If you’re looking for a pre workout supplement with a proven track record, then you’ve come to the right place. For our rankings, we steer clear from all the hype and blown-up fishing stories and focus on exactly what matters: results.
About our reviews:
For the last 5 years, the staff at Best Workout Supplements Blog have been the most respected reference for ranking the best pre workouts.
Why? Because unlike other so called “review sites”, we actually are true athletes that try and compare every single product that enters the market.
All those other sites you see are simply “best sellers lists” based on which company spent the most money on advertising. Not an indication of quality at all!
With our open commenting systems (at the bottom), you can rest assured that we know which pre workouts you ought to be taking.
On this page we feature the 10 all-around best pre workout supplements for increasing energy, power, endurance, and performance as a whole.
Judgement is based off verified user reviews, our staff’s acquired preference, and clear-cut science.
What we look for:
- Clinical Dosages
- Well-rounded Stimulants
- Good Value / Servings
- Hitting the mark on claims
What we don’t support:
- Hyped, Over-Promoted Products
- Illegal Ingredients
- Unethical Stimulant Dosages
In our experience, the dangerous stuff IS NOT the good stuff.
Bottom line: the goal of this ranking is to rock your socks, blow your mind, and take your workouts to an eccentric next level.
Starting with #10, here are the overall top rated pre workout supplements on the market!
The Best Pre Workouts for Men [2018 Update]
#10 Muscletech Neurocore
Features for Muscletech Anarchy
- Incredibly Inexpensive
- Tiny Dose at 6 grams
- Medium range energy
- Beginner’s energy shot
- Contains Yohimbe (pro/con)
- Not Ideal for those looking to “upgrade”
If you enjoy a fast energy shot before the gym that’s as easy to take as it is inexpensive – Muscletech Neurocore may fit the bill for you. This 6 gram per serving pre workout is a micro-dosed energy shot that contains a mixture of different stimulants and focus enhancers.
In Neurocore you will find: 160 mg caffeine, 75 mg l-theanine, and 20 mg Yohimbe. There are other ingredients, but we feel that these are the only ones that will make an impact on your workout.
“This supplement is a great option if you are new to pre workout supplements and want a moderate energy boost but nothing too crazy or extreme. This isn’t a pump, strength, or endurance formulated pre workout. View our full Muscletech Neurocore review here.”
#9 Betancourt B-NOX Androrush (Previously Bullnox)
Features for Betancourt B-Nox Androrush
- Supposed Testosterone Activation
- Creatine for Increased Strength
- Moderate Vascular Pump
- Proprietary Blend
- 12 Grams of Carbohydrates
Recently, Bullnox was reformulated and became the new Betancourt B-NOX, which essentially has only half of the active ingredients in it that Bullnox had. With this formula change, comes our demotion of B-NOX from #2 to #9.
We expect them to bring back the original formulation in the future.
“Bullnox Androrush pre workout is more than just a supplement, it’s an experience. Taking Bullnox is a surefire ultimate hulk-mode inducer without the gamma radiation. This pre workout functions by delivering a multi-creatine power alongside stimulants, a modest pump matrix, and natural testosterone ignition.”
#8 ProSupps Dr. Jekyll
Features for ProSupps Dr. Jekyll:
- High stimulant pre workout supplement
- Off the chain energy
- Absolute wild ride
- Not meant for beginners
It has taken us nearly a year to admit it, but Mr. Hyde is a beast pre workout. Now days we see men and women alike taking this super energy pre workout and absolutely tearing up the gym.
This is honestly one of the strongest stimulant pre workouts on this list and will not be for everyone. But, if you crave the energy wave, then this has ‘take me’ written all over it.
With Mr. Hyde, you get nearly 550 milligrams of stimulants, a solid 2.5 gram dose of beta-alanine, fast acting creatine HCl, and a light pump matrix. Put 40 servings in a tub and have it cost under $30…. Bam! We have a value. For the stimulant lover, this is a great choice.
“While reviewing Prosupps Dr. Jekyll, we had mixed experiences. On days we felt good, Dr. Jekyll took energy levels through the roof and we destroyed workouts. However on a few days, Jekyll just didn’t feel quite right on the stomach. This pwo is reserved for guys that want pure, heavy stims and do not mind artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners.”
