It’s hard enough to find time during the day to squeeze in a workout. Unless you’re un-employed, under-employed or a student many Americans simply don’t have time to go to the gym. When they do make time they’re either exhausted from a full day’s work or groggy from waking up early to hit the gym before they hit the office. Regardless of what the reason may be, we could all use a pick-me-up to help get us going no matter the time of day, and our options are numerous. There are many products out there, here’s a list of the pros and cons of some of the more popular options:
Coffee. Now I love coffee as much as Juan Valdez, but there is something inherently wrong with drinking coffee in-between bench press sets. It may give you energy or a boost, but it’s also causes headaches and jitteriness.
Energy drinks such as Redbull and Rockstar have similar effects, but typically they’re loaded with sugar and thus unhealthy. After all, you wouldn’t go on a 10K run to Burger King now would you?
More sensible options are drinks such as green tea. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants as well as a modest amount of caffeine for energy however not nearly as much caffeine as coffee. Other products such as N.O.-Xplode by BSN are also very effective and geared towards weight training. N.O.-Xplode is a powder which is mixed with water; it contains creatine, caffeine, and a plethora of other muscle stimulating ingredients. You won’t feel jittery or shaky as if you were drinking coffee and you’ll find that you’re acute, focused and energized. Products such as N.O.-Xplode are very effective. These products are designed specifically for training use and are tailored to someone who works out on a regular basis.
Whether it is coffee, Redbull, N.O.-Xplode or eating pounds of chocolate (also not recommended), it is important to find something to keep your senses acute and your energy high. After all you wouldn’t run a marathon in hiking boots and jeans. Sure you might be able to finish the race but you certainly wouldn’t win, so why should your weight training regimen suffer by low energy and a lack of focus.
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