As athletes and tests both become more sophisticated, we thought it’d be interesting to see how close an athlete can get to crossing the line without technically being in the wrong.
At PledgeSports, we do not, by any means, condone doping in sport and stand firmly on the fact that it is wrong and those found guilty should be sanctioned.
These are the top legal performance enhancing drugs or substances:
Recover – Amino Power
Amino acids (protein) are essential in muscle performance. The more balanced and complete your profile of Essential Amino Acids (EAAs), the more lean muscle mass you can potentially have. However, if you’re training hard and frequently, it’s difficult to consume enough lean meat or plants to get the number of amino acids you need.
Recover helps your muscles rebuild their tissue during and after exercise. The more lean muscle mass you have, the more quickly your body burns fat stores. The key here is, you have to constantly exercise or train to see Recover’s full benefits.
Race Caps Supreme
Race Caps not only has the effects of CoQ10, but also has digestive enzymes and other ingredients that help your body produce and use ATP. Similar to CoQ10, the impact of Race Caps will be much more apparent to those less familiar with physical activity than those who are already quite fit.
Caffeine has long been used by endurance athletes as a muscular endurance aid. This is because it really does work. Caffeine actually prolongs the time to muscular fatigue, and allows you to perform for longer, and at a higher power level.
A Tour de France rider might down as many as five cups of coffee before a day of racing, and then continue to top it off throughout the day. (There is a legal limit on the amount of caffeine you can have in your bloodstream in a professional or Olympic competition.)
Caffeine can make you feel jittery and mentally unfocused (therefore it’s not included in our 7 top sleep tips!), but these symptoms will probably fade once you’re in motion.
Coffee or espresso can cause stomach upset in some people or trigger acid reflux. If you’re looking for a source of caffeine without coffee or carbonation you should consult a pharmacist or dietician.
Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Co-Q10 is a substance already present in your body. It is used to convert calories to ATP (energy the body uses for physical activity). Most pharmacies will stock CoQ10 and have it available for over-the-counter purchase.
Taking this substance will generally make you feel able to do your typical amount of exercise without making you feel quite as tired. It allows your body to create greater amounts of energy than usual, prolonging the amount of time you can keep going.
The more fit you are prior to taking CoQ10, the less improvement you’re likely to notice in your body. However, if you are not in peak physical condition, your body does not know how to produce energy in an effective way therefore, this substance should greatly boost your energy levels.
A mix of ginkgo biloba, vitamins, amino acids and guarana seed, Motivator is supposed to give you greater energy and mental determination.
You get the same physical benefits as caffeine, but with a more settling effect on the brain rather than the mental buzz caffeine can give. It is exactly what it says on the tin, Motivator will most likely push your body and mind to further than you’ve ever felt before.
Chromium Picolinate does not make you lose fat all by itself, but if you do regular aerobic exercise, it helps your body access its stored fat, and convert the fat to energy.
It’s particularly helpful in longer aerobic sessions, like a run longer than one hour, a 2-hour hike, or a long bike ride. After about 1-1.5 hours, the body starts to use stored fat as an energy source.
The same rule of thumb applies to Chromium Picolinate in that if you’re not overly fit or have some extra body fat you’d like to lose, the benefit is more noticeable than if you’re already firing on all cylinders.
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