Best Preworkout Supplements – Comprehensive Guide

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There are so many different preworkout supplements on the market. Sometimes it might feel overwhelming trying to decide which one to take!  Ever want to know which one is the best preworkout? You’ll be glad you stopped by to check out this page.

I’ve put together this comprehensive guide on the best preworkout supplements.  The goal is to show you reviews on each one as well as the highlights they provide. I’ll also include a full review when possible.

The first thing you’ll want to do is ask yourself, “Why do I want to take a pre workout supplement?”

When you know why you want to take a pre workout supplement then you can decide which of all the many pre workouts on the market is right for you. Here are some things to consider:

  • Increased Focus
  • Extra Fat Burning Potential
  • Less Fatigue (Mental and Physical)
  • Added Strength

The other thing to consider in addition to the above points is the psychological effect.  Some people say pre workout supplements don’t work and others say they do. Some even think that it is all a psychological effect of taking one.  Whichever the case may be for you, this guide will be sure to help finding your best option.

DISCLAIMER: Prior to use, read product labels and only use as directed. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Best Preworkout Supplements

AMIN.O. Energy by Optimum Nutrition

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Essential Amino Acid Delivery
  • Muscle Recovery
  • Energy and Focus
  • Supports Recovery Before, During, and After Exercise
  • Made in GMP Certified Facilities

Review

This pre-workout is amazing.  While I haven’t tried all of the flavors my favorite ones are Concord Grape and Peach Lemonade.  The effect I noticed most with this preworkout was the lack of fatigue at an earlier stage of the workout. Endurance had increased noticeably during high-rep exercises.  With some preworkouts I’ve noticed a slight tingling in the lips, but this one definitely did not leave that sensation.  The flavors were also good enough to sip on before and during the workout, and I did not need to chug them down. I look forward to doing a more extensive study on the performance of this product. I would say the only downside is that some of the cost is added by the large container that is used.

INGREDIENTS

Amino Blend: Micronized Taurine, Micronized L-Glutamine, Micronized L-Arginine, Micronized L-Leucine, CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine, Micronized Citrulline, Micronized L-Isoleucine, Micronized L-Valine, Micronized L-Tyrosine, Micronized L-Histidine, Micronzed L-Lysine, Micronized L-Phenylalanine, Micronzed L-Threonine, Micronized L-Methionine

Energy Blend: Caffeine, Green Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis)(leaf), (standardized for Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)), Green Coffee Extract (bean)

C4 by Cellucor

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explosive Energy
  • Unbelievable Muscle Pumps
  • TeaCor(TM) hits like the first time
  • Amazing Flavors

REVIEW

C4 was my absolute favorite preworkout for the longest time ranking it up here on the list of best preworkout.  Now there are so many competitors that it has quite the competition.  It still remains up on the top of my list.  When you’re trying this one out I highly recommend looking at Berry Bomb and Strawberry Kiwi.  I believe that the key behind this product is the combination of creatine nitrate, arginine AKG, and beta alanine, not to mention the caffeine it contains.  I would say it needs a little bit more to be competitive with the others, but it does a really good job as is.

INGREDIENTS

  • Vitamin C 250mg
  • Niacin 30mg
  • Vitamin B6 500mcg
  • Folic Acid 250mcg
  • Vitamin B12 35mcg
  • Calcium 23mg
  • Beta Alanine 1.6g
  • Creatine Nitrate 1g
  • Arginine AKG 1g
  • Explosive Energy Blend 371mg
    • Caffeine Anhydrous (160mg), L-Tyrosine, TeaCor(TM) Tetramethyluric Acid

BCAA Energy by Evlution Nutrition

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Perfect Anytime for Energy, Endurance, Recovery
  • Natural Energizers
  • Zero Sugar or Carbs
  • Zero Calorie
  • Easily Mixes

REVIEW

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INGREDIENTS

  • Vitain C 90mg
  • Vitamin B12 30mcg
  • Vitamin B6 10mg
  • L-Leucine 2,500mg
  • L-Isoleucine 1,250mg
  • L-Valine 1,250mg
  • Beta Alanine 500mg
  • L-Alanine 500mg
  • Taurine 500mg
  • Natural Energizers 120mg
    • Natural Caffeine (From Cofee Bean), Green Tea Extract, (Standardized for EGCG)(leaf)