#7 Musclepharm Assault Black
Features for Musclepharm Assault Black
- More hardcore version of original Assault
- 300 mg caffeine per serving without l-theanine
- 1.5 grams creatine HCL
- Relatively affordable, similar to Wreckage
Musclepharm Assault has a long history of being a pretty awesome pre workout. However, around the same time that Cory Greggory left the company, things haven’t quite been the same.
Since then, Assaults formula has taken a rapid and steep cut. One that pretty much debilitated the standard “assault pre workout”.
In response to crashing sales, they’ve released Assault Black which brings a little more power back to the Musclepharm pre workout.
“We compared both the new Assault and Assault Black and found that Assault Black is an upgrade to the newer, learner Assault reformulation. Assault Black will give you a powerful boost of energy that is aggressive and stronger than your average mainstream pre. If you have a high stim-tolerance, you’ll like this. However, overall Assault and Assault Black are not fully comprehensive products, both in experience and ingredient formula.”
#6 Gaspari SuperPump Max classic pre workout
Features for Gaspari SuperPump
- One of the first pre workouts
- Unfortunately, fully proprietary formula
- Contains creatine monohydrate
- Available in most retail locations
As one of the original pre workout brands, Gaspari started a movement when they made SuperPump Max. Years later to the present, Rich Gaspari still has a cult-like following that loyally sticks by the brand.
Inside SuperPump Max there’s a long list of ingredients per every 16 gram serving. However, this is one of those ‘proprietary’ pre workouts. This means, that we don’t actually know the exact ingredient amounts per serving.
But, what is worth mentioning is you are getting a stimulant mixture of caffeine and Glucuronolactone which is very effective in the energy department. Additionally, based on effects – the rest of the formula isn’t too bad either.
“Taking SuperPump again takes us back to the old days, when pre workouts were brand new and exciting! SuperPump is still to this day a good pre workout, so if you miss it, go ahead and indulge yourself.”
#5 Cellucor C4 Original and its variants
Features for Cellucor C4 Line:
- 5 unique under-dosed pre workout variants
- We still want them to bring back Extreme Chrome Series
- We will troll them until they do this and make it right
- You definitely should too
- C4 Original is the best out of the variations: price, energy, etc.
To this date, the BWSB staff are pretty upset at Cellucor for removing synephrine from the original C4 Extreme Chrome that we all loved back in 2012.
Now, Cellucor gives us 5 pre workouts to choose from… However after taking them all, we really wish they would just go back to their roots already instead of saying ‘this is the one’ 5 times in a disappointment riddled row!
“In our full Cellucor C4 comparison, we explained that each C4 model is good for the purpose of energy creation. However, pump and endurance just isn’t there. This really doesn’t faze us though, because we’ve always loved C4 for its convenience and cheap price tag! Now however, the price has gone up and the formula got less effective.”
#4 PES Prolific – Great tasting Quick Hit
Features for PES Prolific:
- Solid 6 grams citrulline
- Beta-alanine free (no tingles)
- Solid pumps but not as good as #1-3
- Only 20 servings but reasonably priced
The biggest change to our rankings for 2018 is the addition of PES Prolific pre workout.
It isn’t the most heavily dosed pre workout out there, But it is quite effective and tastes really good.
One thing about PES Prolific, is that it is a two-scoop formula. This means, that if you want, you can easily take just one scoop on light days (or as a coffee alternative), and then hop back on two scoops for heavy days.
Overall, this is a solid product that likely beats everything else in your local GNC store.
“Prolific is a solid pre workout made by the long-lasting and respectable PES nutrition (performance enhancing supplements). In our review, we enjoyed our time taking Prolific, and can see it being popular among a wide variety of athletes.”
#3 Legion Pulse – Large citrulline malate dose pre workout
Features for Pulse
- Massive 8 gram citrulline malate dosage
- Strong pumps in the gym
- Fastest acting energy complex
- Made by Mike Mathews
- Only 21 servings per container
Without a doubt, Legion Pulse is one of the most deserving, made it from bottom-to-top pre workouts on this list.
