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Engineering the Perfect Deadlift

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Work to perfect this massive deadlift to boost all your gains.

The barbell deadlift is often seen as the single most effective exercise in your training tool-box. The deadlift is a true full body exercise. While most people would consider it a “back” exercise, and others will argue that it’s a “leg” exercise; in my book, it really is an everything exercise, which is not a bad thing. However, if the deadlift is performed incorrectly, it is nothing but a back injury waiting to happen. In this article I’m going to break down exactly what the deadlift is and how to properly execute it for a strong back.

Why Is The Deadlift So Great?

When you deadlift you use every single muscle in your body to complete the movement. Your arms and forearms hold onto the barbell, your shoulders and traps hold and stabilize the weight, your back and core help keep your entire body stable, and your legs and entire posterior chain act as a lever to lift the weight.

On top of that, the deadlift is a basic, functional human movement, so building strength here will transfer over into real world tasks. You may not realize it, but when you are doing all sorts of things from moving a piece of furniture to picking your child up off the floor – you are deadlifting. As you build solid form deadlifting in the gym, your form for deadlifting in real life will also improve. This means you’ll be less likely to injure yourself now and later down the road.

Step By Step Guide To Perform The Perfect Deadlift

Here’s how to do a conventional barbell deadlift:

  1. Stand mid-foot under the barbell. Feet slightly angled outward, hip width apart. Look down – the bar should be over the middle of your feet.
  2. Bend over and grab the bar with a shoulder-width grip.
  3. Bend your knees until your shins touch the bar.
  4. With a neutral spine, lift your chest up and flex your butt.
  5. Take a big breath, hold it, and pick the bar up off the ground (It helps to think “drive through your heels”).
  6. Continue pressing with your legs and thrusting your hips forward until you are fully standing up.
  7. Hold the weight for a second at the top, with locked hips and knees. Then return the weight to the floor by moving your hips back while bending your legs. Rest a second at the bottom and repeat.

The fastest way to increase your deadlift is by improving your form. By pulling more efficiently you can deadlift heavier weights. This results in more strength and muscle gains. Check out our deadlift guide below:

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I use straps while doing deadlifts?

This depends mostly on what your goals are, what you are trying to get out of the deadlift. Lifting straps will let you lift more than your hands can hold with a regular overhand grip but relying on straps will cause your grip strength to be undeveloped down the road. Lifting straps are also not allowed in competition, so if you are a powerlifter you should get used to training without them. You’re better off developing your grip strength alongside your deadlifts. Plus, you’ll get beefy forearms in the process.

Do I need to use a lifting belt?

When starting out, you don’t have to worry about using a lifting belt, as you want to focus more on form and building up that core strength. However, as you get into really heavy weights, it may be something to look into.

Wearing a lifting belt reduces the amount of spinal flexion, spinal extension, and lateral flexion of the spine, but increases the amount of flexion at the hips and knees. In other words, a belt forces you to lift more with your legs than your back, which is precisely the biomechanical position you want to use when lifting something from the ground.

Lifting belts are allowed in competition, so there is no harm in training with one once you get to that level.

RELATED: Check out this list of the Best Weightlifting Belts for great belts!

What kind of shoes should I wear to deadlift?

It doesn’t really matter what kind of shoes they are, as long as they are flat and not slippery. It is high advised against to wear running shoes or athletic shoes with those pockets of air bubbles in the heels, this can distribute the weight differently and really throw off your balance. You really have three options for deadlifting shoes:

  1. Flat Shoes – Converse by Chuck Taylor work great, also a good pair of Vans will do the job just fine.
  2. Deadlifting Shoes – Getting a bit fancy here, but if you are competing or just want the best possible shoes you can deadlift in, consider deadlifting shoes (also called weight lifting shoes).
  3. Barefoot – If you don’t want to invest in new shoes, deadlift barefoot (or in socks if the gym floors are particularly dirty. Deadlifting barefoot or in socks can cause a few complications, such as slipping or athletes foot, so be mindful of the surface that you are standing on when you are doing this.

Wrap Up

The benefits of deadlifts are numerous, ranging from improved athletic performance to muscle growth and increased strength. The deadlift works your entire posterior chain, your glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, abdominal muscles, lower back muscles, back muscles like the latissimus dorsi (commonly known as the lats), and your forearms since you have to hold onto the bar to prevent it from slipping out of your hands. Since there are many muscles incorporated in the deadlift movement, you can lift more weight with it than many other exercises. This makes the deadlift ideal for building muscle and strength.

However, if performed incorrectly, deadlifts can lead to muscle tweaks, pinched nerves or other serious injuries to your back. But don’t let that scare you, follow the tips outlined in this article and you’ll be good to go.

Will you be incorporating the deadlift into your training sessions?

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Dorian Yates Highlights Calves, Forearms As Missing Pieces In Today’s Bodybuilders: “It’s Not The Same Standard At All”

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Dorian Yates believes multiple avenues of fitness have changed the standard in bodybuilding.

Dorian Yates built a career on the bodybuilding stage that puts his name with the best of all-time. Since his retirement, Yates has stayed in great shape while watching the sport he competed in evolve. When discussing some major changes, Yates highlighted two specific body parts — calves and forearms.

From 1992-1997, Yates did not lose a competition and racked up six-consecutive Olympia titles. Following his final victory on the biggest stage, Yates retired from bodybuilding after suffering different injuries. In retirement, Yates has maintained a shredded physique while sharing his wisdom in the gym.

READ MORE: Dorian Yates Displays Legendary Back At 62 Years Old

Yates is no stranger to the Olympia stage and believes the competition is different than during his time.

“The competition, are you talking about Open Mr. Olympia? It’s not the same. It’s not the same standard at all I don’t think.

It’s conditioning. I think when people ask me what’s the change in competitors, why are they now all the guys that are very short? All the guys don’t have calves and they don’t have forearms.”

Yates continued to discuss the reasoning behind this and pinpointed the amount of fitness activities there are.

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Dorian Yates Talks Change In Bodybuilding

Dorian Yates, who was joined by Derek from MPMD, attempted to pinpoint the reason for certain changes in the sport. First, he discussed the overall interest in bodybuilding compared to what it was during his era.

“If you had 10 million people doing something or one million people doing something, you’ll have more outstanding genetic specimens in the 10 million than you would in the one million. More people are going to the gym, more gyms, but less people are doing bodybuilding.”

 

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As the years have gone on, there have been more areas of fitness for people to take on. This could be within bodybuilding, with a plethora of different divisions, but also outside.

“In the 80s and the 90s, every dude wanted to be a bodybuilder. That was it. If you went to the gym, you wanted to be a bodybuilder and you probably wanted to try competing as well. It was all quite new, everyone was into it. Now, there’s so many different avenues you can go down with fitness and so many different categories in all the competitions.”

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2024 Netherlands Strongest Man: Which Strongman Dominated?

Who was crowned the 2024 Netherlands’ Strongest Man champion?

The 2024 Netherlands’ Strongest Man results are in and a new Dutch champion has been crowned. Taking place July 7, 2024, in Deventer, Netherlands, the event featured twelve strongman competitors each vying for top honors.

The show featured six individual events that tested the mettle of these Dutch strongman competitors. From classics like the Truck Pull to the Atlas Stones, each competitor had to dig deep to overcome these challenging events.

When it was all said and done, it would be Kevin Hazeleger who would emerge victorious at the show. No stranger to dominating the competition, Hazeleger left his opposition in the dust to prove himself a strongman to be reckoned with. So what did the final standings look like? Take a look below.

2024 Strongest Man in the Netherlands Results

  1. Kevin Hazeleger — 69.5 points
  2. Kelvin de Ruiter — 64.5 points
  3. Max Gelder — 50 points
  4. Quincy Abbink — 46.5 points
  5. Sander van Zutphen — 43 points
  6. Angelo van der Pas — 39 points
  7. Wim van de Groep — 37.5 points
  8. Ruben van Kreij — 34.5 points
  9. Frank de Heus — 34.5 points
  10. Martijn de Weerd — 22.5 points
  11. Bart Marcelissen — 11.5 points
  12. George Sulaiman — One point

 

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How did the day’s events turn out? Below you will find the results for each of the six strongman events contested in Deventer.

2024 Strongest Man in the Netherlands Event Results

Truck Pull

Each strongman attempted to pull a 16,000-kilogram vehicle down a 25-meter course for the fastest time.

  1. Kelvin de Ruiter — 23.98 seconds
  2. Kevin Hazeleger — 25.31 seconds
  3. Max Gelder — 25.87 seconds
  4. Sander van Zutphen — 26.77 seconds
  5. Quincy Abbink — 27.41 seconds
  6. Angelo van der Pas — 27.49 seconds
  7. Frank de Heus — 27.71 seconds
  8. Wim van de Groep — 27.76 seconds
  9. Bart Marcelissen — 28.7 seconds
  10. Ruben van Kreij — 29.91 seconds
  11. Martijn de Weerd — 31 seconds
  12. George Sulaiman — 33.28 seconds

Max Log Lift

  1. Angelo van der Pas — 175 kilograms
  2. Kevin Hazeleger — 170 kilograms
  3. Kelvin de Ruiter — 160 kilograms (T-third)
  4. Sander van Zutphen — 160 kilograms (T-third)
  5. Max Gelder — 150 kilograms (T-fifth)
  6. Frank de Heus — 150 kilograms (T-fifth)
  7. Quincy Abbink — 140 kilograms (T-seventh)
  8. Ruben van Kreij — 140 kilograms (T-seventh)
  9. Martijn de Weerd — 140 kilograms (T-seventh)
  10. Bart Marcelissen — 140 kilograms (T-seventh)
  11. Wim van de Groep — 130 kilograms
  12. George Sulaiman — no lift

Carry & Drag

  1. Kevin Hazeleger — 39.34 seconds
  2. Kelvin de Ruiter — 40.9 seconds
  3. Martijn de Weerd — 44.04 seconds
  4. Quincy Abbink — 45.23 seconds
  5. Wim van de Groep — 46.41 seconds
  6. Ruben van Kreij — 47.49 seconds
  7. Max Gelder — 48.56 seconds
  8. Frank de Heus — 51.03 seconds
  9. Sander van Zutphen — 52.06 seconds
  10. Angelo van der Pas — 59.08 seconds
  11. Bart Marcelissen — 10 meters
  12. George Sulaiman — withdrew

Holland Stone Carry

1. Kevin Hazeleger – 47.2 meters

2. Kelvin de Ruiter―45.43 meters

3. Max Gelder—43.65 meters

4. Wim van de Groep – 35.6 meters

5. Ruben van Kreij – 29.47 meters

6. Sander van Zutphen — 25.55 meters

7. Quincy Abbink — 23.72 meters

8. Frank de Heus ―20.95 meters

9. Angelo van der Pas—20 meters

10. Martijn de Weerd — 6.42 meters

11. Bart Marcelissen-withdrew

12. George Sulaiman — withdrew

Car Deadlift

Athletes were tasked with performing deadlifts of a 330-kilogram car for as many reps as possible within 60 seconds.

1. Kevin Hazeleger – Five reps (T-first)

2. Kelvin de Ruiter – Five reps (T-first)

3. Ruben van Kreij – Four reps

4. Quincy Abbink – Three reps (T-fourth)

5. Sander van Zutphen – Three reps (T- fourth)

6. Angelo van der Pas – Three reps (T- fourth)

7. Max Gelder – Two reps (T-seventh)

8. Wim van de Groep – Two reps (T-seventh)

9. Frank de Heus – One rep

10. Martijn de Weerd – no lift

11. Bart Marcelissen – withdrew

12. George Sulaiman – withdrew

Atlas Stones

Athletes were tasked with lifting five stones weighing between 120 and 200 kilograms. Each strongman had 90 seconds to lift and load each stone to its respective pedestal for the fastest time.

