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Muscle-priming sports nutrition for peak exercise performance*

$50.00
Pre

Designed for Performance

Raises nitric oxide (NO) to enhance muscle blood flow and oxygenation*

Sustains NO activity to extend muscle benefits for strength and recovery*

Enhances anaerobic and aerobic exercise by sparking muscle-charging ATP energy*

Improves endurance by buffering and hydrating hard-working muscles*

Healthy for Daily Use

Safe, natural and well-tolerated to best support healthy long-term training programs

Premium Creapure® pH10, Ajinomoto® and Cordyceps Super™

Plant-based, prebiotic-infused Plantcaps® from pullulan (fermented tapioca)

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100% Natural
Plantcaps®
Vegan
Friendly
Caffeine
Free
Non
GMO
GMP
Certified
Synthetic Additive
Free
Gluten
Free
Soy
Free
Allergen
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Ingredients

Creatine (Creapure® pH10),
1000 mg

Creatine is an organic compound that is highly concentrated in muscle, where it is stored as fuel for the production of ATP energy that powers muscle contractions.

High-energy exercises – including strength training and intense short-burst aerobic and interval training – deplete muscle reserves of creatine and ATP energy.

Supplementation with Performance Lab® Sport Pre helps by restoring creatine to muscle, where it supports training intensity, muscle growth and recovery by:

  1. Recharging the ATP energy molecule that powers muscle fibers, enhancing physical performance during high-intensity exercise;
  2. Stimulating insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), a protein which helps to promote lean muscle mass development;
  3. Buffering the intracellular hydrogen ions that form lactic acid within muscle, helping to extend time of muscle performance to failure

About Creapure® pH10

Creapure® pH10 is a special 99.5% pure form of creatine monohydrate manufactured by AlzChem AG to superior standards of quality and safety. Creapure® pH10 is pH-balanced to enhance nutrient bioavailability while reducing the bloating and gastric distress that may be associated with other creatine forms. Creapure® pH10’s bioavailability advantages are important because higher creatine uptake has been linked to greater performance benefits.

Research has also shown that BCAAs’ beneficial activities for muscle appear to reduce training-induced soreness in both women (chart A) and men (chart B):

Creatine maximum and total muscle work Creatine maximum and total muscle work
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L-Citrulline supplementation has been associated with improvements in time-trial cycling competition in clinical research:

L-Citrulline

L-Citrulline,
500 mg

L-Citrulline is an amino acid found in watermelon that complements creatine’s bioactivities with versatile support for muscle performance. L-Citrulline primarily works by raising L-Arginine blood levels. Arginine then promotes muscle growth and function by:

  1. Enhancing nitric oxide (NO) production, which relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow to muscles;
  2. Improving utilization of BCAAs during exercise, which in turn promotes ATP energy production and protein synthesis while countering protein breakdown;
  3. Supporting greater muscle power output while maintaining VO2 max (maximal oxygen consumption), which may reflect enhanced muscle performance efficiency;
  4. Helping to clear ammonia from muscle tissue; ammonia buildup occurs during exercise and is associated with muscle failure.

In addition to functioning as a physical performance-enhancer, L-Citrulline has been suggested to reduce soreness and fatigue after intense exercise – reinforcing its role as an important sports nutrient for immediate and long-range training support.

About Performance Lab® Sport Pre L-Citrulline:

Our L-Citrulline is sourced from a premium global supplier and then subjected to rigorous testing in our own lab to verify purity, potency and superior quality prior to manufacture.

L-Citrulline helps Creatine:

L-Citrulline converts to Arginine, which is a necessary precursor for creatine synthesis – complementing Creapure® pH10’s supplemental creatine with support for natural creatine production.

