Top 5 Pre-Workout Supplements

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31/03/2011 11:41 AM

Top 5 Pre-Workout Supplements

It is widely know that to improve performance, exercise and to change your body composition, supplementing at the correct times, such as pre-workout, can have a significant impact on your results. The market is flooded with various supplements claiming to enhance workouts, so which ones really work?

First we should look at what ingredients are in these supplements and how they affect your body.


Beta-Alanine is an amino acid which has been shown to increase performance. In research published in the Journal of the International Society for Sports Nutrition , Scientists discovered that participants supplementing with beta-Alanine had significant improvements in oxygen utilization and lean body mass while performing HIIT, compared to the placebo group.


Caffeine not only provides a boost in energy and focus but it has also been known to increase strength, thus, leading to increased muscle growth. In research reported in the May 2010 issue of the Journal of the International Society for Sports Nutrition, researchers found that participants taking caffeine pre-workout experienced an increase in strength performance during workouts compared to the placebo group.


Growth hormone is vital for decreasing body fat and increasing protein synthesis. Arginine supplementation taken pre-exercise has been shown to stimulate growth hormone output during exercise by preventing endogenous somatostatin release.


One of the most popular supplements on the market, Creatine provides a host of benefits that enhance exercise performance, including boosting strength and increasing training volume. Creatine supplementation results in gains in fat-free mass.

So which pre-workout supplements are the best?

USP Labs - Jack3d

Jack3d is a relatively new pre workout formula. Jack3d is unlike other pre workouts in that the serving size is much smaller. But what it lacks in size in makes up for in effectiveness. About 30 minutes after taking Jack3d, you begin to feel a ‘tingling’ sensation (this is caused by the Beta Alanine) which feels a lot like taking niacin. It is around this time that you can begin to feel the effect: increased energy, focus and blood flow. The Beta Alanine in Jack3d is supposed to help muscle endurance, so you can squeeze out that last rep (and may a couple more).

Jack3d is made by USP Labs, the same guys who make Anabolic-Pump, Recreate, Prime, and PowerFULL. All of these are great products that have gotten great reviews. The thing that separates USP Labs from their competitors is the uniqueness of their products and their products’ ingredients. Jack3d has the typical L-Arginine and Creatine that most pre workout supplements have. But they also use Beta Alanine and some other ingredients not typically found in pre workout powders. Perhaps this is why the serving size is so small, yet so effective.

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BPI Sports - 1.M.R.

1.M.R. stands for 1 more rep, this is exactly what it does. You begin to feel the effects of 1MR after about 15-30 minutes experiencing that "tingly" feeling and a rush in energy which lasts for your entire workout.
1MR is one of the most potent pre-workout formula’s around. You will feel pumped and will notice an increase in reps, endurance, and a decrease in recovery time. 1MR ingredients include Beta Alanine, caffeine, 1,3 Dimethylamylamine, Creatine, L-Arginine Alpha Ketogluterate to name a few.

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Gaspari Nutrition - SuperPump 250

SuperPump 250 is known to give insane amounts of energy and increased blood flow. If you are not used to taking pre workout supplements, this one may not be for you. Also, if you have sensitivity to caffeine, perhaps you should either stay away from this one or begin with a small dose.

Like most pre workout powders, SuperPump 250 features various blends of ingredients intended to boost your workout performance. Thus, the main ingredients in SuperPump 250 are L-Arginine, Creatine, Caffeine, L-Glutamine and L-Leucine (for muscle recovery), Ginkgo Biloba and Ginseng (for extra focus during your workout), and a blend of B-vitamins (for carbohydrate metabolism and energy).

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BSN - N.O-Xplode

N.O-Xplode was the first of its kind and since then, there have been dozens more to come out. Pre workout supplements are great for anyone who wants a performance boost in the gym.

N.O.-Xplode still continues to be one of the top selling pre-workout formulas, and for good reason. N.O.-Xplode gives a lot better energy “rush” than other pre workout powders and doesn’t upset your stomach.

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MRI - Black Powder

Black Powder is another powerful pre-workout supplement featuring the power of Creatine and Arginine mixed with Caffeine, Green Tea, Taurine, Beta Alanine and more for a pre-workout kick. It aids in providing focus, energy and improved performance.

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