1. Kevin Hazeleger – Four in 25.65 seconds

2. Max Gelder — Four in 32.46 seconds

3. Quincy Abbink – Four in 34.27 seconds

4. Kelvin de Ruiter ― Four in 34.52 seconds

5. Wim van de Groep – Four in 57.9 seconds

6. Frank de Heus – Three in 72.93 seconds

7. Sander van Zutphen – Two in 15.43

seconds

8. Angelo van der Pas – Two in 15.64

seconds

9. Martijn de Weerd – Two in 16.93 seconds

10. Ruben van Kreij – Two in 37.2 seconds

11. Bart Marcelissen – withdrew

12. George Sulaiman – withdrew

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Kevin Hart Shared Favorite Upper-Body Exercises & Ripped Physique Update On 45th Birthday

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Kevin Hart began focusing on his fitness years ago and is looking better than ever!

Kevin Hart is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and this means a lot of moving parts within his schedule. The comedian and actor has made sure to maintain a strict level of fitness through it all. Last week, Hart turned 45 and on his birthday, he shared a physique update and showed off some of his favorite upper-body movements.

Hart has been filming Borderlands, which is the recent movie he is starring in based on a best-selling video game. Hart has been apart of successful franchises such as Think Like A Man, Ride Along, and many more. He has also worked closely with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and the two have formed a friendship.

READ MORE: The Rock’s Latest Pre-Workout Breakfast

Along with strength training, Hart has worked cardio into his routine. This includes training CrossFit, biking, and completing marathons. He has worked with numerous trainers and continues to change his routine to find the best that works for him.

Kevin Hart’s Favorite Upper-Body Exercises

On July 6, Kevin Hart celebrated his 45th birthday and showed off his shredded physique to fans. In the midst of his montage of photos, Hart was seen completing some of his favorite movements.

“Feeling my best at 45…. Happy Motha Fucking B Day to me!!!!!! Fit & 45 & loving it!!!!!”

 

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The following movements can be seen within the post:

There are many different variations to exercises on this list and that includes pull-ups.

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Benefits Of Pull Ups

The benefits of pull ups should be an instant cue to implement these into your workout if you do not do so already. Pull ups are great strength builders for the entire upper body workout they provide is sure to keep you feeling big. But the functional strength is also something beneficial for all.

Everyday movements like walking, pushing, pulling, and turning can improve and you will build a solid relationship between your nervous and muscular systems. By increasing your back and core strength, better posture will become apparent and as a result you will look leaner and longer.

Pull ups will provide that boost to improve your physique and get that V-shape upper body everyone strives towards. Plus, you look great in the gym when you can push out non-stop reps on the bar for any number of sets.

Wide-Grip Pullup

Wide-grip pull ups will help cover your whole back since the distance to the bar is shorter than a normal or close-grip pullup. Unlike the close-grip, the wide-grip will not use the chest and bicep as much, thus relying more on the back to give you that stellar and strong back from a wide grip pull. You can even do a behind the neck pull with a pull up bar for a number of exercises.

Others:

  • Close-grip Pull Ups
  • Archer Pull Ups
  • Muscle Up
  • Towel Grip Pull Ups
  • Mixed Grip Pull Ups
  • Single Arm Pull Ups
  • Behind the Neck

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Phil Heath Says He Would Have NFL Legend J.J. Watt “Stage Ready” In 12 Weeks After Seeing Shredded Physique

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J.J. Watt impressed fans with his shredded physique but Phil Heath took notice too.

Phil Heath is a legend of bodybuilding that has totaled seven Olympia victories during his career. He knows an elite physique when he sees one and recently, he took notice of another legend — this one coming from the NFL.

Former NFL star J.J. Watt impressed fans with a shirtless selfie recently, showing off his shredded physique in retirement. Heath spoke with TMZ about the photo and said he would have Watt “stage ready” in 12 weeks if he were to train him.

“He actually looks pretty damn good. I think he would actually do well at the amateur level.”

Watt retired from the NFL following the 2022 season after a legendary career. The three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year finished with 114.5 career sacks and was the best defensive player of his generation. Watt led the league in sacks in 2012 (20.5) and 2015 (17.5). He was a First Team All-Pro selection five times.

Since retiring, Watt has remained active and clearly focuses on keeping his physique in shape.

Phil Heath: “I Can Get Him On An Amateur Stage”

Phil Heath acknowledged the physique of J.J. Watt and put a timeline of 12 weeks that he would need to get him ready for a competition.

“If he trained with me for 12 weeks and we made sure everything was rocking and rolling, no injuries, we do his blood work, we figure out his nutrition. 12 weeks, I can get him on an amateur stage and he would actually be very pleased with how he looked.”

 

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Of course, Heath broke down Watt’s physique and spoke about what are strengths and what could use work. He highlighted Watt’s core as his biggest strength, along with his chest. On the other hand, he claims Watt could use more development.

“Could he use more calf development? Yes. Could he use more delts? Yes. Could his arms be bigger? A lot of football fans wold be like ‘dude, his arms are sick. His arms are huge.’

We’re talking about my sport. You need to have minimum of 22-inch guns, man. Especially someone being that tall.”

Watt is used to testing himself physically during his playing career. Fans would love the opportunity to see him on a bodybuilding stage and Phil Heath believes he is the one that can make it happen.

“I can get him ready for an amateur show in literally 12 weeks, without a doubt.”

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Single-Arm Landmine Press Exercise Guide – How To, Benefits, & Alternatives

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The single-arm landmine press helps improve shoulder stability. 

While numerous shoulder press variations with free weights effectively enhance upper body strength, the landmine press offers added stability during workouts, making your training safer and minimizing injury risks. The single-arm landmine press, a unilateral variation, efficiently builds upper body muscles and provides increased stability. Experts often hail this routine as a joint-friendly alternative that uniquely engages muscles thanks to its distinctive range of motion. Research indicates that unilateral exercises employ a broader range of motion, which makes them so effective (1)

This article delves deep into the nuances of the single-arm landmine press, emphasizing the specific muscles it targets. It offers detailed, step-by-step guidance on executing this exercise in the correct form. Additionally, we spotlight the key benefits and introduce compelling alternative exercises that athletes can integrate into their training regimes to amplify their gains.

Techniques & Muscles Worked

The single-arm landmine press is a unilateral exercise that primarily works the delts (anterior and medial deltoids) and strengthens the shoulder blades (the scapular). It recruits secondary muscles like the chest, triceps, and upper back. During this exercise, the abs and obliques are also activated and contribute to stability, preventing the torso from moving.

This exercise requires using an angled barbell attached to a landmine device, or you can just fit it into the corner of a room to hold the bar angled in place. Ensure the setup is correct. If trying this exercise for the first time, you can do a couple of movements using light weights to get familiar with it first. You can also do it standing, sitting, or kneeling. Below are steps highlighting how to perform the single-arm landmine press standing.

  1. To set up the barbell landmine press, insert the barbell into the landmine and load the other end of the barbell with your desired weight.
  2. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and keep your spine neutral.
  3. Shoulder the barbell with your right hand and place your left hand on your ribcage to help keep you stable during this exercise. Brace your core and keep your back straight. This is your starting position.
  4. Next, take a deep breath, slightly bend your knees, and press the bar up by extending your elbows and flexing your shoulders. Pause for one to two seconds.
  5. Slowly and in a controlled manner, return the barbell to the starting position on your shoulder, making it one rep.
  6. Switch the barbell to the left shoulder, place your right hand on your ribcage, and repeat, mirroring the movement to complete the exercise.

Benefits

The single-arm landmine press is a compound exercise that works your upper body muscles. Below are some benefits of this exercise.

Builds & Strengthens the Upper Body Muscles

The single-arm landmine press primarily targets the shoulders and other secondary muscles, like the traps, pecs, and arms. This reinforces and strengthens the upper body and improves form, posture, and mobility

Addresses Muscle Imbalances

This unilateral exercise means you can train each part of your body individually. This can help address strength and muscle imbalances by making it easier to identify and attend to your weaker side, resulting in better body development.

Activates Core Muscles

The single-arm landmine press requires balance and stability to execute correctly. During this exercise, the core muscles activate to prevent the torso from twisting to its sides. This helps keep a stable shoulder and targets the muscles better. Activating the core muscles also helps with posture and reduces the chance of injuries.

Better Range of Motion

This unique exercise targets the deltoids and shoulder joints. It also helps reinforce proper scapular stabilization and increases its range of motion. As a result, you’ll be able to lift heavier objects while better controlling and protecting the shoulders

Better Mind-Muscle Connection

The single-arm landmine press is a unilateral exercise, which means you train each side individually. This helps you focus on the target muscles, building a better mind-muscle connection, which is beneficial for inducing muscle growth.

Improves Your Form for Other Workouts

This exercise works the upper body muscles, focusing primarily on the shoulders. A strong shoulder improves lifting, posture, and form for other exercises, including bench presses, pull-ups, deadlifts, and weighted shrug workouts.

Single-Arm Landmine Press Alternatives

The single-arm landmine press is primarily a shoulder-strengthening exercise but builds other upper body muscles, including the abdominals. However, research shows that mixing in other alternative exercises to build similar muscles can help prevent a training plateau (2). Below is a list of exercises you could integrate into your training regimen that work similar muscles.

Close-Grip Push-Up

The close grip push-up is a bodyweight exercise that targets your shoulders, triceps, and chest muscles. It also requires great stability, as it recruits your core muscles. If you want more resistance to increase muscle and strength gains, you can add weight vests and resistance bands.

Banded Shoulder Pass Through

The banded shoulder pass-through is an exercise that helps with shoulder strength and mobility. It targets all three heads of the shoulder muscles (front, middle, and rear deltoids), the upper back, and the shoulder joints. This exercise uses resistance bands to build strength in those areas.

Barbell Shrug

The barbell shrug is a free-weight exercise that works your traps and shoulders. It uses a barbell and adopts an isolation movement that solely works on the delts and upper back. You can also use other free weights like dumbbells, EZ bars, or a trap bar for this exercise.

FAQs

What is the landmine press good for?

The landmine press is a compound exercise that builds upper body muscles from an angle. If you’re an athlete struggling with stability when using free weights, this is the exercise for you.

What muscles do the single-arm landmine press work?

The single-arm landmine press is a unilateral exercise that works the shoulders while engaging your triceps and chest. It also activates the core muscles, which help with stabilization.

Is the landmine press for the shoulders or chest?

The single-arm landmine press primarily works the shoulders and stabilizer muscles. However, it also recruits other muscle groups, including the chest, as secondary muscle groups. 

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References

  1. Patterson, J. M., Vigotsky, A. D., Oppenheimer, N. E., & Feser, E. H. (2015). Differences in unilateral chest press muscle activation and kinematics on a stable versus unstable surface while holding one versus two dumbbells. PeerJ, 3, e1365. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1365 
  2. Krzysztofik, M., Wilk, M., Wojdała, G., & Gołaś, A. (2019). Maximizing Muscle Hypertrophy: A Systematic Review of Advanced Resistance Training Techniques and Methods. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(24), 4897. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16244897

The 14 Best Pre-Workout Supplements of 2024 (Tested & MD Reviewed)

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Give yourself the best chance to improve performance and strength training with these great pre-workout supplements to see great muscle growth.

When it comes to building muscle mass and getting a great muscle pump, pre-workout supplements are possibly exactly what you need. As great training aids to improve performance and strength training, the best pre-workout supplements have the ability to provide benefits such as enhanced focus, accelerate weight loss, and deliver muscle pumps to assist with those big lifts and force our muscles to grow.

While our busy schedules do tend to drain us, it is important we find that all important energy from somewhere, and pre-workout supplements have just what you need to really make that happen for that desired improved performance, weight loss, and muscle building goals. Great for shedding body fat and increasing muscle, a pre-workout supplement can provide an energy boost, enhance recovery and allow you to bounce back faster for your next training session.

We’ve put together a list of the Best Pre-Workout Supplements for 2024 so you can start to see the desired growth you want. You won’t be disappointed with the results from a good quality, highly effective pre-workout on your endurance, strength training, weight loss, and exercise performance for optimal training.

Best Pre-Workout Supplements For 2024


Best Pre-Workout Overall

Finding a great pre-workout may seem daunting but their are those out there that can cover all your bases. From energy, to muscle pumps, reduced fatigue, and more; and we have carefully selected the top pre-workout for you.