Cordyceps Super™

Cordyceps Super™ (standardized for min. 50% total polysaccharides; 15% 1,3-1,6 beta glucan; and 5% alpha glucan),
750 mg

Cordyceps is a natural fungus that grows on moth and butterfly larvae in Asia, where it is traditionally used as a revitalizing tonic. Emerging research backs cordyceps’ potential to both enhance exercise capacity and strengthen the body’s resistance to fatigue during both aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

Cordyceps is included in Performance Lab® Sport Pre for its potential to:

  1. Stimulate mitochondrial ATP energy generation while protecting mitochondria from free radical damage – dual activities that combine to support muscle power and long-range muscle health;
  2. Enhance cell oxygen utilization, promoting efficient physical performance that may improve aerobic exercise capacity and extend time to exhaustion

About Cordyceps Super™:

Cordyceps Super™ is made with a patented process that mimics fungal growing conditions in nature – producing a nature-identical, 16:1 potency, micronized cordyceps supplement with superior absorption ability. Cordyceps Super ™ is produced in a lab without the use of larvae, and therefore is free of any safety risks or other concerns associated with traditional larvae-based Cordyceps forms.

L-Glutamine (from Ajinomoto®),
250 mg

L-Glutamine – the most abundant amino acid in the body – is most highly concentrated in muscle. Here, it plays a key role in protein metabolism while functioning as the primary carrier of nitrogen needed for muscle energy, growth and repair.

L-Glutamine also supplies complementary training and anabolic support to Performance Lab® Sport Pre, helping to:

  1. Increase blood levels of bicarbonate, an alkalizing agent that accelerates clearing of lactic acid from muscle tissue, potentially extending time of muscle performance until failure;
  2. Increase blood levels of growth hormone to make glutathione, a potent antioxidant that fights immune challenges that may accompany overtraining;
  3. Protect muscle gains. Intense exercise depletes muscle L-glutamine levels; muscles may atrophy without sufficient glutamine present

About L-Glutamine by Ajinomoto®

Established in 1908, Ajinomoto® is the world’s largest amino acid manufacturer, with a long history of innovations including Ferment-A-Pure technology – a patented, eco-friendly process that transforms non-GMO and gluten free vegetable-derived carbohydrates into bioavailable amino acids, including the L-Glutamine found in Performance Lab® Sport Pre.

L-Glutamine L-Glutamine by Ajinomoto

L-Glutamine strengthens athletes’ immunity:

Athletes face a higher incidence of immune challenges, in part because intense exercise depletes the glutamine that fuels immune cells and helps regulate immune responses. Glutamine supplementation has been suggested to enhance immune system performance in athletes.

L-Carnosine

Regular training augments muscle L-Carnosine:

Exercise has been shown to reduce L-Carnosine excretion, thereby helping to maintain optimal muscle carnosine concentrations. L-Carnosine supplementation helps to promote robust exercise performance, which in turn helps to further optimize L-Carnosine levels in muscle tissue.

L-Carnosine (N-beta-alanyl-histidine),
300 mg

L-Carnosine is a dipeptide molecule that is most highly concentrated in muscle tissue, especially within fast-twitch muscle fibers. Muscle carnosine levels are higher in anaerobic athletes like bodybuilders and sprinters. L-Carnosine has been suggested to protect muscle with three distinct bioactivities:

  1. Supplying targeted antioxidant activity to help neutralized cell-damaging oxidative stress in muscle that is generated during intense exercise;
  2. Inhibiting protein-damaging advanced glycation end-products (AGEs);
  3. Acting as a muscle-alkalizing intracellular pH regulator, buffering the impact of muscle-damaging acids

L-Carnosine’s natural buffering activity within muscle in particular has been suggested to enhance workout performance by extending tolerance to the lactic acid build-up that precedes muscle failure.

Evidence has shown that L-Carnosine concentration in fast-twitch muscle fibers may be significantly correlated with increased muscle power during high-intensity exercise performance.

About Performance Lab® Sport Pre L-Carnosine (N-beta-alanyl-histidine)

We use the finest L-carnosine from a premium supplier who must regularly pass our stringent standards for purity, potency and identity. The N-beta-alanyl-histidine in Performance Lab® Sport Pre combines Beta-Alanine with L-Histidine, forming a safe, pure and hypoallergenic form that is bioavailable and well-tolerated.

Himalayan Pink Salt, ,
350 mg

Salt helps to maintain a normal state of hydration by restoring electrolytes that are depleted by sweating during intense workouts.

Salt also optimizes absorption of sports nutrition amino acids, including the L-Citrulline, L-Glutamine and L-Carnosine found in Performance Lab® Sport Pre.

