eleven Q&A on Pre-Workout Supplements
1. Should I take my pre-workout on non-training days?
Although you could if you wanted to for a little energy boost, there wouldn’t really be much point in doing this. They are designed to be taken immediately prior to your exercise, so you could just be wasting the money you spent on it.our website
2. Should I eat something along with my supplement?
Most of these supplements recommend to take them on an empty stomach, to experience the full effects. So, you can, but it may diminish the effects you’ll feel compared to on an empty stomach.
3. How long before taking it, should I eat?
I’d recommend allowing at least 1 to 1.5 hours for your food to digest, before taking your pre-workout.
4. How long before a work out should I take it?
Although each supplement may vary a bit, most of them sit between the 30-45 minute range. Please read your specific nutritional supplements directions label carefully to be sure of this.
5. If I’m trying to lost weight, should I still be using a pre-workout?
Yes. These health supplements do no harm to your weight loss goals. And can actually help you to achieve them with the increased focus and motivation. Caffeine also has a thermogenic effect, to help boost your metabolism (burn more fat) as well.
6. If I’m taking a post-workout protein shake, can I still use a pre-workout?
Yes. Post training supplements, especially protein, should always follow your workouts. Pre-workout supplements will not affect your post exercise routine at all.
7. What are probably the most beneficial ingredients to look for in a pre-workout?
Creatine, Caffeine, Beta Alanine, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Nitric Oxide Boosters (like Arginine or L-Citrulline), Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s). If the pre-workout you’re looking at has at least 3 of these, or more, you should be in good shape.
8. I noticed pre-workouts have creatine, but not that much… can I add more?
Yes. They usually contain around 1000mg of creatine per serving, while a creatine supplement usually contains around 3000-5000mg of creatine per serving. Adjust your amounts accordingly, while making sure to carefully read your specific product labels to avoid over doing it.
9. If I’m training in the evening, should I still use one?
You certainly can, but be aware on the amount of caffeine you’re specific supplement contains per serving. For example, if you’re working out in the early evening, around 5-6 pm, you should be fine ingesting under 200 mg of caffeine. But if you’re taking more than that, you may have trouble falling asleep that night. Please be aware of your own sensitivity to stimulants. Also, read your specific products directions carefully, it should state how long they recommend taking it prior to sleep. There are also stimulant/caffeine free options available.
10. I took a mine, but I didn’t feel any difference… why?
There could be a few reasons. a) How often are you exposed to stimulants like caffeine? Do you drink a lot of coffee, tea, or soda? If you do, it is possible that your tolerance is really high and you will need to cycle off (stop taking all stimulants) for 2-3 weeks to allow your tolerance to drop again. b) When did you eat last? Recently? Effects are strongest on an empty stomach. c) Did you take the recommended serving size?