Performance Lab SPORT Pre-Workout Review

Performance Lab SPORT Pre-Workout Review

Performance Lab SPORT Pre-Workout Review Review

Performance Lab First Look

Will this pre-workout help my sweaty gym performance?

It has been really warm recently and I have been sweating loads when exercising.

These lost fluids can have a negative impact on physical performance.

As such, it is important to re-hydrate effectively.

So, this pre workout supplement from Performance Labs could be a convenient and effective answer.

It looks good in its premium packaging, plus being tablets means that it can be easily taken with a drink of water.

This differs from many other pre workout supplements because it is in pill format rather than powder.

Not everyone wants the crazy and sometimes weird flavors found with water soluble supplements.

In addition, sometimes mixing powders can be messy, annoying and inaccurate.

This pill format means that you get the exact ingredients.

Who are Performance Lab?

Performance Lab are new to the market.

However, that has not stopped them releasing a full range of healthcare supplements.

This range of supplements is designed to help enhance your overall health.

They look as if they are aimed at a wiser crowd. Those willing to spend a little extra for premium products devised to get the best from your exercise regime.

They certainly look good.

Initial Summary

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Four proven and beneficial ingredients

 

 

Doses need to be increased


Performance Lab Pre-Workout Ingredients: The Science

performance lab pre workout ingredients

Let’s take am intelligent view of these ingredients. 

– Sodium (Salt)

An essential mineral; its consumption is critical to our health.

However, Americans plus a lot of Western countries do consume double the recommended daily intake of sodium, so you have to be careful about how much you intake, especially if you are not perspiring or passing urine much.

Excess sodium may not raise blood pressure, but it is associated with other health issues, such as kidney damage and an increased risk of cognitive decline. [1]

> Himalayan Pink Salt

The theory is that Himalayan Pink Salt can help you re-hydrate more effectively.

Himalayan Pink Salt contains several minerals and thus it is claimed that it can be more healthy than normal sodium to replenish lost supplies when you sweat.

However, these additional minerals are in such small amounts it is likely to make no difference and there is no scientific evidence that Himalayan Pink Salt is any better for you that normal salt. [2]

– 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.

To improve circulatory health you should take 1.76g of Citrulline Malate per 1g of Citrulline. [3] [4]

You can read more about Citrulline and its benefits for exercise, here.

– Creatine

A well regarded supplement overall!

Supplementation increases creatine storage and promotes a faster regeneration of adenosine triphosphate between high intensity exercises.

These improved outcomes will increase performance and promote greater training adaptations.

Creatine can also increase testosterone levels. [5] [6]

– Cordyceps

This is used to fight fatigue as well as increase athletic performance.

Evidence on tested rats to suggest this is a testosterone regulator rather than provide increases, however, only when injected as it has poor bio-availability.

All studies point towards this not being particularly effective or beneficial. [7]

– 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. [8] [9]

– Carnosine

Carnosine is naturally produced by the body.

It is a building block which is concentrated in the muscles. It can help normal bodily function and helps development of muscles and organs.

There is no evidence to suggest supplementation increases physical or mental performance. [10]

– Pinus Pinaster (Maritime Pine)

Decreases the amount of circulating inflammatory substances in the blood stream.

It is also useful in order to reduce the risk of a heart attack. [11]


Performance Lab Pre-Workout Dose

Four plantcaps contain 3390mg.

That is really quite low when compared to other pre workout supplements.


Performance Lab Pre-Workout Price

$45

There’s also multi-buy offers available making it better value per unit.


Pros

I am struggling with this if I am honest. 

I had mentioned earlier that a pill or tablet can be easier and more convenient than mixing powders with water.

However, the two delivery methods have their own pros and cons.

For a pre workout you tend to want the effects to take place very quickly, just before you go to the gym ideally.

So, in this scenario it is better to use a water soluble supplement because this will hit your system and be absorbed much more quickly to take effect.

On the flip side, if you know your workout is going to be a long drag, perhaps a long endurance event the slower digestion and absorption rate is going to be more ideal.

This just means you will not feel a sudden jolt, more a longer sustained less obvious effect.

Yet, that would be on the basis that the ingredients are beneficial.

And, there are some beneficial ingredients present.

It’s just the doses that are not ideal…

Citrulline is a great addition, as the science explains, as is creatine, and salt.

But that’s where it ends.

You do need to read on though, because this is not looking too positive.


Cons

This just could do with a few more ingredients.

And that is not the only issue.

Okay, this has sodium (salt) and it has it in posh, fancy pink Himalayan salt too.

Yet, science cannot find any benefit from Himalayan pink salt compared to normal salt.

Citrulline is a great ingredient, but we need at least 6000mg for it to have any real benefit.

This needs an additional 5500mg!

It is a similar story for creatine, too.

Normally we would be supplementing 5000-10000mg of creatine daily, and this just offers 1000mg.

Then there’s cordyceps, glutamine and carnosine that have no body of evidence that they are beneficial.

Then we have to decide how you want to use this supplement.

Do you want a big hit of the effects just as you smash a gym session or are you doing a triathlon?

If it’s the former you want a water soluble supplement and the latter pills will be better.

Obviously this only comes in pill format.

And, the doses are terrible…


Performance Lab Pre-Workout Video Review


What improvements could be made?

We would like more ingredients that would benefit us and our exercise regime.

Therefore, in essence, in terms of a pre workout supplement to increase physical performance it would have been beneficial if it included the ingredients below for more impact:

  • Beet
  • Coconut Water
  • Carnitine
  • Tyrosine
  • Theanine
  • Rhodiola
  • Vitamin C
  • Caffeine
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • B vitamins

It also needs higher doses that can be of benefit.


Performance Lab Side Effects?

This is safe to use.

It is already dosed for you too.


Performance Lab SPORT Pre-Workout Review Conclusion

Potentially this could be useful and effective to improve your performance.

However, the doses are way too low and there’s too few effective ingredients.

A bit more research needs to be carried out.

There is another product that will get you fired up and cause hell in your chosen sport.


References

[1] https://examine.com/nutrition/awful-nutrition-myths/

[2] https://medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315081.php

[3] https://examine.com/supplements/citrulline/

[4] http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/l-citrulline-uses-and-risks#1

[5] http://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1550-2783-9-33

[6] http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/creatine.html

[7] https://examine.com/supplements/cordyceps/

[8] https://examine.com/supplements/glutamine/

[9] http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-878-glutamine.aspx?activeingredientid=878

[10] https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1038/carnosine

[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3203267/

Ben

Ben BA(Hons) established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. Always being interested in sport, he started playing rugby at the age of 6 and represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of their Regimental Shooting Team.

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