About Performance Lab® Sport Pre Himalayan Pink Salt

Our Himalayan Pink Salt is a natural, unprocessed source of salt comprised of sodium chloride plus naturally occurring trace minerals including potassium, magnesium and calcium.

Himalayan Pink Salt
Maritime Pine Bark

Maritime Pine Bark Extract (Standardized for min. 95% proanthocyanidins),),
100 mg

Maritime Pine Bark Extract supplies proanthocyanidins: Potent antioxidants that help to modulate the inflammation and oxidative stress that occurs during training.

Maritime Pine Bark Extract’s antioxidant complex also promotes endothelial production of nitric oxide (NO). NO relaxes blood vessels and increases delivery of energizing oxygen and restorative nutrients to the muscles, which in turn may help to enhance training performance.

About Performance Lab® Sport Pre’s Maritime Pine Bark Extract:

Our maritime pine bark extract is standardized to supply a minimum of 95% proanthocyanidin antioxidants – making it the highest potency pine bark extract on the market today.

L-Citrulline + Maritime Pine Bark Extract: Nitric Oxide Synergy for Peak Blood Flow to Muscles

L-Citrulline efficiently raises blood levels of L-Arginine. Maritime Pine Bark Extract regulates the enzyme nitric oxide synthase (NOS). NOS catalyzes L-Arginine to produce Nitric Oxide.

Together, L-Citrulline and Maritime Pine Bark Extract supply the raw materials and cell signaling activity that work together to produce Nitric Oxide. Research has demonstrated that when combined, these compounds more effectively relax blood vessels and increase blood flow.

Nitric Oxide Synergy

Upgrade Yourself®

Performance Lab® SPORT Pre enhances performance across all exercise and competition. Take it as an instant workout upgrade to supercharge muscle and accelerate athletic advancement.

$50.00
Pre

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SPORT Pre With:

Post

Pre + Post

SPORT Pre primes performance by upping strength and intensity during exercise.

SPORT Post then ensures superior anabolic results by nourishing muscle repair, recovery and growth.

SPORT Pre + SPORT Post combine doses of CarnoSyn® beta alanine and Creapure® pH10 creatine.

Take SPORT Pre + SPORT Post as a convenient solution for the consistent daily beta alanine + creatine intake shown to produce the best muscle benefits in human research.

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Stim

Pre + Stim

SPORT Pre is stim-free. For those who prefer a caffeinated workout experience, SPORT Pre is designed to stack perfectly with Stim.

By enhancing caffeine stimulation, minimizing side effects, and restoring brain chemical balance, Stim promotes clean mind-body energy to power you through training and competition without performance crashes.

Since caffeine may interfere with creatine absorption, take SPORT Pre 45 minutes before exercise, wait 30 minutes, then take Stim.

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Carb

Pre + Carb

SPORT Carb complements SPORT Pre’s muscle-charging support with clean muscle fuel that absorbs fast and lasts 2+ hours.

SPORT Carb also maximizes SPORT Pre Creapure® pH10 creatine absorption into muscle.

Take SPORT Pre + SPORT Carb before exercise to prime muscles for enhanced athletic strength, power, endurance and more.

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FAQ

Who should take Performance Lab® Sport Pre

Performance Lab® Sport Pre can be taken by anyone taking part in any type of training program, from strength training and HIIT to long-distance running and endurance training. Its most pronounced performance-enhancing benefits have been associated with high-intensity, short-duration exercises. Regardless of activity, Performance Lab® Sport Pre helps to prime muscles for superior performance that encourages the best possible results from your training program.

How do I take Performance Lab® Sport Pre

On training days, take 4-6 capsules 45-60 minutes Pre with 16-32 oz. of water. For best results, take consistently.

Why do other supplements provide more creatine than Performance Lab® Sport Pre’s 1000 mg per serving?

Performance Lab® Sport Pre is designed differently from other Pres because it raises creatine levels in two ways: It both supplies creatine and promotes natural creatine synthesis.

Our Creapure® pH10 is highly bioavailable, so more usable creatine reaches the bloodstream after absorption. By using a superior creatine form and promoting the body’s natural creatine production, Performance Lab® Sport Pre more efficiently raises creatine stores with a lower dosage.

