Right foot forward, right foot back. Left foot forward, left foot back. Now shake, shake, shake. Open and sip.
I always did that dance, accompanied with a joker grin, when taking my pre-workout. I couldn’t help it–it made me excited even before my first sip.
But now I’m out of my little tub of pump and I’m sitting here thinking—now what? I mean, I could just stop taking pre-workout all together and tell myself I don’t need it.
But yesterday, I went to the gym without it and I was more aware of my surroundings. No, it wasn’t a good thing because I was aware of the funk, the grunts and the people chilling on the machines.
Usually when I do have my tub of pump, I get in the zone. Tunnel vision kicks in, and all I can think of are my muscles contracting each rep. Ahhhhhh, it’s such a good feeling.
I have a tab open that I keep glancing at. It’s open to the BodyBuilding shop, where I can easily order another tub–but do I need it?
Pros of pre-workout:
- Tunnel vision
- I can lift heavier without pooping myself
- Burst of energy
- I don’t pay attention to the funk in the gym
Cons of pre-workout
- A lot of caffeine
- It can be addictive (in my case)
Pros of no pre-workout
- I can push myself mentally
Cons of no pre-workout:
- I smell the funk in the gym
- I pay attention to my surroundings more
Okay, maybe my list was a little unfair. But it’s all I could think of..
If you use pre-workout, could you go without it for long? If not, what are you alternatives?