When we tried Pulse, we loved it! But, we had to wait a little over a year to tabulate all the feedback from you guys who hadn’t quite caught on to Legion yet.
Well, now it holds its proud rank of 3rd best pre workout!
“Legion Pulse was a pleasure to review, and we definitely got a lot out of it. It’s a full-body experience, and while it’s a little raw on the caffeine, it really gets you going.”
#2 JYM Supplements Pre-Jym – The Original Clinical Pre Workout
Features for Jym Pre-Jym
- 2nd most recommended top pre workout
- High energy with good endurance
- Fully disclosed active ingredients list
- Developed by Jim Stoppani (Good credit)
- 20 Servings per container (30 serving editions on some stores)
- Best pre workout you’ll find at GNC stores
Pre-Jym is the original large-scoop clinically dosed pre workout supplement. Back when it first came out, it was all the rave, with absolutely no competition. However that was 4 years ago.
Now, the pre workout market has continued to evolve and improve by bringing us products like BULK. The main difference being, BULK has an improved stimulant matrix, more beta-alanine, and an overall cleaner product.
“While reviewing Jym Pre-Jym, we were heavily impressed with how this pre workout energizes not just the mind, but the body as well. The citrulline malate works fantastic to promote high levels of performance that can dominate any workout routine.”
#1 PreSeries BULK – Performance Bulking Pre Workout
- Top Rated for 2018
- Intense and long-lasting Clean-Energy Matrix
- Massive Pump Matrix (6 g Citrulline Malate, Betaine, More)
- Unmatched Endurance (4 g BCAA, 4 g Beta-Alanine, More)
- 30 Fully dosed servings per container (clinically formulated, not bro-formulated)
- Fully Disclosed Formula with zero artificial sweeteners or dyes
If you are like us, then you go to the gym to build muscle and get strong. You lift heavy, eat tons of protein, and clearly design your schedule in order to get the most gym time out of it.
Bottom line, you’re serious.
And if you’re serious, then you need a pre workout that’s equally as serious… That pre workout is BULK.
But lets get one thing straight:
This isn’t a mainstream pre workout. It isn’t designed to taste like “cotton candy”, “gummy worms”, or all that other garbage your kid sister loves.
BULK is meticulously designed to give you that mind-blowing, euphoric workout experience.
All while delivering nutrients that aid your gains!
Each serving literally contains nearly 20 grams of active ingredients, and there are 30 full servings per bag!
In terms of value and getting your money’s worth, no other pre workout can compete.
“In our Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK review, we reported incredible clean energy, huge pumps, and added strength. The most impressive part was how eager to lift this pre workout made us feel. It kicked all lazy-feelings to the side and promoted putting on muscle.”
Best Pre Workouts Ranking Update Log (Our Track Record)
Since DMAA isn’t coming back, we’ve removed APS Mesomorph completely. With DMAA it was good, but without it, there isn’t any hope! Mesomorph was replaced by PES Prolific, which has been a very hot topic on our review panel this year.
Additionally, Nutrex AMPED hasn’t been able to hold its rank. Legion Pulse by Mike Mathews has taken the pre workout industry by storm and is comfortably holding down the #3 ranking fort.
For the remainder of the year, we expect big-formulas to continue to dominate. We’re eagerly looking for new novel pre workout ingredients to bring well-awaited new gains to our gyms!
Update 11/29/2017 for 2018 pre workout recommendations
Nutrex’s Outlift has been replaced with the new and improved Outlift AMPED, APS Mesomorph has been added due to popular demand, and Musclepharm Assault has been replaced with the newer Assault Black version. Besides this, there are very few new pre workout releases for 2018.
We recently gave Betancourt B-NOX a hefty demotion due to its reformulation which to us personally – compromises the products effect. With that change, all pre workouts #9 and up have received a one position boost for 2017. Also, Transparent Labs BULK remains at the top of the pre workout game, coming in as the most effective pre workout to date.
