Athletes around the globe are constantly looking for “the next big thing” when it comes to performance enhancers.
What can they legally take that will help take their overall performance to the next level and put them one step ahead of their competition?
In the case of EndurElite PerformElite, researchers took a deep dive into this endurance pre-workout, and the findings were nothing short of amazing.
What is PerformElite?
PerformElite was specifically formulated for athletes who need improved endurance and something that will allow them to delay fatigue and optimize their performance.
Runners, cyclists, OCR (obstacle course racing), and many other endurance athletes all over the world are seeing benefits from utilizing this powerful endurance supplement.
EndurElite PerformElite can:
- Optimize energy for endurance performance
- Enhance VO2max
- Buffer muscle acidity
- Reduce fatigue
- Heighten mental focus
EndurElite PerformElite contains:
- Beet Root Powder (1,670mg)
- Taurine (1,500mg)
- PeakO2™ (1,000mg)
- Beta-Alanine (3,200mg)
- AlphaSize Alpha-GPC® 50% (300mg)
- ActiGin® (50mg)
- Huperzia Serrate (5mg)
- elevATP® (200mg)
- Caffeine Anhydrous (152mg)
- Infinergy™ Dicaffeine Malate (90mg)
When you look at the overall formula found in PerformElite, it can be broken down into four main benefits and criteria:
- VO2 Boost Complex
- Lactic Acid Neutralizer
- Anti-Fatigue & Focus Matrix
- Extended Energy & Endurance Blend
Each section plays a role in helping endurance athletes perform optimally and maintain that performance level longer than if they had used nothing at all.
PerformElite is available in three delicious and refreshing flavors: Winning Watermelon, Champion Cherry Limeade, Fast Fruit Burst.
The Effectiveness of Pre-Workouts for Endurance Athletes
Researchers at Creighton University conducted a study that was published in Nutrients on May 27, 2021, looking at multi-ingredient pre-workout supplements, which PerformElite was the particular product being focused on.
The goal of the study was to determine how effective such pre-workout supplements may be on not only professional endurance athletes (cross-country runners) but how it may affect recreational endurance athletes as well who simply want to focus on their health and fitness without putting themselves in a competitive environment.
Is there a real benefit, or are these types of endurance pre-workouts insignificant?
With pre-workouts being one of the biggest segments of the supplement industry, many of the studies published today look more into their effects on bodybuilding, strength, and lean muscle tissue growth – not necessarily endurance and fatigue exclusively.
Some of the most commonly used ingredients found in multi-ingredient pre-workouts include caffeine (both natural and synthetic), beta-alanine, creatine, taurine, nitric oxide agents, and amino acids.
All of that being said, what bodybuilders and strength/powerlifting athletes need in a pre-workout will generally be drastically different from the wants and needs of an endurance athlete who isn’t as concerned about adding quality lean muscle to their physique and instead want to delay fatigue.
One aspect of PerformElite that many athletes find incredibly helpful is the fact that it contains a transparent label.
This is invaluable for athletes as it provides them with some peace of mind that they know exactly what they are putting in their bodies and at what dosages.
It also allows them the ability to see if it contains any ingredients that are considered a “banned substance.”
With the vast array of supplements on the market today, many contain impermissible ingredients that are banned and sanctioned by various organizations and associations, and if athletes are caught using such ingredients, they may be fined or banned from competition for a designated amount of time.
Therefore, compliance must be met, and athletes need to ensure they understand precisely what they are putting in their bodies.
PerformElite Examined and Put to the Test
For this study, the researchers from Creighton University used 11 NCAA Division I (D1) cross-country athletes – six men and five women (all of which were around the age of 20). The study was conducted over a total of seven days. All participants needed to be on the cross-country team in order to be eligible to participate in the study.
Any individual who was known for having a cardiovascular, pulmonary, or metabolic disease was excluded from the study.
Additionally, the researchers ensured that all participants were at a similar training status and peak fitness for the previous 16 weeks, as well as getting confirmation that all the athletes had not used any pre-workouts or other performance-enhancing supplements for a minimum of six weeks prior to conducting this study.
To keep things fair and consistent, the participants were asked to maintain their normal nutrition plan and continue to refrain from using any other supplements while taking part in the study to ensure the results are based strictly on the use of PerformElite and nothing else.
Also, the athletes were asked not to exercise for 24 hours before the commencement of the study and prior to each training session.
Implementation of PerformElite
Consistency is always of the utmost importance when it comes to research, as inconsistencies with the application of things such as supplements can drastically alter the data and results.
