Monday’s Motivation

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12 weeks ago I started training for my first bodybuilding competition in the bikini category.
I had a basic understanding of what I was getting myself involved in. I read all the blogs, articles and webpages I could find so I was prepared for everything.
And I would like to think that I have a decent grasp on what is expected of me.

I was hitting my macros, going to the gym and being mindful of everything I was doing in my everyday life as it related to the competition.
I had always heard of people using a pre-workout supplement, but I never thought that it applied to me in any way. My issue was that I assumed that it was for the ‘hardcore’ bodybuilders.
I was wrong.

I was given the opportunity to try some of BSN’s N.O.-XPLODE pre-workout igniter. Having never taken a pre before, I didn’t know what to expect. 2014-10-09 10.33.35
From BSN:
It offers Explosive Energy – To maximize every moment of your workout and achieve your best results, you need energy. Equally as important is to channel that energy, ensuring a mind-muscle connection. The Thermic Energy™ blend helps deliver explosive energy, enhancing your workout intensity from start to finish.

It offers Enhanced Endurance – Your body responds to the amount of work you do over a period of time. Whether you’re in the gym or on the field, the Endura Shot™ blend, featuring a concentrated beta-alanine blend, helps enhance your workout capacity, giving you the opportunity to exercise longer.

It offers Maximum Performance – Muscular strength, power and endurance are supported by creatine in the body. The innovative ingredient technology of our Myogenic Matrix™, featuring an advanced creatine blend, helps every athlete reach their goal of maximizing performance. 

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I started using BSN’s N.O.-XPLODE before I lifted and I did see a difference in my energy level while I was at the gym. I didn’t feel as worn out by the time I left, which was beneficial for the days where I went running after I lifted.

When you mix it up with water, do not shake it! It can get fizzy and you would probably not want an exploding pre-workout. I was given the fruit punch flavor to try out. The other available flavors are blue raz, watermelon, grape and green apple. The flavor isn’t too strong or too weak, nor is it too sweet. There is a fiz to the drink and the drink itself is thicker than other drinks I have tried.
2014-10-09 07.35.17When I use all of this, I will seriously consider buying more of it on my own. I feel like I saw enough of a benefit that I would want to keep that going!

I was given product to sample from BSN through FitFluential. All opinions are my own and are awesome. 

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