PreCre: Everything RIGHT in a Pre Workout Supplement

Muscle Elements PreCre

Muscle Elements PreCre is a transparently dosed pre workout that hits all the right notes, energy, focus, endurance and carbs to give you a great workout.

Muscle Elements has quietly been making waves in the industry since they burst on to the scene in 2014. With a strong commitment to quality and excellence, Me stands at the forefront of game-changers bringing top notch, no-nonsense products to the masses.

With their pre workout, PreCre, Me hits all the right notes: energy, focus, endurance boosters, and CARBS! Yes, carbs are oddly “controversial,” but once you get a taste of what proper pre workout nutrition is all about, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to include them before.

On top of all of that, PreCre is a true one-scoop experience.

No underdosing, no gimmicks. Just one badass scoop of pumps, energy, and power.

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PreCre Ingredients:

PreCre contains 4 unique blends of ingredients (all transparently dosed) all designed to enhance your workout in a very specific way. Enough with the buildup though, let’s dive in:

  • GlycoPump Infusion Elements™ (10.1g)

    PreCre starts things off with a 10+g dose of carbohydrates composed of: Cyclic Dextrin, Modified Glucose Polymers, and PTS-SURGE™ (Vitis vinifera, standardized for 40% Proanthocyanadins).

    You’re probably familiar with the first two ingredients in this blend as both are often included in post workout recovery formulas as fast-digesting carb sources intended to quickly replenish your depleted glycogen stores and drive nutrients into the muscle cells.

    In PreCre, these supply a readily available source of energy that you body can utilize for immediate use and spare your stored glycogen reserves until they’re needed late in your workout.

    What is PTS-SURGE?

    Muscle Elements PreCre Ingredients

    PreCre breaks from traditional pre workouts and includes 10g of carbs to give your body a quick source of energy to power through your workouts while saving your glycogen stores for later on in your session.

    PTS-SURGE™ comes from a species of grape native to the Mediterranean and Central Europe. PreCre uses this grape seed extract in tandem with the 10g dose of carbs to help improve vasodilation and blood flow to the muscles.[1,2,3] So, this trio will boost nitric oxide levels, inducing a great carb-based pump and give your body the proper raw materials to start your workout with all your energy stores topped off!

  • Tri-Cre Power Composite Elements™ (5g)

    We’ve had our issues before when other companies put in a “dusting” of creatine in the pre workouts. However, Me does creatine the right way by including the fully recommended 5g dose of creatine in the form of: Creapure® (Creatine Monohydrate), Creatine Monohydrate, Creatine HCL.

    Creatine is one of the most studied and effective supplements any individual could use when looking to increase their workout capacity. It’s been proven time and again to:

    • Improve Strength and Power[4,5]
    • Boost Lean Mass Gain[6,7]
    • Decrease Fatigue[8]
    • Enhance Cellular Hydration[9,10]

    Now, the gold standard of creatine has traditionally been plain creatine monohydrate, but to help offset any potential GI distress that some users may experience with monohydrate use, they’ve included some Creatine HCl to go along with the monohydrate to offset the bloat and make sure you get your “5 a day” worth of creatine to stay fully saturated.

  • Intracellular Capacity Amplifier Elements™ (3.7g)

    Everyone hits the dreaded “wall” at some point during their workouts. This comes from a combination of fatigue, lack of endurance, lactic acid accumulation, or a drop in energy reserves. Luckily, PreCre comes with a quartet of fatigue-fighters intended to help you push past the wall and reign in a new set of PRs!

    PreCre contains 1.5g of Betaine HCl, 1.2g of Beta Alanine, and tops things off with 500mg of both Creatinol-O-Phosphate and Taurine for good measure.

    • Betaine (1.5g)

      Betaine

      Beatine isn’t just for power, it also enhances the effects of creatine.

      Also known as trimethylglycine, Betaine is one of the hottest new amino acids today that helps to boost power, strength, endurance, and hydration.[11,12,13] There’s also been some research to indicate that it works to support the body’s production and utilization of creatine.[14,15]

    • Beta Alanine (1.2g)

      Beta alanine is an amino acid helps buffer the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles by increasing the amount of carnosine reserves in the body. This helps eliminate the “burn” that can sometimes happen mid-set causing you to stop early and not reap all of your gains. Beta alanine, much like betaine, improves power and strength and fends off fatigue.[16,17,18]

      Just a note that you’ll need to add some bulk Beta Alanine to get the generally recommended dosage of 3.2 g.

