If you’re reading this then you love to workout. That’s granted. You probably even psyche yourself up by pumping some kick ass tunes (Papa Roach is a fave of mine), or watching Eric Thomas’s ‘How bad to you want it’ speech on youtube, but one other thing that you may be doing or may be overlooking are pre-workout supplements.
In today’s video I answer the questions of firstly, do you need them? And secondly, if you do, what are your best options.
What are they?
Something to provide you with more energy, usually if you’re training in the morning when you’ve recently woken up, or for after work when you’re more tired because of a tough day working.
Pre-workouts usually contain caffeine from coffee, green tea/black tea or guarana in conjunction with other herbs that are known to stimulate the body. Doing so increases your heart rate, blood flow and can often provide a thermogenic (warming) effect.
Caffeine is one of the most studied chemicals in athletic performance. In terms of the science, it has continually yielded positive enhancement to performance in areas of endurance and rate of perceived exertion (meaning you feel it’s easier to get through a particular workout)
Should you take them?
In my experience, pre-workouts that contain caffeine or other stimulant herbs should not be something you come to rely heavily upon. If you’re going to use an actual fat-burning supplement then I recommend taking time off from using the product regularly. Most products will have a guideline on the back, which is commonly to break for 2 weeks for every 4 weeks of use.
I always recommend that individuals ensure their training, nutrition, stress levels and sleep is being optimised before going down the path of using a supplemental fat burner. If you’re looking for a fat burner, but still not sticking to your nutrition plan, then you’re looking in the wrong areas for improvement. Don’t ever let a supplement take the place of poor nutrition!
If you sleep poorly, have health issues, are on medications, or suffer from stress or anxiety then you should be very wary of using these products.
What are my best options?
– Espresso + 1 TBSP of coconut cream or regular cream or butter.
– Long black + 1 scoop chocolate protein + 1 TBSP coconut cream (drink hot!)
Real Metabolism: train, eat, sleep, REPEAT!
Your metabolic rate is something that never stops! Elevating your metabolic rate through a pre-workout supplement is only a fraction of looking after a healthy metabolism. Make sure you stay committed to training, eating and resting well and watch you metabolism skyrocket!!
Ben ‘Coffee Addict’ Cant
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