I get a lot of questions from people asking whether or not it is beneficial to consume a pre-workout supplementation. Personally, yes. No matter what your training goals are, a pre-workout can be beneficial to many areas of your training goals.
Pre-workout supplements are made up of several different ingredients such as Creatine, Taurine, BCAAs, Whey Protein, High Glycemic Carbs, Caffeine, Tyrosine, Beta-alanine, Citrulline Malate, Vitamin E, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC).
Without getting too technical, each of the above mentioned pre-workout ingredients each have their own task in helping improve your overall training session performance. A pre-workout will also:
- Increase strength, endurance, protein synthesis (process in which cells builds protein), and metabolic rate (fat burning)
- Improve energy, focus, and nutrient delivery
- Help in decreasing muscle breakdown which occurs when training
Like your workouts, it’s important to cycle your pre-workout supplements so that your body doesn’t get used to them. Use a pre-workout for 6-8 weeks, and take a break for 2-3 weeks. Repeat.
Available in powder ot tablet form, a pre-workout should be taken on training days on an empty stomach and be careful when combining it with other caffeine containing products.
There are many pre-workout supplements available on the market. Seeing as it can be overwhelming in choosing one that is right for you, make sure you take your time, do your research, read product reviews, and ask questions!
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