Want to boost your workouts to the max? If you’re not already using a pre-workout, you should be! This Beyond Raw Lit Pre Workout review is going to take a closer look at one of the most popular supplements on the market in 2019. Let’s find out how to get LIT!
Pre-workout supplements have become a common trend in recent years. Not so long ago they were mainly used by bodybuilders, weightlifters and athletes. These days, nearly all fitness enthusiasts, regardless of age or gender or workout plan are trying them out.
Why are they so popular?
Basically, because the various ingredients in them increase performance, enabling you to have an extra burst of energy and endurance. As a result, your output is increased, and you also burn more fat than usual. Other ingredients help develop more muscle and add additional health benefits.
Generally, pre-workout supplements are great for anyone seeking to boost their performance and derive more from their workout. One of the leading manufacturers of pre-workout supplements has been GNC, and their popular pre workout, Beyond Raw Lit which has been garnering VERY positive reception. In fact, it’s one of the top selling pre-workouts on the market right now!
But how does it stand up to the claims made by the manufacturer? Specifically, this Lit pre workout review will cover the Gummy Worm version.
The packaging is what grabs your eye first. It has a masculine feel about it starting from the dark color, the fonts, and graphics (that doesn’t mean it’s not for the girls too though!). Aesthetically speaking, Beyond Raw Lit scores an A. It is a bottle you would feel proud to pack in your gym bag or set prominently in your kitchen, and it promises a lot. The product aims to increase your alertness and mental focus, your energy and the production of nitric oxide which helps support vasodilation.
To achieve all these effects, GNC has used clinical doses of clinically studies compounds that have been shown to have positive effects on workouts.
It is also gluten and sugar-free and using the natural and artificial Gummy Worm as a flavor.
The supplement is recommended for use both during pre-workouts and during non-training days as part of your diet.
To gauge the quality of the supplement, the first point of focus is its composition, and this means a look at its components. Surprisingly, Beyond Raw Lit goes for a simple formula focusing on 7 seven core ingredients. These are:
1. Beta Alanine 3.2 grams
Beta Alanine is responsible for controlling your muscle acidity which in turn improves your performance in terms of power output and physical endurance. 3.2 grams is quite a generous amount just above most baseline products.
2. Creatine Monohydrate 1.5 grams
This ingredient Creatine which is responsible for increasing your muscle strength and size. Most studies recommended a serving of 3-5 grams daily.
3g creatine per day has been proven to increase physical performance for short term, high intensity exercise. For bodybuilders and very heavy trainers, 5g of creatine may be a more appropriate amount for increasing strength and lean muscle mass.
Most pre workouts (including Beyond Raw Lit) only contain about 1.5g so this is an underdose. So for best results you may need to supplement it either with your diet, or with a separate creatine supplement. Creatine monohydrate is cheap and can be taken along with your pre workout, or can be taken after a workout to help with recovery.
3. ElevATP 150 grams
ElevATP is a proprietary ingredient based on scientific research and derived from ancient peat and apple extract which is rich in polyphenols. Different studies show the polyphenols combine with your body’s energy leading to an increase in the production of Adenosine Triphosphate which in turn increases energy and power production that boost performance. The dosage provided in Beyond Raw Lit is in line with the effective recommended dosage.
4. Caffeine 250 mg
Caffeine is one of the ingredients whose effects both positive and negative have been studied extensively. It has been found to have significant effects on the central nervous system, positively improving learning, memory, alertness, and coordination among others.
In workouts, it is preferred for the increased mental focus it provides. It is also useful because it stimulates the adrenalin and increases tolerance to fatigue. On the other hand, too much caffeine can result in crashes, anxiety, and dehydration. 250mg seems just enough for good results, though someone not used to having such levels may get jittery or lack sleep if the supplement is taken close to bedtime.
5 & 6. L-Citrulline 3.0 grams and Nitrosigine 1.5 grams
These are all better versions of L-arginine, an amino acid responsible for several effects in the body including an increase of nitric oxide, better blood circulations, more muscle growth and an increase in the muscle pump. The reason why they are used and not L-arginine itself is because the latter form is easily broken down by enzymes in the stomach which reduce the total amount of what gets into the blood.
7. NeuroFactor 100mg
This ingredient is the whole coffee fruit with its shell and bean. It, therefore, has more benefits than common extracts. It serves two functions here. It increases the brain focus and also its high content of chlorogenic acid helps in burning fat and regulating blood pressure.
Effectiveness – Does It Work?
Based on experience, an analysis of the ingredients used and their proportions as well as Beyond Raw Lit Pre Workout reviews from users online, it is relatively easy to gauge just how effective this stimulant is. The one thing it scores highly on is the mental focus and greater endurance. The generous portion of caffeine and the use of ElevATP and Beta-alanine is going to give you the alertness and power to get through longer workouts. It is on the strength that you may feel it comes up short depending on how heavy your routine is.
The creatine level is low unless you manage to supplement it elsewhere in your diet. People who workout heavily and regularly may also feel the endurance effect not lasting for long.
The flavors are pretty good so you shouldn’t struggle in getting the mix down, and it mixes well in cold water. Gummy worm seems to be the most popular.
You can choose a 30 serving or 60 serving container, which should be enough to take you through a month or two depending on your schedule.
Pros and cons
• It is effective for most workout needs
• Has a great taste
• Kicks in early enough about 15 minutes before workout
• You can use it even on non-workout days without being overwhelmed
• Covers all aspects you need when working out, strength, energy, focus, and endurance
• Does not contain sugar
• Feels pricey (most pre-workouts are about $30-$40 per 30 servings though). It’s slightly cheaper to get the 60 serving container.
• May come up short for those in heavy lifting (you may want to supplement with extra creatine monohydrate)
Beyond Raw Lit Side-effects
Despite the positive feedback, there’s more than one Lit pre workout review out there where someone mentions side effects. Usually, the only side-effects you may experience are those caused by caffeine and beta-alanine, and they tend to be mild. The caffeine used, as already indicated, may prove too much for those not used to it. This could potentially cause jitters and lack of sleep. If you’re used to drinking coffee or taking other pre-workouts though this shouldn’t be a problem (caffeine is generally one of the ingredients of supplements like this). Beta-alanine could result in tingly or itchy feeling on your skin and some have experienced flushing sensations that wear off pretty quickly. It’s important to note that although none of the ingredients are dangerous, if you’re experiencing unpleasant side effects you should stop taking it and consult your doctor. The ingredients might not suit everyone.
Conclusion – Should You Try Lit Pre Workout?
You’ll see from our Beyond Raw Lit review that it does what it says it will – it gives you supercharged energy and mental alertness, and provides muscle pump after heavy workouts. It is suitable for exercise fans of all levels, both male or female. It’s not just for working out though. The pre-workout is ideal when you need more focus and energy to get through a hard day of work or study.
Some people do experience some side effects from pre workouts though, and it’s not recommended that you take this later than 4-6 hours before bed if you want to get a good sleep (the caffeine might keep you awake longer than anticipated).
Although it comes in a number of different flavors many people prefer the Gummy Worm flavor – it tastes kind of like liquid sour candy and isn’t crazy sweet like some pre workout drinks can be. You can always add more water than recommended to cut the sweetness though.
So, do we recommend it?
It’s definitely worth trying and the price is pretty much in line with most other pre workouts. Some people get VERY good results from using it and overall it’s got high ratings (check out the reviews on Amazon). As with all pre workouts though, there may be side effects!