The “Pre-Workout Problem”
Whenever I take a look at the pre-workout supplement category, I almost invariably end up shaking my head in disgust.
You have your pump products, your energy products, your focus products…in short, you have virtually every type of pre-workout product out there. The result? People end up having to stack two or three different products to maximize the efficiency of their workout routines.
How about all-in-one solutions? They exist in name, but that’s as far as they go. Virtually every all-in-one pre-workout product is a laundry list, kitchen-sink proprietary blend of underdosed or unproven active ingredients. I sought to create a solution to the “pre-workout problem.”
The True All-In-One Solution to Optimizing your Performance in the Gym
I want to highlight a very important point in the above heading: “performance in the gym.” The purpose of pre-workout powders have been lost in translation. If you’re not taking a pre-workout to train harder, longer, and with more intensity in the gym, then you’ve lost sight of why you’re doing this. Katana is formulated with this goal in mind, and it is at the foundation of everything you will see and experience with the formula.
Let’s start with what everyone seems to love these days: the energy and focus complex.
Tunnel Vision Redefined- The Three-Headed Beast
Katana doesn’t hit you with a high dose of caffeine like most other pre-workouts seem to do these days. Instead, it relies on non-stimulant “intensifiers” and “nootropics” that deliver tunnel vision focus and energy with minimal overstimulation, jitters, anxiety, and the other nasty side effects associated with these high-stimulant pre-workouts that are becoming commonplace in the industry.
Cognizin (CDP-Choline) heads off the three-headed beast by providing a full dose of highest quality choline source currently available on the market. No other source of choline boasts the human studies, dual effect on uridine/phospholipid synthesis, and blood-brain barrier permeability that Cognizin affords. By delivering choline in such an effective manner, synthesis of the neurotransmitter “Acetylcholine” (ACh) is increased. ACh is the very same neurotransmitter that your nerve cells fire when you decide to contract your muscles. By elevating ACh, you stand not only to enhance the mind-muscle connection and improve muscle contraction, but you also get the energy effects: improved alertness and central energy.
It’s important to note that Cognizin acts via the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). In order to balance this effect, we added L-Tyrosine, a neurotransmitter precursor that acts via the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). This creates a balanced energy and focus, or a “clean” feel, rather than the distracting, mind-altering effects that you may get with other products. As a precursor to dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine, L-Tyrosine promotes increased focus, improved mood, and an enhanced ability to deal with stressors (including exercise). Like Cognizin, L-Tyrosine is used at a full dose.
The third head of the three-headed beast is a new kid on the block: Amentoflavone. Amentoflavone is a unique compound with a wide array of effects (touched on in later sections), but as far as energy and focus is concerned, it negatively modulates the GABA-A receptor. This increases wakefulness and energy levels, since GABA is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It also possesses interactions with dopamine and serotonin receptors and has demonstrated anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects in vivo1-9.
With caffeine acting as the only true stimulant in the formula, you don’t have to worry about tolerance. In fact, continuous supplementation with these three energy/focus compounds will actually improve their effects with time. You will never need another pre-workout.
But You Said Katana was about Enhancing Performance?
That I did. And here’s why. It doesn’t matter if you’re weightlifting, do cardio, or performing some athletic activity of choice, Katana has you covered on all bases.
Increased Strength from Every Achievable Angle
You probably know by now that caffeine is a well-known performance enhancer. It binds to a specific site in the muscle cell and increases calcium release from what is known as the “sarcoplasmic reticulum.” Increased calcium levels in the muscle cell results in increased force of muscle contraction. This isn’t new stuff.
But what is new is that Amentoflavone possesses this same ability as caffeine, with one major difference: it is 20 times stronger than caffeine in increasing calcium release10. This is a novel and relatively unexplored mechanism for enhancing strength. Now you do the math. There’s 1000mg of amentoflavone per serving, and amentoflavone is 20 times more potent than caffeine in increasing force of muscle contraction. Without increasing the jitters (and putting dose-response curves aside for a second), Amentoflavone increases muscle contraction on par with a whopping 800mg of caffeine!
Next we have L-Citrulline, which has been shown to increase anaerobic work capacity. You will find yourself working out longer in the gym, but unlike the usual “drop off” in performance that occurs as you progress through your workout, you’ll notice that L-Citrulline keeps your reps on par with the very first few sets. Impressive data, to say the least.
Lastly, peppermint has been shown to increase power output, which we will touch on in the next section.
Endurance Redefined – High Rep Sets and Cardio will never be the same
Katana boasts three ingredients with human data showing improved endurance performance: you will work out longer (increased time to exhaustion), harder, and smarter.
Agmatine Sulfate is thought to improve nutrient partitioning thus leading to more glycogen storage and increased water retention within the muscle. It also increases the level of nitric oxide (NO), which can increase the "PUMP" that athletes look for when weight training.
Next, we have L-Citrulline, which as we mentioned above, enhances strength. But not only that: it has been shown in humans to enhance aerobic (endurance) work as well, and even more, it greatly reduces soreness in individuals engaging in weightlifting. Strength, endurance, and recovery in one ingredient? Yes please.
Lastly, we have the first ever sports nutrition appearance of a true performance enhancer: peppermint extract. A human trial with individuals ingesting 0.05 mL peppermint essential oil showed that peppermint increased time to exhaustion by 25%, total work performed by 51%, and power output by 22%12. These increases were coupled with Broncho dilation (easier breathing) and improved VO2 max. Let’s reflect on these numbers for a second. These aren’t minor increases in performance. We’re talking about the ability to train 50% harder, and this is peppermint in isolation. Add the 46% boost by nitrates plus all the benefits of L-Citrulline and we’re in unexplored territory.
This is true performance enhancement.
Forever Chasing the Pump? No Longer
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Katana, aside from its truly unique ability to enhance exercise performance, is its ability to enhance pumps. Four ingredients, some of which we’ve touched on already, contribute to this effect.
The strongest of all perhaps is Agmatine Sulfate. Agmatine is a very well-studied vasodilator, and it will unquestionably provide the muscle fullness and roadmap veins that you seek.
Next we have Hydra-Vask, a plasma volumizer that increases fluid in the bloodstream, leading to engorgement of blood vessels and a full-on “pumped up” appearance. Hydra-Vask is provides almost 4 times more Glycerol than standard GMS that most brands use.
L-Citrulline, as a precursor to L-arginine, has been shown to effectively vasodilate the vasculature in human subjects, further enhancing the effects of nitrates on vasodilation, nutrient/oxygen delivery, and more.
Finally, we once again see the appearance of amentoflavone, this time as a phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitor. PDE5 inhibitors are well known for enhancing blood flow (think Viagra), and Amentoflavone, as a non-selective PDE inhibitor, should enhance blood flow throughout the body, leading to further enhanced pumps and performance.
Putting It All Together – The Pre-Workout Category Has Met Its Maker
Gone are the days of stacking products, cycling through different pre-workouts, and needing to “take a break” because you can’t feel your product working any more. Katana is the only pre-workout you need for any and all purposes: performance, pumps, energy, focus, and endurance. Further, the effects get better with time, not the opposite. We’re talking about the end of your pre-workout search, and it couldn’t end in stronger fashion. This is the first pre-workout you will truly fall in love with and the last pre-workout you will ever need.
There’s been a large-scale “pre-workout problem,” and Katana is the answer.