First off, I want to start this article by saying that you don’t need pre workout supplements. Nope. You don’t need them.
You can still get good pumps without them, you can still have great workouts without them, and you can still build muscle without them.
That being said, pre workouts are one of the best muscle building supplements on the market. They will literally double your progress.
The right pre-workout will get you amped up to go to the gym. It’ll give you a huge surge of energy, and give you that mental focus that you need to aggressively attack the weights.
Some pre-workouts will even help you build muscle faster, recover faster, and some even help boost your testosterone levels (like Nitraflex).
As you guys know, I used to work at a supplement store—so I’ve tried dozens of pre-workouts (some of which have actually been banned, like Jack3d). I know what works and what doesn’t.
So, with that in mind, here are the best pre workouts currently on the market, and the effects that each one will give you.
In general, there’s a few things that you want to look for to find the best pre workouts on the market. This is really key, so listen up.
A lot of guys make the mistake of just viewing the claims that the container makes, or listening to their gym-buddy who heard a rumor about some pre-workout that works really well.
This is a huge mistake, because marketers always lie. You have to use science when you’re trying to determine the best pre-workout.
That being said, here’s a few of the best pre workout ingredients:
There’s a ton of potential ingredients that you could add to a pre-workout, but the best pre workout depends on what you want.
Different pre workouts give you different effects, so you have to decide what effects you want to experience the most.
If you want crazy pumps, for example, look for pre workouts containing creatine, Beta-Alanine, and L-Citrulline in them.
If you want intense energy, however, look for pre workouts with a lot of caffeine, Rhodiola, and maybe even some Guarana in them.
…or maybe you want laser focus? Then look for pre workouts with potent nootropics, like Vinpocetine, N-Acetyl Tyrosine, or Dimethylamine.
Do you see the point, though? Different pre-workouts will give you different effects.
Sure, they’ll all give you more energy, strength, and focus…but depending on which one you want more of, you’ll have to take your pick. So, with that in mind, let’s get to it.
Ah, Jack3d. Some call it the holy grail of banned pre-workouts, and others cower in fear of its awesome, meth-like powers.
The FDA, though? As I stated in my Jack3d review, they banned it in 2012, because it was just too damn strong for the masses to handle.
Don’t worry—this isn’t the illegal version, it’s a newly formulated version that’s still extremely effective. This is personally one of my favorite pre-workouts for laser focus, tunnel vision, and good mood.
It’s got a highly bio-available form of creatine, which will lead to greater strength, a nice dose of beta-alanine, which will give you crazy pumps, and best of all? It tastes like Kool-aid.
But, my favorite effect of Jack3d is its ability to put me into a hyper-focused state of mind, like I’m a god damn unstoppable freight train.
I’ve broken some of my best records in the gym after taking two scoops of this stuff; it makes me feel like I’m a fucking warrior, with one sole purpose: to annihilate the barbell.
This pre-workout has a good dose of caffeine, a large amount of Yohimbine, and best of all: two herbal extracts shown to enhance focus… A LOT.
The first of which is Schisandra Chinensis, a vine native to Eastern Russia, which has been shown to effectively fight stress, fatigue, and depression, while simultaneously boosting your focus, mood, and energy levels.
The second of which, is Rhodiola Rosea, an arctic herb which has been proven to enhance endurance, mental clarity, and good emotions.
Overall, Jack3d is probably the best pre-workout supplement for sheer laser-focus on the market. It’s hard to find though, so be careful.
While Beyond Raw LIT won’t give you the sheer laser focus that Jack3d will give you, it’s still one of the best pre workouts on the market.
Why? I’ll tell you why—because of its emphasis on brain-boosting ingredients, known as “nootropics,” or smart drugs.
As I covered in my Beyond Raw LIT review, it’s got a powerful lineup of brain-boosting drugs, shown to enhance focus, memory, and mood.
It’s got a good bit of caffeine, some beta alanine for pumps, some creatine monohydrate, and best of all, some brain-enhancing drugs.
Here are the two brain enhancing drugs in Beyond Raw LIT:
When combined, these two drugs will wake you the fuck up, and make you feel fully alert, conscious, and AWAKE.
Neuro Factor is a particular type of whole bean coffee extract, that’s loaded with antioxidants and other neuro-protective agents.
ElevATP, on the other hand, is far more interesting. It’s an extract from a few adaptogenic mushrooms, which have incredible mind-boosting effects.
When I take Beyond Raw LIT, my brain lights up like a Christmas tree, and I’m ready to conquer the gym, smash the weights, and get jacked.
Don’t take my word for it, though… try some yourself and see.
Over the past year or two, pharmaceutical companies have been starting to hop on the pre-workout bandwagon, which is definitely a good thing.
