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"It does exactly what it says it does; it totally glides you through the brutal workouts. My endurance went up at least 40%. My reps went up at least 35%. This IS an AMAZING product. This product is NOT a joke. It works. "- Dale W. Verified Buyer
Surge® Workout Fuel pumps critical nutrients into muscle that stimulate protein synthesis, reduce catabolism, buffer lactate, delay fatigue, and provide sustained energy for any intense or high-volume workout or competition. It's an elite supplement made for elite athletes and anyone who trains like them. So if you're serious about training and want to double the results of your hard work, then this formerly "secret supplement" is available to you.*
Elite Workout Nutrition*
Muscle Protein Synthesis*
Elite Work Capacity*
- Stimulates advanced muscle protein synthesis*
- Potentiates critical nutrient transport into muscle*
- Enhances electrolytes and water balance in hard-working muscle*
- Combats muscle oxidation from intense exercise*
- Optimizes intramuscular pH for maximum endurance and increased performance*
For years Biotest has been producing small batches of custom formulas for world-class athletes from various sports and Hollywood actors who need to get into phenomenal shape as quickly as possible for movie roles.
These"secret" supplements are, without question, the most effective legal substances ever made. They're shockingly potent, costly, and make all the difference in the world in achieving the most significant gains as fast as humanly possible.
Surge® Workout Fuel is one of the secret supplements we've made available to the public. To guarantee the most significant gains from training, fully fuel, protect, and reload muscle with Surge® Workout Fuel immediately before, during, and after training.
What Do the Experts Say?
Tim Ziegenfuss PhD
"This is the simplest, most-effective nutritional strategy in existence to improve body composition and athletic performance. Elite-level workout nutrition, like Surge® Workout Fuel, can double results in body composition during training. If you train intensely, then Surge® Workout Fuel is an absolute requirement. On the other hand, if you're not into hard training, Workout Fuel is overkill for those not serious about training."
Jeffrey Stout PhD
"Anyone can benefit – the strength, bodybuilding, or endurance athlete. This formula is designed to stimulate protein synthesis and reduce catabolism, delay fatigue, and provide sustained energy for any intense or high-volume workout or competition."
"The more volume of physical activity you do (not just weightlifting), the more you'll benefit from Surge® Workout Fuel. The harder you train, the more you need it. If you do nothing but talk to the treadmill bunnies between non-intensive sets, then Surge® Workout Fuel isn't for you. Save it for those who earn it!"
Beta-alanine is a natural amino acid that buffers the burning fatigue from high-intensity exercise and significantly increases the amount of work you can do. Beta-alanine also reduces mental stress.* Learn More
Betaine anhydrous increases muscle power, endurance, workout capacity, and muscle mass. It also increases leanness, improves overall body composition, and helps liver function and cell reproduction.* Learn More
Citrulline malate buffers lactic acid and reduces ammonia build-up, which increases athletic performance and endurance.* Learn More
Electrolytes, consisting of the minerals sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, accelerate rehydration, preventing muscle cramps, poor exercise performance, and premature fatigue.* Learn More
Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin
Highly branched cyclic dextrin uniquely provides high-performance energy without spiking insulin.* It increases work capacity, decreases stress hormones, increases muscle pumps, and promotes advanced active rehydration.* Learn More
L-Leucine is the essential amino acid most responsible for muscle protein synthesis. Consuming ample L-leucine during workouts stimulates and fuels optimal muscle gains. It also combats muscle oxidation (burning) from intense exercise.* Learn More
Malic acid fuels cellular energy, increasing peak power and total work capacity. It also can boost growth hormone and improve body composition.* Learn More
Servings Size 55 g (1 Scoop)
Servings Per Container 20
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate 34 g 12%†
Total Sugars 8 g ‡
Includes 8 g Added Sugars 16%†
Calcium 20 mg 2%†
Magnesium 10 mg 2%†
Sodium 340 mg 15%†
Potassium 140 mg 3%†
Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin 25 g ‡
Sucrose (Cane Sugar1) 8 g ‡
L-Citrulline-Malate (2:1) 6 g ‡
L-Leucine 5 g ‡
Produced via Carbohydrate Fermentation, 100% Non-Animal, Non-Hair Origin
Betaine Anhydrous 2.5 g ‡
Beta-Alanine 2 g ‡
Malic Acid 1.5 g ‡
Electrolyte Blend 1.4 g ‡
Salt (Sodium Chloride), Potassium Bicarbonate, Sodium Phosphate Dibasic, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Phosphate Dibasic, Calcium Citrate, Magnesium Citrate Tribasic
† Percent Daily Value based on a 2000 calorie diet.
‡ Daily Value not established.
Other Ingredients: Natural Flavor, Stevia rebaudiana Leaf Extract.
1Why Include Cane Sugar?
Sucrose (cane sugar) is a fast-acting saccharide that helps L-leucine kickstart protein synthesis and aids in early-stage hydration.* It's also a natural sweetener contributing to the formula's ideal flavor profile.
- Begin drinking 15 minutes before training to hydrate and preload buffering substrates.
- Consume while exercising at a minimum rate of one serving (scoop) in 600 ml (20 fl oz) per hour to assure proper hydration and achieve maximum performance levels.
- Continue drinking for up to an hour post-training to substantially reduce post-exercise cramping, balance and replace electrolytes and glycogen stores, and boost recovery.
