1. Too much Caffeine
Caffeine is Americas favorite drug, some of us can’t function without it. Caffeine is fine and can even provide some health benefits in moderation. That’s the key and moderation is not a strong suit when it comes to caffeine in the supplement world. Many products on the shelves are going to have 400+ mg of caffeine and that’s just the beginning of the stimulant list!
Too much caffeine can elevate your heart rate making it harder to recover between sets. It is also a vasoconstrictor killing those pumps you work so hard to get.
Our recommendation keep the caffeine moderate, 300mg or less. If you can’t “feel” this amount, start getting more sleep and think about going cold turkey on the stims for a while! You’ll thank us and so will your adrenal glands!
2. Fancy Creatine
There have been many attempts to reinvent the wheel, claiming that “new and improved” forms of creatine work much better research has proven time and again that these “innovations” are at best only as good as the original, while others are no better than placebo. After millions of dollars have been spent and several add campaigns have ran, let us assure you creatine monohydrate is far and away the most bang for your buck. Creatine monohydrate has been a gift to the lifting community for the last few decades, it is one of the safest most effective ways to increase muscular strength, muscular endurance and size.
3. Proprietary Blends on Labels
This one is simple, if you don’t know how much of each ingredient is in there how can you make a decision on if it’s a good product or not. You wouldn’t put a medication in your body without knowing the dosage. Why do it with your supplements?
4. Label decoration
Labels with long ingredient lists. All those ingredients may LOOK impressive but if you only get a fraction of the effective amount in each is it worth taking at all? Hell no!
5. Chemical Stimulants
When was it decided that you needed to feel like you’re on crack before you hit the gym? Often times when a company claims to have the “strongest pre-workout” (or fat burner) it has nothing to do with how strong it makes you or how strong it is dosed with nutrients that are going to improve your performance in the gym. In the race to be the highest stim product to hit the shelves some products contain chemical stimulants closely related to amphetamines that may cause you more harm than good.
These substances can cause loss of appetite, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and more. Do any of those sound like a good bodybuilding recipe?
When it comes to stimulants before you workout, use moderation and keep it natural.