My Pre-Workout Supplement Review

I’m a big believer in pre workout supplements!  When I started my workout program in 2014, I found that I would run out of gas at about the 12 minute mark, and then I felt as though I would struggle to finish from that point on.  Also, to meet my busy schedule I found that timing wise, getting my workout in in the morning was the best time to workout, but my energy level just wasn’t there.

That’s when I began experimenting with pre-workout supplements.  Honestly, I didn’t now what I was doing or what to try. I was sort of lost.

Pre Workout Explosion

I knew that post workout nutrition was absolutely necessary, and soPreworkoutExplosion one day I was picking up a tub of Whey Protein from Meijer when I spotted that beauty up above Pre Workout Explosion from Six Star Pro Nutrition.  One of the ingredients is Beta Alanine.

PreworkoutWow, was I not expecting my face to start tingling 10 minutes after drinking it.  I should have done more research into what exactly I was consuming, but unfortunately I didn’t.  Recently I have done more research into the ingredients in the and learned a lot more about Beta Alanine.  In short, it’s growing in popularity as it’s a natural non-essential amino-acid that is not found to have any long lasting negative affects.

Performance: Once I started taking this, I noticed that I could add almost 5 whole minutes to my Insanity workouts without slowing down.  That took me to the 17 minute mark.

Taste: The taste isn’t bad.  It’s  fruit punch flavoring that is strong at first, but after a few days the taste wasn’t overwhelming to me any longer.

Cons: The supplement didn’t mix very well.  There was always sediment in the bottom of the glass which required a refill of water to consume.  And by then, the flavoring had been washed away, leaving me with a gritty bitter leftover to consume.

Body Fortress NOS

Since I was having issues with the consistency and price of Explosion, I spotted and decided to try the Body Fortress Super NOS.  To be honest, with this one the effects of Beta Alanine, were much less, the taste was horrible, and I found myself avoiding taking it at all costs.  I still have the bottle at home and really I’m just saving it for emergencies.

Beachbody E & E

E & E was developed before the mainstream use of beta alanine.  Its main ingredients are naturally occurring sources of caffeine.  With E & E, I saw more of a slow rise and fall of energy.  The taste was OK, but nothing to get excited over.  I also found myself having the same problems with mixing E & E as I did workout Explosion.  There was always sediment in the bottom that just wouldn’t mix.  Since I didn’t get the instance punch like I did with workout explosion, and since I had to order E & E, I fell back to workout explosion.

Beachbody Performance Energize

Beachbody just recently released their performance line, and as partEnergize of that, we have a new preworkout supplement called Energize.  Since I wasn’t totally happy with my current supplement, I decided to give this one a try.  Wow, this one knocks it out of the ballpark.  It hit all the points I expected from a preworkout supplement.

Taste: The lemon flavor isn’t too strong or overwhelming.  It actually reminds me a lot of a lemon flavored sports drink.  The consistency is very powdery.  It mixes very well and there is no sediment at the bottom of the glass.

Time: I can begin feeling the effects of the beta alanine within 10 minutes of consuming.  In the words of Carl Daikeler, “It’s go time”.

Performance: I feel the effects and the boost throughout my entire 30 minute workout.  I’m able to go longer and bust through that 17 minute plateau.

After Effects: I always workout in the morning.  I continue to feel a boost of energy that stays with me for the rest of the morning.  I don’t feel any negative after effects, and don’t have any trouble getting to sleep at night.

* Caveat:  As you can see in the featured image, I also added another product to my routine.  As part of the performance line, I also added the Hydrate formula to taking during the workout.  Part of the source of fatigue during workouts is that your muscles start to dehydrate from sweat.  The Hydrate formula helps fight that by enhancing your body’s ability to recover that water you’re losing in sweat.  Watch for a review on Hydrate soon!

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Fajita Steak Salad

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(Makes 4 Servings)

Ingredients

  • 8 cups mixed salad greens 
  • 3 cups leftover fajitas
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half 
  • 2 cups sliced (or shredded) carrots 
  • 2 cups sliced red onion 
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced 
  • 8 Tbsp. Raspberry Vinaigrette

Preparation

  1. Evenly divide salad greens, tomatoes, carrots and onion between four serving plates.
  2. Top evenly with steak and avocado.
  3. Drizzle each salad with 2 Tbsp. Raspberry Vinaigrette.

Steak Fajitas

(Makes 4 Services, 2 fajitas each)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 medium green (or red or yellow) bell peppers, cut into strips
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 gloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. raw extra-lean beef sirloin, cut into 2-inch strips
  • 1 tsp. ground chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 c. all-natural salsa
  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas, warm
  • 4 Tbsp. reduced fate plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro
  • lime juice

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat
  2. Add bell peppers and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until onion is translucent and peppers are tender.
  3. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
  4. Add beef, chili powder, cumin, pepper flakes, and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 to 8 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink.
  5. Add salsa; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.
  6. Evenly top each tortilla with beef mixture, yogurt, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice.

It’s Sonya Jones!!!

“For the first time in my life, this was my journey to believing that I was fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Tonight we had the pleasure of seeing and meeting Sonya Jones from The Biggest WP_20150321_011Loser!  She spoke and shared her testimony at Hope Church in Springfield, IL.  Hope Church is currently in a series on the Seven Deadly Sins running up to Easter.  The topic of the evening was gluttony.

Sonya is a physical education teacher in Sherman, IL, which is just on the northern edge of Springfield.  She attended Greenville College, where she was a 2-time All-American pitcher.  She graduated with a physical education degree.  She then went on to play two years in semi-professional softball and was invited to try-out for professional softball.

Sonya spoke of growing up where it was the norm for her family to not eat together at night.  Routinely she would eat dinner alone in front of the TV, while her parents took their dinners to their chairs.  Her first memory of being called fat came when she was in late elementary or early junior high, and that became a burden she carried with her all her life.

For Sonya, eating was a very emotional thing.  Often she would feel badly about herself, and turning to food would help comfort her, temporarily.  But then it made her feel worse, which would make her eat more and more in a vicious cycle.  And she would hide it.  She told us of a couple stories where she would eat dinner at home, and then have to leave to go to work or somewhere.  After having already eaten dinner, she would stop and get a value meal somewhere.  Then she would have to get gas for her car and would go inside and grab a fountain drink. This was all hidden.  Her worst story of hiding occurred one night at Walmart, where she bought a piece of cake and ate it in the bathroom to hide it from her friend.

Sonya started her Biggest Loser journey by simply responding to a Facebook post seeking out applicants for the upcoming season in March 2014.  She flew out to California for casting and was chosen partly because of her background story, but ultimately because it was God’s will for her to make it onto the show.  On the flight out to California for casting calls, before she even stepped foot at the ranch, she felt God telling her that she was fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139).  She knew this was God speaking, because she had never felt this way about herself before.

“God spoke those words to me not after I had lost the weight, but before.”

Sonya felt that when she was at her lowest, she felt that she was fearfully and wonderfully made.  Because she was able to accept that, she was able to accept God’s grace when she was at her worst, and allow God to put her broken pieces back together.

Her story at the Ranch is well documented.  You can go to NBC.com and watch it for yourself.  Now that Sonya is back home, the real journey begins.  Sonya went from living at home in a completely uncontrolled environment, to living at the ranch in a completely controlled environment, and now she is back.  She is learning to live in the middle now: in the middle of an uncontrolled environment that she is responsible for controlling.

We were so inspired by Sonya’s story.  We hope that it inspires you as well.  To listen to it yourself, you can download the mp3 here.