- Cira Pre-Game Review – our overall findings?
- Cira Pre-Game Pre-Workout ingredients
- Overall Experience of the Cira Pre-Workout
- Cira Pre-Game Pre-Workout taste
- How to mix Cira Pre-Game Pre-Workout
- Any safety concerns?
- Cira Pre-Game Pre-Workout review summary
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Cira Pre-Game is a pre-workout which has been manufactured by Cira with the needs of women in mind.
The people over at Cira were kind enough to send us a tub to try out, so we’ve taken it for a spin and written up a Cira Pre-Game pre-workout review.
Cira Pre-Game Review – our overall findings?
We found that Cira’s Pre-Game had a good combination of high quality ingredients with reasonable levels of caffeine to compliment.
We think that, for women, it’s a good starting point if you’re looking for something to give you a nice pick me up ahead of a workout, without leading to some of those unwanted jitters that can come with higher caffeine products.
We also found it light and tasty, without an overly fake sweet taste, which means it’s drinkable too.
Find out more over at the Cira website or keep reading for a full, indepth Pre-Game review.
Cira Pre-Game Pre-Workout ingredients
Above you can see a picture of the Cira Pre-Workout ingredients. Overall, we found the range of ingredients strong, with plenty of well known and research-backed options in there, like L-Citrulline, Caffeine Anhydrous and L-Tyrosine. While some of the servings weren’t as high as we’d like them to see for the sake of effectiveness, overall we found the majority of servings to be generous. Take a closer look at each ingredient below.
L-Citrulline – 6000mg
As one of the most highly researched pre-workout ingredients in the industry, we’re always pleased to see a healthy serving of L-Citrulline.
Studies have shown it can help to provide stronger performance with both endurance and power output .
Generally, it’s recommended to supplement with between 2.4 and 4g to start seeing a positive outcome, but Cira Pre-Game exceeds this with a 6g (6000mg) serving.
Beta Alanine – 1600mg
Another mainstay of the list of good pre-workout ingredients, Beta Alanine has been linked to delaying muscle fatigue in women when taken daily .
With this supplement, you would have to take it consistently to ‘build it up’ and feel these benefits.
It’s recommended that a serving of about 2400mg would help to deliver these benefits. At 1600mg it’s a under that. However, this might not be the worst thing in the world, as many who take Beta Alanine experience a slight itching, tingling sensation in the arms. This is completely harmless, its just your vessels dilating, but if you don’t like the feeling, the lower serving could help to avoid that.
Betaine Anhydrous – 1,250 mg
This is also an ingredient we’re very familiar with due to its links to delayed fatigue and it’s potential to increased rep count .
According to the research cited above, if you’re going to see an increased rep count, it’s probably going to be when you’re supplementing with 2,500mg a day. With that in mind, Cira Pre-Game offers about half of that.
L-Tyrosine – 500mg
As an ingredient linked to cognitive functions, you may be surprised to see L-Tyrosine in the mix. However, it can help to counter the potential harsh effects of stimulants like Caffeine and Theobromine.
This may be beneficial if you feel the effects of stimulants easily.
While the serving is about half of what we’d ideally like to see at 500mg , it’s good to see thought has gone in to making the overall experience of taking Cira Pre-Game Pre-Workout a good one.
Caffeine Anhydrous – 200mg
Likely the most researched and supported ingredient in any supplement, Caffeine Anhydrous is responsible for the boost we felt after taking Cira Pre-Game Pre-workout.
At 200mg, it provides enough of a lift to support increased power output, exercise performance and endurance , yet is well within the recommended guidelines in terms of safety.
Some people do like a bigger serving of 200mg, but we personally find that anything much higher than 200mg leads to jitters and headaches, so we’re more than happy with 200mg.
L-Theanine – 100mg
L-Theanine, like L-Tyrosine, is there to complement the stimulants in the formula and ‘take the edge off’ of any of those harsher elements you may experience (like jitters etc.)
Once again, we’re happy this has been taken into account to improve the user experience of the supplement. And, the ration of 2:1 caffeine to L-Theanine is recommended to get the best ‘smoothing’ benefits of the ingredient .
Theobromine – 50mg
A lesser-known and lighter stimulant, this has similar effects to caffeine.
AstraGin – 25mg
A trademarked ingredient developed to support with the overall absorption of other ingredients within the formula.
Overall Experience of the Cira Pre-Workout
When testing this product out for our Cira Pre-Game Pre-Workout review, we found it provided a great, energising lift, without jitters or discomfort that can come from a stimulant-based pre-workout.
We did feel some itching and tingling, but compared to other supplements, we didn’t find it to be overwhelmingly noticeable or off-putting. It also disappeared after a few minutes of exercise.
For us, we enjoyed the fact that this was on the gentler side of pre-workouts, which demonstrates the thought that has gone into creating this supplement. While you may think it could be considered less effective, overall we all felt strong, motivated and boosted ahead of a workout.
Some, probably more experienced, gym-goers might want a stronger hit of caffeine, but if you’re a beginner we definitely wouldn’t recommend going higher than 200mg.
Cira Pre-Game Pre-Workout taste
We had the chance to try the Peach Bellini flavour of Cira Pre-Game Pre-Workout. Often, a pre-workout can have a really ‘fake’ flavour due to a tonne of sweeteners being mixed in. Fortunately, this wasn’t the case for the peach bellini flavour.
We found it to be light, drinkable and enjoyable, without leaving us with a strange taste before a workout.
How to mix Cira Pre-Game Pre-Workout
You need one scoop of Cira Pre-Game for each serving. We’d recommend sticking to this so you don’t go crazy with the caffeine.
We’d also recommend adding your water first and using a protein shaker with a mixing spring ball in there too. We found this helped to avoid an unmixed bits of powder, and stopped it getting stuck at the bottom of the shaker.
Aim to drink your pre-workout about 30-40 minutes before you hit the gym so you leave enough time for it to be absorbed. Also, due to the caffeine content of this supplement, we’d say take it at least 4-5 hours before you’re due to go to bed, as it could impact your ability to fall asleep.
Any safety concerns?
We’re not doctors and you should always consult your physician before starting up with a new supplement, but we’d say, based on research, this is a good formula that would generally be considered to be safe.
If you are pregnant, avoid taking anything with caffeine in whatsoever.
Other than that, the serving of caffeine is well within reasonable standards, so as long as you’re not smashing a few espressos around your workout too, you should be good to go!
We found taking Cira Pre-Game Pre-Workout to be a gentle and enjoyable experience, but everyone is different. Hopefully you have the same experience.
Cira Pre-Game Pre-Workout review summary
- Good levels of caffeine
- A gentle boost that we found beneficial to our performance
- Tasty formula
- No jitters
- No negative side effects experienced
- Some may want a higher caffeine hit, but if you’re starting out we’d recommend nothing stronger than Pre-Game
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