How To Determine The Best Pre-Workout For You
Struggling To Find The Best Pre-Workout Supplement For You?
Pre-Workout Supplements are hands down the most sought after products in the industry.
Almost no Pre-Workout Supplement is created equal, and almost every product has their own unique benefit.
But in a crowded market, how do you choose which Pre-Workout is best for you? 🤷♂️
In this article, I will be diving into what classifies "The Best Pre Workout" or "The Strongest Pre-Workout".
Also, I will be going over what to avoid, and stay away from when figuring out which Pre-Workout is best for you.
What Is a Pre-Workout, & What Are The Benefits?
Many of you reading this may already be taking a Pre-Workout Supplement, but some of you may not, and dont really understand what a Pre-Workout is, or what is used for.
If you ask you local "Gym Bro" they will tell you something along the lines of:
"Something to make you feel like your on liquid adderall so you destroy the gym".
Unfortunately, it is this mindset that has created so many dangerous pre workout supplements on the market today with high amounts of stimulants.
The original and real reason pre workout supplements were even created was to help improve: Performance, Endurance, Strength, and Energy.
As time as passed, the evolution of pre workouts have transitioned from something to help improve your workouts -to- something that makes you feel high as if you took some of the most potent drugs out there.
Actual pre-workout supplements, are not meant to make you feel like your on insane drugs.
The best pre-workout supplements are designed to improve your strength and performance in the gym while elevating your energy and focus to increase output.
What Classifies Something As "The Best Pre-Workout"?
Like we talked about a little bit earlier, usually the "Gym Bro" consensus is: The higher the stimulant the better the pre-workout is.
This is not a very safe way to gauge whether or not your buying the best pre workout supplement.
Ideally, when your buying pre workout supplements you consider a couple things:
- Is the pre-workout manufactured in a FDA registered facility?
- Does that manufacture follow GMP guidelines?
- Is the company reputable, or are they some "fly-by-night" company?
- Does the pre workout contain clinically dosed ingredients?
- How many stimulants are inside the product?
- Does this pre workout contain banned substances?
- Does this pre workout have ingredients that will help me hit my goals?
All of these are important factors when you are choosing a new pre workout drink.
One of the most important factors when it comes to choosing a pre workout drink is: Who Manufactures the Supplement.
Why It's Important To Know Where Your Pre-Workouts Are Made
We believe that one of the most important factors when choosing any new supplement or supplement company is KNOWING where they manufacture.
A lot of times, supplement companies are contracting their manufacturing to 3rd party manufacturing companies without auditing the company. This usually leads to a lot of products:
- Pre-Workouts that containing "Spiked" ingredients.
- Pre-Workouts that have under dosing ingredients.
- Pre-Workouts that do not meet label claims: Meaning a company will claim X amount of something and not meet what they are claiming.
This is why we personally at Alchemy Labs decided it would be best to manufacture all of our supplements under our own roof.
We do not think it is responsible to contract manufacture, because ultimately at the end of the day the majority of companies DO NOT know what is actually inside their products.
Insider Tip: Something MOST BRAND OWNERS don't even know is, that they have to test every single batch that is ever manufactured before they can actually sell the products. (This is required by the FDA)
Unfortunately, most companies do not know this and never test their products.
I am not sure about you, but if I was a consumer I would stay clear from all these companies.
I do not want to scare you and make you think that all products are like this, because there are quite a handful of great companies out there who use 3rd party manufacturers who are reputable and meet all FDA requirements.
Not All Pre-Workouts Are Created Equal
This is something to keep in mind when your searching for the best pre workout.
Your Pre-Workout Supplement should be designed around your goals.
For example, if your goal is to burn body fat and perform better in the gym. You should look for ingredients like: Evodiamine, Beta Alanine, & Yohimbine.
However, if your goal is to improve strength, performance and muscle growth. You should probably stay as far away from "High Stimulant" Pre-Workout drinks.
When Choosing Pre-Workouts, Pay Attention To The Ingredient
If you take pre-workouts consistently you probably already know that almost every pre workout contains the same ingredients, or similar.
How companies choose to dose their products are what truly separates one from the other.
Check out the list and info of all the most beneficial and studied ingredients for pre workout supplements.
1. Beta Alanine For Pre-Workouts
Beta Alanine is known for to being the king supplement for endurance.
To understand Beta-Alanine, you first must know that it is a non-essential amino acid. Basically meaning, your body can create it from other amino acids and does not need it from food sources.
People supplement with Beta Alanine due to studies like this that show its benefits for improve endurance during training.
Beta Alanine does this by it's ability to regulate Carnosine that is stored in the muscle. Carnosine regulates acidity levels in side the muscle, so when your exerting your muscle through repetition, your muscle become more acidic.
This is why when supplementing with Beta Alanine it helps delay exercise fatigue and reducing lactic acid build up in the muscle. Allowing you to push more reps during your workouts, increase stamina, and reduce resting time between sets.
