Are Pre-Workout Supplements Right For You?

“Pre-workout” is nothing new to most fitness enthusiasts, but I had my first introduction to the “miracle” supplement a couple of weeks ago when free samples were being given away at my job. For those of you like me, who tend to avoid ingesting anything you can’t pronounce, coffee and toast work just fine. But it seems that incorporating a pre-workout supplement into a workout regimen has become the norm. I have plenty of colleagues, acquaintances and loved ones who workout and depend on their pre-workout supplement of choice to get through their workouts. With that, I decided to give it a try.

I was reluctant to try the Cellucor C4 Carbonated beverage that was handed to me, not because I didn’t think it would work, but because I wasn’t sure about the ingredients. The carbonated version is packaged into a can that looks like any other store-bought energy drink like Monster or Red Bull. There are other versions under the Cellucor brand, like the original powder mix and the on-the-go formula, both of which I had been given samples. I started with the carbonated beverage, drinking only half the can because it was the most new-user-friendly.

This day I decided to take a fitness class an hour before teaching my own, so I figured I could use a little pick-me-up. The drink truly did deliver and I was almost sold on adding it to my normal routine. The following day I drank the other half, two days later I drank the powder formula, and a day later I had another serving of the powder formula. I was enjoying the effects of the supplement because I saw how much easier working out became and how much energy I had whether I was in class, dealing with a private client, or teaching a group class.

Then my eyes started to twitch.

This is not some strange analogy; my eyes literally began to twitch. I’ve experienced twitching before, but not