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Published by Kieran
Last Updated on July 5, 2022

The Truth About Pre-Workout: Should You Be Taking It?

No, you don't need a pre-workout. Some people have trouble getting their energy up on days they don't work out, and sometimes it's because they just need to eat more. Your body will crave extra fuel if you don't give it what it needs. Just make sure your meals contain fiber and protein to give you long-lasting energy.

You've probably heard all the hype and seen the incredible results, but if you are new to pre-workout supplements then you may not be aware of some potential side effects that can occur. This isn't a guide on how not to use pre-workout, just some things to consider before making your final decision.

Pre-workout is the most important supplement for athletes. Pre-workout helps to improve performance, endurance, and power. They are also effective in increasing muscle strength and size.

Amino Acids

The body can create most of the amino acids it needs. But some amino acids, called essential amino acids, must be taken into the body through food or supplements. The eight essential amino acids are:

  • Histidine
  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Lysine
  • Methionine and Cysteine (Biosynthesis)


Creatine is an amino acid that helps with muscle growth, muscle recovery, and muscle endurance. It's found in your body naturally, but you can also take it as a supplement.


Caffeine is a natural stimulant that can help you push past the normal limits of your body's endurance. This means that caffeine could help you run farther and faster than usual, which is why many runners take it before their morning workouts. It also has the added benefit of suppressing appetite for a few hours after consumption, so you will not feel as hungry during your run (which might tempt you to stop at a fast-food place for an unhealthy snack). Caffeine also helps sharpen focus, making it easier for people who are new to working out or just feeling unmotivated on any given day.

Caffeine comes in many forms, including coffee beans and tea leaves but is more commonly found in processed foods such as sodas and energy drinks

Important For Workout

Pre-workout supplements are essential for athletes and bodybuilders. They are a great way to increase your workout performance and help you reach your fitness goals faster.

Pre-workouts have many benefits such as increased muscle strength, endurance, size, and fat loss.

The main ingredients in pre-workouts are creatine monohydrate (creatine) beta-alanine taurine caffeine L-tyrosine l-leucine HMB Beta-Alanine Citrulline malate Glutamine Beta-Alanine Lactic acid complex Arginine AKG Creatine Nitrate Beta-Alanine L-Glutamine Betaine Glycocyamine Alpha-Ketoglutarate Carnosyn* Citrulline malate Lactotripeptides Glucono delta lactone Agmatine sulfate* Caffeic Acid

I want to talk today about a common theme that you should be aware of when it comes to using pre-workout supplements. This is particularly relevant to those who are new to using them, but it may help even if you have been using them for some time.

Pre-workouts are great because they help you work out harder and make the most of your time spent in the gym. They give your body what it needs to put on muscle and burn fat. But did you know these ingredients can also cause other side effects?

'I don't feel as strong'

If you are experiencing this, it may be time to reassess what type of pre-workout supplement is right for you. It could be that the brand that you have been using for so long has become ineffective and it's time for an upgrade. The great thing about supplements is that there are new ones on the market all the time, so if one isn't working anymore, just find another!

You have probably read the 'pre-workout horror stories' from people who post on Reddit or forums...

You have probably read the 'pre-workout horror stories' from people who post on Reddit or forums. You might have a friend who swears by his pre-workout and wants to know if you should try it. Before you do, let's take a look at what these users might be doing wrong and how to avoid these mistakes when taking your own pre-workout supplement.

  • Beware of overtraining: If you are new to lifting weights, it is important that you don't train too many days per week or overdo it with the intensity of your workouts. This could lead to overtraining syndrome (OTS), which can cause serious health issues if left untreated for long periods of time.* Be careful about what supplements you take: Many people are unaware of how much caffeine is actually in their pre-workout or energy drink powders so make sure that you're reading labels before purchasing any products with high amounts of caffeine just so they don't cause negative side effects like heart palpitations or dizziness.* Mindful supplement use: Make sure not only what but also why before taking any kind of supplement because they all contain different ingredients which may react differently depending on each person's body chemistry - especially when taken together!

"I had a crazy tingling sensation and felt like I was going to die"

This feeling is called "neurogenic shock." It's caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure, which leads to less oxygen being delivered to the brain. If you've ever had a panic attack or felt light-headed after running, you know what this feels like.

If this is your first time taking pre-workout and you've never had that feeling before, it could be because one of these things happened:

  • You didn't get enough sleep
  • You ate too much sugar
  • You didn't eat enough protein (especially from animal sources)
  • You weren't drinking enough water

"Pre Workout made me fall asleep during my leg workout, now I am scared"

We don't mean to alarm you, but this is something that many of us have experienced at least once. The number one reason why people say they feel tired after their workout is because they didn't eat enough food before the workout. If this is you, chances are you had a big lunch and now your body just needs some time to digest it all before it can give 100% during your workout.

