Best Pre workout supplements reviews
Pre-workout supplements are one of the best-selling and ever-evolving categories in the supplement industry. They give you the focus, energy, and stamina to power through each and every workout. However, seeing as they are always a hot commodity, there are an endless number of products and possibilities to choose from when selecting a pre-workout.
If you’ve ever tried a pre-workout from a reputable manufacturer, you can certainly notice a difference in your workouts when you use them and when you don’t. Benefits from a quality pre-workout included increased energy, better stamina, increased blood flow and heightened awareness.
What’s in a pre-workout?
With the vast array of pre-workouts available to consumers, there are going to be A LOT of different formulas and concoctions that each company uses to formulate their product. However, there are a few tried and true staples that are nearly universal in the pre-workout market. A good pre-workout will usually contain:
- Stimulant: this gives us the energy to get going and helps with focus.
- Beta Alanine: offsets the lactic acid (“muscle burn”) you feel when exercising and helps with endurance and power
- Arginine: increases blood flow to muscles by opening up (“dilating”) your blood vessels
- Vitamin C: a powerful antioxidant that helps the body deal with metabolic stress
- B Vitamins: critical for energy production, inflammation reduction, and forming red blood cells in the body
- Electrolytes: maintain adequate hydration levels and support muscular contraction
There are many, MANY more ingredients that go into the various pre-workouts on the market, but these are a few of the essentials that you want to see on the supplement facts panel.
What to watch out for?
While there are many reputable pre-workout offerings available, there are a few things that you should be on the lookout for:
- Outrageous claims
“Skin-tearing pumps”...”INSANE energy!”...”MAXIMUM Endurance!”
You’ve see these catch-phrases plastered on billboards, banners, and even the products themselves. Take each of these claims with a HUGE grain of salt and realize that these are marketing tools to get you to buy the product. Do yourself a favor and base your decision on the ingredients on the BACK of the bottle, not the claims on the front.
- Stimulant overload
Cheap pre-workouts overload their products with huge doses of caffeine and other stimulants (yohimbine, synephrine, etc.) so you get a huge surge of energy at the onset of your workout. This is an inexpensive way companies can make you think their product is effective when really it’s a short-lived “high” and the ensuing energy crash with be rather miserable.
- Ineffective Ingredients / Dosages
Here’s another way companies short-change consumers. They either pad the formula with a whole slew of ingredients that are marginally effective at best or just put in a “dusting” of each ingredient without using the clinically recommended dose.
More isn’t better when it comes to the number of ingredients on the label. What’s more important is the actual dosage of each ingredient, which leads us to…
- Proprietary Blends
This ties in directly with ineffective doses of ingredients previously mentioned. Companies use the “proprietary blend” moniker in the name of protecting their patented blend of ingredients, but all it does is hide the facts of what you’re actually buying.
These are just of the few things to keep in mind when looking through your local supplement shop and trying to determine where to invest your hard-earned dollars.
Are pre-workouts safe?!
This is a loaded question...when used appropriately and according to the directions, pre-workouts provide a plethora of perks to enhance your workouts! As always, it’s best to consult with your physician prior to undertaking any supplement or exercise regime.
If you’re new to the pre-workout market, do some homework and look up a product’s ingredients label and see how they are dosing to ensure you aren’t purchasing it solely on hype. Secondly, start with ½ a serving size of whichever pre-workout you choose to buy so you can assess your tolerance to the stimulants contained in it.