You’ve just finished a long day at the office and are mentally and physically exhausted. You know you should workout but you’re so tired that the thought of take out food and Netflix sounds much more appealing than a squat or HIIT circuit at the gym.
Thankfully you have on hand your favorite pre-workout supplement. The powdered energy that tastes great and gives you a serious workout performance boost
Pre-workout supplements are one of the most commonly used sports nutrition supplements, perhaps second only to protein powders.
However, certain pre-workouts are simply flavored caffeine with little to no benefit besides a placebo effect.
Here are the 5 things you should consider before purchasing a pre-workout supplement.
1. Staying well-rested and drinking less coffee will make your pre-workout more effective
While this effect is beneficial if you’re about to workout and want to improve performance, the problem is that many of us drink way more coffee than is necessary and consequently build a high “caffeine tolerance”.
Over caffeinating causes adrenal fatigue and consequently your workouts and work at the office suffer.
To improve the effectiveness of your pre-workout supplement get more than 7 hours of sleep per night, and limit your caffeine intake during the work day.
2. More stimulants do not mean more results
However, if you ingest too much caffeine in one sitting, whether in the form of coffee, pre-workout powders or caffeine pills, you will most likely experience a crash in energy soon after and feel “strung out”.
The problem is that supplement companies market their pre-workouts on the amount of energy they will give you. Consequently, many supplement companies over-caffeinate their products so you get that big energy rush as you walk into the gym and think you’ve just purchased lightning in a bottle.
However, these same companies don’t market the crash you experience 30 minutes later, or the caffeine induced adrenal fatigue that has you doing the sleeping head bob at work all week.
Look for pre-workout like PrettyFit Pre that has 100mg of caffeine per serving. There’s more to a great pre-workout than the amount of caffeine in the formula.
3. BCAAs are just as important as the stimulants
Did you know that research shows an estimated 3% to 18% of all workout energy is provided by the BCAAs?
That’s right, that same research also shows that the longer and harder the workout, the more BCAAs are used in muscle for energy. So shouldn’t BCAAs be apart of your pre-workout regimen?
This is why we added 1.5g of BCAAs to PrettyFit Pre, because a solid pre-workout is not just about having a bunch of caffeine, it’s about research backed, SMART pre-workout nutrition.
4. A well-researched, minimal ingredient formula is better than a bunch of chemicals you can’t pronounce.
It’s not uncommon to read a pre-workout’s label and see a bunch of ingredients you’ve never heard of before in unknown dosages as part of a proprietary blend… don’t you want to know what you’re putting in your body?
For this reason, we recommend sticking to well researched, science backed ingredients that actually boost workout performance and results.
What are those ingredients?
- Citrulline malate – improves muscle endurance and can alleviate muscle soreness.
- Beta Alanine – reduces exercise-induced fatigue, improves anaerobic exercise capacity and can accelerate muscle growth.
Side note: women may want to avoid pre-workouts marketed to men with testosterone boosting ingredients like D-aspartic acid or L-Aspertate. Another reason to use a pre-workout specifically designed for women like PrettyFit Pre.
5. A good pre-workout should include proven focus and anti-fatigue ingredients
There are a lot of ingredients used in the supplement market as part of pre-workout formulas to improve focus and energy.
Our favorite is Rhodiola rosea, a Scandinavian herb that is proven to help reduce fatigue and exhaustion. It is also helps improve cognition and sense of well-being which makes it an awesome focus enhancing ingredient for a pre-workout formula.
PrettyFit Pre contains 200mg of this highly effective anti-fatigue and cognitive enhancing ingredient, along with other well studied ingredients like L-Tyrosine and DMAE Bitartrate.
However, the most important thing you can do when choosing a pre-workout powder is to know the ingredients in the product.
We designed PrettyFit Pre specifically for women looking to build lean, strong physiques. It’s a minimalistic formula, using only well-researched compounds and the optimal level of caffeine, BCAAs and workout optimizing ingredients.