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Epic Energy Boost: Discover 2024's Most Hardcore Pre-Workouts

by Nader Qudimat
Updated February 9, 2024

As a dedicated fitness enthusiast since 2004 and a pre-workout specialist since 2013, I'm here to guide you through the world of intense, high-stimulant pre-workouts.

This guide is crafted for the seasoned and the serious, delivering expert insights and top picks to elevate your workout game.

Peak Intensity Unleashed: Explore our top pre-workouts, all with over 300mg of caffeine and elite stimulants, crafted for those seeking extraordinary energy and performance.

Beyond the Ordinary: If you're looking for something different from these high-energy options, explore our diverse range of pre-workout formulas here.

Pro Tip: If your pre-workout isn't hitting as hard as it used to, consider adding magnesium to your routine.

New to Pre-Workouts? Start your journey with our beginner-friendly selections here. Enhance your performance by combining these pre-workouts with our top non-stim nitric oxide boosters.

Incredibly Strong
Illicit-Feeling
DMAA & Pumps
HYPER Energy
4.8
4.7
4.7
4.8
Highlights:
  • Strong, long lasting energy
  • No crash
  • Euphoric but urgent
Highlights:
  • Incredible energy boost
  • Stim-junkie grade experience
  • Euphoric and highly energizing
Highlights:
  • Strongest DMAA pwo available
  • Legit company and label
  • Strong pumps and formula
Highlights:
  • High Energy
  • Strong Pumps
  • Clean Formula
Stimulants:
400 mg Caffeine, 400 mg Eria Jarensis, 150 mg Caffeine Citrate (50% Caffeine), 100 mg Dicaffeine Malate (75% Caffeine), 70 mg Halostachine, 1.5 mg Alpha Yo
Stimulants:
400mg Caffeine, 200mg DMHA
Stimulants:
400mg Caffeine, 120mg DMAA
Stimulants:
500mg ThinFen, 400mg Caffeine, 300mg Eria Jarensis, 100mg Caffeine Malate, 100mg Theobromine, 15mg YoMax (yohimbine and alpha yohimbine)
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Incredibly Strong
4.8
Highlights:
  • Strong, long lasting energy
  • No crash
  • Euphoric but urgent
Stimulants:
400 mg Caffeine, 400 mg Eria Jarensis, 150 mg Caffeine Citrate (50% Caffeine), 100 mg Dicaffeine Malate (75% Caffeine), 70 mg Halostachine, 1.5 mg Alpha Yo
Discount code:
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Illicit-Feeling
4.7
Highlights:
  • Incredible energy boost
  • Stim-junkie grade experience
  • Euphoric and highly energizing
Stimulants:
400mg Caffeine, 200mg DMHA
Discount code:
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DMAA & Pumps
4.7
Highlights:
  • Strongest DMAA pwo available
  • Legit company and label
  • Strong pumps and formula
Stimulants:
400mg Caffeine, 120mg DMAA
Discount code:
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HYPER Energy
4.8
Highlights:
  • High Energy
  • Strong Pumps
  • Clean Formula
Stimulants:
500mg ThinFen, 400mg Caffeine, 300mg Eria Jarensis, 100mg Caffeine Malate, 100mg Theobromine, 15mg YoMax (yohimbine and alpha yohimbine)
Discount code:
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Looking for the latest and hardest-hitting pre-workouts?

Then here’s a list of the newest potent options to date...

Illicit-Experience
HYPER ENREGY
INCREDIBLY STACKED
AGGRESSIVE
UNBELIEVABLE FOCUS
BALANCED
INTENSE
  • 4.5
  • Stimulants:
    500mg Beta Phenylethylamine HCl, 300mg Eria Jarensis, 300mg Caffeine, 250mg DMHA, 200mg Di-Caffeine Malate, 175mg Caffeine Citrate, 150mg Halostachine, 25mg Isopropylsynpehrine, 12.5mg Naringin, 1.75mg Alpha Yohimbine
LIMITED EDITION
INSANE STIM-JUNKIE PWO
CLEANEST FEELING DMHA
MOSTLY STIM
CHAOTIC
Illicit-Experience
4.5
Stimulants:
400mg Caffeine, 200mg DMHA
HYPER ENREGY
4.6
Stimulants:
500mg ThinFen, 400mg Caffeine, 300mg Eria Jarensis, 100mg Caffeine Malate, 100mg Theobromine, 15mg YoMax (yohimbine and alpha yohimbine)
INCREDIBLY STACKED
4.5
Stimulants:
400mg PEA, 250mg Caffeine,150mg Mucuna Purirens Extract, 100mg Theobromine, 100mg Caffeine Extended Release, 25mg Halostachine
AGGRESSIVE
4.4
Stimulants:
325mg Caffeine, 200mg Theobromine, 200mg Eria Jarensis, 100mg Mucuna Pruriens, 100mg Di-Caffeine Malate, 5mg Yohimbine, 1.5mg Alpha Yohimbine
UNBELIEVABLE FOCUS
3.9
Stimulants:
350mg Caffeine, 50mg Green Tea, 50mg Synephrine, 50mg Hordenine, 210mg Methyl Synephrine HCL, 5mg N-Methyltyramine HCL, 5mg Naringenin, 2.5mg Yohimbine
BALANCED
3.9
Stimulants:
225mg DMHA, 300mg Caffeine Anhydrous, 50mg Caffeine Citrate, 50mg InfinergyTm, 2mg Yohimbine
INTENSE
4.5
Stimulants:
500mg Beta Phenylethylamine HCl, 300mg Eria Jarensis, 300mg Caffeine, 250mg DMHA, 200mg Di-Caffeine Malate, 175mg Caffeine Citrate, 150mg Halostachine, 25mg Isopropylsynpehrine, 12.5mg Naringin, 1.75mg Alpha Yohimbine
LIMITED EDITION
4.4
Stimulants:
400MG Eria Jarensis, 300mg Caffeine, 200mg Caffeine Citrate, 200mg Dicaffeine Malate, 100mg N-Methyltyramine HCl, 60mg Isopropylnorsynephrine, 2mg Alpha Yohimbine
INSANE STIM-JUNKIE PWO
4.4
Stimulants:
500mg NeuroPEA, 450mg Caffeine, 400mg DMHA, 100mg Di-Caffeine Malate, 100mg Epicatechin, 100mg Theophylline Anhydrous, 100mg CocoaBurn, 3mg Yohimbine, 2mg Alpha Yohimbine
CLEANEST FEELING DMHA
4.3
Stimulants:
400mg Caffeine, 250mg DMHA, 125mg Eria Jarensis, 75mg Synephrine, 50mg Theobromine, 2mg Yohimbine
MOSTLY STIM
4.1
Stimulants:
Caffeine 350mg, DMHA 120mg, DMAA 50mg, Synephrine HCl 50mg, Hordenine HCl 50mg, Methyl Synephrine HCl 10mg, N-Methyltyramine 5mg, Naringenin 5mg, Yohimibine HCl 2.5mg
CHAOTIC
3.9
Stimulants:
350mg Caffeine, DiCaffeine Malate, 200mg DMHA, 30mg Octopamine, 10mg Alpha Yohimbine, Synephrine, Higenamine, N-Methyl Tyramine

The above list shows you the best pre-workouts this month, while the list below will show you the complete list.

POTENT
Firestorm Pre Workout by Global Supremacy

Global Supremacy FireStorm is a pre-workout blend containing DMAA and DMHA. Its label speaks for itself. This pre-workout gem is highly underrated.

