Every 5 minutes a new pre-workout supplement hits the market. They are everywhere, and yet each new product claims to have unique properties. ”Unlike the rest, ours work.”
If you remove the fancy labels, pre-workout supplements are nothing more than fast carbs (sugar). This is the oldest trick in the book. Everyone feels more energetic after consuming a small portion of quickly absorbed carbohydrates. If that’s all there is to it, why should we even buy pre-workout supplements? Good question.
Usually, the supplement companies rely on the bodies of fitness models on steroids to advertise their products. Infatuated by the powerful development of the models, people get caught and buy the idea that an effective workout requires a stimulant. Untrue.
Consuming a piece of fruit you will produce a similar same effect. To add fuel to the fire, you may also drink a cup of coffee. That alone will be plenty and could even be cheaper than a pre-workout supplement.
Lifting weights does not burn a lot of calories. In fact, it burns very little. You don’t need to consume half the fridge to recover. Supplement companies don’t want you to know that. All they care about are sales.
Don’t get caught in the net. Read, experiment and listen to your body. It knows what it wants. We just have to learn to decipher the signals. In the meantime, don’t fall for the miraculous claims.
To summarize: a piece of fruit or a candy bar replace the need for occult pre-workout supplements and drinks.