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Best Pre Workout For Beginners 2022

Best Pre Workouts

Selecting a good pre workout for yourself can be a difficult task! With Every company claiming to be the best with the most modern "supplements" or "technology", finding what's right for you can feel quite intimidating, especially if you are new to the market.

 If you are feeling this way, I'm here to help! Whether or not you're a coffee or caffeine regular, or rarely consume caffeine, there is something for everyone!

If you're still not sure after reading, feel free to contact us with any questions and we'll help out!

With that said, here is our list of the best pre workout for beginners in 2022!

Best Overall

Gorilla Mode

Best Budget

Gold Standard

Best Runner Up


Best Overall- Gorilla Mode


Best Overall Pre Workout

Key Ingredients:

  • Caffeine (175mg) - Energy
  • L-Citrulline (4500mg) - Muscle Pump
  • Creatine (2500mg) -  Muscle Gain/Recovery 

Gorilla Mode was made to be a 1 stop shop pre workout, with all the stimulation, but none of the itch.

 Unlike many pre workouts Gorilla Mode opted to not include Beta-Alanine, an ingredient that often makes myself and other users feel that weird "tingling" or "itch" in their face and skin.

 It does however include a good serving of L-Citrulline, a supplement that helps blood flow through your body more easily, therefore resulting in a great pump in your muscles!

Using 2 scoops of Gorilla and getting 300mg caffeine, 9000mg L-Citrulline, and 5000mg of creatine, it truly is a one stop shop pre workout.

Gorilla mode also offers a 0 Caffeine version of this pre workout if you want all the benefits but want to cut down on the stimulation.

Pros & Cons


  • Good caffeine range between 1-2 scoops  
  • L-Citrulline for great pumps
  • No tingling or itch 
  • Creatine included
  • Great taste
  • 0 Caffeine option


  • Mildly gritty

Best Budget- Gold Standard


Best Budget Pre Workout

Key Ingredients:

  • Caffeine (175mg) - Energy
  • Beta Alanine (1500mg) - Energy
  • Creatine (3000mg) - Muscle Gain/Recovery

Gold Standard Pre Workout is a perfect first choice if you're wanting to give pre workout a try on a budget.

As well as being a good budget choice, it is also a great middle ground pre workout as far as supplements are concerned. With a good 175mg of caffeine, and 1500mg of beta alanine, this pre workout is sure to give you a proper energy boost.

Although this pre workout does include Beta Alanine, which can be seen as a double edged sword. Some enjoy it as it does provide a higher energy boost and "kick", it does result in that tingle and itch some people feel when taking pre workout. 

I personally enjoy the beta alanine feeling as it makes me feel like the supplements have "kicked in", but I can also see how some people would rather not feel that effect.

The downside to this pre workout however, is that it has a long list of "other ingredients". Which include artificial flavorings and different acids that act as sweeteners.

Pros & Cons


  • Price
  • Good range of supplements
  • Creatine Included
  • Smooth mix with no grittiness


  • Long list of "other ingredients"
  • Low L-Citrulline

Best Runner Up- Transparent Labs BULK


Best Runner Up Pre Workout

Key Ingredients

  • Caffeine (180mg) - Energy
  • Beta Alanine (4000mg) - Energy
  • L- Theanine (360mg) - Mental Focus

It was a close pick for the top spot on this list, with Transparent Labs BULK pre workout falling to second, but only for its slightly higher price, as well as its price fluctuation.

Though this price is well validated as Transparent Labs really live up to their name with this supplement, giving a long list of vitamins and ingredients, along with a very short list of "other ingredients.

Along with the key ingredients many pre workout supplements have, BULK also includes many key supplements that are very positive for your overall health. Such as Vitamin D3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Zinc.

Pros & Cons


  • Simple key ingrediants
  • Added vitamins
  • L-Theanine added
  • Great for beginners


  • No Creatine
  • Price fluctuation on Amazon 

Best Under $40- Total War


Best Under $40 Pre Workout

Key Ingredients:

  • Caffeine (250mg) - Energy
  • Beta Alanine (3200mg) - Energy
  • Citrulline Malate (6000mg) - Pump

Total War is our best option if you're looking for a great option at a mild price.

I believe this is a great option for beginners looking for a great price. Not only does Total War fall under $40 for 30 servings, it also has a high caffeine content. This means you can half your servings if you are a beginner and essentially get 60 servings. 

With all your basic ingredients including Caffeine, Beta Alanine, and Citrulline Malate, all this pre workout is lacking is creatine. Creatine isn't a must have in pre workouts, but it is an important supplements thaty you can always add separate!

Pros & Cons


  • Under $40
  • High Caffeine
  • Flavor Variety
  • Can use half scoops to double your servings


  • No creatine
  • Artificial Flavors

Best Tasting- Bucked Up


Best Tasting Pre Workout

Key Ingredients:

  • Caffeine (333mg) - Energy
  • Citrulline Malate (6000mg) - Pump
  • Beta Alanine (3200mg) - Energy

Bucked Up is my personal favorite tasting pre workout, especially the Rocket Pop flavor. The rocket pop flavor gives me sweet nostalgia of the red, white, and blue popsicles I would eat as a kid!

Not only is Bucked Up great tasting, it's a great option for those who are regulars to high amounts of caffeine. The Woke version of their pre workout packs a crazy 333mg of caffeine in just one scoop! 

Even if you aren't a fan of the really high amounts of caffeine, you can always do half scoops to get less! When I'm not looking for a huge caffeine boost I will use half scoops, purely because I enjoy the taste of this pre workout so much!

Pros & Cons


  • GREAT taste
  • High caffeine
  • Can use half scoops
  • Flavor variety


  • No creatine  

            Why Use Pre Workout?


Probably the most common and noticeable uses for pre workout, this energy most commonly comes from the caffeine and beta alanine. Energy is an obvious necessity if you are wanting to get in a solid workout, and pre workout gives you a great boost.


Lets be honest.. There are some days when you are going to wake up and not want to go to the gym or workout. The motivation you need to get in a workout just won't always be there. Although pre workout can give you a great boost in motivation and focus! Sometimes the little push you need to turn a lazy day into one with a great workout!

Nutrition Supplementation-

Many pre workouts have a wide array of extra supplements such as creatine, zinc, amino acids, and others that can make for strong health benefits on top of the stimulation. 

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