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Best Time To Take
Your Pre-Workout Supplement
You might be thinking, the best time to
take a pre-workout supplement is right before your workout? Right? Well,
actually no! In order for it to work just in time for your training session,
you need to take different types of pre-workouts at different times. Below, we
are going to cover the 3 types of pre-workout supplements and when best to
When we spoke to the guys at Supplement
Express, they told us that this
category of pre-workouts are the most popular among both
bodybuilders and everyday gym patrons. These type of pre-workouts are generally
more focused on less ingredients and more stimulating ingredients that you
actually feel. In comparison to some other supplements where they help increase
performance but you may not feel an energy / mood boost. In the concentrated
version of these supplements you will feel a boost in energy (physically), as
well as the energy in your mind (focus, motivation, concentration). The best
time to take these type of pre-workout supplements is 15 minutes before your
workout, leaving enough time for the supplement to kick in just around the gym
you arrive at the gym. As these products usually have a lot of stimulants, it
generally take 15-20 minutes to take full effect, so make sure you get to the
gym on time!
These pre-workouts focus on a range of
ingredients that each contribute to an increase in performance, while also
helping to manage recovery. They have a bigger range of ingredients then
concentrated pre-workouts, sometime double and tripling their range. In the
non-concentrated supplements you get less of a mood boost and more ingredients
to help with endurance and explosive energy. As these ingredients are less
stimulant focused they generally take a little bit longer to come into effect.
Non-concentrated pre-workout supplements should be take 30 minutes before your
workout / training session. This leaves enough time for your body to ingest its
ingredients and for you to reap the performance benefits.
Pre-workouts that are either made entirely
of carbohydrates or a mix of both
carbohydrates and energy enhancing ingredients, take more time to take affect
then both non-concentrated and concentrated versions of pre-workout
supplements. Most of the supplements in this category contain complex
carbohydrates, which are known for their long lasting stream of energy. Because
of this, these pre-workouts need to be taken 45 minutes before training. This
gives the carbohydrate enough time to be semi-digested and ready to provide a
constant stream of usable energy throughout a competition or training program.
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