Bulk Nutrients Pre Workout 101 is practical and punchy.
Available in three flavours – strawberry lime, grape orange and berry lemonade. You simply add two rounded scoops (which is a curious amount as I can make round shapes of all sizes) with 600ml if water and consume approximately half hour before training.
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I first tried Bulk Nutrients Pre Workout 101 in strawberry lime. It was a blush pink, almost watermelon in colour. It had a sweet tropical aroma when mixed with water. Its taste was also sweet, but refreshing with a limey finish. I could see a little white sediment at the bottom, but a few swirls of my shaker was the simple solution. It reminded me of fruit tingles, sherbet and pink lemonade.
Grape orange has an mazing aroma of very ripe oranges, grape bubblegum and a quality, good-enough-to-eat designer hair product. It wasn’t as sweet as the strawberry lime, but was definitely still characterised as sweet. However, the intensity was offset by the tartness and tang of grape. It was more grape than orange, and an interesting combination of fruit flavours.
Bulk Nutrients Pre Workout 101 in berry lemonade was a cloudy, stormy grey colour, and tasted as described. Lemonade ice blocks and crushed berries, and very moreish.
All flavours impressed.
I noticed a few tiny black flecks in the powder, which dissolved when added to water. I discovered this was from the schizandra extract. Schizandra is described as an adaptogen, a compound that can prevent chemical and physical effects of stress, but studies are lacking on this ingredient. One study showed an increase in serum nitric oxide levels in elite athletes following consumption. It may assist with preventing stress, increasing blood flow, improving memory and focus, benefitting the heart
There was also 250mg caffeine per serve, which was a decent dose of the stimulant.
Bulk Nutrients Pre Workout 101 also contains:
- citrulline malate (an amino acid which turns into l-arginine after consumption and assists with blood flow and nitric oxide levels in the body. It can reduce fatigue and increase endurance. L-citrulline also increases levels of l-ornithine and can reduce ammonia levels, offering better performance during prolonged exercise),
- BCAAs – branched chain amino acids to assist with muscle growth and recovery
- creatine monohydrate (3,000mg ) – creatine creates energy called ‘ATP’ for cells and is very well-researched with positive benefits. 3,000mg is a great size dose too
- beta alanine (1,200mg) – when beta alanine is consumed it converts into carnosine, which is stored in cells and released when pH levels in the body drop, protecting against lactic production during exercise)
- agmatine sulphate (500mg) – agmatine is considered to be a neurotransmitter and neuromodulator (a chemical messengers in the brain) and is not overly common in supplements. It is involved with nitric oxide synthesis. Studies have also shown agmatine can reduce pain and depression
- l-tyrosine (200mg) – an amino acid that may be able to assist cognition and working memory during acute stressors, such as exercise.
- L-theanine (200mg) – can promote relaxation without sedation, and aid cognition and attention. Works well with caffeine
- choline bitartrate (200mg) – often used for boosting cognition, and may assist cardiovascular function and liver health
- magnesium stearate and sucralose.
As for the effect, I felt switched on and clear-headed. They resulted in a solid training session with no crash or nausea.
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Bulk Nutrients Pre Workout 101 (per 12.5g serve): 33kcal // 0.0g C (incl 0.0g sugar) / 0.0g F / 8.0g P
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