Basically, what this means, is that more and more pre workouts are now being researched by actual scientists, rather than gym bros.
…and as I covered in my GAT Nitraflex review, this is one of the few pre workouts that has actually been clinically tested.
To be honest, I hadn’t even heard of this one until a buddy recommended it… and he gave a pretty damn convincing review of it for me.
He claimed that it helped him increase his strength by a whopping 20%, in just a few months… and he was already a SERIOUS lifter.
So, I did some research and found out that not only was GAT NitraFlex tested in a whopping 6 different clinical studies, but it’s also been proven to increase your testosterone levels by a massive 29%.
Yeah. Nitraflex was definitely a pre workout I had to try.
Upon receiving it in the mail a couple of months ago, I read the label: “Do not exceed 1 scoop in a single 24-hour period.”
This was kind of surprising, seeing that most pre-workouts allow you to take 2, or even 3 scoops. “Shit, this stuff must be effective,” I thought.
I chugged down one scoop mixed with a cup of water, and waited a few minutes. I like to time taking my pre-workouts so that they hit me right when I get to the gym.
I hopped in my car, started driving down the road, and looked at my watch; it’d been 10 minutes since I took this stuff, and I could already feel it.
As I drove down a winding road, on the way to my local gym, I started to feel an intense surge of aggression.
“FUCK! I NEED TO LIFT SOME WEIGHTS,” I yelled. I turned on some aggressive music, and amped myself up on the way to the gym.
As I pulled into the parking lot, I could feel it really starting to kick in. I grabbed my gym bag, bolted through the front door, checked in, and headed for the locker room.
When I emerged, I had one of the best workouts of my entire life. I broke every single personal record to date.
In my humble opinion, GAT NitraFlex is one of the most insanely effective pre-workouts that I’ve ever tried, and I HIGHLY recommend it.
But, a word of caution—DO NOT take an entire scoop your first time. Take half a scoop to see how you react, because this shit is fucking STRONG.
This is hands down my favorite pre-workout for having a crazy workout in the gym, and then getting shit done afterwards.
Due to its 7-hour, timed release caffeine complex, I find that Hypershock Rage not only gives me sustained energy, but shoots my productivity through the ROOF!
I love waking up early in the morning, doing my morning routine, chugging down a delicious blue raspberry scoop of Hypershock Rage, and hitting the gym like an animal.
But it doesn’t stop there. The sustained energy carries me through the day. I get home, have a huge meal to nourish my broken down muscles, and then churn out blog articles for another solid 4-5 hours.
That’s how effective this stuff is—not only will the sustained energy release formula give you energy in the gym, but it’ll carry you through the rest of the day.
If you workout early in the morning, I HIGHLY recommend Hypershock Rage, because it will help you remain productive throughout the day.
If you workout late at night, I definitely don’t recommend this one—you don’t want to be up all night. But, I’ve taken this pre-workout plenty of times in the afternoon and don’t have any problem falling asleep around 10 or 11.
In my opinion, Hypershock Rage is hands down the most effective pre-workout for sustained energy in the gym, and in the office afterwards.
I realize that some of you may not like to put a whole bunch of stimulants in your body, for whatever reason.
Maybe you enjoy having your strong-ass morning coffee, and don’t want to double your daily caffeine intake by having a caffeinated pre workout.
I totally get that. When I’m in a period of immersion in the gym (aka getting jacked is my number one priority), I always take pre-workouts.
But, when I’m in a period of immersion for work (like I am currently), I would rather have my morning coffee and not bother with a stimulant based pre-workout.
That’s where this stuff comes in. Onnit’s 1-2 punch combo of T+ and Shroomtech Sport is absolutely incredible.
Hell, even though this stuff doesn’t even have any stimulants in it, I feel like it’s stronger than a lot of pre-workouts like C4 and ON Gold Standard (no joke, that stuff did very little for me).
T+ has a shit ton of ingredients that have been clinically proven to enhance strength by up to 36%, and Shroomtech Sport has a mega-dose of B vitamins and Cordyceps Mushrooms to give you one hell of an energy rush.
The first time I heard about this stuff, I did a little bit of research and found out that Cordyceps, the main ingredient in Shroomtech Sport, is this weird mushroom that grows on the backs of caterpillars in the Andes or some shit like that.
Okay. As a supplement guru, I had to fucking try this stuff. There was no way I couldn’t.
In fact, I still vividly remember the first time I did. It was about 3 years ago. I’d just come back from grabbing breakfast with a friend, and decided to take a few pills along with one scoop of T+.
According to the package, I was to wait 45 minutes before working out (this is longer than most pre-workouts).
Whatever, that’s cool – I just sat at my computer and watched some motivational YouTube videos to get myself pumped up. Then, suddenly, it hit me.
