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We have talked with 100 athletes who mention and reviews pre-workout supplements.


Allan Ray Enriquez
Allan Ray Enriquez (male, 37)
How I Went from Running Marathons to Working as a Freelancer Coach and Myofascial Practitioner
I used to take pre-workout with BCAA and then drink twice after workout and before sleep of protein shake. It helped, however, when I was already taking yoga, I shifted to a high fiber, high protein, low carb diet.
Aakash Kehar
Aakash Kehar (male, 30)
How I Combine Fashion Modelling with Working in Engineering
In my gym bag, I carry fitness gloves, pre-workout, headphones, face towel, wrist support and chalk.
Taylor Bradley
Taylor Bradley (male, 27)
How I Got Into Dancing and Became a Professional Dancer for Cirque Du Soleil
If I’m lifting really heavy I will sip on some BCAA’s during my workout. I’m not a huge fan of pre workout as I don’t vibe with the chemically taste most have and feeling insane in between sets.
Maeve Kavanagh
Maeve Kavanagh (female, 29)
How I Stay Strong and Fit Without Having to Suffer and Do Endless Cardio
Before my training sessions I usually take a pre workout, I like trying out different ones every month to be honest, but my favourite is probably Anabolix loaded, it’s pretty hectic!
Brad Feinberg
Brad Feinberg (male, 31)
How I Work as Personal Trainer to Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds
I train with Dan Reynolds, you could say he is my training partner even though I am his personal trainer. I take AI supplements both pre workout and intra workout. Dan and I both train at Life Time Fitness in Summerlin, Las Vegas.
Christian Wall
Christian Wall (male, 34)
How Injuries Taught Me the Importance of a Strong Body
I also take limited amounts of supplements. I use a pre workout, creatine/dextrose/BCAA’s in my intra workout shake and have a carb meal after training.
Alexa Towersey
Alexa Towersey (female, 41)
How the Gym Made Me Fitness Guru, TV Host and Head Trainer
If motivation is an ongoing struggle for you, I suggest taking before and after photos (visual progress is a powerful intrinsic motivator), finding a good pre-workout that will pump you up (a shot of espresso is simple and effective), downloading a new playlist, and/or visualizing yourself and how good you’ll feel after you finish.
Kory Beck
Kory Beck (male, 24)
I'm a Pro MMA Fighter. This Is How I Train to Compete in the UFC
Before my workouts I like to use the pre-workout Stage One from the company Clean Victory and post workout I use Optimum Nutrition protein powder.
Tertia Dippenaar
Tertia Dippenaar (female, 30)
This is How I Prevent Injuries While Performing Eight Shows a Week
I am not into supplements so my pre workout is sometimes strong coffee/green tea, and a piece of 70% dark chocolate, everything has to be sustainable for me.
Renny Hunter
Renny Hunter (female, 20)
How Fitness Helped Me Battle Eating Disorders and Depression
I cycle on and off supplements and vitamins, some days I need an extra boost with some kind of pre-workout.
Kevin Toy
Kevin Toy (male, 23)
How Fitness Help Me Stay Positive as I Pursue a Hollywood Breakthrough
Super-sets and Tri-Sets are incorporated in most of my workout sessions. I also use supplements but only 2 things. Ghost lifestyle pre-workout and Vivo life plant-based protein powder are incorporated in my diet.
Lulu Rentie
Lulu Rentie (female, 31)
No Excuses. This Is How I Worked out Every Day of My Pregnancy
I take a preworkout which is tested because of breastfeeding and a catalyst which is an amino. I use the company called AdvoCare, I’ve been using them for 5 years.
Aimee Corry
Aimee Corry (female, 26)
I'm a Personal Trainer. This is How I Combine Fitness and Acting
So, I walk in the door, get changed instantly, have my gym bag already prepared, headphones in, grab my pre-workout snack and leave. No time to second guess or talk myself out of it. In and out, music on. As soon as I am in my car and on the way, I am glad to be going.
Cody Stover
Cody Stover (male)
How Rocky Inspired Me to Get Fit and Become an Actor and Model
I feel welcome there whether I’m training alone or with friends. They also have great equipment, especially Powerhouse. Before I train, I have a pre-workout meal that consists of cream of wheat and a scoop of protein.
