If you are a working professional starting a new workout regimen, motivating yourself to the gym before work or dragging yourself after an exhausting day can seem next to impossible. However, utilizing a pre-workout supplement can be your best bet if you are hesitant to go exercise after a long day. If you aren’t familiar with supplementation that can get you into gear, Bulldog Nutrition is here to help. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the basic benefits you will see when you take any form of pre-workout before a treadmill session or a big lift, and why you should begin incorporating it into your fitness plan.
Caffeine is often one of the first ingredients on the label of a pre-workout. With a highly concentrated dosage of caffeine, pre-workout supplements will wake you right back up after a day of work. Whether you had a stressful meeting or moved countless construction supplies, anyone who is hoping for a quality workout will benefit from the energy boost of these supplements. And, though it may not seem like it, sometimes energy is exactly what you’re lacking rather than motivation. Pre-workouts also tend to have additional energy-inducing properties that can help you more than a cup of coffee, as well as the added benefit of far less sugar than a soda.
Focus and Mental Preparation
Though this may be a benefit not found in any ingredients on the nutrition label, taking a pre-workout supplement, especially if it’s a drink (which it most often is), will help you focus and get ready to tackle your workout. You’ve probably realized that pre-workout isn’t the most cost-effective item, so you want to get the most out of it when you do use it. If that’s the case, drinking your pre-workout supplement will motivate you to put it to good use, rather than having wasted it to instead watch television in a highly-focused mindset. It will also become a part of your routine, which will signal that you are about to put in some work towards a healthier you, which can only bring more positives from your workout.
Apart from caffeine and focus, there are other additional ingredients and rewards you can reap from consuming a pre-workout. First of all, these powders often come in delicious flavors like fruit punch, grape, and pineapple. You’ll basically be rewarding yourself for preparing to workout with a health supplement that doesn’t taste healthy.
Many of the best pre-workout supplements and drinks often come with additional workout supplements that can boost your next activity. Oftentimes a pre-workout will include a BCAA supplement, an acronym that stands for branched-chain amino acids. While we will talk more about these at another time, BCAAs are essential for helping your body build muscle and recover from a workout, whether it is cardiovascular or anaerobic in nature. Your pre-workout supplements can also include things like creatine and vasodilators, which also have benefits for certain athletes.
If you are new to the world of workout and nutritional supplements, don’t be overwhelmed! Bulldog Nutrition is Ontario’s premiere stop for fitness supplements and nutritional advice. Stop by one of our six locations with any questions or shop online to replenish your stock today!