There's an old saying -- Where the mind goes, the body will follow. When you walk into the gym, do you look forward to testing your limits and see what you can achieve in a single workout?? Do you walk in with the mindset of "I'm going to move some heavy a** weight today" and "I'm going to absolutely demolish this workout today"? If this is your mindset, you are not alone! Once you flip that switch there is no turning it off... you push yourself to the limit on every single set!
When pushing boundaries and testing limits, not only does this require mental toughness, but you need to be 100% dialed in... you need unbreakable focus! Your mind can't be wondering all over the place, you can't be over energized to the point you can't focus on the task at hand, you can't be anxious to the point that your mind is racing, thinking of a million things, instead of the massive lift right in front of you, you have to be undistracted and be in complete control.
You often see pre-workouts that are loaded to the brim with stimulants to get you "jacked" for the gym or a big lift, but what happens is you end up being jittery, anxious, or over-stimulated to the point that mental clarity is completely out the window. Sure you have balls to the wall energy, but what good is all that energy doing if you can't focus at the task at hand? Focus is one major aspect that many pre-workout formulas simply miss the mark on, and it's a major one! Enter... Unload by Unbound.
Think of Unload as jet fuel for the most grueling and mentally demanding workouts! This formula is specifically designed to heighten energy, motivation, and drive that will last throughout your entire workout, but... it also is colossally dosed with very powerful nootropics to promote one of the biggest aspects of any pre-workout, and in my opinion, the biggest aspect when it comes to pushing boundaries, and hitting new heights in the gym... FOCUS!
Now, let's breakdown this stimulant and mental focus bomb, so you can see how Unload can help you dial in and take your workouts and lifts to all new levels!
- L-Tyrosine 3,000mg
L-Tyrosine is one of the most popular ingredients in pre-workouts these days, and for very good reason. It plays a significant role in the production of Dopamine (our feel good hormone), Adrenaline and Noradrenaline, Epinephrine and Norepinephrine, and thyroid hormones. Supplementing L-Tyrosine replenishes these important neurotransmitters and dramatically improves mental function (focus, concentration, memory, learning).
3,000mg is a colossal dosage of L-Tyrosine and will trigger several of our “feel-good” neurotransmitters, including norepinephrine and dopamine. This will greatly enhance a sense of well being, boost mood, drastically increase mental alertness and focus, and keep you dialed in for those big lifts. As an added bonus, it can also lower anxiety and stress so nothing will stand in your way from demolishing every session!
- NOOLVL® (1,600MG)
NOOLVL is comprised of two components: Bonded Arginine Silicate combined with an additional dose of inositol. Found at high levels in the brain, inositol is a nutrient known for its important role in brain health and function. NOOLVL® is an upgraded version of Nitrosigine®, an ingredient that supports blood arginine levels and nitric oxide production, enhanced energy, promoted focus and mental acuity, and supported better muscle response following exercise.
Nitric oxide is a key player in many cellular activities. It has various performance-boosting functions in the body including a vasodilatory effect, which will increase blood, oxygen, and nutrient delivery to working muscles, and even acts as a neurotransmitter to increase mental clarity and focus. Furthermore, nitric oxide can also reduce the oxygen and energy cost of exercise allowing you to push the working muscles longer and harder.
- Alpha GPC 600mg
Alpha-GPC (A-GPC) is a potent building block of acetylcholine, which as we discussed, is a vastly important neurotransmitter present in both brain and muscle tissue. A-GPC is converted to phosphorylcholine, a metabolically active form of the essential nutrient choline. Phosphorylcholine migrates to the synaptic nerve endings found throughout the central nervous system and in turn increases acetylcholine synthesis and release. All athletic research performed with A-GPC has proven to benefit cognitive performance (memory, learning, recall, focus, and repetitive tasking) and also to benefit physical performance, including power output, force development, strength, jumping, and agility while also delaying the onset of mental fatigue. It has even been shown to help improve video game performance. Major plus for all you gamers out there who also love to lift!
- Zynamite® 500MG
Zynamite® is a patent-pending proprietary Mangifera indica extract standardized to ≥ 60% mangiferin developed from sustainably harvested mango leaves. Mangiferin is what's known as a natural xanthonoid polyphenol - a group of compounds found in plant foods that are greatly beneficial for health. Mangifera indica, the common mango tree, is cultivated extensively in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Infusions and decoctions of mango leaves are used extensively in traditional health systems and have been known for centuries for their health benefits.
To date, Zynamite® has been the subject of seven clinical studies and noted for both its nootropic and sports performance benefits. Zynamite® is a catechol-o-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitor that activates brain waves and increases Long-Term Potentiation (LTP) in a manner similar to caffeine. COMT is the enzyme that metabolizes neurotransmitters and catecholamines, including dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and epinephrine (adrenaline). It also metabolizes levodopa (L-Dopa), the direct precursor to dopamine. By inhibiting COMT, the bioavailability of L-Dopa is significantly increased, promoting stronger, longer-lasting dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the central nervous system.
