Pre Workout Side Effects You Can Expect!
Pre work out side effects can vary.
It all depends on what kind of a pre-workout you drink.
- You can look at all of these pre workout drinks in one way, they are nothing but a ton of caffeine.
Once scoop of a pre workout is like drinking 3 coffee’s or more.
You get all fired up to hit the weights, you come home, and eventually crash.
Pre Workout Side Effects Anxiety
Pre workout drinks can cause anxiety!
- What pre workouts really do, is release endorphins from your system, which is basically serotonin from your adrenal gland. What does this mean? It means that your brain releases happy juices, and makes your crazy and awake.
This why pre workout drinks can also causes anxiety and can lead to depression.
Pre Workout Side Effects – DEPRESSION
After you continue to use pre workout drinks, your system gets used to it and you need more for the same effect.
- Kind of like a person that drinks 10 coffee’s a day.
The body is used to the amount of caffeine from 1 cup, so you need more over time to get the same effect.
- What this does, is mess up your natural production of serotonin, and you can damage it permanently with long term use. It’s very similar to taking steroids and screwing up your natural production of testosterone.
The same effects can happen with talking pre workouts long term and depression.
Pre Workout Supplement Dangers
Pre workouts are not really healthy for you and there are dangers, as I mentioned above.
- There can be a chemical imbalance in your system that can cause emotional instability.
- It can also play a significant role on your heart. Depending on how you react to caffeine, it can have a pretty big impact on you. Some people have even ended up in the hospital due to caffeine overdose.
You will be in a good mood for 1 hour a day, and pissed and tired for the rest of the day.
Not to mention how many times you’ll be going to the bathroom to take a leak from the crazy amount of caffeine your pre workout has.
Here are some basic side effects from pre workouts that can be, not so fun.
- Vomiting – (if you take too much of the crap, you will get sick)
- Tingling/numbness in the face, lips, or extremities
- Cramps – (caffeine dehydrates you)
- Headaches (caffeine withdrawal)
- Flushed and red skin
- Trouble sleeping – (crazy amount of caffeine)
- Itching (there are ingredients that make your face itch)
- High blood pressure
- Kidney damage
- Chest pain
So now that you know what to expect, you still want to take it right! Yes, because you want to get jacked!
Pre Workout Side Effects Are Not As Strong As Steroids!
And that is the reason people take them!
- There is just the fact, that you will get used to it, and it’s not that healthy for you.
Look at it as taking a drug, or your first cup of coffee, or your first beer. Its fun, woo hoo! Then you need more beer, more caffeine, more drugs to get the same feeling.
- Too much of anything is not good for you, and what you get from the start with a pre workout, is too much caffeine. Yes you can overdose on caffeine.
To make the long story short, without getting into crazy details about what proprietary blend is, these drinks are just mostly garbage and a form of a drug.
Only Take 1 Serving Per Workout To Avoid Unwanted Side Effects
- Do not take the damn thing every single day, you will become a miserable angry asshole. Then you need to drink A LOT of water so you flush it out of your system throughout the day and after your workout.
You will have the same exact effect and the boost you are looking for, by drinking some coffee before the gym.
- If you drink one cup, or a shot or even a double shot of espresso, it will have the same effect.
This is possible because your system is not used to that much caffeine now after you stop taking the pre workout drinks.
- I know you love it and you will take it, and continue taking it, so this is just to tell you what is really going on.
You will have a great workout, you will have a shitty day probably, and go to the bathroom a million times.
Not to mention what happens after you take your protein shake.
What Are The Best Pre-Workout Drinks?
There are many different pre-workout drinks out there.
Some of them are cheaper, some of them are more expensive, and some of them are also illegal!
Those are probably the best ones if you are only looking at the stimulation, not the bad side effects.
- If you are younger than 25 years old, you probably never had the experience of trying Jack3d.
And you are lucky! This was, allegedly, the best pre-workout drink on the market, by far.
Everybody used to buy this pre-workout, and the company earned a fortune on this product alone.
It was the ultimate pre-workout. It was so strong that it would make your workouts feel like a war zone.
- You couldn’t to a regular gym workout after trying this supplement.
This product would give you an unstoppable desire to crush the weights, and everyone on your way.
“Jack3d was so strong, that it eventually got banned after being tested and proven to contain some illegal substances that were not FDA approved.”
That is what made it so strong. If you looked at the label you could have seen normal ingredients.
- The ones that you can find in pretty much every pre-workout. Of course, they did not label this illegal substance that made it so strong.
I am sure you already made a pretty good guess of what it was. Yes, it was amphetamine.
To be more precise, an amphetamine derivative. DMAA(1.3 Dimethylamylamine).
It was originally used for fat loss purposes, but later it was very efficient for strength purposes as well.
- After several deaths, this product was banned.
People got addicted to it, just like they would with a regular drug.
- Would you try it if you had an opportunity?
If you just wanted to get stronger and more aggressive by any cost, then sure. But would it be worth it? Probably not.
A lot of young people are sad that they haven’t had a chance to buy this product, but it definitely a good thing that they didn’t!
Are Pre-Workout Drinks Bad For You!
Yes, they are! The only way that they could be harmless is if you used them a few times in a year.
