Best Ingredients In A Pre Workout – What Should You Be Looking For?
There are Thousands of Pre Workout Supplements out there. This makes it extremely tough to decide on which one is the best and works the best. I would like to show you what you should be looking for and to not let all this crazy advertising suck you in.
This article will show you the Best Ingredients In A Pre Workout supplement you should always be looking for.
Over the years I have tried at least 10 different brands of Pre Workout supplements.
You can find a few paragraphs below the picture and link of the only one I use now or CLICK HERE to see how amazing it is. Please look at the ingredients and you will realize why it might be a little pricier than some other Pre Workouts.
This reason is because it is like FOUR supplements in 1.
If you do the math it breaks down to around $1.75 per pre workout drink if you buy the larger size. This is well worth it since it already has things like Creatine and your BCAA’s in it, you don’t need to purchase them separately. A small black cup of coffee is more than this.
A few years ago I decided to spend some time researching the most important ingredients and comparing all these brands I’ve tried.
I was extremely surprised because some of the most important ingredients you must be getting in a Pre Workout didn’t exist in some of these brands. In the Fitness industry is you have some ripped Fitness Model on the front of the supplement, sometimes that’s enough for people to purchase based of that.
Same with Instagram, if someone in extremely great shape says, “this is the pre workout I use” then most people will buy it based on that. This is not a good enough reason to purchase a supplement.
The reason you want to purchase a supplement is 100% based on the quality of the ingredients and the price.
You should not be letting people influence you just because they look good and are promoting the product. I know some people sponsored by supplement companies that don’t actually use the product they promote.
Watch this video below to really get an idea of just how amazing this Pre Workout is.
CITRULLINE MALATE (L-CITRULLINE+MALATE)
What is L-Citrulline? If you want to get technical, Citrulline is a non-proteinogenic Amino Acid. This means they are not naturally found in an organism.
Citrulline plays a big role in the Urea cycle. The Urea cycle is the removal of Ammonia from the body. Ammonia can cause fatigue after an intense exercise. In simple terms this means the Citrulline has an eliminating effect on Ammonia.
This is why Citrulline is key to take before a workout to reduce fatigue!
When Citrulline enters the body the kidneys convert it to arginine which your body will use as fuel to make what is called Nitric Oxide.
So this means the more you can increase arginine, the more NO (Nitric Oxide) increases. In the end this is what leads to greater pumps, performance, blood flow, and vasodilation(widening of blood vessels)
The main effect of L-Citrulline is to produce Nitric Oxide in the body.
What is Malate? You will see on the ingredient label of a supplement Citrulline Malate which is a mix of Malate and L-Citruline. The other have is Malic Acid and the salts and esters are known as Malates.
Malic acid is an organic compound that is naturally found in fruits like apples.
Malic acid is known for its ability to increase energy and the tolerance to exercise. Malic acid enhance your energy production and serves a big role in the Krebs Cycle. The Krebs Cycle basically converts food we consume into energy.
I’ve explained what both of the 2 ingredients are that make up what I think is the most important ingredient in a Pre Workout Supplement. You might be wondering why they should be added together to make one.
There are lots of studies done with just taking L-Citrulline vs together as Citulline Malate. When Athletes were performing exercises with just L-Citrulline they didn’t have any increase in performance. The same can’t be said about when taking Citulline Malate or like I said the combination of the 2.
There are studies I have read with a big increase in performance and the soreness was decreased.
When you increase your Malate levels you increase energy production.
I personally will not buy a pre-workout a good amount of Citulline Malate.
Some companies don’t even include it in the supplement. I think this could be because it’s one of the more expensive ingredients. I would recommend looking for AT LEAST 6 grams and up to 8 grams.
With any supplement though you should maybe try half of the serving if it’s your first time just to see how you react.
Creatine in one of my other articles is a Top 5 supplements alone for muscle building.
If I could only pick 2 supplements for muscle building it would be Creatine and a Whey Protein Isolate.
Creatine is found naturally in foods like fish and meat. It is produced in the body but only in small amounts. This is why it is good to supplement with Creatine.
There is no other supplement that has been more researched.
95% of Creatine is stored in the Skelatal Muscle and 5% in the brain.
