“Pre-Workout” supplements are BIG business.
They routinely promise you insanely super pumps, increased endurance, insanely super pumps, more focus, insanely super pumps, plus enhanced strength and power.
With all of the supposed benefits of pre-workout supplements, you would think that the millions of trainees who spend $50 a tub for 20-30 servings of HyperLean X would be in absolutely ridiculous shape right?
I gave you the truth about supplements in this article.
I talked about how I have used the vast majority of the natural supplements on the market.
I also talked about how I did not see serious changes in my physique until I focused on the triumvirate of results: Training, Nutrition, and Recovery. Without optimizing the triumvirate, you have no chance to build your dream body.
Naive lifters and trainees are always the target of pre-workout powders and in my super impressionable days, I would buy product after product. They all promised to change me from zero to hero so I bought into the hype.
As a bird-chested young male, I was the easiest target for a major supplement company. I offered no resistance to the pusher men.
For years I trained hard but not smart. My nutrition was also lackluster and not what it needed to be for an athlete.
My results and performances were decent and much better than Allan Average at the Globo Gym. But my results were not the results I was expecting since the HyperPump 99 told me I was going to be superhuman.
The pre-workouts or “pre” were always the supplements that I was told were essential.
I used to believe that if I missed a serving of NitroOxy 24 that I would be finished. I was a cot dang fool.
The Truth Pt. II
What you truly need pre-workout is not some haphazard concoction of supplements that offer you no value.
What you truly need pre-workout is a balanced meal of complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. For example, you could have 6-8oz of sockeye salmon, a 1/2 cup of brown rice, and 1 cup of spinach.
You have the complex carbs from the brown rice and you have the protein and healthy fats from the salmon.
The vegetables are not going to give you any true energy for training, but they are good for your system. Eat them.
For a performance boost after that meal, you can have a cup of coffee sweetened with stevia or a small, measured amount of brown sugar. This will supply the caffeine which is a proven performance booster.
I suggest if you do want to use caffeine that you have it earlier in the day preferably before 12pm. I once had a sleep study and the doctor told me that caffeine can stay in your system for 8 hours.
Remember caffeine is a stimulant. I used to regularly train at 9pm and one of the worst feelings is to be amped up on caffeine for a late night workout as that caffeine can keep you up far later than you wanted to be up.
If you are a total caffeine junky then 1 cup of coffee will have no impact on you like a wasted 1st-round draft pick in the League. You will need to slowly ween yourself down in order to feel the positive effects of the coffee.
Water is also of vast importance.
A huge selling point for these products is promising a bigger “pump.” Arnold loved the pump and as a lifter, you probably do too.
But to truly achieve the pump you need to be well-hydrated and properly fed. PumpUp “Advanced Strength” pre-workout powder will not give you any pump. Water and complex carbs will.
While there are useful pre-workout supplements like creatine, caffeine, or natural nootropics, you have to realize that none of those things have any value if your triumvirate is jacked up. Supplements, natural ones anyway, are not going to work like magic.
When you focus on the basics of nutrition and meal timing, you will be able to maximize your physique and your performance. When you focus on the next, hyped up “pre-workout” supplement, you will be going nowhere fast like Tony Treadmill back in the “cardio” section of a lame commercial gym.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,
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