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Can you think of one supplement company that does not have a pre-workout??

There are hundreds of pre-workouts out there! And more coming this month, and next month, and more after that!

So, what the heck are you supposed to use?

It doesn't matter what kind of pre-workout you take.

Well…. it actually does.

Let’s clear up some of the confusion, pull all of the hype out, and make it simple to find what’s right for you.

The first thing you need to know, is you!

Ask yourself these few questions first:

1. What am I going to be using the pre-workout for?

What kind of training are you going to be doing? Do you need a massive amount of energy because you are going to be doing an excruciating workout like leg day?

Or, do you need a good sustained energy with fuel for your muscles because you are doing a very long and endurance based workout like cross training?

Are you currently trying to lose body fat or build muscle?

2. Why do you want to use a pre-workout?

Do you need more energy because you are lacking it by the time you get to the gym, and your workout isn’t the best due to that?

Do you just like to have raging energy during your workouts?

Do you want a pre- workout that is going to help you build muscle because you are pushing your muscles to the max, hitting muscle failure consistently, and you simply want to get more out of them?

3. What is your tolerance to stimulants?

 Do you drink coffee and energy drinks regularly, or does half a redbull get you wired?

Knowing your tolerance to stimulants is key in picking the right pre-workout.

Once you have answered these three key questions, you are now ready to figure out what kind of pre-workout you need, and it will be one of these two main types.

The 2 Types of Pre-Workouts

 

Type 1: Stimulant-Based Pre-Workouts

jack3d Pre-workout

Stimulant Based Pre Workouts – One of the most popular ever, Jack3d by USP Labs.

This first type for the most part, is the more popular of the two, which is your “stimulant based pre-workout.”

The easiest way to tell that a pre-workout you are looking at is a stimulant based, is to either look at the size of the jug, or the serving size on the supplement facts.

Stimulant based pre-workouts are the pre-workouts that come in small containers, usually weighing less than a pound. Additionally, they usually have a serving size that is about 10 grams or less.

These are the kind of pre-workouts that typically give you a euphoric-like feeling when they are kicking in and have you amped up during your workout.

This is ideal for when your workout is so tough that it drains your energy, such as when you are doing olympic lifts like deadlifts, squats, hang cleans, etc.

Additionally, stimulant based pre-workouts are great for when you are trying to drop body fat as they will help your body get into a thermogenic state so you can burn more calories and sweat more. Make sure that if you are cutting that you drink BCAAs throughout your workout to preserve your muscle so you only lose fat.

The most popular stimulant based pre-workouts currently are Mesomorph by APS Nutrition and Wild Thing by Assault Labs.

Now don’t pick one of those two because they are the most popular, they still may not be the best for you, I will cover how to pick the right one shortly.

Type 2: Muscle Building Pre-Workouts

Hypershock Rage Pre-Workout

Hyper Shock Rage – One of the most complete muscle building pre-workouts available today.

Muscle Building Pre-Workouts are very under-rated, simply because they don’t typically provide you with an insane amount of energy. They will give you energy, but they give you much more in areas that make a difference.

These are the pre-workouts that you see coming in a big two pound jug or larger, and they’ll typically have a serving size that is 20 grams or more.

The reason these are bigger, is because they are providing you with large doses of ingredients that play an important role in muscle building and muscle recovery such as creatine, amino acids, and fast acting carbohydrates.

When it comes to building mass, energy is not the most important component of your pre-workout. You are going to want to be able boost your strength so you maximize your lifts, have a good source of fuel so that your muscles don’t burn out, as well as have a good “pump” and recovery for your muscles so that you can push them to complete muscle failure.

In my opinion, the best way to use this kind of pre-workout is to sip on it throughout your workout, as opposed to stimulant based pre-workouts, where most people tend just chug those down right before their workout.

The most popular pre-workout in this category is Hypershock Rage by Myogenix.

Final Decision: Which Pre-Workout Do You Pick?

 This is where your tolerance comes in, and a little bit of preference.

I personally like to have both a stimulant based pre-workout and a muscle building pre-workout. Why? I don’t need crazy energy when I am working out arms, I want to get my arms bigger, but I sure do need some serious energy if it’s leg day and I am doing squats.

Nonetheless, here are the important things you need to consider and look for in choosing the right pre-workout.