Ingredients: Beta Alanine 3000mg, L-Citrulline DL-Malate 2000mg, L-Arginine AKG 1000mg, N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine 500mg, Taurine 350mg, Glycerol Monostearate 500mg, Green Tea 98% EGCG 50mg, Grape Seed Extract 20mg, L-Theanine 20mg, Piperine 95% 10mg
Stimulants: Caffeine 350mg, DMHA 120mg, DMAA 50mg, Synephrine HCl 50mg, Hordenine HCl 50mg, Methyl Synephrine HCl 10mg, N-Methyltyramine 5mg, Naringenin 5mg, Yohimibine HCl 2.5mg
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UNBELIEVABLY STRONG
SMASH AMF Pre Workout by KJLabs

Smash AMF is the typical pre-workout that you expect to be blended up in a bathtub, but surely there is something extra in this pre-workout because of its godlike focus.

Highlights:
  • Incredibly strong focus
  • Energy is very good
  • Likely to have something extra
Ingredients: 4g Citrulline, 1.5g Beta Alanine, 1g Creatine HCL, 500mg N-Acetyl-L-LTyrosine, 500mg Taurine, 500mg ALCAR, 20mg Grape Seed Extract, 20mg Theanine, 10mg Black Pepper Extract
Stimulants: 350mg Caffeine, 50mg Green Tea, 50mg Synephrine, 50mg Hordenine, 210mg Methyl Synephrine HCL, 5mg N-Methyltyramine HCL, 5mg Naringenin, 2.5mg Yohimbine
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INTENSE ENERGY
Helios Limited Edition by DNM Nutra

Helios Limited Edition is a potent pre-workout supplement that delivers on its promises. It provides a noticeable boost in energy and focus, making workouts more efficient and enjoyable.

Highlights:
  • All day energy
  • Super strong pre-workout
  • Made for stim-junkies
Ingredients: 3g Beta Alanine, 2g Citrulline, 1g Choline Bitartrate, 300mg Glucuronolactone, 250mg N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, 20mg Huperzine
Stimulants: 400mg Caffeine, 300mg Eria Jarensis, 300mg DMHA, 100mg Octopamine, 100mg Theobromine, 3mg Yohimbine
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DMAA + PUMPS
Crack by Dark Labs

This pre-workout is being discontinued, get it while you can. Crack is one of the popular pre-workouts and is one of the few good DMAA pre-workouts. Crack packs 120mg DMAA along with nitrates and nitric oxide boosters.

Highlights:
  • Strongest DMAA pwo available
  • Legit company and label
  • Strong pumps and formula
Ingredients: 8g Citrulline Malate, 3g Beta Alanine, 1.5g Agmatine Sulfate, 1g Ariginine Nitrate, 1g Beet Root Powder, 500mg Choline Bitartrate, 250mg L-Norvaline, 25mg Sceletium Tortuosum Extract, 15mg Grains Of Paradise
Stimulants: 400mg Caffeine, 120mg DMAA
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ULTRA STRONG
Apollon Nutrition Hooligan

Hooligan is the caffeine powered pre workout from Apollon Nutrition and it doesn't use any exotic stimulants.

Highlights:
  • Strongest pre workout without exotic stimulants
  • Potent formula for energy and focus
  • Increases performance
Ingredients: 7g Citrulline, 3.5g Beta Alanine, 2.5g Betaine Anhydrous, 2g Tyrosine, 1.5g Agmatine, 1g Lion's Mane, 600mg Alpha GPC 50%, 250mg Himalayan Salt, 200mg Rhodiola Rosea, 150mg elevATP, 50mg AstraGin
Stimulants: 450mg Caffeine Anhydrous, 500mg Theobromine, 200mg Caffeine Malate (600mg total caffeine)
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SPECIAL EDITION
Bulk Black by Transparent Labs

If you want a daily driver pre workout with 300mg caffeine, featuring a fully transparent and legit label, then consider this limited edition pre workout from Transparent Labs, Bulk Black.

Highlights:
  • Long lasting energy
  • Two forms of caffeine
  • Increases focus and mental functions
Ingredients: 8g Citrulline Malate, 4g Beta-Alanine, 2.5g Betaine Anhydrous, 1.3g Taurine, 1g L-Tyrosine, 300mg AlphaSize (Alpha-GPC), 180mg Sodium, 130mg Potassium, 50mg SenActiv, 10mg Zinc, 5mg Vitamin B6, 5mg Bioperine (Black Pepper Extract), 3mg Boron, 100mcg Vitamin B12
Stimulants: 275mg Natural Caffeine, 200mg L-Theanine, 100mg Theobromine, 75mg Infinergy (Dicaffeine Malate)
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Well Rounded DMHA Pwo
Assassin v7 by Apollon Nutrition

Assassin v7 is the next best pre workout coming from Apollon Nutrition

Highlights:
  • Massive formula of ergogenic aids and stims
  • Long lasting energy (literally all day)
  • Half scoop is enough for most people
Ingredients: 4g Citrulline, 3.5g Beta Alanine, 2.5g Betaine Anhydrous, 2g Tyrosine, 1g Agmatine, 1g Lion's Mane, 300mg Grape Seed Extract, 50mg AstraGin, 30mg Noopept
Stimulants: 500mg PEA, 300mg Eria Jarensis, 450mg Caffeine Anhydrous, 200mg Di-Caffeine Malate, 75mg Higenamine, 75mg Hordenine, 2mg Yohimbine, 1.5mg Alpha Yohimbine
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Euphoria and Motivation
Flame by Dark Labs

Flame v3 is much more for euphoria and focus while Flame v2 is much more physical and aggressive in energy.

Highlights:
  • Big dose of PEA for euphoria
  • Hard hitting energy
  • Perfect amount of caffeine
Ingredients: [v2] 1.5g Agmatine Sulfate, 10mg Black Pepper Extract
[v3] 1g Agmatine, 500mg Arginine AKG
Stimulants: [V2] 500mg BPEA, 300mg Eria Jarensis, 300mg Theobromine, 300mg Caffeine Anhydrous, 300mg DMHA, 100mg Caffeine Citrate, 25mg Isopropylnorsynephrine, 25mg Naringin Extract, 1.5mg Alpha Yohimbine
[V3] 300mg Beta Phenylethylamine, 300mg Caffeine, 220mg DMHA, 220mg Eria Jarensis, 200mg Caffeine Citrate, 50mg Isopropylnorsynephrine Hcl, 25mg Naringin, 1.5mg Alpha Yohimbine
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Flame v2 [MORE URGENCY] Flame V3 [MORE EUPHORIC]
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Happy Mood Pre Workout
Gulag by Just Vibes

Gulag is a surprising pre-workout that can give some crazy mood uplift that is rarely experienced with pre-workouts, and although it has a prop blend, caffeine is dosed around 300mg per scoop.

Highlights:
  • Around 300mg of caffeine per scoop
  • Strong euphoria and mood boost
  • Increases energy
Ingredients: 6g Citrulline Malate, 3.2g Beta Alanine, 1.5g Agmatine
Stimulants: 250mg caffeine, Guarana Seed Extract, 2-Amino-6-Methylheptane, Synephrine, Alpha Yohimbine
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NICE EUPHORIA
Wrecked Enraged by Huge Nutrition

Wrecked Enraged is the stim junkies' version of the original Wrecked, with 400mg of caffeine and a bunch of stims that'll get you in a productive and aggressive mood.

Highlights:
  • Provides a nice headbuzz
  • Potent mix of stims
  • Strong nootropic blend
Ingredients: 4g Beta Alanine, 1g Alpha GPC 50%, 35mg Huperzine A 1%, 10mg Black Pepper Extract
Stimulants: 400mg Caffeine, 350mg Eria Jarensis, 50mg Halostachine, 25mg N-Isopropylnorsynephrine
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DMAA / DMHA HYBRID
Wild Fire Pre Workout by SoCal Supps

Made our top list for DMAA supplements. This is the next best thing to Dark Energy, the feeling is similar in mood elevation. It's surprisingly very strong.

