PRE, INTRA & POST-WORKOUT & CARBOHYDRATE SUPPLEMENTS
When you are working your hardest and you really want to maximize your efforts, pre, intra and post-workout supplements are there to help.
In order to maintain energy, encourage recovery and muscle repair, you can greatly enhance your performance with some well-timed supplementation.
Get going with a pre-workout caffeine boost, which is evidence-based to enhance performance. Restore tired muscles with intra-workout carb intake and for post-workout, repair and build muscle gains with a targeted blend of amino acids, carbs and nutrients.
At Sweatband.com, we have got you covered with a wide range of powders, gels, drinks and bars for all your workout needs.
WHAT ARE PRE, INTRA & POST-WORKOUT SUPPLEMENTS?
These are supplements designed to benefit your overall exercise performance and recovery, when taken before, during or after your workout.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THESE WORKOUT SUPPLEMENTS?
Pre-workout supplements containing ingredients such as caffeine are designed to boost energy and performance, whilst carb type gels or drinks during workouts aim to enhance endurance and exercise duration. Post-workout, supplements replenish energy stores, top up amino acid levels, whilst boosting recovery, muscle growth and repair.
WHAT IS A CARBOHYDRATE SUPPLEMENT?
The main aim of supplementary carbohydrates, whether pre, intra or post-exercise, is to quickly and directly replenish lost glycogen stores. Glycogen is a form of stored glucose found in the muscles and liver and is essential for your energy levels. Extra carb intake during workouts can enhance both endurance and performance.
HOW DO I USE CARBOHYDRATE PRODUCTS?
Energy powders, including the pre-workout blends, can be added to water and consumed 15-30 minutes prior to exercise.
Energy drinks can be sipped during prolonged exercise, or consumed afterwards to aid glycogen recovery, but are best avoided immediately prior due to a risk of digestive distress.
Best for pre or post-exercise. Our energy bars require a little digestion so not ideal for during, but they can offer a real boost to performance when timed right.
Great for on the go glucose. These gels are designed to be directly utilisable by the body without the digestive discomfort associated with liquid consumption - you can also use our gels post-workout as an immediate recovery aid.
HOW DO I GET THE ENERGY TO WORK OUT?
Having sufficient energy to work out means having good levels of stored glycogen, ready for utilization. But, sometimes, it can be hard to get going in the first place, which is where pre-workout supplements come in. Pre-exercise caffeine intake is positively correlated with enhanced energy during exercise, so can be a useful aid in your workout routine.
WHAT SUPPLEMENT HELPS WITH ENDURANCE?
Both beta-alanine, creatine and carbohydrate supplements have all shown the ability to increase stamina during workouts. Allowing you to train harder, for longer, without so much fatigue.
WHAT IS THE BEST SUPPLEMENT FOR ENERGY BEFORE A WORKOUT?
A targeted pre-workout formula is your best bet - you will gain from performance-enhancing caffeine, specific amino acids to increase energy and muscle growth, and key nutrients for energy metabolism.
WHAT DO PRE-WORKOUT SUPPLEMENTS DO?
They usually boost your energy, prepare your body with amino acid availability and top up your supply of energy metabolising vitamins.
WHAT IS AN INTRA-WORKOUT SUPPLEMENT?
This is an easily consumed form of supplement, such as a gel or a drink, designed to be taken during extended exercise. It is usually designed to top up your carbohydrate levels to prevent glycogen depletion, but it may also contain branched-chain amino acids to encourage muscle endurance. They are easily digested during any activity and can be a good addition to your pre and post-workout supplement regime.
DO I NEED A POST-WORKOUT SUPPLEMENT?
If you have been working hard, and want to maximise your recovery and repair, then yes, a post-workout supplement will help you out. Gain from restored glycogen levels, amino acids to aid muscle hypertrophy and nutrients to support recovery.
CAN CARBOHYDRATES HELP BUILD MUSCLE?
Yes. When you have sufficient carb intake, your body prioritises using stored glycogen for energy during exercise - therefore it is ‘muscle sparing’. If you don't have enough stored glycogen, your body will start to break down muscle to get the energy it needs.
HOW MANY CARBS SHOULD I EAT A DAY?
It all depends on what you are trying to achieve. The average amount should be around 45-65% of your daily calorie intake, but you may need more or less depending on your activity levels. It is usually a balance between getting sufficient carbs for exercise endurance without adding extra body weight.
DO CARBS MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT?
Carbs provide the glycogen needed for exercise endurance. When you are active, and balancing your macronutrient intake appropriately, carbs will not cause weight gain. Carbs offer a wide range of benefits, in terms of fibre intake, micronutrient intake and gut health, although refined carbs don’t offer much nutritional benefit.