Why did you include cane sugar in Workout Fuel?
Sucrose (cane sugar) is a fast-acting saccharide that helps L-leucine kickstart protein synthesis and aids in early-stage hydration.* It's also a natural sweetener contributing to the formula's ideal flavor profile.
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- Furuyashiki T et al. Effects of ingesting highly branched cyclic dextrin during endurance exercise on rating of perceived exertion and blood components associated with energy metabolism. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2014;78(12):2117-9. DOI: 10.1080/09168451.2014.943654. ABSTRACT: We compared the effect of relatively low doses (15 g) of highly branched cyclic dextrin (HBCD) with that of maltodextrin during endurance exercise on the rating of perceived exertion (RPE) in a crossover, double-blind study of healthy volunteers. The RPE increased during exercise and its increase was significantly less at 30 and 60 min after ingesting HBCD than maltodextrin.
- Suzuki K et al. Effect of a sports drink based on highly-branched cyclic dextrin on cytokine responses to exhaustive endurance exercise. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2014 Oct;54(5):622-30. PMID: 25270782. ABSTRACT: Background: Aim of the present study was to compare the effects of highly branched cyclic dextrin (HBCD) drink with a glucose-based control drink on immunoendocrine responses to endurance exercise. Methods: Using a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled cross-over design, seven male triathletes participated in two duathlon races separated by one month, consisting of 5 km of running, 40 km of cycling and 5 km of running. In the first race, four athletes consumed the HBCD-based drink and three athletes consumed the glucose-based drink. In the second race, three athletes consumed the HBCD-based drink and four athletes consumed the glucose-based drink. We collected blood and urine samples before and after the races to analyze leukocyte count and concentrations of hormones and cytokines. Results: Lymphocyte and neutrophil counts increased significantly after exercise in both trials (P < 0.05), but were not significantly different between the trials. Plasma noradrenalin concentration increased significantly (P < 0.05) during exercise in the glucose trial, but not in the HBCD trial. Plasma concentrations of interleukin (IL)-8 and IL-10 increased significantly during exercise in both trials (P < 0.05) but were not significantly different between the trials. Post-race urinary IL-8, IL-10 and IL-12p40 concentrations were significantly lower in the HBCD trial compared with the glucose trial (P < 0.05), although the plasma concentrations of these cytokines were not significantly different between both trials. Conclusion: These results suggest that the HBCD-based drink may attenuate the stress hormone response, and reduce the urinary cytokine levels following exhaustive exercise.
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Does the job
I use surge during my cross fit workouts 3 times a week. Being the oldest in the class (71) I need all the boost I can get! Surge keeps me hydrated and going--even after the youngsters have finished their MetCon!
I don’t workout without my SURGE. Give it a shot I recommend
Good but Plazma…
IMO Plazma is better
My go to before I work out
I absolutely love Surge. Over the past four or five months it has become my “go to” pre-workout. Mixes well, tastes great and it gives me focus and energy for my early AM sessions.
Keeps up endurance throughout the workout
When it comes to supplements it is often difficult to judge their effectiveness because it usually requires using them for longer periods of time than something like a medicine to gauge how well they are performing and sometimes the effect, if any, can be subtle. But Surge is different. I was using Plazma then switched to Surge. From the very first time I used it until now it has always given me the ability to sustain my endurance until the end of the workout and allow me to put in a full effort on all my planned exercises.
Love this stuff
Have tried many pre workouts over the years. This mixes well, tastes great and there is no tingling in the face/ears like some others. Just clean, focused energy. This is my first repeat purchase of many. Plan to use this for a long time
Good, but not as good as plazma!
Surge is the bomb
Energy, hydration, stamina, recovery - check. If you are not using Surge workout fuel for your workouts, I think you are missing out.
Great energy when training . Seems like better pumps
surge workout fuel
great taste and get good pumps during my workout. will definitely be ordering some more SWF
When I started using Surge, I noticed an immediate effect on performance. I've used a dozen different pre-workouts in the past and never been able to get this level of performance at this price point. Strength, a good pump, and clean product: that is what this gives you. ... Oh, it doesn't taste like cat ****, either.
Never ending energy
The first time I used the newest formulation, I had unending energy to continue through my workout. Even if I lack sleep, I can sometimes feel completely energized after 75-90 minutes of hypertrophy training. Much better than any pre workout/caffeinated **** on the market.
First bag of surge
This product is amazing. I haven’t had pumps like this or the endurance to train like I did in my 40’s
I recently put surge to the test. I chose one of my hardest conditioning days where I know how my body typically responds. 2 x 1000 m sprints on the rower, 8 x 30s sprints on bike, 8 x heavy 60s sled push. Typically I’m pretty crushed halfway through the bike, but after taking surge, I found a new gear. I’m addicted, I won’t train without it. Taste great and they got the formula perfected
for a brutal workout try SURGE
I rotate workout protocols whenever I get bored. One of them is 1.5hr time under tension style- then lay on the floor till the until it feels safe to move, flavor of workout. Surge definitely helps.
Hallelujah to Surge. It does exactly what it says it does, it totally glides you through the brutal workouts. My endurance went up at least 40%. My reps went up at least 35%. No heebie jeebies or upset stomach either. This IS an AMAZING product. This product is NOT a joke, it works.
Surge Workout Fuel Review
Works as advertised. Everything Biotest says about the product is true.
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