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The Best Pre-Workouts for all Training Goals

What is Pre-Workout?

A pre-workout is exactly what you think it is: a supplement you take prior to a workout.

They primarily come in powder form but can also be found in capsules, canned drinks, chewable gummies and more.

Pre-workout is used by athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike to boost your training performance, providing you with the improved vitality and cognitive strength to endure those long and tiresome gym sessions.

How do they work?

Pre-workouts combine a cocktail of nutrients to enhance your performance while you train. Amino Acids, Beta-Alanine, Caffeine, Creatine, Glucose, Nitric Oxide and B vitamins form the general blueprint of these pre-workout supplements.

These ingredients can help fuel you through a heavy gym session, providing extra energy, improved mental cognition and enhanced recovery while also reducing fatigue and stimulating your central nervous system (Cleveland Clinic. 2022).

Are they all the same?

While they serve the same purpose, they are not all the same.

The most notable divide between them is stimulant vs not-stimulant:

The primary stimulant in pre-workouts is caffeine, varying in dosage depending on the product and its goals. Non-stimulant pre-workouts are caffeine-free, serving people who are sensitive to caffeine, don't want to consume any more on top of their three morning coffees, or like to train late at night and still want to be able to sleep afterwards (Swan, H. 2021).

In addition to your higher stimulant thermogenics and low stimulant pre-workouts, there are also pump pre-workouts, which are pump-focused supplements designed to stimulate increased blood and oxygen flow to your muscles during exercise (Preiato, D. 2022).

Pre-workouts will generally vary in strength, so it is essential to read the labels to ensure that you find the best pre-workout to suit your goals.

When should you take them?

Generally, pre-workouts can be taken 30-60 minutes before a workout, allowing enough time for the ingredients to reach your bloodstream and operate effectively (Landes, E. 2021).

Best pre-workouts for beginners

If you're new to the pre-workout playground and are looking for the best pre-workout to start with. We'll help you out.

When it comes to kicking off, there is no safer option than Gold Standard Pre-Workout. This reliable, clean pre-workout uses a matrix of beneficial ingredients to improve your performance and enhance your energy and endurance.

Another excellent entry-level pre-workout is C4 Original, which offers a more explosive formula to intensify your focus and refine your performance.

Alternatively, if you're sensitive to stimulants or want a no-stim pre-workout to kickstart your fitness goals without compromising on energy-enhancing ingredients, try Zombie Labs Pumpz.

Best pre-workouts for women

Choosing the best supplements that support women's health is critical because the last thing you want is to find out that the pre-workout you're using is completely ineffective for your body goals.

If you're looking for a great thermogenic that supports women's health, can bolster your energy and endurance and accelerate you towards your body goals, Evolve Pyro is one of the best options available. It comes in 11 rejuvenating flavours and is one of our best sellers at ASN.

You can't go wrong with Pride pre-workout if you're looking for a vegan pre-workout that is packed with nutrients and nootropics to support your mental performance and energy.

Maybe stimulants aren't your thing? Well, with Macro Mike 100% Natural Pre-Workout, you can have the best of both worlds. This low-stimulant supplement uses plant-derived caffeine (and offers caffeine-free options) among a range of natural ingredients to give you the best conditions for success while you train.

Best pre-workouts for men

Whether you are a fan of Gold Standard and are looking to take things up a notch or need a potent pre-workout that will help you get the best out of every gym session, Gold Standard Pre-Workout Advanced is an excellent choice.

If you're after a non-stimulant formula that can deliver incredible pumps and help you build strength and power, Axe & Sledge Hydraulic Pre-Workout may be just what you need. You might also find success with AMP3D if you're looking for the best muscle energy output.

Best pre-workouts for gaining muscle

Need more firepower to help you gain muscle? RCN War Machine can provide all the ammunition you need to boost your vitality and mentality and deliver unreal pumps.

You may also find success with Evolve Pump Action, which can improve your muscle hydration, volumisation and fullness. It can also increase your nutrient uptake while raising your overall performance and endurance.

If you're looking for a low-stimulant formula to generate clean energy without that annoying crash, Musclewerks D-Fine 8 might be the best option for you. This vegan pre-workout is sugar-free, contains zero carbs & calories, and uses a cutting-edge blueprint of ingredients to help you change your game.

Best pre-workouts for weight loss

Whether you need a helping hand to make those body goals a reality or are looking to switch up pre-workouts to a product that aligns with your ambitions, OxyShred is one of the best in the business. Vegan-friendly and made with the finest ingredients, OxyShred has a fantastic reputation when it comes to hitting body goals.

Evolve Pyro is back on the list again and for good reason. This excellent thermogenic is perfect for beginners and veterans, loaded with ingredients to empower you towards your body goals while boosting your mental performance. You may also enjoy Veego Shred Thermo, which is plant-based, clean and long-lasting. As a thermogenic, it is ideal for targeting weight goals and can reduce fatigue while you train.

Best pre-workouts for HIIT

If you're looking for the best pre-workout to keep you fuelled while you run, Disorder by Faction Labs is your best bet. Great for energy and endurance (which you'll need if you're running a long distance), this pre-workout can also deliver razor-sharp focus and enhanced energy.

Crank is another great option if you want to enhance your durability and vitality on a long-distance run (or marathon).

If you are looking for a high-stimulant, vigorous pre-workout formula to fuel you through even the most gruelling of training sessions, look no further than Evolve's Avenger.

The run-down

If you haven't jumped on that pre-workout bandwagon already, you're missing out because as good as a banana and a nutritious breakfast are - a pre-workout will take your performance goals to the next level. Trust us on this one.

If you need help finding the right product for your needs or are looking for more information, our friendly team can help you out online or in-store at one of our 33 Australian stores.


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