HAKNutrition PreHAK – The Ultimate Workout Hack!

PreHak

HAKNutrition is a new company that has burst onto the scene with PreHAK, an incredibly well dosed pre workout that will provides the perfect “hack” for endless gains during your workout!

We’ve had the privilege of working closely with many up and coming brands lately, and with that been privy to some of the inner workings of how “the sausage is made” so to speak when it comes to product formulation.

At the end of 2016, we hooked up with upstart HAKNutrition and began to discuss both their pre workout and post workout supplements which provide everything you need to conquer your workout and then fully recover it so you can get back in the gym day after day.

Today, we feature PreHAK, the incredibly well dosed pre workout that will provides the perfect “hack” for endless gains during your workout!

It’s well-dosed and well-formulated, but at time of writing, isn’t carried in any of PricePlow’s stores – so you’ll have to check it out directly on their site to find deals:

For a limited time (1/3/16 – 1/13/16), you can use the code PRICEPLOW for 15% off at HakNutrition.com.

PreHAK Ingredients

PreHAK is transparently dosed and provides solid doses of everything you could want in a pre workout from energy to performance boosters to pump aids and focus enhancers. When coupled with PostHAK, you’ll also have all of your daily staples fulfilled including betaine and creatine.

  • Energy Amplifier

    • Caffeine Anhydrous (275mg)

      HAKNutrition PreHAK Ingredients

      PreHAK is transparently dosed and provides solid doses of everything you could want in a pre workout from energy to performance boosters to pump aids and focus enhancers.

      PreHAK starts things off where all great pre workouts begin, the energy department. There’s no crazy exotic stims to crack you out here, just the basics. Each scoop of PreHAK packs a solid 275mg of caffeine anhydrous which provides a stout kick in the pants to get your butt in gear.

    • TeaCrine® (25mg)

      Teacrine™ is a patented extract that contains 98% concentrated theacrine, a xanthine-like molecule that is structurally similar to caffeine and confers many of the same stimulatory effects.

      The difference between caffeine and theacrine is that theacrine has no tolerance build up, unlike caffeine.[1] This means that you won’t need to continually “up the dose” to feel the same energizing effects of theacrine. On top of that, research shows theacrine reduces oxidative stress in the body when used for at least seven consecutive days[2], and boosts dopamine levels in the brain, similar to caffeine.[3]

      25mg is a little on the low side for theacrine, we’ve felt the most “pop” from this ingredient when dosed loser to 100mg. The problem with the bigger dose is that theacrine tastes awful and can basically ruin the flavoring on a pre workout… so there’s a bit of a trade off.

  • Explosive Strength

    • Betaine Anhydrous (2.5g)

      Betaine

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

      Also known as trimethylglycine or TMG, Betaine Anhydrous is a powerful muscle building compound found in sugar beets that’s been proven time and again to increase power, strength, power, and endurance.[4,5,6]

      Additionally, betaine has also been shown to help reduce soreness. We’re seeing the full 2.5g dose more and more often lately, and love this since that’s where the human studies showed actual GAINS, as shown in our main betaine article.

      Furthermore, betaine has been shown to synergize with our next ingredient, which is…

    • Creatine HCl (2g)

      Next to monohydrate, creatine HCl is perhaps the most popular and well-known form of creatine. It touts greater water solubility than regular monohydrate, which has led many to propose it as the “superior” form of creatine. We’re still waiting on research to conclusively prove that, but you’ll still get the same muscle-building benefits as you would with the mono variant.

      Additionally, many people champion the HCl form as it doesn’t cause bloating like so many claim monohydrate does. However, just because it’s Creatine HCl doesn’t mean we think you can only get 2g — 3-5g per day is still the accepted

    • Taurine (2g)

      HAKNutrition Benefits

      PreHAK provides all the key components of a premier workout supplement.

      Taurine is one of the most abundant amino acids in the body with large reserves located in the brain, skeletal muscles, and heart. It acts as an osmolyte that draws water into the muscles, supporting hydration and providing “water-based” pumps.[7]

      Additionally, since taurine is stored primarily in the brain, it also improves mental focus[8], and, when dosed with BCAAs, has been shown to reduce soreness![9]

  • Fatigue Fighter

    • BCAA 2:1:1 (6g)

      Resistance training tears down muscle, to counteract this catabolic process, PreHAK contains a solid 6g dose of 2:1:1 BCAAs, meaning each serving contains 3g of Leucine, 1.5g of Isoleucine, and 1.5g of Valine.

      The 3g of Leucine is the major stimulator of mTOR pathway in the body[10], ultimately keeping you anabolic during your workout so more muscle-building occurs and less muscle destroying. The dose of BCAAs will also help preempt the recovery process and delay the onset of muscle soreness, also known as DOMS.[11,12]

    • CarnoSyn® Beta Alanine (2g)

      CarnoSyn Logo

      PreHAK includes the premier form of beta alanine with CarnoSyn.

      Beta Alanine is the ultimate fatigue fighter and endurance maximizer. Following ingestion, beta alanine binds to histidine in skeletal muscle and forms carnosine, a powerful intracellular buffer.[13] Carnosine’s buffering action works to remove lactic acid accumulation in skeletal muscles, thereby offsetting the “burning” sensation that sets in the longer you workout.

