Pre-workout products are created and marketed each day, and are one of the most commonly used type of supplements in the world. Each pre-workout on the market has its own style or purpose for use, but they all have relatively the same concept in mind.
Although it may seem impossible to decide which pre-workout is better than other, there are some easy ways to find which product will fit your goals the best!
What is the Goal of a Pre-Workout Supplement?
Generally speaking, the idea of a pre-workout supplement is to provide you with a jolt of energy for your training session. However, each product does this differently.
Pre-Workout Products and Stimulants
One common way to provide a jolt of energy to your workouts is to load up on stimulants such as caffeine anhydrous.
Although this certainly will give you energy for a short amount of time, it can have you feeling jittery, nauseous, and make you “crash” drastically when the stimulant wears off.
What are Nootropics?
If you are thinking about using a product that is high in caffeine or other synthetic stimulants, it is wise to look for a product that is paired with L-Theanine as well.
Caffeine has been proven to improve mental alertness and cognitive function in clinical trials (and by anyone who has ever had a cup of coffee), and pairing caffeine with the effective nootropic L-Theanine has been shown to increase these benefits even more!
Nootropics are a special class of cognitive enhancing supplements that can be extremely effective for improving the quality of your workouts.
Simulant based pre-workouts are loved by many, but they are not all that more effective than a cup of coffee or two. Coffee actually has many natural benefits when compared with pre-workout products that are mainly based on using stimulants for energy!
If you have never tried Bulletproof Coffee before your training, I highly suggest you do!
Pre-Workout Products and “the Pump!”
Another way that pre-workout products can separate themselves from those based solely on the use of stimulants is to add products that will improve “the pump” (increase blood flow and circulation during training).
Citrulline malate is absolutely the best product for this, and it has been repeatedly proven to improve your endurance during training, as well as help you recover and build muscle more quickly.
Personally, I have made citrulline malate (or L-Citrulline supplements) a staple in my diet for years!
Combining a citrulline malate supplement with an effective amount of stimulants, and nootropics, is an easy way to make an excellent pre-workout product.
Pre-Workout Products and Carbohydrates
Some pre-workout products choose to add sugar or other forms of carbohydrates as well, for more sustained energy.
This can be an effective strategy, especially since caffeine and carbohydrates generally work synergistically for mental stimulation.
Although I would not consider carbohydrates to be especially necessary because you should be eating an adequate amount of carbohydrates in your pre-training meal, they can definitely be an effective addition!