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Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Lifting and Crossfit, Master, Music and Rants, Product Reviews, Rant

Grizzly Guide to Making Your Own Pre-Workout

Grizzly Guide to Making Your Own Pre-Workout

I’ve been playing a lot recently with my caffeine intake, during midterms it really skyrocketed and messed with a ton of things, including my sleep. I see lot of things like Koios on the market and I got curious – if there was a way to stretch a smaller amount of caffeine to the same effect, mental performance, clarity, and energy without all the none sense that comes with 900mg of caffeine in a single day. This led me down the road of making my own pre workout and I actually found it far more effective than anything I’ve ever bought (and I’ve bought a lot of them). Obviously once I nailed down something I liked my first thought was to share it with you guys.

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So I stared my journey on which has a whole pre workout section. As my flavored base, I used 2-3 scoops, 100mg-150mg of caffeine, of Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy. This was both a solid BCAA source pre-training as well as caffeine, and you need something flavored, cause all these nootropics taste like butthole, literally, Beasley told me, he licks his a lot.

So here’s what I did…

Oxiracetam – Oxiracetam is one of the three first-tier Racetam compounds, being produced after both Piracetam and Aniracetam. Oxiracetam appears to enhance the release of excitatory neurotransmitters and can aid in memory formation. So you’ll definitely remember all those PR’s. JK, but seriously, racetams are pretty well established in the nootropic community and can really stretch that caffeine jolt.

Alpha-GPC – a cholinergic compound that is used for its cognitive-promoting properties, and to enhance power output in athletes. It appears to also support cellular membranes, and may aid in preventing cognitive decline. Choline in humans has 3 main purposes, structural integrity and signaling roles for cell membranes, cholinergic neurotransmission (acetylcholine synthesis), and a major source for methyl groups via its metabolite, trimethylglycine (betaine), which participates in the S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) synthesis pathways. ( The one we care about here is the 2nd one, neurotransmission.

Noopept – Noopept is the brand name for N-phenylacetyl-L-prolylglycine ethyl ester , a synthetic Nootropic molecule. Noopept has a similar effect to Piracetam, in that it provides a mild cognitive boost after supplementation. Noopept also provides a subtle psychostimulatory effect. So really you probably only need either Noopept or Oxiracetam, if you’re doing this yourself maybe pick one.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine – L-Carnitine and the related compound Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) are compounds able to alleviate the effects of aging and disease on mitochondria, while increasing the mitochondria’s potential to burn fat. ALCAR is often used as a brain booster, due to its ability to increase alertness and mitochondrial capacity while providing support for the neurons. Here we have a slight stimulatory effect, a neuromodulatory effect, and a fat burnings/mitochondiral effect, perfect for a pre workout.

L-Tyrosine – L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that is used to produce noradrenaline and dopamine; supplemental appears to be anti-stress for acute stressors (which tend to deplete noradrenaline) and may preserve stress-induced memory deficits.

Combine all that with the BCAA and Caffeine and you’ve got a pretty potent mix without all the other garbage people put in pre-workouts. Let’s compare some costs. I’m going to use one of the most popular pre workouts I know of – Cellucor C4 which is $40 for 30 servings, so that’s the baseline I’ll use for cost – $1.33/serving.

There’s a fair bit of math here so stick with me…
Oxiracetam is $19.99 for 50g, which is 66 servings of 750mg, or $0.30/serving
Alpha-GPC is $85 for 250g, which is 104 servings of 1200mg, or $0.80/serving
Noopept is $12.99 for 10g, which is 1000 servings! of 10mg, about a penny/serving (probably want to use this instead of the racetam above)
ALCAR is $7.51 for 100g, which is 100 servings of 1000mg, or $0.07/serving
L-Tyrosine is $5.59 for 100g, which is 100 servings of 1000mg, or $0.05/serving

Amino Energy is $37.99 for 65 servings, which is $0.58/serving.

Thus our total cost without Oxiracetam is = $1.50/serving for a pre workout that works and has nothing to do with enormous quantities of caffeine.

You’ll notice, that we’re above the baseline of $1.33/serving. There’s really nothing I can do about that, because of the Alpha-GPC mostly, it’s the powerhouse here, some studies even show its effectiveness at increasing power output greater than caffeine. Plus it synergizes well with almost everything else in here. I love this pre-workout, and I actually get to sleep at night, and don’t need a coffee 2 hours later. If you’re burnt out on caffeine and looking for a change, I highly recommend you design your own. If this was all too much for you, Powder City sells pre-made stacks that make it much simpler. Alternatively you could substitute a cheaper form of choline, say Choline Bitartrate, which is only $8.47 for 500g, which drops the price of the pre workout down under $0.50/serving which is much better than store bought pre workouts.

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