It’s Muscle Monday again, and I hope everyone enjoyed the last post – not to mention had a great Memorial Day last week; I know I enjoyed mine with the family. This time around I thought I’d let you guys in on something – I’m a firm believer of not paying for off the shelf pre-workout.
That’s not to say I don’t believe in pre-workout.
I just don’t believe everything they put in pre-workout is necessary.
Let’s get started.
Before supplements could be bought in bulk, you basically had to head down to your local store and fork out a ridiculous amount of money to the middle man that separated you from the main supplement supplier. These days, things are a little different, and a lot better – the internet and ecommerce 2.0 allows you to pick and choose what you want out of your supplement intake, while giving you valuable feedback on what works, what’s bunk, and what’s changed, all through reviews.
I’ve said it before in my books – we are our own guinea pigs – so wouldn’t you want to make sure that you’re experimenting with the right stuff for your body?
Those of you who have bought my guides and have been reading this blog for a while now know that I’m all about stripping away the inessential. When I look at the ingredients list of what they put in pre-workouts these days, well…there’s a lot of inessential.
There’s no single “perfect” pre-workout, as every batch should really be tailored for what you’re looking to accomplish – and I find that in my experience, workout nutrition is one of the biggest things people screw up on.
Personally, I change what’s in my pre-workout mixes depending on what I’m doing that day…so if you’re getting tired of shelling out for a one-size-fits-all pre-workout shake every 30 days, here’s a bare bones recipe I use, adding to it as I go along. The supplements don’t cost much and if you workout 4-6 days a week, they’ll last you for around 2 months, if you’re buying decent sized bags (read “not sample sizes”).
The Best Damn Bare Bones Pre Workout Formula
Makes: One pre workout drink.
Prep Time: 2-3 minutes.
Cook Time: You’re kidding, right?
Total Time: 3 minutes.
Items Needed: A glass, or anything really, to put it in.
- 2 g Beta Alanine
- 2 g Taurine
- 5 g Citrulline Malate
- 1 Effervescent Vitamin C Tablet
- 250 / 8 oz mL Water
- Toss all your ingredients into a glass or shaker bottle, except the water.
- Now add your water.
- Wait for the tablet to finish fizzing.
- Down it.
- Get changed and head to the gym.
There are a plethora (ooo big word again) of benefits to this pre-workout formula.
As I’ve mentioned before, Beta Alanine and Taurine work as antagonist to each other and help with your strength, explosive strength to get specific. Citrulline Malate and Malic Acid help with the endurance side of things, helping you go harder for longer. I find it’s always good to start with Citrulline Malate and Malic Acid, and continue with it, as mentioned in my post about intra-workout nutrition.
And lastly, the Vitamin C tablets accomplish two fold, making all this taste good (because otherwise, it’s really fucking tart – we’re talking Puckerville tart), while giving you an immune system boost just before your workout. Like juice concentrates, opt for the sugar over sugar free juice concentrates – sugar free usually means more chemical crap.
There is some conflict as to whether or not to take Vitamin C around your workout time as it diminishes Testosterone – but I beg to differ. If you get most of your nutrition right, the effects of Vitamin C against T are marginal, at best.
Always remember – keep it simple, stupid.
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