One of the most common things we hear from customers about pre-workout supplements is,
"When I first started taking it, it was great, but now I don't even feel it."
The response to this feeling is often to add an extra scoop into the mix. That can get expensive, and isn't always the best answer. This reaction can be the result of a few different things.
- Manufacturer Changes
Occasionally manufacturers will update their product formula with different ingredients or dosages. It is common for this to happen with a complete redesign of the label, or a new version of the same product to be released. Other times they may change very little and the ingredient changes go unnoticed. This doesn't always mean they made the product worse, but sometimes the ingredients they change to aren't reacting the way a person expects them to, and the feeling you get from the pre-workout changes.
- It becomes your new "normal"
If you take the same pre-workout every time you go to the gym, you may begin to lose the feeling it originally gave you, because that energized or focused feeling has become the way you normally feel when walking into the gym. If you don't remember what it's like to workout without taking a pre-workout, you might feel like it is no longer working, since you feel the same as you always do during your workouts.
- Tolerance increases
It isn't impossible that your body has built a tolerance to the combination of ingredients in your pre-workout. It's commonly known that repetitive consumption of things like caffeine can result in the effects being lessened.
So what do you do it your pre-workout isn't giving you the edge you want anymore?
The simple solution? Try something new! There are tons of pre-workout supplements on the market, with many different ingredient profiles. There are bound to be a few that will give you the same general feeling, with different ingredients. This keeps you from really building a tolerance. It's also a great opportunity to try something new. So next time you think you need to start adding a second scoop of pre-workout, think about switching to something new first.