Pre-workout supplements have become a staple along with protein powders, and for good reason - they are effective and easy to use. Although it is meant to be taken before your workout as its name suggests, people tend to use it wrongly.
Mistake No.1: Taking it at the wrong time
People usually take pre-workouts on the way to the gym. Most active ingredients in pre-workout drinks take 30-60 minutes to peak in blood. If you take it only when you reach the gym, you would have completed your second or third exercise before it is fully effective.
Mistake No. 2: Taking it on an empty stomach
Anyone who drinks coffee on an empty stomach knows the sensations of drowsiness, tension, and sometimes nausea. Anyone who drinks pre-workout without eating may experience the same effects. Eating a small meal 30-60 minutes before taking your pre-workout can minimize these side effects. These extra nutrients can also help you complete your workout.
- Caffeine : for the extra energy you need to crush your workout and fight fatigue to achieve one more rep!
- Citrulline malate: for getting oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, and providing extra energy to boost your performance.
- Creatine Monohydrate: to boost muscle mass and strength gains.