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Women often have difficulty in choosing a pre-workout, as most companies seem as if they are largely focused on men. Women also tend to steer clear of pre-workouts as there are many misconceptions about pre-workouts being ‘hardcore’, as well as the ingredients inside them. We are going to look at some of the best pre-workouts for females and look at what’s going on inside.
Essentially, there are three things you can use to decide which pre-workout is the best for you. The first, which is common with most people, is looking at the ingredient profile. We have access to tonnes of information at our fingertips, so it isn’t hard to do a little of your own research. While not everything you read may be true, there is generally sufficient evidence to convince you that specific ingredients are worth it.
Ingredient profiles are typically the most common deciding factor for a pre-workout, as we are more educated on what works and what doesn’t.
The second is looking at the supposed benefits of the product. While some products emphasise their effects, most pre-workouts have a similar ingredient profile so while you may not be lifting cars off of a baby, you will feel the benefits. Lastly, there are those who follow the popularity of a product, buying what is currently the trending pre-workout.
Pre-workouts are not gender-bias, they are just more commonly marketed to men. While some pre-workouts do include testosterone boosters and other male-specified ingredients (which would obviously not be suited for women), the majority of pre-workouts can be taken by both men and women.
Recently, however, there has been an increase in pre-workouts specifically designed with women in mind. Here are our recommendations for pre-workouts specifically for women.
Essential Amino Energy has prided itself on being one of the greatest energy-enhanced amino acid drinks, and many a person has heralded Amino Energy as being their go-to pre-workout. Amino Energy starts off a simple amino acid drink, with BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids) and Nitric Oxide (N.O.) boosters and throws a little caffeine in for energy. As Essential Amino Energy doesn’t centre itself around stimulants, it will not give you the negative after-effects commonly associated with stimulant-heavy pre-workouts.
The amino acids provide the nutrition you need during workouts, replenishing nutrients as they are lost. Furthermore, they enhance vasodilation, thereby increasing blood vessels allowing more blood, water, and nutrients to flow to the muscle.
Everybody wants a lean, muscular physique. Like anything worth having, wanting it isn't enough. You have to commit to a rigorous diet and training program that will tax your strength mentally as well as physically. To help you satisfy both of these demands, Optimum Nutrition’s ESSENTIAL AMINO ENERGY combines the optimal ratio of rapidly absorbed free-form amino acids with natural energizers and N.O. boosting ingredients to help you reach your next level
Chronicle Nutrition Amino NRG is also an amino acid-based pre-workout, with stimulants added for an extra surge of energy. Combining thirteen different amino acids with Caffeine, Green Tea Extract, and L-Tyrosine encourages muscle growth and recovery, as well as energy for the muscle to feed off while you are training. Furthermore, Amino NRG has an Electrolyte and Hydration Matrix to ensure that you are adequately hydrated while you train, to prevent muscle cramps and injuries as a result of dehydration.
AMINO NRG is a stimulant-based, amino acid complex formula designed to support high intensity, endurance training as well as muscle recovery. AMINO NRG features 13 different amino acids including Green Tea Extract and Caffeine combined with 3 grams of BCAA’s to help fuel your muscles during workouts. AMINO NRG also contains an Electrolyte and Hydration Matrix to help prevent cramping during races and intense training sessions.
BioTechUSA AAKG Shock is a liquid variant of AAKG, or Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate, and contains magnesium as well. There is no caffeine in AAKG Shock but because they have combined 6000mg of arginine with magnesium, there is no need for any other stimulants. AAKG Shock is designed to be a strict vasodilator, meaning that it opens up the blood vessels to push more blood, water, and nutrients into the muscle tissue. This stretches muscle tissue out, creating microscopic tears in the muscle tissue, but restricts the chance of injury because there is a dense flow of nutrients.
During workout muscle cells are exposed to excessive loads and to function properly they require continuous supply of oxygen, energy, and nutrients. Unfortunately, due to limited flow capacity of the blood system during intensive workout problem occur with key elements transportation. What happens when oxygen or energy are deficient?
3D Nutrition’s Pre Shock XT combines a muscle pump matrix, performance, and energy compounds to increase athletic endurance and provide great blood flow. One of the greatest aspects of Pre Shock XT is that it is a potent concoction of ingredients but not so much that it overpowers your training. Essentially, it gives you a nudge but doesn’t push you over. Their combination of caffeine, Taurine, BCAA’s, L-Citrulline, B-vitamins, and other compounds makes for a fantastic pre-workout that gets you revved up without being too powerful.
These are just some examples of excellent pre-workouts for women. Whenever you choose your next pre-workout, make sure to keep these tips in mind and always look out for the above ingredients. Now it’s time to step up your game.