One of the main problems that many professional and amateur bodybuilders struggle with is staying energized and focused throughout a workout session. While some try to work on improving their will powder, others choose an easier path by taking some natural supplements or even pharmaceutical drugs to get the boost needed to get through a training session and still have some energy left for the rest of their daily activities.
A pre-workout supplement is an essential part of most bodybuilders’ supplement arsenal. Some even argue that all you need for a successful training routine is a good pre-workout supplement coupled with a protein powder.
Any sports supplement store will offer you a massive selection of different types of pre-workout formulas and you need to have an idea of what exactly you are looking for before you go shopping for one, whether at a local store or online.
Some formulas are designed to give you a quick shot of energy and these often come loaded with stimulant compounds like caffeine and such. Other products are made to promote muscle strength and endurance during exercise. And then there are supplements that target mental power, concentration, mood and motivation.
It is also possible to find an all-inclusive product that provides all of the above benefits to some extent. Take Mesomorph pre-workout as an example — it includes a variety of ingredients that aim to improve muscle strength and performance, give you a good pump with a full dose of nitric oxide boosters (citrulline and arginine), and also supercharge your energy with a complex of natural stimulant compounds.
However, for those trying to bulk up, Mesomorph by APS Nutrition may not be the perfect choice because it does not include BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids). So if your main objective is to grow muscle mass you should look for a product that includes a full dose of BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine and valine).
Whey protein is one of the best sources of BCAAs and it is quickly digested and absorbed. It can be taken before or after workout to maximize muscle growth and aid in recovery. You can go with either whey protein isolate or concentrate, which slightly differ in their protein and other nutrient content.
There are also some generic supplements that people can take before their workout. For example, caffeine is a very common choice as it boosts focus, alertness and mental energy. Taking caffeine with theanine can help reduce some of the side effects of caffeine such as jitters and anxiety.
You have so many different options to choose from when it comes to pre-workout supplements, so have a clear objective in mind, and then do some research on the ingredients of each product to find out which one best suits your needs.