If you’re like most people, you will probably have found yourself struggling to find the energy and motivation required to get off your butt and get into the gym on a regular basis, especially if you happen to train earlier on in the day.
We all have the odd off day where we can’t be bothered to lift a finger, never mind a heavy weight, and whilst we’re all allowed the odd off day, for those of you who find yourself struggling with these kind of days more and more, you may wish to consider a homemade pre-workout supplement, or supplement stack, instead.
Lifting weights and training regularly is tough, there’s no denying that, and it can take a real toll on a person’s health and well-being, both physically and mentally.
Not only will you not really see or feel the benefits when you’re in the gym, but on top of that, you’ll feel guilty and pretty lousy, due to the fact that you were unable to train properly anyways.
Sometimes, we need a bit of a kick up the butt, and a surge in energy levels, both physically and mentally, which is why we may wish to seriously consider using a homemade pre-workout supplement stack.
Here we’ll be taking a look at the benefits of using pre-workout supplements, plus, we’ll be looking at how you can create your own in the process.
So, without any further hesitation, let’s take a look at some of the primary benefits associated with using pre-workout supplements.
What Are Pre-workout Supplements, And What Are The Benefits?
When some people feel tired and feel as if they need a bit of a boost before training, they may drink an energy drink or a strong cup of coffee, which will provide a slight boost in energy and focus levels, due to the natural caffeine content.
However, the caffeine alone, often isn’t enough to provide any sustained energy boosting benefits, especially if the person has a high tolerance to caffeine and to various stimulants.
Pre-workout supplements, however, are supplements enriched with caffeine, with vitamins, with minerals, and with various amino acids, all of which are designed to work in synergy with one another, and to help provide substantial increases in energy. The main benefits include:
First and foremost, as pre-workout supplements are enriched with caffeine, this natural stimulant helps to provide temporary increases in energy, both physically and mentally.
Various amino acids and vitamins found in the supplement, can also help to increase energy levels, which again, is only going to be beneficial for before you hit the gym and train.
These supplements help you to have incredibly productive workouts, which in turn, means that you will see and feel more results, at a much quicker rate.
They also increase oxygen transportation due to the vasodilating effects of the Nitric Oxide, so more oxygen and energy will be carried around the body via the bloodstream.
Better Mental Focus
Caffeine is also beneficial for the brain and has been found to help increase mental focus and concentration levels.
This is important for getting into the right frame of mind before, and during, your training session.
Not only will you be more motivated, but you will also be able to build a much stronger and more effective mind-muscle connection.
Another benefit of these supplements is that they’re very convenient. You simply mix the powder with your beverage of choice, and hey presto, you’re good to go.
Some beverages, even come ready-made, so you simply drink them down. Ideally you consume your pre-workout supplements around 30 – 40 minutes before you train, making sure to do so on an empty stomach.
This helps to assist with absorption, so the nutrients can do their job. By the time you hit the gym, your energy levels should be through the roof.
Another amazing benefit of pre-workout supplements, is the fact that they taste so great.
There are truthfully too many flavours to list, but with flavours like: Lemon Lime, Blue Raspberry, Tropical Punch, Lemonade, and much, much more besides, there is almost certainly a taste that you will absolutely adore.
Making Homemade Pre-workout Supplements
The main issue with pre-workout supplements, is the fact that many of them are incredibly overpriced, and are very expensive to purchase.
When you consider just how quickly they run out as well, as it can be very expensive having to purchase them on a monthly basis.
Because of this, homemade pre-workout supplements are becoming very popular instead and if you’d like to create your own, doing so is easier, and cheaper, than you may have realised.
Although many pre-workout supplements contain ingredients such as:
- And more…
Although the pre-workout supplements you see online and in health stores, are packed full of amino acids and stimulants, in reality, many experts agree that there are actually only three primary ingredients that you need to create your own pre-workout supplement. These are:
- L-Arginine AAKG
This nitric oxide supplement is derived from L-Arginine, which is an amino acid.
Because it is rich in NO, the NO functions as a vasodilator within the human body, dilating your blood vessels and allowing more blood, oxygen, and nutrients, to be transported via the bloodstream and delivered to the awaiting muscles.
This helps to increase energy production and muscle performance, plus, it also helps to increase vascularity and muscle pumps as well.
Caffeine is a natural stimulant that is responsible for stimulating the body, resulting in increases in energy levels and mental focus.
Caffeine is actually a pesticide in its natural form, as it is a self-defence mechanism used by tea and coffee plants, to help prevent insects and bugs from eating them.
In humans, however, it has stimulating effects that can energize us and leave us feeling alert and very focussed.
This is a naturally occurring amino acid that is non-essential and has been found to increase muscular endurance, whilst reducing muscle fatigue, and increasing the amounts of Carnosine found within skeletal muscle tissues.
You may initially notice yourself feeling tingly when you first use beta-alanine, but don’t worry, it is perfectly natural.
How Much Will It Cost, And How Long Will It Last?
Generally, if you purchase a reputable pre-workout supplement, you will spend around $50, for around 50 servings.
By purchasing the ingredients required for this homemade pre-workout supplement, however, you will spend less than $50 and will have enough ingredients to last you for more than 10 months, which is quite a difference.
To Make The Homemade Pre-workout Supplement:
- Begin by weighing out 4 grams of L-Arginine AAKG
- Add the powder to your beverage of choice
- Next, weigh out 2g of beta-alanine, and again, add to the same beverage and mix very well
- Finally, swallow a 200mg caffeine tablet with the beverage
- Alternatively, you can crush the tablet into a powdered form, and add it to the beverage
- For a stronger dosage, increase the amounts to: 300mg caffeine, 5g AAKG, and 2.5g of beta alanine