I shit you not, I felt the single greatest surge of energy that I’ve ever felt. I literally got so much energy that I had to jump up and down and swing my fists in the air for a solid three minutes before getting my shit together and heading to the gym.
I then went on to have one of the craziest, most intensely focused workouts that I’ve ever had in my life.
I honestly don’t know how this stuff works, aside from it boosting testosterone and enhancing ATP production. But, what matters is that it fucking works.
If you’re looking for a non-stimulant pre-workout, I cannot recommend Onnit’s T+ and Shroomtech Sport combo enough. It’s by far the best non-stimulant pre-workout on the market.
Pre workouts can be confusing, especially for gym newbies.
So, I’ve compiled a list of the top pre workout questions that I get on a regular basis.
If you have any questions, be sure to just shoot me an email, and I’ll be more than happy to help.
In my opinion, Nitraflex by GAT is the best pre workout. I take it almost every day I go to the gym.
Whenever I take Nitraflex, it’s like a fucking freight train hits my mind and body, and I’m LASER focused in the gym.
Sometimes, if I want to break through some PR’s, I’ll also combine it with Adderall (I have a prescription) or Modafinil.
Yeah, if you’re a bitch. Haha, just kidding—sort of.
There’s some evidence suggesting that too much caffeine is bad for you over time…
…but, there’s also evidence suggesting it’s good for your heart (weird, huh?).
So, in short, just do whatever the fuck you want, and whatever makes you feel good and healthy.
As I said in my C4 pre workout review, I think it’s pretty much just bunk.
It isn’t necessarily that it’s BAD, per say… it just isn’t great.
The only thing great about C4 is its marketing. The ingredients are mediocre, and so is the high.
Personally, I don’t. I choose to work out first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
Some people don’t like this, but I love it. There may be a period where you have to adjust (like anything), but once you do, it feels great.
I wake up, do my morning routine, down my pre workout, and it hits almost INSTANTLY on an empty stomach.
Yeah, if you’re a pussy. Just kidding. If for whatever reason you don’t want to take caffeine, you can take stimulant free pre workouts, too.
They obviously won’t be as strong as ones that have caffeine and stimulants in them. But you can still take them.
I prefer Shroomtech and T+ by Onnit for my non-stimulant pre workouts. In fact, sometimes I’ll take them WITH my stimulant pre workout for extra effect.
In my opinion, the answer is still Nitraflex by GAT.
It’s got tons of testosterone-supporting ingredients, meaning that it not only lights you up in the gym, but makes your testosterone levels higher.
Personally, when I take Nitraflex, I feel great—it’s important to still have “off days” to keep your tolerance, but I love the stuff to death.
In my experience, the strongest pre workout is Stim Lord. It’s not even a good type of strong though. It’s like “have a heart attack” strong.
There’s just too many stimulants in that pre workout for it to be healthy… and this is coming from a stimulant junkie.
Again, I prefer Nitraflex by GAT… but what can I say. That’s just my opinion.
In summary, these are some of the best pre-workouts that I’ve ever taken. Like I said though, you don’t need pre-workouts to gain muscle or have a great workout.
But, with that in mind, they certainly help a ton. Pre-workouts will give you that extra motivation to keep going to the gym, even if you don’t want to. Pre-workouts will give you sustained energy throughout the day.
The right pre workout will enhance your pumps, decrease recovery time, and some will even boost your testosterone.
If you guys have any pre-workout recommendations for me, shoot me an email or leave a comment down below. I always love experimenting with new supplements.
Protip: if you’re a REAL stimulant junkie, consider taking some modafinil along with your pre-workout (read my guide on how to buy modafinil online).
This is NOT for the faint of heart, but I’ve done it plenty of times before and I feel like a fucking Greek God on Heisenberg’s meth, cruising down the freeway going 185mph.
I hope you all enjoyed the article, and gained some useful knowledge from it. Remember to hit the gym hard, but to also recover just as hard. I’ll see you guys next time.
Product Name: Nitraflex
Product Description: Nitraflex by GAT is by far my favorite pre-workout. It's my go-to almost 100% of the time, because it's got a great blend of ingredients. It gives me a great pump, crazy focus, and best of all, a testosterone boost!
All in all, Nitraflex by GAT is my favorite pre-workout. It gives me great pumps, incredible focus, a testosterone increase, and best of all, it tastes great!
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Jon Anthony is a world renowned dating coach and the founder of Masculine Development, a website specifically dedicated to helping men improve their personal, dating, and financial lives. After years of training men how to attract women, build muscle, and make more money, Jon created the "7 Strategies" program to help kickstart your journey to success. Jon firmly believes that every man should have control over his own life, and he created Masculine Development to share his passion with men who want success in all areas.