Which Pre-Workout is the best for me?

Navigating the landscape of high-stim, low-stim, pills and everything in between!

You may have noticed the increased variety of pre-workout options over the last few years. As pre-workout products continue to gain popularity brands are looking for innovative ways to stand out from the crowd by launching products that are formulated for specific goals.

When purchasing pre-workout, it’s important to have a full understanding of the ingredients you are consuming as some pre-workouts may not be the best for your own goals.

Let’s dive into the different variations of pre-workout and how to assure you are picking up the right products!

Standard Pre-Workout:

Many brands have a standard pre-workout with moderate ingredients that is best used for regular consumption. These products typically feature a balanced blend of ingredients that boost energy, improve blood flow for pumps in the gym and include nootropics for ultimate focus.

This formulation of pre-workout is recommended for

Examples of standard pre-workouts include:

RYSE Loaded Pre-Workout

V1 Nutra Pre-Workout

High-Stim Pre-Workout:

When it comes to high-stim pre-workouts, this is where things can get a little confusing, and overly caffeinated! While many pre-workout supplements have stimulants, the high-stim products pack a whole other punch.

High-stim products are typically not the best as a daily driver pre-workout due to the intense dosage of caffeine which can lead to caffeine tolerance increasing. Furthermore, high-stim formulas are best used on occasion intense training days.

In order to maintain your caffeine tolerance and consistently perform in the gym, we recommend using your standard pre-workout on a consistent basis and then including the high-stim pre-workout for those heavy lifting sessions.

Examples of standard pre-workouts include:

Ryse Blackout Pre-Workout

Alpha Lion Super Human Extreme

Non Stim Pump Pre-Workouts

On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, we have non-stim formulas which typically includes an efficacious pump formula to guarantee massive pumps in the gym. The best part about these formulas is that they can be stacked with your favorite stimulant pre-workout or taken alone when avoiding stimulants.

Whether it is late at night or you want to avoid the stimulant jitters, a non-stim pre-workout is the perfect option.

Examples of standard pre-workouts include:

Redcon1 Big Noise

Raw Pump

Full Stacked Pre-Workouts

If you’re looking for everything but the kitchen sink in your pre-workout, full stacked formulas are just that. Maxed out on ingredients and generally more expensive, full stacked formulas continue to enter the market by players such as Ryse and V-1 Nutra. While stacked with ingredients, much like high-stim formulas, this is not recommended for daily use. Instead, use a full stack pre-workout for the most intense sessions. Additionally, it’s important to note that many brands use a 20/40 serving for these products because of how loaded they truly are.

Examples of full stacked pre-workouts include:


V1 Nutra "V1 Ultimate"

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