The 10 Best Pre Workouts Of 2020 (THE RUSS LIST!)

It’s time for my yearly round-up of the best PRE WORKOUT supplements currently available to buy.

2020 has been a pretty good year for pre workouts and compiling this list was a real challenge, but it is done. The winner has been named.

However, if you’ve read my reviews before you’ll know that if a product made it onto my end of year list then it’s truly one of the best of the best. Every item down below is solid as f**k.

So who are the inaugural champions of The Russ List?

Let’s start the top 10!

what is the best pre workout in 2020
AML Dopa Rush Pre Workout review
list of best pre workouts 2020


We start the list with an unusual entry…

I’m all for ingenuity, and there’s one company out there who are really on top of their game at the moment – AML.

The original Dopa Rush formula which was released in 2018 was basically Advaned Molecula Labs’ take on an energy drink, with one major difference – there were no bulls**t cheap ingredients.

As the name suggests, Dopa Rush works by maximizing dopamine production and making the user feel insanely focused and full of energy. It quickly became a avorite, so they upgraded the formula to turn it into a fully fledged pre workout.

The original Dopa Rush contained a clinical dose of 2g l-tyrosine, 200mg caffeine, 125mg of the awesome TeaCrine (I believe this will become the eventual successor to caffeine, as it provides all of its benefits without any of the drawbacks), and 100mg garcinia indica extract to maximize dopamine production. Dopa Rush Pre Workout simply builds upon the original by adding 6 grams of l-citrulline, beetroot extract and potassium.

The combination of l-tyrosine, caffeine and l-citrulline mean Dopa Rush Pre Workout is FREAKING AWESOME if you perform HIIT. In fact, it’s THE BEST cardio-based pre workout available, no question.

You can buy it directly from the company HERE.

  • 6g l-Citrulline.
  • 200mg Caffeine & 125mg TeaCrine.
  • 2g l-Tyrosine.
  • 100mg Garcinia Indica Extract.
  • Excludes taurine, BCAAs & niacin.
  • These ingredients are perfect for cardio/HIIT.

Redcon1 Total War pre workout
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Mark my words, RedCon1 will be the next big thing in the supplement industry.

With their air force themed packaging, this US-based company have successfully retread the territory of Grenade and created a brand which has simply caught fire.

I understand that some people might be put off RedCon1 due to loyalty held towards Iron Addicts Brand, and that’s understandable given the history between the two. Heck, I’ll even go as far as to say this product bears a striking resemblance to Sidewalk Kraka. But there’s no denying that Total War is a quality pre workout, and the marketing behind it is even better.

Total War is fully dosed in citrulline malate and beta-alanine, which is great, but there are a few ingredients that don’t make the cut. You’ll find those in RedCon1’s intra-workout (Big Noise), with the idea being you grab both for the maximum experience.

But on its own Total War is a great product and is actually really good value for money.

You can buy this product HERE in the UK and HERE in the USA.

  • 6g Citrulline malate.
  • 350mg Caffeine.
  • 3.2g Beta-alanine.

muscle rage limitless pre workout
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Limitless is the flagship pre workout of Muscle Rage, one of the UK’s up and coming supplement brands.

Muscle Rage done well to surpass several major brands (Optimum Nutrition, Reflex, Gaspari, Myprotein) to claim a spot in the top 10.

Limitless provides full clinical doses of citrulline malate and beta-alanine alongside a big serving of caffeine, and it’s one of the few products to still include the controversial stimulant DMHA.

Sure, there are too many absentees for it to challenge the top three spots on the list, and the inclusion of DMHA throws Limitless into a grey area for athletes, but it’s a very good pre workout.

You can buy it directly from the company HERE.

  • 6g Citrulline malate.
  • 3.2g Beta-alanine.
  • 350mg Caffeine.
  • Excludes taurine, BCAAs & niacin.
  • 225mg Stimulant blend (a good thing or a bad thing, depending if you compete in a sport).

isatori morph xtreme pre workout review
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I love iSatori.

They’re always at the cutting edge of something.

Their first product, Meta-CEL, and it’s accompanying training program was KILLER… Then they introduced creatine ethyl ester to the market… Then they created H-Blocker, the world’s first pre workout containing beta-alanine… Then they developed Bio-Gro, which went on the become their biggest selling product to date.

MORPH was originally released way back in 2008. After disappearing for a few years, it recently made a comeback under the name Morph Xtreme. It didn’t disappoint, either.

Morph Xtreme is fully dosed in citrulline malate, beta-alanine, caffeine, choline, and creatine. Wowza. However, it makes the mistake of including taurine & BCAAs. Consider these slight blips on an otherwise top of the line pre workout.