Kandiss Lewis
Kandiss Lewis (female, 35)
How I Combine Running and Weights to Stay Fit and Work as a Model/Actor
I don’t take any pre-workout and I don’t use any protein powders. I keep it clean and all natural. I don’t need to take anything to go workout…I just go!! I usually train solo. I have a couple of girlfriends that I can train with, but normally I go by myself.
Danny Walker
Danny Walker (male, 35)
I'm a Personal Trainer. This is How I Stay Fit Training at Home
My diet is fairly conventional, I eat to fuel myself but also to feel good. I want to move, look and feel good. I eat to support that. I haven’t taken a pre workout drink before training apart from coffee for years now.
Ivan Polanco
Ivan Polanco (male, 26)
I'm a Singer-Songwriter and Martial Artist. This is How I Balance Bodybuilding and Music
I often joke with friends that the only pre-workout I need is reading a Batman graphic novel or watching a Bruce Lee movie.
Assane Diop
Assane Diop (male, 27)
How I Started Powerlifting After Dealing with Sciatica Pain
My preworkout is coffee and a banana, they allow me to feel a quick kick and feel energized to push the hardest at the beginning of the workout, I then pack my bag that includes a strength belt, some amino acids, strength bands, airpods and a shaker bottle.
Brian Pankau
Brian Pankau (male, 32)
How I Work as a Strength Coach and Educate Powerlifters and Weightlifters
Usually I consume a Legion pre workout beverage and Performix pre workout. Both are simple in ingredient profiles such as citrulline, caffeine, beta-alanine, and creatine. I’ve learned those high stimulant based pre workouts just crash the body and had more negative impacts to my lifting than beneficial.
Helga Gudmundsdottir
Helga Gudmundsdottir (female, 45)
This Is How I'll Maintain My Sixpack Until Age 70
My diet is usually balanced and healthy. I just keep it pretty clean but on the weekends I allow myself some treats. I take protein in my oats, and sometimes I drink preworkout. I like the FoodSpring stuff, and also from Leanbody. But that’s about it.
Austin Dotson
Austin Dotson (male, 28)
I'm a Hybrid Athlete and Influencer. This is How I Stay Fit After Football Retirement
I’m open to training alone but I love to train with others with similar drive and goals. I’m not a big fan of pre workout as my mind is the only energy and motivation that I need to get me going.
Nyla Fuller
Nyla Fuller (female, 34)
How I Work as a Canadian Fitness Model, Bikini Competitor and Business Professional
Pre-workout drink: my favorite now is Allmax Amino-Cuts because it has 127mg caffeine, 250mg glutamine, 500mg L-carnitine and 725mg BCAAs per scoop. It gives me energy and focus without feeling “buzzy”. For bulking, I also add creatine and carb powder;
Chyl Robinson
Chyl Robinson (male, 27)
I Started Working Out at Age Four. This is How I Stay Disciplined and Motivated
I always use a pre workout. My current favorite is JAck3d. I take a scoop of that 30 minutes prior to workout. While stretching, I work on meditation. I enjoy having my protein in the form of an all fruit smoothie after my workout.
Gabriele de Biagi
Gabriele de Biagi (male, 29)
I Love Training! This is My Plan to Become a Better CrossFit Coach
I practice intermittent fasting so when I train in the morning, my pre-workout is just gallons of water and my post workout meal is lunch; when I train after lunch (this is my pre-workout meal), I prepare myself my favourite post-workout meal: a tasty Frozen Porridge!
Chyanne Jacomini
Chyanne Jacomini (female, 34)
How I Became an IFBB Pro Bikini Competitor After Giving Birth
Besides BCAA, I also drink protein powder once or twice a week. I prefer to get my protein from the direct source. I rarely take pre-workout, but when I do, its from steelfit. I take a raw powdered vitamin from Sport Formula as well as greens.
