We all need some extra energy to work out, but is this too much?
What is really a pre-workout drink? To put it simple, it’s basically like drinking 10 cups of coffee, and popping a Hydroxycut at the same time. If you have never taken a pre-workout drink, what you see below is what you can expect to happen when you decided to swig one of them down before you hit the gym.
Why do we take it?
Getting to the gym can be hard when you’re tired and over-worked. Many people are using powders that you mix with water and take about half an hour before you work out to get an edge.
Pre-workout supplements offer energy and endurance while working out. With ingredients that are nearly unpronounceable, many health professionals are skeptical.
“They all tend to have the same thing. One is beta alanine, which is great for dilation of blood vessels, and dilation is great for when you exercise; because it gives you great aerobic capacity. It brings blood through the heart,” said said Dr. Christopher Balgobin of Fairview Clinics.
He added: “The other one is alpha keto-glutarate. Another one is a vasodilator. It’s helps you really get pumped up.”
Another main ingredient in these supplements is caffeine.
Some of these products have as much caffeine as three cups of coffee. I’ve heard of products out there that have enough caffeine for 20 cups of coffee. Too much caffeine can lead to heart issues, difficulty sleeping and risk of stroke.
However, the most controversial ingredient in some is 1-3 dimethylamylamine or DMAA.
1-3 dimethylamylamine is essentially like Adderall or Ritalin in a legalized form. The supplement is available over the count still. It was banned by the government to be used in the military, and some professional groups do test for this as a legal substance. What it does: It helps you with focusing and energy…I like to be frank: It’s like crack. It gets you really just gone.
The tough part about some of them that are out there is that they contain both vasodilators and central nervous system or cardiac stimulants. When you combo those two together, that can cause a really heavy load on your heart and your blood pressure.