On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing the best pre-workout drink options for energy before the gym.
If you’re just not feeling the energy to go to the gym, does this mean you shouldn’t go?
If you need energy, these pre-workout drink options will help give you an energy boost.
But are they good for you?
Let’s face it, if you’re not moving your body, good luck Living Lean.
First of all, I admit, I like caffeine.
Although certain people may react to caffeine differently, here are the various benefits of caffeine, especially before a workout:
Do you feel me?
So let’s start by covering the more natural pre-workout drink options, then I’ll share a few pre-workout supplement options.
Note: I am the total opposite of being a “coffee snob”. When I was living by myself, my go-to source of coffee was instant coffee. Now that I’m married to Jessica, we usually have drip coffee or cold brew coffee 😂.
Studies so that consuming coffee before workouts can:
I always go with black coffee with a packet of a natural sweetener, like stevia.
The energy jolt from the coffee hits me good and I don’t feel the energy crash often associated with some energy drinks.
Based on this, coffee is one of my favorite pre-workout drink options for energy before the gym.
But if you don’t like coffee, an alternative source for caffeine before your workout is green tea.
Although green tea is not as strong as coffee, green tea will still help elevate fat burning.
Consuming green tea will also help increase antioxidants in your body.
Increasing your consumption of antioxidants will help lower the inflammation caused by your workout.
Even though you’re doing a good thing by working out, your workouts will increase inflammation in your body.
This is why it’s important to load up on antioxidant rich foods and drinks, to decrease the free radicals in your body.
Alright, let’s move on to some more hardcore pre-workout drink options for energy before the gym.
These aren’t for everybody, but I just want to give you some options.
I’ve tried a lot of pre-workout supplements.
Some good, some bad, and some so so.
In my experience, here’s the thing with supplements.
Everyone’s body reacts differently.
For example, some people are highly sensitive to caffeine, while others can chug 8 cups of coffee in 4 hours, and not feel a thing.
So just like with movie reviews, take supplement reviews for what they’re worth.
It’s always best to test things out for yourself.
With that said, before my workouts, I am currently taking a powerful pre-workout supplement powder called Wake Up.
I like this pre-workout powder supplement because it’s:
Note: If you’re new to pre-workout powders, I recommend you start with a 1/4 – 1/2 scoop to access your tolerance.
If I know I have a grueling workout coming up, but I’m not feeling energetic, this pre-workout really helps motivate and energize me.
It’s hard to describe, but some pre-workouts make you feel like you’re on top of the world with loads of energy.
Even though some people don’t like it, I love that feeling.
I usually take this pre-workout 15-30 minutes before my 10 minute drive to the gym.
By the time I get to the gym, I feel that “focused feeling” and am ready to go.
I also feel an increase in muscle endurance, so I can complete those last few reps and sets.
To me, taste isn’t as big of a deal as it may be to some.
In most cases, I look at food, drinks, and supplements as fuel.
It’s what my body requires for peak performance, thus taste is secondary.
Based on this, I’ll be quick with this rating since it doesn’t have a lot of weight in my mind.
Some pre-workout supplements use artificial sweeteners which I am not a fan of.
One of the big things I love about Wake Up, is it’s sweetened naturally with stevia.
Simply mix it with water and chug.
Like I said earlier, supplements are very dependent on the person taking them, so you just have to test it on yourself.
Therefore, if you’re looking for more mental focus in the gym, more energy, and more endurance, here’s a link to try a tub of Wake Up! Unlimited Energy.
Lastly, a quick on the go pre-workout drink option, is an energy drink like a Rockstar or a Redbull.
You can buy an energy drink at any convenience store.
I’ve said it before, I don’t recommend drinking energy drinks everyday.
But I have been open in saying that, when I’m looking for a quick boost in energy, I will have an energy drink.
However, let me repeat, it’s not every day.
Again, I’m just giving you options.
If choice A is to skip your workout because you’re feeling lazy or choice B is to have an energy drink, and then go kill it in the gym, I’d choose B.
But I repeat, just not every single day.
Like always, I’m just being real and transparent with you.
Those were a few of the best pre-workout drink options for energy.
For most people, I do recommend so form of caffeine prior to your workouts.
However, if you’re highly sensitive to caffeine, or you’re just naturally a bundle of energy, and you don’t need anymore, just do it the way you are.
Stick to drinking water and go kill your workout.
Speaking of water, make sure you’re consuming a lot of water before, during, and after your workout.
If you are training at night, try to limit the caffeine because your sleep will take a hit.
We all know sleep is key for those recovery gains.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.