Best Pre-Workouts for Building Muscle

Did you know that taking a good pre-workout supplement to boost your energy and alertness really pays off? They can also help bodybuilders pack on muscle faster and can help you loseMuscle(114304)Credit: weight quicker. Most people are unaware that taking pre-workout drinks is a great way to help maximize your energy and strength at the gym.

These supplements also contain little side effects and combined with a healthy diet, can really help you achieve your weight loss and fitness goals!

Before we get to what I think are the top 3 best pre-workout supplements on the market today, I want to talk a little bit about why I think these workout supplements are so useful to take:

Pump it UpCredit: ayushveda.comWhy Should I Take a Pre-Workout Supplement? - Many pre-workout supplements are great at improving energy, stamina, speed up recovery, help build muscle, alertness and in general, help you get a little bit more out of your workouts.

You take them simply to reach your physical and mental potential. I've discovered personally that taking a pre-workout supplement with a healthy diet does wonders to your body.

What Do Pre-Workout Supplements Contain? - Most of these contain the following ingredients:caffeine or some form of caffeine (although some don't), Nitric Oxide, creatine (sometimes), taurine, beta-alanine. A quick note about pre-workouts - you generally should not consume coffee when you are taking these, as too much caffeine combined with these products can make you feel too jittery. I will discuss some of these ingredients below to help you understand better just exactly what each does:

What is Nitric Oxide? - Nitric Oxide, or NO, helps keep your blood flowing and helps grow muscle.

According to Men's Health, "Nitric Oxide’s plays a key role in controlling the circulation of blood and regulating activities of the brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, stomach and other organs.

NO(114311)Credit: bewellbuzz.comBut from a muscle-building prospective, NO affects the release of hormones and adrenaline." Therefore NO serves as a good pre-workout supplement.

What is Creatine and the side effects? - Creatine isn't exactly a pre-workout supplement to take, but it helps build muscle. Creatine is found in meats, and creatine is a key player in the metabolism of skeletal muscle. Make sure you drink plenty of water when taking creatine, as one side effect of creatine is dehydration. Diarrhea may also occur.

What does Beta-Alanine do, and Why Do I Itch after Taking Beta-Alanine?- This is a non-essential amino acid and is the only naturally occurring beta-amino acid, according to It is proven to increase endurance, stamina and delays muscle fatigue, so it is a very common ingredient in pre-workout supplements. The main side effect you may experience when taking a supplement with beta-alanine is an itching or tingling sensation in your skin. This is a normal reaction so do not worry.

*What Are The 3 Best Pre-Workout Supplements Out There?

Without further ado, here are my top 3 best supplements to take before hitting the gym:

C4(114307)Credit: Cellucor C4 - A great supplement - rated 8.8 out of 10 on C4 contains some of the ingredients that we just discussed - creatine, beta-alanine, caffeine, and also L-Arginine and Vitamin B-12, which are also popular ingredients in pre-workout supplements. 

If you are wondering what the side effects of Cellucor C4 are, you may experience that itching sensation previously mentioned with Beta-Alanine. Drink a lot of water and take a smaller dose to start out to see what your tolerance is.

New Jack3dCredit: USP Labs Jack3d Micro - This is one powerful supplement and you won't break the bank, either. The old Jacked contained creatine and beta-alanine, but the new Jacked supplement doesn't contain either. 

I liked the first supplement a little bit more than this, but I would still recommend this product. Only costs about $25.

 #1 Optimum Nutrition Essential Amino Energy - (Only $16.49 on Amazon!)Amino EnergyCredit:

I honestly love this product - it is very inexpensive, gives me a great pre-workout boost, and is probably the most healthy pre-workout on the market. This is because it isn't Natural energy from green tea and green coffee extracts, and it has five Grams of micronized free form Amino Acids with just 10 calories with no sugar!

I highly recommend the grape flavor - it tastes amazing!

Honorable Mention: SuperPump Max, MusclePharm Assault, NO-Xplode.

I hope you enjoyed this article on the benefits of taking a good pre-workout supplement as well as my top 3 favorite supplements to take before working out. Good luck achieving the body of your dreams!