Pre workout supplements are constantly growing in popularity and demand. In addition taking supplements like Creatine, Protein and BCAAs, it’s no secret that gym goers are reaching for a trusty pre workout to help them achieve the very best out of their workouts.
Pre workouts contain a wide range of ingredients that help boost energy and focus, as well as improve nutrient delivery, and promote muscle pumps.
The ideal pre-workout meal to go with your pre workout supplements and to maximise strength training is consumed about two hours before exercise, contains about 300-500 calories, and is composed primarily of healthy carbohydrates. Not quite a full meal, but something substantial enough to give you the energy stores to carry you through a tough workout. Bagels and sandwiches with meat, eggs and tomatoes are good, as are a bowl of oatmeal, whole-grain cereal, whole- wheat toast, or even sweet potato or yam.
Carbohydrates are processed and stored as glycogen, which your muscles use to power through their exercises. Without enough glycogen, you get the shakes and jitters mid-workout as your body starts to burn proteins. It’s also important to drink large quantities of water (20 ounces) one or two hours before exercising to hyper hydrate your body and allow enough time for adequate hydration and urination.