Pre-workout stimulants are old hat for many folks out there. There are hundreds of products that are intended to give you an extra burst of energy, enhanced mental focus and/or make your workouts more effective. Caffeine, ephedrine and other stims are the mainstays in these products. But what are some options for those looking for a non-stimulant pre-workout product? There aren’t nearly as many.
Non-stimulant pre-workout products tend to focus on the “pump” while hiding behind proprietary blends. Beta alanine, citrulline and branched chain amino acids are included in many of these products. While they may do what they claim to do I’m not to sure that’s what I want in a pre-workout. Can you imagine how fried your grip is going to be when you’re taking a product specifically designed to increase the “pumped” feeling you get while training? I’m more interesting in being able to focus and roll than I am in seeing my veins or getting swole. With that in mind Q5 Labs has developed a non-stimulant pre-workout supplement specifically for BJJ athletes, Launch Fuel.
Glucosamine is important for maintaining elasticity, strength, and durability of the cartilage in movable joints. Glucosamine also appears to have anti-inflammatory properties and could be used to promote the maintenance of joint function and to decrease pain in individuals suffering from osteoarthritis (OA). Glucosamine may act synergistically with chondroitin sulfate. Chondroitin sulfate is a critical compound in connective tissue and joint cartilage. Supplementation with chondroitin sulfate is claimed to support the maintenance of strong, healthy cartilage and joint function.
The use of glucosamine based products for osteoarthritis and other issues related to joint pain began decades ago and has become a mainstay in many medicine cabinets across the country. The purported benefits are improvement in joint pain and protection of the joints. There are dozens and dozens of studies that show a benefit from using glucosamine supplementation and nearly as many demonstrating that it has no more efficacy than a placebo.
As practitioners of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu we put our joints under strain on a regular basis. Aches and pains have become an accepted price that we pay for training but there may options available to you that can lessen or eliminate the pain.