Mixing up your own pre workout formula

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  1. Mixing up your own pre workout formula


    Ok so at the moment I'm making my own preworkout drinks in an effort to reduce my intake of artificial sweeteners (which are in all pre workouts and flavored protein powders). I was just wondering what you guys would use in making your own. Here is my current formula, note that i mix this in a 24oz workout bottle. I do a combination of running and lifting so sometimes on running days i leave out the creatine.

    2 cups cranberry juice
    1 cup green tea (brewed with 3 tea bags for extra strength)
    agmatine
    citrulline malate
    potassium
    1 scoop unflavored whey isolate (roughly 15g protein)
    2 scoops unflavored bcaa's (10g total)
    2 scoops glutamine (10g total)
    1 scoop creatine mono (5g)
    100mg caffeine
    25mg DMAA
    and a small pinch of salt (to compliment the potassium for electrolytes)


  2. I would add beta alenine and maybe COP if you had any interest in endurance. All looks great though, and you can get most of it from SNS for a great price Actually, I would wake out the glutamine.
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  3. When I make this stuff I usually end up chugging half and then watering the rest down (to refill the bottle) and drink it while I workout. I figure the glutamine should be beneficial if I'm still drinking this stuff toward the end of my workout right? Also what is COP? I thought about beta alanine after listing this all out but i would probably only use it on my running days similar to how i use the creatine only on lifting days. Also any good alternatives to DMAA since it may be gone soon? I use it in combination with the caffeine for the energy I get from it.

  4. why do people preach beta alanine pre workout?
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  5. Quote Originally Posted by mtinsideout View Post
    Ok so at the moment I'm making my own preworkout drinks in an effort to reduce my intake of artificial sweeteners (which are in all pre workouts and flavored protein powders). I was just wondering what you guys would use in making your own. Here is my current formula, note that i mix this in a 24oz workout bottle. I do a combination of running and lifting so sometimes on running days i leave out the creatine.

    2 cups cranberry juice
    1 cup green tea (brewed with 3 tea bags for extra strength)
    agmatine
    citrulline malate
    potassium
    1 scoop unflavored whey isolate (roughly 15g protein)
    2 scoops unflavored bcaa's (10g total)
    2 scoops glutamine (10g total)
    1 scoop creatine mono (5g)
    100mg caffeine
    25mg DMAA
    and a small pinch of salt (to compliment the potassium for electrolytes)
    I'd drop the bcaa's/Glutamine. Move the mono to post workout. Add 2 grams of Creatinol-o-phosphate and 2 grams of Tyrosine. In regards to adding Beta Alanine, no need to dose pre-workout. Beta Alanine is an amino that needs time to build in the system. Thus my recommendation is to get your daily amount(3-3.5grams) in doses spread evenly throughout the day. Also you might want to consider to dropping the potassium for potassium Nitrate due to the NO effects Nitrates have been shown to have.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by hvactech View Post
    why do people preach beta alanine pre workout?
    THIS!

  7. Quote Originally Posted by mtinsideout View Post
    I thought about beta alanine after listing this all out but i would probably only use it on my running days
    Beta Alanine needs to be in your system for weeks before you will feel it's effects. Taking it only on certain days will do nothing but make you feel like your crawling out of your skin.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by ForceOneSeven View Post
    I'd drop the bcaa's/Glutamine. Move the mono to post workout. Add 2 grams of Creatinol-o-phosphate and 2 grams of Tyrosine. In regards to adding Beta Alanine, no need to dose pre-workout. Beta Alanine is an amino that needs time to build in the system. Thus my recommendation is to get your daily amount(3-3.5grams) in doses spread evenly throughout the day. Also you might want to consider to dropping the potassium for potassium Nitrate due to the NO effects Nitrates have been shown to have.
    I get the logic behind moving the creatine to post workout but why drop the BCAA's/glutamine? Also where do you get food grade potassium nitrate? I'm not building rockets in backyard lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by ForceOneSeven View Post
    Beta Alanine needs to be in your system for weeks before you will feel it's effects. Taking it only on certain days will do nothing but make you feel like your crawling out of your skin.
    Yea i know all about that feeling from various supps that have had beta alanine in it. Thanks for the heads up on that now I know i need to take it consistently.

