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1  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Nutrition, Products & Supplements / Re: Energy Shots? on: September 21, 2012, 05:56:48 AM
The last energy "shot" I used was the ABB brand. I think many companies offer comparable ones now - no sugar, but lots of (probably underdosed or useless) other ingredients. The caffeine is primarily what matters, and is what you actually feel working.

Speaking of "feeling," some manufacturers have taken to adding beta alanine to their formula, which provides a niacin-like tingle. People, for the most part, are fairly simple creatures who desire instant results. While it takes months to see the results of the protein supplements you consume to help build muscle, the effects of pre-workout products are noticed immediately.
Even a simple caffeine rush is adequate to satisfy many people enough that they will continue using a product. Add some tingly skin, and now it's Harry Potter-type shit!

Shots are convenient. Many cost less than a cup of good coffee. About the only benefit you'll get from them is the caffeine push. If that's all you need, then you're good to go.

I agree!  It's definitely the "rush" I get in the beginning stage of the workout that causes me to continue using caffeine products like these.  So I think it all gets down to caffeine content.  I simply think these shots are much more convenient than other forms.  Sure, you could take a pill but that seems so boring to me.  Thanks for the thoughts!

On a side note, I've tried the Stackers.  They work great too, but the taste was very hard to get over. I personally found the Eternal energy ones to be much better, hence why I recommended them (they have a few more ingredients as well, could be for placebo effect though).  I think I picked up em up for around 86 cents each
2  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Nutrition, Products & Supplements / Energy Shots? on: September 20, 2012, 09:51:16 AM
Hi all, kind of new to the whole forum thing.  Had a question though, I've found drinking coffee to be really helpful for pre-workouts, but sometimes coffee is just a little too acidic for me. (And I've also heard coffee stains teeth, so I'm trying to stay away.)  I've also taken quite a liking to some energy products, such as the energy shots you see at gas stations and GNC and the like.  Does anyone else find these super convenient?  I particularly like one brand, Eternal Energy.  Found it for less than a buck at Wally World, thought that was a lot better deal than some of the other prices I saw and plus it didn't taste like citric acid in a bottle.  I've looked up the ingredients and I think these little shots are a much healthier alternative than energy drinks, they don't have the sugar content and the portions are small but they still have a good kick.

Anyways, I was wondering if anybody had tried these products and found them successful. Thoughts?
3  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Nutrition, Products & Supplements / Re: Soy on: September 20, 2012, 07:37:16 AM
I'm very cautious about using Soy.  Like Princess L said, it's very controversial and you'll be hard pressed to find organic, non-GMO soy products.
4  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Nutrition, Products & Supplements / Re: is my CREATINE fine to use??? on: September 20, 2012, 07:35:06 AM
I find creatine to make me exceptionally thirsty.  Don't have any scientific data on that though, anyone else get this?
5  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Positive Bodybuilding Discussion & Talk / Re: 80 Year Old Bodybuilder Routine on: September 20, 2012, 07:33:00 AM
Pure inspiration.  Thanks!   Shocked
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