Preworkout supplements

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    Aug 03, 2012 3:17 PM GMT
    Are pre-workout supplements really necessary to get a sick body? I use protein now and then but not too consistently. Been trying to workout at least 4 times a week with a pretty shitty home gym I've been trying to put together. So is it better to just go to a legit gym? be more consistent with protein in take? or do I need to start taking stuff like no explode and shit? any advice would be appreciated.
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:02 PM GMT
    No pre-workout drink is going to make your muscles explode and become huge. The primary benefit, from my experience, is that they give you a lot of energy to push yourself harder through your workouts. You can get just as good results without them as with them if you're focused. Getting into the gym and pushing hard CONSISTENTLY, getting your diet in check (1-1.5g protein per lb of body weight and a good balance of healthy fats and carbs) and getting plenty of sleep are all you really need. If you're just starting out, spend your supplement budget on a good whey protein and creatine. Most other things are hype.
  • SkyMiles

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    Aug 03, 2012 5:24 PM GMT
    A lot of the really lean, strong, INTENSE work-out guys I've talked to load up on high-caffeine drinks and supplements to increase their energy during work outs. The concept really doesn't sound healthy to me but then again I don't know enough about the bio-chemistry to trust it.

    Maybe another poster will shed some light?

    Oh, I've noticed that there are a lot of workout programs where you don't need a lot of equipment -- P90X, Intensity, Rushfit, etc. You might check them out.
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:49 PM GMT
    OVER abuse of stimulants can elevate cortisol. Plus artificial sweeteners

    So as long as u take a break. I love vega's preworkout. there is a demand for more natural sports nutrition. Genuine health has a new preworkout as well
  • slo_jock86

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    Aug 03, 2012 5:53 PM GMT
    My workouts have become more intense and in turn my results are better because I started taking pre workout supplements. I take Jack3d and tried 1MR but didnt like it. I also work 12 hour days normally, so I need something before I workout at the end of the day. If you get your diet in check and increase your protein intake regularly, you will see a difference in your workouts. Start taking creatine too.
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    Nov 14, 2012 3:02 PM GMT
    I agree with the guy above me.

    There were two pre-workouts that I tried, one was more focused on energy and the other gave me better pumps. Sometimes I needed one or the other depending on my energy levels. But since I started using them, I've gone up in weight lifted at a much faster weight causing me to gain faster.
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    Nov 14, 2012 3:16 PM GMT
    SF79's point is the key: CONSISTENCY.

    Get your diet in check from real foods looking at your intake of protein, carbohydrate, fat, and WATER.

    Be consistent with your protein intake before you start looking at other supplements.

    Push yourself hard in the gym, but listen to your body as well. You can't set a new personal best on every work out. You don't necessarily need to join a high-tech gym but make sure you have enough tools to let you progress, and master basic moves like squats, deadlifts, military press, bench press, barbell row or pull-ups.

    Get lots of sleep, consistently.

    Once you've got these four factors down, and you feel your progress is waning, THEN start looking at other things like supplements to push you past a plateau.