As the name suggests, a pre-workout powder is designed to be taken before your workout, to boost energy, increase stamina and provide the body with vitamins and nutrients that help improve performance and overall health. But being that there are so many health supplements available, it can make the task of choosing one that’s right for you very difficult. Thankfully, we’re here to help!
In this blog, we are going to uncover exactly what a pre-workout powder is, talk about the differences between a pre-workout powder and protein powder and also learn about any side effects and benefits of incorporating a pre-workout supplement into your daily routine. Some of these benefits include:
- Boosts metabolism
- Enhances performance and endurance
- Increases energy
- Assists with weight loss
- Improves focus
There are many pre-workout supplements on the market, all with various formulas and ingredients. They often contain a blend of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and caffeine and you’ll also find some that are made with artificial sweeteners and additives. It’s important to check the ingredients listed on the packaging and to check with your healthcare professional before adding a new supplement into your diet.
At Happy Way, we pride ourselves on creating high-quality products that are filled with only the best ingredients and that provide a multitude of benefits to our customers.
Happy Way’s Charge Up powders do exactly that—they increase your focus, build endurance and give you that boost of energy to help you power through your days, allowing you to take on anything life throws at you! As the name suggests they charge you up, just like fresh batteries in your tv remote.
Bursting at the seams with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and nutrients, our Charge Up powders are both gluten-free and vegan friendly. They are all-natural and filled with so much goodness—you’re bound to reap the rewards of this staff favourite!
Some of the ingredients we use in our Charge Up pre-workout powders include:
- Green coffee bean extract – for weight control and general blood health.
- Green tea extract – for improving liver function and boosting skin health.
- Siberian ginseng – for protecting the body from stress and providing relief from symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Organic quinoa sprouts – for digestive health.
- Red marine algae – for boosting the immune system and providing skincare benefits.
THE BEST PRE-WORKOUT POWDERS IN AUSTRALIA
At Happy Way, our Charge Up powders are here to replace our previous Fat Burner products and have been reformulated to ensure they’re of the highest quality for you, our customers!
We’re proud to present to you this new and improved pre-workout powder, available in 5 delicious flavours–Watermelon, Pineapple, Mango, Dragon Fruit and Green Apple! Check out our flavours in more detail below.
We promise they will deliver on flavour and FUN!
1. CHARGE UP WATERMELON
With that thirst-quenching watermelon flavour, Happy Way’s Watermelon Charge Up powder is packed with vitamins, nutrients and designed to get you up and going in the morning! Rich in vitamin C and made with natural sweetener, green tea extract and black pepper extract, which is an anti-inflammatory, this pre-workout powder is a favourite amongst our Happy Way community.
A tropical flavour sensation, Happy Way’s Pineapple Charge Up powder is a fruity mix that will have you craving more! With a blend of amino acids to help with muscle development and recovery, organic quinoa sprouts to assist with digestion and coffee bean extract to give you that extra zing, this is bound to be one of your favourite pre-workout powders!
Happy Way’s Dragon Fruit Charge Up powder is made with coffee bean extract which is a great source of antioxidants, marine algae extract which helps to hydrate the skin and curcumin, which is 100% natural and improves overall brain function and health. With a yummy fruity flavour, this is a delicious energy booster to enjoy pre or post-workout.
Our Mango Charge Up is a pre-workout powder that delivers a fruity flavour with tonnes of nutritional benefits! Siberian ginseng helps reduce stress and fatigue, whilst beetroot juice powder is a great source of iron, calcium and potassium! You can even try blending half a scoop of Mango Charge Up with half a scoop of our Pineapple Charge Up powder for a tropical blend that tastes amazing!
The newest addition to our pre-workout powder family, Happy Way’s Green Apple Charge Up powder contains curcumin which is high in antioxidants and rice flour which supports healthy liver function. With natural flavouring and sweetener, there are no hidden nasties in our pre-workout powders! Our Green Apple Charge Up powder has a fresh, crisp taste, just like a Granny Smith apple!
WHAT IS A PRE-WORKOUT POWDER?
A pre-workout powder is a dietary supplement designed to boost energy and performance whilst providing the body with essential nutrients that promote overall health and well-being. As the name suggests, pre-workout powders are commonly used before exercise or training and can help to increase stamina and endurance. This can be greatly beneficial for athletes or even for those individuals who have an intense training routine and are seeking dramatic results from their workouts.