      In terms of performance enhancement, beta alanine bolsters endurance power, strength, and time to exhaustion.[14,15,16] The clinical effective dose is 3.2g, but that can be rather unpleasant for some people to take all at once due to the paresthesia (“tingles”).

    • Rhodiola Rosea (180mg)

      Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb that helps the body process all kinds of emotional, psychological, and physical stressors. Herbs like rhodiola also show great benefit in terms of boosting endurance and alertness while lowering mental fatigue from stressful situations.[17]

      Further research into rhodiola demonstrates it elevates cognitive function and memory due to its actions on the dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin and acetylcholine neurotransmitter systems.[18]

      PreHAK’s rhodiola extract is standardized to 5% rosavins, one of the high powered bio-actives of the herb. Research into this compound shows it increases athletic performance and supports glucose uptake in skeletal muscle.[19,20]

  • Focus Igniter

    • N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (1.5g)

      Motivation Want It

      How bad do you want it?!

      Whoa there!

      N-Acetyl-Tyrosine (NALT) is a more bioavailable, and expensive, form of the popular focus-boster, L-Tyrosine. NALT boosts noradrenaline and dopamine production which lowers stress and anxiety, while simultaneously improving focus and cognition.[21,22]

      This is a HUGE dose compared to what we’ve seen used in other products, and this is one you’ll definitely feel working!

    • AlphaSize® Alpha GPC (300mg)

      Alpha GPC is a choline-containing molecule that increases the production of the “learning neuro transmitter” acetylcholine.[23] Aside from that, it also boosts endurance, power output, and post workout Growth Hormone (GH) levels.[24,25,26]

      Looking at the different choline forms, Alpha GPC is one of our favorites (along with CDP Choline). In terms of quality and bioavailability, it really doesn’t get much better than these two. It’s personal preference as to which is “better”, as both are very effective.

      Yet another solid dose! Just like the NALT dose above, you’ll definitely be “feeling” this one as well.

    • L-Theanine (100mg)

      L-Theanine Tea

      L-Theanine comes from tea leaves, and can helps smooth out some of caffeine’s more jarring stimulant kick.

      Theanine is an amino acid found primarily in tea leaves that’s best known for its ability to induce a state of relaxation, though that’s not why it’s included in PreHAK. The real reason it’s included here is that theanine enhances the cognitive focus effects of caffeine[27], as well as reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue.[28,29]

      Furthermore, many individuals (like Mike), enjoy combining theanine with larger doses of caffeine to help “smooth out” it’s somewhat harsh kick at times.

  • Pump Matrix

    • Citrulline Malate 2:1 (6g)

      Still with us?!

      Good, because PreHAK is still bringing the goods with a whopping 6g dose of citrulline malate. CitMal is a primetime nitric oxide booster that is far and away a better pump aid than L-Arginine, due to its superior bioavailability in the body.[30]

      Citrulline Malate isn’t just for pumps though, as it also leads to increased endurance, better ATP production, reduced fatigue, and greater lean body mass.[31,32,33]

    • N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (600mg)

      Quercetin is readily found in grapes, onions, and many other vegetables.

      Quercetin is readily found in grapes, onions, and many other vegetables.

      N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (NAC) is the primary substrate for glutathione in the body — meaning without adequate NAC stores, your body won’t produce the required amounts of the powerful antioxidant and buffer glutathione. Furthermore, NAC, as well as glutathione, support and protect the liver and maximize antioxidant support in the body.[34,35,36]

    • Cocoa Bean (450mg)

      PreHAK’s label states that its cocoa bean extract is standardized to 6% theobromine, which yields 27mg, a rather paltry amount of the stimulant. Theobromine helps improve mood and gives a moderate stim-kick, but much smoother that what you’d get from caffeine.[37]

      But, that’s not why theobromine is included here. Cocoa seed extract also helps improve blood flow[38], which has benefits for pumps and performance!

    • Quercetin (200mg)

      Quercetin is one of the most heavily-researched bioflavonoids in the game. It’s been documented to boost endurance via increasing production of mitochondrial biogenesis in muscle cells.[40]

      Additionally, quercetin also works synergistically with several of the other ingredients in PreHAK, like caffeine, to increase their effectiveness and the body’s utilization of those nutrients.[41]

  • Absorption

    • BioPerine® (5mg)

      HAKNutrition PreHAK Rapberry

      Raspberry Lemonade is one of two flavors you can get PreHAK in — Green Apple being the other option.

      PreHAK packs A LOT into each scoop. So they’ve included a bit of the industry-leading absorption enhancer BioPerine® to help your body assimilate the wide array of nutrients contained herein.

Flavors Available

Currently, PreHAK is available in Raspberry Lemonade and Green Apple. We expect as HAKNutrition continues to grow and expand, that they’ll add some more flavors once their products get in the hands of the masses.

Takeaway

WHEW!

That was a lot to get through, but as you can see, HAKNutrition isn’t messing around here with their introductory supplement to the market. PreHAK provides everything you need (and then some!) to have a great workout and hack into your DNA for endless PRs during your training sessions.

Our ears are perked up and we can’t wait to see what else the brand has in store down the line!

For a limited time (1/3/16 – 1/13/16), you can use the code PRICEPLOW for 15% off at HakNutrition.com.

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