Shammara Abdulkhaaliq
Shammara Abdulkhaaliq (female, 45)
How I Feel in Love with Bodybuilding and Became IFBB Pro
My training lasts between 45-90 min with a scoop of BPI One More Rep Preworkout. In every workout, I
Hulda Waage
Hulda Waage (female, 35)
I'm a Vegan Powerlifter. This is My Plan to Become World Champion
I also use Optimum Nutrition Plant Protein Powder and Optimum Nutrition Pre Workout. All their flavours are amazing.
Lesley Maxwell
Lesley Maxwell (female, 63)
I am 63. This is How I've Competed and Won Over 30 Fitness Titles
With regards to supplements – I only use whey protein isolate (organic of course). I spend my money on quality food – all organic – and I eat fats quite generously – including saturated fats. I prefer to get my energy from fats rather than pre workout supplements.
Antonio Laborte
Antonio Laborte (male, 21)
I'm a Weightlifting Coach. This is How Fitness and Sports Impact My Life
The supplements I use are Ghost Pre-Workout, GNC Creatine Monohydrate, and Whey Isolate Protein Powder.
Goran Borkovic
Goran Borkovic (male, 32)
How I Made a Remarkable Comeback to Bodybuilding After a Serious Motorcycle Accident
As I said already, I don’t have problems with injuries so often because I’m careful with all the pre-workout prep and controlled movements and overload I’m using in my training especially, because I suffer lower back problems caused by four road accidents, especially the last one that was the hardest.
Terry Tomlin
Terry Tomlin (male, 29)
How I Keep Moving Towards My Fitness Goals After a Total Car Crash
I prepare me for training by pre-workout supplementation and pre-workout meal. And I take BCAAs after training for recovery.
Alex Serrano
Alex Serrano (male, 24)
I'm an NPC Bodybuilder. This is How I Plan to Become IFBB Pro
For supplements, I keep it pretty simple, with BCAAs, health vitamins, fish oil, protein, and of course pre workout mix.
Albert Shao
Albert Shao (male, 33)
How I Plan and Prepare for Bodybuilding Contests
At night when I train, I take a scoop or 2 scoops of pre-workout. I am currently using Pulse by Legion and I love it.
Allison Vaeth
Allison Vaeth (female, 28)
I'm an IFBB Bikini Pro. How I Train People to Become Successful in the Bodybuilding World
When it comes to pre training, I make sure I get in my pre meal. Normally a balanced meal is heavier on fats and carbs than my other meals. I am also a pre workout junkie. To warm up, I walk, roll, and do mobility stretches.
Lonnie Boe Pedersen
Lonnie Boe Pedersen (female, 44)
I’m a Champion in Body, Athletic and Bikini Fitness. This Is How I Became Strong and Fit.
My rituals before training are drinking two cups of espresso as a pre-workout. I always train in my own studio except from the above mentioned.
Joe Seeman
Joe Seeman (male, 28)
How I Made the Leap From Amateur to IFBB Pro Bodybuilder
I will typically have my pre workout meal about one hour to 90 minutes prior to training. This ensures I have had the time to digest before I am training. I use a variety of vitamins for optimal health.
Francesca Lauren
Francesca Lauren (female, 38)
I'm an IFBB Bikini Pro. This is How Fitness Became a Huge Part of My Life
I incorporate the use of one of EVOGEN’S pre-workout, fat burner, CLA or a thermogenic at this point as well to help tighten things up and eliminate excessive water.
Bruno Salgueiro
Bruno Salgueiro (male, 35)
I'm a Professional Stuntman. This Is How I Train to Be Ready for Anything
As for those rules I follow, they have more to do with overall protein numbers(try to get around 180 grams of protein a day) and around workout sessions. I will always mind the timing of the pre-workout meal, mainly because the workouts are high intensity and some foods make me feel discomfort during training.
Danielle Natoni
Danielle Natoni (female, 41)
How I Became a Full-time Fitness Professional and Got Featured in Fitness Infomercials
I am proudly obsessed with health and fitness. I am partnered with Beachbody, so I take our plant-based pre-workout. I energize myself every morning before I press play or start my routine.
Fábio Broco
Fábio Broco (female, 35)
How Crossfit Changed My Life and Helped Me Lose 40 Kg
I also take my favorite pre-workout by Hopper Nutrition Murph. It really gives me the right amount of energy to face the training session.
