My SciTec Nutrition AMINO CHARGE Pre Workout Review
My SciTec Nutrition AMINO CHARGE Pre Workout Review First Look:
It is Saturday morning and I am waiting for my school and rugby buddy Max to arrive.
I’ve not had a gym session with him before, but he is a big unit and I haven’t actually used a commercial gym for well over a year, if not three years!
I may have more 55lbs plates in my basement home gym than any Planet Fitness on the, erm…planet, but I am fairly restricted to the exercises I can perform in my gym.
This will be a whole different experience that my body may crumble under.
So, I have tried to prepare…
I’ve eaten steak for breakfast plus cheese on toast.
I’ve also had two cups of coffee and now I am chugging back this pre workout from Scitec Nutrition called AMINO CHARGE.
I’m feeling like I could go ape shit at any time. But, really, I think I just need to take a shit.
The taste is bubblegum and quite pleasant, I’ve no desire to neck it in one fell swoop and it’s quite refreshing if not a bit thick in consistency.
Either way, a good start that I hope can only continue.
Because there’s only one thing certain in life, and that is my cat, Molly, will probably try to defecate on my new carpet.
BCAA – BCAAs (typically a combination of L-Leucine, L-IsoLeucine and L-Valine) play a critical role in muscle development because they are metabolized in the muscle rather than the liver.
Because BCAAs are metabolized in the muscle, they can be used for building new proteins or for energy.
However, Supplementation is not necessary if you eat eggs and meat regularly.
Caffeine – It stimulates the central nervous system (CNS), heart, muscles, and the centers that control blood pressure to give you an extra boost and hit that PB.
Caffeine Anhydrous is the purest form of caffeine so always look out for it.
This is found in 4 Gauge which is the best pre-workout.
It is also found in Instant Knockout which is the best fat burner available at present.
L-Arginine – This is found in many pre workout supplements or products designed to make you more vascular.
L-Arginine opens up the blood vessels and arteries to assist with blood flow, nothing really to do with testosterone but may assist with any impotency issues that are not helping you attain that hot chick in the gym who is 15 years your junior.
However, you will require 5g per day alone!
L-Citrulline – This is used as a sports performance and cardiovascular health supplement. L-Citrulline supplementation results in reduced fatigue and improved endurance for both aerobic and anaerobic prolonged exercise.
An increase in growth hormone has been noted with exercise, but not at rest.
L-citrulline boosts nitric oxide production in the body.
Nitric oxide helps your arteries relax and work better, which improves blood flow throughout your body.
Supplementing can help lower blood pressure in people with pre-hypertension.
This is often found in the best pre workouts.
To supplement L-citrulline to enhance sports performance, take 6,000 – 8,000 mg of citrulline malate about an hour before exercise.
L-Tyrosine – Tyrosine is taken for depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the inability to stay awake (narcolepsy), and improving alertness following sleep deprivation.
It is also used for stress, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome(CFS).
Lysine – It seems to have more effect at treating the spread of Herpes rather than offering any benefit whatsoever for athletic performance.
Glutamine – It is generally touted as a Muscle Builder, but has not been proven to enhance muscle building in healthy individuals; only those suffering from physical trauma such as burns or muscular wounds (knife wounds) or in disease states in which muscle wasting occurs, such as AIDS.
Taking glutamine by mouth does not seem to improve athletic performance according to studies.
L-Histidine – No conclusive evidence of testosterone being increased with supplementation.
L-Methionine – An amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks that our bodies use to make proteins.
Methionine is found in meat, fish, and dairy products, and it plays an important role in many cell functions.
L-tryptophan – An essential amino acid.
Is a precursor for the product of serotinia, which is a chemical transmitter in the brain.
DL-phenylalanine – Studies have shown that this can help with confusion, lack of energy, depression, decreased alertness and memory problems.
L-Threonine – Threonine is changed in the body to a chemical called glycine.
Glycine works in the brain to reduce constant and unwanted muscle contractions (spasticity).
One sachet before your workout.
This would total 19mg – which is a good amount.
In fact it compares well to many of the best pre workout supplements which will offer over 15,000mg.
Benefits & Effects:
There are six ingredients here that can potentially help you with your workout and help blast out a new PB.
Ingredients such as:
These six can help with increase and improve performance levels…if dosed adequately.
Ingredients such as Caffeine have an effect on the nervous system and when combined with Theanine, it can help increase IQ scores as well as reduce anxiety.
Perfect for gamers wanting to stay up all night…
Then there’s Arginine which can increase blood flow due to dilating the blood vessels, however, you need 500mg per day and this only offers 1000mg. So we’re a bit short there to be truly effective.
Citrulline is another dose dependent ingredient that can offer a great wealth of benefit including increasing nitric oxide production and even increase growth hormone, yet 6000mg is needed and this provides just 3000mg.
Tyrosine can help you feel more alert and phenylalanine works to alleviate any feelings of confusion as well as helping increase energy.
That’snot to say that BCAA’s are not of any use or Methionine, both are amino acids and help build muscle.
How Did It Feel?
I didn’t really feel a great deal of performance difference to be honest.
It tasted great, and was refreshing if not a bit thick to be truly thirst quenching.
However, in terms of outright performance I didn’t feel a great deal of benefit.
Not even when I was deadlifting 440lbs with a barbell which I have not done for about 2 years or more.
My arched back will pay testament to that!
I think the main problem with this is that it lacks the adequate doses required to make a difference.
The amounts of Citrulline and Arginine included here is far too little to increase your performance parameters.
Caffeine is not in a particularly high dose, either, not when compared to other pre workout supplements.
Then thee’s a number of other ingredients included which, can either benefit you, but not really ti increase energy, power or focus 20 minutes after taking it.
Or they’re just not really proven to work at all.
So, it seems pointless including them.
However, nothing is as bad as providing good, headline ingredients that can catch someone’s attention who has done a bit of prior research to then only offer a dose that is not going to be beneficial.
My SciTec Nutrition AMINO CHARGE Pre Workout Review Conclusion:
This pre workout from Scitec offers a large dose, plenty of ingredients and a great taste.
However, that’s almost where the positives end for this.
Because, not that that the included ingredients aren’t, good, far from it. It is just that they lack the required dose for them to be truly effective.
So, while a quick glance of the ingredient panel may fill you with confidence, it is unlikely that that will be funneled in to your performance.
I didn’t feel any benefit when I hit the gym for a power lifting session.
I performed well, but just as I would do normally – there wasn’t this real urge or increae in strength.
There are aso a few other ingredients that can benefit, but would be better off as a daily supplement anyway rather than being loaded in a pre workout, not when there are many other ingredients that could have been included and were sadly omitted.
Plus, there’s many common and effective ingredients that are found in many other pre workout supplements that this omits, such as:
- Coconut water
There is a better product than this that will get you fired up and cause hell in your chosen sport.