Nutricost Pre-X Extreme Pre-Workout Overview

15 Grams of high quality pre-workout formula in every serving, and 30 servings per container, all for a great price!

Stim Or No Stim Stim
Calories 0
Carbs 0g
Sugar 0g
Number Of Servings 60
Flavors Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry, Grape, and Peach Mango
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 16-24 fl. oz. of water 20-30 minutes before your workout.

Nutricost’s Pre-X Extreme Pre-Workout is designed to enhance energy, focus, and endurance during exercise. It is available in several flavors, such as fruit punch, blue raspberry, grape, and peach mango. Nutricost’s Pre-X Extreme Pre-Workout aims to provide a delicious and effective solution for those looking to elevate their workout sessions with better focus, more energy, and some quality muscle pumps, all without breaking the bank.

Nutricost Pre-X

As far as ingredients, Nutricost Pre-X Extreme has a fully transparent label and does not include a bunch of junk blends like many other supplements. Instead, Nutricost includes key pre-workout ingredients such as L-citrulline, beta-alanine, betaine anhydrous, and caffeine.

Pros

  • High amount of citrulline malate for awesome pumps to get the blood flowing to stimulate growth.
  • Very clean ingredients for an honest product so you only get the best and put the best in your body from one of the strongest pre-workout products.
  • From a reputable company in Transparent Labs who works hard to product the best supplements around.
  • Vegan option

Cons

  • High in beta alanine and a lower dose would suffice.
  • Premium priced option for those looking for a cheaper product.
  • Only available directly from their site which limits where you can buy from.

Price: $34.16

Read our full Nutricost Pre-X Extreme Review.


Best Pre-Workout For Muscle Growth

The right pre-workout supplements for muscle growth can enhance all your goals by aiding in building quality muscle so you see the best gains possible.

MUTANT MADNESS ALL-In Pre-Workout

MUTANT MADNESS ALL-IN is one of the most powerful pre-workouts ever. MUTANT is the supplier of this trailblazing pre-workout. MUTANT only creates supplements that are clinically proven to get results. 

Stim Or No Stim Stim
Number Of Servings 18
Serving Size 1 Scoop
Flavors Blue raspberry, roadside lemonade, fruit punch, sweet tea, peach mango, pineapple passion
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 12 oz. water and drink 30 minutes before exercise.

Next on the list is MUTANT MADNESS ALL-In Pre-workout. MUTANT is a top of the line company known for sponsoring some serious athletes, like Shaun Clarida. As far as MUTANT MADNESS ALL-IN, this is undoubtedly our top choice of pre-workout for muscle growth. Coming from a company that only creates supplements that are clinically proven to get results, there is no doubt it would make this list as our favorite overall.

MUTANT MADNESS ALL-IN Pre-workout
MUTANT MADNESS ALL-IN Pre-workout Review

It is also worth mentioning that the list of MUTANT MADNESS ALL-IN ingredients is impressive. It contains a strong citrulline malate, ensuring that MADNESS ALL-IN Pre-Workout will give you great pumps. Other ingredients in MUTANT MADNESS ALL-IN are the one-two punch betaine anhydrous and creatine that will increase your strength by increasing muscle cell volume even more than normal workouts when taken beforehand!

Pros

  • Strong pre-workout
  • Reputable company
  • Great for pumps

Cons

  • Might be too much for some

Price: $29.99 for 30 servings

Read our full MUTANT MADNESS ALL-IN review.


Strongest Pre-Workout

When it comes to finding the strongest pre-workout that is not for the faint of heart, you want something that is going to keep you going throughout your whole workout, and then some. The people looking for this type of supplement are typically veterans in the gym who have exhausted all other caffeinated options to harvest their energy.

Cellucor C4 Dynasty MMXX

Cellucor C4 Dynasty MMXX is a supercharged formula with 18 active ingredients to offer unique power, extra pump support, and better muscular endurance.

Stim Or No Stim Stim
Calories 5
Carbs <1g
Sugar 0g
Number Of Servings 20
Flavors Violet Crown, Icy Blue Razz, Fruit Punch, Strawberry Lemonade
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 16-24 fl. oz. of water 20-30 minutes before your workout.

Cellucor C4 Dynasty MMXX is the strongest pre-workout as it is a uniquely powerful and supercharged formula is crafted specifically to transform your gains to see those desired results. Cellucor combines cutting-edge innovation with leading industry research and expertise to send your performance to the next level. C4 Dynasty MMXX has 18 active ingredients in it, including 10 patented ingredients, so one scoop of this pre-workout will offer benefits such as explosive energy, powerful muscle pumps, and amplified muscular endurance to lead the way when it comes to pre-workout supplements.

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C4 Dynasty Pre-workout Review

Pros

  • Clean and effective pre-workout made with natural flavors
  • Great benefits to strength, speed, stamina, endurance, and recovery
  • Creatine is included for enhanced pumps
  • From a reputable and honest company

Cons

  • Premium priced option

Price: $69.99

Read our full C4 Dynasty MMXX review.


Best Pre-Workout For Pumps

Pre-workout should get the blood flowing for the best muscle pumps and a supplement geared towards this can benefit you greatly.

Kaged Pre-Kaged Elite

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Kaged Muscle Pre-Kaged Elite is that all-in-one pre-workout for extended energy, focus, pumps, and strength.

Stim Or No Stim Stim
Calories 20
Carbs 1g
Sugar 1g
Number Of Servings 20
Flavors Glacier Grape, Fruit Punch, Strawberry Lemonade
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 10-12 ounces of water 20-30 minutes before your workout.

Kaged Pre-Kaged Elite is that all-in-one pre-workout with premium and patented ingredients to offer energy, focus, muscle pumps, and increased strength. This advanced supplement is high-stimulant and health-conscious to give you great benefits while keeping your wellness in mind. With 9 patented and 20 premium ingredients, Kaged Muscle has created a pre-workout for the most elite of athletes. With great flavors as well, you will never grow bored of the taste.

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Pros

  • Great for energy, focus, pumps, and strength
  • Clean and effective premium ingredients
  • Great flavors
  • From a reputable company (Kaged Muscle)

Cons

  • Premium priced option
  • High stimulants for those avoiding it

Price: $59.99


Best Pre-Workout For Cutting & Weight Loss

For those looking to lose weight and tone, diet and workouts are one thing, but good pre-workout supplements can help you get there. That being said, what is the best pre-workout for weight loss?

Transparent Labs PreSeries LEAN

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Transparent Labs PreSeries LEAN is perfect for those looking to target stubborn belly fat while still maintaining that hard-earned lean muscle. For those looking to slim down and lose weight, look no further than this great pre-workout with quality ingredients at effective dosages.

Stim Or No Stim Stim
Number Of Servings 20
Serving Size 1 Scoop
Flavors Natural Berry
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 12 oz. water and drink 30 minutes before exercise.

Transparent Labs PreSeries LEAN Pre-Workout is our top choice of a pre-workout for weight loss. This supplement is great for those who are looking to cut weight, as it has 21 active ingredients designed to provide a high-intensity pre-workout experience, while at the same time working to ensure fat loss without draining your energy. There also are no added colored dyes, fillers, or harmful additives, you can be sure that great taste is coming from natural flavors with help from stevia giving you a sugar-free, vegan friendly pre-workout.

Pros

  • Clean and effective pre-workout made with natural flavors
  • Great benefits to strength, speed, stamina, endurance, and recovery
  • From a reputable and honest company

Cons

  • Premium priced option
  • Only available directly on their website

Price: $49.99

Read our full review for Transparent Lab PreSeries LEAN.


Best All-Natural Pre-Workout

You deserve to have the best ingredients when it comes to your supplements. So, what is the best all-natural pre-workout?

Pre Lab Pro

Pre Lab Pro is the all-around pre-workout for strength, speed, stamina, endurance, and recovery. Nootropic-enhanced caffeine for energy, focus, and calm intensity ensures fast and healthy progress.

Stim Or No Stim Stim
Number Of Servings 20
Serving Size 1 Scoop
Flavors Natural Berry
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 12 oz. water and drink 30 minutes before exercise.

Pre Lab Pro is the best all natural pre-workout, as it is the next-gen pre-workout formula designed for all-around strength, speed, stamina, endurance, and recovery. Using nootropic-enhanced caffeine, this provides for smart stimulation for energy, focus, and calm intensity. This revolutionary design targets three key pathways that work in synergy to supercharge workout performance, promote health balance, and accelerate your overall progress. Using premium ingredients, Pre Lab Pro works to optimize the safety and effectiveness of this product so you only see those gains you want most.

Pros

  • Clean and effective pre-workout made with natural flavors
  • Great benefits to strength, speed, stamina, endurance, and recovery
  • Nootropic enhanced caffeine for energy and focus
  • From a reputable and honest company

Cons

  • Premium priced option
  • Only available directly on their website

Price: $59.00

Read our full Pre Lab Pro review.


Best Stim-Free Pre-Workout

With many of these popular supplements being loaded with stimulants, finding a great stimulant-free pre-workout can be hard. But Transparent Labs has made a stim-free product to still offer great benefits to your workouts.

Nutricost Stim-Free Pre-Workout Overview

A stim-free pre-workout that still gives you great focus, energy, and pumps, without breaking the bank.

Stim Or No Stim No Stim
Calories 0
Carbs 0g
Sugar 0g
Number Of Servings 30
Flavors Peach Mango, Pink Lemonade, Blue Raspberry
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 12-16 fl. oz. of water 20-30 minutes before your workout.

The Nutricost Stim-Free Pre-Workout is our favorite stimulant free option, and it comes in a convenient 30-serving container, designed for users who want to avoid the stimulating effects of caffeine or other stimulants. Aimed at providing a balanced and jitter-free boost, the formula focuses on key ingredients to enhance energy, endurance, and mental clarity during workouts. Let’s break down the key features of Nutricost Stim-Free Pre-Workout.

Nutricost Stim-Free Pre-Workout

Pros

  • Great advantages while being stim-free for those looking to avoid stimulants.
  • Perfect for those insensitive or looking to get off caffeine so you still get a great product.
  • Clean ingredients and advanced formula to provide awesome benefits and proven results from one of the strongest pre-workout products.
  • Provides for energy and focus while decreasing muscle fatigue so you can tackle any workout with ease.

Cons

  • Premium priced option for those looking for a cheaper option.
  • Only available directly through their site which limits where you can buy from.
  • Does not have caffeine or other stimulants for those looking to get a boost of energy through caffeine.

Price: $49.00

Read our full Nutricost Stim-Free Review


Best Pre-Workout With Creatine

Creatine can be a main ingredient in many pre-workouts. It is primarily used to increase strength and other important aspects of your performance. That being said, it can be great to include in your pre-workout.

Kaged Pre-Kaged Elite

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Kaged Muscle Pre-Kaged Elite is that all-in-one pre-workout for extended energy, focus, pumps, and strength.

Stim Or No Stim Stim
Calories 20
Carbs 1g
Sugar 1g
Number Of Servings 20
Flavors Glacier Grape, Fruit Punch, Strawberry Lemonade
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 10-12 ounces of water 20-30 minutes before your workout.

Kaged Pre-Kaged Elite is that all-in-one pre-workout with premium and patented ingredients to offer energy, focus, muscle pumps, and increased strength. This advanced supplement is high-stimulant and health-conscious to give you great benefits while keeping your wellness in mind. With 9 patented and 20 premium ingredients, Kaged Muscle has created a pre-workout for the most elite of athletes. With great flavors as well, you will never grow bored of the taste. Not to mention, Kaged Pre-Kaged Elite includes Creatine Nitrate (NO3-T). This is a 2-in-1, patented, and highly effective form of creatine that works as a nitric oxide booster helping produce incredible muscles pumps. NO3-T can enhance endurance, allowing you to train harder, longer.

