We’ve all been there. You arrive at the gym exhausted after a long day of work. Motivation is lacking. Some simple techniques to encourage you to work out include making sure you change into your workout gear before leaving the office, recruiting a workout buddy & always remember why you started. When it comes to nutrition, a healthy balanced diet that includes adequate hydration is the cornerstone of workout success. Pre-workout supplements can build on this approach, supporting your workout needs and enhancing your workout potential. So what are the key ingredients to look for in a pre-workout supplement and how can they help you reach your training and fitness goals?
The key benefits of caffeine come from its influence on the central nervous system and resulting reduced perception of effort (exercise “feels” easier) and/or reduced perception of fatigue. Caffeine can help increase alertness & concentration & keep you focused during your workout. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-workout contains 175 mg of caffeine per serving. This is over twice the amount of caffeine as a cup of instant coffee, for example, which contains approximately 75mg of caffeine. Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy contains 100mg of caffeine per serving.
Creatine can bring a performance benefit to your workout via its ability to indirectly supply the body with ATP (the body’s fuel currency). When taken over time and combined with high-intensity activities, creatine can help support muscle strength and power. OPTIMUM NUTRITION GOLD STANDARD PRE-WORKOUT™ contains 3 g of creatine per serving, which is the daily intake demonstrated to benefit performance. Creatine can be made in the body from the 3 amino acids arginine, glycine, and methionine and consumed from food. Meat such as pork, beef & fish are key dietary sources. 1 lb of meat contains on average 2 grams of creatine.
β – Alanine
β-Alanine is a naturally occurring amino acid found in muscle cells. The body uses β-Alanine to make a substance called carnosine. When we exercise intensely, lactic acid can be produced. The acidic environment (or drop in pH) in muscles can be buffered by carnosine.
Citrulline/Arginine – These ingredients support blood arginine levels, a nitric acid precursor.
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-workout contains 1.5g of Beta Alanine & 1.5g of Citrulline.
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