We all love caffeine, well most of us do anyway, and it’s got to the point where almost every pre-workout supplement out there is made up of mostly caffeine in ever-increasing amounts. We’ve talked about a lot of these in our article on the best 10 pre-workout supplements. But not everyone can consume caffeine, finding a pre-workout supplement that is stimulant free is the only option for them.
Also, even you – caffeine lovers – should contemplate a stim-free pre-workout every once in a while. While caffeine is amazing, you can fast build a tolerance meaning that all of the benefits that you enjoyed (increased power, increased energy, less fatigue, and lowered rate of perceived effort) can vanish!
You can also begin to experience some negative side-effects such as increased cortisol, troubled sleep, and even weight gain. If you are beginning to suffer the effects of too much caffeine, then a stimulant free pre-workout (combined with a caffeine-free diet) can help to lower your tolerance levels while also providing you the energy required to smash your workout. In this article, we are going to look at 10 of the best stimulant free pre-workouts available to you.
Updated August 2017
In such a competitive market, you would expect to find a serious contention for the no.1 spot on this list. Well, not really. Transparent Labs STIM-FREE stands alone at the top of the list here, with no real close contenders at this point.
The easiest way to explain this is that different than a lot of the runner ups on this list, Transparent Labs actually designed STIM FREE to be a standalone fully functional Pre-Workout, rather than an add-on to their stimulant Pre Workout. With this approach, it is not surprising that STIM-FREE carries exactly the same label as the brand’s to PRE-SERIES BULK minus the stimulants (caffeine & l-theanine). This means that you are getting full impact in all of the departments. This product will increase strength and endurance (6g Citrulline Malate and 3g Creatine HCI), lower fatigue (BCAAs, 4g (!) Beta-Alanine, Betaine, Taurine), and improve focus (L-Tyrosine, Choline). All of the ingredients are either fully or over dosed, and there are no fillers here!
The bottom line, Transparent Labs PreSeries STIM-FREE is so good that you would be challenged to notice that you are actually using a caffeine free pre-workout!
Big Noise from RedCon1 is a very impressive looking pre-workout with a beautiful design. You get a choice of three flavors (Blue Lemonade, Watermelon, and Strawberry Kiwi) and each pack contains 30 servings. REDCON1 Big Noise contains a lot of the same ingredients as the no.2 on this list – Hype Extreme (Huperzine A, Rhodiola Rosea, Alpha GPC) while also containing BetaPower (Betaine) which is supposed to increase strength and muscular endurance, Astragalus Membranaceus which is an anti-inflammatory, and Agmatine to bring even more pump into the picture. All in all Big Noise is a very well rounded Pre Workout with a lot going for it as far as power, endurance, pump and mental focus.
NutraBio’s PRE STIM FREE not only carries a very similar name to our no.1 spot holder but also has a lot to be proud of! lets take a look at the label. Vitamin & Mineral is one section with Vitamins B3, B6, B12, and C. The next part is called “ATP Power, Strength & Recovery Complex”. Containing Leucine, Betaine, Creatine Monohydrate, and Creatine HCI, The next part is “Athletic Endurance & Performance Complex” which contains Citrulline and Beta-Alanine. You also have “Electrolyte & Hydration Optimizer” with Taurine, and Sodium Phosphate, “Nitric Oxide Performance Matrix” with Agmatine Sulfate, and Nitrogen, and “Focus & Drive Matrix” which contains Tyrosine and Huperzine.
As you can see there are a lot of ingredients here, but NutraBio doesn’t try to under dose them, they are completely transparent with how much of each ingredient is present. As a result, we can say that this is a fantastic pre-workout supplement that will increase energy, lower fatigue, increase the pump, and help you to focus throughout your session.
