Pre-Workout are they dangerous?

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    Apr 09, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
    I've never used pre workouts before but I want to know what's the general consensus. Are they safe? Do they work? I mean I know that a certain amount of caffeine does stimulate the fat burning process in a workout and can give you more energy. But I'm not sure about these pre workouts. What do you guys think?

  • Apr 10, 2013 12:58 AM GMT
    1. The question of safety is too general to answer. Each brand has a different proprietary blend... some are basically just caffeine, others NO, others B12, ginseng, etc.

    Most of them are marketed as dietary supplements, so they fall under the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act, which basically shifts the burden onto the FDA to prove that the product is unsafe.

    There were recent deaths, heart attacks and other severe side effects associated with the use of Jack3d (USP's pw). USP recently stopped distributing its original formula due to the FDA's request, however, most of those stories involved either abuse of the product (grossly more than recommended dosage), an underlying heart condition, or extreme physical exertion in extreme heat following use . So you have to take those claims with a grain of salt.

    2. I have personally used a few types in the past (jack3d, white flood, craze, fierce... and a few others), and I responded differently to each one. I loved two of the ones listed, one made me feel sick, and the other one had no impact. However, everyone responds differently. My friend swears by the one that made me feel sick. The two that I liked definitely gave me a lot more power, energy, focus, and endurance.

    I stopped taking them for now. Although I found them beneficial, I would suggest saving your money if you are still getting good gains. I think getting the proper sleep and nutrition is more valuable.
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    Apr 10, 2013 2:34 AM GMT
    Stop being a dumbass and just go workout. No pre-workout stuff is gonna be effective is you're worried about it the whole time. Use yourself as a test subject, do the stuff you wanna do, and go workout. If it doesn't work for you, then stop using it.

    It's really that simple. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 10, 2013 2:37 AM GMT
    BTW, my pre-workout regime is homemade green tea with ginseng and real honey, and a medium sized meal 1-2 hours beforehand. That's always worked best for me.
  • mascmuscle35

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    Apr 10, 2013 4:51 AM GMT
    I am not a fan. The ones that I tried mad my heart race. If you want a boost try an espresso shot...Its lower in sugar and more natural.
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    Apr 10, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    Whole foods started selling an organic adaptogen and herb based one that doesn't have genetically altered sugar or sweeteners. It's called Vega. It is awesome and works really well! Most of the pre workouts on the market now are definitely toxic!
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    Apr 10, 2013 5:03 AM GMT
    Jack 3D is dangerous
  • Medjai

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    Apr 10, 2013 5:11 AM GMT
    You need to be careful with mixing. Most blends are premixed to safe levels, but if you add anything or blend your own, the dose and effect of each component is important. Also, some pre workouts are nt recommended for all activities. For example, NO2 supplements don't agree with HIIT or cardio.

    Just read the labels and be informed if you're going to use anything. However, you really don't need to in order to perform well.
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    Apr 10, 2013 5:23 AM GMT
    oceansurf saidWhole foods started selling an organic adaptogen and herb based one that doesn't have genetically altered sugar or sweeteners. It's called Vega. It is awesome and works really well! Most of the pre workouts on the market now are definitely toxic!


    Yes! The Pre Workout Energizer from Vega is great. Same with they're Recovery Accelerator.

    Years ago, I used to use Super Pump. That stuff is scary.
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    Apr 10, 2013 5:33 AM GMT
    They are dangerous. Stay away from them. You're better off having a cup of coffee before the gym.