The Curse by Cobra Labs

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Razor Sharp Mental Focus
  • Animal Intensity
  • Insane Energy

REVIEW

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INGREDIENTS

  • Energizing Muscle Fuel Blend 3,000mg
    • Beta Alanine, Creatine Monohydrate, Citric Acid
  • Blood Flow Amplifier Blend 1,000mg
    • L-Citrulline, L-Arginine AKG
  • Mind Control Matrix 157mg
    • Caffeine Anhydrous 155mg, Olive Leaf Extract

JYM Pre by JYM

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • No Proprietary Blends
  • Proper Doses
  • No “Abbreviated Formulas”
  • No Concentrates

REVIEW

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INGREDIENTS

  • Creatine Hydrochloride 2 g
  • CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine 2 g
  • Betaine (Trimethylglycine) 1.5 g
  • Taurine 1 g
  • N-Acetyl L-Cysteine 600 mg
  • AlphaSize® (Alpha- Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline 50%) 30mg
  • Citrulline Malate 6 g
  • Beta vulgaris L. (beet root extract) 500 mg
  • L-Leucine 3 g
  • L-Isoleucine 1.5 g
  • L-Valine 1.5 g
  • L-Tyrosine 1.5 g
  • Caffeine anhydrous 300 mg
  • Huperzine A (Huperzia serrata 1%) 50 mcg
  • BioPerine® (Piper Nigrum Fruit Extract)

ENGN by Evlution Nutrition

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explosive Power
  • Amplified Pumps
  • Maximum Focus
  • Intense Energy

REVIEW

I’ve only had the fortune of trying this preworkout as a sample packet.  I wasn’t really a fan of the blue razz flavor, but then again I had a cold when I tried it and wasn’t fully able to taste the flavor.  The performance was decent, but again I wasn’t up to my full potential at the time. I plan on getting some more of this to give it a fair chance but still wanted to add it to the best preworkout list.

INGREDIENTS

  • Niacin (as niacinamide) 35 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl) 2 mg
  • Folic Acid 800 mcg
  • Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin) 25 mcg
  • Beta-Alanine (as Carnosyn®) 1,600 mg
  • Creatine Complex 2,000mg
    • Creatine Monohydrate, Magnesium Creatine Chelate (Creatine MagnaPower®)
  • ENGN® Mind-to-Muscle Matrix 2,013mg
    • Betaine Anhydrous, Choline Bitartrate, L-Tyrosine, Agmatine Sulfate (as AGmass™), Alpha-Glycerolphosphorylcholine, Huperzia serrata extract, (std. min. 1% Huperzine A)(club moss).

Vapor X5 by MuscleTech

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • 5-in-1 pre-workout formula
  • Ultimate neurosensory & intense focus
  • Enhances muscle strength & recovery
  • Superior performance & pumps

REVIEW

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INGREDIENTS

  • Niacin (as nicotinic acid) 15 mg
  • Sodium 10 mg
  • Musclebuilding Matrix
    • Creatine monohydrate 1.5 g
    • Betaine anhydrous 1.25 g
  • Performance & Endurance Compound
    • Beta-alanine (CarnoSyn®) 1.6 g
    • Taurine 500 mg
  • Pump Matrix
    • Arginine inositol silicate (Nitrosigine®) 750 mg
    • Hawthorn extract (as Crataegus pinnatifida) (berry) 200 mg
  • Explosive Energy Matrix
    • Caffeine anhydrous 190 mg
    • Choline bitartrate 100 mg
  • Neurosensory Blend
    • L-theanine 62.5 mg
    • Galangal extract (as Alpinia officinarum) (stem & root) 25 mg
    • Yohimbe extract (as Pausinystalia yohimbe) (bark) 20 mg
    • Standardized for 6% yohimbine

Mr. Hyde by Pro Supps

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3-stage caffeine blend for explosive energy
  • Creatine nitrate in every serving to promote size & strength
  • Pin-point focus for amazing workouts

REVIEW

Mr. Hyde is incredible and just had to be on this list of best preworkout supplements.  There really isn’t all that much more to say about it.  The Watermelon flavor is delicious and once I tried it I used it for about 4-5 months and mixed in a unit of Orange Burst.  I didn’t like it as much as the Watermelon but it was still great.  As far as performance is concerned this can almost be called second to none.  The amount of caffeine is enough to get you through near any workout, and you can definitely stay focused without distractions getting to you.

