The fitness industry is always coming out with new ways to make the most of your workout, pre-workout and supplements included. But what does pre-workout and workout supplements contain and how do they really work?
Pre-workout supplements may not make you faster, bigger, or stronger, but they’ll make you feel like you are. Many of the active ingredients in these supplements increase blood flow, heart rate, and focus!
Pre-workouts normally contain caffeine, amino acids, vitamin B3, as well as unhealthy artificial ingredients.
Having small amounts of caffeine before a workout has been shown to have positive effects, such as being able to lift more weight, maintain better focus, and in some cases even run faster. However, too much caffeine can be bad. Many pre-workout supplements contain high levels of caffeine so monitor your caffeine intake if using pre-workout or other supplements.
The amino acids found in pre-workout differ, but normally are healthy when taken in the correct dosage. Vitamin B3, found in some pre-workouts, have been shown to help treat high cholesterol levels, help clogged arteries, and benefit heart health. However, if consumed in large amounts it can cause liver problems and increase blood sugar.
The artificial sweeteners and additives found in pre-workout can cause a variety of symptoms from upset stomach, abdominal pain, and can even be precursors to diabetes.
Rule of thumb: If you enjoy taking pre-workout, make sure to read the ingredients and never take more than the recommended dose.