Highlights:
  • Super strong formula
  • Long lasting energy
  • Nootropics for strong focus
Ingredients: 6g Citrulline, 3g Beta Alanine, 1g Agmatine, 500mg Taurine, 500mg DMAE, 350mg Theanine, 200mg Alpha GPC, 50mg Pink Himalayan Salt, 10mg Bioperine, 350mcg Huperzine
Stimulants: 350mg Caffeine, 200mg DMHA, 100mg DMAA
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WITH DMHA / DMAA
Crack Gold Pre-Workout by Dark Labs

Very limited stock left. Check out this list for alternatives. Crack Gold is a mix of potential performance enhancers along with both DMHA and DMAA. Discount codes won't work here.

Highlights:
  • Very strong energy
  • High caffeine dosage
  • Mix of exotic stims
Ingredients: 5g Citrulline Malate, 2g Beta Alanine, 1g Agmatine, 500mg Alpha GPC, N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, 10mg Black Pepper Extract
Stimulants: 300mg Caffeine Anhydrous, 200mg Caffeine Citrate, 300mg Eria Jarensis, 200mg DMHA, 100mg DMAA, 50mg Hordenine, 1mg Alpha Yohimbine.
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ULTIMATE FOCUS
TimeCop Pre-Workout by Apollon Nutrition

We thought Apollon Nutrition has done it all by now. TimeCop is packed with one of the biggest formulas with nootropics and nitric oxide boosters in one blend.

Highlights:
  • Ultimate pre-workout nootropic hybrid
  • Strong focus
  • Ridiculous pumps
Ingredients: 8g Citrulline, 3.2g Beta Alanine, 2.5g Betaine Anhydrous, 2g Tyrosine, 1.5g Agmatine, 1g Lion's Mane, 750mg Phenylethylamine HCl, 600mg Alpha GPC, 508mg VasoDrive-AP, 300mg Rhodiola, 300mg Himalayan Salt, 50mg AstraGin, 30mg Noopept
Stimulants: 400mg Caffeine, 300mg Eria Jarensis, 200mg Di-Caffeine Malate, 100mg CoffeeBerry, 100mg Hordenine, 1.5mg Alpha Yohimbine
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STRONG ENERGY
Chaotic Rage Pre Workout by Madhouse Supplements

Chaotic Rage is made to break PR's although the label doesn't look overwhelming, it is a strong pre-workout that gives good euphoria and focus along with super good energy.

Highlights:
  • Elevates mood and motivation
  • Increases energy and focus
  • 30 full servings
Ingredients: 5g Citrulline Malate, 3.5g Beta Alanine, 350mg Tyrosine, 200mg Choline Bitartrate, 3mg Huperzine
Stimulants: 400mg Caffeine, 250mg DMHA, 125mg Eria Jarensis, 75mg Synephrine, 50mg Theobromine, 2mg Yohimbine
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INCREDIBLY BALANCED
Defiant Unleashed By MuscleForce

MuscleForce has created one of the most balanced stim-junkie experiences here with Defiant Unleashed, making it easily one of the best pre-workouts and it has great euphoric vibes.

Ingredients: 8g Citrulline Malate, 3.5g Beta Alanine, 1g Choline Bitartrate, 1g L-Tyrosine, 500mg Lions Mane, 350mg Theanine, 30mg Noopept, 300mcg Huperzine A 1%, 50mg AstraGin
Stimulants: 450mg Caffeine, 300mg Glucuronolactone, 200mg Eria Jarensis, 200mg DMHA, 200mg B-PEA, 100mg Theobromine
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High Energy
El Jefe Pre Workout by Xtremis Cartel

El Jefe by Xtremis Cartel is a pre-workout supplement designed to enhance energy, focus, and performance. Its unique blend of scientifically-backed ingredients offers a balanced approach to support various aspects of workout intensity and endurance.

Highlights:
  • High energy boost
  • Enhanced mental focus
  • Improved workout endurance
  • Comprehensive ingredient profile
Ingredients: 8g Citrulline, 4g Beta-Alanine, 3g Betaine Anhydrous, 500mg Pink Himalayan Salt, 300mg L-Norvaline, 200mg AmentoPump, 1.5g Choline L-Bitartrate, 500mg DL-DMAE Bitartrate, 10mg BioPerine
Stimulants: 500mg Eria Jarensis (EriaPure), 500mg Theobromine, 300mg Caffeine, 200mg ThinFen, 150mg Halostachine, 100mg Caffeine Citrate, 100mg Di-Caffeine Malate, 80mg Synephrine, 3mg Yohimbine, 2mg Alpha Yohimbine
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I tested hundreds of pre-workouts and have researched for months on the lookout for the best.

We've listed our top 6+ picks for the strongest pre-workouts on YouTube

If you'd rather just get the answer to which pre-workout you should get, then try our pre-workout finder.

Maximize Your Workout Results: For those aiming to go the extra mile, stack these pre-workouts with our handpicked anabolic supplements or muscle-building stacks for an ultimate fitness experience.

These are the best, strongest, most stim-junkie-friendly pre-workouts:

  • Increases urgency with a warm rush: Yayo (urgency)
  • Productive energy with great euphoria: Wild Fire (euphoria)
  • Strong but clean: Bulk Black (clean formula)
  • Induces tunnel-like vision: Decim8 (super focus)
  • Relentless focus and drive: Helios (excellent energy)
  • Insane energy and pumps: Crack OG (best all around with DMAA)
  • The monster but science-based pre-workout: Pre-Kaged Elite (best for drug-tested athletes)
  • Highest caffeine pre-workout: Hooligan (most caffeine)
  • Underrated stim-junkie but entry-level: Inhuman (entry-level pre-workout)
  • The “make me happy” euphoria: Zeus (happy vibes) 
  • Super focus productive pre-workout: Timecop (nootropic hybrid)

The pre-workouts listed in this post go to show that a stim-junkie formula isn't just about the caffeine or the energy, it's about the overall experience.

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INCREDIBLE ENERGY

Juiced by Quality Vitamins

Illicit-Experience
Juiced Pre Workout by Quality Vitamins

This is the most illicit feeling pre-workout to come out so far. Very similar build up to the very first version of Craze by Driven Sports, but without the limitless euphoria.

Highlights:
  • Incredible endurance (you won't want to stop working out)
  • Stim-junkie grade experience
  • All day focus and energy
Ingredients: 5g Citrulline Malate, 3.2g Beta Alanine, 1g Choline Bitartrate, 1g Glycerol, 150mg L-Dopa
Stimulants: 400mg Caffeine, 200mg DMHA
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Juiced by Quality Vitamins features 400mg of caffeine and 200mg of DMHA, delivering hard hitting (unreal) energy and heightened focus for intense, extended workouts.

Its gradual energy build-up, distinct from typical pre-workouts, avoids abrupt spikes and crashes, enhancing mental alertness and workout engagement.

Juiced is speculated to have an 'illicit' extra ingredient not listed on the label.

This mysterious component is thought to induce effects similar to yohimbine, contributing to its potent efficacy.

However, this also means it's not suitable for beginners or regular use, as it can disrupt sleep patterns and should be used sparingly, ideally once or twice a week.

Users often report an elevated mood and motivation, reminiscent of pre-workouts like Craze, but with a unique, possibly more intense experience.

While effective in enhancing both physical and mental performance, users should be mindful of its strength and potential side effects.