Pros

  • Great for energy, focus, pumps, and strength
  • Clean and effective premium ingredients
  • Great flavors
  • From a reputable company (Kaged)

Cons

  • Premium priced option
  • High stimulants for those avoiding it

Price: $59.99


Best Vegan Pre-Workout

Not everyone enjoys products that are have their ingredients derived from animals, and that is more than okay. The best vegan pre-workout will be formulated with the right ingredients to deliver serious energy and muscle pumps so you see the best gains possible, all while being good for athletes that are animal product free.

Transparent Labs PreSeries Bulk

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Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK is backed by science with clinically effective dosages to increase muscle size and mass. This pre-workout is perfect for reducing fatigue, aiding in muscle growth, and boosting energy levels for better overall performance.

Stim Or No Stim Stim
Calories 0
Carbs 0g
Sugar 0g
Number Of Servings 30
Flavors Orange, Green Apple, Sour Grape, Blue Raspberry, Tropical Punch
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 16-24 fl. oz. of water 20-30 minutes before your workout.

We simply could not give this category to anything but Transparent Labs BULK. Covering it one more time, it contains 6,000 mg of citrulline malate, 4,000 mg of beta-alanine, 4,000 mg of BCAAs, and 2,500 mg of betaine to boost your workouts, blood flow, weight loss, and muscle growth, all in attempts to improve performance. The best part is, in order for it to win this category, Transparent Labs Bulk Pre-workout had to be vegan, and it is.

However, even if you are not vegan, we still clearly recommend this product.

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Pros

  • High amount of citrulline malate for awesome pumps to get the blood flowing to stimulate growth.
  • Very clean ingredients for an honest product so you only get the best and put the best in your body from one of the strongest pre-workout products.
  • From a reputable company (Transparent Labs) who works hard to product the best supplements around.
  • Vegan

Cons

  • High in beta alanine and a lower dose would suffice.
  • Premium priced option for those looking for a cheaper product.
  • Only available directly from their site which limits where you can buy from.

Price: $49.00

Read our full Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK review.

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Best Budget Pre-Workout

Supplements certainly are not cheap, so you want to cut costs where and when you can. That being said, finding a good budget pre-workout supplement is ideal.

Nutricost Pre-X Extreme Pre-Workout Overview

15 Grams of high quality pre-workout formula in every serving, and 30 servings per container, all for a great price!

Stim Or No Stim Stim
Calories 0
Carbs 0g
Sugar 0g
Number Of Servings 60
Flavors Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry, Grape, and Peach Mango
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 16-24 fl. oz. of water 20-30 minutes before your workout.

Nutricost’s Pre-X Extreme Pre-Workout is the best budget pre-workout. This top of the line supplement is designed to enhance energy, focus, and endurance during exercise. It is available in several flavors, such as fruit punch, blue raspberry, grape, and peach mango. Nutricost’s Pre-X Extreme Pre-Workout aims to provide a delicious and effective solution for those looking to elevate their workout sessions with better focus, more energy, and some quality muscle pumps, and the best part it, it does not break the bank.

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As far as ingredients, Nutricost Pre-X Extreme includes key pre-workout ingredients such as L-citrulline, beta-alanine, betaine anhydrous, and caffeine.

Pros

  • High amount of citrulline malate for awesome pumps to get the blood flowing to stimulate growth.
  • Very clean ingredients for an honest product so you only get the best and put the best in your body from one of the strongest pre-workout products.
  • From a reputable company in Transparent Labs who works hard to product the best supplements around.

Cons

  • High in beta alanine and a lower dose would suffice.
  • Premium priced option for those looking for a cheaper product.
  • Only available directly from their site which limits where you can buy from.

Price: $34.16

Read our full Nutricost Pre-X Extreme Review.


Best Pre-Workout for Men Specifically

Pre-workout can be taken by men and women, but sometimes you may want something catered to you. So, here is a pre-workout supplement that is crafted specifically for the gentlemen.

Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK

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Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK is backed by science with clinically effective dosages to increase muscle size and mass. This pre-workout is perfect for reducing fatigue, aiding in muscle growth, and boosting energy levels for better overall performance.

Stim Or No Stim Stim
Calories 0
Carbs 0g
Sugar 0g
Number Of Servings 30
Flavors Orange, Green Apple, Sour Grape, Blue Raspberry, Tropical Punch
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 16-24 fl. oz. of water 20-30 minutes before your workout.

Again on the list is Transparent Labs BULK. You can’t go wrong with pre-workout supplements backed by science containing clinically effective dosages. As said before, it is the most effective pre-workout for those looking to increase in size and muscle mass, making it ideal for men.

Going over ingredients again, BULK is packed with 6,000 mg of citrulline malate, 4,000 mg of beta-alanine, 4,000 mg of BCAAs, and 2,500 mg of betaine to boost your workouts, blood flow, weight loss, and muscle growth, all in attempts to improve performance. BULK can reduce fatigue and increase your energy making your workouts longer and more effective. Transparent Labs has a 100% label and there are no artificial additives, colorings, or preservatives to ruin this clean product.

Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK
Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK Pre-Workout Review

Pros

  • High amount of citrulline malate for awesome pumps to get the blood flowing to stimulate growth.
  • Very clean ingredients for an honest product so you only get the best and put the best in your body from one of the strongest pre-workout products.
  • From a reputable company in Transparent Labs who works hard to product the best supplements around.
  • Vegan

Cons

  • High in beta alanine and a lower dose would suffice.
  • Premium priced option for those looking for a cheaper product.
  • Only available directly from their site which limits where you can buy from.

Price: $49.00

Read our full Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK review.

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Best Pre-Workout For Women

Cannot forget something for the women! Pre-workouts for women are great for helping you ladies to tackle any of your workouts. With certain ingredients and different doses, this is geared for all the needs of those female athletes.

Pre Lab Pro

Pre Lab Pro is the all-around pre-workout for strength, speed, stamina, endurance, and recovery. Nootropic-enhanced caffeine for energy, focus, and calm intensity ensures fast and healthy progress.

Stim Or No Stim Stim
Number Of Servings 20
Serving Size 1 Scoop
Flavors Natural Berry
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 12 oz. water and drink 30 minutes before exercise.

Pre Lab Pro is the best pre-workout for women. This is the next-gen pre-workout formula designed for all-around strength, speed, stamina, endurance, and recovery. Using nootropic-enhanced caffeine, this provides for smart stimulation for energy, focus, and calm intensity. This revolutionary design targets three key pathways that work in synergy to supercharge workout performance, promote health balance, and accelerate your overall progress. Using premium ingredients, Pre Lab Pro works to optimize the safety and effectiveness of this product so you only see those gains you want most.

Pros

  • Clean and effective pre-workout made with natural flavors
  • Great benefits to strength, speed, stamina, endurance, and recovery
  • Nootropic enhanced caffeine for energy and focus
  • From a reputable and honest company

Cons

  • Premium priced option
  • Only available directly on their website

Price: $59.00

Read our full Pre Lab Pro review.


Best Pre-Workout for Athletes

When it comes to what exactly these supplements are for, many people think they are just for bodybuilders and powerlifters. However, whether you are a runner, do CrossFit, or participate in some other type of sport, pre-workout can be beneficial for you. 

Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK

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Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK is backed by science with clinically effective dosages to increase muscle size and mass. This pre-workout is perfect for reducing fatigue, aiding in muscle growth, and boosting energy levels for better overall performance.

Stim Or No Stim Stim
Calories 0
Carbs 0g
Sugar 0g
Number Of Servings 30
Flavors Orange, Green Apple, Sour Grape, Blue Raspberry, Tropical Punch
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 16-24 fl. oz. of water 20-30 minutes before your workout.

Again on the list is Transparent Labs BULK, this time for the athletes that are reading. You can’t go wrong with pre-workout supplements backed by science containing clinically effective dosages. As said before, it is the most effective pre-workout for those looking to increase in size and muscle mass, which can be extremely beneficial for you if you are an athlete.

Going over ingredients again, BULK is packed with 6,000 mg of citrulline malate, 4,000 mg of beta-alanine, 4,000 mg of BCAAs, and 2,500 mg of betaine to boost your workouts, blood flow, weight loss, and muscle growth, all in attempts to improve performance. BULK can reduce fatigue and increase your energy making your workouts longer and more effective. Transparent Labs has a 100% label and there are no artificial additives, colorings, or preservatives to ruin this clean product.

Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK
Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK Pre-Workout Review

Pros

  • High amount of citrulline malate for awesome pumps to get the blood flowing to stimulate growth.
  • Very clean ingredients for an honest product so you only get the best and put the best in your body from one of the strongest pre-workout products.
  • From a reputable company in Transparent Labs who works hard to product the best supplements around.
  • Vegan

Cons

  • High in beta alanine and a lower dose would suffice.
  • Premium priced option for those looking for a cheaper product.
  • Only available directly from their site which limits where you can buy from.

Price: $49.00

Read our full Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK review.

Also, use the promo code GENIRON10 for 10% off!


Best Pre-Workout for Beginners

Now if you are just starting out in the gym, the chances are that you do not want to go right to the strongest pre-workout, nor do you need the most expensive. Finding a good pre-workout option for beginners that gives you an idea of how your body reacts to caffeine without breaking the bank is ideal.

Nutricost Pre-X Extreme Pre-Workout Overview

15 Grams of high quality pre-workout formula in every serving, and 30 servings per container, all for a great price!

Stim Or No Stim Stim
Calories 0
Carbs 0g
Sugar 0g
Number Of Servings 60
Flavors Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry, Grape, and Peach Mango
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 16-24 fl. oz. of water 20-30 minutes before your workout.

Nutricost’s Pre-X Extreme Pre-Workout is great for beginners, designed to enhance energy, focus, and endurance during exercise. It is available in several flavors, such as fruit punch, blue raspberry, grape, and peach mango. Nutricost’s Pre-X Extreme Pre-Workout aims to provide a delicious and effective solution for those looking to elevate their workout sessions with better focus, more energy, and some quality muscle pumps. It is not too strong for beginners, and it great for getting a good understanding of how you like your pre-workouts.

As far as ingredients, Nutricost Pre-X Extreme includes key pre-workout ingredients such as L-citrulline, beta-alanine, betaine anhydrous, and caffeine.

Pros

  • High amount of citrulline malate for awesome pumps to get the blood flowing to stimulate growth.
  • Very clean ingredients for an honest product so you only get the best and put the best in your body from one of the strongest pre-workout products.
  • From a reputable company in Transparent Labs who works hard to product the best supplements around.
  • Vegan option

Cons

  • High in beta alanine and a lower dose would suffice.
  • Premium priced option for those looking for a cheaper product.
  • Only available directly from their site which limits where you can buy from.

Price: $34.16

Read our full Nutricost Pre-X Extreme Review.


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Benefits Of Pre-Workout

Now that we have covered all the best pre-workout supplements, we are going to cover just what they do for you. The benefits of pre-workout should not be ignored for what they can do for your strength training and performance is incredible. Great tasting and safe to use, a good pre-workout supplement can:

  • Increase focus and energy: Provide for more intense workouts while being locked into every exercise so nothing interferes with a good workout (1).
  • Reduce fatigue: Allow for longer training sessions and calorie burn giving your body the fuel it needs from endurance and strength exercises while reducing muscle soreness and unwanted pain for improved performance.
  • Muscle pumps: Watch your strength and muscle gains flourish and allow blood to flow through your muscles.(2).
  • Enhanced recovery: Bounce back faster and promote more efficient growth while recovering more effectively for faster turn arounds.

