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May 16, 2020 8 min read

Even when you're an all-star athlete who loves to hit the gym, getting going can be challenging at times. If you're trying to take your workout up a notch and see bigger and better results, adding a pre-workout supplement to your routine can make all the difference. However, supplement stores have hundreds of brands, flavours, and styles from which to choose. How do you know which product is right for you? Start with our list of some of the best pre-workout supplements!

  • ANS Performance Prophecy
  • RedCon1 Total War
  • HD Muscle Pre-HD Ultra
  • Beyond Yourself SuperSet
  • 5% Nutrition Kill It Reloaded

What Is a Pre-Workout Supplement? 

If you've been around gym nerds or done any research into protein supplement products or other athletic performance products, you've probably heard of pre-workout supplements. A pre-workout supplement helps your body maximize its potential, whether you’re looking to lose weight, add muscle, or just be more productive in the gym. Ingredients in pre-workout supplements increase blood flow, increase heart rate, and improve focus. Many supplements contain a variety of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that help keep you energized and motivated throughout your entire workout.

Pre-Workout Supplements are typically water-soluble formulas that mix easily and turn your favourite drink into a workout aid. Supplements come in a variety of flavours, which allows consumers to pick the most appealing one to their palette.

What Is BCAA? 

Another supplement style is branched-chain amino acids, also known as BCAA. Amino acids in BCAA products are famous for supporting muscle growth and enhancing muscle recovery thanks to the presence of leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Of the 20 amino acids that form the proteins in the human body, only nine are essential amino acids, meaning that your diet must supply them rather than your body creating them. Branched-chain refers to the chemical make-up of the amino acids.

The three BCAA — leucine, isoleucine, and valine — are found in foods with high protein levels, including eggs, dairy, and meat products. We can probably all agree that we should be eating nutrient-rich foods filled with organic and natural products that we prepare ourselves. However, the reality is that most people, especially athletes, don't have the time or energy to prepare several meals each day on top of their work and fitness routines.

BCAA products provide people with four key takeaways for improving their athletic performance:

  • Increase muscle growth
  • Reduce exercise fatigue
  • Decrease pain and soreness in muscles
  • Prevent muscle breakdown

BCAAs are great for helping increase muscle mass, but in terms of improving your actual workout, these amino acids don't have much of an impact.

Pre-Workout Supplement vs. BCAA

Should you use a pre-workout supplement or a BCAA supplement before you hit the gym? The answer to that question comes down to what your goals are. If you're looking to sustain your growth in the gym, a BCAA can help you preserve and build additional muscle. If you want to increase the duration, focus, and intensity of your workouts, a pre-workout supplement can help you crush your goals. 

However, the best thing about BCAA and pre-workout supplement products is that you don't have to choose between one or the other. BCAA and pre-workout supplements complement one another, which provides the energy and focus of a pre-workout supplement while fueling your body to maintain and increase its muscles.

Protein Supplement Products 

In addition to BCAA and pre-workout supplements, protein supplement products are also incredibly popular. Protein supplement products support you in your nutritional endeavors. Although it's still best to eat a diet that naturally provides the protein you need through lean meat, fish, chicken, and dairy, there are multiple instances when adding a protein supplement is more convenient. 

  • During growth spurts
  • When starting a new workout
  • When increasing your workout duration or frequency
  • If you're recovering from an injury
  • If you're transitioning to a vegan or vegetarian diet

Protein supplements can be an excellent resource for teenagers and young adults who are experiencing a period of intense growth. When your body experiences a period of rapid growth, it needs more significant amounts of nutrients to support the changes it is going through. Adding a protein supplement can help reduce the growing pains you feel as well as help provide your body with the strength and nutrition it needs to remain as efficient as possible.

Another reason to add a protein supplement to your diet is during transition periods. If you're starting a new workout or increasing the frequency or duration of your workouts, your body will require additional protein. Your body uses protein to fuel your workouts, as well as when you're attempting to heal from injuries. If you don't supply your body with sufficient amounts of protein, it could impact the gains that you are trying to make as well as your recovery time.

How to Find the Best Pre-Workout Supplement

When trying a new product, there are a lot of essential factors to consider. If you're looking to ramp up your workout, it's vital to examine the ingredients of the products you're planning to add to your diet. Many pre-workout supplements and BCAA products contain ingredients that can cause an athlete to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Unfortunately, ignorance is not an excuse, and we recommend reading every ingredient list thoroughly before purchasing.

In addition to reading the ingredients, be sure to take into consideration any other supplements you are taking and the concentration of nutrients. For example, many pre-workout supplement powders contain caffeine. Be sure to know how caffeine will impact your body before jumping in headfirst, especially if the pre-workout supplement has a higher concentration of caffeine than usual.

Now that you're practically a BCAA and protein supplement expert, here are a few of our favourite products that we think you'll love!

ANS Performance Prophecy

This pre-workout supplement is one of the most popular among Supplement Superstore customers, and it's not hard to see why. ANS Performance Prophecy helps you produce more energetic workouts thanks to seven clinically-dosed ergogenic ingredients with zero sugar and zero artificial colours. Each dose includes a variety of vitamins and nutrients for more muscular pumps, explosive power, unmatched focus, superhuman endurance, and unrelenting energy. This pre-workout supplement features no creatine or BCAA fillers. Ingredients include:

  • Citrulline Malate (2:1)
  • Beta-Alanine
  • Betaine Anhydrous
  • Taurine
  • Peak02
  • AGMass
  • L-Tyrosine
  • Caffeine
  • Choline Bitartrate
  • Coconut water
  • MagicLION Lion's Mane
  • Teacrine
  • Hordenine
  • BioPerine
  • Huperzine A

Choose from a sample size with three servings of this pre-workout supplement or a full container with 20 servings. ANS Performance Prophecy is available in four flavours: blue bombsicle, peach mango, lemon drop, and sour gummy.

