Driven™ – NATURAL
|Driven™ is the first pre-workout formula developed with pure ingredients that include natural extracts, amino acids, vitamins and minerals to support the body’s complex metabolic function. Designed for the professional athlete or highly active individual to achieve their best performance, Driven™ is yet safe enough for any adult to use on a daily basis.
Besides it’s three potent targeted blends to support specific aspects of exercise induced fatigue, Driven™ contains an array of energy supporting B-Vitamins along with electrolytes that can be depleted during extensive exercise.
The ingredients in our Defense/Hydration Driven blend are critical during workouts. Trehalose, betaine anhydrous, N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), and pine bark extract promote improvements in hydration and antioxidant support.* These compounds combat the loss of water and provide antioxidant support to offset the increased amount of exercise induced damaging free radicals.*
Pre-exercise ingestion of trehalose supplies a slow sustained release carbohydrate source without spiking blood sugar levels.* Betaine anhydrous is an osmolyte and has shown cell protection against dehydration stress.* N-acetyl-L-cysteine supports glutathione levels, which combats free radicals created during exercise.* The proanthocyanidins are potent antioxidants from pine bark extract and can support blood flow and cardiovascular health.*
The Muscle Driven blend features CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine, the amino acid essential to the production of the muscle buffer carnosine and increasing athletic performance.* It is supported by arginine alpha keto-glutarate (AAKG), creatine monohydrate and citrulline malate.
AAKG and citrulline malate may increase nitric oxide levels during training, thereby increasing vasodilatation and blood flow.* This increased and sustained blood flow aids nutrient delivery to muscles and metabolites from muscles and may also positively impact muscle recovery.* Creatine monohydrate is a well-known energy source for muscular contraction, and assists the body to build lean explosive muscle mass.*
Our Focus/Energy Driven blend supports the mental aspect of workouts and is an important element that many formulas overlook. Our blend of acetyl-L-carnitine, N-acetyl-L-tyrosine, schizandra extract, caffeine and Peak ATP® sharpens mental clarity, allowing a laser-like focus on tasks, while boosting energy during grueling workouts.*
Acetyl-L-carnitine heightens focus and concentration through the support of neurotransmitter health.* N-acetyl-tyrosine is more rapidly absorbed than other forms of tyrosine and shows better results in the area of focus and mental acuity support.* Extensive scientific evidence shows that Peak ATP® has merit in the human energy cycle as a trigger, and improves athletic performance.*
Schizandra is a powerful adaptogenic herb that has been suggested to promote physical force during workouts, while caffeine wards off fatigue and stimulates the central nervous system to help the body and mind remain alert and enthusiastic.*
Driven™ helps reduce muscle exhaustion, improves pH balance, and improve energy and focus before, during and after workouts.** This thorough blend aids both mind and body producing enthusiastic, intense workouts which lead to better performance and results.
|Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AAKG) contains arginine, a conditionally essential amino acid that plays a pivotal role in the urea cycle and is also important in muscle development.* AAKG also contains alpha-ketoglutarate, another key player in amino acid metabolism, as well as in energy production.* Clinical research supports that healthy men who supplemented with AAKG experienced benefits in strength and power as well as endurance and aerobic performance during a workout protocol.* Research supports the ability of arginine to assist nitric oxide (NO) production, which may aid healthy blood flow leading to extended and enhanced “muscle pumps” after training, better endurance, recovery time, workout capacity and libido.*
Creatine monohydrate is the most commonly used and well documented sports supplement with numerous studies that support the efficacy of supplementation. Creatine, a metabolite of the amino acids methionine, arginine, and glycine, is produced in the liver, kidneys and pancreas. With the largest reserves found in skeletal muscle it supports phosphocreatine levels that can be depleted during exercise. Phosphocreatine is a unique high-energy phosphate that recycles ATP, which is essential for generating energy for muscle contraction and relaxation. Other studies have demonstrated that creatine supplementation significantly extends one’s capacity to maintain a specific level of high-intensity during intermittent exercise.*
Carnosine® Beta-Alanine is the precursor of carnosine, a crucial muscle pH buffer. Supplementation has been shown to increase the concentration of carnosine in muscles, decrease fatigue in athletes and increase total muscle workload.* Carnosine is not as effective a supplement as beta-alanine since, when taken by mouth carnosine breaks down into histidine and beta-alanine. Recent investigations have suggested that beta-alanine may be effective at improving repeated high-intensity performance in both trained and non-trained individuals, indicating the efficacy of beta-alanine as an ergogenic aid for high-intensity exercise as well as reduced muscle fatigue.*
L-Citrulline is a non-essential amino acid that is an important intermediate in the urea cycle, functioning along with arginine and ornithine to rid the body of ammonia, a byproduct of protein metabolism. Citrulline is a precursor of arginine and is readily converted into arginine. Research has indicated that heightened blood levels of arginine may lead to increases in nitric oxide (NO) production which is necessary for the relaxation of blood vessels.* Nitric oxide plays a fundamental role in vascular function and blood flow, which can support cardiovascular health and detoxification pathways.* Clinical findings suggest that citrulline and arginine supplementation is a natural and safe means of providing your body arginine, both short and long term.*
Natural betaine anhydrous works as both an osmolyte and methyl donor that improves water utilization and physical performance.* Also known as trimethylglycine it has been the subject of a number of studies indicating health and performance benefits that support significant improvement in physical performance, especially in strength, power and endurance.* As an osmolyte betaine affects cell volume and protects cells, proteins and enzymes against the stress that comes with low hydration levels.* In humans, most of betaine’s purported benefits derive from its role as a methyl donor. The most critical reaction where betaine performs this function is in the methylation of the amino acid homocysteine to form methionine. Methionine is important in the body’s internal synthesis of creatine and protein synthesis.*
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) is an amino acid providing cysteine which is the rate limiting factor in glutathione production. Glutathione is the most prevalent antioxidant found in human tissue and is heavily used to counter free radicals in muscle cells. Previous research studies have confirmed that bouts of exercise reduce the amount of glutathione found in muscle cells post-exercise. NAC supplementation is shown to significantly support recovery and performance as well as a reduction in muscle soreness.*
Caffeine from tea (Innovate®) provides the best known natural stimulant in the world.* Caffeine exerts its effects by interacting with the sympathetic nervous system, the branch of the nervous system that controls both arousal and metabolic rate through the release of epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline).* By stimulating the central nervous system and causing arousal, caffeine can be noticeably ergogenic during high intensity exercise, such as weight training, especially when used only occasionally to enhance performance.* Caffeine also has a powerful lipolytic effect, increasing the mobilization and therefore oxidation (burning) of body fat stores.*
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (NAT) is modified from normal Tyrosine because it contains the addition of acetic acid. Scientists believe that the acetic group may help to increase the nutrients bioavailability so that it is better absorbed directly into the bloodstream.* L-tyrosine is an essential amino acid that is important for the formation of epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin, which are depleted by stress exercise. Supplementing with NAT supports healthy tyrosine levels in the blood which can support norepinephrine replenishment in the brain.* Healthy neurotransmitter activity has shown to assist positive mental focus and is believed to enhance the feeling of well-being and motivation.*