Universal Shock Therapy

An up-close look at Universal’s newly reformulated pre-workout N.O. booster.
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CREATINE COMPLEX

Shock Therapy contains two forms of creatine for maximal benefits in muscle strength and size. The first is creatine monohydrate, which is the tried-and-true form of creatine that has been shown to work in hundreds of studies. The second is Creatine MagnaPower, which is a creatine and magnesium chelate. Adding magnesium to creatine has been shown in clinical trials to maximize the uptake of creatine into muscle cells, which in turn enhances creatine’s ability to draw water into muscle, as well as to increase energy levels and prevent fatigue.

GLYCINE PROPIONYL-L- CARNITINE (GPLC)

This patented compound combines the amino acid glycine with a special type of carnitine known as propionyl-L-carnitine. Glycine and carnitine each have numerous effects on the body, one of them being the ability to boost nitric oxide (NO) levels. Scientists came up with the idea of combining them to take advantage of their additive effects on NO production, and research strongly supports the effectiveness of this combination.

BCAA COMPLEX

The branched-chain amino acids are a group of three amino acids—leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Getting an ample dose of BCAAs before workouts can be vital to your workout intensity and the results that follow. If you don’t supply your muscles with extra BCAAs, they will get them from within the muscle fibers, which could limit muscle growth, so supplementing with BCAAs gives muscle fibers a better energy source during tough workouts. The BCAAs also work on the brain to blunt fatigue, allowing you to train harder, for longer.

SUSTAMINE

This is a dipeptide of glutamine known technically as L-alanyl- L-glutamine. This form of glutamine provides all the typical benefits of glutamine—enhanced immune function, improved recovery, and increased metabolic rate—and then some. One recent study found that L-alanyl-L- glutamine was absorbed by the body more than 200% better than standard L-glutamine. This means you get better results with less. Another study found that subjects taking Sustamine were better hydrated than those getting a placebo and were able to exercise 20% longer.

CAFFEINE ANHYDROUS

This is the most effective form of caffeine you can use. The majority of studies showing that caffeine enhances athletic performance have been done using this form. Although most people think that caffeine’s benefits come down to just its action as a stimulant, it does far more than just increase alertness and mental focus. Research studies have found that when caffeine anhydrous is taken before work-outs, it boosts muscle strength and power as well as muscle endurance.

 

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