If you’ve ever had any experience taking a pre-workout supplement, and it’s just not doing it for you, you actually may be doing it wrong. No, we’re being serious. There are many mistakes people make when it comes to using their workout supplements and these mistakes can cost them precious energy, cause shaky crashes, and even worse performance than they were promised. However, in this guide we’re going to talk about some common mistakes so you may be able to get the best out of your pre-workout formula and make it work for you!

The First One: Taking at the Wrong Time
One of the things people often do is drink their pre-workout right before they start exercising. While with things like certain protein shakes, this can be beneficial, it’s more beneficial to actually wait anywhere from 25-60 minutes before you start working out, when all of those hyper vitamins are at their peak performance levels inside your noggin. If you wait until you’re already getting ready to start exercising, you’re going to wear yourself out before you even start to feel the full effects and kick you need. 

Most pre-workout formulas have caffeine in them, which can last anywhere from 4-6 hours for good reason. Also, if you take a pre-workout supplement too late, you might end up having problems later on (like insomnia), so make sure you take it more than 4 hours before bed.

Eat Something!!!
Another common problem is that many people don’t eat when they take their supplements. This isn’t just for pre-workout formulas, but it happens more than most. You should always eat something, preferably with a little bit of protein and probably something healthy like a fruit. Whatever you do, if you want the full effect though, don’t eat extremely high-in-fiber foods, as this will help you get rid of the supplements faster as it’s not digested properly. Save the fiber for your other meals.

You May Have the Wrong Formula
Don’t just think that every protein drink is a pre-workout says all the pre workout reviews. At the same time, don’t think that every pre-workout formula is the same as well. The best formulas are ones that aren’t completely chock full of extra filler ingredients, but those with a very select few. Sure, you may see things like vitamins and minerals, and amino acids on there, but you want the best basic ingredients possible with plenty of amino acids, maybe some taurine or L-carnitine, creatine, caffeine, citrulline malate, and maybe some B vitamins in the mix. Avoid those that have high levels of glucose and sugar ingredients.

Hopefully this pre-workout formula guide has helped you, and the next time you try your pre-workout formula, it actually works for you instead of causing a tug of war inside of your body to give you the most ultimate boost of energy for your workout. If not, don’t hesitate and consider possibly changing your formula or choosing a better one to help you get the most out of all of your future workouts.