Welcome to the first issue of “AC’s top 3”. In these weekly articles I will be giving you my personal favourite 3 examples of a number of different things, ranging from top 3 supplements to top 3 exercises for each body part.
Today’s “top 3” article is about my 3 favourite pre-workout energy drinks.
I regularly use pre-workout drinks in order to get the best out of my workout. They are useful if you want to have a particularly good workout or if you feel drained, tired, or not really up for the gym, they can certainly get you in the mood to train. Pre-workout drinks have a number of benefits and means in which they can affect your training session. These are:
- Mental stimulation
- Muscle pumps
- Creatine content
- Amino Acid content
- Fatigue reduction
These are all things that I look for when I buy a pre-workout drink. Different people want different things from their pre-workout but the main things I look for are good amounts of energy to wake me up, and a good muscle pump.
So what are my 3 favourite pre-workout drinks?
Jack3d is one of the most popular pre-workout drinks on the market today. The serving size is relatively small and the ingredients list is very basic compared to the likes of BSN no-xplode. However jack3d proves that you don’t need to confuse the market with many useless ingredients. It uses what is needed to give the best results and no more. The combination of caffeine and geranium allow jack3d to give the biggest energy kick I have ever come across. I have never felt a buzz in the gym like this and it gives me sustained energy for hours. The only other main ingredients in jack3d are creatine, beta alanine and Arginine AKG. With such a short ingredient list it means that you get the key ingredients in effective dosages. Creatine and beta-alanine both delay fatigue in different ways and will improve performance and strength. AAKG is what will convert to nitric oxide and give you the increased blood flow. This helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the muscle as well as giving you the great muscle pumps.
Gaspari Superpump MAX in my opinion is one of the best pre-workout drinks for improving performance. It doesn’t rely on stimulants to give users a good workout. It combines vitamins, amino acids, electrolytes, creatine and other key ingredients like L-citrulline, Taurine, Peak ATP and carniure to deliver results. Super pump max uses creatine magna power and has relatively high doses of creatine monohydrate per scoop. The inclusion of BCAA’s and Vitamins is extremely useful around training. I personally have found superpump to give me great muscle pumps and solid workouts where I feel I have lots of energy but don’t feel too mentally stimulated.
PhD V-max pump was one of the first pre-workout drinks I used and is still to this day one of my favourites. The simple ingredient profile and high doses of key ingredients mean it is a no frills product that works. It tastes amazing in all flavours (especially Berry) and unlike a lot of pre-workout drinks it doesn’t bloat me in any way. It gives great muscle pumps and a prolonged gentle mental buzz that allows you to complete your workout with lots of energy but doesn’t leave you feeling over-stimulated. I generally mix pre-workout drinks together as eventually the effects start to wear off. V-max is perfect to mix in with other pre-workouts as it does not over stimulate you but increases all other positive aspects of the pre-workout drink (muscle pumps, strength, endurance etc).
So there are my 3 favourtite pre-workout drinks. I recommend giving all 3 a try to see what type of pre-workout works best for you.