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Old 11-05-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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Iv never taken any pre workout, just wondering if people think they are really worth it?
Surely you could still do what you did that day without it?

I have been tempted to try some just to see what all the fuss is about but if I'm honest, I'm overly paranoid about the ingredients in them, I can't even pronounce half of them, never mind know what they actually are.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:24 PM   #2
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There are many logs in the Purus Labs section for our pre, Condense. Energy, pump, and endurance are the main benefits. Check them out for some feedback. I enjoy taking pwo, I feel like my workouts are better because of it.
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I have been using pre-workoutds for years with no ill-effect on my health. I know this because I am checked annually by an internal medicine specialist for a separate health issue and the docs comments to me the first time last y6ear was " I wish I had your health" and this year was "your cells are like the amazon rainforest - full of life, growth, and vitality. They run a ton of blood tests on me to check my health on a cellular level.

My all time fave is Muscle Marinade - however, it is now being reformulated due to DMAA restrictions. However, Condense combined with D-Pol is also very good stuff.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:34 PM   #4
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I like pre workouts, at the moment i am training at 6am so its great to kick start me early in the day.
I tend to buy a different one and don't stick with the same brand.
I guess it boils down to each person if they think pre's are worth it, personally i am very sensitive to things like coffe, sugar, pre works etc. so 1 scoop and i'm tingling all over and bouncing off the walls.
Another bonus from them is they help you focus, give you a mental boost which is good.

That's my 2p's worth anyways!
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:36 PM   #5
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Iv never taken any pre workout, just wondering if people think they are really worth it?
Surely you could still do what you did that day without it?

I have been tempted to try some just to see what all the fuss is about but if I'm honest, I'm overly paranoid about the ingredients in them, I can't even pronounce half of them, never mind know what they actually are.
Find out what the ingredients mean and stay away from proprietary blends and micro dosing. Things I look for is beta alanine, betaine, caffeine, agmatine, citrulline malate in appropriate doses. Creatine monohydrate is unimportant in a preworkout as I supplement with it by itself in 5g. doses.

You can always take a 200 mg. Caffeine pill or drink coffee before lifting. This has been around since forever.
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I definately see a difference. Mostly when I dont take one, less "get up and go" less focus, and the Condense I have been taking lately really gives me an endless amount of energy...and after looking at your squat day, I could see where that would be a benefit to you!
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I like them for the fact i can get my creatine in.
as well as well as the kick it gives.
Theres also a placebo effect in there somewhere im sure.
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Some really good feedback there.

Another Question, do you take them every workout?
I was thinking if they do give you a bit of an advantage then you'd end up wanting to take it every time?
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Some really good feedback there.

Another Question, do you take them every workout?
I was thinking if they do give you a bit of an advantage then you'd end up wanting to take it every time?
Yes, that's my problem with them.

I see a similar thing with smelling salts - there are guys at my gym using them before virtually every set, even for sets of curls. They feel they're not going to get a great set without them. Same with pre-workouts.

Personally, I find an occasional cup of coffee before a heavy workout really does help. I don't like doing it because I have a problem with all mood-altering substances, but the benefits outweigh my scruples . However, if my overall caffeine intake is high, or I'm doing it every workout, i do get a noticeably smaller effect.
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Some really good feedback there.

Another Question, do you take them every workout?
I was thinking if they do give you a bit of an advantage then you'd end up wanting to take it every time?
Yup, I take a pre-wo each and every time & at meets. It doesn't bother me in any way, since like I said before, I am healthy as a Horse. The important thing is is that nobody should use it as a substitute for food, which by the sounds of it you never would anyway. Any supplement is just that, a supplement.
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