There’s no doubt that if you’ve spend some time in the gym, opened up a bodybuilding magazine, or visited your local health food store, you have no doubt seen several product advertisements for pre workout supplements. It’s true that these supplements are the most popular bodybuilding supplements on the market, but with the constant flood of products on the market, which ones are considered to be the best? Im going to go over some of the top pre workout supplements on the market to date so you can make some smart buying decisions next time you’re in the market for one.
First, before we get into that you need to understand a few basic rules in regards to these supplements because they do differ and address different needs of bodybuilders. The first point about these supplements is that they contain stimulants such as Caffeine and Taurine. If you are sensitive to caffeine than you may want to opt for a non-stimulant pre workout product to avoid any side-effects.
The next major difference between these supplements is the inclusion of creatine.
Some pre workout powders have 1 or more types of creatine in them, whereas others do not and simply supply energy and N.O precursors. So you would need to decide if you want creatine in your supplement in order to narrow down your search.
Now let’s get to the supplements.
I’m going to mention 2 of the most popular pre workout supplements on the market that are considered all in one pre workout supplements because they contain creatine and stimulants as well as many other muscle building nutrients.
BSN N.O. Xplode 2.0
One of the most vastly advertised dietary supplements known as “BSN N.O. Xplode 2.0” and it is categorized as a nitric oxide supplement which is real popular now with bodybuilders. This supplement has a whole lot of ingredients in it including: various forms of creatine, caffeine, beta-alanine, and L-Arginine, just to name a few. L-Arginine is meant to force-feed your muscles vital nutrients by increasing blood flow in your veins, thus creating that muscle-pump that you often hear about. If you read any NO Xplode 2 reviews, you will notice that it is a very well-rounded supplement and is actually classified as a pre workout supplement due to its energy and muscle-building properties. There is a good amount of stimulants in it so make sure to start with a minimum dose to assess your tolerance.
BPI Sports: Pump-HD
Pump-HD is another very popular all in one pre workout supplement because it has 3 characteristics that weight lifters and athletes look for:
- Good stimulants
- Creatine Monohydrate
- Nitric Oxide precursors
There is about 300 mg of caffeine anhydrous per serving in Pump-HD which is about as much caffeine as 3 cups of coffee. This is a very good amount of stimulants if you like that caffeine rush, but if you aren’t used to it, try a ½ serving so you don’t get to jittery.
There is also 2000 mg of creatine monohydrate per serving which is actually not considered to be a full daily dose, but about half. The good thing about taking this amount of creatine is that it is not too much where you could get an upset stomach, which may occur if you are taking 4-5 g before you work out.
The last major benefit to taking this supplement is the nitric oxide precursors. A nitric oxide precursor is any substance that stimulates the production of nitric oxide or a “muscle pump“. Since the word “pump” is right there in the name, you know that PUMP-HD is going to deliver on just that. I can say that when I took PUMP-HD, I really felt the pump and it made me workout harder and for a longer period of time. It was quite enjoyable and I was able to get the most out of my workout.
Whatever supplement you decide to go with, make sure you read up on some reviews and testimonials so you can make some good buying decisions. Most of these supplements will last you about 30 days so it’s important to choose wisely.