Energy isn’t unlimited, believe it or not. Finding extra energy to work out alongside working 5+ days per week isn’t easy. Social media stars will have you believe that if you’re not excited to train every day then you’re not capable or are failing, but it’s much easier to “go beast mode” when you get paid to work out!
There are a number of things you can do to try and conserve energy during the day ready for your workout later on. You can slightly increase your carbohydrate intake, drink plenty of water, get more sleep, and try not to stress about some of the smaller things in life. This is all well and good, but it’s not always enough.
“So,” I hear you ask, “what can I do?” Well, you have to think outside the box sometimes, and in this particular case you may have to increase the size of your supplement arsenal. You may not have heard of some of the following supps, but they may be the exact thing you’re looking for to revitalize your grueling workouts. Here are our top 3:
Decaduro is first for a couple of reasons. First, not everybody can tolerate caffeine and may feel like they have nowhere to turn for an immediate energy source. Second, it’s got a rather interesting blend of ingredients that have scientific backing.
Caffeine is undoubtedly one of the world’s most consumed ergogenic aids used to enhance physical performance. It has earned a reputation for its effects on fat-burning and its ability to keep its users feeling energetic. It’s a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, so use with caution. The required dose may be larger than the average cup of coffee. In the scientific literature, average dosages have ranged from 3mg/kg to 6mg/kg. This means that a 80kg male may need 240–480mg/kg. Of course, it’s always safer to start at the lower end and work upwards, as people respond to it differently. Physiologically, we can build resistance to caffeine, so a break every so often is beneficial.
Acetyl L-Carnitine is a stimulant similar to caffeine, but it isn’t as strong, which means it isn’t as harsh to those who are extremely sensitive to stimulants. Basically, it provides the alertness without the side effects some people experience. Additionally, it contains L-Citruline, which is an amino acid also found in Decaduro and which is used to naturally decrease fatigue. Impressively, it has been said to reduce fatigue and improve both aerobic and anaerobic endurance. This, coupled with the stimulating properties of Acetyl L-Carnitine, is more than likely to give you the feelgood factor during your workout.
Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide produced from starch (carbohydrate). As you probably know, carbs are our primary fuel source during physical activity. As a supplement, maltodextrin is easily digestible and can be utilized by the body as rapidly as glucose. This makes it a good choice as an immediate source of energy. Many athletes and bodybuilders use maltodextrin as an intra-workout (consumed during a training session) to provide the energy required to perform to the max. It usually comes as a powder ready to mix with water.
Different supplements will cause different responses depending on your tolerances. It isn’t a “one size fits all” thing, and it can take time to find out what works best for you. It’s also important to remember not to overuse some of these supplements. Overuse can be dangerous, and we should only use supplements when we really need them. If we use them all the time, we won’t be able to identify their effects clearly.