In this week’s post I am going to tell you all my top five reasons for taking a pre-workout supplement and how they can benefit your workout and help you reach your fitness goals. If you read last week’s post, you know that when I say take a pre-workout, I mean a product that actually has what you need in it. I am not talking about caffeinated Kool-Aid here. I am talking about the real deal product(s).
I want to take this time to stress workout at home that no one NEEDS supplements to reach their fitness goals. I am a firm believer that you can accomplish your goals no matter what if you have the proper work ethic and diet. Now that being said, I DO believe that supplements help people reach their goals if they are PROPERLY dosed. Supplements definitely help people reach their goals, but they are not an end all be all, and they are not magic. No matter what, you have to put in that work and dedication to reach your fitness goals.
If you are taking a pre-workout that has valuable ingredients that are properly dosed, and you are serious about making gains in the gym, then this is my number one reason. It is no secret that ingredients such as beta alanine, creatine, betaine anhydrous, BCAAs, etc. boost your ability to perform harder and longer in the gym-both short and long term. Not only do effective pre-workout supplements allow you to lift more weight for a longer period of time, they also make you stronger long term. (More so compared to people who don’t use these ingredients) A lot of ingredients, such as beta alanine, have their most dramatic effects after taking them for a couple of weeks. So if you want to gain more strength both short and long term, compared to someone who doesn’t take these ingredients, then taking an effective pre-workout just might be for you.
The pump that a properly dosed pre-workout supplement gives you is the bodybuilder’s drug. This is what we live for. We love feeling jacked in the gym and a pre-workout can enhance this feeling to euphoric levels. In simple terms, a pump is caused by an influx of blood flowing into the muscles. Blood carries vital nutrients, meaning that your muscles get more of the nutrients they need to grow. So not only does a pump look, and feel great, it also provides benefits for muscle growth. Sounds like a win-win to me.
Ever get distracted from your workout by a wandering mind, the urge to talk to someone or your phone going off, then the next thing you know you’ve wasted 5 minutes in-between your sets? Ya not a good feeling. Especially considering the fact that you are wasting time AND hurting your workout by taking rests that are Too long (yes there is such a thing). This is where the enhanced focus that pre-workouts offer can be useful. For those of you who are not familiar with the enhanced focus aspect of a pre-workout, it basically makes you want to concentrate at the task at hand, which in our case is your workout. Saying no to distractions will become easier and you will want to crush your workout even harder. Now don’t get me wrong, just because you take something that enhances your focus doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to not get distracted. You still have to be serious about your workout and your goals to prevent you from becoming distracted too easily.
That’s right, I said burn fat. Confusing I know, since most people don’t think of pre-workouts as something that burns fat as well. There are few pre-workouts on the market today that have fat burning ingredients in them, which is why Tenacious Nutrition added Green tea extract to Pre-XL to aid in fat loss. Fat loss is pretty much something that every lifter wants, so why not include it in your pre-workout? Creating more pre-workouts that benefit lifters in more than just providing energy through stimulants is what we are striving for. We are striving for quality products that actually benefit consumers and help them reach their fitness goals faster.
The reason I put increased energy last is because it is the least important in my opinion in the long run. Don’t get me wrong, increased energy Is important and Is the reason that most people buy pre-workouts. But why only buy a pre-workout that increases your energy and does nothing else? Unfortunately, this seems to be the case with many of the popular products out there today. If I’m going to spend the money, I want it to increase my energy AND increase my strength, focus, pumps, performance, mass, etc. I could go buy some sugar free Kool-Aid and add 200-300 milligrams of caffeine powder if i only wanted to increase my energy. Now that being said, there are many benefits to increased energy. Such as the increased energy from Creatine that helps you push harder and longer, performing more reps. More reps= bigger muscles. So increased energy Is important, it is just not the only reason you should be buying a pre-workout.