I don’t know about you, but I always try to start my day off with an early morning workout. However, to do so I need a little help getting out of bed.
This is where a good pre-workout supplement comes into play to give me the quick energy I need. Not surprisingly, the most common ingredient in most pre-workouts is caffeine. Besides this instant energy kick, lets list some other benefits and ingredients in this supplement!
Increased workout performance, strength and stamina
Heightened focus during workouts
Weight loss and increased metabolism
Faster muscle recovery
Increased protein synthesis
Increased nutrient delivery
You might be asking yourself what exactly is in pre-workout supplements to yield such advantages. As mention above, caffeine is a major ingredient with amounts varying from 100-300mg depending on the supplement brand. Caffeine is directly involved in all the benefits listed above. The next common ingredient is Beta-Alanine which helps in reducing muscle fatigue allowing you to train longer and harder. Branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) are another crucial ingredient and are used for muscle recovery and growth. These amino acids prevent current muscles from entering a state of catabolism thereby making them easier to grow in size and strength.
It is important to note that you should ingest a pre-workout supplement anywhere from 20-30 minutes before your workout. As far as taking this supplement on an empty stomach or not depends on personal preference. If taken on an empty stomach, the pre-workout can be absorbed into your system much faster providing an almost immediate feeling of boosted energy. If you take the supplement right after a meal its effects may not be felt as quickly and strongly. Some people do complain of nausea and/or headaches if they take a pre-workout on an empty stomach, therefore, if you experience these symptoms it would be wise to have food in your system before taking it. Again, how you take a pre-workout comes down to personal preference. You may feel its boosting effects for up to five hours after ingestion.
There are several types of pre-workout categories that specialize in different things, such as stimulant free, pump based, thermogenic (fat burning), and all-in-one pre-workouts that have a little bit of every category in them.
Here are some popular brands of pre-workout supplements we offer on our site! Please take a look and leave any questions or comments below! Have a great workout!