When you train, you decide if you want a pre workout meal or not. In the recent years, a trend where people train fasted (empty stomach) in order to maximize fat loss along with muscle building. The theory is that your body will use stored fat for energy and post workout, the bodies nutrient uptake will be more drastic allowing you to build more muscle. The only way you can take the theory of fasted trying to the next level would be to supplement with BCAA's during your workout and take a pre workout aimed for fat loss. The BCAAs will prevent your body from breaking down or catabolizing muscle. The pre workout will also give your body the energy to get through the strenuous workout.
BPi's Best Pre Workout - This is a ketogenic pre workout that will help your body enter ketosis faster on an empty stomach. This just means it will turn your body into a fat burning furnace. You will get energy from the caffeine and exogenous ketones in this formula. This then lets the body focus entirely on burning fat during the workout and up to 3 hours post workout.
Cellucor C4 Ripped - This is the best fat burning pre workout on the site. It will help you burn more calories while you workout as well as give you the strength if you want to do more than just cardio. It provides the body nutrients to help focus on fat burning for energy. It is a great switch up from The Best Pre Workout and will still help you reach the same goals.
Man Sports Iso-Amino - This 0 calorie BCAA will keep you fasted, full, and in muscle building mode. If your body gets protected from using muscle tissue as energy, it will burn fat. This is why people use BCAAs when training fasted.
What Is It: The most ideal pre workout enhancer for people who train on an empty stomach, ketogenic dieters and/or believe in low carb diets. Ketones are a fuel source your body uses when it is in a "starving" state. This is when you wake up or do not eat for a very long time. Ketones will force your body to burn more stored fat for energy due to its depleted state. This formula will use exogenous (body cannot produce) ketones to amplify this process and serve as an energy source.
How It Works: Best Pre Workout contains the endogenous ketone beta-hydroxybutrate (BHB) in sodium, magnesium, and potassium salt form. Ingestion of BHB has been shown to raise the levels of blood ketones (BHB and AcAc) for 2.5-3 hours after ingestion.* This spike in levels will allow your body to use fat as fuel over glucose from insulin spiking. This will allow you to burn more calories during fasted training as well as after. The addition of Caffeine, Choline and MCTs will increase focus so that you can zero in workout after workout.
Use: Take one (1) serving (1 scoop) approximately 15-30 minutes prior to training, blended into 8 ounces of cold water or beverage, or as suggested by a qualified healthcare practitioner.
What Is It: C4 Ripped is the most innovative product to date for the Cellucor family. This #1 brand is now expanding on the C4 line to make a FAT BURNING formula that will be explosive enough to get you to the gym and keep you burning calories long after you are done. This is a 2-in-1 product where you get the insane energy + PUMP from C4 along with the FAT BURNING formula to help you lose weight.
How It Works: In the supplement industry, there are ingredients out there that are proven and trusted to burn fat. This product contains all of them, and with this innovative formula, you will see results in no time!
Use:: Take one serving (1 scoop) of C4® Ripped, mixed with 6 fl. oz. of water 20-30 minutes before training. Once tolerance has been assessed and you are looking for an additional boost of energy, take one additional serving (1 scoop) with serving taken before training.
How It Works: Man Sports did not try and change the game, just how its done. They used the most proven ratio of BCAAs (2:1:1) but used their incredible flavoring and taste to separate them from the competition.
Use: As a dietary supplement, mix one serving (one level scoop) of ISO-AMINO per 8oz of water. Stir or shake and consume during exercise on training days, or throughout the day both training and non-training days.