4 Nootropics For The Gym: Enhance Your Brain and Body!

25 February, 2014
4 Nootropics For The Gym: Enhance Your Brain and Body! - Nootelligence Blog

While most people only consider Nootropics for their cognitive benefits, like increased mood, focus, and memory, they are rarely considered for their physical benefits. The word “Nootropic” was after all derived from the Greek words for “to bend/turn” and “mind,” so it’s not surprising that their physical benefits have gone largely overlooked. So… you guessed it! Today we are going to talk about four effective nootropics that you should take before working out. Not only will these help give you the mental motivation to power through your workout, but they can also actually provide physical benefits to your body on the cellular level!


ALCAR (short for Acetyl-L-Carnitine) is a compound that occurs naturally in the brain, and it plays a role in transporting fatty acids across cells in our metabolic processes. It is also a natural antioxidant that removes toxins, improves the mind, and slows aging.

As an antioxidant that can cross the blood-brain barrier, it can help you think more clearly and boost your mood, resulting in more natural motivation during your exercise! ALCAR also helps increase muscle function and heart health, and helps in metabolizing fats, providing more readily usable energy from the breakdown of fats. This provides natural weight-loss benefits, and provides more natural energy for you to power through your workout routine more easily!

Alpha GPC

Alpha GPC (technically L-Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine) is another Nootropic that is typically only considered for its cognitive benefits, such as increased focus and memory. This cognitive enhancer has been found to improve brain function in patients with dementia, and for this reason is used medically in Europe to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. While its ability to naturally increase focus is certainly useful for exercise motivation, it is also a useful natural workout supplement for other reasons.

4 Nootropics For The Gym: Enhance Your Brain and Body! - Nootelligence

Alpha GPC is effective because it raises levels of acetylcholine in the body. Acetylcholine is used in the brain as a neurotransmitter, but is used by the rest of the body as a messenger and regulator for bodily functions, such as muscle contraction, blood vessel volume, and organ function. Acetylcholine is the key transmitter for the central nervous system during resistance training, so taking an Alpha GPC supplement can definitely help your workout!

4 Nootropics For The Gym: Enhance Your Brain and Body! - Nootelligence BlogCreatine

Here’s one that you are probably more familiar with for its ability to naturally enhance your workout. Creatine, which is already popular in the fitness world, is a combination of three different amino acids: arganine, glycine, and methionine. Upon entering the body, it binds with a phosphate molecule to create creatine phosphate. Creatine phosphate is not just a natural energy source for your body – it is your body’s first choice of energy during anaerobic exercise! Taking a creatine supplement will increase the stored fuel in your body, resulting in you having more energy for your workouts!


Piracetam is one of the most widely known and widely used Nootropics out there, and is typically used for its focus-enhancing properties. While its ability to make you more focused and motivated is clearly helpful during exercise, it also has other benefits.

In any exercise program, especially in weight training, the brain actually plays a crucial role. When people begin exercising, or begin lifting weights, they often report huge advances early on. This is not attributed to rapid muscle growth as one might think, but it is actually caused by your brain refining its muscle memory for the movements in your new workout. Muscle memory is dictated by the strength of the chemical messages that your brain sends to your muscles, telling them what to do. Piracetam comes in to play, because it is thought to naturally strengthen these chemical messages, improving muscle memory, allowing for more intense muscle activity, and resulting in increased muscle growth. Check out this blog post to learn more about the legal status of Piracetam and other synthetic nootropics in the United States.


If you are looking for a way to pump up your exercise routine in a safe, natural way, you should check out these four great Nootropics, and continue to improve your body and mind… naturally!

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