If you have used quality pre-workout supplements in the past, you’ve most likely come to know a few things about them. First off, they work. They get your head in the game, and prep your body for action. Second, they are very strong in terms of caffeine and if you happen to go over your personal tolerance levels, the effects can be unpleasant. You can get a slightly “jittery” feeling like one would feel after too much coffee and you might feel like your heart is racing too. This means you’ve gone over the line.
As I continue to review pre-workout supplements, I am beginning to notice an upward trend in the caffeine levels. It is becoming commonplace to find caffeine in amounts around the 200-milligram mark and above. While this might be great for some intense bodybuilders or those people who already have a high stim tolerance, they’re not for everyone. A lot of the people in my close circles will start to feel the jitters after about 2 cups of coffee which has around 160mg of caffeine; never mind the 3 cups worth and above.
This is why I have decided to put together a few options for people who do like to use pre-workout supplements – but don’t need or want something that intense. With the choices listed below, I have tried to keep them under 1.5 coffee cups worth of caffeine per serving.
Let’s Take A Look 5 Quality Pre-Workout Supplements:
Amino Energy (8/10)
One of the good parts of Amino Energy is that the caffeine used is derived from Green Tea and Green coffee extracts which can give us more of the natural benefits from each plant. Now don’t get confused when looking at the label; it says 160mg of caffeine per 2 scoops, so you can just start out with 1 scoop to keep your stim intake down until you feel more comfortable. The small scoop sizes are a nice touch because it allows us to really customize how much we want to take. It includes a good size dose amino acids; not only to accelerate your recovery, but improve your endurance as well. Along with Beta Alanine, Citrulline, and more ingredients known for their performance enhancing properties.
C4 Extreme (8.5/10)
And finally we have C4 Extreme from Cellucor. Still a fairly “young” pre-workout but it has been very popular since its release. It gives users about 135mg of caffeine per single scoop, which is a nice sized dose for someone just starting out. This will keep things very affordable too. Along with the caffeine, they’ve included Creatine Nitrate for strength – which is suggested to be more easily digested and used by the body compared to regular Creatine mono. And for endurance, its uses Beta Alanine (yes, the tingly stuff) as well as a host of B Vitamins to help you sustain that energy all through your workout. If you’re thinking about C4, the Pink Lemonade flavor was my favorite and I highly recommend it.
Muscle Pharm Assault (9/10)
Assault from Muscle Pharm is one that I find consistently on the top 10 list, and this time around they’ve just released a brand new formula to go with it. It is rich in B Vitamins, which enhance the functioning of the nervous system and brain. It’s most effective ingredients include creatine monohydrate, beta-Alanine, and caffeine. Creatine enhances workout energy levels, caffeine acts as a stimulant and beta-Alanine reduces the buildup of lactic acid in muscles.
NO Xplode (8/10)
NO Xplode is very powerful and can effectively improve your overall gym routine. It’s high in caffeine, taurine, creatine, and pretty much every ingredient known to be effective pre-workout. Therefore, if you plan to perform highly intensive exercises, this is the ideal supplement. However, I wouldn’t push this one towards a beginner.
4Platinum PRE : (7/10)
Platinum Pre is an all-around decent supplement and with a strong stimulant kick and Beta Alanine “tingles”. It has impressive effects and a good ingredient profile – although something to note is that it is Creatine Free. My one complaint from personal experience – it has a sort of chemical after burning to the taste which I didn’t find too pleasant. It is always a smart idea to start off small with caffeine doses until you get a better idea of how your body handles them. So please be careful when trying things out, and you should manage just fine. I hope that these few suggestions will help you find the right supplement for your needs.