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Getting a head start pre-workout

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Olivera Zajelac, Nutrition Consultant at Amway Italy, explains why the right energy source is important for kicking off your next workout

How important is energy?

Maintaining good physical shape, producing enough energy to power through your workouts or kick-starting a new fitness routine – it comes down to energy balance. You have to match your total energy intake to the energy you expend during a workout. The question I often get asked is, “How? How do I pick the correct fuel with the adequate nutrients to achieve this balance and maximise my performance?”

It’s a good question because, generally speaking, it’s very difficult to obtain the correct type of energy for a workout from food alone. You almost always need a little something extra.

Nutrition Consultant at Amway Italy, Olivera Zajlac, helped in the creation of the XS product line

The right energy boost

The XS™ SN Pre-Workout Drink is the perfect energy match to start any workout. The secret lies in its unique formula, which contains ingredients that provide energy to power activity and ensure maximum efficiency.

BCAA (branched-chain amino acids), the key to this product success, are essential because the body is unable to make them out of other amino acids – they must be ingested through food or supplements. For athletes, supplements are useful because free-form BCAAs bypass the liver and gut tissue and go directly into the blood stream.

Creatine feeds the muscles with rapid energy and is a necessary molecule to form ATP – the main energy used by cells. When vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 and B12) is added, the powerful Triple Energy Blend provides instant energy production.

So, what does it do?

Another good question. When consumed before a workout session, the XS SN Pre-Workout Drink not only enhances the body’s ability to burn fat, increasing the accessible energy resource, but also prevents central fatigue. And research shows that the real limiting factor in performance is when the brain tells you, “I’m done.”

In addition, it also carries a host of other benefits such as preventing muscle loss, accelerating recovery, reducing muscle soreness – both in trained and untrained individuals – making it perfect for starting a new workout regime.

Why pre-workout?

Timing is everything! If timed well, a pre-workout drink can improve the gains achieved by a hard workout. For best results, I always recommend for the XS SN Pre-Workout Drink to be consumed 30–40 minutes before a workout to provide the building blocks for protein synthesis, while also providing fuel for the session. It’s easy: Just dilute one sachet of the XS SN Pre-Workout Drink in 300–500 ml of water, mix it and enjoy the boost!

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