Good pre workout supplements are formulated with those ingredients that would:
- provide you with endurance, energy, power, and strength;
- help you burn more calories when strength training/weight training on high intensity;
- aid in growth in muscle mass.
We feel so much energetic and invigorated when we take good pre workout supplements and strength train/weight train.
Let’s take a brief peek at the key ingredients that should be there in any good pre workout supplements.
5 Major Ingredients of Pre Workout Supplements
Here you go:
#1 Protein (boosts muscle building)
Yes, you read it right. It is said that protein is a good pre workout drink. Take it 45 to 60 minutes before workout, and you will feel its effects on muscle building. If your pre workout supplements does not have protein, boost it by adding BCAAs (3g leucine) and you can achieve maximal effect.
#2 Creatine (boosts muscle size, strength and power)
Creatine helps in increasing HIIT performance and muscle creatine levels. A regular dose and a maintenance dose (non-exercise days) are required.
#3 Beta-Alanine (fights muscle fatigue)
The muscle levels of carnosine—intracellular buffer—help in fighting fatigue during HIIT. When blood flow increases, it redistributes to active muscles. Hence, greater exercising power.
#4 Caffeine (for energy, fat burning, performance, focus)
There are many gymmers who drink caffeine 30 minutes before exercise. When our CNS (central nervous system) gets stimulated due to caffeine, it raises the levels of energy, fat burning, performance, focus and alertness). It is also known to increase strength.
#5 L-Arginine (produces nitric oxide)
An essential amino acid for NO (nitric oxide) synthesis, L-arginine promotes vasodilation and good muscle pumps when you exercise.
Other ingredients in good pre workout would also include (1) l-tyrosine—improves performance and focus; (2) taurine—fights oxidative stress; (3) carbs—boosts your workout, and (4) electrolytes—helps in hydration.