To the outsider, the world of nutritional supplements can be overwhelming at first glance. There are so many options to choose from: powders, pills, capsules, gels, ointments, wraps, the list goes on and on! Everyone is coming at you from all angles trying to sell you everything! One of the most controversial supplement categories is pre-workout. People seem to be either completely for pre-workout or completely against it. Some believe you’re “weak” if you “need” something to get in the mindset to exercise.
However, the thing about supplements is that they are just that: supplements. They are meant to improve and synergize with diet and training, not stand on their own. Pre-workout capitalizes on your body’s existing energy systems, optimizes them, and then enhances them even further. Think of it like pouring fuel on a fire.
Another thing to consider is the hormonal benefit of intense training. The more intense your training, the greater the body’s release of testosterone and growth hormone in response. Pre-workout intensifies training, which can lead to more long-term growth through better hormone production combined with intense dieting and training.
So what should you look for in a pre-workout supplement?
In general, most pre-workouts are stimulant-based and have some combination of stimulants, performance-enhancing compounds, and nootropics. Missing products tend to focus on one of these areas and not the others.
For example, there are some products that are 100% pure stimulants. This would include things like caffeine, rawscoline, geranium oil, etc. You feel the energy of the stimulants and have a more intense workout. Studies show that caffeine increases work output.
Some products have great performance-enhancing ingredients: fully dosed profiles of beta alanine (over 3 grams) and generous doses of citrulline malate, which is great for pumps and NO release (this increases GH levels post workout). training), as well as the elimination of lactic acid, which means more resistance! These products are great, but sometimes they lack the effect that stimulation products have.
Catch 22: Stimulant-based products give you more intense focus and increased energy…Pump and performance-based products increase blood flow – Stimulants are vasoconstrictors and therefore counterproductive to a pumping.
What does this mean? It means that the best products should be a combination of all product categories. Strong stimulants, enough to get you going at 5am and ready to crush it. Moderate Performance Enhancers: Enough citrulline and beta alanine to provide a functional dose and significantly increase performance (rather than a megadose).
The final key is nootropics: focus and mood-boosting ingredients that synergize with stimulants and provide an incredible mind-muscle connection. Compounds such as choline bitartrate and huperzine A. Choline bitartrate is a source of acetylcholine, which means it increases levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain, increasing focus, memory, etc. Huperzine A is an acetylcholinerase inhibitor: it inhibits the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine in synapses. So the two ingredients are combined, combined with stimulants, they deliver intense, long-lasting focus.
Always do your research, and if you ever have a question about a product’s formulation, email the manufacturer; if they can’t answer the questions, you should probably shop elsewhere!