So that's what we did, and we backed it by science as well. Check it out:
FLUX Exclusive Time-Released Caffeine Blend (450mg)
Caffeine Anhydrous: Caffeine can be found in most pre-workout supplements, and for good reason. The stimulant provides the nuclear reaction needed to generate the energy you need, and 1.21 GW contains the right amount scientifically proven to help you perform. Studies have found caffeine to help you increase muscle power, jumper higher, and run faster and longer.
It has been shown to decrease your rate of perceived exertion (RPE, helping you block out the pain), increase alertness and help heighten your mood. If you’ve never performed a Wingate test, give it a try. It is one of the most grueling 30 seconds of your life, and caffeine has been shown to improve Wingate times. With different cognitive, aerobic and anaerobic benefits, it is easy to see how caffeine can assist you in reaching your goals.
InfinergyTM DiCaffeine Malate: A relatively new compound, di-caffeine malate is basically caffeine bonded with malic acid. The new composition has a slightly different digestibility, and could help alleviate the digestive issues that some people experience when consuming caffeine.
Caffeine Citrate: As you probably guessed, caffeine citrate is caffeine bonded with citric acid. It is added to help spike blood caffeine levels faster, approximately 30-60 minutes faster than caffeine anhydrous. When taken with caffeine anhydrous, it can cause caffeine levels to start high and stay high, helping you stay mentally and physically into your workout.
Enhanced Lactic Acid Threshold (3,200mg)
Beta Alanine: Beta alanine is an amino acid that combines with the amino acid histidine to form carnosine. During high intensity exercise, your body doesn’t have time to produce energy with oxygen like it usually does, so it undergoes anaerobic respiration to produce energy. As a result, hydrogen ion byproducts are produced, causing the muscle to become more acidic. If it becomes too acidic it can cause muscle fatigue and shorten exercise duration. Carnosine is an intracellular buffer that decreases the accumulation of hydrogen ions, helping delay the muscle from becoming too acidic and allow you to keep training at a high intensity. Taking 4-6g daily has been shown to increase performance in exercises lasting 1-2 minutes, including faster sprinting times and higher training volume when performing 8-15 repetitions. Beta alanine is also responsible for that paresthesia (tingly feeling) that you either love or hate when taking most pre-workouts, and taking up to 6g of it at a time could cause too much paresthesia. With 3.2g, there should be plenty to have you feeling its effects, without being a distraction.
Lightning Strike Focus & Drive (1,227mg)
Choline Bitartrate:Choline is an essential nutrient in the human body with uses including, but not limited to, neurotransmitter synthesis, cell membrane signaling, and coordination. Following intense, lengthy workouts serum choline levels drop. This can lead to impaired performance and decreased cognition. One study on marathon runners found poorer race times in those with lower choline levels. Another study found decreased performance on cognitive tests due to depleted choline levels following a 5-day combat training course. As you can depict from these studies, serum choline levels don’t fall from spending most of your workout conversing with your gym partner or casually going from machine to machine. For those of us that grind throughout the entirety of our workout and spend most days at the gym, field, court, etc., we should be aware of our choline levels. Supplementation has been shown to decrease marathon times, increase visuomotor performance, and even improve pupil constriction. This means that supplementation of choline can bring blood concentrations back to normal following heavy training, helping improve endurance performance and increase cognition accuracy.
L-Tyrosine: Tyrosine is non-essential amino acid that is used to synthesize proteins in the body. It is also a precursor to neurotransmitters and hormones. The benefits of tyrosine appear to not be of physical performance, but cognitive. Studies have found that when taking large doses of tyrosine before an acute stressor (such as cold conditions or high altitude), that subjects increased working memory and cognition. If this can be transferred to a workout session then attention and focus could be improved.
L-Theanine:Another non-essential amino acid, theanine can be found in green tea leaves. Taken alone, studies have found it to have a calming or relaxing affect, something most people don’t look for in a pre-workout. Taken with caffeine, theanine has been shown to increase cognitive speed and accuracy more than caffeine alone. This synergistic effect means that you can get the increased alertness from caffeine without feeling easily distracted. Now you’ll be able to put all your focus and attention on the task at hand.
