Pre Workout Ingredients

There is an almost limitless number of ingredients put into supplements these days, but the question is, do they work? Sadly, for the most part, the answer is no. Well, they have not been shown to work in scientific studies, when it’s time to fork over money for a product. I know that I would never purchase one with unproven ingredients. Ideally, there should be multiple peer-reviewed, studies in scientific journals. That showing beyond a reasonable doubt, the ingredients are sound and effective. Ideally, the ingredients have been shown to work together synergistically or in conjunction with each other. Another tactic used by supplement companies is to show what a substance does as a naturally occurring substance in a body. Watch also for the length of time the studies are run for and the sample size. No definite answers will be reached if a particular study only uses a competent of people.

The list below is of the 6 most proven, and most effective pre-workout supplement ingredients to date. Make sure you check the label of your supplement for these ingredients for the best chance to get results


This is the daddy of all pre-workout supplement ingredients, proven over the last few decades and shown in extensive studies to have fantastic performance boosting properties.


Is an excellent ingredient which has been shown in many studies to have performance boosting effects. For best results use in conjunction with creatine.

Citrulline Malate:

Research has shown that Citrulline Malate has a number of positive effects on exercise performance including:

  • Increased aerobic energy production
  • Enhanced fatigue resistance
  • Improved recovery both during and after exercise
  • Enhanced removal of ammonia and buffering of lactic acid build up

These results are of most benefit to high-intensity athletes such as bodybuilders.


Has been shown to be useful to athletes for 2 main reasons:

  • Increase strength and lean body mass, along with fat loss, by promoting the secretion of growth hormone and insulin
  • Suppress tissue breakdown and improve muscle recovery rates by metabolizing protein by-products

Sodium citrate:

Sodium Citrate has been shown to decrease muscle fatigue by helping to neutralize the acid produced by exercising muscles and help balance pH levels.


Caffeine has been shown to have a significant impact on mental fatigue which contributes heavily to the perception of total fatigue. Caffeine can help you stay sharp and have a stronger focus in the gym.

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Source by Matthew R Hollinger