Whether you are a gym veteran or just starting out, having a good workout is a feeling many of us are chasing. Aspects of our life can make a strong workout difficult and make you feel unmotivated. Take for instance a busy workday, a tense day with the kids or even a terrible night’s sleep. All these factors can result in a just-not-that-great workout which, in turn, can make us feel kind of deflated. So how are these people around you with potentially equally stressful lives staying so pumped? The simple answer could be a pre-workout.
If you are someone who watches workout videos on Instagram or TikTok, you’ve probably seen some individuals taking a shot of something beforehand. That particular shot is identified as a pre-workout shot. A mixed ingredient dietary formulated powdered shot. Doesn’t sound too appetizing, but the energy boost and body performance high it gives you can bring your workout from mediocre to beast mode.
What Ingredients Are In A Pre-workout?
It’s not so easy to jot down the exact ingredients in every pre-workout you come across. There are not only many options to choose from but many manufacturers are also creating their own concoctions. Some of the most common ingredients you’ll find like caffeine or b-vitamins which can be pretty self-explanatory, but let's discuss what some main ingredients are and what they do.
is well… caffeine. You’ll find it in your favorite cup of coffee in the morning, those pumped-up energy booster drinks, tea or randomly in dark chocolate. In many pre-workouts, this is the ingredient that really gets your blood pumping and stimulates you for a tough workout. (It also makes you poop, you can check out our article about that here). The one issue with caffeine is that the amount you can get in one shot of a pre-workout is quite high. Potentially unhealthily high. WebMD states “Pre-workout supplements contain a range of 150 mg to 300 mg of caffeine per serving. This equals about three cups of coffee. That’s a lot.”Indeed it is WebMD. Especially for those who are caffeine sensitive or also like to enjoy a cup of coffee before their pre-workout. When it comes to a pre-workout vs coffee, we’d suggest sticking to one or the other.
is an amino acid which is found naturally inside our muscles and brain. You typically get creatine through red meat and seafood but many weight lifting supplements add it into their mix or sell it on its own. Essentially, via Gainful, creatine “helps support muscle strength, short energy bursts, recovery and increases in lean body mass.”This allows for increasing exercise performance and energy, as well as muscle mass.
are complex. That’s why when we put all 8 of the b-vitamins together we get b-complex. As a water-soluble vitamin it isn’t stored in the body and basically leaves your body in the bathroom. That’s why it is important to consume b-vitamins daily. Your pre-workout could have a large majority of them or just a few, but each of them possesses its own positive functions in your body including the digestive system and breaking down proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
another amino acid found naturally in the body. Its main purpose is to aid you in hitting those high-intensity workouts. Along with converting itself to carnosine (a protein building block), Gainful explains “it’s especially effective in preventing post-workout fatigue after more strenuous exercises such as weightlifting. A supplementary dose of beta-alanine helps your body produce more carnosine, which can support training at a higher intensity for longer. It helps to delay muscle fatigue by “soaking” up acid generated during exercise. This means you can feel stronger for longer.”
is once again, an amino acid (very common in pre-workouts) which is in dairy and animal products. WebMD breaks it down as “L-arginine is converted in the body into a chemical called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to open wider for improved blood flow. L-arginine also stimulates the release of growth hormone, insulin, and other substances in the body.”Good blood and oxygen flow allow for muscles to be delayed in fatigue and increase in training volumes.
L- Arginine AKG 2:1:
is the same amino acid with a twist. The main difference seems to be that l-arginine is just that, an amino acid and AKG is a dietary supplement. Pediaa states “L-arginine regulates blood flow through the production of nitric oxide while arginine AKG enhances blood flow, energy, and recovery in athletes.”
is, you guessed it, an amino acid. Though when it comes to L-citrulline, we have an interesting reaction that occurs when we consume it. Examine states that “It is efficiently turned into L-arginine in the kidneys after supplementation, which makes it a good choice for increasing nitric oxide synthesis in the body.”This increase in nitric oxide means wider blood cells which mean there is an “increase the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to working muscles during exercise, thus enhancing exercise performance,” according to Healthline.
L-Citrulline Malate Extract:
is actually quite common in sporting supplements. In all honesty, L-citrulline studies have been based on endurance exercises and L-citrulline malate on strength-based workouts. Healthline describes malate as “important for energy production” and shows that in a study “Participants were able to perform 53% more repetitions after ingesting citrulline malate, compared to a placebo. What’s more, participants’ muscle soreness in the two days after exercise was 40% lower when they consumed citrulline malate before exercising. Other researchers also found that citrulline malate decreased fatigue and increased lower body weight training performance.”
As you can see, each ingredient is able to enhance your workout in its own way, from a straight-up energy boost to aid your muscles and oxygen flow. The most critical part of finding a good supplement is looking at pre-workout ingredients. Here at Vybez Nutrition, we have created a Natural Pre-workout Pulse with all-natural ingredients made in a FDA registered facility and Lab tested, made in the USA and most significantly, caffeine-free. Allowing you to get that energy boost you are looking for without the negative effects an overload of caffeine can give you.
Staying energized throughout your workout can be a challenge, but we don’t always want to be putting anything into our bodies without understanding exactly what it is. Feel safe in knowing the pre-workout you are taking is not only giving you the gains you need but is positively affecting your body. Try our Natural Pre-workout Pulse today!