At Happy Way, we always recommend that you seek advice from a healthcare professional before introducing a new supplement into your daily routine.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN A PRE-WORKOUT POWDER?
Being that there are a lot of pre-workout powders available, they can vary in quality based on their ingredients and nutritional value.
Because pre-workout powders are an energy-boosting supplement, it’s not surprising that most, if not all, contain caffeine—some with higher levels than others. It is important to check this on the packaging and ensure you’re not choosing a pre-workout powder that has extremely high levels of caffeine as this can cause serious health issues if used multiple times daily.
At Happy Way, our Charge Up powders contain 51 mg of caffeine per 10 g serving, which is well under the recommended daily limit of 400 mg for healthy individuals.
It’s important to choose a pre-workout powder that contains natural ingredients to ensure you’re not filling your body with nasty additives, flavourings or preservatives.
Some other ingredients to check for in a pre-workout powder include:
- Carbohydrates – A great source of energy, carbohydrates provide our body with fuel which is perfect pre-workout.
- BCAAs – Branched-chain amino acids support protein synthesis in the body, increasing endurance and strength during your workout.
- Vitamin B6 and B12 – Vitamin B6 helps to produce energy whilst vitamin B12 supports overall blood health.
- Beetroot juice powder – A rich source of iron, calcium and potassium, beetroot juice powder has anti-inflammatory properties and can have a positive effect on heart health.
At Happy Way our Charge Up powders are made with all-natural ingredients and are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which all provide multiple health and performance benefits.
For a more detailed look at the ingredients in our pre-workout powders check out our blog on Happy Way’s Charge Up powders.
WHY CHOOSE A PRE-WORKOUT POWDER?
A pre-workout powder is perfect for those that are looking to increase their performance during their training, someone seeking more energy during their workout or throughout the day and those with specific health and fitness goals such as weight loss or increased strength.
A pre-workout powder is a great way to kickstart your day, providing you with a boost of energy and essential vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. It’s important to remember that a pre-workout powder is not a substitute for whole foods and that any health supplement needs to be used in conjunction with a well-balanced diet.
Instead of having that 4th or 5th coffee mid-way through the day, why not enjoy a spoonful of Happy Way’s Charge Up powders mixed with water for a refreshing daytime pick me up? Available in 5 flavours—Watermelon, Pineapple, Dragon Fruit, Mango and Green Apple.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PRE-WORKOUT POWDER?
Increases energy and endurance
One of the main ingredients in a pre-workout powder is caffeine and like a shot of espresso, the caffeine ingredient in a pre-workout powder gives you increased energy, especially at times when you’re feeling fatigued. During and after an intense workout our muscles can begin to feel sore and achy due to a build-up of acid. Having a pre-workout powder that contains BCAAs is ideal for energy and endurance as BCAAs assist with muscle recovery, muscle repair and are absorbed by the body quickly. This will allow you to train for longer periods and more frequently.
When our bodies burn calories they produce more heat in the body which is called thermogenesis. The warmer our body temperature gets, the more energy is burned and therefore we can also burn fat. The process of thermogenesis helps boost metabolism which is why people look for thermogenic supplements to help with weight loss. A thermogenic pre-workout powder contains natural ingredients such as caffeine, green tea and capsaicin, which all have metabolism-boosting properties and can help to reduce appetite.
Happy Way’s Charge Up powders are all-natural and considered thermogenic. To read more on the ingredients and their benefits for the body, check out our ‘Charge Up’ blog.
Another benefit of the ingredient caffeine in pre-workout powders is that it can increase mental focus and alertness. This can be extremely important for high performing athletes as maintaining a strong and clear mindset is critical when it comes to performing well and achieving desired results. As well as caffeine, the amino acid L-Carnitine is known for boosting brain function. It also helps decrease fatigue, not only physically but mentally, and it can also help improve your mood and attention span.
Assists with weight loss
Being that our Charge Up powders increase energy, stamina and endurance, they enable us to exercise at a more intense level. Combined with the benefits of improved muscle recovery, pre-workout powders allow us to train for longer periods and more frequently, which in turn can help us burn more calories. It’s important to remember that a pre-workout powder is not magical dust that helps with weight loss on its own, nor will you see results if you only use it occasionally. To gain the benefits of a pre-workout powder it needs to be included in your daily routine or even just on the days that you train to see results. Using a pre-workout powder along with a healthy diet and exercise program will help you achieve your weight loss goals quicker, whilst providing your body with the necessary nutrients it needs.