Our dual-pathway design also enables Performance Lab® Sport Pre to be taken consistently over the long term, eliminating the need for a loading phase and/or cycling as with standard creatine supplements. Performance Lab® Sport Pre’s conservative and natural creatine approach is also safer: Many popular creatine supplements use dosages that can raise creatine urinary concentrations by 90X – a significant spike which may affect kidney health.

Why do other Pre supplements use different nutrients or higher dosages than what I see in Performance Lab® Sport Pre

There is a problem with some Pres using stimulatory ingredients that may be dangerous (synephrine is one example). Other Pres may use high doses of beta alanine or other potentially risky ingredients.

Another example: Mega-dosing Mucuna Pruriens that is already potency-enhanced, in some cases standardized to up to 98% L-Dopa. With continued use, this excessive L-Dopa intake may create health concerns related to the endogenous dopaminergic system.

Some other Pres may even supply banned substances. In the worst cases, some substances are banned not because they give athletes an unfair advantage – but because they are detrimental to human health.

Don’t be fooled: Bigger dosages are not always better, and exotic ingredients are not always safe.

Performance Lab® Sport formulas are different, designed for maximum effectiveness within safety boundaries. To achieve this, we choose safe, science-backed ingredients, formulate in synergistic combinations, use highly bioavailable nutrient forms, and deliver them in easy-to-absorb Plantcaps®.

We take these steps to pack more active nutrition into smaller dosages – enabling us to produce safe formulas that are effective for performance, safe for sustained daily use, and supportive of long-range health.

Can I drink coffee or take caffeine with Performance Lab® Sport Pre

Caffeine is a popular Pre agent for focus and energy, but we recommend that you try Performance Lab® Sport Pre without caffeine because some research suggests caffeine may interfere with creatine’s beneficial activities. Instead we suggest stacking Performance Lab® Sport Pre with Performance Lab® Energy, which is designed to promote vitality on a cellular level, without relying on caffeine or other stimulants.

Is Performance Lab® Sport Pre safe?

Like all Performance Lab® supplements, Performance Lab® Sport Pre is designed to be safe for long-term daily use, without the need for cycling. Performance Lab® Sport Pre achieves this by using pure, potent ingredients that are dosed appropriately and in line with clinical research. Performance Lab® Sport Pre’s clean formula design – free of GMOs, gluten, soy, colorants, preservatives and other additives – is also well-tolerated by the body; safe and beneficial for long-term use..

Is Performance Lab® Sport Pre legal?

Yes. Performance Lab® Sport Pre is a safe, natural and 100% legal way to support peak physical performance during training. Performance Lab® Sport Pre is also free of banned substances, and appropriate for use by amateur, collegiate and professional athletes.

How long does Performance Lab® Sport Pre take to work?

Performance Lab® Sport Pre enhances training performance after the first use, with effects that are more noticeable with continued use. Performance Lab® Sport Pre is designed to produce superior training results over the long-term.

Research

Creatine

Volek JS, Kraemer WJ, Bush JA, Boetes M, Incledon T, Clark KL, Lynch JM. Creatine supplementation enhances muscular performance during high-intensity resistance exercise . J Am Diet Assoc. 1997;97:765–70.
Volek J, Duncan N, Mazzetti S, Staron R, Putukian M, Gómez A, Pearson D, Fink W, Kraemer W: Performance and muscle fiber adaptations to creatine supplementation and heavy resistance training . Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1999, 31: 1147-1156.
Tarnopolsky MA, MacLennan DP. Creatine monohydrate supplementation enhances high-intensity exercise performance in males and females . Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2000;10:452–63.
Skare OC, Skadberg , Wisnes AR. Creatine supplementation improves sprint performance in male sprinters . Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2001;11:96–102.
Vandenberghe K, Goris M, Van Hecke P, Van Leemputte M, Vangerven L, Hespel P. Long-term creatine intake is beneficial to muscle performance during resistance training . J Appl Physiol. 1997;83:2055–63
Earnest CP, Snell PG, Rodriguez R, Almada AL, Mitchell TL. The effect of creatine monohydrate ingestion on anaerobic power indices, muscular strength and body composition. Acta Physiol Scand 153: 207–209, 1995
Cooper R, et al. Creatine supplementation with specific view to exercise/sports performance: an update . Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition,2012,9:33