Sydney Brown
Sydney Brown (female, 28)
How I Started Training as Toddler, Competed Internationally and Became a Pro Gymnast
I don’t take any supplements. I don’t use pre-workout or drink protein shakes. I also don’t drink tea or coffee. I sound so boring. 🙂
Jessica Dickson
Jessica Dickson (female, 28)
I'm an IFBB Bikini Competitor and a Personal Trainer. This is How I Eat, Train and Stay Healthy
When I am prepping for a show though, all of this goes out the window as productive training sessions are a necessity and I plan out my days to the T so that I know exactly what to do and when. If I am tired, I will usually then use a pre-workout or my Greentea X50 Showtime.
Deniz Saypinar
Deniz Saypinar (female, 25)
How I Trained to Become the First Turkish Woman with IFBB Pro Status
I’m having a mental pre-workout before I sleep for the next day. And I do this again while I’m on the way to the gym. I do my breakfast, prepare my meals and my bag and I get my computer and book. Then I go to my gym.
Elisa Pecini
Elisa Pecini (female, 22)
How Recovered from Anorexia and Bulimia and Became Miss Bikini Olympia
I use supplements in my diets like whey protein, bcaa, glutamine, l carnitine, caffeine, pre-workout and all I use are from NewMillen because it’s the brand I know and trust, I don’t like to risk what I don’t know.
Carissa Joy Johnson (Monroe)
Carissa Joy Johnson (Monroe) (female, 34)
How I Made a Miraculous Comeback in Bodybuilding Following a Horrific Accident
Nowadays, I hardly have time for a 30-minute work so nearly all my workouts are high intensity, combining strength moves mixed with a cardio burn. When I’m not pregnant or nursing, I’ll take BetaTOR and Peak ATP 30 min pre-workout, then I’ll bust out a quick, but challenging routine.
Tim Conde
Tim Conde (male, 26)
How I Keep Going and Continuously Build a Bigger and Better Physique
Before my training session, I take pre-workout (Total War), a pump product (Big Noise) as well as a muscle builder (MOAB). During my training session, I take amnio’s (Breach) and creatine (Tango) which allow me to push through the difficult times of my workouts.
Allison Ethier
Allison Ethier (female, 42)
How My Fear of Aging Keeps Me Motivated, Really Fit and Competitive
I carry my cooler with me everywhere – Cellucor C4 pre-workout, Muscletech creatine, and my portion shake post workout are staples.
Sam Shampanier
Sam Shampanier (male, 66)
How I Decided to Get Fit at 48 - and Keep Going Strong at 66
Then on my way to the gym, I eat a banana and, 20-30 minutes before the session, I drink my pre-workout. Now it is Pre Jym and 2 scoops (1500mg) of creatine (Con-cret) mixed in one blender. (Together with creatine in Pre Jym, it gives you 3.5 g, which is quite enough for the first month and a half, then take a pause).
Sharlyn Ooi
Sharlyn Ooi (female, 26)
How I Work and Train as a Freelance Personal Trainer and Record Breaking Powerlifter
I usually only drink coffee/tea as a pre-workout and occasionally drink whey protein from Myprotein.
Tabraiz Gondal
Tabraiz Gondal (male, 36)
How Bodybuilding Gave Me Purpose and Taught Me to Work for My Dreams
I am planning to never do that again because bad outweighs the good. I have a gym partner. It’s better to train with a partner but if need be I can train on my own without any problem. I usually take pre-workout.
Eric Helms
Eric Helms (male, 36)
How I Work as a Chief Science Officer to Support Lifters Professionally
I get my whey protein from Legion Athletics, and I take the Ouroboros multi and pre-workout, which contains caffeine, creatine monohydrate, beta-alanine, and citrulline malate.
Ryan Rakes
Ryan Rakes (male, 29)
How I Become Stronger and Leaner After a Decade of Bodybuilding
For supplements, I take a pea/rice protein powder once a day and five grams of creatine per day. I also just started taking a homemade, stimulant-free preworkout in the morning that consists of 10 grams of beet root powder, eight grams of citrulline malate and two grams of taurine along with a cup of coffee. It tastes absolutely terrible but the pumps are legit!