EUPHORIA AND FOCUS

Wild Fire by SoCal Supplements

DMAA / DMHA HYBRID
Wild Fire Pre Workout by SoCal Supps

Made our top list for DMAA supplements. This is the next best thing to Dark Energy, the feeling is similar in mood elevation. It's surprisingly very strong.

Highlights:
  • Super strong formula
  • Long lasting energy
  • Nootropics for strong focus
Ingredients: 6g Citrulline, 3g Beta Alanine, 1g Agmatine, 500mg Taurine, 500mg DMAE, 350mg Theanine, 200mg Alpha GPC, 50mg Pink Himalayan Salt, 10mg Bioperine, 350mcg Huperzine
Stimulants: 350mg Caffeine, 200mg DMHA, 100mg DMAA
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Struggling to find a pre-workout that really fires you up?

Meet Wild Fire by SoCal Supplements.

This isn't your average pre-workout.

It's a high-octane formula that's too strong, even for advanced users like myself (Check out my Wild Fire review here).

What makes Wild Fire stand out?

It's the synergy of its ingredients.

From the euphoric rush of DMAA and DMHA to the steady energy from caffeine, it's a ride you won't forget.

But is it as intense as other pre-workouts?

Not quite, but its clean, high-energy feel is something to be reckoned with.

It doesn't even feel like your typical DMAA pre-workout, it's a very clean feeling experience.

But let's be real, it's not all sunshine and rainbows.

There are doubts about the presence of DMAA in Wild Fire, despite what the label might lead you to believe.

And the taste? It tastes good. 

So, is Wild Fire worth it?

It's a solid choice if you're after a high-energy, focus-enhancing experience.

But remember, it's not for beginners.

Even for advanced users, Wild Fire packs a serious punch.

In the end, the best pre-workout is the one that fits your needs and lifestyle.

And if you're ready to take your workouts to the next level, Wild Fire might just be the fuel you need. 

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MOST EXPENSIVE

Ferox Amped

UNIQUE FORMULA
Cannibal Ferox Amped by Chaos and Pain

Chaos and Pain is bringing back the glory days of AMPeD by bringing it back to life, with more stimulants than ever. It features 400mg DMHA, 450mg caffeine, and 500mg eria jarensis, along with a bunch of pump ingredients, this is one of the craziest labels on a pre-workout we've seen so far.

Highlights:
  • Strong DMHA pre-workout
  • Elevates mood and motivation
  • Ridiculous pumps
Ingredients: 8g Citrulline Malate, 3.5g Creatine Monohydrate, 3.2g Beta Alanine, 2.5g HydroPrime, 1g Argula (NitroRocket), 1g Taurine, 900mg BioCreat (Fenugreek), 750mg Tyrosine, 600mg Alpha GPC, 420mg Zynamite, 150mg Mucuna Pruriens, 100mg Epicatechin, 200mcg Huperzine
Stimulants: 500mg NeuroPEA, 450mg Caffeine, 400mg DMHA, 100mg Di-Caffeine Malate, 100mg Theophylline Anhydrous, 100mg CocoaBurn, 3mg Yohimbine, 2mg Alpha Yohimbine
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Chaos and Pain have always been a hardcore company. 

Just when you think they can't take things any further, they've done the unthinkable. 

Cannibal Ferox Amped is the most potent DMHA pre-workout we've seen to date. 

Our review can be found here.

This is a strong DMHA pre-workout that has fantastic mood elevation, high energy, and great pumps but without making you feel like you're on the edge of a heart attack. 

The list of stimulants in here is hardcore and they are fully dosed for a stim-junkie to enjoy. You can find the ingredient breakdown of AMPeD Ferox here.

Ferox Amped also has non-stimulant energy enhancers that are interesting like Zynamite, which is an ingredient that is made to increase physical and mental energy without being a stimulant. 

Along with fat-burning ingredients, there's just a strong list of ingredients in here and it has the most DMHA at 400mg along with 500mg eria jarensis so motivation and mood will be peaked here. 

hIGH URGENCY / AGGRESSION ENHANCER

Flame by Dark Labs

Euphoria and Motivation
Flame by Dark Labs

Flame v3 is much more for euphoria and focus while Flame v2 is much more physical and aggressive in energy.

Highlights:
  • Big dose of PEA for euphoria
  • Hard hitting energy
  • Perfect amount of caffeine
Ingredients: [v2] 1.5g Agmatine Sulfate, 10mg Black Pepper Extract
[v3] 1g Agmatine, 500mg Arginine AKG
Stimulants: [V2] 500mg BPEA, 300mg Eria Jarensis, 300mg Theobromine, 300mg Caffeine Anhydrous, 300mg DMHA, 100mg Caffeine Citrate, 25mg Isopropylnorsynephrine, 25mg Naringin Extract, 1.5mg Alpha Yohimbine
[V3] 300mg Beta Phenylethylamine, 300mg Caffeine, 220mg DMHA, 220mg Eria Jarensis, 200mg Caffeine Citrate, 50mg Isopropylnorsynephrine Hcl, 25mg Naringin, 1.5mg Alpha Yohimbine
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If you like Eria Jarensis, then you'll like Flame. 

You've never seen this much eria jarensis combined with BPEA, leading to some potent euphoria and mood enhancements.

Dark Labs makes insanely strong pre-workouts and they've been successfully bringing the heat by creating potent formulas.

Herolean is one of them and you'll see why in our review here.

Flame is one of the pre-workouts offered by Dark Labs and it's a strong formula powered by dosages that we haven't seen before.

It's packed with 300mg eria jarensis, a mood-enhancing pea variant that can work well especially when it's combined with other stimulants.

In Flame, it combines a few hard-hitting stimulants like 400mg caffeine, 300mg DMHA, 300mg Theobroma cacao extract, and much more.

Although it isn't marketed as a fat burner it would compete well because it fat burning ingredients like 25mg naringin, and 1.5mg alpha yohimbine.

Pumps and endurance are not forgotten thanks to the big 1g dose of creational-o-phosphate (COP) and 1g agmatine.

Agmatine is great for pumps and it can also boost mood so it'll help you stay motivated.

This is easily one of the best pre-workouts for mood and energy support, you can read the Flame review here.

STRONG ENERGY AND URGENCY

El Jefe by Xtremis Cartel

High Energy
El Jefe Pre Workout by Xtremis Cartel

El Jefe by Xtremis Cartel is a pre-workout supplement designed to enhance energy, focus, and performance. Its unique blend of scientifically-backed ingredients offers a balanced approach to support various aspects of workout intensity and endurance.

Highlights:
  • High energy boost
  • Enhanced mental focus
  • Improved workout endurance
  • Comprehensive ingredient profile
Ingredients: 8g Citrulline, 4g Beta-Alanine, 3g Betaine Anhydrous, 500mg Pink Himalayan Salt, 300mg L-Norvaline, 200mg AmentoPump, 1.5g Choline L-Bitartrate, 500mg DL-DMAE Bitartrate, 10mg BioPerine
Stimulants: 500mg Eria Jarensis (EriaPure), 500mg Theobromine, 300mg Caffeine, 200mg ThinFen, 150mg Halostachine, 100mg Caffeine Citrate, 100mg Di-Caffeine Malate, 80mg Synephrine, 3mg Yohimbine, 2mg Alpha Yohimbine
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El Jefe by Xtremis Cartel is not just another face in the crowd; it's a pre-workout that commands respect, especially among those seeking high-stimulant options.

What sets it apart is its absence of exotic stimulants, a common feature in many "strongest" pre-workouts.

