When it comes to fitness and training, hydration and adequate fueling are the dietary keys to making your workouts worthwhile. Pre-workout drinks are convenient, easy ways to take in nutrition before training or competition. But with the profusion of brands offering these drinks for sale, it's tough to find one that's right for athletes.
CytoSport's Monster product line is worth a try. The company calls its Monster Amino drink an "ultra-concentrated anabolic amino acid formula," which basically means it is rich in vitamins and nutrients. Monster Amino aims to promote muscle growth before, during and after training by increasing amino acid levels. The beverage is particularly high in the amino acid leucine.
Monster Amino should boost your energy level before a workout. When you drink it after activity, it promotes absorption of other post-workout calories. If you try the Sour Apple flavor, you might want to double the serving of water for easier consumption.
Monster Milk, another CytoSport premium product, is a protein-based dietary supplement that delivers 50 grams of protein and a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It is effective largely because it is so protein-heavy, protecting your stores of amino acids as your body breaks down during training. Unlike many other protein drinks, Monster Milk tastes great. It's easy to mix and customizable. Just add food items like peanut butter, bananas, milk, or even olive oil.