For this study, researchers had the athletes take PerformElite or a placebo (non-caloric, sugar-free Crystal Light) 30 minutes before they started their training (distance running).
Being that the participants were split into two groups, one group of participants was given the pre-workout while the other was given a placebo that would have no effect on performance.
Each dose of PerformElite was mixed with 10 ounces of water which is what EndurElite recommends. The participants were not told which they were given, and both products had the same coloring and flavor to help disguise which product was which.
It is also worth noting that this research was a double-blind study where neither the researchers nor the participants knew who was receiving PerformElite and who was receiving the placebo while the study was being conducted.
The purpose of implementing a double-blind study is so that there is no bias that can influence the results and data of the research.
30 minutes after consuming PerformElite or the placebo, the athletes were asked to run on a treadmill until completely fatigued.
They were directed to run at an easy warm-up pace for a total of 20 minutes, then transition over to a marathon pace for a total of five minutes, and then complete the remaining five minutes at 80-90% of their VO2max (the higher the percentage, the higher the intensity of running).
Testing and Evaluating Lactate Levels
To ensure further consistency with the study, blood lactate samples were collected using a simple finger-stick. Lactate levels were checked 10 minutes after relaxing and sitting quietly, then immediately following their run test, again five minutes post-run, and then again 10-minutes post-run completion.
This test will help determine if PerformElite was capable of improving its performance by checking the amount of lactate in the blood.
Checking Heart Rate and Perceived Exertion
Heart rate and perceived exertion are important in testing a performance supplement such as PerformElite.
If heart rate and perceived exertion were lower following the use of the pre-workout, it could prove that by using PerformElite, you can train harder and perform more optimally by improving multiple performance markers.
The athletes’ heart rate was monitored using a Polar H10 heart rate monitor with a heart rate sensor across their chest. Researchers checked the participants’ heart rate and perceived exertion just before starting their run test, every three minutes of the run, and then again upon stopping the run test on the treadmill.
What Did the Study Reveal?
So, did PerformElite live up to the task of helping these athletes improve their overall performance? From the 11 athletes who volunteered, all 11 were able to finish and complete the study without any issue or interference.
While athletes leverage supplements as an ergogenic aid all of the time, there are nearly zero studies that look at the effects of a particular supplement in relation to the overall benefits for athletes.
These athletes could be seeing a “placebo effect” where their performance increases because they believe a product is helping them, when in actuality, they’re simply pushing themselves harder, thinking that the product is providing some sort of enhancement.
The findings from the data collected in this study showed that PerformElite has the ability to help improve time to failure in endurance athletes by allowing them to push harder and longer before reaching fatigue and exhaustion.
This is extraordinarily beneficial as the goal of endurance athletes, and in this case, cross-country runners, is to be able to run further with less effort and fatigue – providing them with a competitive advantage over the other runners who may not be using a multi-ingredient pre-workout like PerformElite.
When it came to evaluating lactate levels, the athletes’ post-run on the treadmill showed an increase in such levels in the group that used PerformElite.
What this indicates is that PerformElite may help delay fatigue, which could allow athletes to prolong heightened performance (in the case of this study, running) before muscular fatigue finally sets in.
If you were to compare the time to exhaustion between the placebo group and the PerformElite group, the data shows that the athletes who used PerformElite improved their time to exhaustion by as much as 2.5 minutes.
The researchers believe that the caffeine and beta-alanine content in the pre-workout played a significant role in this result.
That being said, one thing that the researchers could not determine, and which could be a gateway to more research in the future, is what ingredients specifically played a role in enhancing performance and delaying fatigue?
They could look at the actual blood and muscle biomarkers that can help specifically pinpoint the ingredients that are causing performance enhancements and ergogenic effects.
However, if an athlete can take PerformElite and reap the benefits shown in this study, would it truly matter to them which played what role so long as they are provided the ability to perform better and last longer in order to have an advantage over the other competitors or runners? Probably not.
PerformElite Maximizes Performance and Endurance
Overall, this study shines a light on just how effective EndurElite PerformElite is in helping athletes improve their endurance and delay the onset of fatigue when training and actively competing.
Such a multi-ingredient pre-workout can provide athletes with the boost and edge they need to outperform their competitors and take their training and performance to the next level.
About the Author:
Matt Mosman (MS, CISSN, CSCS) is a research scientist, endurance athlete, and the founder and Chief Endurance Officer at EndurElite. Matt holds his B.S. in Exercise Science from Creighton University and his M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of California. Matt and his family reside in Spearfish South Dakota, where they enjoy running, mountain biking, camping, and all the outdoor adventures Spearfish has to offer.