Sid Panayi, who studied Sports and Exercise Science at UEL, said, "The new research proves that the pre-workout supplement effect is not purely a placebo, which may be a common consensus for some. It highlights that for some exercises, especially those that are short and intense, a pre-workout drink can be an effective supplement to enhance performance.
"We also found 30 minutes before exercise to be the prime time for consumption."
As part of the study, 18 participants took part, reporting for testing three times. Participants completed a 6x6 second repeated sprint test, with 20 seconds recovery between sprints. Anaerobic power output was recorded as the highest power achieved during the sprint test. Muscular fatigue was reported as a fatigue index across the six sprints ((maximum power - minimum power) ÷ total sprint time). During a baseline visit, participants consumed 250ml of water 30 minutes prior to testing, whilst in subsequent visits a taste-matched placebo (250ml water mixed with sugar-free juice) or a pre-workout supplement (250ml water mixed with one serving of the pre-workout supplement.
Anaerobic power output significantly increased following pre-workout ingestion compared to the placebo (885.8±216.9W vs 853.6±206.5W). Muscular fatigue was also significantly reduced compared to a placebo (3.31±1.34W.s vs 4.39±1.93W.s) Therefore, these results highlight that an acute ingestion of a pre-workout supplement significantly improves anaerobic power output and attenuates muscular fatigue during repeated sprint cycling.
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