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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PRE-WORKOUT FOR YOU

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Pre-workout supplements have been marketed as a successful tool for all fitness enthusiasts and athletes to gain an edge on their performance levels whilst training or performing. Pre-workouts can be beneficial for individuals across all fitness levels. Before choosing the ideal pre-workout, it is important to match your goals with the specific function of your pre-workout:

 

• Energy 

• Cognitive function (mental focus)

• Stamina/Endurance 

• “Pump” (vasodilation and increased vascularity)

• Strength/power 

• Thermogenesis (Fat loss)

• Improved recovery 

 

Identifying what your training aims are needs to be aligned with the necessary benefits gained from the desired pre-workout. As listed above, pre-workouts have various roles and it can get very overwhelming standing in a sport supplement aisle and deciding on the product best suited for you. It is also imperative to know that most pre-workouts contain high-energy stimulants, and therefore would not be suitable for individuals with any form of chronic heart condition, high blood pressure or any neurological condition. Always consult your medical practitioner prior to using a pre-workout supplement. There are alternatives that are stimulant free and will not pose the same risk for individuals who are limited when it comes to certain stimulants. 

 

Other important aspects to take into consideration when selecting a pre-workout, is to identify the type of training you will be performing. For instance, athletes who will be performing under endurance-based conditions would benefit more from a pre-workout with added amino acids for prolonged muscle endurance and sustained energy, with less of an “energy spike” effect. The general fitness enthusiast looking for a “quick fix” would gain maximum value from a pre-workout high in energy stimulants and loaded in nitric oxide boosters for improved muscle flow which is only needed for a brief period of time. Such an individual is only looking for an added performance edge which would last him/her for the duration of a training session - generally not longer than 90 minutes, whereas an endurance-based athlete might be wanting something to improve the sustained energy levels for two hours or more. 

 

Below is a summary of key ingredients to look for when selecting a pre-workout based on your target training goals: 

 

WEIGHT LOSS

If you are an individual looking to target weight loss, it is important to be aware that many pre-workouts contain creatine and a form of carbohydrates/sugars which may result in water retention and added calories to your restricted diet, respectively. 

 

Key ingredients to look for:

L-Carnitine (fat metabolizer)

Chromium (blood sugar regulator)

Betaine (increased thermogenesis)

Caffeine (a natural thermogenic aid which assists weight loss)

 

USN recommendations:

CarniKick

B4-Burn Sherbet 

 

 

STRENGTH AND POWER 

Strength or power training should never be a long drawn out session, it needs to be short and concise. Using a pre-workout will provide you with that surge of explosive energy and strength to sustain you for the brief period required.

 

Key ingredients to look for:

Creatine (strength and power)

L-Citrulline (improved blood flow to active muscle)

Glycerol (improved blood circulation)

Arginine (vasodilator)

B-Alanine (improved power output)

Caffeine (energy and mental focus)

Dynamine™ (energy without the crash)

S7™ (Muscle Pump)

 

USN recommendations:

XTS Hyperdrive

XTS Pump N.O.

XTS Black

EPIK™ Blue Blood 

 

 

ENDURANCE AND STAMINA 

For endurance type training, individuals must be cautious not to overload the system with too much caffeine or other energy stimulants that can result in a sudden crash in performance after the pre-workout effects have worn off. It is advisable to use products that are lower in caffeine and higher in amino acids. 

 

Key ingredients to look for:

BCAAs (endurance and recovery)

Electrolytes (endurance and cramp prevention)

Caffeine (energy and mental focus)

TeaCrine (energy)

L-Glutamine (recovery)

L-Theanine (mental focus)

Arginine (vasodilator)

B-Alanine (improves power output) 

Dynamine™ (energy without the crash)

S7™ (Muscle Pump)

 

 

USN recommendations:

Amino Ener-G

Pro Enduro

XTS Pump Capsules (previously Nitro-X Pump)

 

STIMULANT FREE 

Alternative pre-workouts available to individuals who are limited from using stimulants or who train late in the evenings and might experience sleeping pattern disruptions, may use products that are caffeine (and other energy stimulants) free. Avoid any form of ingredient that may alter blood pressure or heart rate.

 

Key ingredients to look for:

Glycerol (improved blood circulation)

Taurine (mental focus)

L-Citrulline (improved blood flow to active muscle)

Nitrosigine (improved blood circulation – enhanced endurance)

B-Alanine (improved power output)

 

USN recommendations:

XTS Pump Capsules

Publication Date: May 2, 2019, 10 p.m.

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