Before your workout, it is important to properly fuel your body so as to maximize your gains and get the most out of your training session. I’m not a huge advocate of pre workouts, however, I do think that they have a place in everyone’s supplement’s cabinet. Two of my favorite pre workouts are actually very popular ones because they are high quality products that provide a good jolt of quick energy. I prefer to have these early in the morning, when it’s tough to get out of bed. For you early risers, check out my picks for morning pre workouts.
N.O. Xplode is a pre-workout igniter that has been designed for all levels of athletes in an effort to enhance workout performance. In order to get the most out of your training, you need both physical and mental energy and you will also require concentration to draw the same energy as well as drive a powerful muscle-mind connection which will help you attain enhanced strength and better workout intensity. This will push your body past limits it could not reach before. N.O. Xplode was devised using advanced ingredient technology aid in the delivery of muscular strength, mental focus, support, endurance and increased energy as well as to give a one of a kind intensity plus performance.
C4 is another explosive and powerful pre-workout supplement which can help in getting you through some of your most difficult training sessions. It has been concocted using ingredients which facilitate for pumps, focus and energy. The C4 formula has been refined to make it more dialed in and potent not to mention it features Creatine which facilitates for the promotion of strength, muscular endurance as well lean muscle gains.
One compound that can help you take your results in the gym to the next level is Nitric Oxide. Nitric oxide boosters can provide you with an enhanced recovery rate after putting in a lot of effort in the gym leaving you fatigued the next day. Reduced levels of fatigue during protocols involving higher reps is another advantage of nitric oxide boosters in addition to an enhanced endurance during your performance, more energy availability, and enhanced glucose use plus a great muscle pump following a workout.
Keep in mind that using pre workouts after 6-7pm may prevent you from going to sleep at your regular hour, and this is counter productive to the recovery process. I understand that you may be tired and not in the mood to workout, but you can also use a pre workout meal and some caffeine to give you just enough energy to get you though your workout.
A cup of coffee may also be just as effective for your workout when taken beforehand as it gives you that extra boost of energy. Coffee has immense fat-burning effects when taken before going into your workout as the caffeine increases metabolism meaning you will burn more calories all through the day. Caffeine can also help you train for longer and at a greater power output. With coffee comes a boost in mental focus for an effective and productive workout. Less muscle pain during your workout enabling you to get more reps under your belt and run faster and longer during the workout is another benefit of caffeine.
A pre-workout meal consisting of the right foods and in correct amounts will give you more energy during the workout; it will protect muscle gained and enhance muscle growth. The meal should be eaten about an hour before your workout to allow for digestion. Your pre-workout meal should consist of dietary fat (in small amounts), protein in moderate amounts (or according to your meal plan), and carbohydrates to fill up your glycogen stores which will power your workout. Some of the quick energy foods you can take pre-workout include oatmeal, bananas, and apples.
Note: Yes, you can also eat some simple carbs as a pre workout – i.e. peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but I would personally opt for something for more than just energy. I would opt for some added nutritional value as I would get in a more balanced meal.