Lone Ranger when making excuses not to workout. Not getting enough sleep the night before or enough dense nutrition during the day prior to my scheduled workout usually create a challenge for me to bring it to my afternoon/evening workout. If you’ve ever struggled with low energy, no motivation, or lack of focus—you’ve probably made the same excuse as I have “I just don’t feel like it.”
I’ve been adding Beachbody Performance Energize Pre-Workout Formula to my daily schedule for a couple of weeks now and I can testify that it tackles this excuse head-on.
Energize is intended for use within 30 minutes prior to exercise, this pre-workout supplement is formulated to get you up and running, both literally and figuratively, with just the right amount of lift to enhance performance and delay muscle fatigue.
From day one, I was able to increase my exercise repetitions and weight throughout various Body Beast and 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts. Recovery between sets and my stamina to completion of workouts has increased. I’ve been doing more work and burning more calories per workout with less fatigue. All without that jacked up or jittery feeling I’ve experienced from other pre-workout supplements I’ve tried in the past an quit.
Beachbody has employed Harvard trained scientist using cutting edge ingredients that are scientifically shown to work – safely and effectively – based on the latest peer-reviewed science, exercise physiology research and sports nutrition research. What I’m especially impressed about Energize (and indeed all the performance line supplements) is that the ingredients are formulated at clinically effective dosage levels for true efficacy. No fillers, only true performance and recovery boosters in the right amounts. No high-risk or unproven ingredients that I’ve seen in the market today. The dosage can be customized for both men and women by weight and workout intensity level.
Bottom line– Energize Pre-Workout Formula contains safe ingredients that are scientifically shown to help give you energy without side effects. Take it before workouts to help:*
Boost energy and endurance
Improve exercise performance
Sharpen focus and reaction time
Delay exercise-induced muscle fatigue
The three natural ingredients in this lemon-flavored supplement are caffeine, beta-alanine, and quercetin.
Caffeine has been shown to enhance performance with accepted ergogenic effects including improved reaction time, mental acuity, and focus. Energize uses a low dose of caffeine (from green tea), which can enhance performance without the associated side effects of higher caffeine doses such as increased heart rate, gastrointestinal distress, insomnia, and feeling jittery or anxious.
“Caffeine’s performance-enhancing effects are well known. However, the research landscape has shifted with greater emphasis on how low or very low doses can improve performance without undesirable side effects,” says Dr. Nima Alamdari Ph.D., Beachbody Director of Scientific Affairs, and one of the driving forces behind the Beachbody Performance line.One study showed cyclists saw performance gains after ingesting low doses of caffeine, while another study demonstrated that runners, who took a low-dose caffeine capsule, reported improved times in an 8K race versus those who had taken a placebo.
Beta alanine is an amino acid that combines with another amino acid called histidine to create a substance called carnosine, which buffers against acid levels in muscle. You’ll find carnosine in meat, but you’d need to eat a whole lot of beef to get an active dose that would be effective for improving your exercise performance. Consuming beta alanine over time, however, can increase muscle carnosine levels—and that can increase your lactic acid buffering capacity.
“Muscle acidosis is the muscle burn and fatigue that you feel when you’re doing high-intensity workouts or sports—and we know that it’s a limiting factor to performance,” says Dr. Alamdari, “Buffering lactic acid translates to an increase in the period of time you can sustain high-intensity or intermittent high-intensity exercise.”
According to Dr. Alamdari, an increasing amount of evidence points to beta alanine’s ability to do this. “It’s a choice ingredient for athletes in high-intensity sports such as sprinting, swimming, and rowing and a great tool for anyone trying to improve performance where training or exercise has elements of high-intensity, like high-intensity intervals and resistance training.”
Quercetin gives Energize its ‘80s day-glow yellow color. This potent phytonutrient has also shown positive results in human clinical trials, and is believed to improve performance and also reduce exercise-induced inflammation, which is a key theme throughout the Performance line. Dr. Alamdari believes that by doing this, it can be possible to reduce the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness [DOMS] and speed muscle strength recovery.“
Quercetin is a plant-based nutrient that has extremely exciting properties that fit with a performance-enhancing drink” Dr. Alamdari said, citing several positive results on exercise performance in human clinical trials.
One study showed improved endurance among 12 healthy, but untrained, volunteers over a seven-day period. Half received a drink with quercetin and the other half received a placebo. The quercetin group also showed improved VO2max (the maximum amount of oxygen one can use during aerobic exercise) over the placebo group. Another study with 60 men over eight weeks of exercise showed reduced markers for inflammation.
Just like the entire Performance line, Energize is NSF Certified for Sport approved, meaning its label claims have been verified against product contents and it’s been screened for the major stimulants, narcotics, steroids, diuretics, and beta-2 agonists banned by most major athletic organizations. What does this mean? It means it’s both safe and legal, whether you’re pumping iron in your living room, intercepting a pass on the gridiron, or swinging a 9-iron on the PGA tour.
If you want to learn more about what combination of Beachbody Performance should you use if you want to slim down? Build muscle? Or maximize training for a marathon? Dr. Nima Alamdari, has the answers to these questions.
Take your workouts from good to great with a Beachbody Performance Stack. With these premium workout supplements, you get pre-workout energy, during workout hydration, post workout muscle recovery, and overnight muscle repair for game changing results.