We’ve made a few important changes to the best pre workouts list that should hold true well into 2017. First and foremost, Arnold Iron Pump has been removed from the #10 spot since it is no longer manufactured after Musclepharm was busted for amino spiking and Arnold dropped them. Next, we completely removed pre workouts pre-gro and wreckage. Pre-gro had a horrible shelf-life and Wreckage just never lived up to the hype.
But that’s not all!
We originally had both C4 and C4 neuro on this list, but we decided to condense them into one ranking as a lot of new pre workouts have come out that deserved making the list. Of new pre workouts added, we have Muscletech Anarchy, Ronnie Coleman Yeah Buddy, and Nutrex Outlift! Its important to note also that Assault has lost rank since its recent and relatively secretive reformulation.
Looking into the future, we expect ORIGIN PRE to land itself in the top 1-3 best pre workouts range. Its an amazing supplement, but we’ve got to wait for your overwhelming favorable feedback before anything ranks that high so quickly. Also, we expect Bullnox to start falling, unfortunately. Its loosing steam, and too many good pre workouts are popping up to threaten its rank.
Updated 11/20/2015 for the start of 2016
For 2016, we’ve added the new c4 Neuro to the top 10 list. This replaced Ergo Blast which is similar, but not nearly as good. PreSeries Bulk still holds the number 1 rank strongly. Its the highest quality muscle building pre workout on the market.
We’ve made a critical update by removing the outdated Juggernaut by Infinite Labs and adding in the game-changing PreSeries BULK by Transparent Labs. Our whole review team has gone crazy over this new pre workout as well as everyone we’ve talked to who has tried this supplement. Once you try it out, you will understand.
For the new year we have made some adjustments to the top 10 pre workout supplements! This includes replacing the old C4 with the new generation C4 which has an updated stimulant complex. Also, we added the new Pre-Gro pre workout and demoted PUMP-HD. Pre-Jym was also promoted to the number 2 position. Both Pre-Jym and Pre-Gro are both results driven pre workouts that build real muscle. This is why they have overtaken the other micro dose and less effective pre workouts. Lastly, due to popular feedback – N.O Xplode has been removed from the top 10. Ever since it was reformulated the first time it has never been the same. Enjoy!
The top 4 pre workout supplements ranking was re-arranged thanks to feedback from thousands of bodybuilders like you. Previously, the ranking from 4th to 1st was as follows: Pre-Jym, Assault, Bullnox, Pump-HD. Since then, the new Pre-Jym has risen in rank to the 3rd place, assault has risen to the 2nd place, Bullnox is back on top at #1 (thanks to a killer reformulation), and Pump-HD took a fall to #4. Pump-HD is still a ridiculous pre workout, however we found that it is simply too intense for a moderate portion of bodybuilders in regards to stimulants. If you have taken a lot of strong pre workouts, pump-hd would most likely be great for you; however for the greater portion of bodybuilders, the top 3 pre workouts are more effective in the gym.
Pre Workout Supplements taken into consideration
There was a great deal of competition for the top 10 pre workouts list, here are a few of the powders that didn’t make it this time but can still give you a great lift: Juggernaut HP, Muscletech’s Neurocore, MRI Black Powder, Hemo-Rage, BPI 1MR, Alarm by Image Sports, DS Craze, Muscletech Nano Vapor, Muscletech Shatter SX-7, Muscle Meds NO Bull, EXT GO, BSN NO Explode, and more.
Glance into the future: The next best pre workouts
Looking deeper into 2018, we anticipate the new pre workout Quake 10.0 to continue rising in popularity and possible make the top 10 pre workout. In addition, due to increasing feedback we see a strong possibility that PreSeries LEAN will join the ranks of PreSeries BULK. We are watching a few different pre workouts that have been making a splash lately, including Legion Pulse and 4-Gauge.
Overall, we expect 2018 to be a brilliant year for pre workout supplementation where not only do your workouts improve, but your gains grow faster.
Remember, if you need more than one scoop, you’re not taking one of the best pre workouts. With the right pre workout, your gains will be guaranteed. From here on out, its all up to do. Work hard and maximize your time in the gym. Eat as much as you can outside of the gym. We believe in you, tear it up and get huge.
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