What is Pre-Workout?

February 24, 2020

In the lifting world, it isn’t uncommon to see people at the gym with colored drinks and boxes of powder. Lots of people drink pre workout and take dietary supplements to help enhance their lifting performance, but what exactly are they putting into their bodies? 

Pre workout is usually seen in the form of powered, that is then mixed in with water. The average amount of time for pre workout to kick in is between fifteen and thirty minutes, but varies for different brands. 

The purpose of pre workout is to get an extra boost of energy to enhance athletic performance. A couple of ingredients that go into most powders are caffeine, creatine, vitamin B and amino acids. All the ingredients have different purposes in the preworkout, but all focusing on energy boosting and focus. Sophomore Adi Nicole said,

“Pre workout sometimes makes my workouts rockin but other times I don’t I don’t feel any different, but I like to dry scoop which is more fun.”

Creatine, which is a natural compound your body produces, is put into pre workouts to help build muscle mass and store energy. Many people who are trying to build muscles fast, major weightlifters and power athletes often take supplements with higher doses of creatine. Junior Andrew Hembry said, 

“I’ve had positive experiences, basically pre workouts are made up of things that help with energy and muscle endurance.”

Like anything else, pre workout does have some side effects that one should be cautious of if planning to take before working out. Because of the high amount of sugar alcohols in pre workout, an extra amount of calories will be taken in. This can cause bloatation, skin irritation; such as a burning feeling or itching, and bowel disruption. Other side effects that can come with taking pre workout with high amounts of caffeine can be anxiety, insomnia, and a negative change in blood pressure. 

There are other ways to accomplish a good workout without taking supplements. Getting eight or more hours of sleep, drinking water throughout the day and eating a clean diet of high protein and low artificial sugars can all help one’s athletic ability. Sophomore Sophia Halifax said,

“I don’t think pre workout is a necessary supplement but can be used to enhance my workout. When I take it correctly it will give me an energy boost and a mental/focus boost.”

Everyone has their own experiences with pre workout, and it is important to know what kind best fits with one’s athletic ability.


Personal Experience: I myself love to lift and have recently started taking pre workout. The first couple of times I took it I felt my skin was very itchy and would get bad rashes on my face. But I continued to take it because I workout in the morning and don’t have the best energy at six am, and could tell a difference in my performance. My body has now adapted to the pre workout and I dry scoop. The rashes have stopped but the skin continues to tingle and itch, but I assume that is just the high amount of caffeine kicking in.


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