Key Ingredients In Pre-Workout

Here are some key ingredients to look out for when choosing a pre-workout supplement:

  • Caffeine: Works to elevate energy so you can tackle any grueling workout while boosting focus and reaction time to improve performance. For those looking to steer clear of caffeine, there are stim-free pre-workouts that work just as well (3).
  • Creatine: To keep it simple, creatine helps your body produce more of a high energy molecule called ATP, which is often called the body’s energy currency. When you have more ATP, your body can perform better during exercise, as well as recover better after (4).
  • BCAAs: BCAAs are great for promoting muscle protein synthesis, they can help with both your post workout recovery and intra-workout needs (5).
  • Beta-Alanine: Works as a buffer for pH levels to push past fatigue that may strike. Keep in mind that ingesting beta-alanine triggers certain neurons responsible for initiating a tingling of the skin. This sensation is referred to as paresthesia, and the level of it varies from person to person.
  • L-Citrulline: Can boost nitric oxide while maintaining good blood flow for increased muscle pumps.
  • Betaine Anhydrous: Betaine is useful for building strength and peak power output, but also for those looking to change their body composition around for that desired physique (6).
  • L-Theanine: L-theanine is good for mental assistance and can ease stress and anxiety while taking away the jitters of caffeine. So, you get the energy without the dreaded crashes (7).
  • Green Tea Extract: Green tea extract is another source of caffeine, so in turn energy. It will also boost your metabolism for added weight loss benefits and give you a nice boost to carry you through any workout.

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How Much Are These Pre-Workouts?

Finding the right pre-workouts for your gains while also being affordable can be challenging. Lifting is not a cheap hobby. You have food, gym memberships, clothes, and supplements to budget for.

Of course, those more premium options will cost more money, so knowing how much it is per serving may help make your decision a little easier. We’ve broken down our list so you can see the overall price and price per serving as you compare amongst our Best Pre-Workouts list.

Category Product Price
Best Pre-Workout Overall Nutricost Pre-X Extreme Pre-workout Complex  $34.16
Best Pre-Workout for Muscle Growth MUTANT MADNESS ALL-IN Pre-Workout $29.99
Strongest Pre-Workout Cellucor C4 Dynasty MMXX $69.99
Best Pre-Workout for Pumps Kaged Pre-Kaged Elite $59.99
Best Pre-Workout for Cutting and Weight Loss Transparent Labs PreSeries LEAN $49.99
Best All-Natural Pre-Workout Pre-Lab Pro $59.00
Best Stim-Free Pre-Workout Nutricost Stim-Free Pre-Workout $49.00
Best Pre-Workout with Creatine Kaged Pre-Kaged Elite $59.99
Best Vegan Pre-Workout Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK $49.00
Best Budget Pre-Workout Nutricost Pre-X Extreme Pre-workout Complex  $34.16
Best Pre-Workout for Men Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK $49.00
Best Pre-Workout for Women Pre Lab Pro $59.00
Best Pre-Workout for Athletes Transparent Labs PreSeries BULK $49.00
Best Pre-Workout for Beginners Nutricost Pre-X Extreme Pre-workout Complex  $34.16

What to Consider Before Buying Pre-workout

Before buying your pre-workout supplement, there are some important factors to consider so you get the best product possible.

Caffeine & Sensitivity

For many people, caffeine can cause unwanted side effects, like jitters and crashing, that you just don’t want. Knowing your limit and looking into how much caffeine, or other stimulants, are in your pre-workout can be helpful in the long run. There are stim-free pre-workouts for those sensitive so they can still get a great boost for their workout.

Ingredients That Don’t Belong

Making sure your product contains only ingredients you need is important. You don’t want to consume something that contains unnecessary ingredients for that will only cause problems and not benefit your gains. Knowing what pre-workout ingredients are useful is more than helpful.

Artificial Additives

Looking into what additives are involved is also something to consider. For those seeking a natural product, it is important to really look for those options that don’t contain tons of artificial additives that can ruin a great supplement.

Number Of Servings

You are paying a lot of money already and having an appropriate amount of servings can ensure your money goes to the right place. Some of the more premium options may have less servings, but that is something you have to consider for those more top-tier products.

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How We Test and Decide the Best Pre-Workouts

Choosing the right pre-workout can be difficult and with so many on the market, the choices do seem endless. With this list, we sought to bring the best to you by combing through all the nonsense pre-workouts to bring you the best around. We look at ingredients closely because many companies will put in ingredients you just don’t need. Quality of the brand and where they get ingredients from is also important because you deserve to have an honest company backing you up. Of course, price matters and since supplements can add up and be a real hit on the wallet, we sought to bring you top tier products at a reasonable and affordable price.

FAQ Section

What is the best pre-workout?

Nutricost Pre-X Extreme Pre-Workout Complex. It made the list for good reason. Packed full of good ingredients to deliver enhanced pumps, promote muscle growth, and fatigue reduction, not to mention it is ultra dosed. You are paying a small price for a high quality product, that can deliver high quality results.

What does pre-workout really do?

Pre-workout is designed to give you an edge for your strength training and performance. It will enhance energy and focus for more efficient workouts, increase your heart rate and get your blood pumping for better blood flow and weight loss, and increase muscle so you turn that unwanted fat into a shredded physique to have confidence in the effects.

Difference between stim and stim-free pre-workouts?

It is no secret that many pre-workout products pack caffeine in as a main ingredient. However, many people are sensitive to caffeine or just don’t want it in their daily routine for strength training. So companies have created stim-free options to give you the same results without the caffeine as an ingredient.

Is pre-workout safe?

Pre-workouts are not monitored by the FDA but are safe for public use. Many contain caffeine, so for those sensitive it is something to be cautious of. Some potential side effects are dizziness, nausea, dehydration, and high blood pressure, but many of these come from the overload in caffeine for some. Also, many companies will have their products be third party tested to ensure quality pre-workout products for exercise performance.

When is the best time to take pre-workout?

It is ideal to take pre-workout 30 minutes before your strength training workout. This will ensure all of the ingredients will kick in so they work as effectively as possible for optimal effects and results. It is important to stay hydrated in the time in between taking in your pre-workout and during your workout, for pre-workout can dehydrate you.

Wrap Up

Pre-workout supplements are great to use for those looking to build their muscle and really start to see that shredded physique unfold. With the power to increase energy, provide for great focus, promote pumps, and enhance recovery, a good quality and highly effective pre-workout will boost your gains to the next level. Check out our list above and see which one is right for you, for you won’t be disappointed with the results.

A solid pre-workout can only add to your gains and those gains are what you want most. Give these products a try and really see what they can do for your gains. You won’t be disappointed with the results when you buckle down and get a good supplement to accompany you on your muscle building journey.


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The Best Protein Powder Supplements of 2024 (Tried and Tested)

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The best protein supplements to enhance growth, recovery, and performance.

Protein powders play a vital role in maintaining, growing and repairing body tissue. A supplement like whey protein powder can be used as an emergency food source if you are running short on time, but in reality proper protein intake is also essential for the production of a number of key hormones which promote growth of muscle mass and maturation from a protein powder.

Considering the indispensable role that protein plays, we must recognize the importance of consuming an adequate serving of the macro every day for muscle growth and the types of whey protein can help. Failing to do so can result in the development of chronic diseases and ailments such as muscle wastage, anemia (low blood iron), decreased immunity and fatigue. Vitamins and minerals and branch chain amino acids can help you lose weight and aid in muscle repair from protein powders. To allow you to select a protein powder or protein blend that fits your goals, our team has tried and tested a vast number of premium options. We have even compared whey protein concentrate and isolate supplements to recommend the most effective protein powder for bodybuilding. Here’s our list of the best protein powders.

Best Protein Powder Supplements for 2024

Finding The Best Whey Protein Powders

When selecting the best protein powder for bodybuilding, it is important to study the ingredients closely as many protein powders that appear to be of good quality often contain fillers and bulking agents which have no purpose other than increasing the quantity of the two types of whey protein, being whey protein concentrate and isolate powder, or a protein blend. A good quality powder will be high in protein and low in filler ingredients, calories, and sugars. Additionally, from a practical viewpoint, you want a shake that performs well in terms of taste, price, digestibility, and mixability for the best protein powders. Protein powders get bonus points for having a short ingredients list. Things like artificial sweeteners and fillers aren’t as bad as some health influencers want you to believe but we don’t want large amounts of them in a protein supplement.

A good protein powder mixes really easily into protein shakes and smoothies, with little to no grit or chalkiness, and tastes great (our favorite is typically the vanilla flavor). As stated, there are so many options for the best protein powder for bodybuilding available in whey protein concentrate or isolate that it can become convoluted, as well as plant based protein which can provide for the best vegan protein powder benefits. To allow you to pick the powder that matches your goal, we have reviewed the best options on the market.


Best Protein Powder Overall

Finding an all-around great protein powder can be challenging but it is possible. With the right ingredients and formula, all of those protein wants and needs can be achieved either with the best whey protein or a plant based protein powder.

Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate

Looking for a cheap whey protein concentrate? Check out Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate! A quality protein supplement at half the cost.

Calories 130
Protein 25g
Carbs 3g
Fat 0.5g
Sugar 1g
Flavors Chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, vanilla, strawberry milkshake, and even unflavored.
Number Of Servings 69

Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate prides itself on simplicity and transparency. The primary ingredient is whey protein concentrate, which is a form of whey that retains a higher percentage of beneficial nutrients compared to whey protein isolate. This makes it an excellent choice for individuals looking for a more comprehensive protein source.
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The product also boasts minimal additives, with no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or colors. This is a positive aspect for those who prefer a clean and straightforward protein supplement without unnecessary additives. However, it’s worth noting that some users might miss the flavor variety that comes with artificially sweetened options.

Pros

  • No artificial ingredients and a transparent label ensure honesty from one of the best whey protein powders.
  • Third party tested for accuracy to ensure nothing you don’t want in your supplement is included.
  • Organic and non-GMO for optimal health benefits.
  • Good choice for those who tend to be sensitive to certain protein supplements.
  • Contains essential amino acids perfect for building muscle.
  • Right amount of protein per scoop per serving so you get the most for your dollar.

Cons

  • Slightly high in carbs and cholesterol for those looking out for these.
  • Despite lactose, their are no digestive enzymes to aid in gut health and digestion
  • Premium priced product for those looking save some money.

Price: $51.26

Use the promo code GENIRON10 for 10% off!

Read our full review of Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate.


Best Protein For Specifically Men

For men looking to perform their best, having a great protein powder to tackle growth and recovery needs is imperative. With clean ingredients and tons of protein, the right protein powder is out there for those male athletes.

Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate

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Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate is organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free, boasting a great formula for a top protein powder. With nothing artificial added, this is a clean protein that is easier on your stomach.

Calories 120
Protein 28g
Carbs 1g
Fat 0.5g
Sugar Less than 1g
Flavors Cinnamon Pastry, Mocha, French Vanilla, Cookies ‘N Cream, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cereal Splash, Strawberry, Salted Caramel
Number Of Servings 30

Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey makes the list boasting an impressive array of eco-friendly accomplishments. It’s organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free. There are no artificial sweeteners — a rarity in a world full of whey protein powder, which are almost always filled with chemical flavorings to disguise the chalkiness of protein. There are also no artificial colorings or preservatives added. If you have a sensitive stomach, allergies, or just care about the environment, this is an excellent whey isolate for you and your body weight goals and is easy to digest compared to a whey concentrate. Additionally, this vegan protein powder is certified organic and tested for heavy metals by third-party labs to ensure safety.

Pros

  • No artificial ingredients and a transparent label ensure honesty from one of the best whey protein powders.
  • Third party tested for accuracy to ensure nothing you don’t want in your supplement is included.
  • Organic and non-GMO for optimal health benefits.
  • Good choice for those who tend to be sensitive to certain protein supplements.
  • Contains essential amino acids perfect for building muscle.
  • Right amount of protein per scoop per serving so you get the most for your dollar.

Cons

  • Slightly high in carbs and cholesterol for those looking out for these.
  • Despite lactose, their are no digestive enzymes to aid in gut health and digestion
  • Premium priced product for those looking save some money.

Price: $59.00

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Here is Our Personal Testing Video Review of This Supplement:

Read our full review of Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate.


Best Protein Isolate

A whey protein isolate is perfect for building muscle mass and can pump you with a ton of protein with minimal carbs and fat. This is great for not only muscle growth and recovery, but also those weight loss goals you seek most.

MUTANT ISO SURGE

Maximize your gains with a great tasting and effective whey protein isolate, MUTANT ISOSURGE.