Stimulant Based

 If you are looking for a stimulant based pre-workout, and you have assessed yourself as being a person that has a “high tolerance” to stimulants, then when you are looking at a pre-workouts’ ingredients, you will want to make sure it has one or more of these ingredients: 

  • Yohimbe
  • Alpha Yohimbe
  • DMAA
  • Higenamine

If you are a person that has a high tolerance, go with Higenamine based pre-workout such as Wild Thing, and when you are ready you can jump up to the strongest of pre-workouts which are typically DMAA based like Mesomorph.

If you have a “low tolerance” to stimulants, you will want to avoid the above ingredients as they may give you too much energy, and go with one that has one or more of these ingredients: 

  • L-Tyrosine
  • Phenylethylamine (PEA).
  • Caffeine (200 mg or less) 

Caffeine will be in pretty much every pre-workout on the market, so if your tolerance to stimulants is low, you will want to make sure the amount of caffeine is not too high, less than 200 mg per serving is a good rule of thumb (8 oz cup of coffee has approximately 95 mg of caffeine).

If you have a lower tolerance to stimulants, your best bet is a pre-workout like Defcon 1 by Platinum Labs. 

Muscle Building

There are few different ingredients you are going to be looking for here, you essentially want to make sure there is at least one ingredient from each of these categories to make sure your pre-workout is covering all bases. 

Ingredients for Strength and Power 

  • Creatine (Any form)
  • Taurine 

Ingredients for Muscle Growth & Fuel 

  • Branch Chained Amino Acids (BCAAs)
  • High Glycemic Carbs (dextrose, waxy maize, etc)
  • Bio-Active Peptides
  • HICA/Leucic Acid 

Ingredients for Muscle Pumps 

  • Citrulline
  • Arginine
  • Agmatine
  • Nitratene 

Ingredients for Recovery 

  • Glutamine
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Glucosamine 

Ingredients for Endurance 

  • Beta alanine
  • L-Ornithine 

The easy overall pick for muscle building is going to be Hypershock Rage by Myogenix, as it covers all of these bases and has a good stimulant base with 7 hour time released caffeine for long lasting energy. 

If you don’t want to take all the time to do all the investigating, you can check out the Top 10 Pre-Workouts, which provides very accurate ratings of the top rated pre-workouts on the market, and you can make your decision from there. Otherwise, check out the Full Pre-Workout Selection Here. 

Additional Things you may want to Consider

 When do you workout and when do you go to sleep.

If you workout at 6pm and you go to bed at 10 pm, don’t expect to fall asleep on time if you take a stimulant based pre-workout. A good rule of thumb is that the latest you want to take a stimulant based pre-workout is 6 hours before you go to bed.

In a situation like this you may want consider using a low stimulant based pre-workout like Condense by Purus Labs.

If you find yourself not able to fall asleep at all when you take a stimulant based product late, check out a nitric oxide boosters like Hype by Blackstone Labs, which will help give you a good “pump” during your workout, but without the stimulants.

If you workout in the morning, and you take a high stimulant based pre-workout you may experience a bit of a crash as your body will be going from having massive amounts of energy, to very little. To handle this, you have two options.

The first is to go with less of a high stimulant based pre-workout that way the come down isn’t as hard.

The second is to make sure you have a bit more stimulants a few hours after your pre-workout, so when you are coming down you don’t really feel the crash, and that it becomes a normal decline that levels out with your natural energy levels.

 

If you have any other questions about pre-workouts, please leave them in comments section below and I will be sure to answer back.

 

36 Comments

  • Rahim says:

    Hi Tim,

    I`m after preworkout that gives me muscle and vein pump, endurance and strenght not big fan for caffeine because i dont drink coffee 🙂
    What do you recommended for me?

    Sincerely,
    Rahim

    • James Strong says:

      Hi Rahim-

      Thank you for your question. A large portion of the most popular (and effective) pre-workouts include some form of stimulant, mostly caffeine. You may want to try HyperShock Rage by Myogenics. First, it DOES have caffeine, but in a fairly small amount and is time released over seven hours so its not concentrated, that said other customers have reported feeling awake, just not a highly stim effect. The best thing about HyperShock Rage is that it contains many muscle gaining nutrients, vitamins, amino acids, carbohydrates and electrolytes your body consumes during a workout. In the end its the nutrients your body needs. If you give it a try, start with a 1/4 serving to assess your tolerance (assuming you are a healthy adult male). If that works for you then you may consider raising it to a full serving incrementally. Thank you again for your question.

  • Jess says:

    Hi there,

    I’m a Powerlifter and want to have a preworkout that give strength, endurance and energy as well as fat burning qualities to help cut fat.. However I am VERY tolerant to caffeine and taurine and other energy giving stimulants (in other words, no energy drinks or bars ACTUALLY give me energy or a pump) Is there anything you can suggest to help me out?

