Strength Stack

The Why
  • Value-priced combination of our new Pre-workout + Amino Recovery performance supplements ($99.99 if purchased separately)
  • Formulated to help promote energy, focus, blood flow, and endurance during exercise and recovery between workouts*
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New formulas! Strength Stack was developed by Life Time as an all-natural performance and recovery supplement system. The new stack contains Pre-workout and Amino Recovery powders that when used to support a resistance training program helps promote lean mass, strength, power, performance, and recovery.* Benefits of this performance supplement system are best when products are used consistently for at least 3 to 4 weeks along with a well-designed training program.

Pre-workout (New formula!) is formulated to help promote energy, focus, healthy circulation, and performance. The potent blend of vitamins, amino acids and other bioactive ingredients helps develop muscle endurance, strength and mental focus during workouts.*

  • Vitamins B6 & B12 to support energy and mitochondrial ATP production*
  • L-Cirtulline malate to support nitric oxide production & reduce lactic acid accumulation*
  • CarnoSyn® Beta Alanine to elevate muscle carnosine levels, buffer lactate & improve high-intensity exercise tolerance*
  • RedNite® Beet Juice Powder to help increase exercise performance & tolerance, boost stamina, and maintain brain and cardiovascular health*
  • Citicholine choline to support cognition, focus, drive, motor skill acquisition & positive mood*
  • N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine to help extend the activity of nitric oxide & maintain healthy glutathione levels*
  • Caffeine to improve focus, exercise capacity, power output, fat metabolism & decrease pain sensation*
  • L-Theanine to promote stable, focused mindset & minimize potential “jitters” from caffeine*
  • DMAE Bitartrate, a precursor to the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine that may help promote cognitive function & help protect neurons from excessive oxidative stress*
For best effects, use at least four days per week (ideally before resistance training or other intense workouts) for a month or more.

Recommended use
Mix one to two level scoops (7.25 or 14.5g) into 8-10oz of liquid up to two times daily before a workout. (Note: Carnosyn Beta-alanine can cause temporary paresthesia, or a tingling “pins and needles” sensation shortly after ingestion. It’s considered harmless, but some individuals may not like the feeling, so it’s recommended to start with a lower dose and increase gradually over time)

Amino Recovery New formula! (replaces both BCAA Recovery and Amino Complex) Amino Recovery provides essential and branched-chain amino acids to support post-exercise muscle repair and recovery.* These free-form amino acids are readily absorbed and utilized by the body with higher efficiency than whole-food protein or protein powders, so offer unmatched benefits for tissue repair.*

The naturally-flavored blend of all the essential and conditionally-essential amino acids (EAAs), including branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), and L-Glutamine to help build and maintain muscle, recover from exercise and maintain immune resilience.*

  • L-Leucine** serves as a principle stimulator of protein synthesis*
  • L-Glutamine to support glucose levels, glutathione & Citrulline production, immune function, gut health, and recovery*
  • L-Isoleucine** helps promote glucose consumption and uptake in working muscle cells, supporting energy*
  • L-Valine** to support energy production during training and support protein synthesis in recovery*
  • L-Lysine to help facilitate muscle repair*
  • L-Threonine to help maintain connective tissue and immune resilience*
  • L-Cysteine, a conditionally essential amino acid helps support protein synthesis and connective tissue integrity*
  • L-Phenylalanine to help support healthy nervous system recovery*
  • L-Methionine to help with healthy cellular metabolism*
  • L-Tyrosine, a conditionally essential amino acid helps support brain and nervous system health
  • L-Tryptophan plays a role in regulating mood*
**Branched-Chain Amino Acids

Amino Recovery Recommended Use:
Mix one scoop (14.5g) into 8 to 10 oz. of water up to three times daily.
Could a Pre-Workout Supplement Benefit Your Performance?

Commonly referred to as a “pre-workout supplement,” an ergogenic aid is a mixture of ingredients that professionals, enthusiasts, and beginners alike consume prior to a workout in an effort to boost performance. An ergogenic aid is officially defined by the USDA as “substances that are claimed to help enhance energy utilization and performance in the body.”

The whole class of products on the market that will assault your computer screen when you Google “pre-workout supplement” include a multitude of pills, shots and powders claiming enhanced mental focus, vasodilation (wider blood vessels for better circulation), and strength that may improve fat burning, recovery time, and that post-workout pump!

Some ingredients are well-studied and well-understood like caffeine, taurine, rhodiola, pine bark, creatine, beta-alanine etc. On the other hand, other popular (albeit suspect) ingredients are not so thoroughly researched or recommended.

While we clearly should avoid certain ingredients, that doesn’t mean we should forgo the benefits that a safe and effective ergogenic aid brand might offer.

Let’s unpack this further. Which ergogenic aids are best? Is taking a pre-workout supplement a good option for you?

The Multi-Dimensional Power of Ergogenic Aids

A GREAT pre-workout supplement should do 5 things:

1) Support Energy Production

A great pre-workout supplement should make your body more efficient at getting energy from foods and fat stores into your muscle cells for peak performance while you exercise. Vitamins B12 and B6 have been extensively studied and shown to play a key role in releasing energy from food at the cellular level, which supports muscles throughout your workout (endurance). Creatine, perhaps the most rigorously studied supplement of all time, supports the energy availability and restoration of ATP in muscle cells both during and following maximum intensity or override efforts (strength, power and agility).

