I have been training for 6 months now. I have lots of energy and stay motivated. There are days where I do feel lazy and lack of energy (e.g. after school & work).
I have taken one scoop of C4 from my friend once. I felt jittery good. It made me feel so pumped.
So, my question is what pre-workout should I use as a “beginner”? Should I even take pre-workout, or simply take caffeine pills. Are the other ingredients besides caffeine in pre-workout effective for muscle endurance/support?
Most pre workouts are scams. I have only taken a pre workout once, given to me by a friend, and I felt no effects – positive or negative. If you can’t maintain your energy throughout a workout, you may want to look into other factors.
Time of Day Matters
When you workout matters.
Afternoon, lunch-time trainees may need a bit more of a boost. If you’re mentally wound due to office work, start off with a warmup to get your heart rate going. A set of pushups or jumping jacks should do the trick. Also consider some mild level of caffeine, perhaps a cup of black or green tea.
Evening trainees need the greatest energy boost. This is the time when trainees usually contemplate taking a preworkout. Instead, drink a protein shake an hour before training. This will set your body in line a prepared to workout. You may need to even take a caffeine capsule if you find that your energy levels are super low.
Why You Should Avoid Pre Workouts
- Get enough sleep
- Drink enough water
- Do strength and cardiovascular exercise regularly
- Eat high quality foods and in moderation
- Avoid junk, processed foods, refined sugar, and soda
- Eat lots of vegetables
- Get enough sunlight
- Stretch daily
Before you consider an actual pre workout supplement, perhaps you should examine your sleep. Are you getting 8 hours per day? If not, then try to get in the required hours throughout the day.
If your work schedule prevents you from getting enough sleep, then you may need to adjust your exercise schedule to follow. For example, if you’re sleeping 5 hours per day, and you feel tired and sluggish, then perhaps a 5-day per week exercise schedule isn’t for you.
Until you can fix your sleep patterns, I would not use supplements as your go-to solution.
Dehydration can also cause low energy levels. Make sure you are drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day. In fact, simply a 2% level of dehydration can start to affect an individual’s work and athletic performance.
A third factor, and I believe to be the most important, is consumption of junk food. Thre is a connection between high calorie, low nutrition foods and low energy levels. A 2009 study conducted by the University of Cambridge found that running performance decreased by 50% in 9 days of being fed a high-fat diet.
Your body needs proper fuel to perform. Before grabbing some preworkout or other supplements, make sure you have your water intake, sleep, and diet in order.