L-Citrulline

Sureda A, Córdova A, Ferrer MD, Pérez G, Tur JA, Pons A. L-citrulline-malate influence over branched chain amino acid utilization during exercise . Eur J Appl Physiol. 2010 Sep;110(2):341-51. doi: 10.1007/s00421-010-1509-4. Epub 2010 May 25.
Collins JK, Wu G, Perkins-Veazie P, et al. Watermelon consumption increases plasma arginine concentrations in adults . Nutrition 2007;23:261-6.
Hickner RC, Tanner CJ, Evans CA, et al. L-citrulline reduces time to exhaustion and insulin response to a graded exercise test . Med Sci Sports Exerc 2006;38:660-6.
Mandel H, Levy N, Izkovitch S, Korman SH. Elevated plasma citrulline and arginine due to consumption of Citrullus vulgaris (watermelon) . J Inherit Metab Dis 2005;28:467-72.
Osowska S, Duchemann T, Walrand S, et al. Citrulline modulates muscle protein metabolism in old malnourished rats . Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 2006;291:E582-6.
Pérez-Guisado J. and Jakeman PM. Citrulline malate enhances athletic anaerobic performance and relieves muscle soreness . J Strength Cond Res. 2010 May;24(5):1215-22. ↩
Bailey SJ. et al. l-Citrulline supplementation improves O2 uptake kinetics and high-intensity exercise performance in humans . J Appl Physiol (1985). 2015 Aug 15;119(4):385-95. ↩
Cutrufello PT., Gadomski SJ., Zavorsky GS. The effect of l-citrulline and watermelon juice supplementation on anaerobic and aerobic exercise performance . J Sports Sci. 2015;33(14):1459-66
Sureda A, Pons A. Arginine and citrulline supplementation in sports and exercise: ergogenic nutrients? Med Sport Sci. 2012;59:18-28. doi: 10.1159/000341937. Epub 2012 Oct 15.

Cordyceps

Liu T, et a. The Chemical Constituents and Pharmacological Actions of Cordyceps sinensis . Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015; 2015: 575063.
Zhou X, Gong Z, Su Y, Lin J, Tang K. Cordyceps fungi: natural products, pharmacological functions and developmental products . J Pharm Pharmacol. 2009 Mar; 61(3):279-91.

Glutamine

Agostini F, Biolo G. Effect of physical activity on glutamine metabolism . Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2010 Jan;13(1):58-64.
Antonio J, Street C. Glutamine: a potentially useful supplement for athletes . Can J Appl Physiol 1999;24:1-14.
Castell LM, Newsholme EA. Glutamine and the effects of exhaustive exercise upon the immune response . Can J Physiol Pharmacol 1998;76:524-32.
Rohde T, Asp S, MacLean DA, Pedersen BK. Competitive sustained exercise in humans, lymphokine activated killer cell activity, and glutamine--an intervention study . Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol 1998;78:448-53.
Rohde T, MacLean DA, Pedersen BK. Effect of glutamine supplementation on changes in the immune system induced by repeated exercise . Med Sci Sports Exerc 1998;30:856-62.
Vierck JL, Icenoggle DL, Bucci L, Dodson MV. The effects of ergogenic compounds on myogenic satellite cells . Med Sci Sports Exerc 2003;35:769-76.
Walsh NP, Blannin AK, Robson PJ, Gleeson M. Glutamine, exercise and immune function. Links and possible mechanisms. Sports Med 1998;26:177-91.

Salt

Mora-Rodriguez R and Hamouti N. Salt and fluid loading: effects on blood volume and exercise performance. Med Sport Sci. 2012;59:113-9
Del Coso J et al. Effects of oral salt supplementation on physical performance during a half-ironman: A randomized controlled trial . Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 2016 February 26(2):156-16
Lara B et al. Interindividual variability in sweat electrolyte concentration in marathoners . J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2016 Jul 29;13(31)

Pine Bark Extract

Durzan D. Arginine, scurvy and Cartier's "tree of life" J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2009; 5: 5.
Li YY, et al. Pine bark extracts: nutraceutical, pharmacological, and toxicological evaluation . J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2015 Apr;353(1):9-16. doi: 10.1124/jpet.114.220277. Epub 2015 Jan 16.
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