Pre-Workout Supplementation

In the fitness world and to the layperson you always hear about how important it is to consume protein rich drinks or foods following a workout; however, pre-workout supplementation is typically overlooked. Just within the past few years has pre-workout supplementation really been a bigger hit for the fitness enthusiast. There are many benefits of pre-workout supplementation such as it improving strength, endurance, energy/stamina, protein synthesis, nutrient delivery, and metabolic rate.

As with other supplements on the market every pre-workout brand has its own ingredient and formula ratios. Every formula has the same primary function of helping increase blood and oxygen flow to your muscles throughout the workout. Having the increased oxygen and blood flow during the workouts is the reason for all of the benefits previously stated. Regarding the formulas that pre-workouts drinks are comprised of some are more geared towards strength gains while others are more geared to endurance.

Ingredients to look for if you are mainly interested in strength gains would be creatine monohydrate, taurine, BCAA's, high glycemic carbohydrates, and whey protein. For more of an endurance/energy/focus boost look for caffeine, tyrosine, beta-alanine, and citrulline malate. Anti-oxidants are other ingrediants that are typically added in to help fight post-workout fatigue between workouts.

Some examples to look for on labels would be Vitamin E, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and N-Acetyl-Cysteine. For those that are interested in just weight loss, pre-workouts will not hinder you getting to your goal based upon the benefit that this supplementation will help increase your metabolic rate.

With that said choose a formula that has a lower percentage of the strength building ingredients such as creatine monohydrate. Lots of pre-workout drinks are comprised of a high level of stimulants. Typically try to stay away from the higher stimulant formulas. If you are wanting that good extra energy and pump before your next workout try some pre-workout supplements!



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