  9. beta alanine is a saturation process, i also dont believe the hype about creatine post workout....
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  10. Quote Originally Posted by mtinsideout View Post

    I get the logic behind moving the creatine to post workout but why drop the BCAA's/glutamine? Also where do you get food grade potassium nitrate? I'm not building rockets in backyard lol.

    Yea i know all about that feeling from various supps that have had beta alanine in it. Thanks for the heads up on that now I know i need to take it consistently.
    BCAA are only necessary if training in a fasted state. If caloric requirements have been reached throughout the day then supplementing with an additional 10grams pre-work is pointless IMO. Alot of people may disagree with me but considering my own dieting patterns they do little to nothing for me. In regards to Glutamine...show me the data. Studies I have read suggest that Glutamine doesn't live up to the hype that big wig supplement companies like to place on it and in my eyes isn't worth the cash. In regards to Potassium Nitrate it can be found via the web for very cheap. I personally have only supplemented with other forms of Nitrates but essentially they will all do the same thing. Also, be mindful not to mix Nitrates as side effects may occur.

  11. [QUOTE=" i also dont believe the hype about creatine post workout....[/QUOTE]

    Agreed. I take 5g daily. On workout days I choose to take it p/wo for convenience reasons. However this is a supplement that doesn't need to be timed just as long as you get the daily recommendations.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by hvactech View Post
    beta alanine is a saturation process, i also dont believe the hype about creatine post workout....
    agreed.

    question on cit mal, as I have just began supplementing with it. is that based on saturation as well?
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  13. Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post

    agreed.

    question on cit mal, as I have just began supplementing with it. is that based on saturation as well?
    No it is not based on saturation like Beta Alanine. Dosages typically are around 3-8grams on Workout days only. For me thats 4 days a week

  14. Quote Originally Posted by ForceOneSeven View Post

    No it is not based on saturation like Beta Alanine. Dosages typically are around 3-8grams on Workout days only. For me thats 4 days a week
    thanks bud.
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  15. i use volatile with 1 scoop sns cit mal which also gets me 3g's of creatine hcl....
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  16. Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post

    thanks bud.
    you bet.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by hvactech View Post
    i use volatile with 1 scoop sns cit mal.....
    whats your reasoning behind using Volatile? liked the ingredients but then saw prop blend.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by ForceOneSeven View Post
    No it is not based on saturation like Beta Alanine. Dosages typically are around 3-8grams on Workout days only. For me thats 4 days a week

    Same question for agmatine?

  19. Quote Originally Posted by mtinsideout View Post

    Same question for agmatine?
    I think Agmatine is more of a prefrence kind of deal. It doesn't have to be taken daily to reap the benefits.

  20. In my opinion, you could leave in a lot of the stuff people are saying you dont need (even though you dont) since theyre ao cheap. Cant hurt. And the stuff that takes a while to saturate like beta alanine and creatine just take those on off days also. I make my own and i also add daa. Mine tastes gross but it works pretty well not as well as brand names but a lot less artifical sweetners like you said and wayyy cheaper. I do it for the prices.

  21. I wasn't implying that it needed to be taken pre workout. It's just convenient to throw into your pre workout shake.
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by ChrisW002 View Post
    In my opinion, you could leave in a lot of the stuff people are saying you dont need (even though you dont) since theyre ao cheap. Cant hurt. And the stuff that takes a while to saturate like beta alanine and creatine just take those on off days also. I make my own and i also add daa. Mine tastes gross but it works pretty well not as well as brand names but a lot less artifical sweetners like you said and wayyy cheaper. I do it for the prices.

    Yea the price is just another reason to make my own lol. The BCAA's, glutamine, agmatine and cit mal are recent additions and before those that mix actually tasted pretty good. I was taking Nitro 4 from Ironmag but figured I'd switch it up since hearing good things about agmatine and cit mal.

  23. Yeah. BCAA are more beneficial after/between meals and stuff but taking them pwo isnt unheard of either. And if you buy in bulk taking a bit before costs almost nothing so your call good luck. You should post the final recipt and how it works and tastes once you figure it out.

