Having a good pre workout drink is essential for getting that extra boost of energy for your workouts. If you’re doing any kind of weight lifting, it can help you lift more and for longer.

I’ve taken a lot of pre workouts and I’ve kind of built a passion for trying out and finding what the best pre-workout drink is.

There are a lot of things to consider when looking for a drink for before working out.

Some people don’t like caffeine or too much caffeine in their drink. Other people want a minimum amount of caffeine for theirs. I’ve tried them all and I can help guide you depending on what you’re looking for.

What Makes a Good Pre-Workout Drink?

One that...

  • Helps increase lean body mass
  • Increases nitric oxide production and blood flow
  • Increases fat oxidation
  • Makes you feel good


Through my own experience in working out with different supplements and doing research I’ve found the scientifically proven best ingredients to be in a pre-workout drink.

These are the essential ingredients that should be in your pre workout drink:


Citrulline Malate

  • Reduces fatigue during exercise, decreases soreness, increase muscle protein synthesis, and lean body mass
  • Most pre workouts have a low dosage.
  • The recommended amount for optimal results is 6 g


Betaine Anhydrous

  • Improves training performance and output of power.
  • Helps increase lean body mass
  • Recommended optimal dosage 2.5 g



  • It increases lean body mass, strength, and performance.
  • Creatine Monohydrate is just as good as any other creatine that may be in a supplement and other types of creatine just make your supplement more expensive.

Top 10 Pre-Workouts Review & Comparison

image of Pre Kaged Preworkout
5 of 5 Stars

After 7 years of working out, I thought there would never be the perfect pre workout. And maybe there never will be but I never thought I would find one that is clearly the best out of all.

I found it in Pre-Kaged. I’ve never had pumps like I have now and I’ve never been able to train so hard for so long. I have so much more endurance and I can do so much more volume.

I follow Julian Smith’s Daily Pump program which is amazing and a lot of times he has a lot of volume or just really hard workouts. When I take pre-kaged, I’ll finish the workout strong and feel like I could go even longer.


  • Full disclosure ingredient label
  • Higher dosages of the best ingredients than competitors
  • No crash


  • The scoop is very big compared to other pre workouts

image of transparent labs pre-workout
4.5 of 5 Stars

Transparent labs is competing with Pre-kaged for the top spot for sure. They also are adamant about transparent ingredient labels; hence, their name.

They have three different pre-workouts which is great. One for bulking, one for cutting, and one that’s stimulant free. They even have a stack you can buy that gives you all three.


  • Great ingredient dosage amounts
  • Transparent label


  • More expensive than others


  • Modest amount of caffeine
  • Good price


  • Smaller dosages of ingredients
  • Some people feel a crash 1-2 hours after their workout

Quick Note

The Gold Standard is a solid product. I would recommend trying this if you’ve never tried a pre-workout before.

image of C4 Original Preworkout
4 of 5 Stars

C4 has been around since I got into working out over 7 years ago. The original is still fantastic and they’ve come out with quite a few options now.

There is C4 Ripped which is probably their second most popular item. There’s C4 Ultimate and C4 Extreme which are both great too.

They just came out with their Sport Series but I’ve yet to try it.


  • It’s the most popular pre workout
  • Great energy boost


  • When you get used to 1 scoop you have to do 2 scoops with makes it more expensive.
  • Smaller dosage of Betaine

image of ProSupps Mr. Hyde NitroX Pre-Workout
4.5 of 5 Stars

I used to take Mr. Hyde all the time. And sometimes I would stack it with Dr. Jekyll and that was amazing. The problem was you had to buy two products which would make it around $70 dollars.

They got with it and made Mr. Hyde good for pumps too. Dr. Jekyll was stimulant free and more for the pump so I like what they did here.


  • Great Energy Boost
  • Amazing Pumps
  • Hyper Focus


  • Has a lot of caffeine

Final Words

I still like to rotate my pre-workouts so I don’t get used to them but I have to say it’s really hard not taking Pre-kaged because it really is unmatched.

About the author 

MMA Throne

We are a team of brothers that fell in love with MMA around the time Strikeforce and the UFC merged. We spent a lot of time playing UFC Undisputed in between fight cards but we have done our research on the best MMA gear and we hope you find our information useful.