Push your sessions to new levels and smash plateaus with pre-workout supplements
You know the feeling when you are having an absolutely awesome training session? You are hitting personal bests, you are full of energy, and feel like your could take on the world! What if you could feel like that EVERY TIME you hit the weights?! Pre workout Supplements are a group of supplements that have been designed to be ingested before a session, in order to increase your strength, alertness, adrenaline and hormone levels whilst you are training. In short, they put your body at peak performance, so you can get the most out of your session. But do they work as well as advertised and are pre workout supplements necessary?
Pre workout supplements usually contain many different ingredients to achieve this range of goals (This is referred to as a stack). Every pre-workout supplement has a different ingredient list that has been tailored to provide a different result. Some are fairly mild, whilst some are so hardcore that they have been made illegal in some countries. Below we’ve broken down the most common ingredients into their properties.
A good pre workout will contain a range of the below ingredients
These ingredients improve the effectiveness and efficiency of muscle cells, there by allowing you to lift faster and heavier than usual. Allowing your body to push provides increased stimulation, one of the fundamentals of muscle growth.
The below minerals and vitamins provide a readily available source of energy for your body to burn during workout. This increases performance and protects muscle wastage.
- B Vitamins
Stimulants give you a ‘buzz’ similar to the feeling of drinking a coffee or energy drink. I find that this gives me a great physical and mental edge in the gym, but others prefer pre workout supplements that do not contain stimulants
- Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) *** DMAA is now illegal in many countries, due to the strength of its stimulant properties
These ingredients provide a quick source of proteins and minerals. Your muscles require these during, and immediately after a workout to repair the damage caused by intensive workouts.
Nitric Oxide / Pump Enhancer
Nitric Oxide and the associated minerals work to increase the size and flow of blood vessels, allowing for increased blood volume to be pumped to your muscles. More blood, more oxygen and minerals for your muscles to work with!
These help improve clarity of thought and focus.
- Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE)
- Green Tea / Coffee Extract
Are Pre Workout Supplements Necessary?
Unfortunately there is no easy answer to this question. Most amateur athletes will be able to perform, train and become stronger without the use of a pre workout supplement, but they will definitely give you an edge. If you are cautious about taking a pre workout supplement, I would recommend using a supplement that does not contain a stimulant.
Pre Workout Supplement Review – The Best
In my experience, I have the best results when using BSN N.O Xplode 2.0. It gives an incredible pump, great vascularity and puts your mind into strong focus, without the side effects that other supplements have (Jitteriness, headaches, heartburn)