Female Fire: The role of pre-workout in female fitness
One of the least covered topics in supplementation is the effect that pre-workout can have on females and their exercise regimes.
It has always been traditionally accepted that females should refrain from using pre-workouts as they were always formulated for men with added testosterone and hormones.
Modern-day pre-workout has come a long way and the formulations have improved to such an extent that it is safe for females to use. The benefits of modern-day pre-workouts makes it a necessity during intense workouts. But how can you, as a female, benefit from the formulation of USN XTS Hyperdrive pre-workout?
Are pre-workouts safe for women?
It is true that men and women have different chemical compositions and different chemical and hormonal needs. This is important to take into consideration when looking at a pre-workout. However, when talking about pre-workouts for women we are not talking about putting testosterone or other hormones into their bodies. The most important factor is to know the ingredients in your supplement. What is it, what does it do, what are the pros and cons and how will it influence you? There are many ingredients that are equally safe and beneficial for males and females.
USN XTS Hyperdrive benefits:
1) The caffeine anhydrous in USN XTS Hyperdrive helps you burn more fat.
• Caffeine increases adrenaline in your body and adrenaline assists with metabolising fat cells.
• Caffeine allows your body to use more energy, thus utilizing more fat.
• Caffeine also alters your perception of fatigue and keeps you feeling more energized for longer.
2) Caffeine anhydrous can help improve performance.
• Epinephrine is increased in the blood stream when using caffeine prior to a workout. This is a “Fight or Flight” hormone and prepares the body for extreme physical exertion.
• Caffeine may improve athletic performance by up to 11%.
3) L-Citrulline can boost blood flow and endurance.
• Citrulline is a vasodilator (promotes the dilatation of blood vessels) and therefore increases the time needed for your body to reach the point of exhaustion. This vasodilator property also gives your body the ability to circulate nutrients faster and can decrease recovery time after a work-out.
4) L-Citrulline can improve performance by reducing fatigue.
• Reduces exercise-induced fatigue.
5) Betaine Anhydrous improves endurance and strength.
• Betaine anhydrous can protect cells form swelling damage that can be caused by exercise.
• Increases power output.
6) Beta-alanine speeds up muscle growth.
• Allows you to push harder for longer by assisting in the regulation of acidity levels in your muscles.
7) L-tyrosine helps maintain mental focus in stressful situations.
• L-tyrosine helps build neurotransmitters that get broken down during exercise, increasing focus and metal prowess.
• Supplementation can improve mood and brain function.
8) Agmatine Sulphate:
• Assists with increased pump and insulin response.
9) Dynamine™ (40% methylliberine)
• Enhanced mental focus and ensures that there is no energy crash.
10) AstraGin™ (from highly purified Panax notoginseng root extract & Astragalus membrenaceus root extract)
• Enhances absorption uptake efficiency.
11) Electrolyte stack
• Assists with keeping cells hydrated to perform their functions.
What type of muscle does pre-workout build?
Pre-workout does not determine the type of muscle you build. Lean muscle, toning, muscle mass gain and fat loss is determined by the type of exercises you do. Pre-workout merely serves as an energy source for you to fuel your preferred training plan. It also helps decrease the amount of soreness and stiffness that you will experience after your workout.
What is the pre-workout “tingle”?
Beta- alanine may cause a tingling sensation on the skin. Research suggests that this is due to the compound binding with nerve receptors. This is nothing to worry about as the tingling will usually subside within in 1.5 hours and the side-effect may subside after a few weeks of continuous use. If not, discontinue use of the product. Do not exceed the recommended daily intake.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ’S):
Q: How Long does pre-workout take to kick in?
A: It can differ from person to person, but it usually takes about 30 minutes to start feeling the effects of pre-workout
Q: Is pre-workout used for cardio?
A: Yes, pre-workout can be used with any exercise regime and all forms of cardio.
Q: Will pre-workout help me lose weight?
A: Yes, pre-workouts will supply you with more drive and energy during your training. This means that you will be able to push harder for longer, thus burning more calories. Ingredients like caffeine also allows for a fat-loss effect.
Q: Can I take pre-workout on an empty stomach?
A: Yes. The rate of absorption may be slower on a full stomach and faster on an empty stomach.
Q: Can I take pre-workout at night?
A: It is not a good idea as it contains stimulants like caffeine that can interfere with sleep and keep you awake. Do not take pre-workout within 4 hours prior to bedtime.
The matter of fact
Pre-workouts were originally more focussed on the male market as an extreme performance booster with extreme ingredients. This is however not the case anymore. While many products out there still offer these extreme ingredients, USN has developed a complete pre-workout solution for both males and females. It should come as good news for females that they are also now able to experience the benefits of using a pre-workout.
Head over to our online shop and have a look at our USN XTS Hyperdrive pre-workout. Follow this link to get you there: https://usn.co.za/shop/products/xts-hyperdrive
You can also use the code USNblogPre to get 10% discount on USN XTS Hyperdrive.
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