The pre workout category has grown quite significantly in the last couple of years and will no doubt continue to blossom as more trainers discover its benefits to training and performance. While a lot of trainers love the energy kick they get from their pre workouts, sometimes, that might not be a desirable effect. For example, trainers who train close to bedtime, those who are sensitive to caffeine or those who are trying to have a break from stimulants might still want many of the other beneficial elements from a pre workout, just not the stim kick. If this sounds like you, here are some of best stimulant free pre workouts of 2017.
Having gone through a huge transition in their branding in late 2016, Elemental Nutrition have still maintained their top position on this list. The one significant change though is that the original Elemental Nutrition Pre Workout is now known as Elemental Nutrition Pump. The formula however has remained the same and still provides a top notch range of ingredients. In fact, it’s one of the most comprehensive and well dosed stimulant free pre workouts on the market, perfect for those after boosts to endurance, strength and pump. Couple that with an incredible value for purchase and you have the top ranking stim free pre of 2017.
**For an even stronger pump, combine Elemental Nutrition Pump with Elemental Nutrition Citrulline or if you’re after endurance, combine it with Elemental Nutrition EPO**
Coming in a close second is International Protein’s NO Ignition. Similar to Elemental, they’ve changed the packaging, but have kept the same great formula. Providing a very similar mix of ingredients to Elemental Pump, NO Ignition is also good for endurance, strength and pump. They’ve tried to replace the energy you get from stimulants with acetyl l-carnitine, but unfortunately doesn’t really provide enough to make a significant impact. Still, it’s a great little stimulant free pre workout and a great alternative to Elemental Nutrition Pump if you want to try something new.
Horlye’s Creatine Xtreme has been around for quite awhile, but is still one of the best stimulant free pre workout options around. As its name suggest, Creatine Xtreme is heavy on the creatine providing a whopping 5g per serve along with decent doses of beta alanine at 1.6g and citrulline at 1g. As a supplement, it’s actually best used everyday regardless of training to help build up levels of the ingredients for optimum effectiveness. Horley’s Creatine Xtreme is a good choice for any style of trainer, but is especially ideal for strength or power trainers.
A fairly new addition to the EHPLabs range, PSI is the dedicated stim free pre in their range. Like many supplements in this category, they’ve chosen to provide a mix of predominantly pump boosting and blood flow enhancing ingredients. These including citrulline, agmatine, beet extract and arginine; all of which help to support vasodilation or the expansion of blood vessels. This helps to bring vital oxygen and nutrients to the muscles for better endurance performance. It’s not a bad effort from the brand behind the popular fat burner Oxyshred, however it works best in conjunction with their stimulant containing pre workout RP Max.
Rounding out our top 5 list for the year is Evogen Glycoject, a rather unique stim pre workout. It’s a fairly simple supplement with only 5 key active ingredients, and its main function really is provide a boost to the fuel levels needed for optimal performance. In this case, the particular fuel is carbohydrates, which is transformed into glucose to be readily used during slightly longer exercise sessions. The other ingredients have been included to support faster uptake of the carbs for faster energy. As a supplement, it can actually be used as a pre, intra and post workout, so if you’re looking for a versatile energy boost or recovery supplement, you can’t go wrong with Glycoject.
Notable Stimulant Free Pre Workouts of 2017
There aren’t a whole lot of stimulant free pre workouts on the market, but it is a steadily growing area. Some great alternatives that just missed the cut though, include:
If you’re looking for a good pre workout in 2017 to support your training, but without the caffeine and other stimulants, you can’t go wrong with any of the ones listed above.