The formulators at ProMera didn’t have to look far when deciding which two ingredients to feature in new and improved version of CON-CRET® PRE. The goal was to create a formula that would deliver both power (creatine)(1) and endurance (beta-alanine)(2) without breaking the customer’s bank. Creatine and beta-alanine were obvious choices and a perfect match.
The combination of these two ingredients has been examined and shown to favorably influence both strength and performance.(2) In a recent study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, it was observed that the combination of creatine and beta-alanine had the greatest effects on lean tissue accruement (muscle growth) and body fat composition (fat loss).(3)
The makers of CON-CRET® PRE were eager to produce a formula that mirrored the results of this study, particularly the observed increase in SRML (single rep maximum lift) in the bench press and the squat.(4)
Hence, CON-CRET® PRE was created with both creatine and beta-alanine as the soul of the formula.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN USING CON-CRET® PRE
Let’s create some basic parameters for a successful CON-CRET® PRE experience – rapid gains in size and strength should be experienced QUICKLY. You shouldn’t be surprised if strength begins to skyrocket within as little as a week of supplementing with one or two scoops of CON-CRET® PRE. It is important to note, however, that these expectations assume that you are using CON-CRET® PRE while also consuming a nutrient-dense diet and getting enough rest.
Try this: Take two scoops of CON-CRET® PRE and train using a lower repetition range per set (2 to 4 reps). Use this approach on your major lifts, i.e., squat, bench, barbell curl, or military. If you follow this protocol correctly, it will become obvious to you that your strength is increasing. Gains in strength may even be experienced from workout to workout.
THE BETA-ALANINE FACTOR
Here’s a little oversimplified science: the dipeptide amino acid beta-alanine has been shown in clinical research to increase intramuscular levels of carnosine. (5,6) This increase in carnosine is of critical importance. Its increased presence in muscle tissue may delay the rapid buildup of hydrogen ions that takes place during a typical weight training set. The buildup of these ions creates an acidic environment in muscles (acidosis) and is eventually responsible for the burning sensation you get from sustained exertion.
Imagine doing a 12-rep set of barbell curls with 70% of your maximum single rep capacity. Isn’t it true that the closer you get to that 12th rep the more difficult and painful the repetitions become? Isn’t it also true that, in many cases, the set ends because the burning sensation is too much bear? Well, that’s the negative impact that those hydrogen ions have on every set. If you don’t push to that level during your training, you won’t experience what I’m talking about. However, if you break a sweat, you know exactly what I am talking about.
Beta-alanine is known to be effective at buffering those hydrogen ions, thus making it possible to squeeze out additional repetitions in a condition that is otherwise unbearably painful. Let me say it this way: instead of bailing on the set, beta-alanine makes it possible to squeeze out extra repetitions for an improved exercise performance threshold.
BETA-ALANINE + CREATINE = AWESOME
By combining beta-alanine with the power of creatine, an amazing synergy may be achieved. Together they seem to effectively blunt the aforementioned acidic environment and delay muscle fatigue, thus improving overall exercise work capacity. (7,8) The combination of the two is truly dynamic!
As you would guess, instead of using monohydrate, the formulators of CON-CRET® PRE elected to use creatine hcl under the trade name of CON-CRET®. Users of CON-CRET® PRE experience all the benefits from creatine without the side effects of monohydrate, making it an obvious choice for this formula.
Users of CON-CRET® PRE should know that the perceived effects of CON-CRET® can be almost immediate, but those of beta-alanine build up gradually.
The inclusion of beta-alanine is believed to make CON-CRET® PRE more impactful with each workout and each scoop. It may take as long as 8 weeks for the product to reach its maximum impact on your training. That’s exciting! It may also explain why users of CON-CRET® PRE report gradual and consistent increases in performance over that same period. In other words, the longer you use it, the better it appears to get.
Remember, CON-CRET® PRE will help build muscle and improve training performance, but you still have to put in the work!
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