Do Pre Workouts Really Work?

September 18, 2020 4 min read

Do Pre Workouts Really Work?

No matter what your goals are, if you’re spending time in the gym you want to get the most out of your workout right?!? Me too!

Whether you workout early in the morning or afternoon, sometimes we need a bit of a boost to get us going, especially on days you don’t feel super motivated to hit the gym.

This is where pre workout can be super helpful, especially for the early morning workouts! 

A few benefits of pre workout supplements are more energy, better focus, supporting amino acids and increasing blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. All of these can help you get a better, stronger workout and help resist lactic acid build up and prevent muscle tissue break down! If you’re putting in the work, we highly recommend a clean, natural pre workout to help you boost your endurance and strength, and therefore get better results!

However, it is crucial to understand that not all pre workouts are formulated the same way andsome supplements may contain illegal and dangerous additives, such as amphetamine like stimulants. (source)

Depending on the type of training you’re doing and your fitness goals, it is important to look for the right ingredients. Most popular ingredients used in pre workout supplements are Beta-Alanine, Creatine, BCAAs, Citrulline Malate and Caffeine. The amount of caffeine in pre workout supplements varies based upon the ingredients, even if they are all legal supplements, the high level of caffeine can have a negative effect on the heart. 

Some pre workout supplements can leave you feeling jittery, tingly and heart racing - this is certainly a sign of too much caffeine and not recommended. In recent testing, the supplement testing company LabDoor looked at 45 popular pre workout supplements and found that many contained extremely high doses of caffeine. One supplement contained 435 milligrams of caffeine — almost as much as four cups of coffee. Yikes! 

Packing that much caffeine in a tasty supplement makes it very easy to over do it on the caffeine. Additionally, some pre workout formulations can be very hard on the digestive system and can cause upset stomach and bloating depending on the ingredients used (typically from artificial sweeteners). 

Top Notch has a promise that all products are tested twice for harmful chemicals, heavy metals & pesticides and we never, ever, use anything that is artificial so you won’t find these dangerous ingredients in our pre workout. 

The caffeine found in our natural PRE isGreen Coffee Bean Extract & Infinergy™ 

Infinergy, also known as dicaffeine malate is a buffered form of caffeine that generates the same stimulatory effects of caffeine but protects the stomach from the upset that can be experienced with caffeine anhydrous. Additionally, malic acid is also a key player in the Krebs Cycle, the intracellular process of energy creation.

Possibly dicaffeine malate’s biggest contribution is its ability to provide a more extended, smooth and sustained energy compared to caffeine anhydrous. Most often regular forms of caffeine generate a huge surge of energy that leads to jitters, and eventually, a huge crash. The combination of malate and caffeine offers a smooth uptick in energy which lasts a few hours longer than traditional caffeine and has a smooth ride down. (source)

Other natural ingredients we include in our patented formula include:

L-Citruline Malate 2:1

Citrulline malate is a natural amino acid that is produced in the body in small amounts through the other amino acids that are consumed. This aids in the transportation of blood & nutrients into muscles (PUMP). Who doesn’t want to perform stronger in a workout?


Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid that is also produced naturally in the body. One benefit of beta-alanine is assisting the production of carnosine, which plays a role in muscle growth and muscle endurance during intense workouts. 

Our muscles contain carnosine naturally, so increasing carnosine may allow the muscles to perform for longer periods before they become fatigued. Carnosine does this by helping to regulate acid buildup in the muscles, a primary cause of muscle fatigue. (source)


L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that is naturally produced in the body from another amino acid called phenylalanine and assists with focus and alertness. Tyrosine can be found in many high protein foods including chicken, turkey, fish, cheese and other dairy products. L-tyrosine helps with focus and alertness as it stimulates a neurotransmitter, Orexin, which functions as the sensor ofenergy balance.

Tyrosine also helps make several important substances, including (source):

  • Dopamine: Dopamine regulates your reward and pleasure centers. This important brain chemical is also important for memory and motor skills.
  • Adrenaline and noradrenaline: These hormones are responsible for the fight-or-flight response to stressful situations. They prepare the body to “fight” or “flee” from a perceived attack or harm.
  • Thyroid hormones: Thyroid hormones are produced by the thyroid gland and primarily responsible for regulating metabolism.
  • Melanin: This pigment gives your skin, hair and eyes their color. Dark-skinned people have more melanin in their skin than light-skinned people (source).


L-Theanine is an amino acid that is found in tea leaves. It was identified in tea by Japanese scientists in 1949. While tea is the most common dietary source for L-theanine, this compound is also found in some types of mushrooms. One of the appealing aspects of L-theanine is that it works to relax without sedating. This is beneficial to include in a pre workout to avoid the post-workout crash. 

Another benefit of L-theanine is that it elevates levels of 3 neurotransmitters - GABA, serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals work in the brain to regulate emotions, mood, concentration, alertness, and sleep, as well as appetite, energy, and other cognitive skills.

Pre workout can be very beneficial for most people, it is important to always use as directed! It should be used by healthy adults who do not have any preexisting medical conditions. 

While our product is not as high in caffeine compared to other pre workouts, we recommend starting with ¼-½ scoop first, especially if you are sensitive to caffeine. 

Note: Pre-workout supplements are not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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