Pre Workouts and Thermogenics, what's the difference? They may look the same, they may even sound the same, but take a scoop of each and you'll definitely notice a difference!
Can you take a thermogenic as a pre workout? Sort of, yeah!
Can you take a pre workout as a thermogenic! Yeah kinda but not really!
Confused? Me too. So let's set the record straight.
Pre Workout Supplements vary a tonne from product to product, but tend to boil down to the same base ingredients to up the ante when you hit the gym. Most will contain a foundation of Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's) and Essential Amino Acids (EAA's), as well as Non Essential Amino Acids, such as Glutamine, Arginine and Tyrosine. Non essential doesn't at all mean they're a waste, as these non essential amino acids contribute to recovery, pump and focus! SOUNDS PRETTY FREAKIN' ESSENTIAL TO ME.
Depending on your brand or product of choice, the ingredients which go beyond this vary far and wide. Most will include creatine of some shape or form to promote strength, along with Nitric Oxide boosters to enhance the illustrious "pump" (for those sweet mirror double takes) and a cocktail of stimulants, usually based on caffeine, to give you a solid jolt and a sustained buzz.
Related: Check out some of our best Pre Workouts.
Thermogenics on the other hand are heavier in the stim department and a little lighter on the gains formula. Engineered to induce thermogenesis within the body, these products are designed to boost your metabolic rate, allowing your body to burn more calories and melt away stubborn fat. Most commonly built on a foundation (and higher dose) of Caffeine, Thermogenics will also include an array of natural, herbal and non stimulant fat burners such as L-Carnitine and Green Tea Extract to enhance fat burning results.
On top of this, a lot of Thermogenics will include "mental support" ingredients to counter the effects of being in a calorie deficit, as well as immune system support, BCAA's and EAA's. Whatever your flavour, these products will make your morning double-shot latte look like child's play!
Now that we've cleared that up for you, let's get down to business with our Top 2 contenders in each field!
DO NOT EXCEED ONE DOSE PER 24 HOUR PERIOD. WE REPEAT. DO NOT.
Why? This isn't your usual run-of-the-mill pre workout we outlined above. No, no no, this is the real deal. Straight from the United States of Amerigainz, just copping a wiff of this will blow the socks off the gym junkie who still sprinkles Original Jack3d on his cereal.
All the stims are dosed to the max, it tastes like candy, and it totally redefines hulk-mode. You'll be be more hyped up than the 5 year old who just chugged all the red cordial at the lazer tag party, trust.
Check out Crank! Prototype II here.
This isn't the piss-weak "Jungle Juice" you paid $14 for at the club. This Jungle Juice (Apple Juice, or Tropic Thunder, whatever floats ya boat) flavoured pre workout supplement is rounded out with an awesome blend of potent muscle building ingredients to arm you in your assault on the gym, military style.
Pump? Check. Energy? Check. Strength? Check.
Unique patented ingredients that sound seriously cool like AMPIBERRY?! Check.
Check out Ambush here.
Pyro is, without a doubt, one of the most potent and effective thermogenics on the market. Each tiny 2.7g scoop is packed to the brim with fully dosed stimulants and super-charged fat burning catalysts to kick your body into thermogenic overdrive, firing up stubborn fat cells and melting away all that unwanted blubber.
Don't want to mess around and looking for the best of the best? This professional grade fat-igniting supplement is the answer you've been looking for.
Check out Pyro here.
There's a reason why Thermonuke is one of our all time best selling products. Aside from being a potent and incredibly effective fat burner, Thermonuke's mental effects are unparalleled, delivering crystal clear tunnel focus and a powerful rush of energy with a sustained taper, preventing that nasty crash feeling which nobody wants.
With added Dendrobium Extract, you'll not only look great but FEEL great too. Say goodbye to the lethargy and sour moods of dieting and hello to Thermonuke, helping you kick the gym, and the rest of the day, straight in the ass.
Check out Thermonuke here.