Whatever physical activity gets you going in the morning, one thing is for sure, we could all use a little pick-me-up or “go go juice” as my mother calls it. Luckily there are SO MANY natural products that have come out in recent years that help perk you up and give you that second wind during your workouts. I thought I’d share a few of my personal favorite pre-workouts that we carry at Mountain Mama and tell you why I love them so!
Come talk to any of us at the mama and we will rant and rave about medicinal mushrooms. This pre-workout contains Cordyceps and Reishi (among other mushrooms) which are amazing for athletes because they support the respiratory system and endurance. NRG also contains plant-based caffeine which gives you a nice smooth boost and doesn’t have the jittery effects that some caffeine gives you. Bonus: it comes in a single-serving packet so you can just keep it in your car or exercise bag and it tastes quite nice!
Red Ace Beet Performance Supplement
I love this product for a few reasons. Most importantly, they are based out of Colorado and we love to support other local companies at Mountain Mama. Another is that they are certified organic, and contain very few ingredients. These delicious beet shots are made up of organic beet juice, filtered water, organic lemon juice and organic flavors, THAT’S IT. These shots give you that extra little energy kick and help to boost your stamina. I personally love them before a long run or hot yoga class because I like the clean energy it gives without the crash.
Host Defense Cordyceps Extract
You can’t mention medicinal mushrooms without mentioning the best of the best, Host Defense. The owner of the company Paul Stamets is THE mushroom guru and I will support anything and everything he does. We could talk all day long about the benefits of Cordyceps and there are numerous clinical studies online, but I use this product for the simple fact that it WORKS. I’ve been blessed with exercise-induced asthma so taking long hikes at high elevation can be a challenge for me. If I take cordyceps before a long hike and pack it with me I notice a huge difference in my breathing and energy levels. Also nice is that this product contains no caffeine! (To note: I mention the extract over the capsules because liquid is better for short-term activities over the capsules which are more of a daily/long-term thing)
If the name doesn’t give you a good idea, this stuff is INSANE (in the best way). If I am feeling lethargic and mix this powder in a glass of water, within 20 minutes I am MOVING. The amount of caffeine in this product is the equivalent to 1 ¾ cups of coffee. For all of you fellow coffee addicts, this is our product. For those of you who are somewhat sensitive to caffeine, this might not be your best choice. To note: this product is NSF certified for sport which means it does not contain any banned substances so competitive athletes are able to use this product. If you’ve tried many products over the years and have never gotten any results, try this and I guarantee you will notice a difference.
These are my personal go-to’s but if you come to our store you’ll see these products and so much more. Ask any of our staff and they’ll be sure to let you know their personal favorites as well!