Pre-workout supplementation can really be a savior, whether you’re coming into the gym at 6 am after a bad night’s sleep or you’re fresh off a 9-hour shift and feeling dead. There are many benefits to a good pre-workout: stimulation of the central nervous system, reduction in fatigue and the rate of perceived exertion (how difficult an exercise feels), and even increased fat-loss. This article will look at ten of the best pre-workout supplements on the market in 2017.
Each of the following 10 pre workout supplements come from well-known and well-respected companies. We will look at each one individually and demonstrate what makes them special.
APS, a Hi-Tech Pharma brand is based in Georgia, US. Mesomorph is their best selling pre-workout and considered by many the best hardcore pre-workout in the market today. APS Mesomorph was not only one of the first fully dosed Pre-Workout, it was the first that introduced DMAA back into the market. The mix of high serving of caffeine, DMAA, Creatine, Citrulline Malate and Arginine. Makes APS Mesomorph the standard for a hardcore pre-workout. Flavor-wise Mesomorph has a growing list, with 8 to choose from with Pineapple being our personal go to. If you want a pre-workout that delivers a massive hit to your CNS and offers a superior pump then Mesomorph by APS Nutrition is the one for you.
Launched in late 2016, Redcon1 introduced Total War (what an awesome name) as its first product. Beyond the marketing envelope, Total War by Redcon1 is a great product with a label to prove it. Bringing in 6g of Citrulline Malate, 3.2g of Beta-Alanine, 1g Taurine, and an advanced energy & focus blend with 250mg of caffeine, DMHA & Eria Jarenesis. With this combination on its side, Total War promises & delivers an excellent pump and some serious cognitive benefits (helps with focus). Total War delivers a smooth, constant flow of energy that lasts through your workout and beyond. We love the RedCon1 flavoring system and the overall packaging. Read our full Redcon1 TOTAL WAR Pre-Workout review.
The latest entry into our top 10 list is really an unexpected one. Ape Sh*t Untamed from Untamed Labz caught us by surprise. When we first got our hands on it, we didn’t know what to expect. Well, we should have known, It’s literally written on the label – this pre-workout will have you go APE SHIT! The best way to describe the feeling we got was RAGE! Yeah, RAGE! Maybe it is the combination of Yohimbe and Caffeine, maybe its the nootropic blend with huperzine and CDP Choline. Maybe…What ever it is. APE SH*T rocked our workout! The flavoring system is mediocre, but ok. But honestly who cares?! If you like to feel rage in the gym, APE SH*T Untamed is one of the best Pre-Workout money can buy right now!
Kaged Muscle is a supplement line run by world-famous bodybuilder Kris Gethin, and this pre-workout represents everything about Kris as a person. Loud, brash, and aggressive. There has clearly been a lot of thought put into this supplement, and the complete transparency that the company has regarding its ingredients is commendable. There is 274mg of caffeine per serving that comes from green coffee beans (plus an undisclosed amount of caffeine from green coffee extract & green tea extract), there is also capsaicum which is quite effective as a fat-burner. In addition to a fully dosed N.O (pump) ingredients, Pre Kaged, brings in creatine and BCAAs which all in all result in an excellent pre-workout. Kris has also added Coconut water and B-Vitamins to the supp. Taste-wise you only get the option of fruit punch or apple, so hopefully you enjoy those flavors! Mixability is average with some reviewers complaining of grittiness whilst drinking. Read our full Kaged Muscle Pre Kaged review.
The original ‘Clash’ by MTS Nutrition got rave reviews and impressive success. And rightfully so. It was one of the original ‘fully dosed’ Pre Workouts with the new Clash, MTS nutrition and Marc Lobliner kept all the original ingredients from the previous version but with a few small changes and these changes launched MTS Clash into our top 10 lists. To the 250mg of caffeine in the original Clash, MTS added the ‘boom’ blend which brought in what we were really missing in the original Clash, that extra kick! Read our full MTS Nutrition: New CLASH Pre-Workout Review.
Created by Jim Stoppani the Bodybuilder with the PHD, Pre-Jym was voted pre-workout supplement of the year by Bodybuilding.com in 2016. It is fair to say that Pre Jym is the godfather of the fully dosed pre workouts and really started this category. There is complete transparency with the ingredients, and each one is fully dosed. With 300mg of caffeine, 6g of citrulline malate, 6g of BCAAs, 2g of creatine, and 2g of beta alanine. PRE-JYM Rained supreme for 3 years as the only real fully dosed, complete pre-workout. That changed over the last year or so with the introductions of a multitude of similar formulas. But PRE-JYM stands the test of times, and is still deserves its spot on this list.
C4 Ultimate by Cellucor is a relative newcomer from the no.1 company in the Pre-Workout space. And since its launch has been getting a lot of great reviews and for the right reasons. Each serving contains 300mg of caffeine, 6g of Citrulline Malate, 1.5g of Creatine, and many other ingredients. There are 4 flavors to choose from (Icy Blue Razz, Orange Mango, Cherry Limeade, and Strawberry Watermelon) and the mixability is great. C4 Ultimate also contains a good blend of Nootropics to help you with the focus in the gym. Read our full Cellucor C4 ULTIMATE Pre-Workout review.
German American Technologies (GAT) is one of the leading supplement brands with a full blown supplement line. Beyond energy & pump, Nitraflex is designed to help with fat loss, and increase testosterone. It does this by adding CFB which studies have shown has the ability to boost testosterone. With 325mg caffeine per serving plus Theanine which reacts well with caffeine. GAT Nitraflex has been able to stand the test of time, and delivers an impressive impact. With 8 flavors available, and positive reviews on taste & mixability across the board you should be good in this department.
Coming from CT Fletcher, one of the biggest fitness figure in the world today, Sidewalk kraka surprised everyone by bringing in one of the best formulas the industry has seen. Fully dosed and some may say overdosed in literally any category that matters. The reason it is not a top 5 on this list is mainly due to the fact that CT totally missed it on flavor. Out of the 3 flavors available, it is fair to say that 2 are on the verge of undrinkable. But if you into function & impact rather than taste, Sidewalk Kraka would be the number 2 player in this list. Read our full Iron Addicts – Sidewalk Kraka review.
DVST8 White Cut by Inspired Nutraceuticals is an interesting pre-workout. It contains coconut water (just like Pre-Kaged) and 200mg of caffeine from 3 sources. These are, Caffeine Anhydrous, Caffeine Citrate, and Di-Caffeine Malate. A bunch of ingredients aimed to improve vascularity & pump with fully dosed L-Citrulline and a perfectly dosed endurance blend withBeta Alanine, and L-Taurine. There are five flavors available (California Gold, Galaxy Pop, Pacific Crush, Peach Sunrise, and Texas Sweet Tea).