Pre-workout supplements are specially designed sports supplements that have been created to help energize, motivate, and fuel people to help them to have extremely efficient and effective workouts. They’re designed for people who struggle to find the energy and motivation to workout. Pre-workout supplements became popular around 15 years ago and have steadily been increasing in popularity ever since. Despite them being on the market for a long time, and despite numerous pre-workout supplements gaining critical acclaim from athletes and users alike, their basic ingredients remain largely unchanged, which is a perfect testament to the old saying that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. These supplements contain stimulants such as caffeine and taurine, to help provide temporary boosts in energy, stamina, and mental focus. As well as that, many pre-workout supplements also contain creatine, Nitric Oxide, and various amino acids. They’re most commonly found in powdered form, in fruity and sweet flavours such as fruit punch, raspberry, mixed berry, green apple, watermelon etc.
What are the benefits of pre-workout supplements?
There are a number of benefits associated with pre-workout supplements, some of the more prominent examples include the following:
They increase workout productivity
On days when you’re tired, struggling for energy, and just simply can’t find the motivation to workout, a pre-workout supplement could be exactly what you need. These supplements help to increase mental focus and physical energy thanks to the stimulants they contain. By the time the supplement kicks in you’ll be raring to go and will have more energy than you knew possible. The Nitric Oxide that many of them contain also helps with oxygen and energy transportation as it helps dilate blood vessels and boost blood flow.
They're also great for athletes
Athletes can also benefit from using pre-workout supplements in much the same way as gym-goers can. The stimulants will boost energy and mental focus, the NO helps improve blood flow, oxygen transportation and nutrient delivery, and finally as many of them contain creatine, the creatine also helps fuel the muscles by flooding them with their favoured source of energy, Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP). The more energy they have, the more efficient they become.
They're great for fat loss
Another great benefit of these supplements is that they’ve been found to be extremely beneficial for people looking to burn fat. They’re extremely thermogenic which means the various stimulants and ingredients will help to drastically boost the metabolism, resulting in an increased amount of calories being burnt off.
How should pre-workout supplements be consumed?
Pre-workout supplements get their name because they’re only required on training days, specifically just before working out. For optimal results, most pre-workout supplements require users to mix 1 – 3 scoops of the pre-workout powder with water. It should be mixed with a fork or spoon, and not in a shaker cup as the cup could explode and spray the supplement everywhere. The supplement should be taken on an empty stomach which means waiting at least one hour after eating before consuming it. For best results, drink the supplement around 40 minutes before training, so that once you do get started, the supplement will be in full effect.
Are there any dangers or side effects to be way of?
Before using the product properly, try mixing just 1 scoop with a glass of water before training and assess your tolerance. If you don’t feel the benefits, increase gradually, making sure not to exceed 3 scoops. Never exceed the stated dosage and never combine with other energy drinks or products naturally high in caffeine. Never consume it too late at night because as it contains caffeine, the stimulants could cause insomnia. Never exceed the stated dosage as too much could lead to headaches, caffeine crash, stomach upset, or something more serious such as a heart attack. If you have any heart conditions or underlying medical conditions this product will not be suitable for you.