Pre workout supplements – cool if you are not a fool
The foundations to understand
I remember how my first experience of using pre workout supplements began, it was N.O. Explode 2.0 from BSN and I was about 17 years old.
It was the supplement I fell in love with right away! It was giving me the feeling of more energy and excitement, desire to work on myself and increased focus. It even gave me a little extra anger that I needed during hard workout sessions. What’s more, it gave me better pump and strength. That’s how my experience with pre workout supplements began, and after the first drink of this «magic» supplement, I never wanted to train without it at all. To some extent, I even got hooked on it, which you shouldn’t
The problem was that I had no knowledge about them: how they work, possible side effects (including addiction), proper dosage and so on. I had no idea of the ingredients listed in the label: what role each one plays and how it affected my body. Whenever I wanted to feel «euphoria» and hype – I was just taking it, sometimes even on off days.
And that’s exactly what most teens keep doing for years, and that’s something that must be fixed immediately. In this article I’m going to describe the basics of what pre-workouts have in them and how they work. In another article I am going to talk about proper and safe usage.
So in this article we are going to find out the following:
– What should the most pre-workouts supply your body with
– The basics of those substances and how they work
So what must each pre-workout improve in your body to lead to better results?
It is 2 things:
1) Stimulate your central nervous system (in specific, sympathetic part of your nervous system)
2) Improve your performance (endurance, strength and pump) for upcoming workout session
So, to target the first goal (to stimulate your CNS), pre-workouts usually contain either the combination or one of the ingredients, such as:
– Green tea extract
– Ephedrine (rarely)
– Yohimbine (rarely)
And some others…
These are the most common stimulants you can see on a label. But the core of any stimulant is the most old-school motivational drug caffeine. Most average people use it on a daily basis for years by drinking coffee or any other energy drinks: monster energy, red bull, etc. The goal of those stimulants is to give you extra energy and hype for workout sessions and daily life.
Even though I related these substances to hit the first goal (to stimulate the CNS), they also, to some extent, lead to better performance as well. For example, ephedrine stimulates the release of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Hence, it stimulates the release of glycogen, and that leads to improved endurance and strength.
Then, to primarily hit the 2nd goal, performance improvement, pre-workout supplements usually contain such ingredients as:
– Citrulline malate and/or L-citruline
– Vitamins and minerals
– Arginine (Precursor for the synthesis of nitric oxide)
Primary goal of these substances is to improve muscle pump (vasodilation) and energy resynthesis. Also they help reduce acidic stress (help get rid of excess lactic acid), as well as Increase strength and endurance. Some of those substances also aid in fat metabolism (using fat for energy).
So, to sum it up, we need a combination of both groups of substances to achieve a high level of performance during training session.
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