    • James Strong says:

      Hey Jess – First, thank you for your question, it is a good one. I have couple of suggestions that may help out.

      I assume the result you are looking for from a Pre-workout Supplement is more energy and drive. If that is the case your options are limited if you have tolerance to stimulants. Since you didn’t mention Mesomorph (click here to see Mesomorph’s ingredient panel), I am going to suggest you try that first since its not caffeine based. Mesomorph is extremely powerful and most of our very experienced bodybuilding customers use it to great effect. Please remember, like many of the supplements you take, pre-workouts of this type should be cycled (try 30 days on 30 days off as a start). Doing so should help with the tolerance build up. Even if you have a tolerance build up to caffeine you might try a 30 day cycle of Mesomorph and then a 30 day cycle of Wild Thing. Wild Thing uses a caffeine base but also contains 2 Nootropics that are added to increase focus and drive. Nootropics are a new class of supplement that are used to increase mental cognition, memory and focus. Part of the Nootropics effectiveness is derived from a stimulative effect, checkout the Wild Thing ingredient Panel here. Also, Wild Thing is a new type preworkout and also contains additional nutrients and amino acids to help improve intra-workout performance as well as recovery.

      Secondly, when you have a tolerance build up to stimulants it could be due, at least in part, to over worked adrenal glands. AdrenoSurge by BPS was created to help revive your adrenals, much like a PCT helps to normalize your body after a cycle. It is a relatively new product so I am sorry there is not much in the way of reviews and experience on the product (at the time this post was written). You can find out more about AdrenoSurge here.

      I hope you find this info helpful. Thank you again for your question.

  • matt says:

    Hi,

    I have recently started working out and I am trying to gain muscle. I have taken c4, c4 50x, and performix preworkouts and i never seem to get anything out of them.I do feel the beta alanine but I never get an energy boost from them. I feel that I have a very large tolerance to stimulants due to the fact that i’m a college student who regularly drinks coffee and takes caffeine pill to stay awake. I am looking for something to give me more determination to push out that last rep but not leave me dead after that set.
    Should I look for something with a higher dose of caffeine? anything you could recommend would be a great help thanks.

    • James Strong says:

      Hey Matt – Thank you for the questions.

      First, taking coffee and caffeine pills to stay awake all the time at your age makes me think. Your diet might be getting in the way of you feeling right and awake, also you may not be getting enough sleep (which in college I can understand). Or maybe, you may have a Thyroid issue – I AM NOT A DOCTOR but I have seen that people with symptoms like sluggishness, constipation and/or dry skin find that sometimes it is due to a Thyroid condition that is very treatable. People who do have the issue and get treatment report feeling amazing afterward. Again, I am not a doctor but if you are tired all the time you should go see one to get checked out.

      Assuming you are young and healthy then you might want to try either Mesomorph or Wild Thing. They have a much higher level of stimulation than the others you are currently taking. Mesomorph is all energy and I would say our most intense. Wild Thing contains nootropics which customers report gives them added focus during the workout, also Wild Thing contains nutrients, amino acids and anabolics to aid in muscle gains and recovery. You might also want to try Hyper Shock Rage, which is loaded with vitamins, nutrients, amino acids and electrolytes. Hyper Shock Rage has a time released caffeine system that stretches out the energy over as much as 7 hours. This usually results in no crash, as reported by customers, but does not have the major initial energy bump like Wild Thing and Mesomorph.

      Lastly, your tolerance to caffeine might be due to tired or worn out adrenal glands. Some customers use Adreno Surge, a supplement which can help revive worn out adrenals. You might want to try it out to help with the tolerance build up.

      Thank you again for your question…

  • Vonne says:

    this helped me sooooo much! THANKS! (:

  • Janelle says:

    Hello,
    What are your suggestions for a female, 21 whose just beginning to workout. I’m already thin but I’d like to build some muscle definition. I would workout in the mornings and then go to work. I drink coffee but literally two sips of it gets me a quick buzz. What are your suggestions for a pre-workout that would give me that same type of energy?

    • James Strong says:

      Hi Janelle – Thank you for your question. First, you are young so building muscle should be easier for you than many others. The most important thing you could do is to envision the body you want to have and then make some goals to work to. For instance, many guys at your age are skinny fat. They look thin but their bodies wiggle. I suspect you have a similar issue, thus you would want to take a few pictures and take some measurements of yourself (much like a tailor would – hips, waist, bust). Once you know where you are imagine what it would be like with the muscle tone you ultimately want, its different for everyone, maybe you want six pack abs, more definition in your arms, a more muscular back, whatever.

