In this article Chris Brodie goes over what to look for in a Pre-Workout formula...
Pre-workout cocktail to MAXIMISE performance!
As a Guru and advisor at Monster I often get asked “What is the best pre-workout?”. Although this is a broad question it is definitely something you should be asking yourself if you want to perform at your best!
I would break pre-workout nutrition down into 2 intakes or feedings. The 1st being your pre-workout meal eaten around 90 minutes pre-workout. The 2nd being a drink, taken about 20 minutes before exercise. I believe both are essential. I am going got try and give you some key points to consider when choosing the best immediate pre-workout supplement/supplements when shopping online.
People tend to want different things from their pre-workout drink but here are the bases I would want covered, I would want a supplement to provide:
Mental stimulation and focus
Raw energy for exercise
Anti-catabolic and muscle building agents
Increased fat burning
In a ideal world it would be great to be able to buy one product that would not only cover these bases, but also maximise the benefits from each. However I have found that by combining several supplements which excel in each individual area to be the best for performance overall based on effective doses of the key ingredients.
So let’s get in the zone!
For mental stimulation, focus and fat burning you are going to need to look out for caffeine, bitter orange peel and vitamin B6 & 12 complex, which are my big top 4 ingredients! Caffeine is a very common stimulant found in pre-workout drinks, around 250-300mg per serving I find to be optimal. Bitter orange peel is perhaps a less well known ingredient but contains several metabolites similar to ephedrine (a very strong stimulant). The vitamins B6 & B12 aid in the production of serotonin and the conversion of fats to carbohydrates. I have found the best products on the market for this are:
Raw energy is going to come from carbohydrates and creatine.
To keep cost low and this aspect simple, I use a combination of dextrose and creatine monohydrate, and have found the MyProtein Dextrose and PhD creatine to do just that:
Anti-catabolic agents for me are paramount!
High intensity training means huge damands are put on the body for energy and we need to make sure we have the right compounds to make sure we preserve as much muscle tissue as possible. Now people wil argue that glutamine and HMB are worth a mention in this section but I stick to a BCAA powder (leucine, iso-leucine and valine) and top this up with a separate pure leucine powder. The reason for this being that I am trying to home in and super dose the most effective compounds for a better result. Overall sticking to these maximises increased protein metabolism.
So there you go!
By combining a serving of each into your pre-workout drink you not only have something that covers all your bases but something that’s going to make sure you perform at you best every time!
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