If you use them regularly, a few times a week, you will have negative side effects.
A single cup of coffee usually contains about 100g of caffeine, and an average pre-workout drink has 4-5 times that amount.
- Many people take a double, or even triple dose. After some time, one dose will not do anything for you.
You will become immune to it, and your body will adapt.
Now, imagine drinking 15 cups of coffee at the time. Does that seem healthy to you?
- Of course, it is not. It stimulates the production of adrenaline and serotonin.
Adrenaline makes your blood pressure higher, and elevates your heart rate.
But let’s put health aside.
If you are a bodybuilder, you probably don’t care much about health. The question is, would it hinder your muscle gaining process?
The answer is yes, it would.
Putting that amount of caffeine in your body will be very stressful.
- There is no way your body can be ok with this, it will affect you and it will affect you negatively.
When stress happens, your body’s defense mechanism is to start producing cortisol.
Your cortisol levels get elevated.
How Can Cortisol Secretion Make Your Muscles Smaller?
Cortisol will literally eat your muscles, as it breaks down protein.
If you consistently use too much pre-workout, you will lift a bit heavier and you will be more aggressive in the gym.
But, unless you are a performance athlete and you are using it only pre-competition, do not do it.
- It is not worth it. It will give more problems than gains on the long run.
A Cup Of Coffee For Prior To Your Workout Is Fine!
Ideally, you would drink it only once a week before a very important workout. The more you use it, the more you will need to increase the dose!
In the end, you would turn to a caffein addict.
- Be careful with the pre-workouts! They are not as cool as they may seem.
Can You Get Addicted To Pre-Workout Drinks?
Yes, you can. Caffeine is officially considered a drug, a drug that is legal.
Here is how you can get addicted to it.
There is a chemical known as adenosine that accumulates in your brain.
- When you get tired throughout the day, adenosine is binding to the receptors in your brain.
This makes you feel tired and sleepy.
The longer you are awake, the more adenosine is accumulated, and more tired you feel.
As you may have guessed, when you are sleeping, adenosine slowly goes away, making you feel less and less tired.
The thing with pre-workouts is that they have a big amount of caffeine.
And caffeine is amazingly similar to adenosine by structure.
When it gets into your system, it competes with adenosine, and wins!
Takes its place and your brain receptors are taken by caffeine.
- But caffeine is not adenosine, so the feeling of fatigue disappears because of that.
After a long time of caffeine usage, your brain defends itself.
Like any other part of your body, it adapts. How does it adapt?
By creating more adenosine receptors.
You will always have enough adenosine, don’t worry about that.
- But what happens when you don’t have enough caffeine to bind to these new receptors?
You feel even more tired. You then try to get rid of this tired feeling, by consuming more caffeine.
That is how you get addicted.
Can You Die From Caffeine?
Yes, you can, but you would have to take roughly 14.000mg of it.
Which would be about 30 scoops of an average pre-workout drink. So do not do that obviously!
There have not been many deaths from caffeine of course, but some people are just way more sensitive to it than others.
Take a person who has a heart condition, combine it with a caffeine overdose, and you have yourself a problem.
- We all know that caffeine increases you heart rate. When that happens, you are at a higher risk of getting a heart attack.
Caffeine sensitive individuals should stay clear of these drinks, and also any large amounts of caffeine, if any.
What’s In Pre-Workout Drinks?
The main ingredient would be caffeine. Everything else is just extra junk.
Some people think it is not worth buying them when you can just buy coffee.
When you are buying a pre-workout supplement, better take a look at the label.
- What else does it have besides caffeine?
There is basically a bunch of random stuff in there which is a waste of money.
Many supplement companies are add artificial flavors, and a few other cheap ingredients to caffeine.
You are basically paying for a fancy super strong coffee in a different color.
- Aside from its main ingredient of caffeine, pre-workouts may also contain other substances.
The common ones include creatine monohydrate, beta-alanine, citrulline, sodium bicarbonate, bcaa’s(branch chained amino acids – valine, leucine, and isoleucine), nitrate and arginine.
Do Pre-Workout Drinks Make You Bigger?
Stronger means bigger, right? Well yes, but it is not that black and white.
In order to grow muscle, you do need to stress the muscle with heavy weights and make them adapt to the new stress.
When you take a pre-workout, you feel stronger and you typically lift heavier. This is because you have more energy.
Does this mean new muscle gains?
If it came without any side effects, then the answer is yes. But unfortunately it does come with side effects.
Taking Pre-Workout Supplements Puts Stress On Your Body!
Your body doesn’t like stress.
The massive amounts of caffeine as we discussed, is what causes the stress.
Drinking a pre-workout drink will not make you bigger. You have to go to the gym.
- Your body gets adapted to anything, and massive amounts of foreign chemicals can never be that good for you.
Pre Workout Supplements Conclusion
Pre-workout supplements are so popular because they work. It’s a huge industry!
To put it in simplest terms, these supplements make you go to the gym, and give you crazy energy.
They are a drug. Do you need to take them? Absolutely not.
- Most people do not care much about health, until something happens to them.
There have not been any crazy long studies on pre-workout drinks and how they effect you, so there is not much research to back the theory that they are bad.
Because of that, there is also no evidence that they are not dangerous.