      Next, if you can afford a trainer – hire one and describe your vision and share your information with them. However, I understand you may not be able to afford one so you will need to do the research on your own. We have some excellent articles here to guide you like our 4 part series, “How to Workout and Get a Perfect Hourglass Figure“, check it out. BUT THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO TO GET THE BODY YOU WANT IS TO CONSISTENTLY GO TO THE GYM AND WORKOUT DOING THE EXERCISES THAT WILL HELP YOU ACCOMPLISH THE BODY YOU ENVISION. If you don’t do that then all the supplements in the world will not help you. Luckily you are at the perfect age now and can get it all with less effort and time than many others.

      As for a pre-workout, assuming you are a healthy adult, I would suggest a 1/8 to 1/2 serving of Wild Thing by Assault Labs a 1/2 hour before your workouts in the morning. It will not only energize you helping to power you through those new exercises, but also feed your muscles with the nutrients it contains. If two sips of coffee gives you a buzz then you must not take a full dose to start, carefully measure out 1/8 serving, drink a couple sips or up to half of that and test your tolerance first; adjust up or down depending on how you feel. If you want to try out some pre-workouts including Wild Thing for free, we have a free offer for preworkout samples but you do have to pay $2.49 for shipping in the US. Its a great way to trial the pre-workouts and we don’t do so any weird subscriptions or make you buy anything else, we just want people to try our stuff out because it works.

      Thank you for your question…

  • Adam Andersson says:

    Hi there!

    Im a 15 year old boy that started working out regulary a few months ago, im looking for something that will boost my “willpower” at the gym. For example so you do that extra set and work out at your full potential. Im also trying to lose weight as I weigh 196 lbs and stand 6ft tall. I drink coffee and energy drinks so i can take the coffein. I do not have much money so something that costs no more than 20 $ would be great. I hope you can help me find something and i will be greatful if you do

    • James Strong says:

      Hey Adam – Thank you for your question. In all honestly you should not need to take anything. Being 15 years old your body is still growing and adding extra stimulants is not likely to help you much, in fact it could hurt you, thus we advise against it. All of us guys have been where you are, 15 and trying to change our bodies. Here is what I can say to you because for the vast majority of 15 year old men this will provide you with more results than any supplement can give and best of all will fit your budget.

      1. Get enough sleep – its crazy how much this helps everyone, not only 15 year olds. Try getting 8 solid hours a night every night (do this for one week and tell me how you feel then). The sleep does amazing things for your body, skin and energy levels. I know its summer, but hey getting that bod is all about sacrifice.

      2. Eat a clean diet – NO MORE FAST FOODS! NO MORE PROCESSED FOODS! The chemicals in processed foods tends to send the wrong signals to your brain, causing you to gain weight when you shouldn’t and can also make you tired; as well as a whole host of other issues. This is well documented. Based on your budget I would spend it on fresh meat and vegetables. Sounds lame, I know but at your age eating right will help you reduce your weight, lean your frame and help to put your guns on show. So, no mo pizza, taco bell, cookies, I’m sure you know the culprits. Make sure you are getting enough protein, generally this means 1 to 1.2 grams per pound of body weight if you are toning/cutting and 1 to 1.5 grams per pound if you are bulking up. Most guys go for the lean stuff like chicken and fish.

      As for “willpower” no chemical is going to give you that either, that comes from your heart, your mettle. It comes from wanting something so bad you’ll do whatever it takes to obtain it. When you want something real bad you’ll be surprised how much you wake up and get energized. If you need some “willpower” let me suggest this: Make some goals – write down your goal weight in exact numbers. If its 175lb then spell it out on papers in clear dark print. Place those papers everywhere, on you dresser, on your mirrors, hell on your forehead if you have to. Then make a plan to get to that weight. Let that plan include your diet (calories in) and your workout (calories out). At your age you’ll find that if your calories out are a couple hundred more than your calories in you will drop weight quickly; and when I say quickly give it 2-4 weeks and you should start seeing good results. IMPORTANT: This does not mean to starve yourself, you will still need to eat, in fact starving yourself may cause your body to hold onto the weight longer. I find for me dividing my daily calorie needs over 5 spread out meals works best; maybe start there. Here is a link to a tool to help guide you on how many calories you should eat a day Calorie Tool. Once you see the results you will become inspired and that inspiration will give you the “willpower” you need until that goal is met.

