Pre-Workout supplements are the favorite pre-training ritual of millions of men & women every single day. Chances are, you’ve used pre-workout at some point in your life, if not regularly. So why, with such a common supplement, are we still left with the same limited choices of pre-workout formulas that make us feel sick and tired after we use them - and DRAINED after our workout?
Despite the widespread use, most people report feelings of nausea, upset stomach, jitters, energy crashes, and increased fatigue after using mainstream pre-workout formulas.
This is due to lack of innovation in formulation, coupled with the big supplement companies' heavy reliance on using high-doses of stimulants, sugar and chemical sweeteners, and synthetic ingredients that keep your body in a state of fight-or-flight far after the workout is over…
...All of which leads to the well-known “crash” afterwards, and fueling an addiction-conditioning cycle where your workout performance is completely reliant upon whether or not you take that pre-workout stimulant before your training session.
It's time for your pre-workout to evolve...
It’s time for a superior formulation that works with your body to increase pure ATP production, boost stamina & endurance, and leave you feeling refreshed after training - not drained and lethargic.
Introducing: Kinobody OCTANE.
This isn’t just another "me-too" pre-workout supplement like everyone else, loaded with synthetic ingredients, chemical sweeteners, and laced with high doses of dangerous stimulants that will leave you feeling drained and sick after your workout.
OCTANE stands head and shoulders above all other products on the market because we provide the most effective and well-researched ingredients in their most bio-available (digestible) form.
With 3 important nutrient blends - the Metabolic Acceleration Blend, the Neural Alignment Blend, and the Electrolyte Primer Blend - OCTANE is the only pre-workout that enhances your entire exercise experience, from your ability to do more in the gym and trigger better muscle gains, to your ability to recover from all the work you do and come back to the next workout stronger than before.
Let's look at what's inside every serving of OCTANE...
Whenever you exercise, metabolic stress is placed on your body in the form of increased production of waste by-products like lactic acid and ammonia.(1,2,3)
You’re probably familiar with lactic acid, which causes the “burning sensation” in your muscles and prevents you from getting those final few reps that are so important for muscle growth. Ammonia, on the other hand, is produced when your body breaks down the protein in your muscles. These by-products take time to clear out of your system and contribute to fatigue and reduce your ability to use oxygen and produce energy.(4,5)
Not only that, but the longer they hang around, the slower your recovery is after the training session. Therefore, one of the main goals we wanted to focus on was enhancing your body’s metabolic capacity to handle these by-products to not only improve energy production and blood flow to your muscles (ie. the “pump”) during the workout, but also to enhance your recovery from the session after the workout.
That’s exactly what The Metabolic Activation Blend focuses on, by supplying key nutrients that enable your cells to produce more energy in a healthier way, and assist your body in clearing out the harmful by-products.
Here’s what’s in The Metabolic Activation Blend:
THIAMINE (100mg) - Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1, is crucial for your oxidative metabolism and is powerful for reducing your lactic acid and ammonia production.(6-12)
Because higher doses of this water-soluble vitamin stimulate the oxidative metabolism so well, it helps your cells produce more energy in a healthier way, resulting in less fatigue during the workout session.(13,14)
All of this is because thiamine helps your cells utilize glucose (carbohydrate) better, resulting in more energy and a better metabolic profile, which keeps your body functioning better during and after the workout.(13,15,16,17)
We chose a dosage of 100 mg, which is the dose used in most research studies.
L-CITRULLINE (6,000mg) - L-Citrulline is an amino acid that has a powerful effect on increasing blood levels of nitric oxide (NO), which relaxes blood vessels and allows more blood flow to working muscles (the coveted “pump”).(18,19,20,21)
However, l-citrulline has another, lesser-known role: Reducing ammonia levels by stimulating the urea cycle (in fact, this is how it increases NO levels as well, by sparing the amino acid L-arginine).(22,23)
Since ammonia causes fatigue and decreases your cells’ ability to produce energy efficiently, L-citrulline has naturally been found to increase the number of reps you can perform, decrease your fatigue during the training session, and reduce how hard the workout feels (the “Rating of Perceived Exertion”, or “RPE” for short).(24-28)
This amino acid is so powerful that we included 6 grams of L-citrulline - the highest amount we could legally put into it.
