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Lily Cooper English-106 February 2, 2017 Professor Raftery A Drug in Disguise Pre-workout is a supplement that when digested, gives you a huge rush of energy and endurance, helping your overall workout. The labels claim to help influence a workout, and be completely safe with the correct dosages. Despite the intentions, Pre-Workout has the ability to kill and harm a person’s body. Michael Lee Sparling, a member of the military, experienced it the hard way after running straight for ten minutes before entering cardiac arrest and dying just hours later in 2011 (Singer, 2013). Pre-workout is the new up and coming drug on the market because of the addiction it causes, the insensibility you feel, and the physiological change it creates. A top criterion for any drug is addiction. About “23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs. That’s approximately one in every ten Americans over the age of twelve” (Drug Free, 2010). It affects many people and the addiction itself can hurt them to their deathbed. Every single drug out in the world is addictive in some shape or form, and pre-workout is no exception to the rule. After extensive use what happens when all of the sudden one finds themselves without the supplement? They can’t just all of the sudden stop using the pre-workout and leave unscathed. Steve Roy writes, “It’s not so much our bodies, but rather our minds that begin to rely on this stuff to get us through our workouts (Roy, 2015). The more one keeps using this pre-workout, the more reliant they get till they cannot do anything without the supplement. The person will become obsessive and have a need for the ritual. The brain works in patterns 1
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and once one walks through those steps more than once, it draws connections and utilizes that way only. Eventually, being very difficult to break away from those patterns or stop that pattern altogether (Gornall 2017). Extensive use of pre-workout will change the way the brain works. One will become completely addicted to it because the brain is so used to the pattern of using it before a workout. No one will truly know their addiction though until it is too late. The supplement is a mirror image to being addicted to marijuana, cocaine, and even cigarettes, which have long been deemed a drug and warned of. It therefore, is a danger to the people who enjoy the effects, it has on their workout and over indulges in the pattern.
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