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Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby Mikesbike » Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:28 pm

Who here uses pre work out pumps with their training and racing? I use Jack3d gives you an excellent pump, beta alanine (lactic buffer), creatine monohydrates to fuel the muscles and its very high in caffine which is great for getting you going... but avoid the post ride coffee, caffine overdose is not a pleasant experience I know first hand! Does anyone else use Jack3d, how do you find it? What else do people use?
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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby vander » Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:43 pm

Mikesbike wrote:Who here uses pre work out pumps with their training and racing? I use Jack3d gives you an excellent pump, beta alanine (lactic buffer), creatine monohydrates to fuel the muscles and its very high in caffine which is great for getting you going... but avoid the post ride coffee, caffine overdose is not a pleasant experience I know first hand! Does anyone else use Jack3d, how do you find it? What else do people use?


Pre workout supplements wont really work with cycling unless you are doing some sort of sprint training. As creatine only affects repetitive short burst training, unless you are doing this it wont really help except of course the amazing placebo effect. Caffeine can help in delaying the effect of fatigue but having before you start training i dont know its effectiveness but there have been tests showing that when you are fatiguing and your effort is decreasing caffeine can help bring it back to its peak. To be honest i would say mainly a waste of money unless you are doing repetitive sprints.
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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby Mikesbike » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:03 pm

vander wrote:
Mikesbike wrote:Who here uses pre work out pumps with their training and racing? I use Jack3d gives you an excellent pump, beta alanine (lactic buffer), creatine monohydrates to fuel the muscles and its very high in caffine which is great for getting you going... but avoid the post ride coffee, caffine overdose is not a pleasant experience I know first hand! Does anyone else use Jack3d, how do you find it? What else do people use?


Pre workout supplements wont really work with cycling unless you are doing some sort of sprint training. As creatine only affects repetitive short burst training, unless you are doing this it wont really help except of course the amazing placebo effect. Caffeine can help in delaying the effect of fatigue but having before you start training i dont know its effectiveness but there have been tests showing that when you are fatiguing and your effort is decreasing caffeine can help bring it back to its peak. To be honest i would say mainly a waste of money unless you are doing repetitive sprints.


I use it for speed and power work so motorpacing, sprinting, and ergo sessions with a coach. I find it pretty effective as I have tried training with and without and definately notice a superior difference too great to be a placebo effect... I'm stronger, more focused and last alot longer before stamina and the lactic build up gets the better of me. I don't use it for K's because unless your sprinting and working in the high HR zones flushing blood around your body the Beta Alanine tingle doesn't go away and it drives you insane.
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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby BarryTas » Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:29 am

magnesium to aide muscle relaxing and reduce cramps, and electro-lights
when do we stop for coffee???

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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby BarryTas » Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:30 am

oh and some carbs
when do we stop for coffee???

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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby lethoso » Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:59 pm

BarryTas wrote:and electro-lights


I got some of those, they help me see at night :lol:
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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby BarryTas » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:24 pm

lethoso wrote:
BarryTas wrote:and electro-lights


I got some of those, they help me see at night :lol:



meh monday + Spelling = fail
when do we stop for coffee???

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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby Stoo » Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:37 am

magnesium and iron.
coffee before i ride (don't often have coffee when i ride)
just water when i ride.
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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby ValleyForge » Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:34 am

Breakfast 4am - 200g processed bran, 300mls full fat milk & 30g brown sugar; triple double espresso
90 min ride
Protein shake on return; Vit C/Vit D3/Calcium & magnesium

It's got me to a BMI of 22 and I don't get hungry until lunchtime.
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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby number21 » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:53 am

Not much to add, I've had supplement salespeople try and sell me beta alanine but haven't taken the bait, although I'm more into the endurance stuff. With regards to the caffeine, I read an article by Adam Hanson where he was saying that he unknowningly bought himself gels with caffeine in them and unusually for him, cramped badly in this years Nationals road race. Hes not a coffee drinker either so effect might have been increased. I've since seen it a few times cramps related to caffeine intake.
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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby MarkG » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:21 am

I use a few products I get from when I worked at a body building store. Jack3d, which is ok, but Scivation Novem pre ride, Sciviation Xtend during, and Scivation whey post ride for me!
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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby winstonw » Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:49 am

I've mucked around making my own sports gel. Cheapest online gels are $1.30 for a 35g satchel.
My formula is as good as any commercial product and costs $0.27 for 35g.
Ingredients: maltodextrin, apple juice, cinnamon, NaCl, KCl, beta alanine, leucine, isoleucine, valine, caffeine, with jamsetta as the pectin and citric acid source.
It requires a bit of careful cooking to make it set to the right gel consistency, but recently I don't bother turning it into a gel. Just mix all ingredients, heat enough to dissolve maltodextrin, and put in a sports gel bottle.

