If you want to know which pre-workout supplements work and which don’t (and why), then you want to listen to this episode.

It’s cold and dark at six in the morning.

And it seems even colder and gloomier when you have to get up and train.

At that hour, it’s like gravity has tripled. Your eyes droop, your limbs drag, and your nervous system is running on fumes.

It’s time like these that you thank the gods you have a pre-workout supplement.

You fumble the top off, mix a (heaping) scoop in water, gulp it down, and the magic begins.

Fifteen minutes later you feel like the star of the latest Marvel flick, ready to push, pull, and squat against the forces of evil.

There’s no question that a pre-workout supplement can get you fired up to get to work in the gym. There are downsides, however.

Many pre-workout drinks are stuffed full of ineffective ingredients and/or minuscule dosages of otherwise good ingredients, making them little more than a few cheap stimulants with some “pixie dust” sprinkled in to make for a pretty label and convincing ad copy.

Many others don’t even have stimulants going for them and are just complete duds.

The reality is it’s very hard to find a pre-workout supplement that’s light on stimulants but heavy on natural, safe, performance-enhancing ingredients.

And in this episode, you’re going to find out what the best and worst pre-workout supplements are and why.

Let’s get started.

TIME STAMPS

0:22 – Why should I take pre-workout supplements?

1:02 – What are your favorite supplements?

10:49 – Which pre-workout supplements are bad?

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