Basic Pre-Workout Supplements: #1 Cheap, Safe & Effective Stack

Hey what’s up guys, Sean Nalewanyj here of and in this video I want to outline my top recommended basic
pre-workout supplement stack that I believe offers the best overall bang for your buck
when it comes to effective pre-workout supplementation. Now I definitely think that pre-workout supplements
get far too much credit these days. Yes, a few ingredients taken prior to your training
sessions can give you a small increase in overall training performance, but it’s not
going to be anywhere near what all those ridiculous supplement ads would lead you to believe,
and you most certainly don’t need to spend an excessive amount of money here in order
to get the basic effects that you’re after. In the vast majority of cases, mainstream
pre-workout products are really just a waste of money, plain and simple. Aside from the
fact that most of them hide their formulations behind a proprietary blend so you don’t even
really know what you’re getting, they’re also typically packed with way too many ingredients,
many of which are not even backed by good supportive research. They’re often present
in potentially dangerous dosages and combinations, and they drain far more money from your wallet
on a monthly basis than you should be spending in this area of yor program in the first place.
Now the stack that I’ll be outlining in this video may come across as being too simple
for some of you, so let me just say this before I go any further. First of all, in the vast
majority of cases, pre-workout supplementation does not need to be complicated in the first
place. And in fact, pre-workout supplementation isn’t even going to be necessary for a large
percentage of trainees at all. Many people have simply been overly influenced by hyped-up
supplement marketing and think that they need a pre-workout supplement in order to have
a solid training session. If you really believe that your ability to execute a quality workout
hinges on a pill or powder then you may want to re-examine how motivated you really are
in the first place. And second of all, I’m not saying that the ingredients outlined in
this stack are the only pre-workout compounds out there that do have positive effects on
energy and performance. There are certainly others as well. The stack that I’ll be outlining
here is specifically designed to give you the reliable training boost that you’re after
in the most simple, efficient, safe and inexpensive way possible without forcing you to unnecessarily
juggle 8 different supplement bottles every time you need to hit the gym. Okay so here
it is, all 2 ingredients. Take the following combination around 30 to 45 minutes before
you train and if you want to get the most pronounced effects possible then take it on
a relatively empty stomach. The first component is 100 to 200 milligrams of caffeine anhydrous.
Now I won’t go into too much detail here as I’m sure most people already basically know
what caffeine does. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system and increases your
energy, mental focus and alertness. It also delays the onset of muscle fatigue, and it
can reduce the perception of muscular discomfort during exercise. The vast majority of the
effects that you feel from typical commercial pre-workout formulas is simply due to the
caffeine content. Caffeine is by far the most effective and impactful pre-workout ingredient
available, and it also happens to be incredibly inexpensive as well. Everyone does respond
differently to caffeine comsumption, but a sweet spot of between 100 to 200 milligrams
works well for most people. You’ll have to experiment to find the right dosage for yourself.
Some people who have a particularly high tolerance for stimulants may prefer a larger dosage
of around 300 milligrams but I wouldn’t recommend going too far beyond this in most cases. Another
option here is to simply consume a cup or two of coffee rather than taking your caffeine
in pill form. A standard 8 ounce cup of coffee contains around 95 milligrams of caffeine,
though this will obviously vary depending on what type of coffee you’re drinking, how
it’s brewed and how strong you make it. And the second component is 1 to 3 grams of L-Tyrosine.
L-Tyrosine is an amino acid and is one of the key building blocks for important catecholamines
that are involved in neuromuscular performance and alertness: adrenaline, noradrenaline and
dopamine. Although it probably won’t do much of anything if you use it on its own in isolation,
L-Tyrosine has a synergistic effect when you combine it with caffeine. This is because
L-Tyrosine increases the production of catecholamines while caffeine increases their release. Again,
there’s not going to be any single recommendation that will apply to everybody across the board,
so if you’re new to this then just start off with a lower dosage and gradually increase
until you reach your desired effect. I’d also recommend that you cycle on and off of this
stack in order to reduce your tolerance by taking a full 2 weeks off after 6 to 8 weeks
of continued use. And that’s all there is to it here guys, 100 to 200 milligrams of
caffeine anhydrous combined with 1 to 3 grams of L-Tyrosine. It’s simple, it’s easy to consume
and it will replicate the majority of the effects that you’d get from a standard commercial
pre-workout formula, but at a much lower price. If you go with the smallest recommended dosage
here of 100 milligrams of caffeine and 1 gram of L-Tyrosine it’s going to run you about
30 cents a workout or about 5 bucks a month, assuming you use it 4 times a week, and at
the highest dosage, it’s going to cost you 90 cents a workout or about 14 bucks a month,
and this is a far cry from the standard $30 – $50 a month you’d pay for a typical commercial
pre-workout product. If you want to add in some other ingredients than it’s totally up
to you. My first 2 recommended choices would be 1 to 2 grams of acetyl-l-carnitine and/or
6 to 8 grams of citrulline malate, but for most people in most situations the basic pre-workout
supplement stack that I’ve outlined in this video will be more than sufficient to get
a safe reliable increase in strength and focus during your training sessions without going
overboard. So thanks for watching this video lesson. I hope you found the information useful
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35 thoughts on “Basic Pre-Workout Supplements: #1 Cheap, Safe & Effective Stack

  1. Sean, i am old fan of yours and your videos and ttabm got me into bb. I watched presentation on your website, it is amazing, but there is one flaw… You said that your going to give 3 items for free in the end and when it came to the end there is only method to buy. Did this only appeared to me or is perment? 

  2. Great video Sean.
    Very detailed , but could have been more (like telling more about carnitine etc) but then it would have been 10 min long. Anyways, anyone who wants the full information would watch 10 min video.
    But having said that, I would say, you should just point out what supplements you are talking about in the Description box, so that people who aren't that patient , can just check the names.
    or you could just tell in the intro itself what supplements you are going to discuss.
    It's just an advice.

  3. Hey Sean,
    What are your thoughts on the JYM supplement company created by Dr. Jim Stoppani?  I ask this because he emphasizes the same concepts as you including "no proprietary blends" and "no abbreviated formulas" but only proper doses.  I was specifically looking at this product which has caffeine and l-tyrosine as main ingredients but he also has a pre-workout.

  4. Right now I'm using caffeine anhydrous, creapure, l-tyrosine, and acetyl l-carnitine as my pre-workout stack. The bitterness is overwhelming, do you have any tips to combat this issue.

  5. Hi Sean, i'm from asia here. They dont sell l-tyrosine in my area by itself in controlled portions. I would have to ship it over to get it which is very costly. Is there any other alternatives to l-tyrosine? Or any pre-workout which consists of these 2 components which you can recommend? 

  6. @Sean Nalewanyj  well i was using l tyrosine it kick me only first 10 times after that i feel nothing…maybe acetyl l tyrosine is better??? or maybe caffeine with acetyl l carnitine…

  7. What do you think of Jim Stoppani's pre, post and pro supplements? Like you, he basis his conclusions and hopefully all his products on science, plus all his ingredients are listed in his products. Love your videos and are learning tremendously from you and your experience!!!

  8. thank God I found this.. I'm starting to feel afraid of my pre workout supplement. I take C4 and im starting to feel like I need more than 2 scoops.. which the label say not to exceed.

    I feel way safer switching to caffeine pills thanks so much !!! and i save money 🤗

  9. I do use a pre-workout but maybe not for the normal rason. I like the flushed, tingly feeling it gives. That mentally tells me it's time to get after it and work hard. Mental attitude is important to me. Maybe working out by myself has something to do width it.

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