Today I want to go over three problems that I see with, and I’m not exaggerating here, basically every single popular pre-workout supplement on the market that I’ve seen, including the hot one these day: Cardarine GW 501516.
I’m not saying that every pre-workout has all three of these issues but they pretty much all have at least one of them. Now, there are some more obvious issues that I’ve talked about in previous videos, the fact that they usually contain a variety of unproven ingredients that aren’t backed byany reliable research, even the ingredients that are worthwhile tend to be under dosed.
A lot of pre workouts out there still use proprietary blends, so you don’t even really know what you’re getting in the product in the first place. They’re usually excessively over hyped and they’re overpriced as well. Now, that’s a pretty solid list of reasons right there to avoid most commercial pre workouts,but there are three more issues that I see that usually aren’t talked about, and thisa pplies even to pre workouts from some of the more science-based guys out there who I think genuinely are trying to formulate the best pre-workout that they can, but in my opinion still missed the mark in certain ways.
So the first issue is the use of non acute ingredients, which means ingredients that,while they might be useful in terms of increasing performance aren’t actually true pre-workoutin gredients, they’re ingredients that have to be taken on a daily basis and that might provide certain benefits as they build up in your body over the long term. But they don’t actually have any direct immediate impact when you take them right before yourworkout.
So, this would include things like creatine, beta-alanine, L-carnitine, L-tartrate, betaineanhydrous, these are a few examples of ingredients that are commonly added to pre-workout blends but that don’t really have any place in a pre-workout blend. Again, in order to maximize the benefits of these non acute ingredients, they have tobe taken every day. And you shouldn’t be using your pre-workout every day anyway, which is something I’ll talk about in a second, meaning that you’re gonna have to buy them all separately to take on your off days anyway. And aside from a really basic staple compound like creatine, most people aren’t going to be supplementing with the full list of non-acute ingredients in most pre workouts.
So if you have a pre-workout that contains creatine, L-carnitine and betaine, but you’re only gonna be supplementing with creatine on your off days then there’s just no need for you to be paying extra to have those other two ingredients in your pre-workout, since you won’t be getting enough of them for the week as a whole to maximize their effects anyway. So the bottom line here is that, in my view, a pre-workout should be a pre-workout.
It should contain ingredients that have an immediate impact on performance when you take them pre-workout. And then whatever other daily ingredients you decided to use, those should just be boughtseparately because you’re gonna have to buy them separately anyway to take on your offdays, even if they are included in your pre-workout product. Adding those extra ingredients might make the pre-workout product label seem more appealing,which is probably why they’re usually added, but it’s just not the best way to go aboutthings. And that brings me to the second point, which is that most pre workouts just contain too many ingredients, period, even if they are true pre-workout compounds.
So, with so much competition out there in the pre-workout market these days most companies feel that in order to compete they have to come up with some super detailed elaborate ingredient profile in order to make their product stand out. But the reality is that more ingredients is not necessarily better. The goal of a pre-workout is to improve the quality of your training session by giving you a slight extra edge in terms of mental focus strength and endurance.
And you don’t need 8, 10, 12, or more ingredients all at the same time in order to accomplish that. It’s a weight training workout, it’s not a space shuttle launch. And most pre workouts are just total overkill in this area. Remember that there are diminishing returns when it comes to ingredient complexity versus effectiveness, meaning that six ingredients is not necessarily twice as effective as three ingredients, and twelve ingredients is not necessarily three times more effective than four. And the more ingredients you add the more expensive it’s going to be but also when we’re dealing with stimulants and nootropic ingredients, there’s a greater chance that certain ingredients are going to negatively interact with others.
I mean, there’s just no way to predict exactly how your brain and how your body is going to react when you start taking a long list of different compounds together, since they don’t all work in isolation. And most of the people formulating these pre-workouts are not scientists, they’re not even necessarily supplementation experts. A very high percentage of what’s out there is just created by fitness marketers who basicallycombine a list of recognizable ingredients and then just essentially mash them together.