Instead, El Jefe relies on a scientifically backed blend of stimulants like Eria Jarensis, Theobromine, and various forms of Caffeine to deliver an experience that can only be described as hard-hitting.

Check out this comprehensive El Jefe review for a more in-depth look at this powerhouse.

The potency of this pre-workout is such that even seasoned gym-goers might want to think twice before going for a full serving.

It's not just about the stimulant kick; the formula also includes a generous 8g of Citrulline and 4g of Beta-Alanine, aimed at enhancing blood flow and buffering muscle fatigue, respectively.

El Jefe offers more than just a stimulant rush; it provides a comprehensive workout experience.

From sustained energy levels to enhanced mental focus courtesy of nootropics like Choline L-Bitartrate and DL-DMAE Bitartrate, this pre-workout ensures you're dialed in from start to finish.

In a market saturated with pre-workouts that often rely on flashy marketing and unproven ingredients, El Jefe stands as a beacon of effectiveness and quality.

It's a pre-workout that delivers high stimulant levels without resorting to exotic or potentially risky ingredients.

El Jefe is a reliable choice worth considering if you're looking to push your limits in the gym without compromising on quality.

ACTUALLY TOO STRONG

Crack OG by Dark Labs

Incredibly Strong
Crack OG by Dark Labs

It's the most surprising version of Crack and delivers better than ever.

Highlights:
  • Strong, long lasting energy
  • No crash
  • Euphoric but urgent
Ingredients: 8000mg L Citrulline, 3200mg Beta Alanine, 1500mg Agmatine, 1000mg Arginine HCL, 250mg L-Norvaline
Stimulants: 400mg Caffeine, 400 mg Eria Jarensis, 300mg DMHA, 150 mg Caffeine Citrate (50% Caffeine), 100 mg Dicaffeine Malate (75% Caffeine), 1.5 mg Alpha Yo
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Crack OG by Dark Labs has quickly become one of my top pre-workout choices this year.

The real game-changer in Crack OG is its stimulant blend.

It's the combination of caffeine, DMHA, Eria Jarensis, and Alpha Yohimbine that delivers that high-energy kick I need for my workouts.

I don't know what it is, but it seems to be one of the highest quality, hardest hitting formula's I've had so far. 

This isn't just a burst of energy; it's sustained and focused, but yet super intense. Perfect for those long, intense sessions.

The nitric oxide boosters like L-Citrulline, Beta-Alanine, Agmatine, and Arginine HCL complement the stimulants well.

They don't directly contribute to the energy surge, but they enhance my overall workout performance.

This synergy between the stimulants and nitric oxide boosters makes Crack OG stand out.

Training on an empty stomach can be tough, but Crack OG has changed that for me.

It's my go-to, especially for fasted training.

The energy it provides makes these sessions feel less daunting and more productive.

I can push harder and get the most out of every workout.

The mental focus that comes with Crack OG is another major plus.

It's not just about being alert; it's about being completely in tune with my workout.

This concentration level helps me maximize my intensity and efforts. 

But what makes Crack OG a favorite is the euphoria.

It's an incredible feeling that turns every workout into an enjoyable experience.

Crack OG by Dark Labs is more than just a pre-workout.

It's a powerful tool that enhances both my physical performance and mental focus.

It's particularly effective for those challenging fasted workouts.

Crack OG is worth a try for anyone looking to take their training to the next level.

You can view my video review here and read the full article breakdown on Crack OG.

SUPER STRONG / EXOTIC STIM HYBRID

Original Crack by Dark Labs

DMAA and Nitrates
Crack by Dark Labs

This pre-workout is being discontinued. Get it while it's available. Crack is one of the best DMAA pre-workouts from a reputable company.

Highlights:
  • Great pumps
  • High energy
  • Enhances focus
Ingredients: 8g Citrulline Malate, 3g Beta Alanine, 1.5g Agmatine, 1g Arginine Nitrate, 1g Beet Root Powder, 250mg L-Norvaline, 500mg Choline Bitartrate, 25mg Sceletium Tortuosum Extract, 15mg Grains of Paradise
Stimulants: 120mg DMAA, 400mg Caffeine
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There's no pre-workout like Crack.

It hits hard and it hits fast.

Crack has 120mg DMAA along with nitrates, nitric oxide boosters, and 400mg caffeine.

There are also other pre-workouts from Dark Labs like Crack Reloaded. 

It doesn't have DMHA or DMAA, but yet it rocks 500mg eria jarensis, a load of stims, and lots of energy to spare.

The focus is absolutely incredible, and the formula is well-built together. 

Check out my review here.

It's full of stimulants, but it also hasn't forgotten about pumps as it has 6g citrulline malate and a full gram of agmatine sulfate.

While Crack Reloaded sounds like another reloaded and rehashed pre-workout, it's not. 

When has Dark Labs disappointed anyone?

Crack Reloaded:

  • 6g citrulline malate, 3.2g beta-alanine, 1g choline bitartrate, 1g agmatine sulfate, 1g lion's mane, 600mg alpha GPC 50%, 500mg beta-phenylethylamine, 500mg eria jarensis, 350mg caffeine, 150mg caffeine citrate, 100mg DiCaffeine malate, 100mg theobromine HCL, 50mg isopropylnorsynephrine, 30mg noopept, 2mg alpha yohimbine, 100mcg huperzia serrata

Crack Gold:

  • 5g Citrulline Malate, 2g Beta-Alanine, 1g Agmatine, 500mg Alpha GPC, 500mg N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, 10mg Black Pepper Extract
  • 300mg caffeine anhydrous, 200mg caffeine citrate, 300mg eria jarensis, 200mg DMHA, 100mg DMAA, 50mg hordenine, 25mg naringin, 1mg alpha yohimbine

Crack Original:

  • 8g citrulline malate, 3g beta-alanine, 1.5g agmatine sulfate, 1g arginine nitrate, 1g Beet Root Powder, 500mg choline bitartrate, 250mg L-Norvaline, 25mg Sceletium Tortuosum Extract, 15mg Grains of Paradise
  • 400mg caffeine anhydrous, 120mg DMAA

And Dark Labs has other pre-workouts.

Like Flame, a DMHA pre-workout with 500mg Eria Jarensis is more focused on smooth euphoric energy.

Crack Gold has 2 strong nitric oxide boosters, along with exotic stimulants, so you're looking at one of the strongest pre-workouts on the market. 

But something to be aware of is that DMAA has a bit of a risk for elevating blood pressure when going over 80mg. 

However, that becomes less of an issue as nitric oxide boosters expand blood vessels, allowing for more blood flow and oxygen to be delivered to working muscles.

There are some nitric oxide ingredients so you'll feel some nice pumps.

It includes citrulline malate, and agmatine. 

Click here to read our review of the original Crack

The original Crack is made for pumps, and it has really smooth energy. 

Or if you want something for fat burning, consider Herolean.

Crack Gold is made for stim-junkies as you'll see why in our review here.

LIMITLESS ENERGY

Hypermaxed Out by Performax

HyperMax'd Out Pre Workout by Performax Labs

Hypermax'd Out is a strong pre-workout coming from Performax.

Ingredients: 8g Citrulline, 3.2g Beta Alanine, 2g GlycerSize, 2g Tyrosine, 1g VitaCholine, 200mg RhodioPrime, 200mg Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, 150mg HesperiPump, 100mg KannaEase, 100mg Pinorox, 20mg Huperzia Serrata, 10mg BioPerine
Highlights:
  • High Energy
  • Strong Pumps
  • Clean Formula
Stimulants: 500mg ThinFen, 400mg Caffeine, 300mg Eria Jarensis, 100mg Caffeine Malate, 100mg Theobromine, 15mg YoMax (yohimbine and alpha yohimbine)
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HyperMax'd Out by Performax is a potent pre-workout blend, packed with yohimbine (but trust, I didn't experience the usual side effects).