      Sorry Adam, I wish we had silver bullets to sell you but at your age you are just going to have to wait it out. And if there are stacked dudes in your class, maybe they’re early bloomers or maybe they’re 2 years older than you because they either got held back or their parents started them in school later. Eat clean and the right amount of calories and workout out consistently and in a short while you will surprise yourself and be on the road to not only a bad ass body, but a healthier lifestyle and likely increase your quality of life in the long term.

      Thank you for your question…

  • Shane porter says:

    Hi I’m Shane,
    I’m just starting to work out and my goal is to build some muscle and improve my strength. I’m a slim frame guy and I’m not sure which one of these pre work out or protein shakes will benefit me.

    • Tim Simon says:

      Hey Shane,

      I would suggest you start off with Wild Thing. Now keep in mind that the pre-workout will help you to have a better and more intense workout, but you still need to make sure you are consuming enough calories in order gain weight and make sure you are consuming enough protein as well.

      When bulking up, a simple way to figure out many calories you need is to take your current weight and multiply that by 20, the number you come up with is the number of calories you should be trying to consume daily.

      For protein, aim for 1g or protein per pound of body weight. If you have any issues with consuming enough protein throw in a protein shake here and there.

  • Shad Morris says:

    My wife and I have been working out a lot, and we were thinking about choosing a pre-workout supplement as well. It’s interesting that you say they help with building up your muscle with the ingredients. I know that I would want to use this to get a little bit stronger.

    • James Strong says:

      Hi Shad-

      Thank you for your comment. The primary aim of most preworkout supplements is to energize you during your workouts. Some preworkouts like Wild Thing and Hyper Shock Rage also include ingredients to help feed your muscles, which may both increase muscle size and strength.

      Thank you again for your comment…

  • javier corona says:

    Hi my name is Javier, I’m 5’5 130 lbs so not exactly the biggest guy. I’ve just recently started working out and want to build the most of my muscles as an athlete and also for myself, I usually leave the gym about 2 hours before I go to bed, what would you best recommend that includes your “muscle building” section of ingredients. I could also work out in the early morning if that’s better for me in the long run. Also if you can maybe reccomned a post-Workout that’d be great too, I’m just so new to all of this.
    Thanks

    • James Strong says:

      Hi Javier-

      Thank you for your question. It is an important one and one that doesn’t get asked enough. First, what time you workout is really up to you, I mean whatever makes getting to the gym on a consistent basis is job one. That said, some customers take pre-workout supplements that have a stimulative effect, which energizes them throughout their workouts in order to produce more. Working out later is not a good option for them.

      Some of the answers you are looking for can be found in one of the articles from our series “Body Goal Guides“. These articles go through what it takes to build the body you want including: workouts, diet, sleep and supplements. That said, some of the questions you may have may not be answered to meet your specific situation. In that case I suggest you chat (or call) with someone on our Pro Support Team. We have them on staff to answer specific questions like your’s regarding sleep and workout times that are best for you; they are there to assure our customers have a good experience, so please use them.

      As for suggesting a post workout product, there are many on the market that are good. The one I use is Aftershock by Myogenix – I use it because its GREAT! I’ve tried them all as you might imagine and Aftershock is the one that not only gave me the nutritional benefits I was looking for during the high points of my anabolic state, but I didn’t feel sore the next day. It sure makes going to the gym easier the day after an epic workout when you can move pain free. Since I found Aftershock I’ve not tried anything else. Also, its what I’ve recommended to my buddies – which is great because they too love it – but its bad because I find myself being given orders at the gym and I don’t want to think about work when I’m at the gym (but I do it anyway).

      I hope this helps you out. Thank you again for your question…

  • Andrea says:

    Hey there!
    I’m a 20 year old female who just started working out, I go to school all morning long and I usually work out at 8pm maybe 9pm sometimes even 10pm. I’m usually tired by this time so I was wondering what you would recommend for me so I can have the energy to finish my workouts. Right now, I’d consider myself as an average body type, however I want to tone up and build some muscle. Anything helps! Thank you in advance!!

    • James Strong says:

      Hi Andrea- Thank you for your question.

      Obviously since you workout so late it would not be wise to take anything stimulant based, like Mesomorph or Wild Thing. You might, however, try Hype Extreme from Blackstone Labs as it will help to enhance workouts and give you a good pump (which will wake you up) as well as it has nootropics which will help with mental focus. Try it earlier that later at first to assess how the nootropics affect you, they may have a mild stimulative effect on some people.