Synephrine HCl:Synephrine is the main protoalkaloid from Citrus aurantium, also known as bitter orange. The chemical makeup of p-synephrine allows it to have more favorable binding properties to its adrenoreceptors, which is the main theory as to why it increases metabolic rate and lipolysis. Outside of its thermogenic properties and the reason it is in 1.21 GW is its ergogenic benefits. The groundbreaking study specifically examining the effects of synephrine on weight lifting showed an increase in force, total repetitions, and total volume when subjects performed six sets of squats following consumption of synephrine compared to the control and placebo (p<0.05). Increasing reps and total volume is a great way to increase strength and muscle gains, and this is exactly what synephrine has been shown to do.
BioperineTM (Black Pepper Extract): This patented black pepper extract has nothing to do with improving the taste of 1.21 (but feel free to add some pepper to your cherry lemonade if you’d like, we won’t judge). On its own, bioperine probably won’t be of any benefit, but combined with other ingredients a synergistic effect takes place. Research as shown increased bioavailability of nutrients including beta-carotene, CoQ10, curcumin, iron, and resveratrol when taken with BioperineTM. The human body likes to keep most nutrients from getting too high in the blood stream. It’s a defense mechanism that helps keep some harmful substances down, but this could backfire if it’s also lowering the beneficial substances. BioperineTM can help slow the breakdown of your prewokout nutrients, keeping them in the bloodstream so they are readily available during your workout, allowing you to get the most out of your supplements!
Rauwolfia Vomitoria Root Extract (Std. Min. 90% Alpha-Yohimbine): Rauwolfia vomitoria is an herb that has been used in natural medicine for conditions such as high blood pressure and some mental disorders. The extract in 1.21 GW contains at least 90% α-yohimbine, which studies have shown increases lipolysis AND norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is one of the “fight or flight” hormones from the sympathetic nervous system. We’ve all heard those stories about an average mother lifting a car off the ground with her bare hands to save her baby’s life, haven’t we? But where does such strength come from? The same flight or fight response that helped early Paleolithic man outrun or contest saber-toothed tigers! Being able to increase norepinephrine can help unleash maximum power and engage ultimate drive and beast mode during your workout!
Huperzine A: Upon any voluntary action, from opening the gym door to testing your deadlift one rep max, there is a step by step process that gets that idea from your mind to muscles doing the task. One of the big players in that process is the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine (ACh) helps bind the presynaptic end of one neuron to the postsynaptic end of the ensuing neuron, so the message from the brain can be sent to skeletal muscle. The higher the duration and intensity of the workout, the higher ACh levels drops. Low ACh levels have been suspected as one of the reasons behind central fatigue, as well as cause learning issues. Huperzine A has been shown to increase acetylcholine levels by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase (the enzyme that breaks down ACh), helping improve memory and learning performance in students. Now that we can keep our ACh levels up during our workout we have the capability to help delay fatigue and keep pushing through, keeping our brain and muscles working coherently from the beginning to the very end of the workout.
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Due to the extremely high dose of beta alanine, you're going to feel your face tingle. The dose of beta alanine included helps to fight lactic acid buildup and will help you push past those thresholds more easily.
Your energy level will sky rocket and you'll be working harder and faster than ever before. You may not want to leave the gym, but you'll have to eventually. The pre-workout uses a sustained release, so you won't crash after you leave the gym but the energy will slowly level off.
That's the beta alanine. A lot of people think the tingling comes from niacin, but they're wrongo dongo. Check the ingredients - no niacin in our product.
Niacin is a cheap way to get that 'flush' feeling, but it doesn't do anything for you.
Beta Alanine, on the other hand, helps to increase your lactic acid threshold. That means you can train longer, harder, and with less burn in your muscles.
So much for that plateau.
Absolutely. We formulated 1.21GW to be tolerated by everyone, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't start out slow.
All pre workout drinks should be assessed by starting with half a serving. 1.21GW is an extremely potent pre workout powder, which means you should test it out at a smaller serving than normal first to see if it affects you negatively.
After using 1.21GW for a few weeks, it's best to take a short break from it so that you don't overstimulate yourself and end up feeling nothing from all energy-based products.
While 1.21GW was not formulated specifically to be a fat loss product, it does have ingredients that most definitely increase lipolysis (fat loss) and can help with increasing metabolic rate and burning off extra calories throughout the day.