It delivers relentless energy, notable for its sustained intensity throughout workouts, and even hours afterward.

The formula, rich in scientifically-backed ingredients, offers enhanced focus and impressive pumps, making it suitable for high-intensity training sessions.

The unique combination of Kanna and Yohimbine in HyperMax'd Out stands out, addressing common issues like cold sweats often associated with Yohimbine, resulting in a more enjoyable experience.

It feels clean and high, with no jittery sensations, and the Dragon Fruit flavor adds to the overall positive experience.

Key ingredients include 8g of L-Citrulline and 3.2g of Beta-Alanine for muscle endurance and pumps, and a robust energy blend with 400mg of Caffeine Anhydrous and 100mg of Infinergy® for a sustained energy boost.

Adaptogens like RhodioPrime are included to manage stress and maintain focus, making this pre-workout a comprehensive choice for those looking to elevate their workout intensity.

INTENSE FOCUS AND MOTIVATION

Assassin by Apollon Nutrition

Well Rounded DMHA Pwo
Assassin v7 by Apollon Nutrition

Assassin v7 is the next best pre workout coming from Apollon Nutrition

Highlights:
  • Massive formula of ergogenic aids and stims
  • Long lasting energy (literally all day)
  • Half scoop is enough for most people
Ingredients: 4g Citrulline, 3.5g Beta Alanine, 2.5g Betaine Anhydrous, 2g Tyrosine, 1g Agmatine, 1g Lion's Mane, 300mg Grape Seed Extract, 50mg AstraGin, 30mg Noopept
Stimulants: 500mg PEA, 300mg Eria Jarensis, 450mg Caffeine Anhydrous, 200mg Di-Caffeine Malate, 75mg Higenamine, 75mg Hordenine, 2mg Yohimbine, 1.5mg Alpha Yohimbine
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Although Assassin V7 has been officially replaced by V8, I personally still think V7 is stronger.

You can find our Assassin v8 review here.

Assassin v7 is the flagship pre-workout from Apollon Nutrition.

From the things you wouldn't expect, like 2 forms of caffeine, to a huge 4g dose of citrulline, 3.5g beta-alanine, 2.5g betaine, and more, Assassin is a monster of a formula.

The stimulant blend contains quite a few stims similar to Double Impact...

Including 650mg caffeine and 300mg eria jarensis, but it goes beyond caffeine with 300mg DMHA and 500mg Phenylethylamine.

These 2 ingredients, along with the nootropics and ergogenic aids have very strong mental supporting benefits.

The big 200mg dose of di-caffeine malate will help prolong these effects, along with the benefit of making the stimulants last longer.

For pumps, it has 4g citrulline, 2.5g betaine anhydrous, and 1g agmatine.

In comparison, Hooligan is great if you're looking for solid energy without exotic stimulants, and if you want to go all out, then go with Assassin v7.

And Apollon just keeps coming out with new flavors for this version. 

Recently, a new NutriCartel version just came out, the Cherry Cola version. 

Deciding between Assassin and Hooligan might be a tough choice.

But what if you could have both?

Assassin is meant to be taken for the hardest workouts, whether you're trying to break your PR for compound lifts or lift high volume, like bodybuilding style, this is the perfect pre-workout to use.

Assassin is easily one of the best pre-workouts for all-around energy, pumps, and mood support.

The difference between Assassin and Hooligan is that Assassin is more of a stim junkie type of pre-workout if you're looking for the strongest energy and focus. 

Assassin is meant to be taken for the hardest workouts, whether you're trying to break your PR for compound lifts or lift high volume, like bodybuilding style, this is the perfect pre-workout to use. 

Check out the ingredient breakdown here. 

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POTENT ENERGY PWO

God of Rage Unchained

God of Rage Unchained Pre Workout by Centurion Labz

God of Rage Unchained is a high-stimulant pre-workout designed for serious athletes seeking intense, sustained energy. Its unique formula combines standard stimulants, making it a potent choice for those looking to shatter workout plateaus.

Highlights:
  • Potent Stimulant Blend
  • Exotic Ingredients
  • Not for Beginners
Ingredients: 6g Citrulline Malate, 3.2g Beta Alanine, 3g Glycerol Monostearate, 500mg DMAE, 500mg Choline Bitartrate, 25mg Astragin, 200mcg Huperzine A
Stimulants: 325mg Caffeine, 200mg Theobromine, 200mg Eria Jarensis, 100mg Mucuna Pruriens, 100mg Di-Caffeine Malate, 5mg Yohimbine, 1.5mg Alpha Yohimbine
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God of Rage Unchained is a pre-workout supplement that's engineered for the elite.

It's packed with a potent blend of stimulants, including a whopping 325mg of caffeine, Theobromine, and Eria Jarensis, to name a few.

This isn't just about getting a quick energy boost; it's about sustained, focused energy that can help you break through your workout plateaus.

The real game-changer here is the inclusion of exotic stimulants like Eria Jarensis and Alpha Yohimbine.

These ingredients are less common but incredibly effective, providing a type of stimulation that's more intense and longer-lasting than caffeine alone.

On the other side of the spectrum, we have El Jefe, another formidable pre-workout.

While El Jefe relies on more traditional stimulants, it's still a force to be reckoned with.

So potent is El Jefe that even advanced users may hesitate to go for a full serving, proving that you don't always need exotic stimulants to pack a punch.

The potency of God of Rage Unchained is both its strength and its caution flag.

It's not for the faint-hearted or stimulant-sensitive.

Even if you're a seasoned athlete, it's advisable to start with a half serving to assess your tolerance level.

In summary, God of Rage Unchained stands out as a high-stim pre-workout that offers a unique blend of both traditional and exotic stimulants.

It's designed for those who are not just looking to push their limits but to completely shatter them.

NOT RECOMMENDED (DISCONTINUED)

Excelsior by Imperial Nutrition

ALMOST BANNED
Excelsior by Imperial Nutrition

Excelsior has been one of the harder pre workouts to find due to it's supply shortage.

This has been the strongest pre workouts over the past few years but recently it's been hard to recommend because of it's shortage.

BANNED PRE WORKOUTS
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Update November 2021 - feb 2023: It's been nearly a year since Excelsior hasn't been available in the U.S.  It's time to consider the alternatives. Check out Gulag, a mood enhancing pre workout

I can also recommend Wild Fire instead as it feels very strong but still very clean.

Or check out the list of where to buy banned pre-workouts. 

But meanwhile, we have found something comparable, and maybe even better because it's half the price of Excelsior: check out Phenta Plex.

With Phenta Plex, you'll get crazy strong energy and focus for more than 10 hours at a time. 

Or check out Power by Badass Labz, which feels much stronger than an actual pre-workout with DMHA and caffeine. 

Excelsior can also be found in the UK but it's nearly $100...

Back to Excelsior...

This along with Craze (from Driven Sports) will go down as some of the most controversial pre-workouts to exist.

Excelsior has the same focus and energy that the original Craze had.

No, we're not referring to the reformulated versions like Craze V2, or CRZ OG.

We're talking about the original Craze from 2010. The OG.

Excelsior has a similar euphoric feel as the original Craze once had.

The same build-up of energy, the same happy “feels” and you won't want to leave the gym.

The energy lasts for hours.

People report they can't sleep if they take it after 3 pm (again similar to what Craze users reported).

I personally can't sleep until 3 am if I take it after 12 pm.

While it has DMHA and a few other ingredients, it is nothing like any other product that has similar ingredients.

