Pre-workout is a supplement used by bodybuilders, athletes and many sportsmen, the one in our photographs, which we’ve been using, is MyPre from MyProtein. It’s a stimulant which assists with your workouts by boosting both your energy and physical performance. It’s that little push you need after a long day at work. The motivation to get out to the gym at 5am. It’s basically the answer to your energy prayers.
Some people find their energy from foods and coffee – but others find it in a tub of Pre-Workout – Keep reading to find out where you should get yours.
What’s in it and How does it work?
It’s basically a lot of caffeine mixed with some Creatine, Beta Alanine, Amino Acids, topped with some vitamins and minerals and finished with a tasty flavour. We’ve bought the Blue Raspberry flavoured MYPre to test out but there are plenty of other flavours which I will tell you about later on.
It may sound more confusing than GCSE science but the key benefits of each ingredient will be the driving force getting you through your workout. Pushing you mentally and physically to keep going.
we all know what caffeine does, most of us drink it daily. In coffee, in tea, in our fizzy drinks, it’s hard to escape it. But why would you want to? Caffeine increases alertness and reactions. It pretty much keeps you running in top form. 2 scoops of Myprotein MyPre provides you with 5.5 cappuccinos worth of coffee – I’m sure the French and Italians drink more than that in one morning.
Is a helpful supplement when working with repetitive powerful movements. If you’re planning to lift heavy, then this supplement really helps with your physical exertion. In Biochemistry terms it’s “involved in the supply of energy for muscular contractions”. It’s basically going to help you get stronger, seriously. Of course, there’re plenty of naysayers who will tell you that’s bull…. But It’s not, and It’s been researched a whole tonne. Those people are just scared of the gains!
Beta Alanine –
If you’ve never had pre-workout before, then this is the ingredient that’s going to really screw with you. It’s well known for giving users a tingle – when I say tingle, I don’t mean a nice little shiver I mean borderline pins and needles. It’s possibly one of the oddest feelings I have felt in my entire life. For the science behind why then you may want to read this, but in layman’s terms, Beta-Alanine delays tiredness and assists with high-intensity exercises.
Vitamins and minerals –
No supplement would be complete without stuffing it full of healthy goodies and that’s exactly what Myprotein have done with this pre-workout. With vitamins B6, B12, Riboflavin and Niacin which all contribute to increasing energy levels and reducing tiredness.
So, what do you get when you combine all those ingredients? An absolute powerhouse of energy and strength! #BeastMode
Is Pre-Workout Safe and what are the side effects
As with everything in the supplement industry, PreWorkout has come under some criticism. You can’t go on any forum without someone telling you to just have a coffee and a banana, and you can try that – some find it a great energy booster, but if you regularly drink coffee you’re probably pretty well adjusted to it and unlikely to feel the benefit. There will always be people who say that supplements are bad for you, you’ve just got to weave past all the crap and find the hard hitting facts, without opinion and speculation.
Like any product high in caffeine MyPre pre-workout isn’t suitable for pregnant and/or breastfeeding women and children under the age of 18. There are no other advisories other than these, though personally if you’ve got a dicky heart I don’t think caffeine is your best bet.
Remember caffeine is a stimulant, so if you’re working out late at night you may find your usual sleep pattern taking a hit. One of the few side effects many people face is struggling to doze off at night and feeling pretty wired around midnight. It all depends on how quickly your body metabolises it.
Any other side effects?
Another question we’ve been asked is “why does pre-workout make you tingle?”. As we explained in the ingredients this is due to the Beta-Alanine a very important ingredient for assisting you with your high-intensity exercise. Depending on the Pre-Workout you use it could also be due to Niacin. Too much Niacin can cause your skin to get red and splotchy and may cause some itchiness, it’s very dramatic but nothing harmless, in fact, many people actually enjoy it.
There is evidence that shows pre-workout is safe when used on a short-term basis. At the end of the day, you don’t want to become dependant. Yes, it’s an awesome tool to have to help you progress with your goals and give you a helping hand when necessary, but if you’re relying on it every day to have a good workout then you should probably sort yourself out and take a little detox – you’ll probably find you’ve built up a lot of resistance to the caffeine and you actually don’t really need it in the first place. The power of suggestion.
