Pre-workouts are designed to get the blood flowing, to jumpstart the body into a sympathetic state so you’re ready for war.
Typical pre-workouts are starting to get a bad rap through. High doses of caffeine and other stimulants hack the adrenal gland into releasing adrenaline into the blood stream, getting you pumped up. This adrenal abuse though is hinting at serious long term negative health effects. Some claim it can result in poor functioning of the adrenal gland when it’s actually required. That suggests, no harmful supplement, no pump when you need it. Kind of scary.
T+ is a stimulant free pre-workout. That I can get behind. It’s also scientifically studied, and proven to increase strength up to 36%… crazy, hard to believe.
If you’re thinking of adding a pre-workout to your supplement stack, I suggest taking a look at this product. Onnit are good company. Their ethics are in the right place. Natural, earth grown ingredients, functional strength training. I also recommend checkout out their flag ship cognitive enhancer supplement, Alpha Brain, which I talked about in my last post. I’ve personally experienced positive effects, including mental clarity. Although I never experienced the lucid dreams people go on about, that’d be cool.
Today I’m looking some of the ways extreme athletes supplement their nutrition to optimise and maximise their performance.
Pro rock climber, Nathan DeAraujo is a Onnit sponsored athlete who endorses several of their products, which he claims up his game. He says of Onnit’s cognitive enhancing supplement Alpha Brain:
For those long arduous training sessions in the climbing gym, I always use a combination of Shroom TECH Sport and Alpha BRAIN. In combination, I gain the mental edge and clarity to focus on pulling hard, without the jitters that can blow nerves on hard moves
I’ve heard good things about Shroom TECH for sports performance, particularly on the Joe Rogan and School of Greatness podcast (with Lewis Howes), and I’ve tried Alpha Brain myself. I didn’t continue to take Alpha Brain after my trial, but had positive, mild effects.
Nathan also takes a protein supplement after training to help build lean muscle mass and support recovery, and krill oil, which he finds superior to fish oil, for joint and tendon health. I take a relatively high dose of fish oil personally and am very interested to try out krill oil. I rock climb also (at no where near Nathan’s level), and often have mild elbow and shoulder pain. Fish oil helps, but if I could improve things further it would be excellent.
Onnit have a ton of athletes in a wide range of disciplines that swear by their products. For more info checkout their site.