Preworkout Powders are Overrated; Caffeine is the Best PWO

I have a bottle of Mr. Hyde that’s been sitting on my bookshelf since May 2015. I’ve used a few scoops, and eventually I’ll finish the little tub, but fuck, I wish I didn’t spend a dime on it.

Don’t get me wrong ~ Mr. Hyde is a potent, littleĀ thang. It’s a strong ‘preworkout’ (made by ProSupps), but… the best preworkout in the world is caffeine alone. There’s too much shit in preworkouts that have the potential to cause side effects, cause you to crash or feel like shit overall when you use ’em. Unless you are a bodybuilder, what’s the point of chasing an almighty pump from a $40+ preworkout powder?

Consume caffeine (and creatine, if you’d like; they are the two most well studied ‘supplements’ in the world) and save money!

All those herbs with names you can’t pronounce are unlikely to do shit, and besides that, they don’t have much science at all backing ’em.

Besides, the supplement industry is largely a scam. There’s only a few worthwhile things to take. The rest is a bunch of bologna.

Bodybuilding is Not a Real Sport

I like lifting weights. Whenever I’m stressed out or anxiously needing to expend energy, it’s a good way to abate those two things.

Bodybuilders work their asses off. Most guys spend twenty or more years just to arrive at their prime in their 30s. They commit their lives to it.

But it’s not a sport.

It’s a hobby. An activity.

Professional bodybuilding is more corrupt than just about anything out there. I’m not even referring to the rampant anabolic steroid prevalence. That means nothing. Everybody in the fitness world of bodybuilding are on steroids. A lot of those guys will pretend to be natural (“fake natty”) and push supplements on the side with the adage, “You can get as big as me if you take this!”.

I say it’s corrupt because it coincides with worthless supplements that do little to absolutely nothing for your body, yet they are ones that many consumers are shelling out a shithorde of money for. You don’t really need a preworkout — put on your big boy pants and drink a big mug of black coffee; at least caffeine has been shown in peer reviewed scientific journals/articles to have physiological benefits. Creatine is beneficial to some people, but there are nonresponders, too.

If you are into bodybuilding, then great, but don’t tell me it’s a sport.

If you are a roided up bodybuilder, obviously you’ve worked your ass off for years. That’s undoubtable. A random guy could take anabolic steroids, but without spending his time consuming enough calories with the right macronutrients, getting enough sleep and working out efficiently with proper form, then he’s wasting his time.

But the industry is a sham. The fitness industry is a joke. I believe in eating well and staying physically fit, but between ‘fake natties’ pushing worthless supplements and liars being rife throughout the community, it’s just a caricature of what it could have been. It’s a circus.

For the record, you might be wondering why I keep referring to it as a non-sport. It’s a hobby/activity. Not a sport. I define a sport as competition between two or more people that can directly impact each other’s performance as in to hinder or help. Thus, I don’t consider bodybuilding a sport in the same way I don’t consider golf a sport. Golf is a hobby/skill. In either sport, you cannot hinder or prevent your opponent from winning like you can in football, soccer, basketball, baseball, MMA, boxing, tennis, rugby, etc.

It’s a hobby.

It’s a hobby.

It’s a hobby.

It’s a fucking hobby engulfed in a multi-billion dollar industry with worthless supplements being pushed out.

Pieces of shit like Layne Norton, Marc Lobliner, Vince Del Monte and other wannabes have tarnished the whole damn shebang.

If you do bodybuilding competitions, fantastic. You’ve worked your ass off for years and deserve to win, but a bodybuilding competition is like a beauty pageant for men. It’s not a sport. It’s not a goddamn sport. It’s a hobby. An activity. We all have our own hobbies.

Jason Blaha gets on my fucking nerves with some of his videos on YouTube, but I do appreciate how he calls out the charlatans in the bodybuilding community.

All the supplements out there are virtually worthless, except:

1.) Whey protein
2.) Vitamin D3
3.) Vitamin K2 (unless you are consuming grass-fed butter or natto on a regular basis.)
4.) Omega-3 fish oil
5.) Chelated magnesium
6.) Vitamin C (natural antihistamine)

Unless you are deficient in a vitamin/mineral and for whatever reason can’t take it dietarily by way of a food source, most other vitamins/minerals are a waste of money.

Creatine? Some people react to it and experience muscle saturation and a workout boost, and some people are complete nonresponders.

But the health, fitness and supplement industry is a complete bullshit scam.

Don’t fall into the trap.

Stay up.