Friday, 8 February 2013

How Important Is A Good Pre-Workout Supplement?

By Howe Russ


Pre-workout supplements are the new cool thing in the fitness industry. Every time you go to the gym you will hear trainers and exercisers discussing why they were never able to figure out how to build muscle until they discovered the latest, greatest product they are currently using. Today, however, we are going to delve into this topic and ask if you actually 'need' one of these to build a bigger, better body.

Just like any other business, it's all about money. The sales talk and marketing pitches are what make the supplement industry go around and that's why you will often see claims of ridiculous results with every new product on the market.

The basic principles of getting bigger have remained largely unchanged over the last twenty five years.

It is very, very easy to get lost in the world of bodybuilding supplements and so many fitness enthusiasts get caught up in the craze of buying the latest powders and shakes to enhance their results, but so few see returns to warrant the massive expenditure they are making.

The first step to understanding a particular supplement is to look at the main job it has.

When it comes to pre-workout supplements you have one very simple task at hand. They are created to increase your energy before a gym session, that's it.

The hardest part, of course, is being able to tell which one is the best for you.

In order to stop yourself getting sucked in by the hype of every 'next big thing' to hit the supplement market you simply need to learn the basic ingredients and you'll know what to look for the next time you see a product making bold statements about it's capabilities.

Ingredients usually contain substances like caffeine and nitric oxide boosters, otherwise known as N.O. boosters, which basically give your body a rush of energy. Will it make you lift heavier than you could before? No, you'll simply have a considerable amount of energy for about an hour, it's up to you to use that energy correctly.

One area where this particular niche of products are not so great is science. There isn't a whole lot of scientific data to back up the need for a fitness enthusiast to take this kind of supplement, with a lot of exercisers using them purely through personal choice.

Ever since the discovery of creatine supplements back in the very early nineties, the bodybuilding world has seen thousands of new supplements hit the market with bigger and bolder claims. If you are trying to figure out how to build muscle in the gym and were considering using a pre-workout stimulant you will now be able to see past the hype.




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