Calories 120
Protein 25g
Carbs 1g
Fat 1g
Sugar 1g
Flavors Too many flavors to list here!
Number Of Servings 23

MUTANT ISO SURGE is packed with 25 grams of protein per scoop, accompanied by only 1 gram of carbs and one gram of fat. When it comes to what exactly is in it, ISO SURGE contains whey protein isolate as well as whey protein hydrolysate.

It also contains cocoa (which is processed with alkali), and contains 2% or less of natural & artificial flavors. ISO SURGE has a natural cream flavor, MCT oil (fractionated coconut oil) which helps digestion, then salt and coffee powder which help flavor, color (caramel), potassium citrate, guar gum, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, silicon dioxide, lactase, protease, rebaudioside-A (from stevia leaf extract). Finally, ISO SURGE contains milk and tree nuts (coconut).

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Pros

  • Great source of whey isolate great for muscle growth and recovery for the best benefits.
  • Fast absorbing and easy to digest so you get those nutrients quickly and don’t suffer digestive issues.
  • Honest and clean process for the best product possible and optimal effectiveness.
  • Low in sugar while not sacrificing taste but keeping your health at an all time high.

Cons

  • Does contain artificial sweeteners for those looking for an all-natural product.

Price: $44.99

Read our full review of MUTANT ISO SURGE!


Best Whey Protein Powder

Whey protein is probably the most popular version of the supplement. That being said, you want a good whey protein powder.

Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate

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Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate is organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free, boasting a great formula for a top protein powder. With nothing artificial added, this is a clean protein that is easier on your stomach.

Calories 120
Protein 28g
Carbs 1g
Fat 0.5g
Sugar Less than 1g
Flavors Cinnamon Pastry, Mocha, French Vanilla, Cookies ‘N Cream, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cereal Splash, Strawberry, Salted Caramel
Number Of Servings 30

Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey makes the list again boasting an impressive array of eco-friendly accomplishments. It’s organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free. There are no artificial sweeteners — a rarity in a world full of whey protein powder, which are almost always filled with chemical flavorings to disguise the chalkiness of protein. There are also no artificial colorings or preservatives added. If you have a sensitive stomach, allergies, or just care about the environment, this is an excellent whey isolate for you and your body weight goals and is easy to digest compared to a whey concentrate. Additionally, this vegan protein powder is certified organic and tested for heavy metals by third-party labs to ensure safety.

Pros

  • No artificial ingredients and a transparent label ensure honesty from one of the best whey protein powders.
  • Third party tested for accuracy to ensure nothing you don’t want in your supplement is included.
  • Organic and non-GMO for optimal health benefits.
  • Good choice for those who tend to be sensitive to certain protein supplements.
  • Contains essential amino acids perfect for building muscle.
  • Right amount of protein per scoop per serving so you get the most for your dollar.

Cons

  • Slightly high in carbs and cholesterol for those looking out for these.
  • Despite lactose, their are no digestive enzymes to aid in gut health and digestion
  • Premium priced product for those looking save some money.

Price: $59.00

Use the promo code GENIRON10 for 10% off!

Read our full review of Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate.


Best Protein for Muscle Gain

For those looking to gain muscle, your protein product should absolutely reflect that goal. With the right ingredients dosed out perfectly, that is absolutely possible from the best protein for strength.

Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate

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Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate is organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free, boasting a great formula for a top protein powder. With nothing artificial added, this is a clean protein that is easier on your stomach.

Calories 120
Protein 28g
Carbs 1g
Fat 0.5g
Sugar Less than 1g
Flavors Cinnamon Pastry, Mocha, French Vanilla, Cookies ‘N Cream, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cereal Splash, Strawberry, Salted Caramel
Number Of Servings 30

Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey makes the list again boasting an impressive array of eco-friendly accomplishments. It’s organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free. There are no artificial sweeteners — a rarity in a world full of whey protein powder, which are almost always filled with chemical flavorings to disguise the chalkiness of protein. There are also no artificial colorings or preservatives added. If you have a sensitive stomach, allergies, or just care about the environment, this is an excellent whey isolate for you and your body weight goals and is easy to digest compared to a whey concentrate. Additionally, this vegan protein powder is certified organic and tested for heavy metals by third-party labs to ensure safety.

Pros

  • No artificial ingredients and a transparent label ensure honesty from one of the best whey protein powders.
  • Third party tested for accuracy to ensure nothing you don’t want in your supplement is included.
  • Organic and non-GMO for optimal health benefits.
  • Good choice for those who tend to be sensitive to certain protein supplements.
  • Contains essential amino acids perfect for building muscle.
  • Right amount of protein per scoop per serving so you get the most for your dollar.

Cons

  • Slightly high in carbs and cholesterol for those looking out for these.
  • Despite lactose, their are no digestive enzymes to aid in gut health and digestion
  • Premium priced product for those looking save some money.

Price: $59.00

Use the promo code GENIRON10 for 10% off!

Read our full review of Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate.


Best Protein Meal Replacement

Whey is a common protein source to be used as a meal replacement for its ability to keep you full and aid in valuable growth and repair. Kaged Muscle has this great meal replacement option with whey as the primary protein source, similar to those other products that make up a whey protein powder. However, what sets Kaged Nutrition Whey Protein Isolate apart is its special formulation with ProHydrolase, which enhances protein absorption and promotes muscle recovery. This unique feature makes it an excellent choice for individuals looking to optimize their muscle recovery after intense workouts.

MUTANT FLEX FOOD

When you lack time, forget to prep meals - or s#*t just happens - be ready with fast, flexible and complete real food macros on-demand. Designed from real bodybuilding meals for real gains!

Calories 170
Protein 25g
Carbs 12g
Fat 3g
Sugar 1g
Flavors Vanilla cupcake, chocolate brownie
Number Of Servings 20

When you are in a hurry, or you forget to prep your meals, or stuff just happens that gets in your way, meal replacements are ideal. They can help you be ready with fast, flexible and complete real food macros on-demand. Our favorite, FLEX FOOD, is packed with real ingredients to make sure that you are consuming quality macros, BCAAs, and EAAs, getting you quality gains. The team at Gen Iron tried it, and we have to say, FLEX FOOD blew our expectations out of the water.

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Pros

  • Whole food ingredients to provide great nutrients for the best in terms of growth and repair.
  • People looking for good macros in a quick shake

Cons

  • Slightly low on number of servings and it would be nice to see more included.

Price: $44.99

Read our full review of MUTANT FLEX FOOD.


Best Budget Protein Powder

Supplements are not cheap, and a lot of protein powders are also expensive. That being said, finding a good protein powder on a budget is great.

Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate

Looking for a cheap whey protein concentrate? Check out Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate! A quality protein supplement at half the cost.

Calories 130
Protein 25g
Carbs 3g
Fat 0.5g
Sugar 1g
Flavors Chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, vanilla, strawberry milkshake, and even unflavored.
Number Of Servings 69

Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate prides itself on simplicity and transparency. The primary ingredient is whey protein concentrate, which is a form of whey that retains a higher percentage of beneficial nutrients compared to whey protein isolate. This makes it an excellent choice for individuals looking for a more comprehensive protein source.

The product also boasts minimal additives, with no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or colors. This is a positive aspect for those who prefer a clean and straightforward protein supplement without unnecessary additives. However, it’s worth noting that some users might miss the flavor variety that comes with artificially sweetened options.

Pros

  • No artificial ingredients and a transparent label ensure honesty from one of the best whey protein powders.
  • Third party tested for accuracy to ensure nothing you don’t want in your supplement is included.
  • Organic and non-GMO for optimal health benefits.
  • Good choice for those who tend to be sensitive to certain protein supplements.
  • Contains essential amino acids perfect for building muscle.
  • Right amount of protein per scoop per serving so you get the most for your dollar.

Cons

  • Slightly high in carbs and cholesterol for those looking out for these.
  • Despite lactose, their are no digestive enzymes to aid in gut health and digestion
  • Premium priced product for those looking save some money.

Price: $51.26

Use the promo code GENIRON10 for 10% off!

Read our full review of Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate.


Best Clean Organic Grass-Fed Whey Protein

When it comes to quality of your protein, having something that is organic can prove worthwhile for your overall health. A clean source of protein can really enhance all of your goals and a whey protein powder is what you need.

Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate

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Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate is organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free, boasting a great formula for a top protein powder. With nothing artificial added, this is a clean protein that is easier on your stomach.

Calories 120
Protein 28g
Carbs 1g
Fat 0.5g
Sugar Less than 1g
Flavors Cinnamon Pastry, Mocha, French Vanilla, Cookies ‘N Cream, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cereal Splash, Strawberry, Salted Caramel
Number Of Servings 30

Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey makes the list for a third time, as it boasts an impressive array of eco-friendly accomplishments. Organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free. There are no artificial sweeteners, which is hard to find. There are also no artificial colorings or preservatives added. If you have a sensitive stomach, allergies, or just care about the environment, this is an excellent whey isolate for you and your body weight goals and is easy to digest compared to a whey concentrate. We also like the short ingredient list—there are only five—and the fact that it’s free of dyes, preservatives, or fillers, which granted this a 4.5 out of 5 on our rating metric. It’s not a significant source of vitamins and minerals, which shouldn’t be a problem if you’re getting those vital nutrients from other food sources.

Pros

  • No artificial ingredients and a transparent label ensure honesty from one of the best whey protein powders.
  • Third party tested for accuracy to ensure nothing you don’t want in your supplement is included.
  • Organic and non-GMO for optimal health benefits.
  • Good choice for those who tend to be sensitive to certain protein supplements.
  • Contains essential amino acids perfect for building muscle.
  • Right amount of protein per scoop per serving so you get the most for your dollar.

Cons

  • Slightly high in carbs and cholesterol for those looking out for these.
  • Despite lactose, their are no digestive enzymes to aid in gut health and digestion
  • Premium priced product for those looking save some money.

Price: $59.00

Use the promo code GENIRON10 for 10% off!

Read our full review of Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate.


Best Fat Free Whey Protein

While a whey protein powder with fat is beneficial for you, for those looking to cut body fat, fat free options do exist. Cellucor has a great fat free supplement that will work wonders for your performance goals.

Cellucor COR-Performance Whey

Cellucor COR-Performance Whey Protein Powder is an optimal source of protein for those looking to maintain lean muscle, replenish lost nutrients, and have a great tasting protein powder.

Calories 120
Protein 24g
Carbs 3g
Fat 1.5g
Sugar 2g
Flavors Molten Chocolate, Whipped Vanilla
Number Of Servings 70

Cellucor COR-Performance Whey Protein Powder is an optimal source of protein for those looking to maintain and grow lean muscle, replenish and restore those lost nutrients from working out, and offering a great tasting, guilt-free option. Packed with protein and loaded with digestive enzymes, this is a great low carb, low fat supplement while also being low in calories and sugar.

Pros

  • Optimal source of protein to maintain lean muscle and replenish lost nutrients to maximize training and health.
  • Packed with 24g protein and only 120 calories for a great protein option to help with all gains.
  • Fast acting whey and digesting enzymes for better absorption and less discomfort.
  • From a reputable company in Cellucor so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Cons

  • Does contain artificial sweeteners for those looking for an all-natural route this may be something to consider.
  • A few more flavor options would be nice to add even more variety for this protein powder.

Price: $59.99

Read our full review of Cellucor COR-Performance Whey.


Best Vegan Protein Powder

For those sensitive to dairy or who just want to live a vegan lifestyle, vegan protein powders exist and are great options aside from whey protein powder. They can offer the same benefits as whey without all the dairy.

Kaged Plantein

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Kaged Muscle Plantein is a premium vegan protein that builds muscle like whey without the dairy. Superior texture and taste is matched by 300% more absorption so those nutrients hit you harder.

Calories 160
Protein 26g
Carbs 5g
Fat 4g
Sugar 1g
Flavors Peanut Butter Cookie, Banana Bread, Cinnamon Roll
Number Of Servings 15

Kaged Muscle Plantein is a great plant-based protein powder for those looking for a clean, fully disclosed, and naturally flavored supplement. This protein builds muscle like whey without the dairy and is 300% absorption so all those nutrients hit you harder. With superior taste, texture, and mixability, this protein is made with MCT oil and provides a complete profile of EAAs and BCAAs. Being soy, dairy, lactose, and gluten free, this is a great pure plant-based option for athletes of all types.

