The most common question I receive is,
“What is your opinion on taking a pre-workout?”
My answer: “It’s up to you!”
First of all, if you are going to take a pre-workout supplement or drink prior to working out PLEASE make sure it is HEALTHY for your body. Look and see if that product has been banned by the FDA and actually Google the ingredients. Google is your friend in this case. Please check and see if you are putting a chemical into your system. You aren’t a science lab, you’re a human being.
Second, if you don’t like shaking during a workout, or feeling jittery/tingly, but you still like the energy, choose a pre-workout that doesn’t make you feel like you’re on fire. Not all pre-workouts will make you feel like you’re a coke addict (avoid Beta Alanine). I don’t like the tingly feeling, so I always recommend AdvoCare (see supplement page). Some people prefer the tingly feeling, and AdvoCare doesn’t provide that for them, so honestly, it’s really up to you and how you want to feel during a workout.
Third, if you’re going to take a pre-workout, please drink an extra 20oz of water during or right after your workout. A lot of pre-workouts leave your body dehydrated. We want to make sure your body is constantly hydrated, otherwise you’ll feel like poop and your progression towards your goal will come to a screeching halt.
Lastly, if you’re the type of person that REALLY struggles getting out of bed in the morning to hit the weights or go on a run, please at least TRY a pre-workout. It might help motivate you. When I have my sluggish days, I always chug a Spark quickly. This way, I’m like “Well, I took a pre-workout, so I gotta get this energy out somehow, might as well go run!” Even if you prefer working out in the evening, drink a pre-workout right when you leave work to help get you mentally and physically prepared to exert more energy before dinner. Trust me, it helps!
That’s my advice on pre-workouts, but if I didn’t answer your question, PLEASE contact me and I will do my best to help you out!