So you want to know what makes you Spark?
If you’re a newbie to supplements, just starting out in your journey to a healthier and happier life, then you, like all of us are going to need pre-workout.
Why? Because sometimes you just don’t want to do things and you want to be a bum and sit on the couch, OR if you are feeling like hammering your body in a workout and you want to take it the extra mile to get the best out of what you’re doing (probably the better reason).
Spark is our all natural pre workout supplement formulated especially for you to maximise your workout.
Tingles – “Why has my whole body turned into a numb foot?”
Now, when you take pre-workout, most of you know that tingling feeling that happens all over your body. For those who don’t know; when you take pre workout, you’ll feel this tingling sensation everywhere (and we mean everywhere) – don’t worry, you didn’t take too much, and you’re not dying. It’s just our fun friend Beta Alanine coming out to play.
If you’ve ever purchased a pre workout with Beta Alanine and not felt that tingling sensation at all, we’re sorry to tell you, but you probably had a crap product.
Beta Alanine Specs
Beta Alanine is a non-essential amino acid, a part of the building block of Carnosine, a molecule which helps buffer the lactic acid in muscles, increasing performance.
Beta alanine has been shown to enhance muscular endurance, and improve moderate-to-high intensity cardiovascular exercise performance, such as rowing or sprinting.
When you ingest beta alanine, it turns into the molecule carnosine, which as we mentioned earlier, acts as an acid buffer (for lactic acid – hate that guy), in the body.
With increased stores of carnosine, it can help your body with an offer of protection from exercise-induced lactic acid production. This means faster recovery time post-workout, YAY!
The second main ingredient in our Spark is creatine. Creatine is a molecule which is already produced in the body, and it stores high-energy phosphate groups in the form of phosphocreatine (creatine phosphate). In times of stress, phosphocreatine releases energy to aid cellular function. What does this mumbo jumbo of big words mean? It basically means that when your creatine is released during activity it helps cause strength increases after creatine supplementation, not only that, it can aid the brain, bones, muscles and liver. Seriously – how awesome is that?
If you decide to purchase creatine on its own, make sure you’re drinking enough water, as creatine can sometimes cause tummy cramps (technical term) without it. Diarrhoea and Nausea can occur if you take too much at once, which is why creatine supplementation is generally spread out over the day with meals.
To get the most out of your creatine, it’s best to do something that the fitness world calls “loading”. Creating loading protocol means that you take 0.3g per kg of your body weight for 5-7 days, then follow with at lease 0.03g/kg/day either for 3 weeks (if you’re cycling) or indefinitely (without additional loading phases). Please do not try and load Spark – you will not feel very good if you load up on pre workout which includes Guarana; a natural caffeine.
Paullinia cupana, also known as guarana, is a fruit bearing tree, the seeds of which are ground into powder and used in traditional Amazonian medicine. Guarana is supplemented primarily for its stimulant properties because of its caffeine properties.
We’ve also thrown in some amino acids because we want you to get the most out of your Spark. We’ve got :
L-Arginine – which is used in the synthesis of proteins & can help with hypertension and type 2 diabetes (these illnesses tend to be characterised by an increase of an enzyme that degrades L-Arginine)
L-Leucine – one of the 3 BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids), and sometimes referred to as the “main” amino acid as it aids greatly in building muscle.
L-Tyrosine – Is an amino acid that used by the body to produce noradrenaline & dopamine; supplementing acts an an anti-stress for acute stressors.
So there you have it, there are the basics (and a little extra) on your new favourite workout; Spark.
If you’re looking for different ways to take Spark rather than just mixed with water, please head over to our recipes section and have a look for yourself!