If this doesn’t sound right for you then maybe try sleeping in an extra 30 minutes or so for the next few days leading up to your workouts? It may not be as effective as taking a pre-workout but at least it will help get those muscles ready for action!

"I got pins and needles in my mouth and wanted to vomit after one scoop of Pre-Workout!"

You are not alone if you have had this happen to you. This is a common side effect of pre-workout, and it's caused by the stimulants in the pre-workout. It can be alarming at first, but as long as you're not experiencing any other symptoms like chest pain or difficulty breathing, it is not dangerous and will pass after a few minutes.

The body reacts to stimulants differently depending on who is taking them (e.g., age and gender).

The reason for pins and needles in your mouth may be due to the fact that your body has been trained to relax when you do certain activities (like reading), so when we put caffeine in our system with no warning signs beforehand (no tea or coffee), it causes an imbalance between our mind & body which then results in pins & needles sensations throughout one's entire system including their mouth!

When things like this happen people tend to blame the product they are using, but often if you dig a little deeper into the story there is usually something else going on behind the scenes. It's not necessarily what you think! The supplement is not always at fault.

When starting any new workout regimen it's important to note that your body is changing and adjusting during this time. You will begin to notice that some days you feel good while others might be more difficult for whatever reason, which is totally normal! I've been working out for years now and even today when I take my pre-workout supplement on a day when I'm feeling tired or sore from previous workouts or events my energy levels don't go up quite as much as usual....which isn't necessarily a bad thing! If anything it shows me just how well my body has adjusted over time because even though it may seem like less of an effect than usual one thing remains true: My body knows exactly what exercise does for me so every day in some way shape or form we both benefit from each other 🙂

1. Your Mind Says You Can’t Lift Without Pre-Workout

There’s a lot of truth to the idea that your mind is a powerful tool. If you think you can lift without pre-workout and then go about doing it, chances are, you will be able to lift without pre-workout. On the other hand, if you think that lifting without a pre-workout is impossible and even consider giving up because of this belief, then chances are high that you won’t be able to lift without it.

What I mean by “lifting” here is going into the gym knowing exactly what you want to do (and how) and having the confidence that your body will react as expected when executing those movements correctly (and having an effective routine).

2. A Quick Glycogen Lesson

Glycogen is the stored form of glucose in your body. It's found in muscle and liver cells, which provides a quick source of energy when you need it. When you exercise, your body uses glycogen as fuel.

When you're done working out, your muscles are depleted of glycogen and need time to recover—that's why it's important to rest after exercising and refuel with food before heading back out for another sweat session!

3. Is Your Nutrition On-Point?

You can't gain muscle, build strength and increase endurance without eating a well-balanced diet. If your nutrition isn't on point, you will not recover as fast from workouts. You won't feel good, which means you won't have the energy to train hard. This can negatively impact how frequently you work out, which slows down your progress even more. The typical pre-workout drink does nothing for hunger or cravings, so if your diet isn’t in check it can cause problems with weight management too!

4. Are You Sleeping Enough?

It’s often said that “if you aren't getting enough sleep, then your body is broken”.

  • Sleep is important for hormone regulation. When our hormones are out of whack, we don't feel like ourselves and our performance suffers as a result.
  • It's also important for cognitive function and mood management—both of which can be affected by a lack of sleep.
  • Lastly, sleep is crucial for stress management (which we just discussed). When you don't get enough shut-eye at night it can make your body produce cortisol more than usual—and that's not good!

5. It Won’t Last Forever

Don't get me wrong, pre-workout is a great thing. It can help you reach your goals faster and make working out more fun. But it's not something that you should rely on upon forever. If you do, then the effects will stop being as strong and you'll need to take more of it to get the same result. Eventually, no matter how much pre-workout you take (even if it's just once), your body will build up a tolerance and need more and more of it just to feel normal again. If this happens before you're ready for a break from the pre-workout routine—like if it takes off during finals week or something—then bad things could happen! Your heart rate might increase too much, causing serious problems like seizures or even death.

Final Thoughts

So, let's review what we've covered. You have a lot of options when it comes to pre-workout supplements and these are just some that we've seen work well for us. We hope that you take this knowledge with you as you continue to train hard, eat right and sleep well so that you can reach your goals faster than ever before!


In conclusion, we hope this post has helped you understand some of the reasons why your pre-workout may not be working and what you can do to fix them. If there is one thing to take away from all this it would be that if you feel like something isn't right with how your body is responding then don't just blame the product. Make sure you are getting all the proper nutrients into your diet so that you can give yourself every advantage possible when training hard!

About the author
Published by Kieran
A star athlete during his school days, Kieran quickly excelled at sports and in particular; football. Kieran's true passion lies in home exercise equipment, and so was was built as a source for all of Kieran's thoughts to be put down on a medium. Here he guides you through various nuances of working out at home, tips, guides, reviews and more.The only other thing Kieran enjoys more than working out, is writing about it.
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