Why is Pre-Workout important?
In body-building, performance is everything but you should not overlook your pre-workout routines. Many body-builders feel that they need to put emphasis on their post-workouts, particularly their post-workout anabolic windows that they forget how equally important it is to pay attention to their pre-workouts which basically dictate how their workouts will go. As every body-builder knows that you have to make every rep count if you are to achieve that great physique. But when day starts you are running on near empty, you glycogen stores will surely be depleted and the next thing your body will do to get the energy it needs is to turn to the muscles as the next best source. Your intensity and strength are also on the down-low, so your performance won’t be as great as it usually is, which means you won’t be able to push yourself as far as you can go without feeling pain and strain. As a result, you won’t be able to stimulate your muscle fibres to their breaking point wherein they’ll form new scar tissue and new muscle mass. A solid Pre-Workout routine is the key to avoid the mentioned problems. In fact, as a general rule in body-building, the ideal pre-workout routine should include good pre-workout nutrition, good pre-workout supplements and the right pre-workout exercises to get your body muscles warmer.
The first phase involves having a meal one or two hours before you start your workouts and the second phase involves taking your pre-workout supplements 15-30 minutes before you start working out. It is important that you consume slow to moderate digesting carbohydrates that will not only power you up but sustain you throughout your routine. Keep in mind that you should exercise portion control and good timing when consuming your pre-workout meal as if you consume too much and too close to the start of your routine, your body won’t be able to metabolize the food. Along with your pre-workout meal, you should also incorporate fruits that are an excellent source of Vitamin C and electrolytes. They also provide you a quick energy source that puts your routine off to a good start. Protein, as well, should be a part of your pre-workout meal as this is necessary to provide a steady supply of nitrogen to stimulate protein synthesis or muscle growth.
For the second phase of your pre-workout routine, you will need to make sure you get pre-workout supplements that are fast-absorbing so you can feel energized quickly and improve training performance and lower fatigue. Getting pre-workout supplements also ensure you achieve powerful muscle pumps which is essential to new muscle growth because it helps delivers important muscle-building nutrients, oxygen and amino acids to the working muscles to create an ideal anabolic environment conducive to new muscle growth.
Last but not least there are your pre-workout exercises to get your body muscles warmer and ready to perform greatly, avoiding muscles injuries! The temperature increases within muscles that are used during a warm-up routine: a warmed muscle both contracts more forcefully and relaxes more quickly. In this way both speed and strength can be enhanced. This improves muscle elasticity, also reducing the risk of strains and pulls and reduces the resistance to blood flow and lower stress on the heart. Your body increases its production of various hormones responsible for regulating energy production. During warm-up this balance of hormones makes more carbohydrates and fatty acids available for energy production. The warm-up is also a good time to mentally prepare for an event by clearing the mind, increasing focus, reviewing skills and strategy.