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  • Writer's pictureCourtney Ustrzycki

Dry scooping: don’t try this at home!

If you’re into the fitness social media scene, chances are you’ve seen the ‘dry scoop’ trend that aLL ThE CoOL KiDs are doing with their pre-workout powders (PWOPs.)

In my honest opinion, it’s dumb.

But based on the facts, it’s dangerous.

TL,DR: don’t dry-scoop shotgun your pre-workout powder.

Those who do this, usually believe that dry scooping can help absorb the compounds quicker, encouraging a better workout.

It doesn’t.

PWOPs commonly include caffeine, creatine, beta-alanine, l-theanine, l-arginine, citrulline malate, and branched chain amino acids (BCAAs.)

Most PWOP labels suggest mixing a specific dose amount with a certain amount of water, and consuming within a certain time frame prior to working out.


Instructions to follow.

For a reason.

Makes sense…

Dry scooping can be dangerous because it doesn’t dilute these ingredients, which can alter how our body absorbs them – and not on a good way for this matter. It can cause infection due to accident inhalation, heart palpitations, and even digestive issues.

Here’s something that’s way too common: seeing someone online who complains they have digestion or gut health issues, yet they’re also dry scooping their PWOP. This can be avoided by simply following instructions.

The takeaway: follow the instructions. They’re there for a reason.

Don’t dry scoop your pre-workout powder.

Don’t put a plastic bag over your head.

Don’t stick a fork in the toaster.

Don’t use a blowdryer in the bathtub.

And please, share this with a friend who needs to read this!

Source: Daniel Preiato, Feb 4, 2022,

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