Eight Benefits Of Pre Workout Supplements, 7 Types And When To Use Them

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You’ve downed one of your pre workout supplements and are pumped and ready to go.

You know that you have the energy to get through your workout and then some.

By the time you’ve finished your normal workout you still have some energy left in the tank so you put up a few more reps.

It’s all because you made the right choice in your pre workout supplements.


Pre Workout Supplements – What Are The Benefits?

“I don’t need them, they don’t really help.”

That’s what you may be thinking to yourself but it’s far from the truth.

Whether it’s some extra protein or something to possibly increase oxygen delivery, pre workout supplements may give you the boost you need while weight training.

If you:

  1. Feel tired throughout your workouts.
  2. Are unable to finish sets and reps.
  3. Need a little push in the weight room.

Then it may be time to go to the store and find the supplement that’s right for you.

Pre workout supplements benefits

  1. Greater pumps
  2. Stronger lifts
  3. Greater amount of repetitions performed
  4. Longer sustained energy
  5. The ability to push through plateaus
  6. Improved focus
  7. Increased nutrient delivery
  8. Decreased muscle breakdown

Any one of the pre workout supplement attributes above can provide you with the performance boost you need in the gym.

I wouldn’t advise you pick the supplement that claims to give some kind of ridiculous results, but choose one that is well researched and reviewed.


Pre Workout Supplements – The 7 Types And When To Take Them

There are a few different types of pre workout supplements you can take:

  1. Whey Protein
  2. Creatine
  3. Nitric Oxide
  4. Caffeine
  5. BCAA’s (leucine, isoleucine, valine)
  6. Thermogenics
  7. Glutamine

Whey Protein


  1. Quickly digested
  2. Decreases muscle catabolism (breakdown)
  3. Increases muscle synthesis (growth)

When to take:

  • 30 minutes before lifting
  • Immediately after lifting

CreatinePre Workout Supplements - Creatine


  1. Provides extra energy (ATP)
  2. Decreases muscle breakdown
  3. Allows quicker recovery

When to take:

  • 30 minutes before lifting
  • Immediately after lifting

Nitric Oxide


  1. Increased oxygen delivery to muscles
  2. Greater pumps

When to take:

  • 30 minutes before working out



  1. Increases alertness and focus
  2. Increases energy throughout lifting

When to take:

  • 30 minutes before lifting

BCAA’s (Branched Chain Amino Acids: leucine, isoleucine, valine)


  1. Decreases muscle breakdown
  2. Increases muscle synthesis (growth)

When to take:

  • Upon waking up
  • 30 minutes before lifting
  • Immediately after lifting

ThermogenicsPre Workout Supplements - Hydroxycut


  1. Increased body temperature
  2. Increased metabolism

When to take:

  • Early morning
  • Mid day



  1. Decreases muscle breakdown
  2. Aids in muscle recovery
  3. Provides muscles with energy

When to take:

  • Upon waking up
  • Immediately after lifting

These are all supplements that are best taken before a workout but a majority of them can also be taken after your workout as well.

Whenever you go to the store and buy some you can check the label for that specific supplements suggested use.

It will show you:

  • How often to take the supplements
  • The dose they recommend you to take
  • What to combine the supplements with


Do You Need Them?

Supplements aren’t for everyone.Pre Workout Supplements - Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein

Some will say that they have done miracles for them and some will say they haven’t.

Only you will know how your body responds to each type of supplement.

Some may work for you and some may not.

The only thing you can do is give one of them a try and see how it works.

I know that some supplements really gave me a boost in the gym.

If you don’t want to take any other supplements I suggest that you at least buy some whey protein.

It is one of the cheapest most effective supplements you can use.



Supplements aren’t necessary to make big gains in the gym, but they can help.

Try them out and see what works and what doesn’t work for you.

You may be surprised at the results.

  • Zach

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  • adkoge

    Hey Zach,

    I’m glad my site has been able to help and thank you so much for you feedback. I’ve been extremely busy in the past few months as I have taken ownership of my own personal training studio. Hopefully I will get back to updating this site along with my business site regularly.

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  • Palash Vani

    Can you please tell me how to take a pre-workout, i mean if with water then how much of it.
    Second can we have glucose with it.

    • Kristen

      It’s usually mixed with 8 oz of water if you have the power form but the container should say. I wouldn’t mix multiple supplements, check the glucose amount in your pre-workout to see if it’s already present. Compare both labels side by side and make sure there aren’t the same ingredients so you don’t overload your body.

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