INGREDIENTS

  • Niacin 25 mg
  • Strength Matrix 5 g
    • Beta Alanine (CarnoSyn®) 2.5 g
    • Creatine Nitrate (NO3-T®) 1 g
    • Agmatine Sulfate (AGMAPURE®) 500 mg
    • L-Citrulline Aspartate (1:1) 500 mg
  • Caffeine Matrix 419 mg
    • Caffeine Anhydrous 300 mg
    • Infinergy™ (Dicaffeine Malate) 69 mg
    • Caffeine Citrate 50 mg
  • Intensity Matrix 629 mg
    • Choline Bitartrate 500 mg
    • Hordenine 50 mg
    • N-Methyl L-Tyramine HCI 50 mg
    • Gamma-aminobutyric Acid (GABA) 25 mg
    • Yohimbe Bark Extract 2 mg
    • Rauwolfia Vomitoria Root Extract (Std. Min. 90% Alpha Yohimbine) 2 mg

PRE-KAGED by Kaged Muscle

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Endurance
  • Focus
  • Energy
  • Hydration
  • Strength
  • Full Label Disclosure

REVIEW

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INGREDIENTS

  • Niacin (as Niacinamide) 30 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) 25 mg
  • Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) 500 mcg
  • PRO-PUMP™
    • L-Citrulline (fermented) 6.5 g
    • Quercetin Dihydrate 200 mg
  • MUSCLE FUEL MATRIX (3.5g)
    • L-Leucine (fermented) 1,750 mg
    • L-Isoleucine (fermented) 875 mg
    • L-Valine (fermented) 875 mg
  • ANABOLIC-ACTIVATOR
    • L-Leucine (fermented) 3 g
  • ENDURA-BURN™ MATRIX
    • Carnosyn® (Beta Alanine) 1.6 g
    • Capsimax™ (Capsicum Extract) 100 mg
  • STRENGTH & POWER MATRIX
    • BetaPower® (Natural Betaine) 2 g
    • Patented Creatine HCl 1.5 g
  • HYDRATE & DEFEND
    • Coconut Water Powder 500mg
  • SPECTRA™ Total ORAC Blend 100mg
    • Consisting of green coffee extract, green tea extract, broccoli sprout concentrate, onion extract, apple extract, acerola extract, camu camu concentrate, quercetin, tomato concentrate, broccoli concentrate, acai concentrate, basil concentrate, cinnamon concentrate, garlic concentrate, oregano concentrate, turmeric concentrate, carrot concentrate, elderberry concentrate, mangosteen concentrate, blackberry concentrate, blackcurrant extract, blueberry extract, chokeberry concentrate, raspberry concentrate, sweet cherry concentrate, spinach concentrate, kale concentrate, bilberry extract, brussel sprout concentrate
  • NEURO-FOCUS MATRIX
    • Taurine 2 g
    • N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine 1 g
    • L-Tyrosine 850 mg
    • PurCaf™ Caffeine (from green coffee beans) 274 mg

AminoLean Energy by RSP Nutrition

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lean Muscle Recovery
  • Increase Metabolism
  • Increase Energy and Focus

REVIEW

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INGREDIENTS

  • Amino Acid Blend 5,000mg
    • L-Taurine, Beta Alanine (CarnoSyn®), L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine, L-Glutamine, L-Citrulline, L-Arginine, L-Tyrosine, L-Histidine, L-Lysine Hydrochloride, L-Phenylalanine, L-Threonine, L-Methionine
  • Fat Loss Blend 1,500mg
    • Conjugated Linoleic Acid Powder, L-Carnitine L-Tartrate, Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis)(Leaf)(Standardized for 50% EGCG), Green Coffee Extract (Bean)
  • Natural Energy and Focus Blend 130mg
    • Caffeine (from green tea), Theobromine

Amplified by AnatomiQ

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • No Sugar
  • No Carbs
  • No Proprietary Blends
  • No Banned Substances

REVIEW

Aside from the sleek looking package that this preworkout comes in, it packs a flavorful punch (Fruit Punch, that is) to go along with it.  One of the first things that caught my eye, and to bring an extra bang to my workout, is the caffeine.  In one single serving you’re delivered 400mg of Caffeine Anhydrous.  If you’re caffeine intolerant than feel free to take half a scoop.  For me, this amped up my workout to the perfect level of intensity and focus adding it this list of best preworkout supplements.

