Pre-Workout: Amino Energy Review

You guys don’t know, but two days ago had to be the most terrifying moment of my life.  After sucking down two cups of coffee (1pm and 4pm), I decided to “test” out my new pre-workout, Amino Energy, at 6pm.

Yeah.  Bonehead move.  There was no effects at the moment, but I while I was walking to my bus stop after work, I got super lightheaded.  Why? Maybe too much of a surplus in caffeine.

I tried sleeping around 9:30, and everytime I closed my eyes and went into a stage of sleep before I actually fell asleep, everything felt like it was moving and I would get a jolt of warm energy from my elbows to my hands.  This ensued to 11pm, 1am, 3am….I had enough.  I was down near on a 24-hour stint and I headed to the clinic to get some medication to fall asleep.  Disclaimer: do this only during worse case scenarios…never on a regular basis because these drugs are terrible and they can affect your kidney.

I went to sleep around 4:30 am, woke up once to call in sick, and slept again until 11:30 am.  I felt so groggy and completely fatigue, but it was because of the excess caffeine.

Judgement Day

So, I was scared when I woke up.  I looked at my pre-workout and it looked at me.  I said, “should I, “and ‘it’ said, “should.”  I took only a half-a-scoop and off I went to the gym.  Now, there were no tingling effects or anything, but what I felt was an extreme amount of focus.  In this class had 4 other women and a guy.  The women I like to call “fair-weather” because some days they say good morning, other days they completely ignore you.  Didn’t matter, but it was motivation on top of the focus.

When the workout started, I was zoned it COMPLETELY.  This reminded me of the day I took Jack 3D back in 2012 and my energy was bouncing off the walls.  I didn’t give up once.  I kept it rolling for a full hour, which is unheard of.  Even during breaks, I kneeled and remained focus….normally I would chat it up or try throwing some conversation gambits out there for bait (lol).

Now, is this as good as Stimul, my absolute favorite pre-workout? Well, Stimul never gave me insomnia.  All will tell later on tonight if I can sleep or not.

Nonetheless, the ingredients, reviews and everything I saw online made me purchase this two days ago, and it surely didn’t disappoint.

  • Strength – Check
  • Quality – Check
  • Consistency – Check

 

My Favorite Pre-Workouts

I don’t always do blogs outside personal development, but I’m on a streak this week – bringing to you another blog about health.

Pre-workouts could be very controversial.  The stuff I see black market vendors sell here in Thailand has no origin; meaning that if something happens to you, like a serious side-effect, there’s no one you can call about that particular product, nor will they hold themselves accountable.

Since being a proud user of Herbalife, I’m very wary and adamant about using anything outside Herbalife.  However, because I lack the motivation in some gyms, places, running and all other things considered – it was time to look elsewhere for energy.

My introduction into the pre-workout game was horrendous, but coming here to Thailand while finding some shops that provide better pre-workouts…here’s my breakdown of them on my podcast down below!

Podcast

https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow/my-favorite-pre-workout-other-breakdowns

Favorite Snack On-The-Go: Herbalife Cookies & Creme Protein Bar

I was shaking uncontrollably one day during a spin class because I was beyond hungry.  Honestly, that had to be the hungriest I’ve ever been at one particular moment in my life.

Sadly, when working out at gyms, you would find a variety of sugar-stuffed protein bars that were beyond disgusting and took hours to digest.

Well, the introduction to Herbalife back in 2013 was the biggest blessing in disguise because I woke up one day and said, “I need GOOD PROTEIN!” So, after contacting a lady, I headed to her office and I was introduced to one of the most delicious protein bars I’ve ever had.

herbalife-formula-1-express-meal-bar

To have 15grams of protein, on the go, at any given time, is a blessing.  Period.  On days whereas I have to make a long voyage to the airport (seems like one here in Bangkok), or especially on days I work in Bangkok in the morning; I normally leave my house around 6am, so I’m not able to have a full functional breakfast.

Of course making a smoothie is always the easiest route to go, but to make sure I get all the necessities my body needs in the morning, I gobble one of these bad boys down.

Out of all the protein bars I’ve eaten in three other countries, this is definitely the most enjoyable – and with a tall glass of milk, this is almost like setting out cookies and milk on the table for santa (because it sounds just so delicious).

With my busy schedule, and sometimes teaching upwards to 7-8 hours a day (believe it or not…that’s a pretty heavy day of teaching), this proves to be extremely vital because with the amount of breaks I have in between classes, I don’t have enough time to have a full course lunch.

With that being said, if it’s a post workout or a pre workout meal, this alleviates that feeling of hunger, gives you a good amount of energy (because the B vitamins), and you definitely don’t have that full feeling compared to eating three whole eggs before a workout.

Enjoy!

Dr. Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick’s Hyperthermic Conditioning

The more I read about some of these iconic people who aren’t world known, the more I scratch my head until there’s no scalp left.

Heat Is The New Black

If any of you have ever heard of hyperthermic conditioning, kudos to you!  This particular routine can you help increase growth hormone levels and improve your endurance.  For those of you who are fitness enthusiasts, ultra marathoners, or people who actually go on log runs routinely throughout the week (like some of my students), this could be something you could inherit for practice.

Dr. Patrick takes 20 minute sauna sessions post-workout or post-stretching at least four times per week, typically between 160-170 degrees fahrenheit.  This helps decrease DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness).

  • “One study has told us that a 30 minute sauna session twice a week for a few weeks increased the time it took for participants to run until exhaustion by 32%.  The most incredible part of this finding is this 32% was also accompanied by 7.1% increase in plasma volume and 3.5% increase in red blood cell count.”

Saunas are readily available at just about any middle-scale gym around the world.  Also, I would recommend hot baths.  A lot of people, especially athletes, would do ice baths.  Hot baths actually cause a massive release in prolactin, which plays a role in wound healing.  After Dr. Patrick finishes with the hot bath, she transitions into an ice bath for around 5-10 minutes.

Here’s an excellent routine that could help anyone improve the DOMS that normally takes place after working out.  For instance, I did an excruciating workout with one of my students that involved lots of plyometrics, jumping, and kettle bells.  If I would have done a sauna afterwards, it could’ve greatly reduce the soreness that I’m experiencing today.

If you have any questions, please let me know! I’ll be posting rampantly in regards to routines and things that can help “the athlete” or “fitness enthusiast.”