Pre-Workout: What’s on the Label?





While some people throw back a cup of coffee before the gym, others enjoy a proper dry scoop of pre-workout to the face. If you’re looking to become a stim junkie gym rat, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the ingredients you should know and look for when picking out the right pre-workout for you!


  1. Caffeine

  2. Many people don’t realize caffeine is actually a psychoactive drug, so it’s not to be taken lightly. It can affect breathing, heart rate, and overall energy levels. There are about 95mg of caffeine in one cup of coffee, and 300mg of caffeine in one Bang Energy drink. You can find pre-workouts with zero caffeine (often referred to as non-stim pump products) if you find you’re very sensitive to stimulants.

  3. Citrulline Malate

  4. Citrulline’s purpose is to increase nitric oxide production, therefore dilating your blood vessels and helping you get a better pump. Good pump-focused pre-workouts will give you around 4-6g of citrulline on average.

  5. Beta-Alanine

  6. Feeling tingly and itchy? It’s probably the beta-alanine. This non-essential amino acid is naturally produced in the body, but has been seen to help with endurance when supplemented. A typical amount of beta-alanine is 3.2g per serving.

  7. Glycerol Powder

  8. Glycerol keeps water in the gut longer, so an athlete can potentially avoid excessive dehydration and continue to workout for a longer duration.

  9. Di-Caffeine Malate

  10. Ever crash from too much caffeine? Di-caffeine malate is an ingredient made up of both caffeine and malic acid, with the purpose of keeping your energy levels up and reducing that dreaded post-stimulant crash.

  11. 2-Aminoisoheptane

  12. This heavy stimulant is incorporated into pre-workouts with the intent to suppress appetite and increase energy. It’s not for the faint of heart, however - make sure you’re experienced in the stimulant realm before proceeding with this one!

  13. Eria Jarensis

  14. Newer to the game, Eria Jarensis is said to help with mood, energy, and focus.

  15. Huperzine-A

  16. Not a stim junkie? Nootropic pre-workouts take the focus away from stimulants, and put more of the focus on focus itself. Huperzine-A is an extract commonly used in nootropic pre-workouts for enhanced memory abilities, like recalling information and thinking quickly.


Not every pre-workout will have all of these ingredients, so it’s important to do your own research and see which ones you want to prioritize. Have more questions? Stop by your local Health Spot and one of our Supplement Specialists would be happy to help you find the right product for you!

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