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Pre-Workouts - Essential or a Fad?
01October/2015

Pre-Workouts - Essential or a Fad?

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By Jon Davie

FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS SUPPLEMENT COMPANIES AROUND THE WORLD HAVE BEEN REAPING THE REWARDS FROM ONE OF THE BIGGEST PRODUCTS TO HIT THE SUPPLEMENT MARKET SINCE PROTEIN POWDERS: THE PRE-WORKOUT.

Pre-workouts are fast becoming one of the largest-selling products in the industry, surpassing products like creatine and even coming close to the total sales of thermogenics.

I have spoken with many of the larger supplement store chains in Australia and all of them reported a boom in pre-workout sales since ‘No Explode’ found its way onto Australian shelves a few years ago. So are pre-workouts all they are hyped up to be? Are they just an ‘add on’ to your supplement list or an essential supplement to take to maximise your workout?

I firmly believe anything that gives you a boost, helps you train harder, lift heavy and intensify your workout is an extremely important and powerful tool to have in your arsenal. There are many people out there who debate the ingredients, their safety and whether there is a performance benefit, especially products containing DMAA and similar stimulants. However, let’s say that in the perfect world we created a perfect pre-workout. All the ingredients in this pre-workout were safe, and that product switched you on, got you hyped and made you power through your session at a higher rate than you usually would. If that was the case we would say that is was an essential product if you were serious about maximising each and every session, right? Now, we all know athletes push the boundaries when it comes to getting the edge and in most cases use products, supplements based on theory, or even a hunch. In many cases it takes science years to catch up with research and studies to legitimise the benefits of that supplement. Athletes want what’s cutting edge now; they’re not going to sit around watching others trial products waiting for the research to catch up.

I think we do have an issue with all stimulatory products: sucking down five coffees or four Red Bulls a day is not doing you any favours health-wise. Nor will throwing down a couple of pre-workouts through the day for a pick-me-up. Educate yourself about some of the ingredients and whether they will be of benefit to you during your workout. Ingredients such as DMAA will come and go, that is the nature of the supplement industry: always trying to come up with the next best thing. I am sure there is a new ingredient being worked on right now that we will see hitting the shelves soon. That is evolution.

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