Long-Term Potentiation can be thought of as the “strengthening” of synaptic connections between neurons, which benefit both space and time dependent memory. While caffeine boosts feelings of energy, mood, and alertness via antagonism of adenosine receptors, Zynamite® acts non-selectively to modulate various CNS targets and stimulate brain activity.
- Caffeine Anhydrous 350mg
Caffeine is without a doubt the most known and utilized stimulant in the world. Caffeine occurs naturally in plants such as coffee beans, tea, and cacao, which is the source of cocoa for chocolate. It's a CNS (Central Nervous System) stimulant that has been shown to reduce feelings of fatigue, increase energy levels, heighten mental alertness, lower perceived exertion, and even lower levels of perceived pain.
Caffeine also improves mental acuity and sharpness, helps maintain laser-like focus, and even improves some technical skills both during and after strenuous activity. And, if that isn't enough, it's also believed to enhance the body's ability to use its own fat as fuel, which can effectively increase the time to exhaustion in endurance events.
300mg is a clinical dose of caffeine anhydrous. This specific dosage has been shown to maximize the benefits of caffeine supplementation. These benefits include:
- Increased mental alertness and energy levels
Caffeine works in the brain as a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, so when I say energy, I mean alertness. Caffeine blocks certain receptors in the brain that increase levels of epinephrine, adrenaline, and dopamine. Blocking these receptors in the brain gives you that drive you feel—and a bit of euphoria—when you consume caffeine before a workout
- Increased Strength and Power
The nerves that activate muscle fibers, once stimulated by caffeine, activate those muscle fibers with greater force. More force equals more strength, which is why caffeine can increase your strength during a workout.
- Enhanced Muscular Endurance
Caffeine increases endurance in several ways. The first is by increasing fat burning during workouts. When you train with caffeine, you burn more fat. This spares muscle glycogen, which means you have more energy later in the workout, when you need it most. Another way caffeine can improve endurance is by boosting nitric oxide levels. That's right, research shows that caffeine can enhance vasodilation, the term for the widening of blood vessels. This allows more blood to flow to the muscles, which in turn delivers more oxygen and more nutrients, resulting in greater overall endurance.
- Reduced Muscle Soreness
Believe it or not, research shows that caffeine works incredibly well for helping ease muscle soreness by altering your perceived exertion during your workouts. With less muscle soreness, you can go harder, perhaps banging out a few extra reps you probably wouldn't have gotten if that muscle soreness was too much. More reps equals more work done by your muscles, and that equals better results. 300mg
- Rhodioprime™ 300mg
Rhodioprime is high-quality form of rhodiola crenulata standardized to an industry leading 6% salidrosides. Rhodiola Extract has been used for centuries and is best known for its ability to strengthen the nervous and immune system, increase exercise capacity and endurance, aid weight loss and even increase sexual function. Multiple studies have revealed that Rhodiola Extract actually improves recovery times whilst improving strength and reducing toxic chemical build up in muscles. As a result, Rhodiola Extract can also help increase endurance and assist in more efficient recovery.
Salidroside is a high purity extract taken from the Rhodiola Rosea herb. This extract has been shown to greatly influence the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and serotonin, while simultaneously inhibiting monoamine oxidase. This leads to longer lasting elevations and boosts mood, motivation, focus, and energy while also helping to prevent overstimulation and alleviating a mid or post-workout crash!
- enXtra® 300mg
EnXtra® is a clinically studied and standardized Alpinia galanga rhizome extract. In clinical studies, supplementation with EnXtra® has been shown to greatly support mental alertness and focus. It is clinically proven to improve alertness and focus for up to 5 hours with and without caffeine. EnXtra® can be used as a replacement for caffeine or used with caffeine to prevent crash and prolong caffeine’s nootropic benefits. Perhaps the best benefit of all, EnXtra® is able to support mental alertness for long durations without impacting sleep quality, heart rate, or blood pressure, making this ingredient ideal for pre-workouts to give him a haymaker punch without needing to overdose on caffeine or other hardcore stimulants.
- Mucuna Pruriens Extract 153mg
L-dopa is an amino acid and precursor of dopamine, however, it plays a role in both epinephrine and norepinephrine as well. L-dopa is a compound from which dopamine is made within the body. Optimal levels of dopamine help your body regulate blood flow, maintain a proper appetite, and even play a part in learning and cognitive function. In fact, it’s often referred to as the “dopamine bean” because it’s such a powerful source. This adaptogen can be used to lower stress, reduce anxiety, improve focus, boost libido, and heighten mood and motivation. In other words, L-DOPA boosts mood, motivation, and focus so you can crush your workouts with the utmost intensity!