BIOTIN (300 mcg) - Similar to thiamine, biotin (vitamin B7) plays an important role in healthy energy production, and similar to L-citrulline, it helps to clear out ammonia levels in your body.(29,30)
But not only does biotin add to the lactic acid-reducing and ammonia-reducing power of thiamine and L-citrulline, but it has also been shown to greatly enhance insulin sensitivity, even reversing type 2 diabetes in some studies.(31,32,33,34)
Because of this, adding biotin ensures that you not only get those powerful metabolic effects, but that you make better use of the carbs in your post-workout meal, aiding in even faster recovery from the workout session.
SIBERIAN GINSENG (Eleutherococcus Senticosus Root Extract) (300 mg) - While the other ingredients play a role in helping your body remove the harmful by-products created for exercise, Siberian Ginseng helps prevent them from being created in the first place by increasing your cells’ use of oxygen.(35,36)
And because your cells are also able to produce energy through better metabolic pathways, this also leads to an increase in work capacity and total work output, meaning you can workout harder, for longer.
Not only that, Siberian Ginseng has shown some very promising effects for increasing mental function, improving blood lipids, decreasing oxidative stress, and enhancing immunity, helping improve your health and recovery on many levels.(37-40)
Your output in the gym relies on the ability of your central nervous system (CNS) to signal your muscles to fire. Studies have even shown that when external electricity was used to cause a muscle to contract, fatigued muscles were still able to contract just as hard as fresh muscles, indicating that the nervous system was the factor that lead to decreases in strength.(35,36)
So if you want to have the most productive training session possible when you step foot in the gym, you want to make sure your nervous system is ready to fire on all cylinders.
That’s exactly what the Neural Alignment Blend does…
Here’s what’s in it:
CAFFEINE (150 mg) & L-THEANINE (100 mg) - Caffeine is one of the most well-studied compounds on increasing exercise performance and nervous system function.
These studies show an increase in reps performed, better strength-endurance, a lower rating of perceived exertion, an increase in time to fatigue, and many other ergogenic benefits.(37-53)
It works by binding to adenosine receptors, blocking the action that adenosine would normally have on inhibiting neural function and causing feelings of fatigue and tiredness. By blocking these receptors, you allow your nervous system to increase it’s output and allow your muscles to contract harder and lift more weight, and many studies support the fact that caffeine works by increasing activation of the nervous system.(54,55)
Caffeine has even been shown to help improve testosterone levels and increase fat loss.(56,57) This alone is a great way to boost your workout quality, but by adding L-theanine, we can add a significant advantage.
Specifically, L-theanine smooths out the “jitters” that caffeine can cause, while allowing the increased energy and alertness to persist. In essence, you get a smooth, steady energy that allows you to focus and attack your workout with determination.
Studies have shown that the combination of caffeine and L-theanine delivers many benefits, including increased fat loss and improved brain function / cognition.(58,59,60,61) But L-theanine has many other benefits for after the training session, including improved restoration of immune function, decreased fatigue, and enhanced mental regeneration.(62-68)
Since many Kinobody followers drink plenty of coffee through the day, we wanted to find the right dose to give a boost before your workout, without overdoing the caffeine. We found 150 mg of caffeine and 100 mg of L-theanine to be the sweet spot for relaxed focus and energy during your training session.
SODIUM (100 mg) & POTASSIUM (100 mg) -During exercise, the electrical salts that your nervous system uses to send signals throughout your body (ie. “electrolytes”) get depleted through increased turnover and loss in sweat.
By including these electrolytes before your workout, you can preempt that loss and prevent the drop in performance that comes from low mineral levels. This is similar to why rehydration beverages like Gatorade help to keep athletes more hydrated and improve performance more than water alone.(74-79)
This will also have the added benefit of preventing a rise in the stress hormone aldosterone, aiding in faster recovery from the workout by maintaining better homeostatic balance.
