How to take and what to look for in pre workout supplements
It is an unquestioned fact, that if you don’t fuel yourself properly before a workout, you will feel weaker and will fatigue much quicker than normal.
Pre workout supplements are designed to fuel your energy and athletic performance. They are typically in powdered form however you can find some ready to use liquid form in the market, called shots.
Research on their effectiveness is limited and very much depending on the individual’s tolerance level to stimulants. Nevertheless, there are some ingredients that have been shown that can benefit athletic performance, fight fatigue during workout and can help increase your exercise capacity.
What ingredients should you look for?
Nitric oxide precursors (L Arginine, L citrulline, beetroot dietary nitrate) boost oxygen and nutrient transport to your muscles
Caffeine to improve mental alertness and athletic performance, boost brain function, support weight loss. It also improves muscular endurance and maximizes strength.
Beta alanine to decrease fatigue and to boost endurance. This ingredient may cause a tingling sensation but no need to worry, it is totally harmless.
Betaine aids in liver function, detoxification, cellular functioning and helps the body process fats.
L tyrosine is a precursor to the hormone dopamine, it may help with low mood. It also increases exercise capacity memory, and cognitive ability.
Taurine to maintain proper hydration and electrolyte balance in your cells. It supports the general function of your central nervous system and regulates the immune system. It is a great antioxidant and has the ability to enhance muscle contraction and delay muscle fatigue.
L theanine helps to lower the heart rate, stress hormone and anxiety, it helps your brain generate alpha brain waves. You feel energized without experiencing a “crash “after your workout. Improved reaction time and overall performance also can provide better blood flow. Gives you stimulation with better attention and fewer side effects. Top quality pre workout products are contain L theanine to allow you to be more focused on the workout.
For the best results we recommend trying our tips:
Most of the active ingredients in your pre workout take 30-60 minutes to kick in. Keep the recommended time to get the full benefit from it.
Don’t consume on an empty stomach
Have a small, low fiber (avoid raw fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds) meal 30-60 minutes before you take a pre workout drink to have extra nutrients which will lead you to a much better, powerful workout.
With over consumption, the adrenal glands will burn out and blunt the body’s normal response to caffeine. Sport scientists recommend caffeine cycling to renew the tolerance. Typically, 2 weeks off will be enough to feel the effects on caffeine again.
Certain ingredients and banned substances in pre workout products may lead to adverse effects. Always check the label and purchase from a trusted, reputable supplier.
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