Julie Germaine
Julie Germaine (female)
How Being a Mother Doesn't Stop Me from Training Hard and Staying Super Fit
The only caffeine I have would be in my pre-workout drink, because I find that drinking coffee when following a low calorie diet makes me feel sick, and starving, oddly enough. I get light-headed and feel faint.
Nucia Freitas
Nucia Freitas (female)
I'm a Full Time Bikini Athlete and IFBB Pro. This Is How I Stay Fit in My 40s
Prior to training right now I use C4 from New Millen pre-workout supplement, Olimp L-Glutamin, and Xtend BCAA’s. After workout I use another L-Glutamin and a ISO 100 Dymatize Whey Protein shake.
Josef Rakich
Josef Rakich (male, 28)
I'm an Online Fitness Trainer. This is How I Go for Success on a Global Scale
I take my pre workout or fat burner sometimes. Both from my own brand JRF Supplements.
Sean Harley
Sean Harley (male, 40)
I'm the Founder of Rock Solid Nutrition, IFBB Pro and 12x Cover Model. This Is How I Stay Strong and Fit
For pre-workout I mix our Pre-Pump together with EAA PUMP.
Ciara Martinez
Ciara Martinez (female, 34)
How a Ketogenic Way of Living Has Helped Me with My Fitness Journey
Daily supplementation looks something like this: I take a B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, COQ-10, and L-carnitine. I make my own pre-workout drink that includes amino acids, beta alanine, creatine, and glutamine.
Tom Ramsay
Tom Ramsay (male, 33)
I'm a Competitive Bodybuilder. This Is How I Keep Training Despite a Serious Injury
I’ll generally use a pre-workout supplement only before leg training as this is my current focus. I like the Shadow-X pre-workout from Cobra Labs.
Kuba Firkowski
Kuba Firkowski (male, 23)
I'm a Strength and Conditioning Coach. This is What Calisthenics Does to My Body
Before every workout, I need some power so sometimes it would be coffee, sometimes pre-workout (Finaflex Stimul8). Except that I also take creatine (Trec CM3) before training session and some protein (Prozis) after workout.
Mallory Reilly
Mallory Reilly (female, 27)
I Was Diagnosed with Depression at 13. This is How Fitness Helps to Regulate It
The only supplements I take is a protein powder and pre workout. Brands like Pescience, Ancient Nutrition, Celsius, Ghost, Alani Nu, and 1st phorm are my go-tos.
Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson (male, 53)
I’m a 3x World Champion. This is How I Train to Win 3 More World Championship in The Next 5 Years
I enjoy 2 cups of coffee daily. The first is the morning and second cup before training, because I don’t like pre-work. My coffee is my pre-workout. I am actually allergic to too much caffeine but I really don’t consume alcohol.
Cassandra Kilkenny
Cassandra Kilkenny (female, 25)
How I Moved on from Competitive Swimming to Weightlifting and Bodybuilding
I prefer not to take pre-workout (though I am a big coffee and tea drinker), but will also use PEScience’s Nitric Oxide for an extra pump during my workouts (it’s also stim-free).
Jasa Oslaj
Jasa Oslaj (male, 21)
How I Went from Skinny and Small to Strong and Bulky
When it comes to supplements, for pre-workout I sometimes have a can of Red Bull or nothing at all, depends on how I feel before a workout.
Allison Fahrenbach
Allison Fahrenbach (female, 35)
I'm a Natural Pro Figure Athlete. This is How I Combine IBD and Bodybuilding
About 30 minutes before I train, I also take my pre workout, which is far from fancy but VERY effective. I take 1/4 tsp sea salt in about eight ounces of water. I also add 1/2 scoop of Genius Pre Workout Powder, 1 tsp Beta Alanine, and 1 scoop of NutraKey Hydro Pump, unflavored.
