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By Nader Qudimat / Aug 28, 2017

Behind every mouse and keyboard is a gamer....

Who is probably fueled by several cans of RedBull.

And nope RedBull isn't the best thing for energy.

Most energy drinks are packed with sugar, artificial sweeteners and can just cause problems in the long term.

They aren't the best picks.

And you probably know that.

You've read it somewhere but that doesn't help you much since you don't know what to get instead.

So instead of wasting your money (and health) on energy drinks, you could look into any of these pre workouts below.

Can't I Just Take Pre Workouts?

Pre workouts are generally great to use before any event that requires increased mental performance (reaction time etc.) but they are loaded with ingredients that are best used for physical performance for enhanced strength and muscle gains.

So unless you need to bench press your keyboard, you don't need to spend the extra cash on those pre workouts.

What About Plain Caffeine? 

Caffeine is great, that's the secret of most of these supplements.

But there are other stimulants and mental enhancers you could take advantage of.

Also you may be a fan of green tea, or you've heard of it's long lasting focus and energy that it provides?

Green tea is just caffeine and l-theanine, so you could just buy these ingredients in bulk if you're not a fan of tea for whatever reason.

But these supplements provide different ingredients to all round mental enhancements (like enhanced memory, reaction time and overall performance).

For Late Night Gaming Sessions...

If you're a fan of sleep, then you probably know stimulants and sleep are not a good sleep.

Alcar and l-tyrosine for example are natural energy boosters that will stimulate mental abilities but will not interfere with sleep if taken at least a couple hours before bedtime.

So without further ado...

Top 10 Strongest Supplements For Gaming And Productivity

10. G-Fuel by Gamma Labs


  • 1.85g of taurine,velvet bean, ALCAR and more...
  • 1.2g L-Tyrosine, choline bitartrate, and more...
  • 163.5mg Antioxidant Complex

While it sounds like this stuff is what turned the Hulk into, well, the hulk (Gamma rays?)....

It's not. ​

Actually this stuff is made for gamers as the name states G-Fuel (Gamer's Fuel).

G-Fuel is strategically put together with a blend that enhance focus with a moderate dosage of caffeine (150mg), which would feel like even more as it combines both L-Tyrosine and N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine.

The energy won't feel overwhelming however as it has Bacopa Monnieri, an adaptogenic herb, it helps reduce stress and anxiety. ​

​We generally don't get enough fruits so antioxidants are a must. It includes a blend containing several types of fruits. 

G-Fuel will put you in a mindset which will help you conquer the battlefields inside and out without facing any signs of mental fatigue. ​

9. Elevate by Blue Star


  • 2g Taurine
  • 1g L-Tyrosine
  • 1g Acetyl L-Carnitine
  • 300mg Alpha GPC
  • 215mg Caffeine
  • 200mcg Huperzine A
  • And more...

Gaming supplements do not have to be packed with caffeine.

In fact, caffeine is only one of the many stimulants that will help enhance performance.

What you need is a good mix of beneficial nootropics and mental enhancing ingredients that will help provide you a steady flow of focus and energy.

If you took only caffeine then you'd experience a crash much quicker and would only spend more money on more cups of coffee.

So Blue Star provides a very sustainable option here.

Elevate uses a very low dose of caffeine and a variety of nootropics and ingredients to help sustain performance.

With the addition of hordenine and l-theanine, you are surely going to experience smooth energy and zen-like focus for a nice long period of time.

Since it has a blend of Beta-PEA, it will last much longer with the help of hordenine (making your mood elevated for a longer period of time).

So since it has just under 10mg of caffeine, this would be a perfect addition to your cup of tea or coffee or energy drink.

Or for those late evening gaming sessions...​

8. Giant Rush by Giant Sports (aka Gamer Supps GG)


  • 200mg Caffeine
  • 125mg DMHA (extracted from Kigelia Africana)
  • 25mg Bai Mudan White Tea Extract

The formula looks simple right?

Giant Rush (or GG) proves that all you need is 3 ingredients to send your productivity / gaming session out through the roof. 

