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6 of the best pre workout powders

29 Sep 2021 • 2 min read

It’s time to work out, but you can’t seem to move from your cosy position on the sofa. You’re not sure if you have the energy and might sit this one out…

Sound familiar?

This scenario is a common workout saboteur. It doesn’t have to be, with the help of a pre workout supplement.

Thanks to ingredients which may include caffeine, creatine and l-arginine, the best pre workout supplements are specially formulated to give you the energy you need to power through.

Not only this, pre workouts also contain minerals and amino acids to help reduce muscle fatigue and give you your daily dose of essential amino acids (such as l-citrulline and branched-chain amino acids (BCAA’s).

Here’s our picks for the best pre workout supplement powders:

  1. PE Nutrition Performance Pre-Workout Strawberry & Watermelon 440g

Packed with ingredients to delay muscle fatigue and promote muscle recovery.

Contains:

  • Amino Acids (including BCAA’s)
  • L-glutamine
  • Taurine
  • Caffeine
  • Vitamin C
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12

Nutritional information

per 20g serving:

Calories 43kcal
L-glutamine 2g
Taurine 500mg
Sugar 0.6g
  1. Vow Nutrition Pre Workout Watermelon & Mango

Full of ingredients to support my workout performance and energy levels..

Contains:

  • Caffeine
  • Creatine
  • Vitamin B12
  • Iron
  • Taurine
  • Beta-Alanine

Nutritional information

per 17.5g serving: 

Calories 19kcal
Fat 0g
Caffeine 250mg
Sugar 0.02g

What our customers are saying:

  • “Amazing product… I notice a difference when I’m working out”
  1. Grenade .50 Calibre Pre-Workout Berry Blast

Formulated for superior energy and endurance.

Contains:

  • Caffeine
  • Creatine
  • L-Arginine
  • Taurine
  • BCAA’s
  • Ginseng
  • Green tea

Nutritional information

per 11.6g serving: 

Calories 25kcal
Fat 0.3g
Caffeine 275mg
Sugar 0.7g

What our customers are saying:

  • “Unbelievable difference … once taking this you will feel an energy that will give your weightlifting workouts a massive boost.”
  1. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout Powder Fruit Punch 

Includes ingredients to fuel your muscles and support your energy levels.

Contains:

  • Caffeine
  • B-vitamins
  • Creatine
  • L-Citrulline
  • Beta-Alanine

Nutritional information

per 11g serving:

Calories 32kcal
Fat 1.1g
Caffeine 175mg
Sugar 1.2g

What our customers are saying:

  • “It has helped me to push and work harder through my workouts and achieve the results I’m seeking. Tastes yummy too.”
  1. Cellucor C4 Sport Pre-Workout Icy Blue Raspberry

Plant-based and vegan, this formula boasts ingredients to ramp up your energy before training.

Contains:

  • Creatine
  • Caffeine
  • Taurine
  • L-Arginine
  • Beta-Alanine
  • L-Citrulline
  • B-vitamins

Nutritional information

per 9g serving: 

Calories 5kcal
Fat 0g
Caffeine 135mg
Sugar 0g

What our customers are saying:

“It's an incredible product. I've compared my performance on the spinning bike with and without it and on average I perform 5 to 10% better when I take”

  1. USN BCAA + EAA Blue Raspberry 

Contains a full profile of amino acids, including BCAA’s, to support energy yielding metabolism. Great for those sensitive to caffeine.

Contains:

  • BCAAs
  • Beta-Alanine
  • Taurine
  • Vitamin B6
  • Ginseng complex

Nutritional information

per 13g serving: 

Calories 28kcal
Fat 0g
Caffeine N/A
Sugar 0.9g

What our customers are saying:

“Good product for heavy training. I definitely feel/notice the benefits.”

  1. Applied Nutrition Pump Pre Work Out Icy Blue Raz 

A blend of ingredients to help reduce tiredness and fatigue, promote endurance and performance during high-intensity exercise.

Contains:

  • Creatine
  • Caffeine
  • Beta-Alanine
  • L-Citrulline
  • Taurine
  • B-vitamins

Nutritional information

per 15g serving: 

Calories 3kcal
Fat 0g
Caffeine 250mg
Sugar 0g

What our customers are saying:

“Honestly one of the best pre workouts I’ve had in my 4 years of gym.”

Last updated: 25 March 2021

bhupesh-panchal

Bhupesh Panchal

Author

Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: April 2019

Masters Degree in Toxicology and BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry

Bhupesh started his career as a Clinical Toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products.

After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.
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