When Should You Use Openfit Fuel Pre-Workout Formula?
Got your pre-workout shake mixed and ready to go? Great: time to down it and get after that workout, right?
Not so fast — literally. If you’re like most exercisers, you’re probably taking your pre-workout supplement too soon before your workout for it to do you much good. This applies to the active ingredients in most pre-workout supplements — including Openfit Fuel, which is specially engineered to help increase your energy and focus so you get more from exercise.*
Reason: the active ingredients in pre-workout drinks (more on those below) take a while — about 30 to 60 minutes — to kick in. So if you down your shake and immediately start pounding out reps, you’re missing the boat — or, more accurately, you’re showing up too early for the party.
Best practice? Down your shake, make a phone call, send an email or two, get set up (or head to the gym), and do a thorough warm-up. By the time you’re into the meat of your workout, those active ingredients should be making it into your bloodstream, so you’re sure to get the most out of them.
How Do Pre-Workouts Like Openfit Fuel Work?
Openfit Fuel has just 10 calories, and 2 g of carbohydrate per scoop — but it still packs a huge punch. Each of its three main ingredients enhances your workouts in a distinct way:
1. Delay muscle fatigue*
Openfit Fuel contains beta-alanine, a precursor to carnosine, which helps fend off acid buildup in the muscles. That helps you to go harder, longer, whether you’re lifting weights or doing a HIIT and Abs workout on Openfit Live.
The benefits of beta-alanine aren’t instantaneous, however. “It takes about 30 days to build sufficient levels of beta-alanine in your system,” Thieme says,” so it’s important to be consistent with it.” And one possible side effect, says Thieme, is a mild tingling sensation on your skin. It’s harmless and temporary, but if it occurs and it bothers you, dial back your serving.
2. Deliver an energy boost*
Whether it’s in your coffee or in your pre-workout, caffeine provides a boost of energy and a shot of focus and mental acuity. Studies have indicated it may also kick up endurance as well.
It may be old-school, but caffeine is one of the few established performance-enhancers that’s cheap, effective, and legal. OpenFit Fuel contains 100 mg of it per scoop — about what you get from a cup of coffee.
3. Kickstart recovery
Amino Acids — the building blocks of protein, which is the building block of muscle — aren’t all created equal. Many of them, your body can make; some of them you have to ingest from food. Of those, three are particularly important for building muscle: valine, leucine, and isoleucine.
These branched-chain amino acids, so called because of their chemical structure, stimulate muscle protein synthesis to help support muscle growth and repair after exercise. They’re also unique among aminos in that muscles can use them for energy during exercise.
Directions for Taking Openfit Fuel
With 30 to 60 minutes to go before exercise, mix 1 level scoop of Openfit Fuel with 10 to 12 ounces of water. Start with 1 scoop to assess your tolerance. If that goes well, increase to 2 scoops per serving and mix with 20 to 24 ounces of water. Do not exceed 2 scoops at one time, not more than twice daily, and at least 4 hours apart.
Other Uses for OpenFit Fuel
Pre-workout isn’t the only time to take advantage of Openfit Fuel: Try it any time you need a boost in focus, clarity, and energy.* But remember: Don’t exceed the recommended daily serving.
Here are some prime times to fuel up.
Max-effort lift. Testing your pull-up PR, your max-effort deadlift, or some other key lift? Fuel ensures that you’re able to give it your all. A 2016 study found that athletes performed measurably better during certain lifting workouts when they consumed a caffeinated beverage beforehand.
Afternoon slump. Does 3 p.m. hit you like a wrecking ball? Head it off with a serving of Fuel. A 2016 review found that caffeine helps maintain physical and cognitive abilities during times of reduced sleep.
Endurance event. Hitting the trail for a run, or going for a long ride? Fuel can help make your session feel less arduous. A 2019 review found that cyclists who consumed caffeine prior to participating in a time trial improved performance by roughly 5 percent over a placebo.*
In all of these cases, time your consumption so that your levels peak at the appropriate time. If you’re taking a two-hour bike ride, for instance, then Fueling up before you saddle up probably works just fine since you’ll still be on the bike when your blood levels hit their peak. But if you’re going for a one-and-done pull-up test, throw back a serving about 45 minutes beforehand so you derive maximal benefits at the right time.
When NOT to Take OpenFit Fuel
Caffeine can affect alertness for many hours (its half-life, or the time it takes your body to metabolize just half a serving, can be up to five hours). So if you’re sensitive to it, Trevor Thieme, C.S.C.S. and director of fitness and nutrition content for Openfit says, “Start with a minimal dose.”