For anyone looking to add some "oomph" to their exercise, a pre-workout might be for you. Whether you're a veteran to supplements, or a newbie who's merely intrigued, there are a couple of things to consider before reaching for one.
Things like "what is a pre-workout?" "how does it help me?" and "what type should I take?" are all questions you should be asking. So, below, we answer these in an effort to help you put your best foot forward in your next sweat session.
A pre-workout is defined as a multi-ingredient formula, taken for boosting athletic activity. For some, it can be a total performance game changer®. While there are many options out there, our new Vital Performance™ Pre* is one that's NSF Certified for Sport®. It offers a variety of premium ingredients that help you prepare for your goals by simply mixing 2 scoops into 12 oz of liquid.
Ultimately, while the ingredient list may differ among pre-workouts, the end goal is the same. That being, properly fueling your workouts to maximize your movements.
Building muscle doesn’t strictly start at the gym. Reputable studies have shown that fueling before a workout can help the body burn more calories during it.
Vital Performance™ Pre* helps with this. As the only pre-workout with collagen added, it rounds out the amino acid profile with BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids) to provide more complete proteins to propel your routine. Additionally, ingredients like creatine, citrulline and arginine round out the profile to boost muscle strength and power output as you go.
What are BCAAs and how does Coffeeberry® help you? We're glad you asked! Below, we dive into the ingredient profile for Vital Performance™ Pre* to power your next workout.
Amino acids make up the proteins in the body. Of the nine essential amino acids (re: ones that the body can't make and come from dietary sources only), three of them are the BCAAs leucine, isoleucine and valine. Their primary role is help to support muscles and joints as part of a prepare phase. Along with 5g of Collagen Peptides, Vital Performance™ Pre* has 5g of these.
These next two come to play in an endure phase. Their primary goal? Support enhanced power output. Our pre-workout has 1.5g of Creatine Nitrate (a combination of both creatine and nitrate supplements) and 150mg of elevATP® (a pairing of ancient peat and apple polyphenols) which both work together to help boosts muscle strength and power output.**
Bring on the energy! Coffee fruit extract is a significant antioxidant that comes from the fruit of the coffee arabica plant. Since it grows in high altitudes and close to the equator, it's one of the most potent natural antioxidants around. In Vital Performance™ Pre*, it acts as an energy enhancer with 140mg of coffeeberry® fruit caffeine.
While a uniquely tailored pre-workout that’s packed with functional ingredients may help you conquer your fitness goals, we also recommend discussing these with your licensed healthcare professional. They can best provide you with the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and assist you as well in deciding whether a dietary supplement will be a helpful addition to your regimen.