Want the world’s cheapest pre-workout supplement?
I’m going to tell you how to make your own for about 10% of what the supplement companies are charging you! I’ve even made a video (below) to show you exactly what to do. I highly recommend you use this in conjunction with my Targeted Hypertrophy Training program for fast muscle gains. The workout is free – click here to download it.
Furthermore, it works incredibly well! I’ve had countless readers come back and tell me that this is the best pre-workout supplement they have ever taken. Their pumps, strength, and size gains have all accelerated since starting to take this.
You’ll be able to:
- Lift more weight
- Do more reps
- Recover quicker in between sets
- Work at maximum intensity for the whole workout, and…
- Feel Awesome!
You’d normally pay about £30 to £40 for a month’s supply of a pre-workout like No-Xplode. I’m going to tell you how to get up to a YEAR’S supply of a home-made version for a fraction of that.
I first published this article in 2010 but have updated and improved the formula for 2013!
As you know, I’m no fan of bodybuilding supplements. I’ve stated numerous times that the only ones I recommend are:
- Whey Protein (for convenience, not any special muscle-building properties)
- Creatine (it works and is safe)
Over the years I’ve tried a lot of supplements and they didn’t do jack! With all the hype around NO Xplode, I decided to check it out.
The result? drum roll…
I have to admit that I did see a positive result on my workouts.
- More rep increases than normal
- More mental intensity
- More energy during the workout
- An increase in body temperature about 15-20 minutes after taking it.
I can’t put this down to placebo because I didn’t expect it to have any beneficial effect.
So my next question was, what makes it work? Obviously these supplement companies are making a killing off of this stuff. Like most other supplements, there had to be 1 or 2 active ingredients and a bunch of useless fillers. So let’s have a look…
NO Xplode Ingredients
Here are the NO-Xplode Ingredients as of 2010:
- L-Arginine AKG
- L-Histidine AKG
- Phosphates of Calcium, Potassium, and Sodium
Nitric Oxide supplements claim to work by increasing blood flow to working muscles and increasing mental and physical energy during your workout.
From the above list of ingredients, the only ones that I can see that could have any real effect in this regard are:
However, many other pre-workouts now include Beta-Alanine. As I’ve stated before, there is solid research regarding the efficacy of beta-alanine and it SHOULD play a regular role in your supplementation. This study  showed beta alanine supplementers gained an extra 1lb of muscle over 8 weeks as compared to the placebo group.
In addition, the Arginine AKG (AAKG) increases nitric oxide production – the whole basis that these pre-workout nitric oxide supplements are marketed on. The blood vessels dilate meaning more blood can reach muscle tissue, giving you bigger PUMPS and providing more nutrients and hormones responsible for muscle growth.
Lastly, I’ve already stated in a previous post that pre-workout caffeine works. Why caffeine works should be pretty self-explanatory.
However, don’t believe anyone (including me) when it comes to bodybuilding supplements. Try this out for yourself and either prove or disprove it to your own satisfaction.
The great thing is that these active ingredients are incredibly cheap!
The Best & Cheapest Pre-Workout Supplement
I’ve found the CHEAPEST prices for these anywhere online here. If you can find them cheaper, let me know so I can share with everyone else…
(1) You can get 100 x 200mg pills of caffeine for just $5.69 – that’s enough for 100 workouts!
(2) You can get a whopping 500g of AAKG for $24.96! Since I recommend you take 4g of AAKG 30mins before a workout, that’s enough for 125 workouts!
(3) And you can get 250g of Beta-Alanine for the stupid price of just $9.99! I recommend 2g of beta-alanine in this pre-workout cocktail.
[All prices correct as of 15th July 2015]
Even if you train 5 times a week, that’s 25 weeks (125 workouts). If you train 3 times per week, that’s 42 weeks. With a week off every 10 weeks, that comes to 6-months or almost a year’s supply (for a 3-day training routine) of an awesome pre-workout for $40.64!!
Since a 2.45lb tub of NO-Xplode currently retails for $44.64, and if you use 2 scoops per workout, you only get 25 workouts per tub! Compare that to my 125-workout formula and you can see how ridiculously cheap this homemade alternative is!
How To Take It
Mix 4g of AAKG and 2g of Beta-Alanine in water (or whatever you like) about 30 minutes before you train. Take your 200mg caffeine pill while drinking it for a very POTENT pre-workout cocktail!
[Edit: As of 2015, I now advise that you can take up to 300mg caffeine per cocktail if you feel you need it]
If you want it to taste like NO-Xplode, mix in a little sugar-free cordial to the water to make it taste great (AAKG is a little nasty on the taste buds).
Go hook yourself up with this powerful cocktail and let me know how it impacted your workouts and muscle gains below and via the Fan Page.
Train With Intensity!
P.S. If you find 4g of AAKG doesn’t have much of an effect, or you weigh over 200lbs, try a 5-6g serving.
Ref:  Effects of β-alanine supplementation on performance and body composition in collegiate wrestlers and football players. Kern BD, Robinson TL. J Strength Cond Res. 2011 Jul;25(7):1804-15.
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