You can buy it directly from the company HERE.

  • 7g Citrulline malate.
  • 3.2g Beta-alanine.
  • 2.5g Creatine Magnesium Chelate.
  • 1.5g Betaine.
  • 350mg Caffeine.

prefierce pre workout review
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PreFierce is a strong debut from American supplement company TrueFierce Nutrition.

The formula is really clear and provides us with proper doses of citrulline malate, beta-alanine, and betaine – in fact, the first two go slightly higher than the clinical dose. There’s also a decent combination of 250mg caffeine & 250mg l-theanine, so you’ll get a good energy boost without the accompanying “crash”.

It contains a bunch of so-called “fat burning ingredients” (acetyl-l-carnitine, green tea extract, black pepper extract) but these re fillers which offer very little in comparison to the big guns.

You can read my full review HERE and buy it directly from the company HERE.

  • 7g Citrulline malate.
  • 3.5g Beta-alanine.
  • 2.5g Betaine.
  • 250mg Caffeine.
  • 250mg l-theanine.
  • Excludes taurine, BCAAs & niacin.
  • No exotic stimulants or any other ingredients which fall under a grey area for sports.

CT Fletcher Sidewalk Kraka
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Now we’re getting to the real ‘cream of the crop’.

CT Fletcher bucked the trend of YouTube personalities releasing awful supplements to cash in on their fame.

His Iron Addicts Brand arrived in 2016 and endured a torrid behind-the-scenes power struggle which saw their whole line-up of first-rate products disappear from the marketplace.

CT promised his company would “rise from the ashes like a motherf**king Phoenix!”, and it did.

In mid-2019, Iron Addicts Brand was reborn and his explosive pre workout, the awesomely-named Sidewalk Kraka, made a comeback.

The only notable switch from the near-perfect original formula is the removal of DMHA, which lots of brands ditched after it hit the USADA list of banned substances.

Inside the new-look Sidewalk Kraka, you’ll find a pretty huge 374mg caffeine alongside 100mg theobromine. Given that theobromine is basically a longer lasting version of caffeine, you should expect that this monstrous pre workout will feel like you’ve drank one of CT’s motivational speeches!

The excellent stimulant blend does a top job of replicating the euphoric training effect caused by DMHA in the previous product, which is quire remarkable, as many other brands tried and failed at the same thing.

The only downside to Sidewalk Kraka is that you won’t find citrulline malate or betaine here, because they’re in the intra-workout Swoliosis instead.

Iron Addicts Brand actually started the trend for supplement companies splitting pre workouts into two, a move since copied by almost every brand. The idea is to use the stimulant blend of Sidewalk Kraka before training, then use the pump formula Swoliosis during training.

Interesting fact; Sidewalk Kraka was originally set to claim the no.3 spot on my list, but settles for 5th as punishment for the trendy two product approach. There are other pre workouts will do the job in one. That being said, this is a great pre workout and if you love CT Fletcher you’ll absolutely adore this.

You can read my in-depth review HERE and buy it directly from the company HERE.

  • 374g Caffeine & 100mg Theobromine.
  • 125mg stimulant blend.
  • 3.2g beta-alanine.
  • Excludes taurine, BCAAs & niacin.
  • No exotic stimulants or any other ingredients which fall under a grey area for sports.

is pre jym the best pre workout
what is the best pre workout for lifting weights


Dr. Jim Stoppani changed the supplement industry when he released Pre JYM in 2013.

Up until that point most big brands hid their formula behind proprietary blends and under-dosed key ingredients like citrulline malate. So when the doc decided to use transparent labels in order to show the quality of Pre JYM, it gave the business a well-needed shake.

However, it’s not 2013 anymore.

Pre JYM is no longer the best pre workout available.

That’s not to say it’s poor, of course.

Highlights include a full clinical dose of citrulline malate, 300mg caffeine, 2 grams of beta-alanine, 1.5 grams of betaine, and 2 grams of creatine HCL. This is all good stuff, and it has the unique asset of being part of “The JYM System”, whereby every product works alongside each other, although it will cost you a f**king bomb to get them all.

In order to regain top spot Pre JYM would need to update the formula. However, the doc still insists it’s the best out there (it’s not, because it contains taurine * BCAAs), so it’ll have to settle for 4th.

You can read my full review HERE. Buy it from HERE in the UK and from HERE in the USA.

  • 6g Citrulline malate.
  • 300mg Caffeine.
  • 1.5g Betaine.
  • 5g creatine monohydrate.
  • 2g Beta-alanine.
  • 1.5g l-tyrosine.

alpha lion super human pre workout
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With a tagline of “the most anabolic workout of your life”, here’s a company who aren’t short on confidence.

