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- 1 Should I Take a Pre Workout for Crossfit?
- 2 Best Pre Workout Supplements for Crossfit
- 3 Number 4 – Cellucor C4 Extreme
- 4 Number 3 – Controlled Labs Purple Wraath
- 5 Number 2 – HIT Supplements Peak Perform
- 6 Number 1 – Magnum Opus
- 7 Video – What is Crossfit
Crossfit was once seen as a trend that would be short lived and die out quickly like so many others. Athletes, body builders and fitness models etc were very quick to dismiss it and also very critical. However the Crossfit movement has gained a lot of momentum and what was once seen as a trend has now established itself as a legitimate form of exercise. In fact it has gained so much authority that it now sits alongside ‘weights’ and ‘cardio’ as one of the major exercise categories, and has gained so much popularity that it is now a serious competitive sport and I expect we will soon see it in the Olympics. Whether to beat themselves or their competition, many people want to boost their performance. The quickest and easiest way to do this is by taking a pre workout supplement. Taking the right pre workout before a WOD will definitely increase your chances of recording a new personal best. Some people say that using a pre workout and doing Crossfit is a bad idea. This is true if you use the wrong pre workout and this will be discussed below but if you use the right one then there is absolutely no reason not to. It is not easy to say what the best pre workout for Crossfit is as it depends on many individual factors but the ones listed below are definitely the top performers and cover the full spectrum for anyone looking to increase their Crossfit performance.
Should I Take a Pre Workout for Crossfit?
The things to consider when deciding whether to take a pre workout are the same for Crossfit as they are for other forms of working out. You have to ask yourself what you are trying to achieve. Specifically, do you want to run faster? Want to lift heavier? Want to jump higher? Want to perform more repetitions? It is likely that you will want all of these things. If this is the case then the right pre workout supplement will definitely help you.
When is Your WOD?
There are a few practical things you will need to consider too. One of these is the time of day that you work out. If you work out in the morning it doesn’t matter but if you work out in the evening you have to be careful which supplement you use. This is because if you take a strong pre workout supplement in the evening then there is a good chance you will have difficulty getting to sleep. It is not unheard of for people who are not accustomed to the effects of pre workout supplements to take some in the evening and be kept up for many hours after they would usually go to bed. If you are a coffee drinker this will be less of an issue. Crossfit pre workout supplements should have a low stimulant component anyway which we’ll talk about now.
Take it Easy With the Stimulants!
Many pre workout formulas contain central nervous system stimulants. These components are responsible for the jittery nervous energy that many people associate with products like this. The energy and motivation that this brings is in most cases very beneficial and in line with most people’s exercise goals but due to the high intensity nature of Crossfit this is less desirable. This is because of the way that the central nervous system stimulants in many pre workouts raise the heart rate. This is before even doing any sort of exercise and when this is coupled with a very high intensity activity such as a Crossfit workout then the heart rate can reach dangerous levels and take much longer to come back down. Not only is this dangerous but it is also counterproductive as once your heart rate gets too high it is hard to recover and your endurance is greatly reduced.
Boost Your Performance With the Right Supplements
For this reason above the best pre workouts for Crossfit are the ones that do not affect the heart rate too much. The desired effects from a Crossfit pre workout supplement are more like increased vO2 max, increased blood flow and increased muscular and aerobic endurance. There are not that many pre workouts in this category at the moment but their use is becoming more popular and so the range is increasing all the time. The top pre workouts (in my opinion) that provide these benefits at this point in time are listed below.
Best Pre Workout Supplements for Crossfit
I need to note (for legal reasons) that I am not a doctor and am not qualified to give medical advice. The information below is based on my opinion. For health advice relating to your circumstances you should speak to your doctor.
Number 4 – Cellucor C4 Extreme
Cellucor’s C4 Extreme is one of if not the most popular pre workout supplements available today. This is a great product but it does have a stimulant component so I would advise only taking half a serve if you are sensitive to caffeine or if you are taking it in the evening. This is a proven performer and you may well already be familiar with it but if you’re not then it can be summed up as a great all round pre workout that boosts energy, motivation, blood flow and endurance. If you’d like to know more I have done a detailed review of it here: Cellucor C4 review
Number 3 – Controlled Labs Purple Wraath
If you are looking for something to get you through that WOD but don’t want any caffeine then this is a great product to consider. You can read my review of it including details of the formula in the link below but in summary it is a high performing product aimed at assisting with muscle growth and repair but also contains ingredients that will help with both training intensity and endurance. In my opinion all of these things are important when it comes to WOD-killing. It has heaps of amino acids and could definitely help you set a new personal best.
Number 2 – HIT Supplements Peak Perform
This is a slightly more advanced pre workout and is suitable for someone who has a higher level of fitness and is looking to take their training to the next level. It has a solid formula with solid amounts of proven ingredients that are known to boost performance and endurance. Further information on the formula and composition can be seen in my review here: HIT Supplements Peak Perform Review If your body is already performing highly then this product would be suitable to increase your performance, recovery and results.
Number 1 – Magnum Opus
In terms of performance, this product by Magnum Nutraceuticals is at the top end of the market for pre workouts that contain no central nervous stimulants. It does however contain clinical amounts of scientifically proven ingredients that will enable you to push your body beyond what you thought was capable. While it doesn’t have any CNS stimulants for energy, it does have a host of things in the right ratio to give your muscles energy at a cellular level. It also increases blood flow and muscular endurance and has also been shown to increase vO2 max. If you are a high performing athlete then this is the product for you. I could write pages on this product and in fact I have already done so in my review which I think you will find quite useful.
Magnum Opus Pre Workout Review
Video – What is Crossfit