January 17, 2020 2 min read

While working in the supplement industry, we are often asked…

“What is the best Pre-Workout?”

That question, though it sounds simple, can actually be fairly difficult to answer. One thing to keep in mind, especially with pre-workout supplementation, is that there is no true “best”. What is best for me, my not be best for you. There are a few things you would want to ask yourself before picking a product in this category:

  • What is my main goal in the gym?
  • What type of workouts am I doing?
  • What time of day do I typically workout?
  • What is my caffeine and stimulant tolerance?
  • Am I searching for something to give me insane energy or something more geared towards endurance and performance?

There are other questions that could be asked, but these would be among the most common when considering what pre-workout maybe “best” for you. What can be helpful though, is narrowing down to the 2 main types of pre-workout categories:

  • Micro Dosed Pre-Workout
  • All-in-One or Fully Dosed Pre-Workout

 Now let’s break that down a little further. “Dosed” will be referring to the amount and type of ingredients used in the product.

Micro Dosed Pre-Workouts will contain smaller dosages of overall ingredients and typically come in smaller containers. They will be based mainly around ingredients the provide energy and focus, such as caffeine. They will usually not provide fully dosed performance ingredients. So, if you are strictly looking for a pick-me-up, and do not care too much about a pump, endurance, etc... this would be a perfect option. A huge benefit of using micro dosed pre-workouts is that many of them contain different types of stimulants, so if you get used to one … you can switch to a different micro dosed pre-workout and it will work differently than the one you are on. If you are on a budget, micro dosed pre-workouts are typically much cheaper per serving.

All-in-One or Fully Dosed Pre-Workouts will contain a variety of ingredients in effective doses to help you with energy, endurance, and blood flow/pumps. You can find some that give you a strong energy, like in your micro dosed products, but also provide the performance aspects as well! Typically, all-in-one pre-workouts are a better overall product but tend to cost a bit more per serving.  

So, as you can see, though there maybe no overall “best” pre-workout for everyone, you can definitely find one that is the “best” for your individual needs!  

As always, if you need help finding what pre-workout may fit your individual goals, stop into any of our locations! Our Sports Nutrition Specialists would be happy to get you pointed in the right direction!

 **This article was written by Andrew Lynn.  Andrew is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist and has a Bachelors in Science Nutrition and Dietetics.