And the appetite suppression is incredibly strong.

Pizza will no longer be appealing, and forget the craving for junk food.

You'll probably forget to eat.

There's definitely something more than the ingredient label shows. 

The feeling is sort of like an amphetamine type feel, with a ton of focus and a speedy feeling to it. 

There's a bit of a mood uplift, but there's also a crash after a few hours.

I wouldn't take this more than once a month because honestly it's strong in effects and I don't think it's worth risking my well-being

Expect to pay around 50 (or about 60-70 if you're outside the US)

That's around $1.5 per serving.

It's worth it for some feel-good energy and motivation.

But if you're prone to depression, you may want to look for another pre-workout because once you've used a lot of Excelsior, you'll be going through some nasty withdrawals.

This is why you should limit usage or not use it at all if you know you can't help it. 

It's available worldwide, throughout the UK and the US.

Try Excelsior and look no further, before you find this Craze replacement gone.

(If you're from the UK or live near it, check it out in this UK store)

If you're prone to depression, I recommend trying something else as this may have a strong crash after a few hours.

This is only for experienced users who know what they are doing.

If you're ordering this in April 2021 and beyond, you're getting a fresh batch.

It may be the same exact feeling or it may be altered in a way. 

What Are The Strongest Pre Workouts?

To recap, here are the strongest pre-workouts...

This is what we think is the best of the best:

  • Excelsior
  • Assassin v7
  • Wrecked Extreme
  • Herolean 
  • Crack Gold Edition
  • Crack (original and LTD)

These are all pre-workouts that have above-average amounts of energy, and most of them are monstrous when it comes to dosages.

There are also quite a few pre-workouts that didn't make the cut. But if you're looking for pre-workouts for sustainable, daily use, then check out this list. 

Pre Workout Buying Guide

A strong pre-workout isn't always ideal.

Bodybuilders will often go for a stim-free pre-workout so they can work out for hours without the dreaded crash or blood constriction of stimulants.

The roller coaster of energy is not worth the withdrawals…

If you're looking for pre-workouts for teens, then check out this list.

So this here is a serious matter.

Most people will happily go day to day and survive their hectic and stressful lives with stress-inducing stimulants.

Those stress-inducing stimulants will have your heart pumping harder than ever, your stress levels will be higher and you'd certainly be sleep deprived.

Now for us bodybuilders, our lives are already full of stress already and though training has us feeling happy, we're not allowing our bodies to get full REM sleep cycles.

So when it comes to cycling supplements, you should most certainly be cycling pre-workouts (with stimulants).

If you're not already taking your basic supplements like ZMA and creatine, then you might not be making the most out of these pre-workouts.

Magnesium can potentiate the effects of caffeine (and other drugs) it's an NMDA antagonist.

Strongest Pre Workout Ingredients 

These are the most important ingredients in strong pre-workouts that support mood, motivation, and energy. 

Caffeine

Caffeine is one of the most proven and researched stimulants in pre-workouts.

It's a common ingredient and it's the driving force behind any pre-workout that isn't stim-free.

Caffeine is an energy booster and it can also enhance focus, alertness, and even fat loss. [12]

Research has also found caffeine to increase metabolism and suppress appetite. [3]

Any dose from 40 to 300mg can improve mental function, while doses higher than 200mg will enhance physical function. [4]

Typically research recommends anywhere from 5mg to 6mg per kg of body weight can increase performance.

That's about 380mg of caffeine for someone who weighs 165 lbs. [5]

The normal form of caffeine is quick to digest but there are also other forms that vary in speed.

Caffeine citrate is supposed to be faster acting than regular caffeine, while caffeine malate is the slowest digesting.

Typically pre-workouts will have multiple forms of caffeine to ensure a steady flow of fast and slow-digesting energy.

DMAA

We have an entire guide on DMAA here.

This is a stimulant that's supposed to be banned but it's still widely available on the market.

As of 2021, Dark Energy and Static Labz are completely discontinued as it's rumored that they've been raided by the FDA.

DMAA is known as 1,3-Dimethylamylamine, and it's an extract of geranium.

It's a stimulant that's commonly used in strong pre-workouts.

It's been promoted and marketed as a fat-burning ingredient but the energy effects are where this stimulant shines.

How it works exactly is unknown but it's understood that it imitates adrenaline and can increase dopamine production. [6]

DMHA

DMHA is known as 2-aminoisoheptane and it belongs to a class of aliphatic amines.

Sometimes it's labeled as plain DMHA, but there are really 2 forms of this stimulant and that's 2-amino-5-methylheptane and 2-amino-6-methylheptane.

The euphoric form leans more on the side of 2-amino-5 while 2-amino-6-methylheptane is provides aggressive energy.

This is still a fairly new stimulant but the accepted dose is anywhere from 100-150mg, while some pre-workouts go as high as 200-300mg.

Eria Jarensis

Eria jarensis is a PEA-based ingredient that's standardized to the constituent n-phenethyl dimethylamine (n-methyl-pea)

It functions as a potent neuromodulator and it provides some nice smooth but strong euphoria.

Doses can vary from 150 to 200mg but some pre-workouts have gone as high as 500mg.

Again there isn't enough research to state a safe dosage.

Tyrosine

Tyrosine is a precursor to the most important neurotransmitters like dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine) [7]

It can alleviate stress and help you handle stressful situations better. [89

This ingredient is important to have for maximum energy which is why it's often used alongside caffeine since caffeine can release these neurotransmitters and tyrosine can help produce them. [10]

FAQ's

What's The Best Replacement For Craze? 

We've found a pre-workout that just may replace Craze, called Juiced.

After years of searching and going through many pre-workouts…

None of them ever came close, not even Driven Sport's latest Frenzy (and forget about Craze V2)

Craze was the only pre-workout that could produce that awesome tunnel focus along with strong euphoria, although there were more than likely to be banned substances in it.

So you'd like to have some of that tunnel focus again, which is possible, though the euphoria aka “feel good energy” may not be there.

Check out the list for the best alternative for Craze.

It definitely has something that's not listed on the profile. 

Pre-Workouts We Don't Recommend:

Our least favorite (the worst you can get), is 4 Gauge (laughable dosages) and Yeah Buddy (sorry Ronnie, but this is just caffeine with everything else being under-dosed). 

Ronnie's Yeah Buddy is better than 4 Gauge, but it still could use a few major tweaks, and it would probably be better the better choice compared to a cup of coffee.

You're better off making your own pre workout than buying those.  

Should You Cycle Stimulants?

Most certainly yes.

Remember the first time you took your first pre-workout?

Maybe it barely had stimulants, but it certainly had you jumping from one set to the next with barely any rest.

And after months and months of sipping on pwo's, you've got yourself asking…

“Why isn't it working as well as it did the first time? Should I be switching pre-workouts?”

And there begins the hardcore stim user who is soon asking what's stronger than Mr. Hyde and why C4 is the worst pre out there.

Do you have Tolerance? 

Most people don't read into the labels of pre-workouts but they clearly state “do not use more than 4-6 weeks”.

They don't mean don't use “Mr. Hyde” for more than 4-6 weeks, they mean lay off the stims!

What happens when you need more than 300mg of caffeine?

It's just not sustainable…

How Should You Cycle Pre Workouts?

A simple 1 to 2 week off stimulants will have you feeling amped when you have your pre-workout again.

It takes 24 to 48 hours for the withdrawals to start, and it hits its peak at around 4 days.

So really if you only take your pre-workout 2-3 times a week, and assuming it's got moderate stimulants (less than 300mg of caffeine and less than 50mg of other stimulants generally), you should be okay for up to 8 weeks.