And rightly so.

Superhuman is fully dosed in citrulline malate (7 grams), caffeine (375mg), beta-alanine (3.5 grams), and l-theanine (350mg). It also contains 2 grams of betaine. It’s one of the best pre workouts to emerge in the last couple of years.

Interestingly, Alpha Lion decided to keep their DMHA stimulant formula at a time when most other brands are bailing out on the ingredient. DMHA is a wonderful training aid, but might throw SuperHuman into a grey area if you compete in a sport, so be warned.

Once again we see the pointless inclusions of niacin and taurine (argh!), but holy f**k it’s a solid product.

You can read my in-depth review HERE. Buy the product from HERE in the UK and HERE in the USA.

  • 6g Citrulline malate.
  • 375mg Caffeine & 350mg l-theanine.
  • 3.5g Beta-alanine.
  • 2g Betaine.
  • 175mg simulant blend including DMHA. Exotic stimulants are great for training, may get you in trouble if you compete in a sport.


nutrabio pre review
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I’m a big fan of NutraBio.

I’ve held this company in high regard ever since Jim Stoppani unprofessionally picked a fight with them in 2016, and their owner Mark Glazier dismantled Jim’s arguments without stooping to the same level.

And the bottom line is NutraBio products are ALWAYS in the top 5. They know how to make great products, and they don’t mess around when it comes to top notch ingredients.

NutraBio PRE is essentially a superior version of Pre-JYM, as it works with a very similar set of ingredients but provides better doses.

Full clinical doses of betaine, citrulline malate, beta-alanine, l-tyrosine, 350mg caffeine (and a huge 300mg l-theanine to combat the crash from that), make PRE one of the most well-dosed products ever released.

Like many of the other products in the top 10, you can combine this with their equally well-dosed post-workout (NutraBio Reload) for a very comprehensive stack.

It’s not perfect, of course. They couldn’t resist adding taurine and leucine, which we don’t need before training.

However, this is a FANTASTIC pre workout. With the exception of the #1 product, NutraBio PRE stands head & shoulders above every other pre workout on the list.

You can buy it HERE.

  • 6g Citrulline malate.
  • 2.5g Betaine.
  • 3.2g Beta-alanine.
  • 1.5g l-tyrosine.
  • 350mg Caffeine & 300mg l-theanine.
  • No exotic stimulants or any other ingredients which fall into a grey area for sports.

AML Pre Workout
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A big well done to Steve Blechman, Joe Donnelly and the team at Advanced Molecular Labs for being the very first CHAMPIONS of The Russ List.

They are also the only company good enough to grab 2 spots in my top 10.

This is the pre workout to beat in 2021. What you see above is 26 grams of near perfection.

The vast majority of ingredients are clinically dosed, and they’ve taken the brave step of leaving out a few familiar faces thanks to new research which shows they weren’t quite as productive as we used to believe (BCAAs, taurine, niacin).

This is a pre workout designed by athletes, for athletes.

Alongside the key ingredients, and the carefully selected absentees, you won’t find any exotic stimulants. I love exotic stimulants (DMHA, etc), but they automatically throw a product into a grey area for athletes, so AML made the right move in avoiding them entirely.

Like many of the other products on this list, you can combine AML Pre Workout with their post-workout recovery drink (AML Post Workout) for an exceptional all-in-one stack that ticks every muscle building box you could ever possibly want to tick.

AML have raised the game. They are the company to beat.

You can read my full review HERE. Buy it directly from the company HERE.

  • 8g Citrulline malate.
  • 400mg Caffeine.
  • 2.5g Betaine.
  • 5g Creatine monohydrate.
  • 2g Beta-alanine.
  • 1g l-tyrosine.
  • 520mg Potassium citrate.
  • Excludes taurine, BCAAs & niacin.
  • No exotic stimulants or any other ingredients which fall into a grey area for sports.

what is the best pre workout in 2020


  1. AML Pre Workout
  2. NutraBio PRE
  3. Alpha Lion SuperHuman
  4. JYM Supplement Science Pre JYM
  5. Iron Addicts Brand Sidewalk Kraka
  6. TruFierce Nutrition PreFierce
  7. iSatori Morph Xtreme
  8. Muscle Rage Limitless
  9. RedCon1 Total War
  10. AML Dopa Rush Pre Workout

If you’ve got a new contender you’d like me to consider for next year, drop it in the comments section and I’ll take a look.

Next: read The Russ List 2020: Top 5 Whey Protein Powders.

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