6th Gear

6th Gear

Make Muscles. Not Excuses.

6th GEAR is a truly complete pre-workout formula that will rock you from the very first dose. A bonus to the incredible ingredient profile is that this unique pre-workout formula does not contain added sugar, artificial colors or dyes. In addition, 6th GEAR is formulated safely without any banned substances – so you can rest easy and focus on your performance.

Here’s how the formula breaks down:

Potent Nitrate Complex

If you’ve never trained on nitrates, you’ve missed out on some seriously incredible workouts. Nitrates are among the hottest pre-workout ingredients, but due to these cutting-edge compounds being protected by patents, not every pre-workout has them – making it important you choose a pre-workout like 6th GEAR that uses these patented nitrate compounds!

Nitrate (chemical symbol NO3-) is an inorganic compound composed of nitrogen and oxygen found naturally in soil and water. In the body, nitrates are converted via the “nitrate-nitrite-NO pathway” to Nitric Oxide, which is a potent vasodilator. Nitric Oxide supplements were all the rage and researchers are continuously looking for a way to improve upon them since increasing Nitric Oxide has numerous benefits for athletes.

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The key difference between Nitric Oxide produced by traditional (classical) arginine-based supplements and modern supplements that feature nitrates, are the pathways that are utilized by the body to convert these ingredients into Nitric Oxide. Many of the biochemical reactions that drive the nitrate-nitrite-NO pathway utilized by nitrates are actually accelerated under the conditions that occur when you work out intensely. Meanwhile these same conditions actually reduce the activity of the eNOS enzyme, which is the enzyme that catalyzes the production of Nitric Oxide from arginine.

This means that in conditions that are hypoxic, such as running or weightlifting, arginine-based Nitric Oxide supplements may be less effective than nitrates. This makes nitrates a valuable ingredient for hard-working athletes who want the benefits of increased blood flow from Nitric Oxide and the increased oxygen and nutrient delivery that comes with that.

In a randomized, double-blind, crossover study, seven healthy men consumed a clinical dose of nitrates or placebo for 6 consecutive days, and completed a series of low-intensity and high-intensity exercise tests on the last 3 days in order to determine the muscle metabolic and oxygen uptake responses to exercise while supplementing with nitrates. The major novel finding of this study was that dietary supplementation with nitrates reduced both the oxygen cost of exercise and improved the efficiency of energy turnover during exercise. Researchers noted that the reduced oxygen cost of exercise following dietary nitrate supplementation appeared to be due to a reduced ATP cost of muscle force production. What’s more, the reduced muscle metabolic disturbances with nitrate supplementation allowed high-intensity exercise to be tolerated for a greater period of time.

Basically the same work output required less oxygen after nitrate supplementation compared to when nitrate wasn’t taken. This means that nitrate supplementation can increase exercise efficiency and boost exercise tolerance. What athlete would not want to be able to perform work and sustain higher levels of power before fatigue sets in?

fuel:one researchers engineered a unique blend of L-arginine nitrate, L-citrulline nitrate and Beet root (a natural source of nitrates) for a total nitrate output of 320mg in each two-scoop serving.

Beta-Alanine

Beta-alanine might be one of the key supplement introductions of the last 10 years, and while it’s not technically an essential amino acid, it’s essential for anyone looking for ways to improve performance.

Beta-alanine’s importance stems from its role as a building block for carnosine. Carnosine plays a key role in the body as it helps you maintain a higher pH during training by buffering hydrogen ions in muscle cells. These hydrogen ions build up in your muscles from lactic acid during high-intensity training, and lower your body’s pH, resulting in a more acidic state that makes it harder for your muscles to contract forcibly and maintain a high level of performance throughout a workout. By buffering these hydrogen ions, Carnosine can help neutralize lactic acid and increase muscle endurance.

So why not just take Carnosine? Well, carnosine is actually two amino acids bonded together – beta-alanine and histidine – and when we consume carnosine, our bodies just break it down into these two amino acids. Scientists discovered however, that beta-alanine is the rate-limiting amino when it comes to carnosine synthesis, meaning that carnosine levels are mainly affected by the amount of available beta-alanine. So by taking beta-alanine you provide your body with what it needs to create more carnosine.

You’ll know when you’ve taken beta-alanine because you’ll likely experience a tingling sensation. This is perfectly normal when taking products with this ingredient.

Research backs the effectiveness of this powerful ingredient and the studies are numerous. Many studies conclude that beta-alanine is capable of improving high-intensity anaerobic performance, and boosting explosive muscular strength and power output, increasing lean muscle mass.

6th Gear is dosed with 3.2g of beta alanine, the exact amount scientifically shown to help enhance the muscle- and strength-building process. This exact dose has been shown in research to improve muscle endurance. Other pre-workouts may include it but not provide the full clinical dose, so watch out for this tactic

Caffeine

The ergogenic benefits of caffeine are well documented. In fact, caffeine is one of the most studied sports supplement ingredients available and is certainly the most used of all supplements. There is a wide range of research on caffeine, but the collective research shows that taking caffeine prior to exercise can stimulate the CNS (central nervous system) and facilitate increases in both endurance and training performance.

Agmatine Sulfate

Agmatine is a byproduct of arginine that is produced through a process called decarboxylation. Researchers believe agmatine can act to stimulate the secretion of nitric oxide for bigger muscle pumps and increased blood flow to working muscles.

And that’s how the formula breaks down, and why 6th Gear is one of the top, cutting-edge pre-workouts available.