This literally is a straight-stim supplement that uses DMHA, caffeine and a white tea extract (all of which are strong energy enhancers).

For consist but solid energy, you'll love this supplement for those intense gaming sessions. ​

This can also be used as a pre workout. ​

7. Rave by ANS


  • 2g Taurine
  • 1g L-Tyrosine
  • 1g Acetyl L-Carnitine
  • 300mg Alpha GPC
  • 215mg Caffeine
  • 200mcg Huperzine A
  • And more...

Rave may sound and look a little hyped up more than it should be but really, it looks quite promising. 

It's packed with multiple stimulants, nootropics and ingredients that will have you 'Rave'd' up for battle from zero to a hundred in no time.

What Rave has is caffeine, DMHA (DMAA alternative) nootropics and a new ingredient that is patented, "MagicLion".

MagicLion is extracted from a mushroom known as Hericium Erinaceus, aka Lions Mane. Its' main benefits is that it has neurogenerative properties, and neurite outgrowth activity. 

Basically your mind will be in a continuous fresh state and you will not experience the slightest symptom of fatigue. ​

6. Mental Trigger by RedCon1 


  • 2g Taurine
  • 1g L-Tyrosine
  • 1g Acetyl L-Carnitine
  • 300mg Alpha GPC
  • 215mg Caffeine
  • 200mcg Huperzine A
  • And more...

RedCon1 is a brand made for war and complete destruction. 

While their main focus is for training and bodybuilding, they have not left out the gaming crowd.

Mental Trigger uses a unique blend of nootropics, caffeine and more.

While you may feel a bit of mental fatigue from all the gaming, Mental Trigger backs you up with a source of fuel for limitless-like focus and drive.

You'll feel amped and ready to battle but not to the point where you are filled with anxiety and stress.

It has a mix of nootropics so be assured you'll be prepared from all angles and you'll be in a elevated state of mind for a long period of time. ​

5. BloodShr3d by Olympus Labs


  • 2g Taurine
  • 1g L-Tyrosine
  • 1g Acetyl L-Carnitine
  • 300mg Alpha GPC
  • 215mg Caffeine
  • 200mcg Huperzine A
  • And more...

Ever since Alphamine has left the scene (well they reformulated it into something weaker...), there's been an empty gap for power based thermogenics...

Now as a gamer, you'll be sitting for the most part.

So taking a thermogenic that not only provides energy and focus, but also some fat burning action, you'll benefit from increased thermogenesis and not to mention appetite suppression. ​

There's two version of BloodShr3d...

Raw (with Alpha-Yohimbine) and War (without Alpha-Yohimbine).

You may opt for War since you don't really need more than caffeine and a couple stimulants for gaming / productivity.

You'll want to start at half a scoop with BloodShr3d, no matter which version you go for though...

It is strong stuff!​

4. Blend by Northbound Nutrition


  • 2g Taurine
  • 1g L-Tyrosine
  • 1g Acetyl L-Carnitine
  • 300mg Alpha GPC
  • 215mg Caffeine
  • 200mcg Huperzine A
  • And more...

Most supplements are underdosed and provide minimal dosages that are no where near the recommended amounts provided by research and clinical studies. 

Northbound Nutrition however has made sure every ingredient provided is fully dosed and formulated to the point where elevated performance and heightened senses are inevitable.

The ingredients in have been proven many times over for it's benefits and honestly you may not find anything better for plain productivity and sustained gaming performance. ​

Since it's completely free of artificial flavors, coloring, and preservatives, you can bet you can continuously take this without worrying about the artificial crap that most supplements have. ​

3. Elix1r by Olympus Labs


  • 450mg Bacopa Monnieri Extract
  • 300mg Caffeine
  • ALCAR 
  • Alpha GPC
  • J. Regia Extract
  • And more...

Elix1r is exactly like the name says...

It's the perfect drink for gamers and productivity seekers alike.

It combines nootropics with natural energy boosters as well as a big dosage of caffeine (300mg).

It also features a custom stimulant, J. Regia Extract, which is not only great for energy but for mood support as well.

