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What’s up, guys? Sean Nalewanyj on www.SeanNal.com – www.RealScienceAthletics.com,
and in this video today I want to go over three problems that I see with, and I’m not
exaggerating here, basically every single popular pre-workout supplement on the market
that I’ve seen. I’m not saying that every pre-workout has
all three of these issues but they pretty much all have at least one of them. Now, there are some more obvious issues that
I’ve talked about in previous videos, the fact that they usually contain a variety of
unproven ingredients that aren’t backed by any reliable research, even the ingredients
that are worthwhile tend to be under dosed. A lot of pre workouts out there still use
proprietary blends, so you don’t even really know what you’re getting in the product in
the first place. They’re usually excessively overhyped and
they’re overpriced as well. Now, that’s a pretty solid list of reasons
right there to avoid most commercial pre workouts, but there are three more issues that I see
that usually aren’t talked about, and this applies even to pre workouts from some of
the more science-based guys out there who I think genuinely are trying to formulate
the best pre-workout that they can, but in my opinion still missed the mark in certain
ways. So the first issue is the use of non acute
ingredients, which means ingredients that, while they might be useful in terms of increasing
performance aren’t actually true pre-workout ingredients, they’re ingredients that have
to be taken on a daily basis and that might provide certain benefits as they build up
in your body over the long term. But they don’t actually have any direct immediate
impact when you take them right before your workout. So, this would include things like creatine,
beta-alanine, L-carnitine, L-tartrate, betaine anhydrous, these are a few examples of ingredients
that are commonly added to pre-workout blends but that don’t really have any place in a
pre-workout blend. Again, in order to maximize the benefits of
these non acute ingredients, they have to be taken every day. And you shouldn’t be using your pre-workout
every day anyway, which is something I’ll talk about in a second, meaning that you’re
gonna have to buy them all separately to take on your off days anyway. And aside from a really basic staple compound
like creatine, most people aren’t going to be supplementing with the full list of non-acute
ingredients in most pre workouts. So if you have a pre-workout that contains
creatine, L-carnitine and betaine, but you’re only gonna be supplementing with creatine
on your off days then there’s just no need for you to be paying extra to have those other
two ingredients in your pre-workout, since you won’t be getting enough of them for the
week as a whole to maximize their effects anyway. So the bottom line here is that, in my view,
a pre-workout should be a pre-workout. It should contain ingredients that have an
immediate impact on performance when you take them pre-workout. And then whatever other daily ingredients
you decided to use, those should just be bought separately because you’re gonna have to buy
them separately anyway to take on your off days, even if they are included in your pre-workout
product. Adding those extra ingredients might make
the pre-workout product label seem more appealing, which is probably why they’re usually added,
but it’s just not the best way to go about things. And that brings me to the second point, which
is that most pre workouts just contain too many ingredients, period, even if they are
true pre-workout compounds. So, with so much competition out there in
the pre-workout market these days most companies feel that in order to compete they have to
come up with some super detailed elaborate ingredient profile in order to make their
product stand out. But the reality is that more ingredients is
not necessarily better. The goal of a pre-workout is to improve the
quality of your training session by giving you a slight extra edge in terms of mental
focus strength and endurance. And you don’t need 8, 10, 12, or more ingredients
all at the same time in order to accomplish that. It’s a weight training workout, it’s not
a space shuttle launch. And most pre workouts are just total overkill
in this area. Remember that there are diminishing returns
when it comes to ingredient complexity versus effectiveness, meaning that six ingredients
is not necessarily twice as effective as three ingredients, and twelve ingredients is not
necessarily three times more effective than four. And the more ingredients you add the more
expensive it’s going to be but also when we’re dealing with stimulants and nootropic ingredients,
there’s a greater chance that certain ingredients are going to negatively interact with others. I mean, there’s just no way to predict exactly
how your brain and how your body is going to react when you start taking a long list
of different compounds together, since they don’t all work in isolation. And most of the people formulating these pre-workouts
are not scientists, they’re not even necessarily supplementation experts. A very high percentage of what’s out there
is just created by fitness marketers who basically combine a list of recognizable ingredients
and then just essentially mash them together. So, the bottom line here is that you need
to find the proper balance between complexity and effectiveness, and ultimately what you
want to do is make your pre-workout as simple as possible in order to get the desired effect
because it’s gonna be more economical, it’s gonna be safer, and you can get the vast majority
of the benefits that pre-workouts have to offer by just using a few key ingredients. I don’t see any reason why a pre-workout should
realistically need to contain any more than about 3 to 5 individual ingredients at the
most. And then the final point, a really quick one
here, is the issue of over reliance. Meaning that most people just use their pre-workout
too often and the product label doesn’t give any instructions in regards to this because
most companies just want you to use their product as often as possible to maximize repeat
buys. But in reality if you use your pre-workout
too often then usually you’ll end up building tolerance to at least some of the ingredients,
not to mention that you probably just don’t want to be consuming that many stimulants
on an ongoing basis anyway, especially if you already drink coffee. So my overall recommendation would be, in
order to maintain your sensitivity to the ingredients I would limit the use of most
pre-workouts to around three times per week, I’d say four times at the most, not every
single day, and if you’re training five or six days a week then just reserve it for the
most difficult workouts or for those days when you really just need the extra kick. And on top of that you should also take one
to two full weeks off for every six to eight weeks of consistent use. There’s a lot of individual variation at play
here and it depends on the specific ingredient profile of your pre-workout but as a general
guideline, in most cases, I’d say that that’s gonna be about right. So, I hope these points were helpful. These are three really important things that
I took into account when creating PureForm, which is my own pre-workout that I released
a few months back, if you do want to check that out you can click up at the top of the
screen or visit www.RealScienceAthletics.com using the link in the description box. PureForm uses true pre-workout ingredients
only that are all researched backed and properly dosed. There are four individual compounds to keep
the formula as clean and simple as possible and to give you the most bang for the buck,
caffeine, L-Tyrosine, L-Theanine and Citrulline Malate. It’s all naturally sweetened flavored. You can get a complete breakdown of the benefits
of each ingredient along with more details on the product itself over on the website
if that does interest you. So, thanks for watching, guys. Make sure to hit that like button if this
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100 thoughts on “3 Big Problems With 95% Of Pre-Workout Supplements

