How To Choose The Best Pre-Workout For You: 3 Keys
1. What Do I Want From It?
The first thing you need to know is, what you are buying the supplement for.
- A quick boost in energy and alertness before you exercise?
- Increase your endurance during exercise?
- Help you to break through a plateau with an increase in strength/power?
For most people looking into pre-workout supplements, the answer would probably be all of the above. That being said, not everyone is the same. Do you feel you want a boost in energy after a long day at work, or school? When you're at the gym, do you find it hard to stay focused? Difficult to get into the "zone"? Do you start to feel burnt out earlier on in your routine, and want a boost in your endurance levels? Once you've determined why you are wanting it, the ingredients you will need to lookout for will become much more clear.
2. What Am I Using It For?
- Body Building?
- A Combination of the Two?
This is an important question that can change your choice significantly. Body builders typically want to see a boost in energy, focus, strength, endurance and more... in other words, they want the whole 9 yards. A runner on the other hand, would typically want something to boost their energy and endurance levels, without any real need for a big boost in strength or power (with the exception of high intensity cardio trainers). An additional bonus for both parties however, is to see ingredients that help to promote hydration, muscle growth, and accelerated recovery in their pre-workout choice as well.
3. What Time Of The Day Will I Be Using It?
- First Thing In The Morning?
- Evening, or Late At Night?
The answer to this question also affects your choice. If your working out in the morning, then you are usually pretty safe in your choices. But if you workout in the evening, or even later at night... you need to choose carefully. Most of the products that contain caffeine and other stimulants recommend taking them 4-6 hours before sleep, to avoid sleeplessness. So if you can't get your workout in early enough to give that recommended 4-6 hours, you may want to reconsider your pre-workout choice. There are a number of stimulant/caffeine free options that will allow you to still enjoy the benefits that pre-workout supplements have to offer.
Once you have answered these 3 questions, it will become much more clear which ingredients you need to look for in your pre-workout choice. While daytime bodybuilders want to see everything possible on their ingredient labels. Runners and other cardio types of exercisers, might want to look for a product free of creatine and other strength boosters. While containing nutrients to maintain their hydration and help accelerate recovery like BCAA's, glutamine, and electrolyte replenishment.