GAT PMP is one of the best pre-workouts out there with high levels of Caffeine and Theanine. GAT also sells a Stim-Free version that we will be looking at today. GAT split the ingredients into 5 parts. You have the usual Vitamin and Mineral section that contains Niacin as one of the main ingredients. Then there is the NO Enhancers (Beta Alanine, Arginine, Citrulline, Citrulline Malate, Norvaline), Pump Accelerators, PMP Focus & Cognition Modulators, and PMP Energetics.
There are a lot of ingredients here, and the majority have been proven to increase workout pumps and to reduce fatigue, making this perfect for bodybuilding. There are only two flavors to choose from, Orange Cream, and Blue Raspberry and each pack contains 30 servings.
Every ingredient in Hype Extreme from Blackstone labs is designed to increase your focus and create an amazing pump. Sodium Nitrate (1.5g) which converts to nitric oxide and is designed to increase vascularity, Rhodiola Rosea (0.3g) which has been proven to reduce fatigue, Huperzine A that is a cognitive enhancer (will improve focus), and Alpha GPC (0.25g) that is a cognitive enhancer and has been shown to increase power. You have two choices of flavor, Cotton Candy or Fruit Punch, and each tub contains 25 servings.
Giant Pump definitely stands out from the rest due to its ingredient list. It contains 1500mg of Glutamine Nitrate that improves nitric oxide production and vasodilation, and 500mg of Sodium Glycerophosphate which can boost energy. It also contains Agmatine which can increase nitric oxide, and Evodia rutaecarpa which has been shown to decrease pain and inflammation.
Due to the big pumps on offer and the boost in energy, this is a really effective pre-workout which will help you last longer in the gym. There are three flavors available: Raspberry, Tropical Punch, and Unflavoured and you can either buy 32 or 40 serving packs. This is a really well thought out pre-workout that is completely transparent about what goes into it, definitely worth a try.
HemaVol Powder by iForce Nutrition delivers a huge pump via its main ingredient Agmatine Sulphate (0.5g), this is responsible for a big release in Nitric Oxide. The pre-workout also contains Citrulline to reduce fatigue, L-Norvaline to inhibit Arginase and increase the amount of time that nitric oxide can be available. HemaVol claims to increase power and performance, and based on the ingredient list this seems perfectly likely.
There are six flavors available: Blueberry Pomegranate, Cherry Limeade, Fruit Punch, Lemon Drop, Tangy Tangerine, and Watermelon Cooler. Each tub contains around 30-32 servings.
The goal of Rich Piana’s pre-workout is to get you the biggest pump going during your workout. It contains ingredients such as Taurine, Dan-Shen extract, and Niacin to widen blood vessels and increase vascularity. It also contains Citrulline that can reduce fatigue while improving both anaerobic and aerobic performance.
Full as F*ck comes in four flavors: Blue Raspberry, Fruit Punch, Pomegranate, and Wild Berry with each pack containing 30 servings. If this was a ‘best pump’ product list, then the ‘full as f*ck’ would rank 1st. But in this list we are going after a complete non stim pre-workout ranking. But, if you are chasing a huge pump, then Full as F*ck is the pre-workout for you.
There are four main ingredients in Vasky by MTS Nutrition: Taurine (3g), HydroMax Glycerol (2g), Nitrogen (1.5g), and Vitamin C (100mg). As we’ve mentioned before Taurine is great for improving performance and increase blood circulation. Vitamin C can also affect circulation, and Nitrogen is an Arginine supplement that can increase Nitric oxide. The last ingredient is HydroMax Glycerol which is a highly concentrated form of Glycerol that helps increase your pump. The supplement comes unflavoured and contains 30 servings per pack.
This stimulant free pre-workout from MAN Sports is excellent due to its simplicity. There aren’t hundreds of different ingredients here, just Niacin, Agmatine Sulfate, Glycerol, and Citrulline. The product claims that it produces superior pumps, increased power, and explosive strength. There are three flavors, all designed to match famous candies. You have “Dorks”, “Sour Batch”, and Blue Bomb-Sicle. Each pack contains 30 servings. Read our full MAN Sports Pump Powder review.