- zum XR® - Delayed Response Caffeine 139mg
Delayed Release Caffeine delivers not more than 25% at 1 hour and over 80% at 2 hours – for a surge of caffeine at a fixed time interval. This means that this caffeine/stimulant source will be delivered and stimulate the CNS (Central Nervous System) at a much slower rate to abstain from any mid or post-workout crash. This will also sustain energy levels throughout the entire duration of the workout. For those of you out there that train for 45 minutes to an hour session, this ingredient is going to ensure you can perform at peak intensity throughout the entire duration by keeping energy levels maximized. For those endurance athletes out there, this one is going to stick with you as well for 2 hours + to make sure energy levels don't fade out for that long run, bike ride, or swim session.
- Astragin 50mg
AstraGin is a 100% natural compound that increases absorption of many vital nutrients and that promotes a healthy gut environment. The absorption of nutrients in your body is controlled by transporter proteins. These protein compounds are regulated by mRNA, a molecule that receives and encodes a chemical message for protein products. AstraGin increases the “transporters” and “mRNA” in your body, which are chemicals that work out a number of nutrients absorbed into the cells in your intestines.
The addition of AstraGin to a pre-workout allows for maximum absorption and utilization of the other ingredients. This ensures you get the maximum benefit of each ingredient.
- Rauwolscine (Alpha Yohimbine) 2mg
Rauwolscine (also known as Alpha Yohimbine), similar to its stereoisomer, yohimbine, is most commonly used as an amped-up fat burner. Recent developments are showing it has some potential as a pre-workout as well, especially when combined in bodybuilding stacks.
Rauwolscine has two notable mechanisms through which it positively impacts pre-workout formulas:
- Alpha blocking. Rauwolscine’s first-line mechanism is as an alpha-adrenergic receptor antagonist. This bioactivity helps with blood pressure, and may have pre-workout benefits related to enhanced circulation and better pumps.
- Activating serotonin. The compound elevates serotonin levels by activating 5-HT1a/b receptors – a bioactivity that may directly promote a bright mood and indirectly help fat-burning by helping to promote appetite satisfaction.
The breakdown of fat cells is restricted by a number of processes, including the activation of alpha-adrenergic receptors by epinephrine and norepinephrine. Rauwolscine acts to oppose such activity by blocking alpha-adrenergic receptors and enabling fat burning to continue functioning seamlessly. As an antagonist, rauwolscine does not directly activate fat burning, but rather allows the operation to carry on unreservedly, which suggests increases in weight loss concurrent with the upkeep of body muscle and definition. In other words, for bodybuilding applications rauwolscine may help with “shredding” efforts.
Rauwolscine’s alpha blocking activity leaves excess quantities of epinephrine and norepinephrine readily available for use, for a stimulant effect. Following this reasoning, rauwolscine is suspected to amplify performance as a potential adrenaline booster. Holding more available adrenaline in the system may likely enhance muscle strength and net performance due to the importance of related hormones in workout regimens. Moreover, muscles might be able to get started the slightest bit sooner and sustain workout duration for longer stretches of time.
Through activating 5-HT1a/b receptors, rauwolscine is capable of inducing serotonin-like effects throughout the body.7 Serotonin is largely renowned for being a formidable mood booster. Sustaining a positive disposition may be an idyllic state of being for people engaged in exercises. It can thus possibly account for more motivated and enjoyable workouts. Accompanying effects of increasing serotonin levels include padding pain sensitivity and regulating blood pressure, which may additionally benefit workout sessions.
- Yohimbine HLPC 2mg
Yohimbine has the distinct ability to block the alpha-2 adrenergic receptors located in fat cells which normally suppresses fat burning. It also increases the metabolic rate to help speed up overall weight loss and energy expenditure.
Yohimbine HCL will also stimulate better autonomic responses by triggering your nervous system, dilate blood vessels to deliver more nutrients and oxygen to the muscles, and help increase force development, power and speed.
- Huperzine A 200mcg
Huperzine A is an acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor, meaning it stops a specific enzyme, cholinesterase, from breaking down acetylcholine in the body. This results in increased levels of Acetylcholine in the body and thus improved neurotransmission and both cognitive and muscular performance. Huperzine-A also has the ability to quickly and effectively cross the blood-brain barrier preventing acetylcholinesterase (AChE) from decreasing acetylcholine levels. Specifically, Huperzine-A not only stops the breakdown of Acetylcholine but also allows for a surplus of Acetylcholine above base levels which works to improves nerve and brain function and the direct signaling of muscular contractions.
There we have it, the full breakdown of this focus and energy enhancing behemoth! If you want to maximize results, push boundaries, and completely dial in to decimate every session, give Unload a try, and FOCUS like never before!