Jeff Grant
Jeff Grant (male, 36)
I'm a Bit Fitness/Fashion Model. This Is How I Get Featured in Bodybuilding and Fashion Magazines
I am also a heavy coffee and preworkout drinker, those are probably the only things on my diet that still need work. Not that coffee is bad but I drink way too much of it I am sure. I do outside sales so I spend a lot of downtime at Starbucks!
Ashley Gorham
Ashley Gorham (female, 33)
How I Use Fitness to Transform the Quality of My Life Without Any Deprivations
Food is my power and I stand behind eating over taking supplements, although there are some great ones out there. For me and my goals, I use food but I also take a daily vitamin, probiotic, HCL, and Ox Bile. But not really any sports nutrition supplements. I’ll use Caffeine if I need a boost pre workout.
Chris Santamaria
Chris Santamaria (male, 36)
This is My Journey as a Bodybuilder and Coach Battling Ulcerative Colitis
I train at Midwest Health and Fitness in Hudson Wi. I train with my wife Stephanie. We take our own preworkout brand Crushinglimits Gold Rush and we blast Metallica on the way to the gym!
Antjuane Sims
Antjuane Sims (male, 46)
I'm a Plant-based Athlete Who Loves Burpees. This Is How Exercise Fuels My Mind and Body
The only “supplements” I use are B-12 and a green powder. I’ve never taken pre-workout. I don’t do whey protein, and I’ve never done steroids or taken any illegal substances. I don’t even drink alcohol. Lame? No. Gains? YESS!
Amanda Louise Warlo
Amanda Louise Warlo (female, 29)
How I Don't Let My Scoliosis Stop Me from Training, Coaching and Competing
Sometimes, when I feel like I should still push through and work out when I don’t feel like it, I take a scoop of Cellucor C4 pre-workout and go do my warm-up while watching those motivational YouTube videos. 9/10 times that gets me in the zone and I’ll smash out a great lifting session!
Kiana Nirvana Loomis
Kiana Nirvana Loomis (female, 23)
My Passion Is Fitness. This Is How I Learned the Importance of Rest and Recovery
I supplement with a daily multivitamin, 2-3 grams of Bulk Supplements creatine because it’s affordable and doesn’t contain any fillers, and occasionally use a pre-workout if I am in need of a little bit more energy for my training.
Ryan Shen
Ryan Shen (male, 29)
How I Went from Weight Training to Calisthenics to Achieve Muscles Mass, Strength and Coordination
I don’t take pre-workout, I rely on caffeine from coffee for energy boost but I would limit myself two cups per day. I don’t drink that much, once in a blue moon I would have a bottle of beer.
Andrew Chappell
Andrew Chappell (male, 32)
I'm a Bodybuilding Scientist. This Is How I Compete in Bodybuilding Shows
The occasional pre-workout
Asontia Alex
Asontia Alex (male, 29)
How I Went from Bullied Child to Mr. Strength Africa
Before workout, I just listen to motivational songs and am ready, Have never been a fan of eating or taking pre-workout of any sort before working out, which is dangerous but I developed that habit because I go to the gym very early in the morning.
Adam Neth
Adam Neth (male, 26)
How My Training Has Changed and Improved since I Started at Age 12
In past years, I haven’t been too diligent when it comes to supplementation. I’ve been much better since programming has been on point and I will give example of my pre-workout, intra-workout, and post workout.
Rammy Andrei
Rammy Andrei (male, 28)
How I Focus 100% on Fitness and Bodybuilding When I'm Not Working
My stack of supplements that I use are: Warrior Lab Whey, creatine, FitMax Arginine, Warrior Labs Kamikadze Extreme Pump Pre-Workout, Weider whey casein, Warrior Labs BCAA, Warrior Labs EAA, Cellucor glutamine, C vitamin, potassium gluconate, zinc, magnesium, vitamins and minerals, nac, maca, gaba, carnitine, chromium, omega 3-6-9, spirulina, probiotics, digestive enzymes, melatonin, ZMB these I buy them from a pharmacy nearby me.
Dave Cunningham
Dave Cunningham (male, 33)
How I Maintain an Impressive Fitness Model Physique after 17 Years of Training
I’m a huge coffee fan as it’s now become a part of my morning routine and I normally tend to take a pre-workout strong coffee to help with my training, especially cardio. There’s been some great research done and there’s some great literature out there around how caffeine in the right measurements can aid performance.
