Should You Be Taking a Pre-workout?
*plus supplement suggestions for better energy
Is a Pre-workout Right For You?
What is a pre-workout?
On a basic level, a pre-workout is a supplement designed to boost your energy levels in anticipation of a workout. However, there is most definitely more to it than that. Most pre-workouts have a unique formula made up of ingredients that promote not just energy, but an overall improved athletic performance.
Who is a pre-workout for?
Pre-workout is designed specifically for adults participating in athletic performance. This can be gym-goers, sports athletes, and more. Although pre-workouts are made with the athlete in mind, they can be used to boost energy and performance in many arenas. Most people with busy and demanding schedules can benefit from a pre-workout to add energy when they need it most.
What makes for a good pre-workout?
A good pre-workout contains only the necessary ingredients to be effective and every one of these ingredients serves a specific purpose. Some common ingredients are...
- Creatine - supports muscle strength, short energy bursts, recovery, and increases in lean body mass
- Caffeine - stimulates the body’s central nervous system, improves reaction time, and reduces fatigue
- Beta-alanine - increases energy and decreases post-workout fatigue
- L-Theanine - when paired with caffeine, studies have shown it to help increase focus and attention
- Taurine - improves hydration and may reduce inflammation, support heart health, and enhance athletic performance
- L-citrulline - gets processed in the body and becomes L-arginine and nitric oxide, which are important to your heart health, the health of your blood vessels, and your immune system
- BCAAs - are needed for your physiological response to stress and energy production, in particular for muscle health and metabolism
What precautions should you take when using a pre-workout?
Pre-workout is never meant to be used in replacement for sleep, a healthy diet, and self-care. Abusing a pre-workout can lead to disastrous results, so always ensure you are taking a well-rounded approach in your fitness and health routine. Only use pre-workout when you need that extra something to get the most out of your workout and only take it according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
What are alternative options to a pre-workout?
Taking an Amino-based supplement that is designed to offer a lighter and more sustainable all-day energy is an excellent choice for those with a demanding schedule versus individuals looking to go hard for a short period of time, such as a workout. An example of this would be our Amino Energy. Coffee is another possible alternative, as well as green tea. These both have their own health benefits, but keep in mind when used independently, some people tend to get a short burst of energy from these that does not last as long as they would like as well as a crash after.
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