2) Increase Blood Flow

A great pre-workout supplement should improve the way blood gets to the muscles, heart and lungs to allow oxygen and energy to easily enter those systems while waste quickly moves out. Citrulline malate (found in Watermelon rind) and pine bark extract (AKA pycnogenol) both increase vasodilation (blood vessel expansion) by way of nitric oxide production in the body. This enhanced circulation improves aerobic activity and, thereby, better muscle recovery and fat burning!

3) Promote Lactate Tolerance

A great pre-workout supplement should support your ability to work out hard (to “feel the burn”) but also to help you tolerate it! Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid that can reduce the perceived intensity of exercise. In other words, hard work doesn’t feel so dang hard! A side note… Too much beta-alanine for a person’s body weight can cause a harmless sensation known as paresthesia or “itchy skin,” which can be easily eliminated by reducing dosage.

4) Maintain and Heal Cells under Heightened Intensity

A great pre-workout supplement should protect cellular health and function under new loads of more intensive exercise. Antioxidants like citrus bioflavanoids and taurine have both been shown to shorten recovery periods and buffer DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).  Additionally, betaine is an especially promising compound found in quinoa, beets and spinach that enhances performance, improving recovery times as well!

5) Improve and Maintain Mental Focus

A great pre-workout supplement should help you stay laser-focused on your workout’s quality and completion. A moderate amount of caffeine (~100mg) and L-Theanine (an antioxidant in green tea) can improve concentration while enhancing your mood so you can more easily enter a flow-state and mentally power through the challenge of your workout. Supplementation has been shown to improve cognitive function and willpower.

Bonus: No Artificial Junk

A great pre-workout supplement should do all of the above, but it should do so without the addition of unnecessary artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners that are often used to mask the inherently bitter or sour taste of many of the ingredients mentioned.

Until now, the market for these types of performance enhancing supplements has been missing a cleaner, less artificial option.

In partnership with leading sports scientists, Life Time Fitness has done the hard work for you and put it all together – a health-conscious pre-workout supplement and branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) formula called StrengthStack℠.

Our PreWorkout Complex is designed to be safe and effective for any exercise enthusiast with continued use. BCAA Recovery is specifically designed to enhance recovery from exercise by reducing muscle soreness and supporting muscle protein synthesis.

Remember, a good pre-workout supplement helps you safely add intensity to your workout for the purpose of more positive adaptations to higher physical stress. It’s like flooring the accelerator to maximize the output of your system and to test its limits. If your engine needs an oil change before you up your intensity, consider a detox first to reset your system so you can maximize benefits from the start of your StrengthStack℠.

Anti-Anxiety Eating
Not only does protein steady blood sugar, but its core components — amino acids — help your body make serotonin, dopamine, and other neurotransmitters.  Dietary protein contains several essential amino acids, some that contribute to a sense of calm, and some that excite the nervous system. Phenylalanine, for example, stimulates the brain by creating norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that constricts blood vessels and raises blood pressure — which you need for the fight-or-flight response. (Research suggests various forms of phenylalanine may effectively treat symptoms of depression.)  The amino acid tryptophan, meanwhile, can ultimately have a soothing effect. But because it’s smaller than its amino-acid counterparts, tryptophan tends to have a hard time crossing from the blood into the brain where it can help calm you.  Learn more about the four nutritional strategies which can help support a calmer state of mind..
Curious about BCAAs? Our expert explains what they’re good for — and how to right-size your intake.
Your body requires three branched-chain amino acids, or BCAAs: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Leucine typically gets most of the attention because of its ability to stimulate muscle growth, but each offers key benefits. Isoleucine helps regulate blood sugar and create hemoglobin (proteins that carry oxygen within your body), while valine acts as a mild stimulant.
Taken together — and combined with an appropriate nutrition and training plan — they can be a powerful tool for muscle health, performance, and recovery, says Paul Kriegler, RD, program development manager at Life Time Fitness in Chanhassen, Minn.
The body is unable to produce BCAAs on its own, so it’s critical to get them through food. Red meat, eggs, and whey protein are common sources.
If you don’t consume much animal protein, or if you have a hard time digesting food before or after a workout, a BCAA supplement can be helpful. Kriegler recommends mixing one scoop of a flavored BCAA powder in 6 to 8 ounces of water and drinking it within 30 minutes either before, during, or after your workout. It’s useful as a pre-, post-, or intra-workout beverage, he says, so don’t stress too much about timing as long as it’s near your workout time.

The No List

Not only do we take pride in what we put in our supplements, we also go to great lengths to avoid putting anything harmful or unnecessary in them. The following is our current list of ingredients we refuse to put in our supplements.

Acesulfame-K (Ace-K) • Aspartame • Banned substances • Benzoic acid • Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) • Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) • Bisphenol A (BPA) • Carmine (natural red 4) • Cyclamates • Eggs • Ephedra sinica (Ma Huang) • Ethyl vanillin • Ethylene oxide (ETO) • FD&C numbered color pigments • Glycols (propylene glycol) • High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) • Hydrogenated oils (partially hydrogenated oil, trans-fats) • Irradiation • Peanuts • Polyethylene glycol (PEGs) • Propyl gallate • Saccharin • Sodium benzoate • Sorbitol • Stearates (stearic acid, magnesium stearate) • Sucralose • Sulfites (potassium bisulfite, sodium sulfite) • Synthetic Vanillin • Tertiary buthylhydroquinone (TBHQ)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.