Had a great gym day yesterday. Big deadlift session and a shoulder blast. Just worked on building up a good base strength, in the future I'm going to concentrate on sheer volume for the deadlifts and sheer weight for the shoulders, I want to be shoulder pressing 60kg before too long. I'm fine with clean and pressing 60, so it's there.
So nice having my mate in the gym again. Means I'll actually be able to push chest above and beyond. I've been feeling a bit below par the last couple of chest sessions.
On the topic of preworkouts, I just bought one called "Mr. Hyde." And it does just what you would think. I took a full scoop and turned into a damn animal. Pretty much blacked out. Don't remember working out for two hours. Got home, recorded a song and sent angsty tweets. This stuff will not be legal in three months and I don't take more than half a scoop at any given time now.
Some PWOs show up as amphetamines on drug tests because that's pretty much what they are. I concentrate on one thing very well while I'm under the influence of one. It's kinda crazy. In a good way.
Mix it with alcohol and you'll have a night to remember! Best part is, because of the neuro-stimulants, you cannot black out. You're too focused!
See, honestly. this is where it just seems stupid. For one, pre-workouts aren't necessary in any shape or form. For two, surely the point of going to the gym and looking after your body is to...well...get fit and look after your body. Pumping a bunch of chemicals that cause memory black outs and are at best legally unrecognised just is not looking after oneself. At best it's cheating, at worst it's poisoning. It's flat out not good for you, and just gives a warped sense of what your body is capable of - nothing about any of what you've written is a good thing. None of it will help you in the long term, it'll just lead to a wrecked central nervous system, a resistance to the natural boosts your body gives you and it'll just end up battering your emotions into a mess - because that is all these amped up pre-workouts do, and it's why some of them are illegal.
That said, it's a culture thing. Pre-workouts are a much bigger market in America and there are a million reasons for that, none of which are particularly positive reflections of the American mindset. The fitness community here tends to raise an eyebrow at the guys who come in the gym with their glowing green pre-workout containers, and chatting to the leanest, strongest guys in my gym, not one of them would go near them. At most you get guys using creatine, BCAAs, taurine and Citrulline Malate - but those latter two are just amino acids. As soon as you go synthetic, you're just setting yourself up for a fall.
I just can't help but feel uncomfortable, cause these expensive products are all ones that prey on the insecurities surrounding abilities and aesthetics. It is stuff that helps perpetuate body dimorphism.