    • Creatinol-O-Phosphate (500mg)

      Often seen as COP, Creatinol-O-Phosphate, much like beta alanine, acts as a lactic acid buffer. That’s not all though, as COP gives a phosphate group back to the muscles the ATP process in the body, which enhances creatine’s effects. Although there isn’t a ton of research out on this particular ergogen, it is gaining traction in pre workouts as a worthwhile endurance-booster.

    • Taurine (500mg)

      Taurine is a conditionally essential amino acid that draws nutrients and water into muscle cells.[19] This should help with water-based pumps, in addition to the nice swell you should be getting from the carb-matrix that’s also included in PreCre.  Another benefit of the extra water and nutrients being drawn into the muscles is that it will reduce the onset muscle soreness when exercising.[20]

  • Mind-Muscle Activator Elements™ (1.65g)

    PreCre rounds out its massive 24g scoop with a mix of ingredients to activate your mind and muscles by including a mix of focus enhancers and electrolytes:

    • N-Acetyl Tyrosine (500mg)

      Muscle Elements PreCre Element

      PreCre brings everything you want in a pre workout: fatigue fighters, focus enhancers, cognitive boosters, and energy drivers.

      Here’s the main focus booster in PreCre. N-Acetyl-Tyrosine (NALT) is a more bioavailable, and expensive, form of the amino acid, L-Tyrosine that increases the production of two critical neurotransmitters in the body, dopamine and noradrenaline. This will improve mood and focus, while decreasing your stress level.[21,22]

    • Caffeine Anhydrous (200mg)

      PreCre gets the majority of its stim kick from a well-rounded 200mg dose of pure caffeine anhydrous. The amount here will give you a solid energy hit to get motivated to hit the weights, but won’t shoot you through the roof. We won’t waste any more time going into detail about caffeine’s benefits, just know it’s been well documented to improve mood, focus, endurance and performance[23,24]

    • Guarana Extract (22% Caffeine) (200mg)

      Usually found in all kinds of energy drinks, but rarely seen in pre workouts, Guarana seeds supply about twice the amount of caffeine as coffee beans do. Here, Me is standardizing for 22% caffeine, which brings the total caffeine content of PreCre to 244mg. This is a perfect amount of stim kick without feeling too cracked out or over-stimmed.

    • DMAE (150mg)

      Our final focus-enhancer comes in the form of the choline derivative, DMAE. It helps cognitive decline by offsetting the buildup of the “age pigment” in the brain.[25]

      DMAE also enhances acetylcholine production in the body. This potent neurotransmitter boosts memory and improves cognition, when combined with caffeine and NALT should provide an unparalleled amount of focus for your workout.

    • Electrolytes

      The final batch of ingredients contained in PreCre is a mix of the electrolytes: Disodium Phosphate, Dimagnesium Phosphate, and Dicalcium Phosphate. Electrolytes are vital for maintaining adequate hydration levels in the body during longs bouts of exercise, when sweat can dramatically reduce electrolyte concentrations.. They also ensure the muscles continue to fire on all cylinders by regulating contractions and relaxation of the muscles.

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Our PreCre Review

At the end of 2014, Mike, Amin, and Chris went to work and reviewed PreCre. You can see the video below. But first, note that Mike gave Chris some Muscle Elements AmiNO Flow, which is our #1 rated BCAA supplement – especially for weightlifters!

PreCre is beyond legit… but the PreCre / AmiNO Flow stack is basically unfair!

Flavors Available

Watermelon Slice

PreCre comes in Watermelon and Fruit Punch, 2 flavors to tame your taste buds before you crush the iron!

Currently, PreCre is only available in the standard flavors of: Watermelon and Fruit Punch. While these might not be the most innovating or exciting flavors on the market today, knowing the gurus who are handling the flavoring at Muscle Elements, you can be sure they will be some of the best tasting “standard” flavors you will find on the market.

Takeaway

Muscle Elements didn’t mess around when they were designing PreCre. There are no “cute”, catchy or trendy ingredients included. Rather, they’ve included only proven commodities intended to help you push harder and longer in your workouts, allowing you to reach new heights never before experienced when utilizing any other pre workout.

Don’t be scared off by the inclusion of carbohydrates in your pre workout. They’re included for very specific purpose. You wouldn’t set off on a road trip without putting gas in the tank, so apply the same logic to your workouts, and you will be glad you started including carbs in them after your very first experience with PreCre!

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