Should I take a pre-workout on non-training days?
Although you could if you wanted to for a little energy boost, there wouldn’t really be much point in doing this. They are designed to be taken immediately prior to your exercise, so you could just be wasting the money you spent on it.
Should I eat something along with my pre-workout supplement?
Most of these supplements recommend to take them on an empty stomach, to experience the full effects. So, you can, but it may diminish the effects you’ll feel compared to on an empty stomach.
How long before taking it, should I eat?
I’d recommend allowing at least 1 to 1.5 hours for your food to digest, before taking your pre-workout.
How long before a workout should I take it?
Although each supplement may vary a bit, most of them sit between the 30-45 minute range. Please read your specific supplements directions label carefully to be sure of this.
If i’m trying to lost weight, should I still be using a pre-workout?
Yes. These supplements do no harm your goals in anyway. And can actually help you to achieve them with the increased focus and motivation. Caffeine also has a thermogenic effect, to help boost your metabolism (burn more fat) as well.
If I’m taking a post-workout protein shake, can I still use a pre-workout?
Yes. Post workout supplements, especially protein, should always follow your workouts. Pre-workout supplements will not affect your post workout routine at all.
What are the most beneficial ingredients to look for in a pre-workout?
Creatine, Caffeine, Beta Alanine, Green Tea Extract, Vitamin B3, CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s), L-Tyrosine, D-Glucoronolactone, Raspberry Ketones . If the pre-workout you’re looking at has at least 3 of these, or more, you should be in good shape.
If I’m training in the evening, should I still use one?
You certainly can still use a pre-workout, but be aware of the amount of caffeine you’re specific supplement contains per serving. For example, if you’re working out in the early evening, around 5-6 pm, you should be fine ingesting under 200 mg of caffeine. But if you’re taking more than that, 200mg +, you may have trouble falling asleep that night. Please be aware of your own sensitivity to stimulants. Also, please read the dosage directions.
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