Why Your Pre Workout Stopped Working
There’s nothing more frustrating than when your old pre workout suddenly leaves you feeling flatter than a witch’s tit.
But why does this happen?
Can you really adapt to your pre workout? Or does it just have a poor formula? Or is it something else?
YOU HAVE ADAPTED TO YOUR PRE WORKOUT
Yes, you can adapt to your pre workout.
In terms of some ingredients, this is perfectly fine.
For instance, the “skin-crawling” effects of beta-alanine (known as parasthesia) generally wear off after someone has been supplementing with it for 3-4 weeks. That’s perfectly normal, and it doesn’t mean the ingredient isn’t working. Remember, the job of beta-alanine isn’t to make your skin go all tingly, it’s to buffer the build-up of lactic acid in working muscles, helping you force out more reps. It’ll still perform that job perfectly fine. I’ve known guys munch down 4 grams, 5 grams, and even 6 grams of beta-alanine just to re-experience that tingly sensation, and it’s utterly pointless, because the training benefits max out at 3.2 grams!
But there’s another ingredient in your pre workout that you don’t want to adapt to, and that’s caffeine.
Your body adapts to stimulants much like it adapts to weight training (15kg dumbbells used to feel heavy, but now you use 20kg dumbbells >> 100mg caffeine used to blow your head off, now it does nothing at all).
If your pre workout doesn’t contain enough caffeine to give you a kick, take a look how much is in there and buy one with more. The highest I recommend going is 400mg caffeine. If your current pre workout provides this and you still need more caffeine, take it as a sign you’ve become a full-fledged “stim junkie” and need a different approach.
Another useful approach is to grab a stim-free pre workout and use it for a week every 6 weeks. By doing this, you can continue getting the benefits of the other key ingredients in your pre workout (citrulline malate, beta-alanine, betaine anhydrous, creatine monohydrate, etc) while giving your body a little break from caffeine. When you return to your simulant-based preworkout it should feel powerful once again!
PERHAPS YOUR PRE WORKOUT IS UNDER-DOSED
Hey, some pre workouts just suck.
Lots of supplement companies under-dose the ingredients in their product, releasing preworkouts that literally cost pennies to make, and they get away with it because most people don’t know what to look for anyway. Unfortunately, by the time they figure out it’s a poor product, they’ve already bought it.
So listen up…
The supplement industry is shady as f**k, with many little loopholes which allow bad products to hit the shelves. One such loophole is that simply including an ingredient enables the manufacurer to make scientific claims associated with that ingredient.
Make sense? That means I could add 1mg caffeine to a sports drink then proclaim it’ll “boost your energy” because caffeine has been proven to do this, even though we have nowhere near the required dose.
It sucks, but that’s the world we live in.
This silly industry loophole is the reason there are so many awful preworkout supplements on sale, under-dosed in key ingredients and covered in hype.
So perhaps your pre workout is just s**t. Does it contain clinical doses of the main ingredients? Flip the label and take a look.
This could also be the moment you realize you’ve fallen victim to another one of those silly loopholes: proprietary blends.
If you cannot see the doses of each ingredient, it’s because the supplement company has chosen not to show you. Current supplement industry regulations say this is perfectly legal, they are within their rights to hide the formula behind a “proprietary blend”.
They’ll say it’s to prevent rival companies from stealing their formula, but this is nonsense. A good pre workout will NEVER hide its formula, because in a world filled with bulls**t products a good formula is literally THE BEST marketing tool.
This sounds like a very dirty tactic, right? But many well-known manufacturers use it. Check this out:
- Grenade .50 Calibre
- Pro Supps Mr. Hyde NitroX
- Reflex Nutrition Muscle Bomb
- Cellucor C4
- Adapt Nutrition Pre Train v2
- Warrior Rage
- Gaspari Nutrition SuperPump Max
- GAT Nitraflex
- BSN N.O. Xplode
Of course, not ALL pre workouts are s**t…
So I’ll end this post with a few links to the “cream of the crop”. Like I said, a good formula is THE BEST marketing tool a product can have, and there are some companies who use this to full effect. I’ll happily recommend these to clients & website members when in search of a solid product:
- REDCON1 TOTAL WAR
- PRE JYM
- AML PRE WORKOUT
- Or read my guide on how to make your own pre workout from scratch