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    How often should you rotate/cycle your pre-workout supplement?

    How many weeks do you guys think you should take a pre-workout before switching to another one (to avoid tolerance)? I have been taking N.O.-Xplode 2.0 for about 3/4 weeks and I've been very happy with it, but I can tell I'm starting to build up a tolerance. Any thoughts on switching to Cellucor C4 for a cycle? Thanks.
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    If you are going to switch it up I would go with a totally different stimulant based product or stim free altogether. If you switch from one caffeine to another caffeine product you are still going to be building up more and more of a tolerance. Maybe try hitting up Craze by Driven Sports. It still has a little caffeine but it is a different stimulant base. Or something stim free like the new Opus.
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    Originally Posted by L3GTbrah View Post
    If you are going to switch it up I would go with a totally different stimulant based product or stim free altogether. If you switch from one caffeine to another caffeine product you are still going to be building up more and more of a tolerance. Maybe try hitting up Craze by Driven Sports. It still has a little caffeine but it is a different stimulant base. Or something stim free like the new Opus.
    Yeah, I've heard good things about Craze so I may have to give that a shot. Looking at the ingredient list between N.O.-Xplode 2.0 and C4 they both have caffeine, but appear to have different stimulants as well, with C4 appearing to have less. I'm a big fan of having some caffeine in the morning, to wake me up though! Haha.
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    Originally Posted by L3GTbrah View Post
    If you are going to switch it up I would go with a totally different stimulant based product or stim free altogether. If you switch from one caffeine to another caffeine product you are still going to be building up more and more of a tolerance. Maybe try hitting up Craze by Driven Sports. It still has a little caffeine but it is a different stimulant base. Or something stim free like the new Opus.
    This^
    The whole point of "cycling off" of a pre-workout is to give the adrenal glands a break. If you just switch from one stim containg product to another, it kind of defeats the purpose.
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    Originally Posted by captainmo55 View Post
    This^
    The whole point of "cycling off" of a pre-workout is to give the adrenal glands a break. If you just switch from one stim containg product to another, it kind of defeats the purpose.
    I mean, I've always cycled pre-workouts, usually 3/4 weeks on then a week off. I was just wondering as to a brand/product switch.
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    Originally Posted by MichaelG13 View Post
    I was just wondering as to a brand/product switch.
    I've heard great things about Hemavol, and I am currently using a tub of Magnum Opus, it's pretty good as well.

    Good for non stim^..

    But I agree, with who ever said get Craze, best Pre i've ever used. Or, get some white flood. Also one of my favs.
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    If you're going to cycle off of stims you should take 2-4 weeks off after finishing off a tub, not jump from one pre workout to another.
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    Originally Posted by LinzKaye View Post
    If you're going to cycle off of stims you should take 2-4 weeks off after finishing off a tub, not jump from one pre workout to another.
    Not a bad rule to follow.


    Cycling off is mainly to reset stimulant tolerance.
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    to my knowledge you only need to come off if you no longer feel the effects and want to take a break so the effects feel stronger and brand new. me personally, i don't come off of superpump max except on the weekends for cardio only, which i use a different energy source with my cardio.
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    Originally Posted by powercage View Post
    Not a bad rule to follow.


    Cycling off is mainly to reset stimulant tolerance.
    ^^ pretty well agreed. Not that I follow it, I haven't come off of stimulants for more than a week in almost 4 years

    the solution (for me) isn't always more though. Caffeine + NMT hits me just right
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    Originally Posted by MichaelG13 View Post
    How many weeks do you guys think you should take a pre-workout before switching to another one (to avoid tolerance)? I have been taking N.O.-Xplode 2.0 for about 3/4 weeks and I've been very happy with it, but I can tell I'm starting to build up a tolerance. Any thoughts on switching to Cellucor C4 for a cycle? Thanks.
    not only do you have to switch it up, you have to take a 2 or 3 week break as well to allow your body and recptors to reset
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    Originally Posted by Big.Jazayrli View Post
    ^^ pretty well agreed. Not that I follow it, I haven't come off of stimulants for more than a week in almost 4 years

    the solution (for me) isn't always more though. Caffeine + NMT hits me just right
    Damn, 4 years? That's a long time. Do preworkouts still work for you? I don't drink any type of stimulant drink besides my preworkout. I always cycle off after I finish a tub (even though it still works). I may just stay on stimulants until I have to use more than 2 scoops of a product..
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    You should probably just cycle off stims altogether for a bit. How long depends on if you have a lot of stimulants outside of your pre-workout. I just took a week off stims and it was all I needed as I don't have them regularly anyways.
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