      Thank you again for your question…

  • Amanda says:

    Hi,

    I am a 28 year old female aerialist and I am looking for a pre-workout that will improve my muscle strength and endurance and allow me to practice at a higher level for longer. Aerial silks is a very upper-body intense activity and my arms tend to give out before the end of practice. I almost always train in the evening and I’m fairly sensitive to caffeine so I don’t really want to use any stimulants. Do you have any brand suggestions for me? Many thanks!!!!

    • James Strong says:

      Hi Amanda – Thank you for your question. Most preworkout supplements have some level of stimulants to help raise energy levels when training. That said, there are some options and alternatives for those looking for non-stimulant or less stimulant approaches.

      First, changes in diet may help. In some cases if you add additional carbs to your diet before training you may increase your endurance because your body can have the additional quick fuel that carbs provide. It might be that you are becoming carb depleted prior to the end of your training. You may want to do some sort of carb loading prior to your workouts or have an energy bar or fruit or even a Gatorade type drink to eat/drink during your training.

      Second, one ingredient preworkout supplements contain that may help to increase endurance and reduce fatigue is beta-alanine. You may want to try a product like Beta-Alanine by Primaforce. It may provide you with that extra boost you need without caffeine.

      Lastly, another option is the preworkout Hyper Shock by Myogenix. Hyper Shock does contain caffeine, however, it is time-released and customers report the stimulative effects are limited, although they do last longer. The reason I say to try Hyper Shock is because it not only contains beta alanine, it also contains many other nutrients, amino acids and electrolytes that will possibly help you reach you increase your endurance and make it through your training more easily.

      Thank you again for your question…

  • Roselyn says:

    Hi James,
    I am a 22 year old female, 5’2 and 150lbs.
    I’ve had a back injury for almost a year and just got released to start swimming. Before the an injury I was big into half marathons and crossfit. As I’ve started swimming, I get tired really fast. I do realize most of it is cause by not having to be able to do much, but I feel like I’m not getting a decent workout. I did just buy C4 Zero today and I usually swim in the mornings and do intermittent fasting, so I don’t usually eat before noon (hence the zero calorie pre wkorkout). My goal is to cut some fat for now, and build muscle later when my injury is further recovered. Just wanted some input on if this was the correct supplement I should be using. I am somewhat sensitive to caffeine as coffee and energy drinks are not part of my regular diet at all. I tried the pre work out today for the first time, and seemed like I had decent endurance and could do double the swim wkout I usually do. I do also take Xtend BCAAS in the mornings and whey protein post-wkout as well as 3000mg of CLA supplements a day. Is this the best regimen to cut fat for where I’m at in my recovery? Thanks!

    • James Strong says:

      Hi Roselyn- Thank you for your question.

      Its good to hear you are back and starting to get fit once again.

      Not feeling like you are getting a good enough workout can be due many factors. A couple tri-athletes I know say that swimming is the toughest part of the event, so I know you can get a solid workout albeit more about fat burning and cardio than building muscle for most people. My first suggestion would be to train a little while after eating. Intermittent fasting and eating later in the day leaves your body depleted in the morning. You may not have the fuel to really push yourself; also because you are just coming back from an injury you many not be able to push yourself as much as you would like yet (that is up to you and your doctor). Having had numerous injury/recovery cycles myself, personally I find that its best to easy into the workouts and build over time. I’ve usually done this with the guidance of a physical therapist or trainer, or both. I’ve learned that if you don’t take care of your injuries when you are young, they will haunt you down the road, this is my opinion. A bad back at 22 is quite a bit different than at 35.

      Is this the best regimen to cut fat in your recovery – I am sorry I cannot answer that specifically/directly; however, your doctor should know as s/he knows your specific situation and characteristics. I will say that if you doctor is okay with it and you are able to double your efforts on this regimen then you are probably in a good place to cut fat. I will add that while cutting fat might be your main goal you may want to think about putting on some muscle, especially in places where it was lost prior to your injury so that it supports your body and helps to prevent further injuries going forward, I am sure your physical therapist or doctor can help you here as well.

      Thank you for your question…

  • Melissa says:

    Hey James!

    So I’ve done the preworkout thing and I don’t know what it is about it…. after I’m done with my workout I get extremely nauseous and dizzy to the point where I have to sleep it off and it feel like I have bugs crawling under my skin (extremely itchy) I’ve tried many preworkouts and end up with outcome. I’m 5’7 at 148lbs, I’m a mother of three and working out is an outlet for me, I just can’t find the energy to push through it. Any other preworkout suggestions so I can get back to my work out routines? Anything will help

    Thank you

    • James Strong says:

      Hi Melissa – Thank you for your question. Many preworkouts are stimulant based and some people like you have sensitivities to them. First, if you ever have a bad reaction or don’t feel well while taking a preworkout, or any other supplement for that matter, discontinue use immediately.

