pureWOD is committed to only using the highest quality ingredients in effective amounts that make a difference.
Other supplement companies may use similar ingredients, but in dosages so low they don't actually affect performance or work output. The reason? It is cheaper. We don't cut corners with pureWOD PRE. We give you what you need and in the correct amount to make a difference.
We are completely transparent about each ingredient we use, why it is used, and the amountincluded in each serving.
We don't use any "proprietary blends," only the latest up to date research and proven science. Below you will find every single ingredient we use in pureWOD PRE and WHY - no more and no less. We don't hide any artificial flavorings, colorings, binding agents or sweeteners. What you see is what you get.
Creatine is one of the most studied and proven supplements to date. (1) It works by giving your muscles the byproducts they need to rapidly turnover energy supplies. This allows for increased strength and power output as well as oxygen input. (2) Studies have shown creatine is also extremely effective at increasing performance for high-intensity, short-duration exercise. (3, 4, 5, 6)
GREEN TEA EXTRACT
Our green tea extract contains 50% of naturally sourced caffeine. Caffeine alone has been shown to increase physical performance and work output. Studies show that when caffeine combined with green tea extract in the most natural form, the body is able to burn more fat for fuel and improve body composition more than caffeine alone. (7, 8)
You also have the benefit of added polyphenols and antioxidants that you normally wouldn't get with isolated, lab derived caffeine. These can act as anti-inflammatories and repair tissues.
The "burn" you feel in the middle of an intense workout is not lactic acid as many believe. This burn comes from the build-up of hydrogen ions within the muscle cells from the byproduct of energy metabolism. Not only is this uncomfortable, it leads to unnecessary damage to the muscle tissue. Beta-alanine works to buffer out these hydrogen ions so you can power through the toughest high-intensity, maximal effort workouts. (9, 10) Researchers have shown beta-alanine as extremely effective in delaying the onset of neuromuscular fatigue. (11, 12)
BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS (BCAAS)
When you start your workout, your body begins using stored energy (glycogen) in your muscles for fuel. When it runs out, your body will look toward your muscles for fuel. BCAAs help to bridge the gap and provide your body with usable energy so it uses the amino acids for fuel, not your muscles. (13) This leads to preservation of lean tissue mass and increased performance. (14)
BCAAs also increase the rate of protein synthesis of lean tissues, helping you recover quicker and get back to workouts as soon as possible. (15)
ARGININE ALPHA KETOGLUTARATE
When your workouts get intense, your muscles are working hard. You need to rapidly clear the excess waste the muscles produce and bring in fresh oxygen for your tissues to maintain a high level of performance. Arginine AKG acts to increase the size of the blood vessels, allowing for easier transport of waste out and nutrients into tissues. (16) Researchers have shown supplementation of arginine AKG leads to a dramatic increase in both stength and the fatigue threshold of high intensity exercise, meaning you can burn hotter for longer. (17, 18, 19)
For your body to use fat as fuel for a workout, it needs L-carnitine. L-carnitine helps shuttle fat into the mitochondria, the energy factories in your body. This means you use fat for fuel, and not your lean tissues. (20, 21) Studies have also found L-carntine to be effective at increasing recovery from maximal effort workouts. (22, 23)
DEHYDRATED COCONUT WATER
Sweating is a natural process of dealing with tough workouts, however you lose certain minerals in sweat that are needed for critical tissue functioning. Coconut water contains natural sources of electrolytes to keep you from losing excessive nutrients critical to tissue functioning when the workouts get tough. (29) This keeps you hydrated when you're working too hard to take a water break. (30)
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant in the body which has been shown to speed up recovery time in between workouts. (31) Studies have also shown that vitamin C reduces oxidative stress within the tissues. (32) Less oxidative stress means less need for the muscle to recover.
ALL-NATURAL FRUIT POWDER
The flavoring is a mix of all-natural powders derived from fruit. Using fruit powder not only is a much more natural alternative than other gut-irritating, cancer-causing supplement flavorings, it also offers natural phytonutrients that help act as antioxidants to reduce muscle soreness and inflammation post WOD.
Stevia is a naturally occurring plant that when extracted, is 300 times sweeter than sugar when compared pound to pound. This is a completely natural source of sweetener, with no observed side effects. Sucralose, acesulfame-K, and splenda, used in other brands, have been shown to increase chances of tumor growth and impair gut function. Stevia is calorie free and has no effect on blood sugar.
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