  1. In my experience, pre workout is mostly all placebo! I've tried over a dozen pre workouts, and while I may feel energized at first, when I go off it, I experience identical/improved energy with a simple cup of coffee before the gym 👌

  2. Hi Sean, sorry for asking too much but you're the only one i trust in bodybuilding. When bulking, ofcourse i eat in a surplus… if you're bulking for a long time, your body adapts to the surplus right? If you stop gaining weight, should you add 300-500 more or slightly smaller? Thank you, and sorry for asking too much.

  3. Thank you sean, very solid advise as always! One of the few here who speaks with knowledge the truth without clickbait, drama or fakeness

  4. Not the be that guy, but beta alanine is 90% of the time NOT used or taken in preworkouts for "health" benefits but rather for that insane itch which of course results in an increased adrenalin rush in the gym. Which makes this ingredient such a loved one inside a PRE workout. This is one of the cases where it's simply not enough to just read labels and study the ingredients, sometimes you just have to look a step further to understand the benefits. But by all means i agree with you on the rest of the ingredients.

  5. Hey Sean, do you have any programs? Im 16, I’m currently following a novice program Ive been training 3 days a week! Looking for something good after I finish this program

  6. Been using your pre-workout for more than a month now on my heavy squat and deadlift days. I used to drink black coffee and take a shot of citrulline malate(6g) as a preworkout. Pureform actually gives a legit boost of performance in the gym plus the convenience and price is just unbeatable. I'm only commenting because you finally plugged your product in a video lol.

  7. No Supplement in the world can increase your mental Focus thats bullshit. Taking Rest days increases your mental Focus

  8. Thanks Sean. Your work out books are too expensive for me. I read and listen to your videos. You simply things and it works especially know what it works when I don’t feel sick when I workout.

  9. The only pre workout i take is electrolyte mix. Rather not take caffeine as I get heart palpitations sometimes when I have caffeine. Having a palpitations in the middle of a workout is such a scary feeling

  10. Anyone else tried Sean's PWO? Its pretty good energy without any side effects and the flavour is decent. Highly recommend.

  11. I'm on push/legs/pull 6 days a week, am a beginner, am a hardgainer. I take cellucor c4 every training day along with one cup of green tea and some fruit but just started this preworkout about 3 weeks ago this week. Have been in the gym 7 months consistently now, started with 4 days a week upper lower split June-Sept, then moved to push/legs/pull 5 days a week then 6 days since January. Plan to cycle off and then try something called Alpha GX7 preworkout which has more caffeine and more beta alanine, is this still useless?

  12. They put beta alanine and l citrulline what you actually need
    .then they make there own product with yellow # whatever and sweetners or other type of crap that break your fast ..I just take the Beta alanine and L Citrulline pure form

  13. I honestly just eat a banana or drink water before working out. If you really need something before working out then you aren’t ready so you should rest

  14. Hey Sean what is your opinion on Betaine Anhydrous anyway just from a bodybuilding perspective? I haven't found too much research/studies on it and the ones that do are a bit vague

  15. It would help if your web site worked. 😉 Been trying to order all night and it hangs trying to pay at checkout. Tried different browsers, etc., no problems ordering from other sites tonight.

