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Muscle-Building Workout and Diet

When you decide to use a pre-workout supplement,
you can say that you’re getting pretty serious with your gym goals. And with such a huge market and countless
consumers touting its benefits, pre-workouts must be effective enough to warrant the attention
of even the most casual gym-goer. And… for the most part, it does. In fact, if you ever took a pre-workout supplement
or currently taking it now, you can attest to the effects it gives you. Undoubtedly, there’s some sort of jolt to
it. And it leaves you wondering exactly what’s
in it and how does it actually help you? Before we start, I want to briefly thank PictureFit
Patreon supporter Andy. For those of you that have been asking for
a pre-workout video, you can thank Andy for choosing this video as his pledge reward. If you would like to support PictureFit as
well and snag cool rewards such as me drawing you a picture or picking the topic for a future
video just like Andy did, come check out PictureFit’s Patreon page at! Alright. Taking a quick glance at any pre-workout supplement
label, you’re bombarded by a rather ridiculous list of almost unpronounceable ingredients. And some of them are indeed helpful. Something like trimethylglycine, which can
aid in hearth health and power output. You’ll also find beta-alanine, which helps
decrease fatigue, meaning you can possibly run longer or eek out a few more reps. Some will contain Nitric Oxide Boosters, such
as citrulline and arginine, helping you achieve a greater pump. And most definitely you’ll find some form
of creatine, an extremely popular supplement in its own right known for improving energy
production during anaerobic activities. There are also popular ingredients that aren’t…
so helpful, such as the amino acid glutamine. Supplement companies have heavily pushed glutamine
to be a muscle builder and power booster, but research shows that it’s no better than
a placebo. Some companies might even pair pre-workouts
with conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA for short, claiming that it will help burn more
fat during exercise. But, much like glutamine, its effects are
unsubstantiated. But yes, no doubt these ingredients in a pre-workout
can be helpful overall. But, studies show that taking them before
your workout doesn’t have any more benefits than just taking them on a regular basis. And also, these ingredients can easily be
found in your… food. With the exception of creatine, buying a pre-workout
just for *these* ingredients, for the most part, can be a waste of money. BUT if that’s the case, where does the tingling
sensation from a pre-workout come from? Well, along with the mentioned ingredients,
pre-workout supplements also have ingredients known as stimulants. Stimulants serve the general purpose of increasing
performance through the heightening of multiple physiological and mental factors such as heart
rate, alertness, and vasodilation. You’ll most likely find a stimulant called
yohimbine, a substance found within a Yohime Tree bark, that can improve blood flow and
the use of fat for energy. Some popular stimulants in the past were ephedrine
and DMAA, both of which stimulates the central nervous system, essentially kicking your body
into hyper mode and driving up your adrenaline levels, heart rate, blood pressure, and fat
breakdown. Reason they are popular stimulants *in the
past* is because they’ve been banned as dietary supplements in the U.S due to a handful of
links to… death. Other stimulants you might find are theobromine,
paraxanthine, and theophylline. BUT… by FAR, and it’s not even close, THE
most effective and important stimulant in all pre-workout supplements is none other
than… Caffeine. That’s right, the same thing you find in your
morning coffee. As you all know, caffeine is the most widely
used stimulant in the world, and for good reason. Thanks to its ability to inhibit the sleep-inducing
effects of adenosine, caffeine consumption can influence factors such as wakefulness,
alertness, aerobic capacity, power output, fat breakdown, and time to exhaustion. And yes, it can even cause you to have jittery
sensations. So… there you have it. The secret is out! Without caffeine, pre-workout supplements
really aren’t all that special. It’s also the reason people have such different
experiences with it, since caffeine tolerance vary from person to person. Some people might perform better simply because
the caffeine and other stimulants makes them focus better. And since most pre-workout supplements contain
caffeine equal to roughly 3-4 cups of coffee, it’s important to assess your own response
to caffeine, both positive and negative, before taking it. Plus, the effects of pre-workouts are indeed
much greater on an empty stomach, so plan accordingly. And if you simply don’t want to spend money
on pre-workouts, a healthy diet with a side of black coffee is definitely a valiant alternative. Share your thoughts on pre-workouts in the
comments below. If you enjoyed the video, please like and
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82 thoughts on “Are Pre-Workout Supplements Worth It?

