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Pre Workout Supplements: What You Need to Know

What are they?

Pre workout supplements are designed to give you nutrients to enhance your workout! Increased blood flow, better mental focus, enhanced muscle pumps and increased energy are just a couple of reasons why more people are using these formulas. Most of these pre workout formulas commonly include caffeine, creatine, select amino acids, and occasionally carbohydrates. Together these ingredients combine to help you push out more reps, support blood flow to the muscle, and greater endurance. Also by taking a serving of these pre workout supplement you can also support greater recovery after exercise, which means faster results.

What are some advantages and disadvantages?

Advantages:

• they include a combination of ingredients that give you the energy boost you need to get through intense training.

• these supplements reduce muscle breakdown and fatigue.

• they allow you to train harder and longer, which allows for greater muscle gains.

Disadvantages:

• these supplements contain caffeine and other energy boosting ingredients that may make you jittery.

• these supplements may have side effects like stomach upset, headaches, and trouble sleeping.

Why should I take a pre workout supplement?

As a person/trainer who takes a scoop of these 60% of the time, I’m not saying it is for everyone. If you struggle getting to the gym after a long day at work and need an extra boost to get to the gym and get through your workout, then one of the things I would recommend would be a pre workout supplement. Or if you’re hitting the gym every other day with everything you have and still want and extra boost to help you muscle through that last rep or two, again I would recommend a pre workout. All in all, if you’re a person who wants to hit the gym with energy and vigor every time you walk through those doors, then this supplement is right up your alley.

How do I take pre workout supplements?

For starters there are two kinds these products – Stimulant and non-stimulant based. Stimulant pre’s are caffeine based which is great for those who find it hard to drag them selves to the gym or come to the gym with low energy. If you have issues like this a stimulant based serving would be great for you. The thing about taking a stimulant formula is that taking it long term will cause you to build up an immunity to the stimulant that’s making you tear the gym up like a caged animal. So what I would recommend is to take a stimulant based pre workout for a month, then cycle off and change to a non-stimulant based formula for a month. Now if you’re one of those people who always seems to have the energy but still want the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, creatine, and all of the other perks of these supplement, I would recommend a non-stimulant product from the get go. These products are ideal for those who are sensitive to stimulants, do not want to use stimulants, or those who train late in the evening and need to sleep soon after a training session. When it comes to actually ingesting them, its best to read the directions to see how big of a serving size you need to take, also if you decide to go with a stimulant pre workout always be sure to take half a serving to assess tolerance to the stimulant. Also always be sure to read how long before a workout you should take your supplements because many have different time periods before they start to take effect, and I don’t want you to rip the steering wheel off in car because you took your pre workout way to early and it starts taking effect on the drive to the gym!!

As always, consult your personal trainer and doctor before starting any supplement that you are hesitant about.

Have a great workout!

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