Redcon1 Total War

Total War is an all-in-one pre-workout supplement that provides laser-like focus, unstoppable power, and extreme energy regardless of what time you train. This pre-workout supplement features a unique blend of stimulants and focus-factors to help you make the most out of every workout. Each serving features a combination of BCAA and other vitamins and minerals to keep you going longer and harder than you thought possible. Total War is available in 10 delicious flavours:

HD Muscle Pre-HD Ultra

Pre-HD Ultra by HD Muscle bills itself as the "all in one pre-workout supplement" with a fast-acting formula to deliver results you can feel in a matter of minutes. The panel of ingredients features patented and clinically researched ingredients to offer:

  • An increase in endurance and strength
  • More muscle hydration and blood flow
  • Higher energy and focus
  • More mental clarity and improvement in mood

Pre-HD Ultra's pre-workout supplement comes in three flavours, with each container providing 40 servings: pineapple mango, rocket pop, and sour gummies.

Beyond Yourself SuperSet

Smash your personal records and blow away the competition with Beyond Yourself's SUPERSET pre-workout supplement. SUPERSET contains a blend of vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids to improve mental clarity, prolong your endurance, reduce muscle fatigue, and elevate your overall performance. The ingredients include nine grams of Citrulline, four grams of Beta-Alanine, 1.47 grams of Agmatine, 750mg Hica, and 300mg Caffeine. Each serving contains zero calories, fat, carbohydrates, or sugars for a blend you can feel good about adding to your diet. Each 40 serving container comes in three flavours: blue freeze, tangy peach ringz, and red, white & boom.

5% Nutrition Kill It Reloaded

Fitness connoisseurs know 5% Nutrition founder Rich Piana for his dedication to health and wellness. Kill It Reloaded lives up to the hype Rich creates for it. The new Kill It Reloaded formula features 325mg of caffeine, 2.5 grams of GlycerolPump™, and four grams of pure L-Citrulline for one of the most extreme pre-workout supplement products on the market. Each container has 30 servings, and customers can choose from four flavours:

Conquer your workouts with extreme focus and motivation with Kill It Reloaded by 5% Nutrition.

BCAA Products

Now that you've found a great pre-workout supplement, take your recovery to the next level by adding a BCAA. Our variety of BCAA and intra-workout supplements will partner with your pre-workout supplement to help you bounce back after your hardest workouts. Check out a few of our favourites or shop the entire collection of BCAA products available on the Supplement Superstore website.

Beyond Yourself Amino IQ

Kick your brain into high gear with Amino IQ BCAA by Beyond Yourself. This BCAA product features all-natural colours and sweeteners with essential amino acids and ALPHA GPC. Amino IQ is available in seven Candy Shoppe Series flavours, including watermelon candy, tangerine jelly bean, banana ice pops, tangy peach ringz, cotton candy gumball, red, white & boom, and green gummy frogs.

Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy + Electrolytes

Sports drinks on the market like to advertise their ability to replenish electrolytes lost during your workouts. However, many of these drinks contain added sugars and other artificial ingredients. Rather than turn to something fake, try Amino Energy + Electrolytes by Optimum Nutrition. This BCAA drink mix combines essential amino acids with hydration support to help promote muscle recovery, aid in your energy and focus, and keep your electrolyte levels up. Choose from two flavours: watermelon splash and pineapple twist.

Protein Supplement Products

As we mentioned earlier, you can combine your favourite pre-workout supplement with a BCAA and a protein supplement to achieve the best routine for your goals. Protein supplement products come in a variety of sources to meet nearly every lifestyle you can think of. Whether you're looking for a vegan protein supplement or something gluten-free, Supplement Superstore has every type of protein supplement available. Below are a few that showcase the variety our collection has to offer.

Vega One Protein Supplement

Vega One is a protein supplement that has everything you want and nothing you don't. Each serving of Vega One contains 20 grams of plant-based protein, 50% of your daily vitamins and minerals, 6 grams of fibre, probiotics, and only one gram of sugar. Vega One is a protein supplement that features pea protein, hemp protein, Canadian flaxseeds, and sacha inchi proteins for a complete blend that will keep our vegan friends happy and healthy!

Magnum Nutraceuticals Quattro

If you're not looking for a vegan protein supplement, but you do want something that cuts down on lactose, gluten, and other additives, Quattro by Magnum Nutraceuticals is an excellent whey protein option. This formula features a quick flood of protein as well as organic flaxseed to provide an optimal metabolic rate, muscle growth, and recovery, and the best utilization of your body's stored fat. Plus, Magnum Quattro is Kosher and free of gluten, lactose, and nuts for a protein supplement that is guaranteed to keep you free of gas and bloating.

Whether you're shopping for a BCAA to add to your diet or a pre-workout supplement that will pair well with your protein supplement, Supplement Superstore offers a collection of products that you can always feel good about. We will never take your trust for granted, and we look forward to helping every one of our customers achieve their health and wellness goals.



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