For a full review see AnatomiQ – A Smarter Way to Train

INGREDIENTS

  • Citrulline Malate 3:1 – 8g
  • CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine – 3.2g
  • Creatine MagnaPower® (magnesium creatine chelate) – 2g
  • Betaine Anhydrous – 1.25g
  • L-Tyrosine – 1g
  • Choline Bitartrate – 1g
  • Caffeine Anhydrous – 400mg
  • L-Norvaline – 200mg
  • L-Theanine – 200mg
  • Alpha-GPC – 150mg
  • Hordenine HCL – 30mg

Bucked Up by DAS LABS

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Maximize Blood Flow
  • Boost Athletic Performance
  • Sharpen Mental Focus
  • Promote Strength, Endurance, & Muscle Growth

REVIEW

*Currently Under Review*

INGREDIENTS

  • Vitamin B12 100mcg
  • Citrulline Malate 2:1 6,000mg
  • Beta Alanine 2,000mg
  • Caffeine Anhydrous 200mg
  • AlphaSize® Alpha GPC 200mg
  • Taurine 100mg
  • Folate (Folic acid) 200mg
  • Himalayan Rock Salt(Trace Minerals) 100mg
  • Deer Antler Velvet Extract 50mg
  • AstraGin® 25mg
  • ActiGin® 25mg

Assault by MusclePharm

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Increased muscular endurance & strength*
  • Intense, focused energy and improved energy expenditure*
  • Delays muscle fatigue, fights muscle degradation*
  • Restores ATP levels and mental alertness*
  • Banned-substance tested
  • No proprietary Blends

REVIEW

Overall I am a fan of the MusclePharm product line.  Assault is one of their key supplements they provide.  I like how they don’t have any proprietary blends on their Assault preworkout.  This makes it much easier to see what you’re putting into your body.  I’ve provided a list of the ingredients below for comparison. You’ll notice the lack of an ambiguous proprietary blend in the list of bulleted contents.

INGREDIENTS

  • Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) 300 mg
  • Vitamin E (as dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate) 40 IU
  • Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCI) 20 mg
  • Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) 50 mcg
  • Strength & Performance
    • Creatine Monohydrate 3 g
    • CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine 1.75 g
    • Betaine Anhydrous 1.5 g
  • Muscle Fuel
    • Taurine 1 g
    • L-Glycine 1 g
  • Energy & Focus
    • Caffeine Anhydrous 250 mg
    • Acetyl-L-Carnitine 250 mg

Gold Standard Pre-Workout by Optimum Nutrition

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Unleashes Amplified Energy
  • Sharp Focus
  • Supports Enhanced Endurance

REVIEW

This is another one of the top competitors in the realm of best preworkout.  On occasion I have felt a slight tingle as an effect of drinking the Gold Standard preworkout.  I would also recommend trying out their BCAA product as well to accompany this within your supplement library.  The only flavor I’ve been able to try so far is the Fruit Punch, but you definitely can’t go wrong with this one, which is why it ranks within this list of best preworkout supplements.

INGREDIENTS

  • Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol) 500 IU
  • Thiamin (as Thiamin HCl) 2 mg
  • Niacin (as Nicotinic Acid) 20 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl) 2 mg
  • Folic Acid 200 mcg
  • Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin) 10 mcg
  • Pantothenic Acid (as D-Calcium Pantothenate) 10 mg
  • Muscle Matrix
    • Creatine Monohydrate (Creapure®) 3 g
    • AstraGIN® Proprietary Blend [Astragalus membranaceus
    • Extract (root) & Panax notoginseng Extract (root)] 25 mg
  • Performance Composite
    • Beta-Alanine (as CarnoSyn®) 1.5 g
    • Micronized L-Citrulline 750 mg
  • Energy & Focus Complex
    • Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCl 375 mg
    • N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine 250 mg
    • Caffeine 175 mg
    • Citrus Bioflavonoids Complex 100 mg

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DISCLAIMER: Prior to use, read product labels and only use as directed. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.