Have pre-workout drinks, like NO Xplode and Jack 3D, left you with no more energy than before you drank them? I have heard countless people tell me they wasted their money on pre-workout drinks that don’t do anything for them. Every once in a while I experience this same “lack of energy” after taking my Jack 3D, NO Xplode or other type of pre-workout energy supplement.
There is one thing that you have to remember when consuming pre-workout supplements. They are supplements. They supplement your existing diet/exercise routine. If you are eating right and getting enough sleep then they will aid you in your strength gains. If your diet sucks and you never sleep then you are wasting your money and you won’t get any stronger.
Here are 8 things that can kill your pre-workout energy drink buzz:
Like I said before, your supplements are supplemental to your existing diet. Pre-workout drinks are the most effective when your body has nutrition in it. If you eat a healthy lunch and go to the gym 3 hours later then you will feel great. Your lunch will have time to metabolize before you work out and your body will then be ready to absorb the caffeine, arginine, creatine and other supplements. Taking pre-workout drinks on an empty stomach is good as long as you are not malnourished.
80% of your bodybuilding happens in your sleep. When your at the gym you are not building muscle tissue you are tearing it down. Your body repairs its self while you sleep. That is why it is important to have some kind of nutrition before going to bed. Like a protein shake.
Without going into the science of it. Water is the main thing that delivers nutrients to the tissues in your body. If you don’t drink enough water then your pre-workout drink will have diminished effects. And make you jittery while at the gym. Drink a lot of water!
- Full Stomach
If your body is already working to digest a big meal then it won’t absorb your supplements. The more food in your stomach the less of an affect your energy drink will have. All of you drinkers out there might be able to relate to this.
- Waiting Too Long Before Workout
Most pre-workout drinks have instruction on the bottle to take your supplements 30-45 minutes before working out. If you wait too long then the affects of the caffeine and other stuff will wear off. It is generally unhealthy to let this stuff sit in your system with out doing anything.
- Too Much Caffeine in Your Diet
Consuming too much caffeine can cause fatigue. A lot of people have a morning routine of consuming caffeinated drinks to keep them awake at work and school. If you do this in combination with a pre-workout drink routine you will find yourself tired and fatigued all of the time. For more on this read my other article “Jack-3D Pre-Workout with Energy Drink Causes Fatigue”
- Pre-Workout Drink Tolerance
Afer taking any kind of supplement for an extended period of time your body will build a tolerance for it. Cycle off your supplements periodically and your body will stay receptive to the drugs.
- Crowded Gym
The biggest buzz kill when going to the gym is having too many people there. If you are an avid gym goer then you dread working out after 4:00PM Monday-Thursday. Unfortunately that’s when everyone is getting out off work and school and everyone and their mother is working out. By the time I can find a bench press or squat rack my pre-workout drink has lost it’s effect.