Many athletes use creatine because of its ability to improve performance and allowing them to train harder. There are several types of Creatine available.
The most common is Monohydrate but I recommend Creatine hydrochloride(HCL) because of it’s quicker absorption rates and the smaller doses you need.
I have personally done an experiment with Creatine alone.
Once all my lifts had peaked and I was not going up, I added Creatine in. Tracking my results I had increased all my lifts for the next 3 weeks.
A non-essential amino acid which means it can be made by the body, so you don’t need to get them from food.
The main purpose people use Beta-Alanine alone is to improve their athletic performance and build lean muscle mass.
Together with another amino acid called histidine. which is a building blocks of protein in our body they produce Carnosine. Carnosine reduces lactic acid accumulation in your muscles during exercise, which leads to improved athletic performance.
When you supplement with Beta-Alanine it has been shown to elevate your carnosine levels in the muscles by 80%
To make this sound a little less complicated of Beta’s purpose. You are basically taking it to produce something in your body and by 80% that increases athletic performance.
There are studies that show Beta helps you exercise for longer periods of time before becoming exhausted. You can get a good amount from your diet but for the greatest results you should be getting this in a supplement form.
The bottom line with Beta is it improves athletic performance by reducing your change of getting tired. Your high intensity performance with also be increasing.
BRANCH CHAIN AMINO ACIDS
Otherwise, known as BCAA’S you will often see. There are three of these, Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.
Leucine is by far the most important of the 3 because it stimulates muscle growth.
So whenever I’m looking at supplement ingredient amounts I make sure there is at least 2 times the amount of Leucine to the other two. I would recommend at least 3 Grams of Leucine.
There are actually 20 different kinds of Amino Acids that make up different proteins in the body. 9 of these 20 must be obtained from your diet because your body does not make them.
Of these 9, three are BCAA’s I mentioned in this paragraph.
BCAAs are important for many reasons and I think the most important is the increased muscle recovery. With increased muscle recovery this will give you more muscle growth.
When clients ask me what to take to prevent soreness I always recommend BCAA’s. They have been shown to reduce muscle soreness. You can get a good amount of BCAA sources from food and would be more beneficial since they contain all the essential amino acids.
That would mean though you would constantly have to eat a lot of chicken Breast, Tuna,Salmon,Turkey Breast or Beef round.
These are the highest sources but for a convenience factor I like to supplement sometimes.
Another great ingredient that you probably have not heard of. Betaine AKA trimethylglycine is a chemical that occurs naturally in the body.
You can also find it in certain foods like Spinach, beets, seafood and one of my favorite things…Wine! There are 3 main reasons people supplement with Betaine. One is to gain muscle and strength faster while increasing exercise performance. They also take it to improve heart health and digestion.
How does Betaine work? There is a chemical called homocysteine that Betaine helps metabolize. Homocysteine is very important because it’s involved in the functions of many parts of the body.
Parts like the brain, heart, eyes,bones and blood. High levels of Homocysteine are linked to early development of heart disease. Betaine is very important because it prevents the buildup of homocysteine in the blood.
Most of the time we are thinking of how to gain more muscle and increase endurance when it comes to a good pre workout supplement but as you can see Betaine has other health benefits.
UNDERSTANDING THE INGREDIENT LABEL, DON’T BE FOOLED!
Important you are seeing all the ingredients with the amounts written right next to them. In one of my previous articles I talked about why protein. Sometimes they just write “Blend”.
This means you have no idea of how much of each you are getting. The same goes when you see “Proprietary Blend“. Yes that may sound pretty fancy but this usually means they are not going to tell you what’s in this so called “special” blend.
This is a common way for companies to hide the fact that they do not have quality ingredients in the supplement.
PRE JYM is Only Quality ingredients and nothing is hidden
Sometimes you are not always getting what you pay for. Although on the other hand there are some great Pre Workout supplements that are one of the pricier ones.
These may be a little pricier but when I’ve done all my comparing in the past I found you are basically getting 3 or more supplements in one!
My final thought is don’t always base your decision off of who is promoting it or the fancy wording. Look for these quality ingredients in this article and the proper amounts.
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