March 10, 2022
Dry scooping started as a social media stunt, but has quickly become a trend. Since it became popular, many medical professionals have warned that dry scooping has multiple health risks.
The first concern that most doctors bring up is that most pre-workouts have massive amounts of caffeine in them. Most single servings of pre-workout have at least three coffee’s worth of caffeine! Ingesting that all at once can cause heart palpitations and could even aggravate existing heart issues. Diluting the powder with a liquid prevents you from consuming too much caffeine at once. It also allows for a slower release of the caffeine.
The second issue medical professionals have addressed is the fact that people could aspirate on the powder. Aspiration is when something is sucked into the airway and lungs instead of the stomach. This can cause a lung infection and even pneumonia. These health risks are rare, of course, but many doctors and nutritionists are telling people to stop with the dry scooping. They feel that even if the risk is minimal, the possible health issues just aren't worth it.
Any fitness enthusiast knows that using equipment incorrectly is dangerous and will not get you the results you’re looking for. It’s time to start looking at supplements the same way.
Pre-workouts and creatine powders were meant to be mixed into a liquid. Dry scooping might land you in the hospital and it isn’t as effective as mixing. Pre-workouts are not meant to be burned by your body immediately. The amino acids and caffeine that are put into these powders to optimize your workouts rely on a slow release to get you through your entire work out.
You might actually be missing out on some of the benefits because of the way our digestion system works! Liquids are much easier for our digestive system to pull nutrients from.
The only benefit anyone can seem to find with dry scooping is that it’s quicker than making a shake. Speed running your pre-workout shouldn’t be the goal. The point of a pre-workout is to give you energy and allow you to get the most out of your workout. By not following the mixing directions on the packaging, you might be shooting yourself in the foot.
Believe it or not, there are alternatives to making pre-workout shakes! Some people find it hard to finish a whole shake before their workout and that is totally understandable! Some pre-workouts come in edible gummy form or even pill form. These are both great options, but if you’re more of a DIY person there are options for you too.
Dissolve the pre-workout powder in hot water and add your favorite Jell-O packet. Put it in the fridge and let it chill. This method allows you to make ‘Jell-O-shots’ that can be consumed easily while also allowing the slow release on which pre-workouts depend.
If you aren’t a fan of smoothies, try a slushie instead! There's no calories in ice after all. You could make your own at home with a slushie maker or you could just buy one from a convenience store on your way to the gym. Mix your powder in, stir and wait 5-10 minutes for the powder to dissolve. This is a great option on hot summer days.
If your favorite pre-workout powder doesn’t already come in gummy form, just make your own! Get your powder, any candy mold (silicone preferably), flavored Jell-O and two packs of unflavored gelatin. Get a cup of cold water and poor the unflavored gelatin into it and mix. The gelatin will start to solidify in a few minutes. While you’re waiting, boil water over the stove and once it’s boiled add the Jell-O, pre-workout powder and gelatin. Mix and then pour into your mold. Put the mold in the fridge for about an hour and you will have delicious, homemade pre-workout gummies!
Pre-workout powders are a great way to get the most out of your workout, but dry scooping isn't the answer. Medical professionals overwhelmingly advise against it, and there isn’t any evidence to support that adds anything to your workout benefits. Unfortunately dry scooping is just another internet trend that we'll look forward to going out of style.
Here's three pre-workout powders to get you started. Choose from plenty more on the HERC's pre-workout page.
Alani Nu Pre-Workout
ANS Prophecy Sour Gummy
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