12 Must-Have Ingredients Your Pre-Workout Supplement Should Contain

12 Must-Have Ingredients Your Pre-Workout Supplement Should Contain

February 17, 2021

A woman checks her watch as she drinks her pre-workout drink.

When it comes to successful workouts, we believe taking a pre-workout is the very first step. Not only should a good pre-workout perk you up in the morning (pun intended), but it should enhance your overall performance. There are many different approaches to achieving this goal. As you can guess, some are more effective than others.

That's why we've put together this complete list of the best pre-workout ingredients. Check your pre-workout label for these 12 ingredients to see if you're getting the most out of your supplement and workout!

Also, make sure to keep an eye out for Perk's pre-workout blends coming Spring 2021, which will consist of all ingredients listed below for maximum effect. We can't wait.

1. Nitrosigine

Nitrosigine is a patented supplement with a wide range of awesome benefits, from more energy during your workout and decreased muscle damage post-workout to bigger overall muscle size! Nitrosigine works by opening your blood vessels wider, allowing for increased blood flow, pump, and energy during exercise.

In our pre-workout blends, Nitrosigine replaces another common ingredient in other pre-workout blends: L-Arginine. Both L-Arginine and Nitrosigine increase arginine levels (an amino acid used for muscle building). However, Nitrosigine has been shown to consistently outperform L-Arginine in workout performance and in overall arginine levels for muscle building. Nitrosigine helps you get the absolute most out of your workout and is a must-have for your pre-workout!

2. Citrulline Malate

Citrulline is an amino acid found naturally in some food like watermelon. While your body can produce citrulline on its own, you may want higher levels of this amino acid during your workout. Many amino acids are used for protein synthesis, but citrulline boosts performance by widening blood vessels, setting the stage for better muscle building. Citrulline combined with the compound, malate, is ideal for energy production, helping you to have an explosive workout!

3. Beta-Alanine

Beta-alanine is another amino acid. Taking it as part of a pre-workout helps fight muscle fatigue and soreness after your workout. As muscles begin to break down glucose and create acid during exercise, beta-alanine can function as a buffer to the acid. This can help reduce your fatigue and maximize your performance during your workout. It's a great addition to your pre-workout!

4. Choline

Choline is an important nutrient your body will not produce on its own, and it has several positive health benefits including disease prevention. For workout purposes, specifically, it shines as a nutrient that may protect against – and even reverse – muscle damage.

5. N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine

N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine may help you feel happier while you exercise! Let's be honest, getting through a workout when you're grumpy feels impossible. Tyrosine is thought to help produce dopamine and adrenaline. These brain chemicals will help you associate exercise with good feelings and energy! There's no reason to make working out any harder on yourself. That means a good pre-workout can help nurture the desire to keep going back to the gym while also helping you crush it when you're there!.

Young woman working on exercise bike with online class

6. Sodium (Himalayan Rock Salt)

Salt can do more than just add flavor! During exercise, the sweat you produce may cause your sodium levels to drop. Low levels of sodium can cause muscle cramps, headaches, fatigue, and nausea. So, it's important to regulate your sodium intake. Pre-workouts may include some sodium to help keep your body healthy during and after your workout.

7. Calcium

Typically, we think exercise is important for building strong muscles. Well, did you know regular physical activity is great for bone strengthening, too? Calcium is important for this process because when combined with exercise, it helps to keep your bones dense and strong. There's no better time to include calcium in your diet than right before your workout.

8. Potassium

Potassium helps to regulate muscle and heart contractions. It's also beneficial during exercise due to its ability to regulate fluids which can help you avoid dehydration! Staying hydrated is key in a successful workout.

9. Magnesium

Our bodies use magnesium extensively in exercise. It aids in building muscle through protein synthesis while also helping in energy production. Low levels of magnesium can cause muscle spasms and cramps. Make sure this is in your pre-workout!

10. Coconut Milk Powder

Coconut milk powder is the powdered version of evaporated milk from coconuts. Coconut milk has all sorts of health benefits in addition to adding a smooth, creamy texture to your pre-workout drink. Plus, coconut milk contains five grams of protein per serving. Initial research on coconut milk protein suggests that there may be unique health benefits – ones that are especially helpful for your progress. Lastly, coconut milk also provides some fat to your pre-workout in the form of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are shown to be healthier than other fats.

11. Taurine

Taurine is popular in pre-workouts and energy drinks alike. Taurine's role in your pre-workout likely has to do with its ability to increase endurance and keep you going. Taurine also helps with electrolyte production and digestion. In addition to these performance enhancements, taurine has been linked to disease prevention! We can't see to fault taurine.

12. Caffeine

Our last must-have ingredient: caffeine. To get the most out of your workout, you'll want a boost of caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that boosts your energy levels and may even positively affect your mood by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine production. Bonus: try to find a pre-workout that uses a natural source of caffeine.

What's in Your Current Pre-Workout?

Now that you have a complete list of must-have ingredients for your pre-workout, make sure to check your current supplement! While many pre-workouts have some of these ingredients, they likely don't have all. That's why when formulating our pre-workout blends, we applied the same dedication to quality we used in creating Perk Energy and other Perk products. Beginning Spring 2021, you can end your search for the perfect pre-workout with Perk and take full advantage of these powerful ingredients.

Make sure to watch out for the product release via our social media and newsletter.


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