Alright, you're about to buy the best workout energy drink on the market but you're still not quite sure which one is right for you.
Here are some things to consider before buying an energy drink for working out:
Sugar is the enemy of gains, so if you haven't caught the memo by now, you should do your best to cut it out of your diet.
Unfortunately, most energy drinks didn't get the memo. They're marketed as sports supplements when really they're glorified cans of soda advertised to give you a performance boost, yet instead, they slow you down.
Energy drinks packed with sugar will taste great, but you'll surely have a sugar crash shortly after consuming the energy drink, leaving you with less energy during your workout than if you'd had no energy drink in the first place.
On top of that, sugary energy drinks are full of calories (more on that in a bit) and can contribute to weight gain, obesity, and according to Healthline, a bunch of other long-term consequences like diabetes, heart disease, and even some cancers.
You'd need to have a ton of sugar over a lifetime for that to become an issue, but you still want to avoid it as much as possible in the long run.
If you're looking for the best workout energy drink, choose one like EarlyBird that's sugar-free so you don't have to worry about low energy levels, sugar crashes, or the long-term side effects of regular sugar consumption.
After all, your diet is more important than working out in the first place. A lot of beginners in the gym think they can pump iron and then have a Big Mac or a bottle of Coke every day and get their desired result.
You wouldn't put crappy fuel in a Lamborghini so why would you treat your body any differently? You can't expect your car to function properly for a long time if you don't treat it right, and you can't expect the same of your body either.
Since you're already making an effort to get in the gym, do yourself a favor and cut out the sugar so your effort isn't wasted.
As mentioned in the section above, calories are your biggest enemy when it comes to working out if you're trying to lose weight. At the end of the day, you'll lose weight if the number of calories your body burns daily is greater than what you eat.
Working out helps to burn more calories, but if you have a 400 calory energy drink that's packed with sugar, you'd need to walk (or run) four miles.
But more important than calories is the quality of those calories. You may burn 2000 calories a day and eat a cheeseburger with fries every day which brings you to 1,600 calories. You'll lose weight, but you're still not eating healthy.
You're not giving your body the nutrition it needs to function properly, which is important every day of the week, but especially when you want your body to perform during a workout.
Sugary drinks like Monster and Red Bull have a ton of calories, but worse than that, they're empty calories.
Be careful with your energy drink of choice, and opt for one with as few calories as possible, or choose one like EarlyBird that has zero calories. Otherwise, you may be defeating the purpose of your workout.
Caffeine is a big one - but unlike sugar, caffeine can actually help with your workouts according to several studies.
Just pay attention to how much caffeine your energy drink of choice has in each serving. Otherwise, you may go overboard.
Although it's hard to overdose on caffeine, you still don't want to come down with a case of the jitters during a workout as it may make you uncomfortable and can impact your performance. I've had the jitters during a workout before and it wasn't fun.
In fact, the first time I had pre-workout I went home feeling a bit sick, and overnight it got worse. But because the pre-workout was loaded with caffeine, I couldn't get to selep. I was sick, trying to sleep, but instead laid in bed shaking and feeling miserable.
That's an extreme example… but the point is, don't go overboard (remember, 400mg a day is more than enough and you don't want to go past that limit.)
Most energy drinks have some other ingredients to help you feel more energized like B vitamins, taurine, etc.
But no other energy drinks use EarlyBird's nootropic blend of ingredients from fruits, vegetables, tea leaves, and more to give your brain and body exactly what they need to function at peak performance.
For example, hydration plays a key part in your workout performance, and while many energy drinks loaded with sugar actually dehydrate you, EarlyBird mixes with water and uses electrolytes to supercharge hydration, so you can crush your workout and feel amazing.
Don't expect other energy drinks to make use of the same nootropic blends (they're almost all just sugar and caffeine with some carbonation) but some energy drinks do make use of other ingredients to further enhance performance which is something to stay mindful of when making your choice.
Should you decide to have an energy drink regularly before or during your workout routine, price is definitely a factor you need to consider.
For example, a standard 16 Oz. can of Monster costs $1.98 at Walmart, and although you shouldn't have Monster for a plethora of other reasons (mainly to do with your health) cost is also a factor here.
If you workout 5 days per week and want an energy drink before each workout, that's 5 per week or 20 per month, and with each can being $2 (let's round-up here for easy math) that's $40 per month on energy drinks.
EarlyBird, on the other hand, is cheaper because it's a powder that mixes with water. One tub of EarlyBird has 45 servings and comes with your own shaker cup to take with you to the gym, all of which only costs $68 with free shipping.
That means you're paying $1.49 per serving as opposed to $2 for Monster, which is 25% less each month.
On top of that, subscription renewals are even cheaper because you don't have to pay for another shaker cup.
Keep price in mind when looking for an energy drink, and remember that powder energy drinks like EarlyBird are cheaper than canned energy drinks.