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My Top 5 Pre-Workout Supplements for Beginner-Novice Level Trainees

Looking for a new pre-workout? Try one of my Top 5 Pre-Workout Choices.

My pre-workout choices are based on quality ingredients, reputable brands, great prices and amazing results. I’ve tried many pre-workouts in the past and these are the ones I would recommend to new clients, fitness enthusiasts and even just the weekend warriors. Below you’ll get my top 5 pre-workouts, some that I like that didn’t make the cut and others to definitely look out for!


Neon Sport Volt

1. Neon Sport Volt

Now a MusclePharm subsidiary, I tried Neon Sport Volt several years ago as a sample in my bodybuilding.com order and it quickly became one of my favorite pre-workouts. It has a modest amount of caffeine, beta-alanine, amino acids, agmatine sulfate and l-citrulline. It’s roughly $20 for 36 servings but I’ve been able to get it on Amazon for as little as $15.  I stack Neon Sport Volt with Xtend Perform for a ridiculous pump, long lasting energy, and decreased fatigue time. So far this is my favorite pre-workout stack, definitely give it a try.


c42. Cellucor C4

Coming in second is Cellucor’s C4 Pre-Workout. While it’s not nearly as stimulating as Neon Sport Volt (due to it’s lower concentration proprietary blend), it’s a great Pre-Workout for beginners, weekend warriors or just anyone looking for an extra boost. C4 comes in a wide variety of flavors including Mojito, Strawberry Margarita, and then your staple flavors (watermelon, blue raspberry, etc.).


assault.jpg3. MusclePharm Assault

Barely behind C4 is MusclePharm Assault. Assault is another low intensity Pre-Workout that provides just enough stimulation to power through an intense workout but because of its three proprietary blends it’s hard to know exactly how much of each ingredient you’re getting. I’ve also found it easier to get great deals on C4 than Assault and at the end of the day I look for the best deals on quality products.



n.o xplode4. BSN N.O Xplode

BSN N.O Xplode is another great option for beginners and regulars alike. My first time taking N.O Xplode was INTENSE but I’ve noticed that after a week or so I get little to no stimulation out of a single serving (unlike Volt where I feel a jolt of energy every time I take it) and I have to double up on scoops which means my pre-workout only lasts half as long. N.O Xplode has sodium bicarbonate in it which makes it a fizzy cocktail that delivers the nutrients to your bloodstream faster. I personally love the “fizz” effect and wish more companies followed suit. A typical 30 serving container goes for roughly $30, more or less and again, at the end of the day if I can get 30 servings of a quality pre-workout for $15-20 I’ll ALWAYS choose the latter. Every single time.

Does Your Pre-Workout Have These Ingredients?

dr. jekyll.png5. Pro Supps Dr. Jekyll

I jumped on the Pro Supps bandwagon very briefly a year ago when Mr. Hyde was dominating the pre-workout market. The amount of caffeine in Mr. Hyde is absurd though and I would never recommend it to anyone without knowing that they could handle 300 mg of caffeine in a single serving. I generally recommend closer to 100-150 mg of caffeine for a pre-workout which is roughly the amount in the pre-workouts above. Dr. Jekyll, on the other hand, is a much less intense Pro Supps pre-workout that has 100mg of caffeine, 2 g of beta alanine, and an amino acid blend. It’s much better suited to beginner/novice level trainees. If none of the products above meet your needs then Dr. Jekyll is definitely a pre-workout that should be on your bucket-list.

What You Should Eat 2 Hours Before Your Workout

Ones to Look Out For…

1) JYM Pre-Jym
I’ve heard raving reviews of Pre-JYM but have never tried it. At $35/30 servings it doesn’t fit in my monthly supplement budget, especially when I don’t think pre-workout mixes are a necessity. Definitely worth a try though!

2) MyProtein MyPRE
MyProtein sent me their pre-workout MyPRE and I LOVED it. The flavor was a 7/10, the mixibility was closer to a 6/10 but the results were fantastic. Great pump, razor sharp focus, and long lasting energy.

3) Scivation Xtend Go

With 7g of BCAAs and 100 mg of caffeine, Xtend Go is a great option for those of you just looking for a pick me up without worrying about any ingredients that make you feel uncomfortable. It’s very subtle, natural energy and a cost effective approach to pre-workout.

4) Amino Energy 
Just after Xtend Go is Optimum Nutrition’s Amino Energy. With 5g of amino acids and 100 mg of caffeine it’s another great option if you’re looking for a subtle, natural energy boost that you can drink any time.

The Natural Approach
Black Coffee (10-12 oz.), preferably iced to reduce the risk of mid-workout heartburn.
Black Tea (12 oz.) with lemon or honey on ice.
Complex Carbohydrates (1-2 servings) including fruit, oatmeal, whole grains, etc.

Do you have a pre-workout that you like more than the ones that I listed? Let me know about it! Comment here, tweet me, or talk me to me on Instagram!

Does Your Pre-Workout Have These Ingredients?

Does your pre-workout have the necessary ingredients to deliver the energy you need to give 110% in your workouts? Most pre-workouts have intense names like C4 and N.O Xplode, but then fall short when it comes to delivering the serious pump you’re craving. When I look for pre-workouts, or recommend pre-workouts I generally look for these ingredients:

1. Caffeine (Obviously)

There are caffeine-free pre-workouts available on the market but I personally haven’t used them and don’t plan on it. Then, there are the polar opposite of these pre-workouts on the market: pre-workouts with 300+ mg of caffeine. I drink coffee throughout the day so, when I shop for a pre-workout, I generally look for a caffeine dose of roughly 150 mg. It can be a little more or less but I’ve found that 150 mg is more than enough to increase my alertness and focus.

2. Beta Alanine

At this point, I don’t even seriously consider taking a pre-workout without at least 1 g of Beta Alanine per serving. Beta Alanine acts as a fatigue (lactic acid) buffer which helps you workout with more intensity and for a longer duration. MyProtein My Pre packs a powerful Beta Alanine punch and meets my caffeine criteria. So does Neon Sport Volt, which is another one of my favorite pre-workouts.

3. Citrulline Malate

Citrulline Malate is another serious fatigue fighter. By reducing the amount of ammonia in the blood, Citrulline may help postpone lactic acid build up. Studies have also shown that excess Citrulline in the blood may lead to increased arginine in the blood resulting in greater NO production (a.k.a a bigger pump).

4. Creatine (optional)

Depending on your physique and your goals, creatine may be a fantastic ingredient for you and luckily it’s in almost every relevant pre-workout (in relatively small doses) so you’ll probably get it one way or another.  From my own experience, I’ve found creatine to be very useful for heavy sets of  1-3 reps. As far as aesthetics go, I’ve actually benefited from stopping my intake of creatine to look drier, more lean, and I’ve seen greater vascular and striation visibility.

These are the Pre-Workouts I’m mainly interested in now:

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Thanks to my friends at MyProtein for hooking me up with your MYPRE to test out. I’ll be giving a full review of it soon!

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