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VasoCharge: Your Final Pre-Workout Solution
Scivation has already made Workout Nutrition a household phrase. In fact, many people wouldn’t even think of training without their Xtend and Substance WPI keeping them myotropic and anticatabolic during a grueling training session. What more could you ask for? Well, Scivation has made pre-workout supplementation a thoughtless endeavor as well. Imagine if you could take the scientifically-proven, synergistic ingredients to guarantee you have all bases covered and to assure that you get the skin-bursting pumps, mind-blowing energy and unbelievable endurance to help you attack the weights like a beast. If you’re like anyone here at Team Scivation, this is a dream come true. Time to stop dreaming. Read on and find out what this dream supplement is and why it is such a huge breakthrough…
vasoXplode™—Pre-workout Performance, Nitric Oxide, and Energy Booster
We have formulated vasoXplode around ingredients that are scientifically proven to increase performance and muscle growth. vasoXplode contains synergistic ingredients that work together to take the results you will see to the next level and beyond.
1. Creatine + Citrulline Malate
• Synergistically increases performance
2. Creatine + Beta-Alanine
• Synergistically increases performance and lean mass gains
3. Citrulline Malate + Arginine
• Increases blood flow and amino acid deliver to skeletal muscle, leading to increased protein synthesis (muscle growth)
4. Tyrosine + ALCAR + Caffeine
• Increases energy and mental focus while delaying fatigue, allowing you to workout harder and longer.
Let’s take a more indepth look at VasoXplode’s ingredients.
(Creatine Monohydrate, Di Creatine Malate)
Creatine is used in the high-energy phosphate or ATP-PCr system to regenerate ATP. ATP, the body's main source of energy, is a molecule of adenosine (adenine + the sugar ribose) linked to three phosphate molecules by high-energy bonds. Breaking of the two outer bonds results in the release of energy.
When the most outer bond is broken, the energy is released and ADP and Pi are left behind. Creatine, which is bonded to a phosphate ion, transfers energy to the ADP and Pi molecule by breaking its own bond. This regenerates the ATP molecule, which means one now has more energy to use. Skeletal muscle has a limited storage of creatine. Therefore supplementing with creatine increases your ability to form ATP and therefore increases the available energy for exercise (Casey et al. 1996 & 2000). Creatine has been shown to:
• Increase muscle size and strength (Willoughby, 2001)
• Increase power output (Becque, 2000)
• Increase high-intensity exercise performance (Tarnopolsky, 2000)
• Increase work capacity (Rico-Sanz, 2000)
Creatine is one of the most scientifically proven-effective supplements on the market, with creatine monohydrate being the form used in most studies.
Citrulline Malate, L-Arginine Alpha KetoGlutarate 2:1, (Di-L-Arginine)-L-Malate, Citric Acid, (Di-L-Arginine) Orotate
The rate-limiting step of amino acid uptake into skeletal muscle is the transportation of the amino acids through the blood to the skeletal muscle, which is governed by blood flow (Wolfe, 2004). NO vasodilates blood vessels, thereby increasing blood flow. This increase when combined with exercises means greater blood flow and greater amino acid deliver and uptake in the working skeletal muscle. Exercise itself results in an increase in NO production, and the increased blood flow created by exercise is believed to be linked to the increase in protein synthesis post workout (Douglas et al., 2004). Di-Arginine Orotate, AAKG, Di-Arginine Malate, and Citrulline Malate all increase NO production and blood flow to skeletal muscle.
Citrulline-Malate has been shown to increase the rate of oxidative ATP production during exercise and the rate of phosphocreatine replenishment post exercise (Bendahan, 2002). Increasing the rate of ATP production during exercise would increase performance and energy.
Citrulline-Malate also has anti-fatigue properties due to its ability to decrease ammonia levels and prevent against metabolic acidosis (Callis, 1991). Decreasing the sensation of fatigue would allow one to workout harder and longer, and thereby burn more calories and lose more fat.
