When you arrive at the gym, ready to dive into your workouts, you obviously want them to be as focused and effective as possible, The Goal is to absolutely destroy your workout, that’s when a pre workout comes in handy!
Pre-workout is designed to provide you with the energy and nutrients to maximise your results while minimising damage to your body. Pre-workouts provide energy to push you further into your workout. They also offer nutrients to help to protect your muscles as you are using them.
- Increase Energy
- Get a Pump
- Increase Endurance
- Increase Strength
- Burn More Fat
- Build More Muscle
- Increase Strength Gains
- Decrease muscle breakdown during training
- Increase protein synthesis
- Improve energy and focus
- Improve nutrient delivery and assimilation
- Increase metabolic rate (fat burning)
- Create an optimal hormonal environment
Which Substances Are Proven To Do This?
Now there are really only a handful of supplements that actually help you achieve these goals.
- Caffeine – proven to help boost strengthand muscle endurance
- Theanine – reduces mental stressand improves focus and alertness
- Beta-Alineine – reduces fatigue and increases exercise capacity
- Citrulline Malate – improves muscle endurance
- Betaine – improves muscle enduranceand increases strength
- Ornithine – reduces fatigue
When Should I Take Pre-Workout?
You should take pre-workout around 30 minutes before you are going to begin your exercise routine. This gives your body the optimal time to take in the nutrients so as to use them effectively. If taken too early, the body will start to waste the benefits of the shake and you will lose the effects during your workout.
If you take pre-workout at the start of the day, but go to the gym in the evening after work, the shake will become essentially useless as your body will have digested most of the nutrients and stimulants.
Pre-workout is most effective on an empty stomach. This makes them ideal for a morning workout, but if you are exercising later in the day you can just time your meals for a couple of hours before you are due at the gym. Don’t forget, the pre-workout is providing you with energy, so you don’t need to worry about getting a quick calorie boost from a snack.