Ok so a question we get from a lot of CrossFit athletes here at Urban Muscle is “which is the best pre-wod supplement, In-Cel or AMRAP?”
In-Cel and AMRAP are both extremely powerful pre-wod supplements with the following benefits:
Increased ATP Production: ATP is the pool of energy that sits in the muscle cell and is used during intense muscle contractions.
Cell volumisation: The total hydration of the muscle cell allowing better muscular performance and recovery.
Increased Nitric Oxide Levels (Vasodilation): The opening up of the blood vessels to allow more blood flow, oxygen, nutrients and aminos to the muscle.
Lactic Acid Buffering: Prevents lactic acid build up by maintaining ph levels in the muscle cells.
AMRAP has a few extra benefits:
Replenishes Glycogen Stores: Glycogen is the sugar that is the main source of energy used during extended bouts of exercise.
Restores Electrolytes: When we sweat we lose electrolytes which can lead to imbalances that can cause poor performance and a dangerous condition called hyponatremia.
Magnesium: Helps alleviate the onset of muscle cramps.
There are a few to take into consideration before you decide which one is right for you.
Are you doing CrossFit to lose bodyfat?
If so I would recommend the In-Cel as it is virtually calorie free and will still give you a powerful performance boost.
Do you find your energy levels take a dive towards the end of the wod?
In-Cel will help a great deal but the AMRAP also replaces glycogen stores which will sustain energy levels for longer workouts.
Do you perspire a lot?
If so AMRAP is the one for you as it contains all of the electrolytes lost in sweat. This is extremely important as proper hydration requires electrolyte balance.
Are you using your pre-wod during competitions?
We would recommend AMRAP during competition as due to the multiple wod nature of the events it is difficult to keep enough fuel and electrolytes coming into the body. Note: It is highly recommended that you use NOTG after each wod during competition to help repair muscle damage and refuel energy stores.