So you won't only been pawning at your game, you'll also be in the highest state of mind with great focus and energy.

Unlike the energy drinks you may be able to get at your local grocery store though, this allows you to have long lasting energy that'll keep your performance elevated for a longer period of time. ​

2. MOD by Omnia Nutrition


  • 300mg Bacopa Monnieri
  • 300mg VitaCholine
  • 200mg L-Theanine
  • 120mg Ginkgo Biloba Leaf 
  • 100mg Alpha-GPC
  • 100mg Caffeine Anhydrous 
  • 65mg Theacrine

MOD is made for gamers as it combines a variety of mental-enhancing ingredients that should set you up for complete gaming domination. 

Formulated for elite gaming and performance, MOD features 2 stimulants (including a premium form of caffeine, Teacrine), various focus enhancers and nootropics to last long gaming sessions.

It's got enough power to increase overall performance and reaction time for long periods of time.

Crash is non-existent as it's made to provide long lasting focus and energy. ​

Tolerance is also unlikely to develop as it has Teacrine, which has been shown to remain effective with every dose. ​

Everything in this formula will only benefit you in the long run....​

1. Hydrazine by Hydrapharm


  • Bauhinia Purpurea Extract
  • Cacao Extract
  • Caffeine Anhydrous
  • Cymbidium Goeringii Extract
  • Kigelia Africana Extract

I know what you're thinking...

What kind of a ingredient label is that? Was it made by a tribe living out on an island?

You'll love this, even though you may not understand the ingredients....

If you value focus and drive, you will love Hydrazine. ​

Craze V1 Replacement?

The only thing is that if you've heard of Driven Sports (their Craze v1 was spiked with an meth-like stimulant which provided the "clean", long lasting energy and euphoria), they may be connected with Hydrapharm (the makers of Hydrazine).​

Craze v1 is a long gone legend in the pre workout industry, and here we have an legit replacement which is 100% comparable, though Hydrazine doesn't provide as much euphoria as Craze did. ​

But the focus is unreal and limitless-like.

It may seem expensive, but really it may be the same price as any energy supplement as it is a true two pills per serving.

Since you are gaming, you'll likely experience plenty of focus from one pill.​

Since it has no beta-alanine or really any muscle building ingredients for that matter, this makes for the perfect productivity and gaming supplement.

Get ready to pawn with Hydrazine...​

Nader Qudimat
Forged by the iron and cold steel, Nader takes his knowledge and hulk smashes it into this puny site.

Being an ex-hardgainer, he has no choice but to keep training until he has surpassed in every way imaginable.

You can follow Nader on Twitter (@DieselFitt).
  • James says:

    2 caps Hydrazine is the closest to Craze, in my experience. I am going to try 3 caps (god mode) as per mentioned by Predator Nutrition . I would say 2 caps Hydrazine knock out 2 caps Original Detonate in terms of focus and euphoric feels. I still have 2.5 bottles of original Detonate. I was thinking of stacking Hydrazine with Frenzy or Craze v2

    • Hi James,

      Detonate literally has the same ingredients as Craze, so you actually like Hydrazine better than Detonate?

      A close friend of mine tells me that the focus is almost the same as Craze, but the feels are not as great.

      You can easily stack Hydrazine (max 2 caps) with half a scoop of Frenzy and work your way up from there.

      Craze v2 is great for focus and endurance, but beyond that, I would not use it unless it was handed to me for free or something.

      If you’re just using this stack for gaming / productivity, I would recommend checking out Phenylpiracetam and stacking it with any pre workout, it’s even banned from professional sports and bodybuilding!

      So that’s gotta be a good thing :).

      Frenzy is way too intense to take for sedentary activities, IMO.

  • Steve says:

    What about everyday energy for work?

    • The supplements here would work, especially something like G-Fuel (vitamins and stimulants basically).

      But if you’re already taking a pre workout, go for something that does not have stimulants like a BCAA product or something with 100mg or less caffeine.

      Adding in stuff like KSM-66 (ashwagandha) and maca and maybe lions mane to your breakfast will help with energy throughout the day.

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