Is it good to drink an energy drink before a work out?

Question by Michael: Is it good to drink an energy drink before a work out?
Is it good to drink a Rockstar, Monster, or Red Bull before working out? I’ve heard that energy drinks really aren’t good for you, though I heard that some men drink it before working out. I’m curious to know, is it good for you to drink before exercising?

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Answer by Maverick
they are NOT good to drink period !

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10 thoughts on “Is it good to drink an energy drink before a work out?

  • January 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Well if you want to have to work extra hard to burn off the calories in those sugar filled drinks than yes, drink one before working out I agree with the other answerer those things are never good to drink, so filled with caffiene and sugar, no good at all.

    I would just stick to water if i were you.

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  • January 2, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    No, it’s not! All that energy drinks do are get you hyped up for a little bit and then you crash. They will also make you dehydrated, like pop does. I would suggest drinking water, preferably, or gatorade.

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  • January 2, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    you should drink a Smoothie or a speed Stack is really good before workouts.:)

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  • January 2, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    i find it best to workout early in the day and have an energy drink an hour or so after to boost me through the day. Regardless when you workout around noon is the best time for a boost beverage so it can wear off by bedtime. Sleep is most important. Avoid drink with high sugar and any High Fructose Corn syrup (HFC) Although I am not the correct gender my preference is the one in the pink can.

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  • January 2, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    my sugestion would be to not ink them before you work out my boyfriend heard that they would help in the work out process and drank one next thing i know he was rushed to hospital. the thing about those drinks is they make your heart beat faster and as your working out your making your heart beat faster so doubling your heart rate can cause you to have a heart attack. i strongly suggest you dont touch them before you work out and to actually stay away from them for good. they are bad for you heart. if you want to get a good work out there is this high protien drink that a lot of guys are drinking and its at the health stores it nickname is juice… not steroid type of juice its something else. if you want i can find out for you just add me as a contact i will find mre information for you. good luck i hope you take my advice….

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  • January 3, 2014 at 12:12 am

    forget any energy drink think energy ‘powder’ and that powder is to be no-xplode i use it every day it is amazingly powerful it has 200mg of caffine in each scoop and i use 3 and thats enough to get you on your way by far it has nitric oxide in and it supercharges you into gear in half an hour after drinking you will know about it you will shake and twitch if you dont work out it is unbelievable in the weights room nothing is heavy but you really fell the burn the next day

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  • January 3, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Hydration and its impact on performance is very important for people of all sports (I consider working out at the gym a sport).

    Dehydration can result in increased body temperature, increased heart rate, increased effort ratings, reduced physical performance and reduced mental performance, so it will actually feel like you’re working a lot harder, even if you aren’t.

    What does this have to do with energy drinks?

    Energy drinks contain caffeine, usually under the masquerading guise of guarana. This is where you get your buzz from (there has been no study proving that Taurine actually increases performance).
    However, caffeine can double the amount of water you lose, causing you to dehydrated much faster – effectively cancelling out the positive effects of taking the drink. If say during a normal workout, you would consume 1 litre of water, if you take caffeine you should double your water intake to 2 litres to avoid dehydration.

    A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty reading or focusing on a computer screen… so imagine how it would affect your workout!!

    If you do however, drink plenty of water and stay hydrated (do not go overboard and drink excessive amounts of water, as this can also lead to very detrimental effects) then the caffeine can help you lift heavier weights for longer.

    There is yet another downside to caffeine – it can cause you to gain the fat you burn off in the gym.
    Caffeine exhausts the adrenal glands, which are the glands that deal with survival and energy production. By putting your nervous system into overdrive, with all that excess adrenaline pumping in the blood, something terrible happens – your system crashes. And what this means is that your system is thrown into stress mode, which is the equivalent of the fat factory mode!

    Not only that, the average energy drink contains 5 – 6 teaspoons of sugar, raising your insulin levels which again promotes fat gain.

    If you do take energy drinks to get a kick throughout your workout, drink the sugar-free versions and stay well hydrated.

    Personally I find that taking creatine and glutamine supplements give me all the boost I need in the gym, but if you are after a quick energy-giving drink then try the new Powerade Energy Edge as it contains caffeine and vitamin B to give you a boost, but also has the electrolytes to keep you hydrated.

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  • January 3, 2014 at 12:28 am

    They are not the healthiest choice to begin with, but on the other hand I still drink them.
    But definitely not before exercising.
    They have been known to make you heart race, and using them before working out, could be very dangerous.

    Energy Drinks Should Not Be Consumed During Exercise

    Energy drinks should not be confused with sports drinks such as Gatorade, which are consumed to help people stay hydrated during exercise. Sports drinks also provide carbohydrates in the form of sugar and electrolytes that may be lost through perspiration.

    The caffeine in energy drinks acts as a diuretic and promotes dehydration.

    Here is an article about how they affect your health.

    Around the USA, the drinks have been linked with reports of nausea, abnormal heart rhythms and emergency room visits. [1]

    Energy drinks may cause seizures in those who suffer from certain forms of epilepsy due to the “crash” following the energy high that occurs after consumption.[4] France banned the popular energy drink Red Bull after the death of eighteen-year-old athlete Ross Cooney, who died after he played a basketball game after consuming four cans of the drink.[5] The French Scientific Committee (J.D. Birkel) concluded that Red Bull has excessive amounts of caffeine.[5] Denmark also banned Red Bull. Britain investigated the drink, but only issued a warning against its use by pregnant women.[5] (SOURCE WIKIPEDIA)

    Many reasons NOT to use them before working out.
    I only use gatorade, propel, and water when I work out, I’d Suggest the same for you.
    Good luck and I hope this answers your question!


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