The Best Pre Workout Supplements

Everyone knows somebody who knows “the best pre workout”…

“Take this one, bro. It blew my head off.”

– Gym bro 101

But when did training become about blowing our own head’s off?

It didn’t. This is where the pre workout sector of the fitness industry goes off the rails and, as such, we have countless products which rely too heavily on stimulants and not enough on quality ingredients.

The main goal of your pre workout is to elevate your performance. Nothing else.

And while there are tens of thousands of pre’s available to buy, when we narrow down the search parameters to the stuff which only features quality, clinical dosages of the ingredients we need, things become a ghost town!

Thankfully, there are some exceptionally high quality pre workouts available which take a more scientific route… I’ll show you the top three down below.

Each product is built around a different goal (top for bodybuilding, top for HIIT, top for athletic performance).

Ready to start?

red con 1 total war pre workout

RedCon1 Total War

RedCon1 Total War is the current king of bodybuilding pre workouts.

The formula is open (no proprietary blends) and features clinical dosages of most key ingredients, with 6g citrulline malate and 350mg caffeine, alongside 3.2g beta-alanine.

It runs industry-favourite Pre Jym into a close second place. Most of my UK-based clients use this product, because it works.

Highlights of each serving:

  • 350mg caffeine
  • 6g citrulline malate
  • 3.2g beta-alanine


best pre workout for HIIT

Adapt Nutrition Pre Train V2

Adapt Nutrition’s Pre Train V2 is a unique supplement which is ideal for high intensity interval training.

While the citrulline malate content is too low for it to challenge the top pre workouts of the bodybuilding category, it relies instead on it’s whopping 350mg caffeine and l-theanine combination, which provide the trainee with a solid kick up the a** that should last just long enough to run through a solid HIIT session.

Highlights of each serving are:

  • 350mg caffeine
  • 50mg l-theanine
  • 2g beta-alanine


AML Pre Workout

AML Pre Workout

I have a confession to make….

This is the best product of all three!

In my recent review (link), it achieved 4.5 stars and became the highest-rated pre workout on the entire site. The only reason it’s third on my list is because it’s primarily available in the USA at the moment.

However, it is the pre workout all of my US-based clients use.

AML Pre Workout is superior to anything else on the market by a clear mile, an entirely science-based product designed for athletes. That means no experimental ingredients, and nothing which will eventually end up on USADA’s banned list (i.e. exotic stimulants).

It’s also one of the few pre workouts to give a full clinical dose of caffeine, at 400mg.

Couple that with a massive 8g citrulline malate, 2g beta-alanine, 2.5g betaine, and 520mg potassium citrate… there is nothing out there which can compare.

If you’re an athlete, this is the pre workout you should be working with!

Highlights of each serving below:

  • 400mg caffeine
  • 8g citrulline malate
  • 2.5g betaine
  • 2g beta-alanine
  • 520mg potassium citrate
  • 5g creatine monohydrate