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Should you take a pre-workout supplement?

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Pre-workout formulas aren’t for everyone.

If you frequently lack energy or have difficulty making it through your workout, you shouldn’t automatically resort to supplements.

Adequate hydration, sleep, and diet are essential for any exercise routine to optimize your energy levels and help repair your muscles.

Moreover, the variability in ingredients of pre-workout supplements makes it difficult to determine their effectiveness.

They can also be expensive — and research hasn’t proven them to be more effective than whole foods that provide the same nutrients. For example, a banana and a mug of coffee is a suitable, cheap, and accessible alternative to a pre-workout supplement.

That said, if you find that pre-workout formulas work for you, there’s no reason to stop. Just be mindful of their ingredients and your total intake.

SUMMARY: Studies do not reliably show pre-workout supplements to be effective. Notably, they cannot replace a balanced diet, quality sleep, and adequate hydration. If you prefer to use one anyway, be conscientious about its ingredients and your total intake.

The bottom line

Pre-workout supplements are primarily used to enhance physical performance and energy, but research doesn’t back many of their supposed benefits.

Although certain ingredients may boost your results, there’s no standardized formula and several potential downsides.

To fuel your workout, choose nutritious, energy-boosting foods like bananas and coffee instead.

However, if you prefer taking a pre-workout formula, it’s best to check its ingredients and opt for supplements certified by a third party.

Above all, make sure you’re getting a balanced diet, plenty of water, and sufficient sleep.

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