Are you starting to workout or maybe have worked out for years? Have you hit a plateau and just cannot get the motivation to get to the gym and have a good workout? If you want to build muscle, lose weight, increase testosterone or just look better. In this article we are going to discuss three ways that can improve your workout and help get you the results that you want.
Take a Pre-Workout
If you are like most of us, you have a full-time job, or you are at home taking care of the family. The last thing you have energy for is a session at the gym. This is where a pre-workout supplement can help. Pre-workout supplements contain ingredients such as caffeine that can give you a boost right before the gym allowing you to get a more intense and longer workout. Whether you workout in the morning or in the evening, taking a pre-workout supplement can help. Just make sure you are not taking any sort of stimulants or caffeine within a few hours of a pre-workout, otherwise it can cause jitters. Also, if you are a person that works out late at night, it might be better to take a non-stimulant pre-workout supplement, which can give you natural energy and pumps, but will not keep you up all night either.
Do Not Eat Right Before You Workout
One big problem is eating right before you work out. This is more common with those before that workout in the morning. What ends up happening is that your body uses all its energy to digest the food that you just ate instead of using it for your workout. Because this can be tough in the morning, we suggest eating something lighter before the gym. Something that is more focused on carbohydrates and protein rather than fat. A good alternative would be a whey protein shake. This is not that filling, and your body can digest it quickly. Another alternative would be something carb heavy, like a piece of toast. These carbs can used for energy and then you can eat right after your workout instead.
Get Enough Protein
Each time you work out, your body tears muscle fibers. You need to repair those as quickly as possible, so you have less soreness going into your next workout. Otherwise, you are going to wake up the next morning, be very sore, and not want to workout at all. Therefore, it is recommended to take 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight each day. Protein can help repair muscle fibers and increase your recovery times leading to less soreness each day. This will then allow you to get right back to the gym the following day with no issues. You should get as much protein as possible from actual foods, but this can sometimes be tough, especially if you are on a diet. For the times you just cannot reach your goal with food, a good protein powder can help. Protein supplements normally come with 25-30 grams of protein per serving, so 1-2 scoops of protein per day may be able to help you reach that goal much more easily than with just food.