If you’re a young man or an athlete, you’ve probably asked yourself the question “should I take pre-workout supplements?”
As a former male cheerleader, I’m familiar with the conundrum that young men face when it comes to supplements. There is a vast variety of pre, post, and intra workout supplements that all promise to help you gain muscle, burn fat, and give you that ‘edge‘ in the gym. Some of these supplements, like whey protein, fish oil and creatine are actually very helpful, but the majority of supplements are a waste of money. And not trying to be ‘that guy,’ but some of these pre-workouts are crazy, and literally have amphetamines in them.
To be honest, I’m a huge fan of MILD stimulants, like caffeine, and their benefits when it comes to training. There’s no doubt that they can help you get motivated and perform better for a workout, but they should be used in moderation. There’s no reason to put your life at stake every time you enter the gym, and some of these supplements are literally that dangerous. Also, it would be a real shame to fail a drug test for steroids or amphetamines because you didn’t research your pre-workout supplement. This has happened to numerous athletes in the past few years, though it is often used as an excuse by real cheaters who say they “didn’t know” what they were taking. It’s ultimately your own responsibility to research and know what goes into your body.
Once again, in case some bro out there didn’t “get it,” don’t be an idiot when it comes to supplements.