What is the best pre workout?
Pre workouts are becoming increasingly popular with people looking to increase their output at the gym, by increasing their energy with combinations of food supplement ingredients. Whether training early in the morning, or after work, a pre workout can provide a great “pick me up” to get a workout completed with optimal results.
Typically, pre workouts come in powder formats that are combined with water to provide the consumer with a bold flavoured drink to consume before exercising. In terms of ingredients, most pre workouts often contain caffeine, amino acids and b vitamins, however each brand’s formulation will differ depending on who their audience is.
What is in a pre workout supplement?
Coffee has a more finite history, dating back to Arabic culture in the 14th and 15th centuries, where it was the subject of both loyalty and controversy as a popular way to stay awake during evening prayers due to the natural caffeine content. From there, it didn’t take long to travel the trade routes to Europe, alongside tea followed by hot chocolate.
More recently, caffeine was isolated in the early 1800s by German chemists. This is where its name comes from, originating from the German word Kaffee which referred to coffee.
Caffeine is frequently used in pre workout supplements to increase the consumer’s focus and energy. Caffeine makes you more alert, increasing motivation to work harder and longer. It is one of the most popular stimulants, supporting mental alertness, memory, performance and fat burning.
Creatine is an extremely popular supplement for improving overall performance at the gym. Numerous studies show that is can support an increase in muscle mass, strength and exercise performance.
Vitamins B1, B2, B5 and B6 play important roles in energy production and efficiency, while vitamin B12 helps to supports blood production, and reduces tiredness and fatigue.
Taurine is a type of amino acid found in many foods, often in energy drinks. Taurine has been shown to maintain proper hydration and electrolyte balance in cells.
Which style pre workout will benefit your consumers at the gym?
Depending on the type of market your brand is currently in, this will determine the style of pre workout your consumers would prefer. If you opt for more natural products within your range, consumers tend to enjoy lighter more natural fruit flavours as opposed to sour bold candy flavours that sports nutrition brands create.
Pre workouts don’t need to contain caffeine either – people may try to reduce caffeine intake in the afternoons/evenings as it can cause trouble with sleeping. There are plenty of ingredients that can support gym performance without the need to include caffeine.
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