Both Citric Acid and Malic Acid (Malate) are intermediates in the Kreb’s cycle, which produces ATP. Adding citric acid and malic acid to VasoXplode aids in ATP production.
It has been shown that skeletal muscle carnosine levels are correlated with performance during high-intensity exercise (Suzuki, 2002). Carnosine is an important metabolic buffer in skeletal muscle (Suzuki, 2002), which means it helps maintain the acid-base balance in the presence of high H+ concentrations. High levels of H+ during exercise cause fatigue and decrease performance.
Beta-alanine is one of the two amino acids (histidine being the other) that makes up the dipeptide carnosine (L-beta-alanyl-L-histidine). Growing research shows Beta-alanine to be a very effective performance enhancers and lean mass building supplement. Research shows:
• Beta-Alanine availability is the limiting factor in muscle carnosine synthesis (Hill, 2007).
• Muscle carnosine levels were higher after 10 weeks of beta-alanine supplementation than after 4 weeks, showing that beta-alanine’s effects are best experienced over long term supplementation (Hill, 2007).
• Beta-alanine supplementation increases total work done during aerobic exercise (Hill, 2007).
• Beta-alanine enhances endurance performance (Zoeller, 2006)
• Beta-Alanine delays the onset of neuromuscular fatigue (Stout, 2006)
• Adding beta-alanine to creatine supplementation leads to greater increases in lean mass than creatine alone (Hoffman, 2006).
It is clear that current research shows Beta-Alanine to be an effective performance enhancer and enhances lean mass gains when combined with creatine.
N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) is derived from the non-essential amino acid cysteine. Because cysteine is very unstable, supplementing with NAC allows one to get the benefits of cysteine. NAC is an antioxidant itself (Aruoma, 1989) and is also used to synthesize the antioxidant glutathoine. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant and also regenerates vitamin C and E (Bounous, 1999)
Since intense exercise depletes glutathione (Sen, 1999), supplementation of NAC can is beneficial to increase glutathione levels. Oxidative stress caused by free radicals (H+), causes fatigue and muscular soreness. Supplementing with NAC will enhance athletic performance by scavenging these free radicals (Lands, 1999).
(N-Acetyl Tyrosine, ALCAR, Caffeine)
Tyrosine is a nonessential amino acids used to make the catecholamine neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine, thyroid hormones, and the skin pigment melanin. Stress, such as exercise, depletes the amount of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Tyrosine supplementation has been shown
• Decrease the negative effects of stress (Banderet, 1989)
• Decrease fatigue and increase cognitive performance (Neri, 1995)
• Decrease cardiovascular stress and enhance cognitive activity (Dollins, 1995)
The amino acid L-Carnitine plays a vital role in energy metabolism, specifically the transport of fatty acids into mitochondria where they can be oxidized. ALCAR is the acetylated form of carnitine and is the most popular form of supplemental carnitine. ALCAR is a potent antioxidant shown to have anti-aging, cardio-protective, cognitive enhancing, and adaptogen properties. ALCAR increases exercise performance by
• Increasing fat oxidation (Hongu, 2003)
• Decreasing muscle soreness (Giamberardino, 1996)
• Decreasing lactic acid accumulation (Siliprandi, 1990).
Caffeine, a plant alkaloid belonging to the drug class methylxanthines and is found in natural sources such as coffee beans, tea leaves, cocoa beans, and other plants, is the world’s most widely used stimulant. Caffeine is a Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant shown to delay fatigue and improve cognitive performance.
Caffeine acts as an adenosine receptor antagonist. Adenosine decreases the release of stimulatory/excitatory neurotransmitters (i.e. norepinephrine [NE]). Therefore, blocking the adenosine receptor allows a greater excitation to occur by increasing NE’s ability to activate the adrenergic receptors.
