July 30, 2013 by IowaTriBob
Over the past year I’ve come to really appreciate and rely upon supplements for both my pre and post workout routines. In that time I’ve tried dozens of recommended and advertised options, all with the promise to make you a better athlete. Some work, some don’t, and like anything, supplements are really a personal preference as each may impact us as individuals differently.
Now before you dismiss the idea of supplements before or after a workout, my guess is you’re already doing it. A supplement can be anything that is added, enhances, or completes your normal nutrition.
Almost everyone I’ve met and talked with eats or drinks something extra before and after a workout. Whether that means eating a banana, slurping down a gel, drinking a cup or two of coffee, eating a cliff bar, heading to the nearest McDonalds after a long ride, or god forbid – throwing down a redbull and snickers (and yes that is actually the pre-workout routine for someone), they are all a type of workout supplement.
After much experimentation I’ve really come to rely upon GNC’s Amplified N.O. Loaded V2 product. As far as I know it comes in two flavors – fruit punch and watermelon. I’ve only tried the fruit punch, which I find tastes pretty good, but I read a review that the watermelon tasted pretty good as well.
GNC’s Amplified N.O. Loaded V2 is advertised as a dietary supplement with:
- 2.5G Beta-Alanine & 5G Micronized Creatine
- Advanced Next Generation Pre-Training Formula Delivers Explosive Strength & Stamina
- Rapid Absorbing Micronized Aminos & Citrulline Fuel Training for Extreme Muscle Pumps & Vascularity
- Power Through Workouts with 5g Betaine, 3.6g Beta-Alanine & 2.5g Creatine HCI
- Feel Extreme Energy & Experience Greater Physical & Mental Intensity
The supplemental facts are shown below:
Prior to taking GNC’s Amplified N.O. Loaded V2 I had tried Force Factors Body Rush as well as the new concentrated version, a precursor to Amplified N.O. Loaded called AMP Stamina (tasted absolutely horrible), F3 Nutrition Air Speed, natural green tea and/or coffee, Black Powder Pre-Workout, P2Life NutriBoost and EndurBoost, and a few others (yes I love to experiment with nutrition :-))…
My experience with GNC’s Amplified N.O. Loaded V2 has been very positive.
The recommended dosage is two level scoops 30-60 minutes before a workout; however I’d recommend starting with 1 scoop, especially if you’re new to pre-workout drinks and in particular, Beta-Alanine as it can give you a tingling sensation similar to goose bumps.
I now take between 1-1/2 and 2 scoops 45-60 minutes before a workout and find that I have more energy to get started as well as better endurance and energy throughout the entire workout. Unlike some of the others I’ve tried, the Amplified N.O. Loaded V2 seems to last well into a 1-2 hour solid workout to help keep me going. If I’m on a long ride lasting more than 2 hours I’ll often take a bar or gel with me to keep my energy high throughout the entire time (hydration included with both of course).
I also really like that there isn’t any crash or jittery feeling after a workout. I’ve even tried taking a workout dose without having a workout scheduled just to see what would happen. I definitely had a lot of energy and focus but not an uncomfortable type of feeling and it gradually wore off throughout the day without noticing any big swings.
At $39.99 the cost is reasonable, if not even slightly on the lower end of the pre-workout supplement market. For now I’m planning on sticking with GNC’s Amplified N.O. Loaded V2 and might even give the watermelon flavor a try until the next best thing comes along.
If you’re ever in the market for a pre-workout supplement and drink, I wouldn’t hesitate to say give the GNC Amplified N.O. Loaded V2 a try.