Pros

  • Clean, fully disclosed, and naturally flavored
  • 300% better absorption
  • Soy, dairy, lactose, and gluten free
  • Great tastes with natural flavors

Cons

  • Could have more servings per container

Price: $29.99

Read our full review of Kaged Plantein.


Best Non-Diary Protein Powder

Not everyone wants a dairy based protein powder, but not everyone wants a vegan option. That being said, a good beef based protein is great.

MuscleMeds Carnivor

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Carnivor is a 100% beef protein isolate that is fast digesting and great tasting for an effective non-dairy protein supplement.

Calories 100
Protein 23g
Carbs 3g
Fat 0g
Sugar 0g
Flavors Rocket Pop, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Vanilla Caramel, Cookies & Cream, Strawberry, Fruit Punch
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 10-12 ounces of cold water.

With 23 grams of fast digesting hydrolyzed beef protein, MuscleMeds Carnivor is designed the individuals who seek to enhance training, build muscle faster, and perform at their best, MuscleMeds puts a focus on what counts so you see results. It comes in numerous delicious flavors, and has no fat and very little carbohydrates, so you can fit this in even the most restrictive diets.

MuscleMeds Carnivor Beef Protein Isolate

Pros

  • 23g of hydrolyzed beef protein isolate
  • Non-dairy to eliminate any dairy concerns or discomfort
  • Fast digesting and clean ingredients
  • Great flavors
  • From a reputable company in MuscleMeds who understands the need of consumers everywhere.

Cons

Price: $69.74

Check out our review for MuscleMeds Carnivor!


Best Pea Protein Powder

Pea protein is a great source of good, natural protein.

Kaged Plantein

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Kaged Muscle Plantein is a premium vegan protein that builds muscle like whey without the dairy. Superior texture and taste is matched by 300% more absorption so those nutrients hit you harder.

Calories 160
Protein 26g
Carbs 5g
Fat 4g
Sugar 1g
Flavors Peanut Butter Cookie, Banana Bread, Cinnamon Roll
Number Of Servings 15

Kaged Muscle Plantein is a great plant-based protein powder for those looking for a clean, fully disclosed, and naturally flavored supplement. This protein builds muscle like whey without the dairy and is 300% absorption so all those nutrients hit you harder. With superior taste, texture, and mixability, this protein is made with MCT oil and provides a complete profile of EAAs and BCAAs. Being soy, dairy, lactose, and gluten free, this is a great pure plant-based option for athletes of all types.

Pros

  • Clean, fully disclosed, and naturally flavored
  • 300% better absorption
  • Soy, dairy, lactose, and gluten free
  • Great tastes with natural flavors

Cons

  • Could have more servings per container

Price: $29.99

Read our full review of Kaged Plantein.


Best Whey Protein For Weight Loss

While some want to bulk up, others use protein powders as weight loss tools. Able to keep you full and curb hunger, these supplements are perfect for assisting with those weight loss and management goals.

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Isolate

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Isolate is a high-quality whey isolate powder with 25g of protein and 5.5g of naturally occurring BCAAs perfect for growth and recovery.

Calories 100
Protein 25g
Carbs 1g
Fat 0g
Sugar 1g
Flavors Caramel Ice Cream, Chocolate Bliss, Chocolate Mint Brownie, Rich Vanilla
Number Of Servings 24

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Isolate is a good option for those looking to make an informed choice when it comes to a high-quality whey isolate powder. With 1g of carbs and less than 1g of fat. With 25g of protein in, it is perfect for fast digesting. Each serving size contains 25g of protein, this works making it ideal for building muscle, enhancing recovery, and working towards your weight loss and management goals. With Additionally, it provides 5.5g of naturally occurring BCAAs, ensuring all the benefits of a top -tier protein powder.

Gold Standard Whey Protein

Pros

  • 25g of protein perfect for muscle building and recovery by giving you adequate amounts of protein per serving.
  • Great flavors to provide for an awesome taste so you never grow bored and resort to the wrong snacks.
  • 5g of BCAAs ensures you see results when it comes to muscle growth as BCAAs are a great way to stimulate this growth.
  • Low in sugar, carbs, and fat for your bodybuilding goals to only give you a pure protein source.

Cons & Who Shouldn’t Buy

  • Could have more servings per container for the price and since supplements can get expensive, you should get the most bang for your buck.

Price: $35.99


Best Whey Protein For Weight Gain

Some people use whey in order to gain weight and a mass gainer can work wonders for your bulking needs. Loaded with a great balance of macronutrients is exactly what you need most to see those gains out of a great whey protein powder or mass gainer.

MuscleMeds Carnivor

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Carnivor is a 100% beef protein isolate that is fast digesting and great tasting for an effective non-dairy protein supplement.

Calories 100
Protein 23g
Carbs 3g
Fat 0g
Sugar 0g
Flavors Rocket Pop, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Vanilla Caramel, Cookies & Cream, Strawberry, Fruit Punch
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 10-12 ounces of cold water.

With 23 grams of fast digesting hydrolyzed beef protein, MuscleMeds Carnivor is designed the individuals who seek to enhance training, build muscle faster, and perform at their best, MuscleMeds puts a focus on what counts so you see results. It comes in numerous delicious flavors, and has no fat and very little carbohydrates, so you can fit this in even the most restrictive diets.

MuscleMeds Carnivor Beef Protein Isolate

Pros

  • 23g of hydrolyzed beef protein isolate
  • Non-dairy to eliminate any dairy concerns or discomfort
  • Fast digesting and clean ingredients
  • Great flavors
  • From a reputable company in MuscleMeds who understands the need of consumers everywhere.

Cons

  • Could have better mixability in your shaker cup

Price: $69.74

Check out our review for MuscleMeds Carnivor!


Best Protein for Women

Don’t worry ladies, we did not forget about you. We have hand-picked the best protein powder for the women as well.

Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate

Looking for a cheap whey protein concentrate? Check out Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate! A quality protein supplement at half the cost.

Calories 130
Protein 25g
Carbs 3g
Fat 0.5g
Sugar 1g
Flavors Chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, vanilla, strawberry milkshake, and even unflavored.
Number Of Servings 69

Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate prides itself on simplicity and transparency. The primary ingredient is whey protein concentrate, which is a form of whey that retains a higher percentage of beneficial nutrients compared to whey protein isolate. This makes it an excellent choice for individuals looking for a more comprehensive protein source.

The product also boasts minimal additives, with no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or colors. This is a positive aspect for those who prefer a clean and straightforward protein supplement without unnecessary additives. However, it’s worth noting that some users might miss the flavor variety that comes with artificially sweetened options.

Pros

  • No artificial ingredients and a transparent label ensure honesty from one of the best whey protein powders.
  • Third party tested for accuracy to ensure nothing you don’t want in your supplement is included.
  • Organic and non-GMO for optimal health benefits.
  • Good choice for those who tend to be sensitive to certain protein supplements.
  • Contains essential amino acids perfect for building muscle.
  • Right amount of protein per scoop per serving so you get the most for your dollar.

Cons

  • Slightly high in carbs and cholesterol for those looking out for these.
  • Despite lactose, their are no digestive enzymes to aid in gut health and digestion
  • Premium priced product for those looking save some money.

Price: $51.26

Use the promo code GENIRON10 for 10% off!

Read our full review of Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate.


Best Whey Protein for Muscle Gain

For those looking to gain muscle, your protein product should absolutely reflect that goal. With the right ingredients dosed out perfectly, that is absolutely possible from the best protein for strength.

MuscleMeds Carnivor

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Carnivor is a 100% beef protein isolate that is fast digesting and great tasting for an effective non-dairy protein supplement.

Calories 100
Protein 23g
Carbs 3g
Fat 0g
Sugar 0g
Flavors Rocket Pop, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Vanilla Caramel, Cookies & Cream, Strawberry, Fruit Punch
Best Way To Take Mix 1 scoop with 10-12 ounces of cold water.

Making the list again is MuscleMeds Carnivor. With 23 grams of fast digesting hydrolyzed beef protein, MuscleMeds Carnivor is designed the individuals who seek to enhance training, build muscle faster, and perform at their best, MuscleMeds puts a focus on what counts so you see results. It comes in numerous delicious flavors, and has no fat and very little carbohydrates, so you can fit this in even the most restrictive diets.

MuscleMeds Carnivor Beef Protein Isolate

Pros

  • 23g of hydrolyzed beef protein isolate
  • Non-dairy to eliminate any dairy concerns or discomfort
  • Fast digesting and clean ingredients
  • Great flavors
  • From a reputable company in MuscleMeds who understands the need of consumers everywhere.

Cons

  • Could have better mixability in your shaker cup

Price: $69.74

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Best Whey Protein For Bulking

When it comes to bulking up, you will want something that will do just that. A product that will provide an influx of quality ingredients to get you to where you want to be.

MUTANT MASS

Cira Nutrition Bright Whey Protein is a great whey supplement for women. With 25g protein and a great ratio of macronutrients, this can help power growth and recovery to the next level.

Calories 1,100
Protein 56g
Carbs 192g
Fat 12g
Sugar 1g
Flavors Triple Chocolate, Vanilla Ice Cream, Cookies & Cream, Strawberry Banana, Coconut Cream, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
Number Of Servings 30

Designed specifically for the strongest bodybuilders and weightlifters that walk the earth, MUTANT MASS has been building muscle in more than 80 countries! It is aimed at putting on quality mass, and not packed full of junk ingredients that will cause you to gain an overabundance of body fat. This clean gainer is now being discovered by athletes seeking the most powerful gainer commercially available.

Sitting at 1,100 calories per 4 scoops, MUTANT MASS is made with natural whole foods. These foods include: barley, sweet potato, rolled oats, avocado, coconut oil, flaxseed, pumpkin seed and sunflower oil, for the cleanest gains.

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Pros

  • Good macros
  • Good food sources

Cons

  • Premium priced option and for those on a budget, maybe look elsewhere.

Price: $44.99

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The Benefits of Whey Protein Powder

Taking whey protein powder, either as whey protein concentrate, isolate or other types of protein, can have a number of powerful effects on the body. Whey protein powder is highly accessible, affordable, and is a useful tool for promoting a high-protein diet and meeting increased protein needs. The best protein for strength can increase your performance goals and ensure you are getting enough protein, for a balanced diet.

Whey protein has been studied rigorously and has been found to promote muscle growth, facilitate recovery, and may assist in fat loss by increasing satiety.

Benefits: Protein Synthesis

If you are involved in regular training, there should be an even greater emphasis on ingesting ample protein from all types of protein. During physical training, the muscles are exposed to a great deal of mechanical load which causes small muscle fiber tears. To allow the tears to be repaired and to efficiently build muscle, a process known as muscle protein synthesis (MPS) must occur with the help of essential amino acids along with fat and carbs.

To optimize MPS, a high amount of protein is required. Failing to consume enough will hinder MPS thus potentially stunting recovery and leading to restricted movement, prolonged soreness, and muscular weakness. On the other hand, hitting your daily protein target will facilitate efficient recovery and cause these tears to be repaired rapidly and protein powder can really help. As a result of this process, the muscles fibers will increase in size and strength.

The research is clear, protein supplementation is an effective and convenient way of increasing one’s daily protein intake, enhancing MPS and therefore contributes to an increase in muscular strength and size (1). Based on this research, a number of health and fitness businesses have created protein powders. Protein shakes are undoubtedly quick, easy and effective but due to the vast number of products available, it can often be confusing and challenging to pick the right supplement for your needs and goals as you look to build muscle.

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Protein Dosage Recommendations for Optimizing MPS

The amount of protein one should consume daily depends on their physical characteristics and goals. The recommendation for an adult is to consume 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight (2). However, if you are aiming to build significant muscle, it may be necessary to consume more – the recommendation is between 1.0 – 1.6 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight, according to the International Society of Sports Nutrition. The purpose of this, as mentioned previously, is to advance the rate of MPS and therefore a protein powder can assist with.