In addition to the above it’s also important to remember Pre-Workout is a supplement and it means that. Food supplements, where possible should never be chosen above real, nutritious food. If you’re taking more nutrients from pills and capsules than you are from real food, then you’re doing something severely wrong.
What’s the benefit
You can neck all the coffees in the world, but it’s never going to match the ingredients in pre-workout. Drinking 1-2 scoops of MyPre Pre-workout you’re going to get a burst of energy like no other. To list what you’re getting, here are 10 benefits:
- Reduced Fatigue
- Nutritional supplements
- Increased strength
- Helps build muscles
- Aids fat loss
- Gives focus and drive
This Pre-Workout is epic. The Blue Raspberry flavour MyPre is what we’ve been trialling and it has not disappointed. Let’s start from the top: The Pre-workout comes in a sealed tub, which makes a change from MyProteins usual bags – and actually makes the Pre-Workout look more expensive and grand than some of their other products.
It cost us £12.03 as we managed to get an awesome 30% off deal AND it was already on offer. Usually, it would cost £24.99 – so we blagged an AMAZING deal! You can too, using our MyProtein discount codes.
So, yeah. The taste is pretty unique. You have to mix 1-2 scoops (go easy and take a half scoop if it’s your first time) with 300-400ml of water. I advise you to shake it fiercely as some ingredients blend better than others.
To begin with, the well-blended powders and flavours taste like a great, sweet slush puppy but the further you get down the shaker the more you can taste the powdery taste. The harder you blend, the less you can taste it – but when in doubt imagine you’re necking a jaeger bomb, it gets me through the last couple of sips.
How Does the Pre-Workout Feel?
MyPre made me feel invincible, for real. I was bouncing around the house waiting to get out and go to the gym (and that’s pretty rare). The first time I took it I managed to run 5k in my fastest time – oh yeah, ignore people when they say Pre-Workout is bad for running, it’s definitely not – The 2nd time I took it was for a back and biceps session and I felt like I was partaking in a bodybuilding contest. I was super setting, Tri-setting, anything to keep moving. I lifted bigger weights and generally felt unstoppable, after my usual 40 minutes I just wanted to carry on…
I’m pretty sure the Pre-Workout tingles were part of the reason I kept moving, the more I sweated, the more they seemed to fade away – So I guess they really are a good thing.
Is pre workout necessary and is it worth it?
No, and Yes. They are not necessary if you’re a warrior who can deal with a lack of sleep, work, life and still have the time and energy for a killer gym session. But we mere humans aren’t warriors and many of us cringe at the thought of an energy lacking gym session. And how do you expect to lift heavier and train harder, when you’re constantly underperforming due to lack of energy?
Worth it, Hell Yeah! The buzz is awesome, like no other. You’re not going to get the same from “coffee and a banana”. But why don’t you decide for yourself? Get yourself a tub of MyPre today using our 10% off discount code.
How to take Pre-Workout without the Tingles
Some people love the tingle, others simply can’t stand it. It’s technically called “paresthesia” which sounds a load scarier than it actually is. It’s completely harmless.
The tingle should wear off after around 15 minutes and is caused by the Beta-Alanine, a pretty awesome addition to Pre-Workouts as it helps with your athletic performance, endurance, delays your tiredness and helps with overall strength building, however if you really can’t deal with the tingles you have a few options that could work for you.
- Find a Pre-Workout that doesn’t contain Beta-Alanine, this could be pretty hard but there are a few out there.
- Take some ibuprofen fifteen minutes before your pre-workout
- The more you take the more your body stops reacting to it, this doesn’t mean take loads at a time. but eventually, after continued use, you’ll adapt.
- If you can handle eating before a workout, try taking your Pre-Workout alongside a small meal as this is reported to help many people.
Price and where to buy
The average price for Pre-workouts is between £25 – £35 for 30 servings. Our MyPre from MyProtein cost us £12.03 because Protein Promo gets hold of some pretty awesome MyProtein deals for everyone. However, it’s usually priced at around £24
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