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How Long Does Preworkout Last?

September 10, 2018

If you’re reading this article, I’m going to assume one of two things. Either you’re about to take preworkout for the first time and you’re scared that you’ll never sleep again or you’ve taken a preworkout and you’re lying in bed wondering if you’ll ever be able to fall asleep again.

Rest assured that the effects of preworkout will eventually subside and you can go on living life as you knew it before you ingested what (I assume) is the legal equivalent to cocaine.

But, while the effects of your preworkout will eventually wear out, the key question is how long does preworkout last?

To find that you, you first need to define yourself by your sensitivity to protein. Essentially, there are three categories of people in which you can potentially fall.

The first group comprises of approximately 85% of the population. If I had to guess, this is where you likely fall – because well, #math. This is the group of people that have what is considered to be a ‘normal’ reaction to caffeine. Essentially, you feel the effects of caffeine, but you’re not bouncing off the wall after one sip.

If you are bouncing off the walls after one sip, then you are likely hyper-sensitive to the effects of caffeine. This group accounts for approximately 5% of the population.

On the opposite of end of the spectrum, there are (believe it or not) people who can drink an entire pot of coffee and then go straight to sleep – without any affects once-so-ever. These weirdos make up approximately 10% of the population.

Have you identified which category you fall under?

how long does preworkout last

Now, that everybody’s on the bus… Let’s take a look at how caffeine effects your particular group. In this step, you’ll have to take a look at the label of your preworkout to figure out what exactly is inside that little can from hell.

Specifically, you need to know how many milligrams of caffeine are in a serving of your preworkout – assuming you take your preworkout as directed.

Then, you have to align the standard serving recommendation with your sensitivity to caffeine. Let’s assume that you want your preworkout to kick-in in the next 30 to 45 minutes and that you want to feel the effects of your preworkout for the next six hours, roughly.

A person with a normal sensitivity to caffeine would want to consume approximately 300 milligrams of caffeine. Whereas those with a hypersensitivity to caffeine would want to consume about 200 milligrams to feel the effects for roughly six hours. Those that have a hard time feeling the effects of caffeine will want to take a minimum of 300 milligrams of caffeine, but will likely experience a significantly a lower time period of effects.

Here’s Something to Keep in Mind

While caffeine is the primary energy-related ingredient in most preworkouts that you’d buy at a GNC of Vitamin Shoppe, it’s not the only ingredient that can affect your energy levels. Preworkouts may contain different stimulants such as DMAE, DMAA Synephrine and Theobromine, among others. Essentially, any combination of these additives will boost the energy-related effects of your preworkout.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to tone down the effects of your preworkout, search for one that contains L-Theanine. L-Theanine will help to curb the effects of the caffeine in your preworkout and help reduce the itchy and twitchy feeling you might be experiencing.

A Final Thought on Preworkouts

Our bodies are extremely complicated and efficient. And, part of what makes them so great is their ability to adapt to what they undergo. As you might have experienced while working out, you body might plateau at certain points as it adjusts to the stress it receives from working out consistently.

Likewise, if you’re constantly injecting caffeine into your body, your body will likely react by reducing the effects of the caffeine. Over time, the amount of protein you consume won’t produce the same effects as it used to. This will leave you with two options:

You can either increase the amount of caffeine you consume or you can allow your body to normalize by taking a break from preworkout and other energy stimulants.

And while coming down off the high isn’t enjoyable, it’s the option that we highly recommend. In the long run, it will be the much better option for your overall health.