The Cortisol Dilemma


After weight-loss products and protein powders, pre-workout formulas are among the biggest-selling supplements in today’s marketplace. Certainly they are the subject of some pretty entertaining—and often outrageous—advertisements on the web and in the big bodybuilding print publications.

While pre-workout supplements have a lot of tangible benefits, they also have some less-publicized issues. Believe it or not, folks, EVERY supplement creates its own chain-of-events in the context of your workout and in tandem with other supplements. In the case of NO-facilitating pre-workout products, the issue is cortisol production.

Some arginine-based NO-boosting pre-work out formulas could conceivably enhance cortisol levels, especially some of the higher-caffeine entries in the category. Oh, you will still get your pump on, but you need to be conscious of cortisol production. Cortisol is triggered when a stressful situation in the body occurs—mentally or physically. For bodybuilders, it’s mostly physical stress. Cortisol is a catabolic hormone that will reduce protein levels in body cells, increase blood pressure, sugar levels and stored body fat. Everything we don’t want to happen, right? But what can you do about it?

I’m certainly not here to tell you to give up your favorite pre-workout formula. I use them and like them, too. Fortunately, we can stack supplements with our pre-workout drink that may help block the effects of cortisol. Look for Anabolic/Anti-catabolic, Pre/Post-workout supplements containing Phosphatidylserine, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, BCAAs, Glutamine, Creatine, Resveratrol, 100% CFM Isolate and Hydrolyzed Whey Protein.

A good post-workout product will help to counter the effects that high cortisol levels have on muscle after exercise. I use Aminodrol and add a half  dose of my post-workout MyoZene or Muscle Maize to my pre-workout products. Works for me.

I’m also really curious to see how the new GlycoCarn-based pre-workout formula AlphaFury (which is non-arginine-based) works. I’ve heard good things. ProSource should have it soon.

Just Sayin’


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Nytrowhey Extreme

Nytrowhey Ultra



Muscle Maize

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One Response to “The Cortisol Dilemma”

  1. Says:

    Good reading for anyone looking to try supplements for the first time, or for that matter anyone in general.

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