The Scoop (And a Half) on Pre-Workouts!

The Scoop (And a Half) on Pre-Workouts!

Mar 10 2017 0 Comments Tags: Beta-Alanine, Caffeine, Creatine, Energy Supplement, How Pre-Workout Works, Pre-Workout, Pre-Workout Powder, Pre-Workout Supplement, Workout

What are they?

Simply put, Pre-Workouts are supplements meant to give you the energy and endurance you need to complete your workout.

What do they do?

Say you’re coming to the gym after a long day at work, you’re probably exhausted, you might not feel motivated to workout. Pre-Workouts provide your body with the stimulation to get you “in the zone”, and allow you to push yourself harder in the gym.


While Pre-Workouts often have various different ingredients unique to their brand, the three most common ingredients are caffeine, beta-alanine, and creatine.

Caffeine – Serves as the main source of stimulation/energy.

Creatine – Used to replenish the body’s natural stores of ATP energy, which provides the fuel for muscle contractions.

Beta-Alanine – Really helps with endurance workouts.

Side Effects

The Beta-Alanine found in Pre-Workouts has been known to cause a slight tingling sensation in the skin. This is the result of your blood vessels dilating to allow more oxygen-rich blood cells and nutrients to reach your muscles. This reaction is perfectly normal, and will subside once you start your workout.

How/When to take them

Generally, it’s recommended that you take your Pre-Workout around 15-30 min before your workout. It’s also recommended you take your Pre-Workout on a semi-empty stomach, to make it easier to absorb. For cycling purposes, you should take your Pre-Workout for about 6-8 weeks, with a 3-4 week break, to let your caffeine tolerance drop.

How Pre-Workout Works

Important info

Care should be taken when using Pre-Workouts if you consume a lot of caffeine throughout the day, as caffeine is one of the key ingredients in Pre-Workouts. Always check with your doctor before taking Pre-Workouts.

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