      My first suggestion would be diet. You want to make sure you have enough of the right kind of calories before starting your workout. Raising children, let alone your other activities takes focus, time and lots of energy. It might be that you are not eating enough of the right foods. Its imperative you take a good look at your activities and develop a nutrition strategy to keep you going strong in and out of the gym. For instance in most cases its a good idea to have eaten carbs 30-60 mins or so before going to the gym. Also, it might be a good idea to have some fruit just before going and take a banana (or what I do is bring an almond butter and whole wheat bread sandwich) with you to the eat during your workout. In addition to water I do drink Gatorade while doing a workout, which some may frown on but for me it works. In the end diet is going to make a huge difference in how you feel before, during and after the gym.

      If you still want something to help you through you might consider these non-stim preworkouts: Black-Ops by Platinum Labs or Hemavol by iForce Nutrition which has a number of positive reviews.

      Thank you for your question…

  • Dee says:

    Hi,
    Looking for a pre-work out to help with cardio workouts. Have been using c4 for a while but have built up a tolerance to it so it doesn’t seem to be giving me much of a boost anymore. What do you recommend using? My goal is weight loss so would like something to help with that, no sugar etc. Don’t mind either way but it would be good to know if there are any all natural options out there so I could alternate between the two.
    Thanks

    • James Strong says:

      Hi Dee- Thank you for your comment. Our hardcore bodybuilding customers always complain when they see C4 on the Top 10 Preworkout lists, but the fact is many people use it and repurchase it regularly; its a popular preworkout. That said, the Top 10 Preworkouts for 2018 List is about to drop. Visit the site Tues or Weds next week and you’ll find 10 of the most loved, positively reviewed and repurchased preworkouts available. I am sure you will find one right for you on that list. If you are trying to lose weight or fat you also might want to take a look at Alpha Lean-7. It is the No. 1 Ranked Fat Burner for 2017 and 2017 and gets the most positive response from customers by far.

      Thank you again for your comment…

  • Amy says:

    Hey mate,

    I’m a 26 y/o female, I’ve been doing strength training for 3 years and only just started experimenting with pre-workout (my exercises have gotten a lot heavier haha!) For the most part I still don’t use pre-workouts, but there are days where my energy levels are not where I want them, so I’ve started trying them.

    I’ve recently discovered that I have a very high natural tolerance to stimulants: caffeine rarely affects me (and never makes me feel more alert or awake) and I recently tried Crank and Throwdown, each 1 dose samples as pre-workouts. Both came highly recommended for energy boosting from the clerk at the supplement store, and were advertised as relatively high-stim. And I got nothing from them! Before that, I was using Gold Standard at twice the serving size and, though I believe it may have helped some with endurance (or placebo effect, as the case may be), I got no energy out of that, either, just the skin prickling side effect.

    I don’t really want to have a high-stim pre-workout simply because I reap none of the benefits but, on occasion, some of the side effects (once or twice I had trouble sleeping, even a solid 6+ hours after having taken the supplements, skin prickles, etc.)

    Currently, I’m taking a caffeine-free pre-workout (Schizo by Something Labz) and it so far, has done nothing, energy-wise. Ideally, I am looking for a stimulant-free pre-workout that will help on those days that I really just don’t have the energy levels that I need. Any suggestions? Or I am stuck?

    Thanks!

    Amy

    • James Strong says:

      Hi Amy- Thank you for your question.

      If you’ve been taking stim based products, preworkout or otherwise for a while and not feeling the effects, it might be that your adrenals are fatigued; not a good situation. If this is the case you may benefit by cycling your preworkouts/stims about 30 days on 30 days off or some “on again off again” short cycle that works for you. During the days off you may want to try REVAMP, which is created to help support your adrenal gland function.

      Otherwise, you may want to try Wild Thing by Assault Labs. It is stim based containing a good amount of caffeine, however, it also contains two nootropics, which are designed to improve cognitive function and focus; which some customers have commented adds to the energy effects. Wild Thing is no joke and has been ranked the No.1 Preworkout for 2018.