Shelli Beecher-Seitzler
Shelli Beecher-Seitzler (female, 46)
How I Earned My WNBF Fit Body and Masters Figure Pro Cards in Less than Half a Year
Ora Organics Renewable Energy, Organic and Vegan Pre-Workout Supplement.
Eli Bernard
Eli Bernard (male, 25)
How I Combine Fitness and Bodybuilding with Nursing and Modeling
Many supplements have no evidence based practice supporting their use, so I find it best to stick to black coffee for pre-workout, BulkSupplements Creatine Monohydrate Powder, and Dynamik Muscle Whey isolate proteins, which have scientific backing.
Brian Dobson
Brian Dobson (male, 62)
How I Train Hard, Set Lifting Records and Keep My Abs at 62
In training, generally, I am excited to work out most days if not I will take some extra pre workout or possibly change routine. At this older age, I can’t really do what I once could but I just do the best I can with what I have.
Chad Havunen
Chad Havunen (male, 40)
How I'm Gonna Comeback to Pro Bodybuilding, Mr. Olympia and Battle of the Godz after a 5 Years Hiatus
I spend about 20 minutes prepping for training; drink ⅔ of my pre-workout which varies between a multitude of brands, Core Fury X, Dust, Pre-LFT or Gym Flow pre workout drinks; change into shorts and a t-shirt with the sleeves cut off – a must!
Paulo Cavalcante Muzy
Paulo Cavalcante Muzy (male, 40)
I'm a Busy Medical Doctor and Bodybuilder. This Is How I Train, Eat and Recover
Isolate Whey protein is always on my pre-workout and post-workout, creatine is always on my post-workout and I keep track of my training with a training log that I do on app Notes plus the data I collect from my apple watch.
James Ruckert
James Ruckert (male, 28)
I Used to be an Overweight Teen. Now, I'm a Fitness Author, Personal Trainer & Calisthenics Coach
Apart from that, I’ve never used pre workout supplements as I believe coffee/green tea are nature’s pre workouts and more often than not the supplements are addictive and your body’s tolerance to them increases over time and you end up needing more and more for the same effect.
Tshireletso Madibo
Tshireletso Madibo (male, 30)
How I Made the Choice to Keep Training Even When Things Get Difficult
I use USN whey protein post workout and Isolate pre workout. I usually have a high carbs and high protein breakfast in the morning and have medium sized meals during the day.
Jae Griggs
Jae Griggs (male, 37)
At 237 Lbs, I'm One of the Biggest Vegan Bodybuilders. This Is How I Eat, Train and Get Big
Then I take my supplements. Supplements include a Woke AF pre-workout, D-Aspartic Acid Powder by XPI Raw mixed with spring or alkaline water. A few different vitamins, fenugreek, Ashwagandha, maca root, things for overall mind and testosterone health.
Beth Castell
Beth Castell (female, 31)
How I Compete in Bodybuilding to Prove You Can Build Muscle on a Vegan Diet
I do like to take pre-workout, always vegan-friendly of course. I’m a big fan of PranaOn and VPA Australia’s pre workouts, otherwise a couple of coffee shots will do the trick!
Stefano Manassero
Stefano Manassero (male, 56)
How I Won Competitions, Retired for 17 Years and Then Made a Winning Come Back at 50+
Pre workout I take BCAA from RCR Products (discount code STEF) with my water before training and I also take a double espresso and 35 gr of oats in water.
Fábio Veras
Fábio Veras (male, 42)
This is How I Stay Fit and Motivated After 25 Years of Competitive Bodybuilding
I use supplements year round and most of the time I take multivitamins, minerals, glutamine, BCAA, whey protein, pre-workout and I used to take lots of termogenic compounds but find nowadays that I do better using only the pre-workout so it won’t affect my sleep quality.
Amine Aminov
Amine Aminov (male, 29)
How I Finally Started Bodybuilding after Quitting 3 Times
On my training days I take in my bag a banana, my pre-workout in one shaker, my whey protein and creatine in the second one.