Plus, the harder you work in your workouts, the bigger metabolic stimulus for your body. 1.21GW can help you push through plateaus and work harder than ever.
As with all energy-based products, if you consume too much you may not feel great. All of this can be alleviated with increasing hydration, food intake, and resting.
That's why we recommend starting off slow with your dose - this is a STRONG pre workout product.
Otherwise, the side effects are few and far between. We do have a whole list of 'WARNING: DO NOT TAKE THIS IF..." listed below, and you should probably check that out.
The most common side effect is the 'tingling' or paresthesia associated to the Beta Alanine in the product. You'll notice this pretty quickly - sometimes within just a minute of drinking the product. That's completely normal and happens to almost everyone.
Our protein powder Isothority is the perfect product to pair with 1.21GW for the proper protein delivery and recovery in the post-workout window.
Beginning users should always assess tolerance with 1/2 a scoop in 6oz water. This isn't a normal pre-workout and even if you've been taking 2 scoops of 'other' pre-workout, I would still take 1/2 a scoop of 1.21GW to see how it will affect you. Advanced users can use 1 scoop mixed with about 10-12oz of water.
Directions: As a dietary supplement, mix 1/2 (.5) serving of 1.21GW with 4-6 fl. oz of cold water and consume 30 minutes prior to your workout. Advanced users can consume up to one (1) serving prior to their workout with 8-12 fl. oz of water. DO NOT CONSUME 1.21GW WITHIN 4 HOURS PRIOR TO BEDTIME. DO NOT TAKE ANY OTHER PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN CAFFEINE OR OTHER STIMULANTS SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH 1.21GW.
Warning: Not for use by individuals under the age of 18 years. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Consult with a physician or licensed qualified health care professional before using this product if you have or have a family history of heart disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression or other psychiatric condition, glaucoma, difficulty urinating, prostate enlargement, or seizure disorder. Do not exceed recommended serving. Exceeding recommended serving may cause adverse health effects. Discontinue use and call a physician or licensed qualified health care professional immediately if you experience rapid heartbeat, dizziness, severe headache, shortness of breath or other similar symptoms. Individuals who are sensitive to the effects of caffeine or have a medical condition should avoid using this product. Do not use this product if you are more than 15 pounds overweight. The consumer assumes total liability if this product is used in a manner inconsistent with label guidelines. Do not use for weight reduction. This product is intended for use by healthy individuals only. Keep out of the reach of children. Too much caffeine may cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness and occasionally rapid heartbeat.
Big fan of the 1.21 pre workout and they hit it out of the park with this flavor. Tastes just like the popsicle you had as a kid. My favorite flavor to date. Nice job, Nutrithority!
So happy you like it John!!
I love all the products in the 1.21GW starter! They all taste great and they all get the job done on every level when at the gym!
Appreciate the review Carlos!! Crush your goals!!!
I own and am the trainer at a private sports performance gym. My powerlifting team consists of 8 girls, ages 13 to 40. I only allow the high school girls and older to use any stimulants and they have all tried several of the brands i have used. However, since finding this, the girls have all threatened me to not change or they will let a bar drop on me while they spot me lol. Needless to say, they love the flavors and the energy and somehow i seem to be the one paying for it all! As a powerlifter, i have tried and loved a lot of various pre-workouts, but i have no plans of changing from your products. Great Job.
Thanks Zane!!! We appreciate your business. You Rock!!
Banana protein is incredible! Bcaa's are delicious and the 1.21gw is my go to! Shaker bottle is the best on the market
Thanks Jared n crew ! Banana protein pancakes are delicious
Thanks AJ! Those pancakes look great!
Spot on flavor. It actually works. Keep up the good work
Great flavor and consistency. Easy to drink. Excited to try the other flavors too!
Loved this. It had everything that I would buy separately and this way I saved some money and got a shaker!
Upon receiving my 1.21, I found clumping in my product. I reached out and contacted the team. I immediately received a response and the NEXT DAY I had a new 1.21 at my door!!! AMAZING customer service ♥️
Thanks so much Kimberly. Unfortunately sometimes problems do come up, so we're here to take care of you anytime you have an issue (hopefully not often!).
Started using this pre-workout about a year ago, and will never switch! It gives me great energy and focus!