Caffeine inhibits phosphodiesterase (PDE), causing a build-up of cAMP levels and greater effect of NE on fatty acid lipolysis. PDE blunts lipolysis; therefore inhibiting PDE allows lipolysis to proceed at an accelerated rate. The end result is there are more fatty acids available for oxidation after consumption of caffeine, which is one of the ways caffeine is believes to increase performance.
D,L-Phenylalanine is a 50/50 mix of D-Phenylalanine and L-Phenylalanine. L-Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid while D-Phenylalanine is a non-protein amino acid that is not used in protein synthesis. Phenylalanine can be metabolized to PEA and is also a precursor for norepinephrine and dopamine.
(50mg B6, 50mg B5, 100 mcg B12, 75mg Niacin)
The B vitamins are essential to whole body energy metabolism, We included the B vitamins in VasoXplode to ensure your body has what it needs to perform at its full potential.
VasoXplode is formulated to allow you to increase the intensity of your workouts while delaying fatigue, which results in greater progress being made. VasoXplode increases energy production and power output, decreases H+ accumulation and fatigue, and increases blood flow and the deliver of amino acids to skeletal muscle, making it an all-in-one pre-workout powerhouse. We highly recommend combining 1 serving of VasoXplode with 1 serving of Primal EAA 15-20 minutes pre-workout to give your body EVERYTHING it needs to perform and progress like never before.
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Smell and taste = not good By: Austin
Review posted on: 2010-08-18 12:27:06 -0400
I absolutely love Scivation' Xtend. It tastes freakin great and works. I thought I'd give this vasocharge a try since its cheap. I have to say that based off the smell that eminates out of the shaker bottle when you first open the cap is almost alarming. But I'm used to crappy tasting/smelling supplements, so I gulp it down with bitter beer face for a minute afterwards.
As for performance, it seems ok. I don't get nauseous as I sometimes do from NOS type preworkouts. Just don't expect it to blow the doors off of NOShotgun or even jack3d. It feels similar to jack3d actually.
Not impressed By: Luis
Review posted on: 2010-07-29 18:07:32 -0400
I can't say that I am too happy with this product. I just finished up my no shotgun mhf-1 and started the vasocharge and I did not feel much from it. The shotgun I was getting some very nice pumps and strength but when I started the vaso I didn't get much of anything. I'm gonna up tp 3 scoops and an extra scoop of creatine to see how that goes.
Doesn't Dissolve and Smells Horrible By: Troy
Review posted on: 2010-07-05 09:31:03 -0400
You have to be able to ingest a product before you can feel it's effects. I can't get past the smell. It's very unapetizing to say the least. Another thing that bothers me about pre-workouts is some don't dissolve very well and this one didn't either. Very clumpy and gritty. Felt the beta-alanine and some pump so once I got it in my body it worked ok, but it's a struggle to get it down and I don't like to hassle with my supplments. Tried quite a few pre's and this one was near the bottom for me. Could be a bit past shelf date so maybe that's why it so clumpy and on sale, but it didn't work great enough for me to force feed myself.
the best By: kyle
Review posted on: 2009-03-12 00:57:10 -0400
this stuff is awesome. i usually get jittery and dont feel good from pre workout supps, but this stuff is awesome. Honestly i feel like superman when I'm working out lol. Pumps are sick, energy and motivation is through the roof. This helps me squeeze out a couple extra reps and also hit the heavy bag harder. I went ahead and stocked up - try this stuff.
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THE BEST PUMP pre workout! By: Jim
Review posted on: 2009-01-02 15:51:29 -0500
I have tryed every pre workout NO pump product on the market so far and this one is by FAR the best for Pumps! I had veins poping out everywhere and my energy and endurance at the gym was amazing! BY FAR the BESt pre workout drink on the market! Try this one!
We recommend taking vasoXplode 30-45 minutes pre-training. For optimal results, consume Scivation Xtend™ during training.
Keep out of the reach of children. Always consult a physician prior to using any dietary supplement.