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By: Rich Carr
Like most things in life, you’re first told how to do something and then you begin doing it. And, like most things in life, as you get older, you find out the folks who imprinted you with so many “How To’s” just didn’t know how to do them right.
Pre-workout preparation is one of those things. In fact, “pre-workout” used to be defined as that point in time, with shorts on and motivation high, that you might have stretched a little or, at minimum, decided in your head that you were going to focus on upper body, lower body or maybe even cardio.
Science and time have served up an entirely new definition of what “pre-workout” means to you. Pre-workout can mean the difference between just getting tired and seeing gains where you want them. Pre-workout can mean the difference between a great experience and a horrible injury.
Pre-workout is literally the point in which you decide to do what you do correctly prior to execution of the physical exercise. And here’s the kicker: Most professionals start their pre-workout regimen up to eight hours in advance of the actual workout. Eight hours!
Before you begin wondering how to fill eight hours of the day or night with what you were taught long ago – things like stretching and warming up – thing “bigger.” Think LIFESTYLE.
A lifestyle that includes working out seriously is, in fact, your lifestyle. The eight hours pre-workout preparation referred to begins with what you eat. Nutrition, the world’s most effective delivery system of nutrients to the cell level, is food and supplementation. You are what you eat, and that dictates how you perform in the gym. By looking at your gym performance based on your entire day’s food intake, you can almost dictate what kind of workout you’ll have.
Fuel yourself correctly all day, and your workout becomes a focused part of your day when you invest in you. Well fueled, your workout is free of thoughts like fatigue, wanting to simply “chill” in the gym or lack of motivation. You need power in the gym, and the fuel you ingest – both food and targeted supplementation – will fuel that exertion.
Food isn’t just for when you're hungry. Food is fuel for a purpose. Define that purpose and your fuel should be easy for you to choose. In addition to your meals, supplementation for your purpose is available and can only enhance your efforts, whether you’re building lean muscle mass, losing weight or targeting a specific body part or parts for a specific reason.
Motivation, too, is a factor prior to working out. And for many, that comes with a definitive pre-workout meal or supplementation regimen. Full Blown Extreme (FBX) by Max Muscle, for example, is a nitric-oxide boosting, creatine supplying, energy and intensity enhancing pre-workout supplement drink mix developed specifically to take 15 to 30 minutes prior to a workout.
With a great day of meals, a prescribed routine of supplementation for your specific needs by a Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach from Max Muscle, a good night’s rest and a goal, pre-workout gets a new meaning doesn’t it?
Pre-workout is now defined as “lifestyle.” And as you can see, it affects the goal as a whole. Prepare accordingly. MS&F