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written by :Md. Azizul Islam Ashik
If you are an avid weightlifter, then you are probably familiar with a type of supplement called “pre-workout”.Pre-workout is a combination of several ingredients put together at a certain amount that, when taken prior to a workout,
can provide greater endurance and strength throughout the workout. If you
workout early in the morning or at evening like I do, pre-workout can give you that
boost in the morning to wake up from drowsiness or provide additional energy in
the evening workout after a long day.
So what should you look for when buying a pre-workout? Most pre-
workouts contain stimulants that provide greater endurance, increased focus and
energy, and lesser exhaustion. That is why a good pre-workout should contain
following ingredients like: Beta-Alanine, Niacin, L-Arginine, L-Tyrosine,
Citrulline Malate, L-Carnitine, Betaine, etc. as these work together to inhibit
exhaustion and increase muscular endurance to help you get those few extra reps in the gym. Another ingredient called Creatine can provide additional ATPs
(adenosine triphosphate) in the muscle to increase energy. And no pre-workout is
complete without caffeine, as it helps you to concentrate harder during those
heavier lifts and avoid injuries. Overall, try to buy a pre-workout that contains
most of these elements to get the best bang for your buck.
Pre-workout should be taken carefully as reactions to it can vary. Take it
thirty minutes before your workout with some carbohydrates. Most people feel a
tingling sensation or itching after 10 to 15 minutes of taking it. This is completely
normal as it happens when Beta-Alanine binds to the nerve receptors in the muscleto decrease fatigue. Also,if you feel nauseated or jittery then you are probably sensitive to caffeine.
In that case, taking half a scoop instead of one may help improve this situation.
This is also why it is important to take pre-workout with some food as it helps to avoid these adverse effects. And it is best not to take pre- workout within four hours of sleep as caffeine can cause sleeplessness in some people. Alternatively, you can buy stimulants-free pre-workout (without caffeine)
to avoid sleeplessness.
Pre-workout is one of the most popular supplements because it works. If you
have been feeling weak in your workouts or you want to increase intensity, pre-workout may help you achieve both. Do your own research as well to find the
product that may work best for you.