Mental Addiction to Pre-Workout Supplements

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    Jun 07, 2012 8:40 PM GMT
    I've been taking C4 for the past month or so and I'm starting to become concerned with becoming mentally addicted to the pre-workout boost. I'm fearful that if I keep up with it everytime I workout I'm going to develop a mindset that I "need" the extra oomph to get to the gym or carry out the most efficient workout possible. Although it's not the "worst" (subjective of course) addiction to have, I'd rather not be stuck to it.

    Is anyone else in the same boat? Perhaps I'm just over-thinking it all and it's not that bad after all? Any input?
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    Jun 07, 2012 8:47 PM GMT
    I don't really use pre workout these days unless a rep I know throws me a few free samples sometimes, a lot of these products today have beta-alanine in them and I get icthy as hell from that stuff..lol Back in the day I used to use 'Ultimate Orange' deadly wicked pre-workout drink but it also contained ephedrine and tons! of caffeine...I do think you can build up a dependence from the energy rush you get...so yeah its possible, I think you should go off your pre-workout supplement every several weeks stay off for 3 weeks and then use the same one or another brand..
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    Jun 07, 2012 8:54 PM GMT
    I hear what you're saying. For awhile I was really strict about bringing a recovery shake to the gym with me so I could have it within 30 minutes of finishing up. I was seeing good results so of course I thought it might be the shake. Long (boring) story short, I ran out of shake for awhile and stopped having it. Didn't see any decrease or ill effects. I still like having the shake but it was easy to prove that I didn't need it.

    In my opinion, for the average athlete, we may workout a lot but stuff like shakes are really in the margins. You'll see some gains/improvements but what's really making money for you is the work you're putting in on the weights and with the metcons.

    So just keep working hard.
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    Jun 07, 2012 9:00 PM GMT
    UtahCapita saidI've been taking C4 for the past month or so and I'm starting to become concerned with becoming mentally addicted to the pre-workout boost. I'm fearful that if I keep up with it everytime I workout I'm going to develop a mindset that I "need" the extra oomph to get to the gym or carry out the most efficient workout possible. Although it's not the "worst" (subjective of course) addiction to have, I'd rather not be stuck to it.

    Is anyone else in the same boat? Perhaps I'm just over-thinking it all and it's not that bad after all? Any input?

    I'm convinced that the preworkout I was taking contributed to me getting a stroke (my carotid artery was torn). I say stay away from preworkouts. Your blood pressure is elevated while you are lifting and it'll be elevated even more with that in your body. If you want a boost just have a cup of coffee, but I wouldn't even recommend that. According to livestrong.com, blood pressures of 320 mmHg systolic and 250 mmHg diastolic were reported during heavy leg presses and that's w/o a preworkout. If you end up getting a stroke or a heart attack you could say goodbye to your gains. You're never going to be the same after that.
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    Jun 07, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    I think I've become addicted to pre-workouts…sort of. I definitely feel more energy, but more importantly, I need the taste. I can't workout now just drinking water, which is what I did for years.
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    Jun 07, 2012 9:07 PM GMT
    Had to stop using them. Consistent use gave me really bad digestive/intestinal tract issues for about a year.

    My poop shoot thanks me daily now.icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 07, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    I was at that point until heart palpitations were going all day and keeping me awake at night. Kinda scared me.icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 07, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    makinmyway saidI was at that point until heart palpitations were going all day and keeping me awake at night. Kinda scared me.icon_eek.gif


    Aye, I don't think I was having heart palpitations but night sweats and my sleep patterns were really irregular and not fun.
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    Jun 07, 2012 9:25 PM GMT
    You know there is a mental aspect, but also a physical advantage to that mentality. I have done a countless amount of pre-workouts since I've been training. I am currently loving c-4!!

    I think in my mind knowing that it is in me makes my workouts that much better! I feel like i have a better pump and a longer post-workout feel.

    if its a mental game, its definitely a great one! just try things out. try working out on a cycle without it and if you like it then stay without...but notice the effects now while you are on it.

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    Jun 07, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    I need my caffeine now before I workout. I have been downing these yummy Guayaki Yerba Mate drinks. 180mg Yerba Mate-based caffeine icon_smile.gif Just finished mine today. Only 100 calories for a full 16 oz, and organic.

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    I've tried a few of the pre-workout supps, and they don't agree with me. Many o them jack my blood pressure up. The last one I tried was OxyElite Pro.
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    Jun 08, 2012 12:24 AM GMT
    You should find that you rapidly develop a tolerance to pre-workouts and need to take breaks. If you are close to the max dose then you need to take a break.

    The boost is more than mental, but it shouldn't take much to prove to yourself that you can do it without them.. just stop taking it for a week or so.
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    Jun 08, 2012 12:43 AM GMT
    I find that a pre-workout works great for me the first few times I use it, but by the time I get to the bottom of the container, I seem to develop a tolerence for the stuff, and I usually switch 'er up to some different brand.
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    Jun 08, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    feeling the "need" to take vs taking it for the ingredients is where im at. mine has enough caffeine for the boost i need after work and also contains creatine hcl which im convinced has added to the boost in muscle mass ive got since i started taking it. im gunna cycle through it (45 days on 10 days off ) and see what happens.
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    Jun 08, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    Thanks for the responses gents.


    I'm thinking I'm only going to allow myself to use pre-workouts every other workout in hopes of keeping the tolerance and addiction down. I'll have to agree though that post workout I don't enjoy the effects. I've noticed trouble sleeping and some mild anxiety after a dose.