You made a commitment to yourself to try something new. More and more you realize how important it is to exercise on a regular basis. The sweat, the struggle, and the reward of feeling amazing afterwards are all factors in your new decision: making a routine of going to the gym.
Whether you decide to go in the morning, afternoon, or nights, you begin to set a schedule. Some days are harder than others to stick to it, but you persevere. The days where you feel in tune with yourself during your exercise are some of the best days. The accomplishment of pushing your limits physically and mentally excites you. But as you go more regularly, you begin to find your energy fades faster during your workouts. A normal weight lifting session of an hour has turned into forty-five minutes. The tiredness begins to dissolve your post-workout euphoria. It’s time to try something different.
Most people who begin this routine have noticed something: the need for a stimulant and a recovery aid. The stimulant will help with energy levels during the workout, and the recovery aid will help with reducing soreness after the workout. All gym goers come to this conclusion sooner or later: to sustain their routine, they must incorporate these two factors.
Yes, of course there are individuals who swear “I never need any stimulant” or “I never get sore”. Sure, for every opinion there is a counter opinion. Those individuals are outliers.
Let’s go over some terminology. Supplements are any sort of nutritional compounds that are supplemented into the diet. For example, a daily vitamin is a big grouping of vitamins and minerals. These individual vitamins and minerals can each be called a supplement or the entire daily vitamin can be called a supplement. Sorry I was not in charge of the naming.
“Supplements” is a very broad term describing a multitude of different vitamins, minerals, and compounds. This broad term structures itself in a bunch of different categories, and two of them are extremely similar to the stimulant and recovery aid. These two categories are pre-workouts and post-workouts.
A pre-workout is a supplement formulation designed to improve the future physical expenditure. They come in a powder form and mix with water for oral consumption. A traditional pre-workout is centered on reducing fatigue and promoting energy during the workout. As previously noted, that added energy is a needed boost as you begin an exercise routine. These formulations vary from supplement to supplement, but the premise remains the same.
A post-workout is a supplement to increase recovery time and increase muscle density. After working out, your body begins to break down muscle. This is called a catabolic state. To halt this catabolism, one must consume a protein source within a short time after working out. This protein source is our main ingredient in post-workout supplements and is necessary for proper recovery.
The combination of having a pre-workout and a post-workout supplement will help any new gym goer stick to their routine and make it easier to achieve all your goals.