Even the most motivated Mudders have days that call for an extra kick in the butt whether that be from a friend, trainer, or a tasty pre-workout drink. Yep: the right pre-workout drink can mean the difference between “out of it” and “ready to rock.” And while water before exercise is always a smart choice, we’re fans of CELSIUS, a pre-workout that can take your energy level from 0 to 100 real quick. Read on to find out the benefits of pre-workouts and what ingredients to look for.
1. YOU’LL BE MORE FOCUSED
The primary ingredient in most pre-workouts is caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that will help you with alertness, reaction time, and improve your mood at doses between 100-300 mg, according to a 2016 Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews report.
But too much caffeine—more than 400mg—can be harmful and increase anxiety and impair mental performance. As for physical performance, the review states that the exercise-enhancing effects of caffeine come from a reduced perception of effort and an increased pain threshold. CELSIUS Fitness Drinks have 200mg of caffeine (just enough to get you in the zone and ready for adventure), while CELSIUS HEAT packs 300mg of caffeine, likely enough to keep you alert throughout any Tough Mudder event.
2. YOU’LL BURN FAT
Combining exercise and pre-workouts is key. You can’t just drink pre-workouts and then sit at a desk all day and expect your body to change. In fact, a Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research study had people either a) drink CELSIUS and exercise, b) just drink CELSIUS and not exercise at all, or c) just exercise without the drink. The group that drank CELSIUS and worked out significantly decreased their body fat percentage, unlike the other groups.
In general, losing body fat prior to a Tough Mudder will make conquering obstacles easier, and probably reveal the six pack you’ve been looking for.
3. YOU’LL BOOST ENDURANCE
Pre-workout drinks can aid in endurance, helping you travel farther, faster. The reason for this isn’t necessarily the caffeine; it’s other ingredients that improve circulation and respiratory function such as arginine, a natural beet root powder, and I-citrulline, an amino acid that helps make other amino acids more bioavailable, according to this European Journal of Applied Physiology study.
What does that even mean? It’s key for endurance performance because amino acids are the last line of defense in terms of what your body uses for energy on a Tough Mudder course. First you burn carbs, then fat, then protein (which is made of amino acids). Citrulline may also increase speed as shown by faster running times in a Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise study. CELSIUS HEAT has 2,000 mg of I-citrulline, which may seem like a low amount but is enough to reap its benefits.
4. YOU’LL TAKE IN VITAMINS
Many pre-workout drinks also contain vitamins and minerals to help your body perform essential functions, such as building and repairing muscle cells and maintaining central nervous system function. Among other beneficial nutrients, CELSIUS contains Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and calcium.
There are pre-workout drinks that don’t contain vitamins and just load up on stimulants, creatine, and nitric oxide boosters. These types aren’t lifestyle drinks, but more like “boom” drinks designed to keep you in workout mode for hours, even after your workout is over. CELSIUS packs a punch, but not so much that you’re a zombie for an entire day.
Crack open a cold one and get ready to be Tougher Together at your next Tough Mudder.