2. L-Citrulline For Pre-Workouts
L-Citrulline is the go to nitric oxide booster for bodybuilders.
L-Citrulline is an amino acid present in the body and is a potent endogenous precursor of L-Arginine, which is a substrate for NO synthase. This effect improves the blood circulation inside the body and gives you the "pumped" feeling when your working out.
How much L-Citrulline do you need?
For performance and NO boosting benefits, the studies show you need anywhere from 4000mg - 6000mg for L-Citrulline to be effective.
Unfortunately, most companies give you anywhere from 1000mg - 2000mg because it is very expensive to use.
3. Taurine For Pre-Workouts
Taurine is an amino acid that has been used for quite some time now, from the golden era of bodybuilding -to today.
Taurine is the most abundant, semi-essential amino acid in the body. Taurine is used inside pre workouts for its ability to help improve human endurance performance. 
How Much Taurine Should You Take?
Normal dosing for Taurine is anywhere from 1000mg - 2000mg in pre workout powders. In the study mentioned above, higher dosing did not equate out to better endurance levels.
4. L-Theanine & Caffeine For Pre-Workouts
L-Theanine is know for its "calming" effects when taking orally.
It has grown popular in pre workouts because of its powerful cognitive benefits when combined with caffeine. 
How Much L-Theanine do you need?
Generally you find L-Theanine in a 2:1 ratio with Caffeine, for example. If you have 400mg of L-Theanine, you would use 200mg of Caffeine.
5. Theobromine For Pre-Workouts
Theobromine is a very interesting ingredient, it can be found in nature through chocolate or can be used in supplementation.
Theobromine has benefits that are similar to caffeine, but is not quite as strong.
Unlike caffeine, Theobromine does not effect the central nervous system. Which makes it a great 'stimulant' to use in pre workout supplements.
How Much Theobromine do you need?
Theobromine dosages generally range from 200mg-300mg when combined with other stimulants. Anything less than that is quite under-dosed.
6. Alpha Yohimbine (Rauwolscine) For Pre Workouts
Alpha Yohimbine is known as Rauwolscine, which is a molecule that is very similar to Yohimbine, with similar effects more potent effects.
Rauwolscine works by acting as an Alpha(2)Adrenergic antagonist that aids in burning fat. This molecule also shares the same mood-elevating and energy effects as yohimbine.
The reason you rarely see Alpha Yohimbine in pre workout supplements is due to the sheer cost of it. Comparing it to the standard form of Yohimbine HCl, Alpha Yohimbine cost 10X more.
How much Rauwolscine should you take?
Safe dosing ranges for Alpha Yohimbine (Rauwolscine) would be 2-5mg range.
Picking Pre-Workout Supplements Based On Your Goals
Now that we have taken the time to go over what to look for, and what to stay away from when choosing your next pre workout.
Let's dive into picking pre workouts based around your goals.
Best Pre-Workout for Bulking
Okay, let's take a dive into one of the best pre-workout supplements for bulking. We happen to believe it is our DUALITY.
DUALITY is an extremely potent pre workout that is great for people who are bulking, or trying to build muscle mass.
One of the biggest mistakes we find supplement companies do is; over dosing caffeine in their pre workouts.
Unfortunately, when you stress your CNS too much, this can lead to higher levels of cortisol levels (stress levels) on the body and hinder your gains.
DUALITY is made in our FDA Registered and Inspected facility that follows Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Unlike many supplement brands, here at Alchemy Labs we take huge pride in manufacturing all of our products.
We believe it is our responsibility to give you the consumer the safest and highest grade supplements out there.
PS: Use "Duality10" to get 10% off your first purchase.
Best Pre-Workout Supplement for Cutting
Finding pre workout supplements that contain fat burning properties are a little more "niche", we formulated what we believe to be the best fat burning pre-workout in the market today SMOKED
SMOKED is not your standard run of the mill pre-workout product.
We designed this to be for the more "experienced" pre-workout user, who may have a "High Tolerance" to pre-workout supplements. It does contain 2 potent thermogenic ingredients to help in fat metabolism!
SMOKED is made in our FDA Registered and Inspected facility that follows Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Unlike many supplement brands, here at Alchemy Labs we take huge pride in manufacturing all of our products.
We believe it is our responsibility to give you the consumer the safest and highest grade supplements out there.
PS: You can save 10% on SMOKED right now by using 'SMOKE10'
Best Non-Stimulant Pre Workout
The non-stimulant pre workout category is starting to grow with popularity as more and more consumers like yourself are either trying to manage their caffeine intake.
We formulated what we believe to be the best "pump" supplement on the market today.
PUMP 101 is dosed higher than most pump supplements out there and a complete power house non-stim pre workout formula.
PUMP 101, can make an awesome stand alone pre-workout supplement or it can be stacked in with any other pre-workout your taking! PUMP 101 does not have any caffeine, or other stimulants!
PS: To get 10% off pump 101 use the discount code "pump10"
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