There is a plethora of pre-workout supplements in the market – they boost sports performance and help achieve optimal levels of training. Pre-workout supplements help in pushing an athlete beyond their limits and helps at training the best out of them.


A pre-workout might contain a single ingredient or might be a mix of more than one ingredient, so research work and planning is needed for you to choose the best option for you.


Pre-workouts are classified into two categories:

  • Pre-workouts with creatine and its derivatives
  • Creatine free pre-workouts


Pre-Workout Supplements with Creatine

There are multiple articles that discuss the usage of creatine in sports performance. Creatine is a ban-free supplement and popular as a performance booster. Creatine has some more advantages than just a sports enhancement supplement. Present pre-workout supplements use hybrid versions of creatine, like Creatine HCL.


Creatine-Free Pre-Workouts

There is a new world beyond creatine – current generation of pre-workout supplements have much more to offer, with additionally more well-researched ingredients in them about which we will discuss in detail. Creatine-free pre-workouts is divided into these two categories:


Proprietary Blends

A proprietary blend contains different ingredients – these will all be disclosed on the label, though the quantities will remain the manufacturer’s secret. So be careful on choosing a supplement that is compatible to you.


Natural Pre-Workouts

Not everyone uses a pre-workout supplement. Eating a decent amount of carbohydrates pre-workout ensures you are full, glycogen levels are at their peak conditioning, and the body is in its full capacity to train.


Creatine can become a backbone later. Creatine monohydrate is the first pre-workout to be tried before moving to other blends. If Creatine is not your cup of tea, a cup of black coffee 15 minutes before starting a workout helps a lot.


Modern Pre-Workout Supplements

As previously mentioned, the pre-workout era has changed a lot – companies are investing more and more into the research to produce amazing groundbreaking products. Pre-workout supplements could contain creatine as well as other ingredients in proprietary blends. Let us have a look at what all ingredients might constitute to a good pre-workout supplement, however; we should also understand that all companies might not have the same product formula and ingredients lists vary.


Creatine Complex: Creatine is known for giving strength and size. Major brands still add creatine as an active and important ingredient, and creatine complexes might have one or more variations of creatine.


Amino Acids Complex: BCAAs as well as other amino acids, are added to support metabolism, and they also help in transportation of fluids and minerals, boost energy and aid concentration. BCAAs are beneficial as a pre-workout ingredient as they promote muscle protein synthesis. Other Amino Acids have different advantages. Vitamin-B Complex: Pre-workouts might contain an array of B-Vitamins. These play an important role in maintaining body’s metabolism and promoting energy.


Stimulant Complex: The stimulant complex is the one that is the power punch behind any pre-workout formula. It might contain an array of individual components including caffeine, betaine, and beta-alanine. The stimulant might also be a proprietary blend. The stimulant complex provides energy and strength during the workout.


Endurance Complex: To survive a gruesome workout, the body needs endurance, so for this creatine along with citrulline works well. Most brands don’t add citrulline, but it’s a powerful ingredient which helps in getting the Nitric Oxide released.


Pump Complex: Every guy wants a great pump and loves to see his veins popping. Arginine is the key player in the synthesis of Nitric Oxide, which creates that pump. Other ingredients that increase the rate of NO production are AKG and L-Histamine


Benefits of Using A Pre-Workout Supplement


Builds More Muscle

BCAA is a primary component for muscle gains particularly Leucine. Leucine increases the rate of MPS (Muscle Protein Synthesis) which in turn enables mTOR for more muscle production.


Fat Loss

Pre-workout containing Caffeine help in burning fat at a greater rate during a workout. Caffeine is an active ingredient in fat burners also. Caffeine also promotes strength and alertness post consumption, however it has to be noticed that Caffeine based supplements should not be consumed within 6-8 hours of sleep.


Get Pumped

Pre-workout supplements ensure that you have a long-lasting muscular pump. The bigger the pump, the more Nitric Oxide production.


More Power, Energy and Focus

Creatine along with caffeine and other proprietary blends is responsible for that long lasting power. Focus is usually assisted by the combination of B-Vitamins and caffeine.

Masheane Sefuthi
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