  16. Seany my problem is that you refuse to get off that air mattress couch and do a Kendo workout video with that firewood plant ey!

  17. Is there another way to get on the mailing list for alerts for sales, etc? I can't seem to sign up through the website. Additionally, will there ever be something like free international shipping for orders of $100/$200+ for example? The products and pricing were good so I was excited to potentially switch but after including the shipping, the products come out to more than my current supplier :/

  18. Breakthrough labz IMPACT best stuff ever NO proprietary blends what you see is what you get and it's ok to take if your fasting!

  19. The problem is they aim this shit at young people who think it's actually a good think having a heart attack and a temporary tingle in their face and these bullshit companies are making money from selling complete and utter garbage. Drink a coffee the end.

  20. Beta alanine does give the itchy skin which is pretty imideate and something which people really like for some unknown reason…

  21. I still think beta alanine is extremely effective when you’re pushing through reps.
    Also the price of your preworkout is a little on the high side considering it’s only 20 serves .

  22. All your viagra eating steroid 1000$ a month gear slave junkies please plot you smug "i save money on coffey comments" in the comment section below.

  23. Tbh irdc what it has in the pre workout legit don't care as long as I get pumped which I do so done don't really care but I see why you would discuss it, (just my opinion)
    Good vid tho ✌️

  24. You know what's great abot SeanNal's content? There's no carefully disguised 3 minute product placement in the middle of a 7 minute video. He's the real deal from beginning to end.

  25. I understand your complaint regarding all the proprietary blends, but I believe something should be noted. This is a perfect competition market, meaning all the products are generally the same. Theoretically, supplement companies will never make a profit and almost always break even. Economically, they have to make certain blends that differ themselves from the competition in order to even have a hope of making a profit. Again, I understand the complaint and I even avoid proprietary blend pre-workouts. But it's almost needed from a business perspective

  26. 3gr of Citrulline Malate, one caffeine pill and one banana and you are super duper ready for the gym! In summer just add electrolytes to your water bottle for the gym and you will be fine!
    Don't forget during the day to have the proper grammes of Protein and creatine that your body needs in order to make muscles.

  27. Why the hell is everyone saying caffeine is all you need. It’s the opposite. You don’t want caffeine or stimulants in your preworkout. You want your body to absorb all the nutrients and muscles to take in water as you workout. Taking caffeine and stimulants will contract most of your veins and arteries preventing the nutrient flow in your body. It’s stupid in my opinion. Just stick to non stim pre workouts. That’s the better route.

  28. I only use pre-workout when I am either doing legs or if I am on an Athlean X challenge. So that is about two days / week that I use it. I used to not use it at all, but this program is quite intense and sometimes I need to really push myself in areas that I am weak in. But I agree that reliance on pre-workouts is not healthy.

  29. Pre workout works depends which one you like only side effect beside raising your heart rate is dehydration so drink alot of water people and i mean alot……

  30. I use Mr.hyde and use it every other day and also get it on amazon for like 18 dollars all other places like GNC or Academy well charge 50 dollars. And agree with you so much on this love your vids man.👌

  31. that fat tub of shit jason blaha did a response to this. Don't know what he said as I didn't even bothering watching it but left a dislike

  32. You should do a full break down video of your supplement line. I’ve already read and gone through and soon will be ordering some of your products. The information was very enlightening and would make for a great video to spread knowledge of how proper supplements should be 👍

  33. People like me have to consume pre workout. I do 11 hrs shift, then travel. by the end of the day I get damn tired

  34. I wish you added beta alanine to your pre workout. I might purchase it then. Everything else is perfect in it. Just prefer beta alanine

  35. Its best NOT too touch the shit!! its just a waste of money & you don't need them but if you need just a bit of a wake up after working all day before you workout, just buy caffeine pills & use them sensibly.

  36. I honestly feel like Pre Jym really is good. I feel like it has helped my performance quite significantly, but I see what you mean about buying certain ingredients individually.

  37. Say socialized medicine sucks and the government is bad at everything and you don’t have a right to other peoples money, and I will buy it from you. 😉 but seriously I might try yourself out. If it’s got the main good stuff that helps with my workouts and I could save some money and support somebody that’s giving me a lot of free contact it’s a win for everyone!

  38. Ephedrine ( 12.5/ 18/ 25 mg )
    Coffeine pills (200 mg )
    Leaves body in 3 hours max
    If use ONCE , never losses effect. Being using that combination for over 25 years
    It was called ECA, but adding 100 mg of Aspirin, ddoesnt really make any difference
    A few cents a day…
    not recomended if you have heart issues, but if so, you shouldnt be in a gym unless you go to the sauna, socialize, pose or take pics for iG

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