There are many reasons for opting to use a pre-workout as enumerated in our 10 pre-workout products for women article. However, there are some things to consider before making a choice;
Drink vs. Powder
It’s possible to buy pre-workouts in pre-bottled drinks form, or as tubs of powder that you can mix with milk/water. If you’re a busy person who prefers to just throw something in the bag, then pre-bottled drinks are your ideal choice. They’re extremely easy to use and very convenient, but they are usually more expensive, so you need to have that at the back of your mind.
The industry norm is powder, and they come in a wide assortment of flavors and it’s also possible to get them cheaper if you’re up for doing some legwork. Just add the powder to liquid, stir, and you’re good to go. The only thing with powders is the complaint about mixability – some low-quality pre-workouts have a problem dissolving completely in a liquid.
Prices vs. Uses
If you’re out to get the most bang for your buck, you’re going to have to consider your pre-workout’s price per usage. There is usually information about the number of grams and amount of servings, however, the real amount you’d require to get sufficient boost will vary from one product to the other.
The energy and durability of energy
At the gym, are you getting the necessary initial burst of energy from your pre-workout? And does that energy fillip last throughout your workout, or does fatigue set in too rapidly? If you can buy a pre-workout that supplied you with energy and helps sustain your energy levels, then you’re on the right track.
Withdrawal, crash, and other side effects
Pre-workouts contain stimulants, that’s a fact. And the favorite energy boost in America, caffeine, can technically be referred to as a stimulant. While you really don’t want to be overfilling yourself with stimulants, it’s important to note that we’re talking about a pre-workout and you do need a bit of stimulation. Ideally, you want energy throughout your workout, and for it to be sustained after the workout.