Kino Nutrition was created as a collaboration between friends and business partners Greg O’Gallagher and Christopher Walker.
One night, as Greg and Chris were in Venice Beach, CA at a restaurant for dinner, they started discussing how messed up the fitness supplements currently available to consumers truly are - especially the pre-workouts.
There were no truly natural, organic options for anyone, especially in a formula that leverages the inherent nutrient-rich content of fruit as the sweetener instead of added sugar or artificial sweeteners. And almost every pre-workout also contained very high doses of stimulants.
“What if we could create a natural pre-workout option, with about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, and containing only ingredients that increase natural energy production without stimulating the body’s “fight-or-flight” response,” Greg said.
“And let’s also sweeten it with organic fruit juice,” Chris said.
That night, they agreed to make Kino OCTANE a reality. The idea was born, but that was just the beginning of the hard work involved in formulating, manufacturing, taste-testing, and lab & compliance testing that went into making this dream a reality.
Through all the red tape, Kino OCTANE has emerged victorious.
In fact, they had the distinct advantage of wisdom accumulated through Chris’ years of running his top-notch research-backed nutraceutical company Truth Nutra, along with his Duke University neuroscience degree coupled with Greg’s training wisdom and vision for the exact type of “feeling” and nervous system benefits from this perfect formula.
The combination of both founders’ wisdom and vision has birthed the most well-formulated and effective - and just all-around healthy - natural pre-workout formula available.
No fluff, no extras, no fake ingredients to make it look cool. No flashy hype. Simply the highest quality, most potent combination of all-natural ingredients available anywhere.
Severe lactic acidosis reversed by thiamine within 24 hours
Thiamine deficiency as a cause of life threatening lactic acidosis in total parenteral nutrition.
Lactic Acidosis Traced to Thiamine Deficiency Related to Nationwide Shortage of Multivitamins for Total Parenteral Nutrition -- United States, 1997
Lactic Acidosis Update for Critical Care Clinicians
Lactic acidosis in thiamine deficiency
Fatal metabolic acidosis caused by thiamine deficiency
Metabolic Acidosis and Thiamine Deficiency
The effects of endurance training and thiamine supplementation on anti-fatigue during exercise
Effects of thiamine supplementation on exercise-induced fatigue
Effect of thiamine on glucose utilization in hepatic cirrhosis.
A review of the biochemistry, metabolism and clinical benefits of thiamin(e) and its derivatives.
Thiamin deficiency in people with obesity.
Effects of Citrulline Supplementation on Fatigue and Exercise Performance in Mice
l-Citrulline supplementation improves O2 uptake kinetics and high-intensity exercise performance in humans
Effects of Supplemental Citrulline-Malate Ingestion on Blood Lactate, Cardiovascular Dynamics, and Resistance Exercise Performance in Trained Males
Acute citrulline malate supplementation improves upper- and lower-body submaximal weightlifting exercise performance in resistance-trained females
Effect of arginine, ornithine and citrulline supplementation upon performance and metabolism of trained rats
Effects of Supplemental Citrulline Malate Ingestion During Repeated Bouts of Lower-Body Exercise in Advanced Weightlifters
Citrulline/malate promotes aerobic energy production in human exercising muscle.
Citrulline malate enhances athletic anaerobic performance and relieves muscle soreness.
L-citrulline-malate influence over branched chain amino acid utilization during exercise.
Short-term effects of L-citrulline supplementation on arterial stiffness in middle-aged men.
Dose-ranging effects of citrulline administration on plasma amino acids and hormonal patterns in healthy subjects: the Citrudose pharmacokinetic study.
Effect of biotin on ammonia intoxication in rats and mice.
The effects of biotin on the metabolism of ammonia and amino acids in urease-induced hyperammonemic rats.
Oral glucose tolerance test after high-dose i.v. biotin administration in normoglucemic hemodialysis patients.
The effect of chromium picolinate and biotin supplementation on glycemic control in poorly controlled patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a placebo-controlled, double-blinded, randomized trial.
Chromium picolinate and biotin combination improves glucose metabolism in treated, uncontrolled overweight to obese patients with type 2 diabetes.