Our Charge Up powders are made with key ingredients that work to stimulate hormonal reactions in the body to break down fat stores to be used as fuel. Our unique formula offers premium ingredients needed to boost performance and provide fat-burning benefits. Free from artificial colours, sweeteners or preservatives, Happy Way’s Charge Up powders are also 100% natural.
Help to maintain lean muscle mass and build muscle
A pre-workout powder with amino acids helps to build and maintain muscle, especially if they contain BCAAs. BCAAs or branched-chain amino acids are essential for protein synthesis as they are absorbed directly into the muscles, instead of being broken down in the liver during the digestive process like other amino acids.
BCAAs are made of 3 essential amino acids and of the 3, leucine is considered extremely important in protein synthesis which stimulates muscle growth. The ideal ratio of BCAAs is 2:1:1 with higher levels of leucine compared to isoleucine and valine. Not only are BCAAs found in high levels in our muscle tissue as protein, but they’re also a great source of energy when it comes to exercise and performance.
Happy Way’s Charge Up powders contain double the amount of leucine as per the ratio above.
For more information on BCAAs read our blog, ‘What are the benefits of BCAA powders?’.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OF A PRE-WORKOUT POWDER?
As with any supplement, it’s important to ensure you follow the directions on the packaging of your pre-workout powder and ensure you take the recommended dosage. Remember, a pre-workout powder is not a miracle powder that will help you achieve your goals quicker if taken in excess. They must be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise program, and if you’re taking more than the advised amount you may suffer from some side effects.
Like having too many cups of coffee, if you have too many pre-workout shakes each day you can be left feeling jittery, anxious and restless as pre-workout powders usually contain caffeine as one of their main ingredients. Too much caffeine can also cause headaches, increased heart rate, insomnia and nausea, so it’s important to be mindful of this when using your pre-workout powder multiple times a day.
It’s recommended to avoid caffeine at least 6 hours before bedtime to ensure that you get a good night's rest and if you are sensitive to caffeine try having your pre-workout powder before midday.
As mentioned earlier, Happy Way’s Charge Up powders contain 51 mg of caffeine per 10 g serving, which is well under the recommended daily limit of 400 mg of caffeine for healthy individuals. In comparison to your daily cup of coffee, one serving of our pre-workout powder is much lower in caffeine compared to roughly 95 mg in a standard 250 ml cup of coffee.
Also, ensure that you mix your pre-workout powder with the recommended amount of water so that your shake is not too concentrated. This can affect some peoples’ digestion and could cause an upset stomach if consistently mixing the wrong ratio of water to the pre-workout powder.
If you have any questions or concerns about using a pre-workout powder, speak with your healthcare professional before incorporating it into your daily diet. If you have any queries about our Charge Up powders at Happy Way, please reach out to us at email@example.com—we always love to help our Happy Way community!
WHEN SHOULD I USE A PRE-WORKOUT POWDER?
We recommend taking our Charge Up powders when you wake up in the morning or roughly 30 minutes before breakfast or exercise. This is a great time to take a pre-workout powder because our metabolism generally slows down during sleep. Also, when pre-workout powders are taken first thing in the morning they can help kick start your day and allow you to perform a more intense workout.
Ensuring that you exercise roughly 30-40 minutes after taking our Charge Up powder will allow your body to gain all the benefits—helping to boost energy, increase endurance and improve focus. However, it’s important to remember that to gain their full value, you must take them along with maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program.
For people that are sensitive towards stimulants, we recommend that you take our Charge Up powders before midday, so your body has time to wind down before you go to sleep.
HOW DO I USE A PRE-WORKOUT POWDER?
At Happy Way, we recommend adding 10 grams of our Charge Up powder to 200 ml of water. Stir or shake it for 20 seconds or until it has completely dissolved. Once opened, ensure that you store your pre-workout powder in a cool, dry place and keep it in an air-tight container. For ultimate freshness, use our Charge Up powders within 90 days of opening.
We recommend always reading the instructions and ingredients on the product before deciding on which pre-workout powder is best for you and your goals. If you’re unsure, consult your healthcare professional to determine if it’s the right supplement for you.