Medicine and Health Sciences


Dr. Frank Sylvester


Many studies have been performed to identify the physiological effects stimulants used in pre-workout supplements have on muscle performance, but an experiment that breaks down the effects of a pre-workout supplement to its simplest of forms has never been performed. The experiment was designed to assess the acute effects the supplement N.O.-Xplode® has on muscle performance. N.O.-Xplode® contains many common ingredients used to enhance performance, such as creatine monohydrate, taurine, beta-alanine, citrulline mallate, and caffeine. Studies have identified the benefits of using the ingredients individually, but it will be much more practical to perform a study in which a popular product is tested instead. This was done through a paired functional study using a frog model as the subject. Change in performance was found through testing the muscle’s strength of contraction before and after use of the pre-workout supplement.