Beasting it in the gym every single time is a tall order, and some days it's impossible to muster the monstrous amounts of energy, concentration, and "pump" that it takes to snap the iron like a twig. Long days at work, poor food choices, and feeling under the weather can all sabotage your best-laid workouts plans.
Well, there's help! When your focus or energy flags, pre-workout supplements can be an awesome way to infuse yourself with otherworldly superpowers that make you feel like you can bust out a great workout.
Bear in mind that everyone reacts to different formulas and doses differently. We highly urge you to gradually ease into pre-workout supplements and take no more than the recommended dosage.
And now, without further ado, here are the 10 best pre-workout supplements and their best flavors!
USPlabs Jack3d Advanced
"Miss the original Jack3d, but what can ya do. This pre is real solid even without the DMAA. Gives great focus and a great energy boost and pump."
"The taste is amazing if you mix it with the right amount of water."
"Awesome pump!! Great energy too!"
BSN Hyper FX
"This product is my favorite pre-workout supplement. It tastes great and gives a nice energy boost to workouts."
"It made me feel very pumped; not jittery but ready to lift and lift hard. Great energy for the entire workout."
Cobra Labs The Curse
"One of the best pre-workout flavors I've tried. Heaps seem to be powdery, this one is clean and sharp. Gives you a great buzz at the gym too!"
"I have never come across a pre-workout as good as this! Not only does it give an amazing pump but it gives me incredible focus in the gym."
"I'm sticking with Cobra Labs. I get what I want for a good price. Admittedly, I am a pre-workout "noob." This is the first legit pre-workout formula I've used, but not the last."
JYM Pre JYM
"I tried several pre-workouts before and this is by far the best. I work out early in the morning and this drink helps me get pumped up for the workout. It even keeps me energized during the day."
"The cherry limeade flavor tastes just like Kool-aid, which used to be my favorite growing up!"
"Awesome flavor, and it gives me smooth, non-jittery energy & focus in the gym to power through my grueling workouts! I highly recommend using this product because of the quality ingredients that are essential to getting the most out of your workouts!"
Betancourt Nutrition Bullnox Androrush
"The focus is amazing!"
"This is a nice addition to my list of supplements. One scoop is just as effective as two. This one did what it claimed."
Arnold Schwarzenegger Series Iron Pump
"Pump makes me feel like a beast in the gym."
"I love this product. It works great and the taste is good. Mixes up smooth, and I have energy to make it through any workout."
"Great pre-workout when I want a real good pump. It doesn't make me feel overly buzzed stimulant-wise."
Cellucor C4 Extreme
"The surge of energy is fast with no crashing side effect. This product is definitely my go-to pre-workout."
"I have tried several flavors of C4 (it's my absolute favorite pre-workout!). Mojito ranks in the middle as far as my favorite flavors, although I think I am more of a green apple, pineapple, icy blue razz kinda girl."
"I use it before my lifting sessions and appreciate the added pump I get—especially doing my pull-ups and push-ups!"
"I never have a moment where I can't keep going. The N.O.-Xplode helps me get the most out of every rep I take and every set that I push through. The taste is great, too."
"Works great! Gives me a good pump like I've never felt and gets me ready for my workout."
"Great product. Make sure you use the instructions for finding your tolerance."
"Good pre-workout! Gives you a good burn and pump. I decided to try to Candy Apple … so good!"
"I take this ten minutes before I workout—and boom—it hits me like a train. Not only does it work effectively, it doesn't taste all that bad."
"My first pre-workout and it is amazing. I have been able to increase my reps and weights. The pure energy helps me remain focused during and after my workout—and when I'm back at work."
BPI Sports 1.M.R. Vortex
"Awesome pump with this pre-workout without the tingles from the beta-alanine, plus the new flavor tasted great."
"Always a favorite of mine, although it does lack creatine. Good pump; the energy and focus in the gym are unreal."