- Consume something that provides a quick, easy to access source of carbohydrates (i.e simple sugars) to allow the muscles to load up glycogen stores. In addition to simple sugars, you also need a good source of slow release carbohydrates.
- A quality source of easy to digest protein, high in BCAA’s needed for muscle build, repair and recovery.
- Foods to promote the update and preservation of hydration are another important component. Also foods that are high in potassium are helpful pre-workout do to their ability to replace electolytes lost due to sweating.
- Vigor enhancing / nervous system stimulating foods are also common in pre-workout formulations. To this end, foods containing caffeine are often used.
- High antioxidant foods are another, as they mitigate the effects of stress on the body caused by intense exercise.
- Think ease of use. Ideally your Pre-Workout Blend which can be simply added to water, given a shake in a Protein Shaker bottle, and then consumed.
The following is a guide to what might you might include in your own, unique custom-made blend. Any raw material you require not listed below you can request when filling out our New Product Development form.
Superfood Options Include
Organic Maca Root Powder – highly renowed for it’s “vigor”-enhancing qualities.
Organic Brown Rice Protein Powder – 80% by dry weight pure protein and due to it having undergone bio-fermentation, it is delivered in a form which requires less energy to be broken down and absorbed. Brown Rice Protein Powder is also easily soluble in any fluid and has a naturally sweet, creamy flavor, which is not chalky in texture.
Another great thing about brown rice protein is that for branched chain amino acids, its exceeds the amount of BCAAs found in whey for 2 out of the 3 (isoleucine and valine). For leucine, whey is higher but only by less than one-half of a percentage point.
Banana Powder – Banana’s are nature’s PowerBar,” which contain the ideal mix of the types of sugars athletes need, including glucose, fructose, and sucrose, similar to what’s inside most sports drinks.
Organic Chia Seeds – The seed’s outer husk is hydrophilic, meaning it draws in fluid. When mixed in water, chia seeds can absorb 10 times their weight in fluid, making them an excellent addition to an intra-workout mix, or a great way to pre-hydrate and prolong hydration during intense training. This is the logic that drives a growing number of pro athletes to mix chia seeds into their nutritional shakes.
Matcha Extract or Guarana Extact Powder – Both these foods provide a source of caffeine which provide the athlete with a “spark” of energy, by stimulating the central nervous system before exercise.
Organic Coconut Sugar – Pre-workout nutrition is largely about getting high quality sugars into the body to fuel metabolism. Coconut sugar aside from adding to taste, is unlike refined sugar in that it has all of it’s abundant micronutrients intact.
For more details please refer to our How it Works page.