  1. I'll be the first to say… I can care less about the "benefits" I just love the insane focus from the stimulants (caffeine) … Makes the music sound amazing!

  2. Does anyone know if you use pre workout too much, will you get used to it? Or if you use it too much will you NEED it

  3. It’s good if your feeling tired unmotivated but you also gotta have a good diet lol because caffeine and don’t go over 5 grams of creatine

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  5. Pump- L-citriline
    Tingles- Beta alinine
    Big veins- L arginine
    I take these three alone when I don’t take pre workout (bcs it’s bad to take it everyday) and I get the same feeling
    It’s just that with pre workout you get an extra boost with caffeine
    But to keep it healthy take the first three
    I might have got the thee mixed up but for sure they all three work together

  6. Can somebody tell me why in my case the caffeine not doing much good like waking up and going crazy alert and instead of that I feel a short fine moment and after that Im going to feel anxiety and lack of motivation to do what i was supposed to do? Im taking it rarely and always its not worth using for me, I envy people who have these super effects.

  7. Without a scoop of PWO, I can barely lift for an hour but with it I can go for a two hour lifting sesh and still run when I get home.

  8. i use to have problems sleeping after using a pre-workout so now i drink a cup of green tea, it does give you a small "buzz" and that is enough..

  9. my tolerance for caffeine is really high. its kinda annoying cos i wanna feel the effects of it but even if i have like 2-3 energy drinks/pre-workouts i still dont feel a thing

  10. I use a protein shake 3 hours before my workout, take a pre workout 20 mins before my workout, then once I’m done wit my workout I take another shake

  11. Dr. Jim stopponi has a video of the top 5 ingridients for a pre workout. Should be getting them soon. Ill let u know on the effects.

  12. I don’t intake any caffeine besides my preworkout so it’s not to bad.
    If anyone is taking preworkout I suggest not taking any besides the powder lol or else you’ll have a heart attack over the consumption of so much caffeine

  13. A banana (or two) followed by a litre of sprite has been proven to be the best pre work out to become Arnold himself.

  14. Glutamine does help.
    Creatine is really hard to get from just eating food, that's why we supplement it.

    There is no way you can get enough arginine and citrulline from food sources, you would have to eat so much foods rich with them and nobody does that.

  15. 250mg Caffeine + 3,500mg Beta Alanine + 6,000mg Citrulline Malate =

  16. I have a question. Never ever any pre worked for me, unless I did like ten scoops.. (almost died and I felt it AFTER my workout…shit). Anyway, that's why I bought powdered caffeine. You should take 200-300mg as label says, but it does nothing to me. Even on empty stomach. Just awful taste and if I do 600-800mg only sweat cones lol. Once I did 350mg and didn't go to the gym, because I was too tired. Came home and I fell asleep like in an hour…. Wtf… And mind you, I drink only water and never did any stimulants, just tried once in a while… Why I can fall asleep like nothing?

  17. You can buy pre-works at $1 a serving, or caffeine capsules online at $20 for a year and a half supply. Your choice people.

  18. I've been using creatine powder for years I've been using six star creatine powder it does keep me up before and after my workouts and I've took it on days that I don't work out I get at least 8 hours of energy from two scoops drinking is 16 to 20 oz glass using a blender bottle

  19. Don’t drink coffee folks. It stains your teeth. People always ask me how I have such white teeth. I don’t drink coffee.

  20. so its basically a marketing scam, thank you. Been tired of these meat heads telling me all this bull sht.

  21. I have to admit that pre-workout supplements work. Give me the energy to do the extra reps plus you get a good pump.

  22. Can u make a video on what suppliments are best for runners ? Like what protein ( im taking whey isolate ) or what preworkouts???

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