Pre-work out is any supplement, packaged mostly in small tubs and in powder form.
If you are serious about taking your workouts to the next level, pre-workout drinks are something to consider!
Simply dump a scoop or two into a shaker bottle, add water and let the pixie dust work its magic!
Most of these pre workout supplements may contain all or some of the following ingredients in various combinations; caffeine, branched chain amino acids (BCAA), beta-alanine and creatine monohydrate.
What does Caffeine do?
Caffeine is The king when it comes to pre-workout drinks. The energy boosting effects of caffeine are widely recognized.
When your coffee just won’t cut it and you need that extra kick, caffeine might just drag you out of the couch and onto the squat rack, treadmill or pavement.
How about BCAA?
Branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) are the most anabolic group of amino acids critical for muscle fuel, recovery, and growth.
These amino acids consist of Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine; and each can assist your workout needs both independently and synergistically.
Also, there’s Beta-alanine for increased muscle endurance which allows for more intense workouts for longer periods as it helps in delaying muscle fatigue.
Lastly, it’s important to note that creatine monohydrate is often included in pre-workout formulas.
Creatine is a derivative of three amino acids that’s naturally produced in the body and stored in the muscles as a source of quick energy.
Different ingredients in pre-workout supplements improve particular aspects of exercise performance.
- For long-lasting endurance exercise: caffeine, nitrate and BCAAs.
- For shorter intense activities such as those that give you the “muscle burn” sensation: beta-alanine, sodium bicarbonate, caffeine and citrulline may help.
- To perform at your best during strength and power exercise, such as weight training: creatine, caffeine and citrulline.
We have to stop thinking about nutrition as something that comes in a tub and start looking at our body’s natural fuel: food.
After all, every worth-your-while nutrient that pre-workout supplements pack also comes in whole foods.
Either way, knowing which ingredients are best for your type of exercise gives you a head start towards feeling and performing your best.