A couple of years ago, back when I started working out on a daily basis, I experimented with various pre-workout powders. They seemed to be all the rage at my gym, and I figured that having a little bit of extra energy when I'm about to lift weights probably couldn't hurt.
But then I actually ingested my first pre-workout powder. Not only did it taste like chemicals and butt, but it made me feel like my heart was going to explode out of my chest. I actually felt like I was going to pass out, and my workout that day ended abruptly after 5 minutes because I felt like I looked like I'd taken bath salts or something and all I wanted to do was get out of the gym before a concerned fellow gym-goer called the cops.
So, I like the concept of a pre-workout powder, but I don't like the actual pre-workout powder. That's where a company called Halo Neuroscience comes in.
Halo makesa pair of headphones that look something like a medieval torture device with a modern sheen. They work as actual headphones, but listening to music isn't the point of these bad boys. Those little spiky things in the top of the cans up there? They use something called "neuropriming" to fire up your brain and allow it to send stronger signals to your muscles. And allegedly, it results in much better gains during your workouts.
If this sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo, well, maybe it is. But we're going to try them for a month or so and then report back on our findings. If I suddenly find myself looking like a ginger John Cena, well, you'll know why, and you'll want to pay the $550 it costs for a pair of these bad boys.