But if you're taking stim-heavy pre-workouts 3-4 times a week with coffee / other stimulants and haven't taken a break for more than 4 weeks, then it's truly time to take a 1-2 week break.

This really needs an article on its own as this is general advice.

The bottom line is if you want your pre-workouts to hit hard for those demanding workouts, then you need to use those pre-workouts only for those sessions.

Try using a stim-free pre-workout as that will still have strong performance-enhancing ingredients.

You can still use a bit of caffeine (50mg to 150mg) if you're truly sluggish without it.

These types of pre-workouts will always have their place in the industry.

But I can see a shift from caffeine to other stimulants.

Caffeine is overrated.

And Craze (though possibly contained a type of amphetamine) and many other pre-workouts have proved that it's possible to have a potent pre-workout without reliance on caffeine.

Check out the best pre-workouts for muscle gains if you're sick of stimmed-up pre-workouts.

Leave a comment below, and let me know what you think of these pre-workouts or if I missed any…

Remember to take basic supplements like ZMA and creatine to make the most out of these.

Can I Stack Pre Workouts?

You can stack any pre-workout with any stimulant-free (no caffeine) nitric oxide supplement (See our nitric oxide buying guide).

Are These Pre Workouts Optimal?

Yes and no. 

The strongest pre-workout isn't always optimal. 

Studies have shown 300mg of caffeine is the best dose for performance, but there's little research on exotic stimulants that are mixed together like these. 

How much you can handle should be assessed by taking half or less of the recommended servings. 

More is not always better. 

Advanced bodybuilders may avoid these heavy stimulant pre-workouts.

They'd opt for non-stimulant pre workouts as they won't constrict blood flow as much as these hard-hitting pre-workouts. 

Imagine trying to do 350lb squats with your heart already pounding from taking a heavy cocktail of stimulants?

So…

Unless you want to lay in bed for many days in a row feeling drained as a peach that is out of its season, don't abuse these pre-workouts.

You don't want to be a slave for stimulants. 

My advice: don't use them more than 3 times (4 max) a week or don't take them for longer than 6-8 weeks without taking 2-3 weeks off them. 

Get another pre-workout with none to moderate stimulants like Transparent Labs Bulk or any pre-workout with less than 300mg caffeine.

Because once you go off these hard hitters, you'll feel so drained and tired that you'll feel completely useless on the days that you don't take these. 

You won't even be able to do basic functions, let alone workouts. 

Limit your caffeine sources.

You don't want to have your usual cup of coffee when you take a pre-workout. 

What About Pre Workouts For Women?

If you're wondering where our “best pre-workouts for women” are, well you're already looking at the right list.

There's no such thing as a pre-workout for women.

Would Starbucks label a cup of coffee for women/men?

If you can handle 300mg caffeine along with DMAA and/or other stimulants (check out our DMAA top 10 lists here) and then you're fine with any of these pre-workouts.

You should always assess your tolerance with less than half a scoop before you take a full serving of any pre-workout.

You may even benefit from just taking half servings throughout the entire bottle.

So ladies, forget the color of the bottle, don't fall for the pink labels and flashy marketing.

Just get anything that you can handle, and test it out with half a serving or even less.

What is a pre-workout supplement?

Pre-workout supplements are designed to help you maximize your time in the gym and attack those weight racks! Some of the benefits you might experience are improved endurance, increased energy, better focus, and decreased muscle breakdown during your workout.

When should I take my pre-workout supplement?

For optimal results, it's generally recommended to take your pre-workout supplement 15-30 minutes before your workout. This allows the ingredients enough time to kick in.

Are pre-workout supplements safe?

Yes, pre-workout supplements are generally safe for most people. However, these pre-workouts listed here are super potent because not only do they have caffeine but they also have other stimulants as well.

Can I take a pre-workout supplement on an empty stomach?

While it's not dangerous to take pre-workout on an empty stomach, it can cause nausea in some people. If you have a sensitive stomach, try eating a small snack before taking your supplement.

Do I need to cycle off pre-workout supplements?

Yes, it's a good idea to cycle off pre-workout supplements every 6-8 weeks. This helps prevent your body from building up a tolerance to the ingredients, ensuring you get the maximum benefits.

Can I take a pre-workout supplement if I workout in the evening?

Yes, but keep in mind that pre-workout supplements often contain caffeine, which can interfere with your sleep if taken too close to bedtime. If you workout in the evening, consider a caffeine-free pre-workout.

What should I look for in a pre-workout supplement?

When choosing a pre-workout supplement, look for ingredients that support your specific fitness goals. For example, if you're looking to build muscle, choose a pre-workout with ingredients like BCAAs and creatine. If you're looking for endurance, look for ingredients like beta-alanine and citrulline.

Are all pre-workout supplements the same?

No, not all pre-workout supplements are the same. They can vary greatly in terms of ingredients and effects. Some are designed to increase energy, while others are focused on boosting performance or building muscle.

Can I use a pre-workout supplement for cardio workouts?

Yes, pre-workout supplements can be beneficial for any type of workout, not just weightlifting. They can help increase your energy and endurance, which can be particularly helpful for long cardio sessions.

Are there any side effects of pre-workout supplements?

Some people may experience side effects like jitteriness, increased heart rate, or upset stomach from pre-workout supplements, particularly those high in caffeine. Always start with a lower dose to assess your tolerance.

What Pre-Workout Has The Highest Caffeine?

So far, Hooligan has the highest at 650mg, and it doesn't have any exotic stimulants or banned (or not approved for WADA) substances. 

What's The Best Pre Workout for Bodybuilders?

Bodybuilders typically need something for muscle building and motivation. 

Something like Hooligan would be great but Wrecked and Bulk are also good choices. 

What's The Best Pre Workout for Powerlifters?

Hooligan again would be great for powerlifters but another great choice would be Wrecked Extreme.

Which pre-workouts have been banned?

A few years back, the FDA banned Jack3d. 

Then came the ban wave on DMAA around 2017, with the FDA mostly targeting Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals and Blackstone Labs.

Now in 2021, Dark Energy and Static Labz have been raided and DMAA may be in danger. 

More DMAA products may go off the market in 2021.

Why is Caffeine Always the Primary Stimulant?

Caffeine promotes wakefulness and improves performance like no other stimulant as it's been proven time and time again for its usefulness. 

This is why it's combined with other stimulants. 

Can I take pre-workout on a full stomach?

No, we recommend waiting at least 1-2 hours after eating (depending on the meal size) before taking a pre-workout.

The ingredients are best absorbed on an empty stomach.

Can I use The Strongest Pre Workouts For Cardio?

Yes, but it wouldn't be optimal. You don't want your heart racing 100 beats per minute before you even start your cardio session. 

So taking a quarter scoop or a regular pre-workout with just caffeine would be better. 

What Are The Strongest Muscle Builders?

However, if you're looking for something hardcore, check out these lists:

Muscle Building Supplements

We don't recommend using these hardcore muscle builders if you're a beginner, or if you're under 22 years old. 

These types of pre workouts are more than enough to give you an advantage for gains with a properly designed program. 

We're not saying these will 100% work for you. But these are just buying guides with recommendations.

Even creatine, a well-researched supplement, doesn't work for some people. 

If you don't like crashes or exotic stimulants, check out either Bulk or Wrecked. (Discount code FITFREK).
by Nader Qudimat

Forged by iron and cold steel, I'm Nader, a mid-30s natural bodybuilder. Once a 100lb skinny guy, I've transformed into a 200lb muscular athlete with over 15 years of lifting experience. Today, I leverage my transformation and extensive experience to guide countless individuals on their fitness journeys.

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