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Choosing Your Pre Workout

There are many things to take into account when choosing your pre workout. Here’s how you can find the best pre workout supplement for your training session.

Why use a pre workout?

In an ideal world, every training session would feel amazing. You’d be fired up, focused, with boundless energy to attack every rep of every set.

Real life doesn’t always work that way. Lots of things can impact your training session, from bad nutrition or a poor night’s sleep, to work stress or the distraction of a to-do list.

For those days when you’re feeling 5/10 and your workout demands a 10, there’s always pre workout.

Pre workout supplements come as a powder which you mix with water, or as ready-made drinks (RTDs). They contain fast-acting ingredients to fuel your muscles, support your brain and cardiovascular system, and help you focus with laser-beam clarity.

How to choose a quality pre workout

When choosing your pre workout, don’t buy the first pre workout you see. It’s important to choose one that suits your training schedule, workout style, and diet.

If you’re looking to lose weight: choose a low-calorie pre-workout that contains minimal carbohydrates. Look for ingredients like BCAAs or EAAs (amino acids, the building blocks of protein), electrolytes, and elements that support your fat loss efforts (yerba mate, CLA, green tea extract, Bioperine).

If you train in the evening: it’s smart to choose a caffeine-free pre workout if you train close to bedtime. BCAAs and creatine are good choices for a pre workout or intra workout drink that won’t keep you awake

If you want to gain muscle: look for a pre workout that gives you the calories and carbohydrates you need to train hard, lift heavy, and put on muscle.

The benefits of creatine monohydrate

Creatine monohydrate is one of the most widely researched sports performance supplements in the world. It is a naturally occurring compound found in muscle tissue and major organs.

Look for a pre workout that contains creatine, or add a pure creatine monohydrate supplement to your own pre workout. Alternatively, just take 5g creatine in water once a day. PhD Creatine is pure micronized creatine with nothing added and no flavouring, so you can add it to any drink.

There are lots of reasons to take creatine as part of your pre workout stack, particularly if you do weight training, HIIT, or any sports that involve short bursts of high intensity work. Creatine is thought to support strength gain, help increase muscle mass, and boost recovery from training. (1)

What is Burn Powder?

PhD Burn Powder is our fat burning, performance enhancing pre workout that also happens to taste great thanks to two flavour creations (Lemon Sherbert or Sour Apple). We’ve added optimal doses of fat burning ingredients Acetyl L Carnitine, Yerba Mate, and CLA in a synergistic formula that targets fat as a fuel source for your workouts.

It also contains BCAA and L Glutamine to protect muscle tissue as you do your morning cardio, train hard, or tackle a tough HIIT session.


Charge Shots vs Charge Powder

Our popular Charge pre workout comes in two formulas – which should you choose?

PhD Charge Shots give you a precise dose of pre workout in a handy portable one-shot bottle. This all in one pre workout targets your brain and body, boosting energy, focus, and performance with active cognitive enhancing nootropics.

Stand out ingredients are L Citrulline and L Arginine to get more nutrients into your muscles, Beta Alanine to help you push through long sets, SUSTAMINE® blend to sustain energy, and a powerful nootropic blend to support mental focus.

PhD Charge Powder gives you the option to mix your own Charge pre workout drink. It contains many of the same ingredients as Charge Shot – including that nootropic blend – but also gives you creatine and BCAAs for extra muscle support.

Charge Powder is our most potent pre workout – and it comes in four incredible flavours.

When and how to use your pre workout supplement

After choosing your pre workout, it’s important to know when and how to use it.

Mix your PhD pre workout powder with cold water, and drink it 20 minutes before your training session. If you use Charge Shots, take it 15-30 minutes before training. Then get ready to experienced your most energised, focused, and effective training session yet!

Nicola is a specialist freelance copywriter for the fitness industry @thefitwriter