For the next few days, I’ll be revealing my own personal resolutions for 2015 and reviewing products that will help me – and you, if these are your resolutions! – stick to them.
On my list of New Year’s Resolutions is to step up to the 30s – the 30-lb. dumbbells, that is. (I’m already more than halfway through my 30s.) Yesterday morning at resistance training, I picked up the 27.5-lb. dumbbells for rows (6 reps). It was exhilarating to know that I’m capable of that when three years ago I would have gravitated to the 5-lb. weights. But it’s time to get serious: grab the 30s and 35s – and maybe even 40s – whenever possible. It’s time to up my game and build serious strength. I’ve got a strenuous year ahead of me, which means I’m going to need more than just a strong will to grab those dumbbells.
I’ve been using pre-workout supplements for a while, but my favorite was discontinued, and I’ve been bouncing around to find a new one. GreenForce Labs sent me its NO2 Nitric Oxide Preworkout Supplement to try in exchange for an honest review. NO2 contains L-Arginine, L-Ornithine, and L-Citrulline, which have been shown to increase nitric oxide levels, support muscular energy, and delay fatigue. In addition, Beet Root Extract, another one of the ingredients, has been shown to enhance exercise performance and reduce fatigue, while Niacinamide and Caffeine boost energy levels for maximum drive.
GreenForce Labs had me at caffeine. That blend of ingredients is supposed to provide intense energy and focus, maximized performance, explosive power, insane pumps, and increased endurance. The standard dose is four capsules, but I only took three at first because I wanted to assess my sensitivity. So here goes:
I like the capsule form. It’s easier to take pills in the morning than chug a pre-workout drink. Pills, water, go. No weird tastes or mixing with orange juice to mask said taste.
I also definitely felt more focused and stronger with NO2. I took NO2 for three different sessions, and one session included a really fun (read: agonizing) set of 20 goblet squats. Per set. Yes, my quads were crying, but I was holding that 20-lb. dumbbell and using it for all three sets.
Overall, the results were awesome, so NO2 is on my short list of supplements. I’m bumping up to four capsules shortly to see what happens – three was easily tolerated, for the record.
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