Amy Newton
Amy Newton (female, 28)
I'm Vegetarian and Living Proof That You Can Grow Muscle Without Eating Meat
I have an organic, vegan pre-workout (OSN), which I use for some sessions, but other than that, I don’t take any training specific supplements, and don’t have any real training rituals. I often deadlift to Slipknot, but that’s about it!
Alex Basso
Alex Basso (male, 32)
How Crossfit Changed My Life and Made Me Fit Enough to Compete in the Games
Coffee is good in the morning before I go to the gym. It works like a pre-workout.
Diana Chaloux – LaCerte
Diana Chaloux – LaCerte (female, 42)
How I Became Fitness World Champion and Featured in Oxygen, Muscle & Fitness Hers and Natural Muscle
My stack includes: Magnum Quattro Protein Powder, Primer Multi Vitamin, ACID (Magnum’s CLA), Rocket Science (Pre-Workout), Mane Braine (No-Tropic), G-Spring (for great sleep), and for Pre-workout I use Volume, DNA and Hard Muscle Builder. I also use G (Glutamine) and E-Brake and Carne Diem (Carnitine) before bed.
Micah LaCerte
Micah LaCerte (male, 40)
I'm the Owner of Hitch Fit, WBFF Muscle Model World Champion and Iron Man Cover Model
As far as supplements I use Magnum Nutraceuticals, they are the best I have found in the world. I use Whey Isolate Magnum Quattro, Bcaa’s Magnum Hi5, Multi Vitamin Magnum Primer, Pre Workout Booster Magnum Rocket Science, Magnum Dna, Magnum Volume, Creatine – Magnum Big C, L Glutamine – Magnum G. For those interested in trying some message me and Ill send you a promo code [email protected]
Victor Egonu
Victor Egonu (male, 30)
How I'm Planning to Win the Drug-free Bodybuilding World Championship next Season
Before hitting the gym, I’ll be sure to get in a meal or 2, then take some pre-workout or make my own (creatine, citrulline, beta-alanine, BCAAs, and my favorite…Agmatine Sulfate). Or take a product that has all of them.
Mehdi Benmoussa
Mehdi Benmoussa (male, 23)
My Body Fat Percentage Is 7%. This Is How I'm Cutting, Eating and Training
30 minutes before training I take a pre-workout and I also bring BCAA with me.
Klaudijus Simutis
Klaudijus Simutis (male, 19)
How I Got a Very Aesthetic Physique (It All Started with Dragon Ball Z)
Before I train I like to take Mesomorph, my pre-workout, to get my blood flowing and to feel a greater pump when I’m in Beast Mode.
Faisal Ali
Faisal Ali (male, 20)
How I Lost 30 Kg and Got Lean by Dieting and Doing Smart Gym Workouts
I train alone and before my workout I use a pre-workout which helps me lift some serious weight.
Erik Wachter
Erik Wachter (male, 28)
How I Trained and Became Really Fit after Excelling in Football and Lacrosse
I don’t take many supplements. I do make chocolate whey shakes from time to time and I will take pre-workout supplements sometimes. I like the Jym Pre Gym brand.
Deniz Yozkan
Deniz Yozkan (male, 18)
How I Choose Fitness over Martial Arts and Professional Fighting
The supplements I take are pretty basic – some good multivitamins (Whole Earth and Sea – probably best dosed vitamins from high quality sources) , creapure creatine monohydrate (any brand that has creapure labeled, currently I have MyProtein and Weider), high quality omega 3s (MyProtein) and a crazy mfkin pre-workout.
Loued Capisinio
Loued Capisinio (male, 31)
How I Moved from the Philippines to Be a Personal Trainer at the Oxygen Gym in Kuwait
The best way to have a pre-workout supplement is a black coffee, it’s natural and more safe than some pre-workout supplements on the market.
Easton Elliott
Easton Elliott (male, 25)
How I Stopped Smoking 35 Cigarettes a Day, Became a Personal Trainer and Got Really Fit
I’ll regularly take citruline malate and beta alanine pre-workout. If I have it on hand, I’ll take creatine as well.
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