As the name suggests, pre-workout supplements are mainly taken prior to starting your workout in order to ensure you are able to maximize your workout and get the most out of it. If you are looking for a pre-workout supplement to complement your workout, popular brands are BSN NO Xplode, USPlabs Jack3d, and Gaspari Nutrition. However, you must understand first just what pre-workout supplements are for and how to choose the best one according to your bodybuilding goals.
First off, pre-workout supplements are designed to improve performance and endurance, increase your strength output, minimize muscle breakdown during your training, enhance protein synthesis and metabolic rate, and best of all, keep you alert, energized and focused during your training. Also bear in mind that not all pre-workout supplements are created equal. The supplement you need to get will vary depending on the goals you want to achieve, whether that is to increase muscle, boost your vascularity, improve your endurance and conditioning or to increase your pumps.
If you want to increase your strength, you’ll need to find a pre-workout supplement with creatine monohydrate, since it has the ability to maximize strength that leads to new muscle growth. Taking supplements with creatine will make sure your muscle stores are topped off to allow maximum weights for maximum reps on each set. In addition to creatine, you also need to choose supplements with taurine as it is one multi-tasking amino acid that is involved in a lot of physiological processes in the body like muscle contractions, the balance of fluid within the body, cell membrane actions and antioxidant actions.
For building muscles, the ingredients you need to look for in your pre-workout supplement should include BCAAs or the 3 branched chain amino acids, leucine, isoleucine, and valine and whey protein. BCAAs have been known to reduce muscle tissue breakdown and has a significant effect on hormones, particularly in male bodybuilders by keeping their testosterone levels elevated. Whey protein, on the other hand, increases protein synthesis and contributes significantly as well to mitigating muscle tissue breakdown.
For increased and improved endurance and conditioning, you will need to look for beta-alanine, which increases the carnosine levels in the body. Carnosine is an antioxidant that offsets the oxidative stress that causes fatigue. It is the buffer that delays PH drops so you can do more reps in a given weight.
And last but not the least, you mustn’t forget about antioxidants that act as muscle protectors like Vitamin E, alpha lipoic acid and n-acetyl cysteine that neutralize free radicals that are often the cause of cell damage. In addition, these antioxidants also help delay fatigue and improve potassium regulation.
You can know more about USP labs Jack3d, BSN NO Xplode or other pre-workout supplements by visiting retailer sites and bodybuilding forums. Make sure you read product descriptions and reviews first to know which supplement will work best for you.
Peter Roseberg is a health and nutrition writer. He is currently working as a web consultant
for Nutrition Warehouse website. You can find more about supplements in www.nutritionwarehouse.com.au.