02nd Jan2012

The Best Pre-Workout Supplement?

by A.J.

Military Fitness Supplement

Well the new year is upon us and it is time to start making good on some of our resolutions. I get asked all the time what is the best pre workout supplement for the tactical athlete who is concerned with military fitness. Obviously the answer will change from person to person and from situation to situation but, I think I have a few ideas that should be considered and if pressed for an absolute product recommendation this would be the one I chose and I will explain why.

MuscleTech NeuroCore - 45 Servings - Grape

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 With so many products on the market it can be hard to choose just one but if you understand in general terms what you are looking for it makes the selection much easier. First and foremost the single most important pre training “supplement” is food. About 60 to 70 minutes before exertion the typical athlete can benefit from 30 grams of carbohydrates like some granola or some fruit. Everyone has a different tolerance to food so don’t take something that you are not sure how you are going to react pre-mission is no time to experiment. Personally I love a banana an hour before training to give me a little energy spike. I try to avoid heavy protein within that hour before training because the fact is that protein takes too long to digest as an energy source , most likely protein will supply very little if any fuel to help deliver a great workout. Fat much like protein is too slow to digest, besides the fat you want to burn in training is from body stores. Carbohydrates on the other hand absorb quickly to be readily available for fuel. I remember a time about 15 years ago when the wisdom of the day said that if you ate carbs before training you would burn less fat, the reality is that fats burn on the fire of carbohydrates and in the absence of carbohydrates you will burn stored protein (muscle) instead. Picture your body like a candle and the wax is fat and carbohydrates are the wick and it becomes apparent you need a little fuel just to get the wax burning.

 NeuroCore Pre-Workout Supplement

After the body is fueled up the way it should be I like to take a supplement to help me have a great work out and enhance my results. From my experience NeuroCore has met the challenge in a big way. First and foremost always read the warnings before trying any supplement and use common sense. One thing I like about this product in particular is the fact that there is no secret “proprietary blend” note on the side so you know how much of each ingredient you are getting. Let’s go down the list of some of the big ingredients and explain why this supplement works.


The first thing you are going to notice is the alert feeling and increased energy from the caffeine, the form used is Caffeine Anhydrase which was scientifically shown to increase energy levels in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition  Goldstein et. al 2010 The dose is significant and in alignment with hard science.


Creatine is dosed at 3000 mg which is the dosing constant with years of testing shown to provide a benefit. Creatine acts as a phosphorylating intermediary providing a phosphate bond to ADP to create ATP which is what your muscles run on. On the other hand to get a benefit from Creatine it is required that you take the dose everyday for a few weeks before you see any results from its use.


If you have been following Tactical Athletic Performance for any amount of time you have heard us talk about beta-alanine before as a muscle sparing lactic acid buffer. Research published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism has shown that a 3200 mg dose of Beta-Alanine can help enhance the muscle and strength building process. Knowing exactly how much of a supplement you get per serving is absolutely critical to developing a good schedule.


A recent study of the British Journal of Pharmacology showed that L-Citrulline is superior to arginine at increasing plasma arginine levels.

The Draw Backs

I have used this product for about 3 months now and have found it to be the best product of its kind on the market and the fact that the amounts of each ingredient are right on the label for me is an absolute must. One down side is if you generally workout after 6 pm (1800) I would advise you skip on this product because it can negatively affect your ability to sleep if taken late in the day. If you already have a supplement regimen make sure you are not already meeting some of these dosing levels else where, just because some may be good more is not always better if you have any questions post them and maybe we can discuss them in a future article. I always start a new supplement with a half or one third dose just to be sure my body doesnt react strangely to the product and then gradually up to the recommended dose and I would never recommend anyone to go beyond the recommended dose.

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