Live Lean Nation…so you’re just not feeling the energy to go to the gym, well on today’s episode of Live Lean TV I want to talk about various pre-workout energy boosters. Because lets face it…
If you’re not moving your body, good luck living lean.
I admit, I like caffeine. I find it helps me focus. It keeps me alert. I feel more motivated. And it gives a nice boost of energy. And you may not realize this, but caffeine has been shown to help increase fat burning and lifting heavy weights just seems easier when you’re amped up. So lets cover more natural options as well as pre-workout supplement options.
Lets start with the more natural options.
This is my go-to. Studies so consuming coffee before workouts can increase endurance during training, decrease muscle soreness post training, and increase fat burning. I always go with black coffee and a packet of natural sweetener. The energy jolt from coffee still hits me good and I don’t feel the energy crash often associated with some energy drinks, so coffee is one of my favs.
If you don’t like coffee. An alternative source for caffeine is Green Tea before workouts.
Although not as strong, green tea will still help elevate fat burning and increase antioxidants consumption which will help lower inflammation from your workout. Because yes, even though you’re doing a good thing by working out, you’re actually increasing inflammation in your body, so load up on antioxidant rich foods to decrease free radicals in your body.
Lets move on to some more hardcore options.
I have to admit, most pre-workout supplements have been a miss for me. In other words, a lot of the ones I’ve tried have either not hit me, or they hit me hard for a short period, then my energy crashes before my workout ends.
I was just sent samples of X2Performance which as you can see is a pre-mixed solution. If you want to get a free sample of these to try (you just pay a small shipping cost), click here. I haven’t tried these yet, but I’m planning on trying it before tomorrow’s chest workout, which I’ll be filming for you. I’ll let you know what I think in that blog. Stay tuned.
And too be 100% transparent with you like I always am… “I am currently participating in a sponsored marketing campaign for X2PERFORMANCE®, so I have received some form of compensation for this post. But all opinions are 100% mine. I am not a puppet. And of course, these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.” Thanks for that FDA.
So pre workout supplements in a pre-mixed solution or powder is another option.
And lastly, a quick on the go option, is an energy drink like a Rockstar that you can buy at any convenience store.
Now I admit, I’ve said it before, I don’t recommend these everyday. But I have been open in saying that I have one maybe once a month when I’m looking for a quick energy boost. I repeat NOT EVERY DAY. I’m just giving options people.
If the choice is A: skip a workout because you’re lazy, or B: have one of these and then go kill it in the gym, I’d choose B. Just being real and transparent like I always am with you.
So there are your choices Live Lean Nation. I do recommend so form of caffeine prior to your workouts, but if you’re highly sensitive to caffeine or are just a bundle of energy you’re awesome just the way you are. Stick to water and go kill it!
And yes, make sure you’re consuming a lot of water before, during, and after your workout! And try to limit the caffeine if you’re training at night, because your sleep will take a hit. And we all know sleep is key for those recovery gains!
In the comments below, tell me which is your favorite pre-workout drink?
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.