Beta-alanine is a good time. Seriously. It makes you feel really tingly and gives your muscles an extra kick come workout time. We’ve gone into detail about Beta-alanine before; What it is, how you can leverage it for gains, and what you need to be aware of. Heck, we even made this fool-proof guide, leaving no stone unturned!
The same can be said for pre-workout supplements. We’ve shamelessly plugged Fulcrum on more than one occasion. We’ve talked about why you should be interested in taking pre-workout supplements, what you should be eating to prepare for a workout, and what pre-workout routines actually do for your body come workout time!
What About Mixing the Two?
Incorporating Beta-Alanine in to your pre workout supplementation regimen is almost a must for those of us who are trying to build muscle during our workouts. It’s not quite as beneficial or necessary for people who are trying to lose weight by burning fat deposits, though the combo will definitely give you some more energy .
It doesn’t matter if your pre workout mix already has beta-alanine in the ingredient list or if you intend on taking two separate supplements. In either case, once you’ve ingested the two, you’ve made the commitment. You will start to feel the familiar tingling sensation after about 20 or 30 minutes and you will need to start your workout within another 30 minutes after that point to ensure extra muscle gains.
Different Types of Pre Workouts
If you’re looking for the lean, mean muscle mass of a fitness model, you’re going to need to look for a preworkout that has been specially formulated to build off from the beta-alanine to achieve that type of muscle mass . These pre workout shakes tend to taste a little bitter and contain very low calorie content. The ingredients are going to get an extra boost from the beta-alanine, making everything even more effective. Just make sure you watch your heart rate because in this scenario, you could technically do some cardiovascular damage if you over do it.
If you’re looking to bulk up and put on as much muscle mass as possible, you’re going to need to look for a pre workout that has been specially formulated to be empower the beta-alanine… a stark contrast to the former scenario. The substances in the pre workout will act as a steroid shot to the beta-alanine, making it more effective than ever. These pre workout mixes tend to be higher in calories and taste a little sweeter than the low calorie alternatives.
In both scenarios, you’re going to feel a little bit like a cyborg when you first start out. Stacking the pre workout supplementation with beta-alanine is going to give your body a jolt it’s never really experienced before. The tingles can become so sever that they tickle or make you very uncomfortable. It will get easier with time. If you’re concerned about stacking the two, look for something more like Vaxxen’s Fulcrum and stick with that before you work out. Take the beta-alanine post workout instead.
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Effects of β-alanine supplementation on exercise performance: a meta-analysis
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Published online 2012 Jan 24. doi: 10.1007/s00726-011-1200-z
- Nic Martinez,corresponding author Bill Campbell, Madison Franek, Laura Buchanan, and Ryan Colquhoun
The effect of acute pre-workout supplementation on power and strength performance
J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2016; 13: 29.
Published online 2016 Jul 16. doi: 10.1186/s12970-016-0138-7