      Do worry I didn’t forget the non-stim preworkouts, which mostly work by increasing pump or providing efficient carbs, amino acids or glucose to promote energy. Kraken Pump by Sparta Labs is a new non-stim preworkout that seems to be getting some attention. Hyper Shock by Myogenix is another one. It does contain caffeine, however, its designed to be slowly released. Its major benefit is that it contains the most nutritious and complete ingredient panel, including some protein, amino acids and electrolytes; the additional nutrition may help you out.

      Thank you again for your question…

  • Flor says:

    Hi! I’m 21 years old at 120lbs 5’1. I started working out 2-3 months ago, usually around 6-7pm. I’m looking for a pre workout that will give me muscle strength to push through my workouts, some energy and build muscle, but also be able able to go to bed at regular time usually 10:30-11pm. I have good caffeine tolerance since I drink often. Please help!

    • James Strong says:

      Hi Flor- Thank you for your question. Its a good one and your not alone. Many of our customers like or have to workout in the evening. Of course this makes choosing a preworkout supplement a bit more complex. Here I will offer you some suggestions that I think can help you out.

      One way to go is to use a 1/2 or 1/4 serving of say Wild Thing by Assault Labs, which offers all the benefits you mentioned in your question. Wild Thing is an intense pre-workout that the pros use during their workouts, the good thing is that Wild Thing is not just pure stim. Wild Thing derives much of its driving energy boost from amino acids, nootropics and electrolytes (in addition to caffeine). It is formulated to feed your muscles and your mind. The new version due out any day also contains glycerol, checkout this article for the low down on this muscle pump machine: Glycerol Article. As a side mention it was just named the No. 1 Preworkout Supplement for 2018.

      If a fractional serving of Wild Thing is too much you can go less stim with something like Jetmass from GAT. Jetmass is a low stim creatine based preworkout formulated to provide you with the amino acids and nutrients you need to build more muscle. It won’t give you the push through drive of a Wild Thing but it does offer to help you build more muscle mass and can help with intra workout and post workout recovery.

      Thank you for your question…

  • Georgette Kipping says:

    Hi!
    I try to heat de gym 3 times a week, but i workout really late at night, then i go almost straight to sleep, the problem is that i work out after work hours so im always so tired and start really slow, i need somethin that pump me up, but will let me sleep after working out at least 2 hours after my work out, also im not loocking to tu build muscle, more like losing wait and stayin lean.

    • James Strong says:

      Hi Georgette – Thank you for your question. I wrote this answer a little while ago, it probably applies to you as well. You can buy a sample of Wild Thing to try it out instead of purchasing a whole bottle – Wild Thing Sample Here.

      Thank you for your question. Its a good one and your not alone. Many of our customers like or have to workout in the evening. Of course this makes choosing a preworkout supplement a bit more complex. Here I will offer you some suggestions that I think can help you out.

      One way to go is to use a 1/2 or 1/4 serving of say Wild Thing by Assault Labs ( consume 30 to 60 mins before you workout), which offers all the benefits you mentioned in your question. Wild Thing is an intense pre-workout that the pros use during their workouts, the good thing is that Wild Thing is not just pure stim. Wild Thing derives much of its driving energy boost from amino acids, nootropics and electrolytes (in addition to caffeine). It is formulated to feed your muscles and your mind. The new version due out any day also contains glycerol, checkout this article for the low down on this muscle pump machine: Glycerol Article. As a side mention it was just named the No. 1 Preworkout Supplement for 2018.
      If a fractional serving of Wild Thing is too much you can go less stim with something like Jetmass from GAT. Jetmass is a low stim creatine based preworkout formulated to provide you with the amino acids and nutrients you need to build more muscle. It won’t give you the push through drive of a Wild Thing but it does offer to help you build more muscle mass and can help with intra workout and post workout recovery.

      Thank you for your question…

  • Laura says:

    I am doing a crossfit competition called the 24 hour AMRAP, so as many reps as possible (every hour being a different movement) with a team of 6 for 24 hours. I am looking for a good pre workout that would be good for this type of endurance event. I don’t usually take pre workout before workouts, but I know I will need a little boost at some point during this event, and I am fairly tolerant to stimulants. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!!!!!!

    • James Strong says:

      Hi Laura-

      Thank you for your question. Without a doubt most of our competitive customers are using Wild Thing from Assault Labs. Its the number one ranked pre-work for 2018 and its popularity continues to snowball. It is stimulative but also much more. You can learn more here: Wild Thing Preworkout. If you do go with Wild Thing I would suggest strongly that you test your tolerance first. Start with 1/4 to 1/2 of the suggested dose on the label and go from there.

      Thank you again for your question…

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