Survey of the Effect of Biotin on Glycemic Control and Plasma Lipid Concentrations in Type 1 Diabetic Patients in Kermanshah in Iran (2008-2009)
Effect of Eleutheroccocus senticosus Extract on Human Physical Working Capacity
The effects of A. senticosus supplementation on serum lipid profiles, biomarkers of oxidative stress, and lymphocyte DNA damage in postmenopausal women.
Flow-cytometric studies with eleutherococcus senticosus extract as an immunomodulatory agent.
Effects of Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus maxim.) on elderly quality of life: a randomized clinical trial.
The effect of eight weeks of supplementation with Eleutherococcus senticosus on endurance capacity and metabolism in human.
The influence of active components of Eleutherococcus senticosus on cellular defence and physical fitness in man.
Caffeine, Exercise and the Brain
Effects of caffeine ingestion on metabolism and exercise performance.
Effects of Caffeine Ingestion on Exercise Testing: A Meta-Analysis
Metabolic, catecholamine, and endurance responses to caffeine during intense exercise
Effects of Caffeine Ingestion on Exercise-induced Change during High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise
Effects of Caffeine and Aspirin on Light Resistance Training Performance, Perceived Exertion, and Pain Perception
Effects of Caffeine on Repetitions to Failure and Ratings of Perceived Exertion during Resistance Training
THE ACUTE EFFECTS OF A CAFFEINE-CONTAINING SUPPLEMENT ON STRENGTH,MUSCULAR ENDURANCE, AND ANAEROBIC CAPABILITIES.
Caffeine and Exercise: Metabolism and Performance
Metabolic, catecholamine, and exercise performance responses to various doses of caffeine
Caffeine ingestion and muscle metabolism during prolonged exercise in humans
Caffeine and Exercise
Effects of caffeine ingestion on rating of perceived exertion during and after exercise: a meta-analysis
Dose Effect of Caffeine on Testosterone and Cortisol Responses to Resistance Exercise
The effects of caffeine and exercise on body weight, fat-pad weight, and fat-cell size.
Effect of two doses of caffeine on muscular function during isokinetic exercise.
Acute caffeine ingestion's increase of voluntarily chosen resistance-training load after limited sleep.
Caffeine ingestion reverses the circadian rhythm effects on neuromuscular performance in highly resistance-trained men.
Effects of caffeine on prolonged intermittent-sprint ability in team-sport athletes.
Caffeine supplementation and multiple sprint running performance.
Dose response effects of a caffeine-containing energy drink on muscle performance: a repeated measures design.
Caffeine + L-Theanine
Anti-obesity Effects of Three Major Components of Green Tea, Catechins, Caffeine and Theanine, in Mice
Body Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance in Relation to Habitual Caffeine Intake and Green Tea Supplementation
The combined effects of L-theanine and caffeine on cognitive performance and mood
The combination of L-theanine and caffeine improves cognitive performance and increases subjective alertness
Cystine and Theanine Supplementation Restores High-Intensity Resistance Exercise-Induced Attenuation of Natural Killer Cell Activity in Well-Trained Men
Suppression of exercise-induced neutrophilia and lymphopenia in athletes by cystine/theanine intake: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
Effects of Oral Supplementation with Cystine and Theanine on the Immune Function of Athletes in Endurance Exercise: Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial
Cystine and theanine: amino acids as oral immunomodulative nutrients
EFFECT OF THEANINE ON DELAYING EXERCISE-INDUCED FATIGUE AND ITS MECHANISM
Progress on L-theanine for Anti-Exercise-Induced Fatigue and Its Application Prospects
Improving mental regeneration after physical exercise
Sodium / Potassium
Fluid and electrolyte loss and replacement in exercise.
Fluid replacement and exercise stress. A brief review of studies on fluid replacement and some guidelines for the athlete.
Fluid balance and exercise performance.
Recovery from prolonged exercise: restoration of water and electrolyte balance.
Effects of sodium supplementation during energy restriction on plasma norepinephrine levels in obese women.
Low-salt diet increases insulin resistance in healthy subjects.