Pre Workout Supplements: What do they do ?
Hey guys today we are talking about Muscle builders again: next up on that list are pre workouts.
- What is a pre workout?
- What are some key ingredients that you should look for?
- Who should take it?
- How to take it?
- And if you’re a competitor or an athlete, what you should look out for.
So what are pre workouts?
Simply put, they’re a supplement designed to give you more endurance and more energy to complete your workout.
So there’s a tremendous amount of pre workouts out in the market.
How do you know which one to pick?
Well I’ll talk about some of the key ingredients you should look out for:
First up, if you’re not already supplementing with a stand alone creatine product, than this is a good place to look for creatine in a pre workout supplement. Check out my previous video for more information about creatine.
Next up is caffeine and stimulants in general. It’s the number one reason you’re taking a pre workout. So, nothing too crazy, nothing too little; just the right dose; you’re going to have to experiment a little bit. We all have our own tolerance levels. Caffeine affects all of us differently.
I personally like anywhere from 200-400 mg in my pre workout supplement but that’s just me. Experiment and find what works for you.
Next up are more for your endurance factors, so beta-alanine and citrulline malate.
Those are technically for higher rep work outs, a lot of studies are done on those two ingredients. They really do help with endurance levels and if you’re pushing yourself throughout a hard work out, you’re going to need something to help you out in that area.
Also find a product that gives you a good pump. Even though pumps aren’t necessarily associated with muscle gain or muscle mass, I just look forward to having one when I work out. So I look for that in a pre workout supplement.
So who should take pre workouts? Why should you take it?
This is an easy one to answer, you all probably know this! You work a long day, you work out late at night or even first thing in the morning, you’re a little down. You need something to pick you up. The stimulants in pre workouts help with that and it allows you to push yourself harder in the gym. That alone can correlate to building more muscle, hence why it’s in the muscle building category.
Now that being said, you can’t simply take a pre workout and expect to blow up in the gym. This is not like Popeye’s spinach. It will definitely help on the days that you need that little bit of extra focus and energy in the gym to get the job done.
So how should you take your pre workout?
Every manufacturer is going to have their own guide on their labels. So you want to take your pre workout supplement about 15 minutes to a half hour before your workout on a semi-empty stomach so it doesn’t mess around with the absorption of the pre workout supplement.
I recommend you eating 60-90 minutes before your work out. That will give you a solid hour of digestion before you take it.
For cycling purposes, for tolerances purposes, you should only take it for about 6-8 weeks for any pre workout supplement and give your body a break for about 3-4 weeks. Let your tolerance level drop and you’ll appreciate your pre workout next time around.
So with all pre workout supplements, you definitely want to stay hydrated. Drink lots of water. Stimulates and caffeine are a form of a minor diuretic so you don’t want to become dehydrated especially if your pre workout has creatine in it because then you are not going to get a lot of beneficial effects of the creatine, like muscle cell volumization through hydration.
This one is for all my athletes or competitive bodybuilders etc.
Always check with your competitive organization banned substances list because some of these ingredients that are found in pre workouts can turn up as a positive on a drug test. So always check, double check, and triple check that the supplement you’re about to purchase is ok with your organization that you compete in.
What is Joe currently taking?
I’m currently taking Cellucor C4 Extreme as my pre-workout supplement of choice. I love the pump that goes with it, it gives me lots of energy in the gym and I just love the taste of it. It’s simple. The “kick-in-factor” as my colleague Mike D. puts it, is about 15-20 minutes in so it’s quick. And remember you can find C4 and more at samedaysupplements.
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