Should we take a pre-workout before every workout?
A pre-workout or often called a bodybuilding booster is a comprehensive formula, primarily made up of stimulating ingredients to allow you to boost your energy to support intense and lasting efforts.
What is pre-workout exercise?
As its name suggests, it is a product that is consumed prior to training to avoid the risks of fatigue and increase the effect of alertness and focus for better performance.
In general, pre-workout is rich in caffeine, a natural psychoactive substance known for its stimulating effects (1) but also in amino acids that can boost congestion and stamina like arginine (2) and L-citrulline malate (3). We can also find L-Carnitine, an amino acid that can enhance the transport of fats for energy purposes and thus contribute to weight and fat loss (4). Some boosters also contain creatine, an amino acid known for its ability to increase strength and performance during short, intense efforts such as weight training (5) such as My Energy Pump from MyMuscle or C4 Original from Cellucor.
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So a pre-workout is a product that aims to give you your best! For people sensitive to caffeine, there are caffeine-free pre-workouts like Pump Xplode Powder from Olimp Sport Nutrition or AMI-NO Xpress from Scitec Nutrition. For people who want to avoid consuming creatine before a session, there are of course creatine-free pre-workouts like Black Blood CAF+ from BioTech USA or Amino Energy from Optimum Nutrition.
Why take a pre-workout booster?
As we saw above, a pre-workout booster can help you achieve more intense and lasting efforts while fighting fatigue. If you are tired or in short of calories while on an intermittent diet, taking a booster can increase your energy level to be more focused and efficient while training.
Be careful, however, to control the intake of caffeine from all sources so that you do not suffer from the side effects associated with excessive consumption of this stimulant: nausea, palpitations, rapid heartbeat, etc.
Should it be consumed at the beginning of each session?
Pre-workout exercises should not be taken at the beginning of each session especially when they contain stimulants such as caffeine. In fact, the human body gets used to it very quickly and may not feel its effects as the sessions progress. In this case, the booster will not bring you anything else. We recommend that you use it a maximum of one to two times a week so that you can feel all the benefits with each session! If you use it every time, take a break for 1-2 weeks to resume later.