    You could add some b vitamins too to help turn your carbs to energy (if not taken with the meal before your workout.) but theyre water soluable so more wont hurt

  24. Here is a list of different ingredients I switch between for my pre-workout drinks. Use depends on what I am trying to accomplish etc. Add to the list and give feedback in regards to your dosages.


    Cit. Mallate (3-8 grams)
    Caffeine (200mg-400mg)
    Tyrosine (2grams)
    Taurine (3-4grams)
    COP (2grams)
    Agmatine( 1 gram, rarely use pre-workout)
    Betatine (TMG)
    Nitrates (Leucine, Potassium, Arginine, Creatine, Betatine)
    LCLT (3grams)
    PLCAR (3.5 grams)
    Choline-CDP(range)
    Alpha-GPC (range)

  25. Force just listed a bunch of good ones. Taurine is a good one that i dont think anyone else mentioned.

  26. I'm thinking if I eat lunch at noon and workout at 8pm does that mean the BCAA's make sense for me since i haven't eaten in a while? At 3pm I have a 20g protein shake but other than that I don't really eat before workouts. Also this list:


    Cit. Mallate (3-8 grams)
    Caffeine (200mg-400mg)
    Tyrosine (2grams)
    Taurine (3-4grams)
    COP (2grams): what is this?
    Agmatine( 1 gram, rarely use pre-workout)
    Betatine (TMG)
    Nitrates (Leucine, Potassium, Arginine, Creatine, Betatine): you buy these in bulk as nitrates?
    LCLT (3grams)
    PLCAR (3.5 grams): 2 forms of carnatine, why?
    Choline-CDP(range)
    Alpha-GPC (range)

  27. Yeah thats a realllly long break of no food. And then your work out. Id say take bcaa every 2 hours after lunch, drink your shake closer to your workout like 6:30-7 (make it earlier if it makes you sick. Like too much milk or something.) And actually you should pack a turkey sandwhich or something for like 3-4. Bcaas are a supplement. As in they supplement your diet, cant be your diet for 6-8 hours haha.

    And yeah creatine in bulk is soo cheap haha. I got like 5 years worth for one person (split between more people though) for like $60-$80 or something? It was a while ago. But if you go to a site that sells supps in bulk for supp companies you can get a lot of ingridents for a little money

    Look at purebulk.com for an example. Ive gotten some stuff from there

  28. Quote Originally Posted by mtinsideout View Post
    I'm thinking if I eat lunch at noon and workout at 8pm does that mean the BCAA's make sense for me since i haven't eaten in a while? At 3pm I have a 20g protein shake but other than that I don't really eat before workouts. Also this list:

    Cit. Mallate (3-8 grams)
    Caffeine (200mg-400mg)
    Tyrosine (2grams)
    Taurine (3-4grams)
    COP (2grams): what is this?
    Agmatine( 1 gram, rarely use pre-workout)
    Betatine (TMG)
    Nitrates (Leucine, Potassium, Arginine, Creatine, Betatine): you buy these in bulk as nitrates?
    LCLT (3grams)
    PLCAR (3.5 grams): 2 forms of carnatine, why?
    Choline-CDP(range)
    Alpha-GPC (range)
    COP: Creatinol-o-phosphate. This is not creatine! it's often misunderstood by people who have never heard of it.


    Nitrates: No I do not buy these is bulk. Usually get them from a pre-work sup. Remember to dose one at a time. You do not want negative side effects to occur.

    Carnitines: LCLT and PLCAR have two completely different effects. So depending on what I am looking for will depict my dosage.

    Note: This is a comprehensive list. Just because it's listed doesn't mean I take them together before every workout. I pick and choose from this and create stacks depending on what stage of training i am in

  29. personally i would replace glutamine for some creatinol-o-phosphate as i wouldnt take glutamine if someone gave it to me for free, but hey thats just me.

  30. Quote Originally Posted by ChrisW002 View Post
    Look at purebulk.com for an example. Ive gotten some stuff from there
    I prefer Truenutrition.com
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