Pre workout supplements are becoming a favourite for both gym rats and your casual gym goer. Pre workout gives you that extra kick that will keep you focused and full of energy at the gym, making sure you get the most out of your workout. Most pre-workout supplements come in a powder form that you add water to and drink, simple right? And you’d be right, however it’s not without its side effects.

Side Effects of Traditional Pre workout

The traditional pre workout that comes in a powdered form that you mix with water has some common side effects. These side effects aren’t necessarily harmful to your long-term health, but they can make you uncomfortable during your workout. The most commonly talked about side effect is a tingly and itchy sensation, commonly compared to pins and needles, particularly on the palms of your hands, your feet and your face. This can be a particular problem if you suffer from common skin problems such as eczema. Pre workouts have also been known to cause other side effects such as headaches, nausea and dehydration.

The Benefits of Switching to Caffeine as a Pre Workout

  1. Caffeine pills are much cheaper than any pre-workout you can find on the market

Most pre workouts come in a tub with a scoop. You will often find with the cheaper pre workouts, you’re also getting a smaller serving size because the scooper is so much larger than the more expensive brands.

  1. Caffeine pills don’t dehydrate you as much as standard pre-workout

Caffeine will dehydrate you to an extent because it is a diuretic, but classic pre-workout formulas contain caffeine as well as creatine, which is also a diuretic – and not necessarily beneficial to your exercise. Always remember to stay hydrated, whatever form of supplements you’re taking.

  1. We know the effects of caffeine on health

Pre workout concoctions are a relatively new invention and we are yet to find out the long-term health effects of regularly consuming this cocktail of chemicals. Pre workout is also classed as a food rather than a drug, which means regulation is much less thorough.