Top 5 Pre-Workout Supplements
Pre-workout supplements are designed to significantly boost your energy shortly after taking them. This may help improve your overall performance when training in the gym, especially with high intensity and endurance training. These energy spiking supplements come in liquid or tablet form for easy digestion and rapid absorption. Usually you would take a pre-workout about 30 minutes before exercise, however this varies from product to product so always make sure you read the label before consumption.
Pre-workouts usually contain a cocktail of the following ingredients:
Caffeine – is a natural substance found in plants. It stimulates the central nervous system, making you feel more awake, alert and less fatigued. Pre-workouts contain high levels of caffeine, which will give you a big energy boost, however this is linked with high blood pressure, anxiety, irritability and addiction so take in moderation.
BCAAs – branched-chain amino acids are a group of 3 essential amino acids that are responsible for enhancing exercise performance and boosting muscle growth. They also help reduce fatigue after exercise and may help with weight loss.
Beta-alanine – this is an amino acid that increases the production of carnosine. This helps reduce fatigue during intense exercise and also helps with muscle growth.
Creatine – this compound helps improve muscular contraction to increase performance in short and intense exercise. This helps increase strength, muscle mass, recovery during exercise and energy. Not all pre-workouts contain creatine.
Carbohydrates – as we all know, carbohydrates provide fuel for the central nervous system and for the working muscles. It is essential for energy during all types of exercise.
B Vitamins – this vitamin group has a wide variety of functions. One of those functions is to boost energy levels by converting nutrients into energy, which is why they are added to pre-workouts.
If you're looking to unleash energy, increase endurance and decrease fatigue, then a pre-workout supplement could help you
With that said, let’s take a look at the top 5 pre-workouts (in my opinion):
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout – this powerful formula unleashes amplified energy and focus to help increase muscular endurance and decrease muscle fatigue. Crush that next set, hit that last rep and get some true gains!
330g Tub (30 Servings) £17.45 (Dolphin Fitness)
USN B4-Bomb Extreme – this exhilarating and powerful pre-workout is formulated to help you get the most out of each training session by boosting performance levels. It contains the most scientifically grounded nutritional technology to help you achieve your goals.
300g Tub (20 Servings) £18.95 (Dolphin Fitness)
Kaged Muscle Pre-Kaged – this all-round pre-workout cocktail contains high amounts of caffeine, beta alanine, citrulline, betaine and creatine. This game-changing drink turns up your workout intensity by increasing your performance and supercharging your adrenaline. It is the highest priced supplement on the list but that’s because it contains the most premium ingredients per serving.
638g Tub (20 Servings) £31.95 (Dolphin Fitness)
BSN NO XPLODE – BSN have created a new concentrated pre-workout formula, based on customer feedback. They have re-engineered this product to maximise energy, focus and performance without the crash afterwards. It will push you and your workout past previous limits!
600g Tub (30 Servings) £19.95 (Dolphin Fitness)
Reflex Nutrition Pre-Workout – this is a premium pre-workout drink that contains significant doses of the most common pre-workout ingredients, including caffeine and beta-alanine. This helps optimise your time in the gym by reducing tiredness and fatigue.
300g Tub (30 Servings) £12.50 (Dolphin Fitness)
It is strongly recommended that you only take these supplements in moderation and stick to the instructions. Never take more than the recommended amounts. Seek medical advice if you suffer with any health conditions such as high blood pressure or anxiety.