A quicker gel is glucose syrup, honey, apple/raspberry cordial to taste, NaCl, KCl, BCAAs, beta alanine, caffeine.
Glucose syrup has shorter chain saccharides than maltodextrin, but is still longer than sucrose, so shouldn't spike blood sugar in dramatically. Combine glucose and honey and cordial, heat in microwave till warm and runny, add other ingredients. Stick in sports gel bottle, take only 100-200 Cals an hour.

After exercise, I do anything with protein and carb - jam sandwich, cheese and salad sandwich, chocolate milk.

The thing I am diligent with pre exercise is ensuring I start in fluid balance. Early morning rides mean drinking 600-1000mls before starting, essentially whatever got pee'd off overnight goes in before exercise.
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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby Jeremy » Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:17 pm

Mikesbike wrote:Who here uses pre work out pumps with their training and racing? I use Jack3d gives you an excellent pump, beta alanine (lactic buffer), creatine monohydrates to fuel the muscles and its very high in caffine which is great for getting you going... but avoid the post ride coffee, caffine overdose is not a pleasant experience I know first hand! Does anyone else use Jack3d, how do you find it? What else do people use?


I suggest you stop using it immediately, and hope you dont get drug tested.
I'm assuming from your other posts, that you are a competitive cyclist?

Jack3D contains Geranium (1,3-Dimethylamylamine or Methylhexamine)......which is a banned substance :wink:
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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby Eberbachl » Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:43 pm

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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby Diggs » Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:43 am

Pre-workout supps are scientifically proven. My experience (with the right ones) has been they have helped fairly dramatically in races and high intensity training. Many top end athletes use them.

I use to work for Musashi/PowerBar and spent a lot of time talking with the biochemist. Their pre-workout supp which is marketed towards bodybuilders is actually more beneficial for cyclists, kickboxers, boxers, kayakers and runners etc

Most pre workout supps help reduce the build up of lactic acid, vasodilate (expand your veins so more blood gets to your muscles), make you more mentally alert and supply amino acids to your muscles to slow the onset of fatigue.

I'm not an advocate of Musashi/PowerBar but only mention them because I've had time with the biochemist. I know many other companies make similar products which are more beneficial to us than bodybuilders but bodybuilders like the hype behind them. I would be careful of US brands as they often have ingredients that are banned in sports. I've heard good things (but haven't tried) from brands like Bodyscience, International Protein, Balance, Gen-Tec (this one I'll probably try next).

I was involved in a study at Griffith University, Gold Coast with competitive cyclists on the effects of caffeine on athletes. It was a 60 minute maximal effort once a week for 6 weeks with 15 athletes taking part. We had to eat specific food and follow strict guidlines. Blood was taken the day before the effort, 90 minutes before, 5 minutes before then straight after. The study was published and this was the result....

If the athlete abstained from caffeine for 5 days prior to the effort and took 3mg of caffeine/kg of bodyweight 60 minutes before the effort they got a 5% improvement in performance

If the athlete didn't abstain from caffeine the 5 days previous and took 3mg of caffeine/kg of bodyweight 60 minutes before the effort they got a 3% improvement in performance

So if you take that and add extras like mentioned above then bam, it's legal performance enhancing using natural substances.

I save my pre-workout supps for races or early morning hard sessions.

There's also much more sports science that can be implemented for recovery etc that will give you an edge over your competitors. It surprises me the lack of nutrition science in the sport of cycling, this is a sport that benefits greatly from close attention to these topics but it seems most are either ignorant or too lazy
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Re: Pre workout supplements and cycling

Postby notwal » Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:26 pm

... or too confused. You can't on the face of it differentiate the bogus from the good oil. So much of the stuff touted is advertised under FDA regulation and they have to say "may" a lot. Then when you grep for info you get different emphasis, disagreement, different spin. It takes a lot of study just to know what is available. It's too hard and who's got time to experiment? Well most of us do a bit but that's what taking supplements is reduced to. We're spoiled by too much to choose from and an over abundance of free speech. The study of supplements should be a unit in Human Movements studies. Then you could just seek the recommendation of you're local gym personal trainer.
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