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9/25/12 6:13 A

I prefer to drink a cup of coffee and a glass of water before getting started. The coffee helps get me going and the water helps me feel a little more hydrated.

KAPELAKIN Posts: 1,984
9/24/12 1:59 P

Some caffeine could enhance your wiorekout performance, hence burningj a few extra, calories. No need .for an expensive namebrand drink,. Coffee or tea is just fine .

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9/24/12 1:26 P

The only pre-workout drinks proven to help with exercise (cardio actually), are coffee and ice water.

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9/24/12 1:09 P

Back in the days I used to do heavy workouts, I would many times get that YAWNS. I just didn't have the energy to finish. Heck, sometimes it was so bad that I would barely get started and I would just quit since I knew it was going to be a worthless workout.

Since I have gotten back into weight lifting as I went through this weight loss plan, I have done much better about getting through workouts. But now since I have succeeded in losing my weight and have been working more on building back the muscle I lost over the past 20 years, I found I was getting the YAWNS again.

My son had left behind some of the stuff he had used when he lost his weight and went onto building muscles. I had been drinking monster rehab on my workouts and that seemed to help some, but I just didn't like drinking those things. So I tried my son's I Force Maximize and it did help me be more alert, but due to the high caffeine, I had problems going to sleep on the day that I used it. I talked with some nutrition store owners, etc. to find out what they thought and I even tried a few samples that just didn't do anything for me. Then one guy put me onto Alpha Pump by BCS labs and it really worked. Now HERE'S my disclaimer. NONE OF THIS STUFF should be taken lightly or at all if you have any medical conditions. This stuff isn't even for women since it has some testosterone stuff in it. So this is just telling folks what I am using periodically to get a better workout. I only use half a scoop and yet it still keeps me alert. It has something to do with oxygen and opening up the blood vessels. BLAH BLAH, whatever, it just seems to work for me.

I do my best to do ALL natural with just eating good foods, etc., but it is what it is. Some folks get plastic surgery, some of us just use that extra boost to get us going. The nice thing though about this stuff is that FOR ME, it feels clean, I don't get caffeine jitters, I feel no lingering affects shortly after my workouts, It doesn't affect my sleep, etc. So I have no problem sharing my experience with it. BUT, I still think doing without is always the best if you can.

4/14/12 12:42 P

Nothing you consume immediately prior to a workout will enter your bloodstream in time to affect your workout. Fat burners are designed to burn the fat off of your purse not your body, even the prescription level version of alli has been found ineffective.

As for the "last five pounds" you may be chasing a chimera, your pound weight can vary that much in a day. All a scale does is measure the force of gravity on your body it does not evaluate body composition. Since muscle is denser than fat and occupies less space you can actually weigh more than your best friend and wear a smaller size if you have done strength training.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,276
4/14/12 12:01 P

What kind of workouts are you doing? As long as you have a meal within 2-3 or a snack within 1-2 hours before your workout, you really don't need any kind of special drink. And I'd definitely skip the fat burners- they aren't going to help with long-term weight loss.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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4/14/12 11:04 A

Good morning to all. Has anyone out there used a Preworkout to help with workouts? I have a friend who is wanting me to try one, but I'm a little scared. Do they work? Do I need it? She is also on a fat burner. We are both at the stage we have 5 pounds to go. She is on Roxy Lean. Any info on either one of these would be great! I appreciate your time. Have a great Saturday! emoticon

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