by Will Grumke December 15, 2020 5 min read
We have all had those days … you get off work, and it’s time to go to the gym...
But you're exhausted, both mentally and physically, from your day.
Or maybe you work out first thing in the morning, and it takes everything you have to skip the snooze button and get out of bed.
Although there are times when you are super motivated to hit a workout, but just want to make sure you perform at the highest level.
All of these scenarios are cases where the right pre-workout could definitely come in handy.
Regardless of your workout or your goal, getting in exercise is a key component of living a healthy lifestyle, while improving your results.
With all of the different options out there, how do you know which one is right for you?
The good thing is, we know not every situation is the exact same, which is why we have multiple options for you to choose from.
This is a very “it depends” question. It depends on the type of workout, intensity, duration, and overall goal of your workout.
There are pre-workouts that are solely based around giving you energy on the days you need it...
While others may have no caffeine, with the goal being to improve your performance during the workout.
Finding the right pre-workout for you may be relatively easy, or may take some experimentation.
However, I am going to break down our pre-workouts, shedding some light as to which could be best for you.
This is the all-around Swiss Army knife of pre-workouts.
First off, it has caffeine to help give you the energy you need on the days you are dragging ... along with an ingredient called Teacrine, that can help enhance your energy and focus.
Also, Project-1 contains Citrulline Malate and Agmatine Sulfate. These two are responsible for improving nitric oxide levels. This can help increase the blood and oxygen flow into the muscle. If you enjoy a nice "pump", this is where it comes from.
Plus, it even has a full dose of BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine) to help prevent muscle breakdown.
For strength and endurance, it has 5 grams of Creatine Monohydrate, and 2400 mg of Beta-Alanine. These can help your body to buffer lactic acid, fight off fatigue, which helps you push past your limits.
Project-1 is a phenomenal option for people who want to push their weight training workout to the next level!
A good way to describe Megawatt is, versatile. It is great for any athletic activity, helping to boost your energy and focus.
Using all-natural energy sources to help give you the extra boost and focus that is great for early mornings or after work.
Megawatt contains natural caffeine, B vitamins, and nootropics to ensure you’re dialed in for your workouts.
We also added electrolytes to help decrease muscle fatigue, fight off cramps, and even improve mental capacity when pushing through a tough workout.
Megawatt can be a phenomenal option for lifting, cross-training, cardio, and even endurance training.
Basically, whenever you need that extra boost, but don’t want to take in too much caffeine ... Megawatt could be a great choice!
Let’s get into the pre-workout drink that is strictly for the purpose of improving performance. Containing zero caffeine or any other stimulants, AlphaCre HD is great for any type of training.
It is based around Beta-Alanine and Creatine Monohydrate, both of which can help with endurance and strength in the gym.
This can allow you to have more in the tank, as well as a higher output when it comes to your power and explosiveness.
More specifically, creatine monohydrate is added to help with faster regeneration of ATP (fuel source used for short, high intense exercise).
Beta-Alanine buffers lactic acid during training. It can help with lifting, sprinting, aerobic capacity, or any explosive movement during a workout.
It is a great pre-workout to take on its own, as well as for workouts that are later at night ... since it has no caffeine.
AlphaCre HD can also be added to any other pre-workout drink to improve your performance during any given training session.
So, whether you are the traditional weightlifter, an athlete working on performance, or you're training for an endurance event, AlphaCre HD is a great pre-workout drink option that can help you perform at your best!
This is another non-stimulant pre-workout that we offer at 1st Phorm.
The main focus of AlphaSurge DRV is to help with blood flow, oxygen, nutrient, and water delivery to the muscle cell.
It incorporates ingredients like glycerol, agmatine, and l-norvaline, which is what creates this effect.
In addition, AlphaSurge DRV has nootropic compounds to improve focus, and the mind-muscle connection. This can allow you to really feel every movement to its full potential while training.
This is definitely a great product for the lifter who is wanting to enhance the “pump”, and really push their limits.
Plus, it's another great option for a workout any time during the day or night, since it has no caffeine, and can also be added to other pre-workouts!
Now that we covered the benefits of each pre-workout, hopefully you can determine which one is right for you.
As I stated earlier, you may nail it down the first try, or you may try a couple of different options before you find the one that's best for you.
As for me, I know over the years, I have changed my goals, my training, and time of day that I workout...
Which also meant that I've needed to switch up my drink of choice.
There is nothing wrong with experimenting with different combos, or going back and forth from multiple options.
I also want to cover some frequently asked questions:
Typically, I recommend taking it approximately 30 minutes before a workout.
There is no “set” time, and you will find out over time what exactly works best for you.
That is solely up to the individual. Many people that I've talked to like to eat 1-2 hours prior to their workout, since they don’t want to feel full while they exercise.
For me, I recommend focusing on getting some carbs and protein 1 to 2 hours before training in most situations. Then, I follow up my workout with a post-workout shake every time!
I would always err on the side of caution first and say to stay away from other caffeine sources if your pre-workout drink is caffeinated.
I would also recommend an assessment phase with any caffeinated supplement, which would mean starting with a half-dose the first time you use it.
In closing, if you have any more questions about which pre-workout is right for you, or if you could benefit from a pre-workout at all, please reach out to our Customer Loyalty Team for help.
They are fully NASM Certified Personal Trainers and Fitness Nutrition Specialists, and would be more than happy to help answer any and all questions you may have.
Will Grumke is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Certified Nutrition Coach, NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, NASM Certified Weight Loss Specialist, NASM Certified Behavioral Change Specialist, and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.