Why use Pre-Workout Supplements?

Monday, 14th May 2018

Why use Pre-Workout Supplements?

You want a boost before you hit the gym. So what do you do? You go for a pre-workout supplement. That’s not a bad idea at all, but how do they work and what are the true benefits? Here we look at how the varying array of pre-workout powders help fuel you with amino acids, give your body a kick and help to get the blood pumping.

Pre-workouts explained

Pre-workouts come in all shapes and sizes but in general, are designed to give you a PB smashing energy boost prior to exercise. They also help to give you cognitive focus, can widen your blood vessels in order to get blood pumping around the muscles and can offer various amino acids such as beta-alanine. When you look at pre-workout supplements there will be various ingredients. Here are some of the typical ingredients and how they can aid your training.

  • Whey protein and BCAAs: Ideal for building muscle mass
  • Alpha lipoic acid, Vitamin E and NAC: Shields muscles
  • Caffeine and tyrosine: Cognitive focus and energy level increase
  • Creatine and taurine: Helps with power and strength
  • Beta-alanine and citrulline malate: Improves endurance

The expert’s view

Pre-Workouts can be an extremely useful tool for people that have hit a training plateau or are training at times where they may be physically and mentally fatigued. However, it’s important that you don’t have to rely on pre-workout products to achieve a positive outcome to your session.

Dominic Swift BSc MSc Sport and Exercise Science

How to take pre-workout supplements

When taking a pre-workout powder such as Rage 3.0 Rampage, it is important to remember that they will give you A LOT of energy and will prevent sleep. So it is advisable to take them no later than 6pm - if you want to get a good night’s sleep that is. It is highly important to take an appropriate dose. We’ve all seen the memes of “took 3 scoops they said” and there is a reason. If you take too much, you may experience adverse side effects. Such side effects may also be experienced if you take pre-workouts with caffeinated drinks. It may seem like a good idea to use things like Red Bull when mixing the pre-workout powder, but too much caffeine can have serious detrimental effects. Including anxious feelings, nausea and jitters. So follow the guidelines!

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