Types Of Powder

The Difference Between Whey Isolate, Concentrate, Casein & Plant Protein

Furthermore, you may come across terms such as whey “isolate” and “concentrate”. These terms simply refer to a specific stage in the processing of protein. In order to create protein powders, milk is heated to separate curds and whey. The whey protein concentrate is simply whey in its truest form. To create the isolate form, the whey must then be heavily filtered. This is done for one of two sole purposes – to increase the protein percentage of the powder and also lower the carbohydrate and fat content, as well as increasing branch chain amino acids.

Whether you go for whey concentrate or isolate protein powder, it appears to make very little difference – both are effective as the best protein for strength. However, if you are looking to maintain muscle size while dropping body fat, whey isolate is one superb option as it has a higher protein content than and is lower in carbs and calories than concentrate. Additionally, if you are lactose intolerant, isolate may be digested more efficiently than concentrate for a post workout (3).

Whey and Casein’s Impact on Muscle Growth

There are different types of protein powder that can be purchased, and the two most common types are whey and casein, both of which are animal proteins great to for building muscle from complete protein. In simple terms, whey protein powder is a fast digesting protein which causes rapid protein synthesis, whereas casein is a slow digesting protein which maintains steady protein synthesis (4). The general understanding is that whey protein powder is one of the most effective reasons for building muscle, whereas casein is most useful for maintaining muscle size. Whey protein powder is the most common type of protein powder, and it comes from whey (shocking, we know). Whey is the liquid left behind after milk has been processed and is used in multiple applications, such as cheese-making or producing protein powder.

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Plant and Animal Proteins Impact Muscle Building

There are a number of plant-based protein powders available which are excellent choices for vegans and vegetarians. If you are vegan, dairy-intolerant, or prefer to eat fewer animal-derived foods, you can try plant-based protein powders instead. These options generally feature peas, beans, soy, and brown rice as the main ingredients, making them a great dairy- and lactose-free alternative to whey. However, be aware that plant-based protein powders may not have as profound an impact on muscle building as animal proteins, although they are still a complete protein. This is because plant products have a smaller range of amino acids (the “building blocks” of protein) and will, therefore, fail to maximize muscle size and recovery in the same way animal proteins do. However, some plant-based protein powders, like Orgain’s organic plant-based powder, can provide a complete amino acid profile, which can help support muscle growth and recovery (5).

Moreover, there has been a great deal of research completed on one of the essential amino acids and one of the key branch chain amino acids known as Leucine which has been found to have a major impact on muscular growth and is a key ingredient in a plant based protein powder. Whey protein naturally has a high amount of leucine with each serving whereas vegan protein tends to be much lower in leucine.

How Much Are These Protein Powders?

Finding the right protein powders can be challenging but it is absolutely possible. With those more premium options, you find them to be more expensive, however, the quality is much higher. We broke down our best protein powders so you could see just what you’re dealing with.

Category  Product Price
Best Protein Powder Overall Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate $51.26
Best Protein Powder for Men Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate $59.00
Best Protein Powder Isolate MUTANT ISO SURGE $44.99
Best Whey Protein Powder Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate $59.00
Best Protein Powder for Muscle Gain Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate $59.00
Best Protein Powder Meal Replacement MUTANT FLEX FOOD $44.99
Best Budget Protein Powder Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate $51.26
Best Clean Organic Grass-Fed Protein Transparent Labs 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate $59.00
Best Fat Free Protein Powder Cellucor COR-Performance Whey $59.99
Best Vegan Protein Powder Kaged Plantein $29.99
Best Non-Dairy Protein Powder MuscleMeds Carnivor $69.74
Best Pea Protein Powder Kaged Plantein $29.99
Best Protein Powder for Weight Loss Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Isolate $35.99
Best Protein Powder for Weight Gain MuscleMeds Carnivor $69.74
Best Protein Powder for Women Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate $51.26
Best Protein Powder for Bulking MUTANT MASS $44.99

What To Look For in the Best Protein Powder

When choosing your protein powder, it is important to look for those products that will work for your benefit and your benefit only. Things to look for include:

Type Of Protein

Depending on your goals and lifestyle, there are different types of protein to consider. Whey is a great option but it contains dairy, so for those insensitive or following a certain diet, plant-based products might be the best option for you.

Amount Of Protein

The point of you taking these supplements to maximize protein intake. Looking to the amount of protein in each product is very important as you seek to get the most protein to fill you up, see gains, and optimize recovery.

Flavors

You want your powder to taste good and thankfully, these companies have put an emphasis on making great tasting products so you feel full and see the best gains.

Price & Price Per Serving

Supplements can get expensive and protein powders are no different. By looking at how much they cost and how much they cost per serving, you can better decide on what powder is right for you. It is possible to find a great product at an affordable price.

Best Time To Take A Protein Powder

While it is debated as to the best time to take a protein supplement, it is best to consume 15-60 minutes after you finish your workout. Some suggestions hint that you can take protein up to two hours after and still see benefits. It is best to take as close to after your workout as possible to get the most out of your training for proper protein intake from the right source of protein from the best bodybuilding protein.

How We Decide On The Best Whey Protein Powders

Differentiating the differences between protein powders is an arduous task. While certain characteristics of certain powders have been highlighted, it’s important to recognize that these are not necessarily positives or negatives. Rather, it’s a case of simply highlighting methods, ingredients and processes involved in case they cause a degree of difficulty for you. Some protein powders, such as dietary supplements,contain additional ingredients that may or may not be safe or good for you, depending on your individual health. To determine if a particular protein powder is good for you, we recommend evaluating your current diet, your personal health, and the other ingredients present in the powder you’re considering.

To decide which protein powders made the list, and which is the best bodybuilding protein, we considered a number of areas. Firstly, we considered how the powder itself was manufactured to ensure it has been tested, is safe and is a product of premium quality. Secondly, we assessed the ingredients to ensure that each shake contained a high dosage of protein – whether that be whey, casein or a blend of both. Lastly, we considered the palatability and digestibility of each product, making sure that it can be easily mixed in a shaker bottle. We also took into account the flavor profiles of the protein powders, including the chocolate flavor, to provide a comprehensive assessment.

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Best Protein Powder FAQ Section

What is the best protein powder?

Nutricost Whey Protein Concentrate.

Which type of whey is better for my gains?

It depends on your preference and what you want out of your goals. In terms of bulking up, whey concentrate is a better option given that it has carbs and fat along with the high amount of protein. For those looking to lose weight, a whey isolate is a better option given that it is a more pure form of protein with minimal to no carbs and fats.

How do vegan protein powders stack up against whey protein powders?

Vegan protein powders stack up well against whey by providing you with great amounts of protein and other ingredients to aid in training, performance, health, and wellness. For those sensitive to dairy, plant based protein powder options are great for your gains.

When is the best time to take a protein supplement?

It is best to take a protein supplement in the window of 15-60 minutes after you finish a workout. This will ensure your body has time to absorb all of those nutrients to aid in growth and recovery post workout with a protein shake, or even a couple protein shakes.

Best Protein Powders Wrap Up

While these products are of supreme quality, they will ultimately fail to cause changes if two other factors are not taken into account – consistent resistance training and a calorie surplus. You should not expect to see an increase in muscle by simply taking a protein powder. Muscle strength and size will only occur when this is combined with regular strength training and is one of the key reasons for the best whey protein powder for your post workout needs.

In addition to this, a calorie surplus is also required. This is simply where you consume more calories per day than your body requires. The additional energy is necessary to promote recovery from the stresses of strength training and consequently drive an increase in muscle. Only with a combination of proper training, a calorie surplus and a high-protein diet and whole foods, will you begin to see substantial change take place from a great protein source.

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  1. Pasiakos, Stefan M.; McLellan, Tom M.; Lieberman, Harris R. (2015-1). “The effects of protein supplements on muscle mass, strength, and aerobic and anaerobic power in healthy adults: a systematic review”. Sports Medicine (Auckland, N.Z.). 45 (1): 111–131. doi:10.1007/s40279-014-0242-2. ISSN 1179-2035. PMID 25169440.

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5. Australia, Healthdirect (February 19, 2019). “Vegetarian and vegan diets”. www.healthdirect.gov.au.

WATCH: Eddie Hall Eats The Entire McDonald’s Menu In One Hour

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Eddie Hall took on the McDonald’s menu in just one hour.

Eddie Hall has been down many avenues in the fitness world. The former World’s Strongest Man champion is used to eating an incredible amount of food for his competition prep. Recently, he has been hitting different food challenges. This includes attacking the entire McDonald’s menu in just over one hour.

“We’re gonna order every single burger on the McDonald’s menu as a meal, large, and that includes the drinks as well.”

READ MORE: Eddie Hall Takes On 22,000-Calorie Burger Challenge

Hall was joined by YouTuber Tuna Tavus, who is known for his insane appetite and ability to pound a ton of food in one sitting. The duo entered McDonald’s and placed the extremely large order.

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Eddie Hall Orders Entire McDonald’s Menu

The duo ordered every sandwich on the menu and made it a large meal. It added up to a total of 18,794 calories (7,526 calories burgers; 7,548 fries; 3,720 drinks).

  • Big Mac
  • Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese
  • Double Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese
  • McCrispy
  • McSpicy
  • McChicken
  • Filet-O-Fish
  • McPlant
  • Double Cheeseburger
  • Triple Cheeseburger
  • Bacon Double Cheeseburger
  • Hat Trick
  • Vegetable Deluxe

 

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Each meal came with a drink. Hall ordered all sodas that were available and added milkshakes as well:

  • Coke
  • Coke Zero
  • Diet Coke
  • Fanta Zero
  • Bright ZeroWater
  • Orange Juice
  • Robinson’s Fruit Juice
  • Skimmed Milk
  • Organic Milk
  • Frappes
  • Banana Milkshake
  • Chocolate Milkshake
  • Vanilla Milkshake
  • Strawberry Milkshake

Eddie Hall and Tuna Tavus dove into the burgers right away and felt the effects in a short amount of time.

“My jaws hurting from chewing so much.”

The table full of barbecue sauce and ketchup to aid in the eating, they continued to rip through meals. Hall has introduced his son, Maximus, on his social media on many occasions. He brought him in once again to help tear through the McDonald’s challenge.

“I brought my secret weapon with me. This guy can eat anyone under the table.”

In the end, the challenge took just over one hour in total. Hall slammed his final drink and hunched over on his chair. Tavus admitted he could have gone a little longer if needed.

“We had 17 meals from McDonald’s. Every single burger on the menu as a meal, in one hour.”

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2024 Scotland’s Strongest Man: The Champion Wins By One Point!

Who won the 2024 Scotland’s Strongest Man competition?

The 2024 Scotland’s Strongest Man results are in. Taking place on July 7th in Grangemouth, United Kingdom, the competition saw 16 competitors go head to head for the top honors. The show was filled with its fair share of drama as three-time Scotland’s Strongest Man winner Louis Jack went head-to-head with perennial runner-up Chris Beetham. But unlike prior years the results would be a bit different than anticipated.

There appears to be a new king of Scotland in the strongman world. After taking the Scotland’s Strongest Man title at the 2023 show, Louis Jack was no doubt the favorite to win the 2024 show. He once again showcased just how formidable he is at this year’s show. There was just one problem. Jack went head to head with Chris Beetham, something he has done on numerous occasions in the past. This time was different however as Beetham determined to stand atop the podium and edged out Jack; by just one point.

2024 Scotland’s Strongest Man Results

  1. Chris Beetham — 71 points
  2. Louis Jack — 70 points
  3. Scott Fraser — 62.5 points
  4. Liam Goldie — 53.5 points
  5. Liam Kelly — 45 points
  6. Scott Milne — 45 points
  7. Ronald Young — 45 points
  8. Gavin Bruce — 43.5 points
  9. Stephen Jackson — 38 points
  10. Lee Walker — 33.5 points
  11. Peej Greenhough — 28 points
  12. Boab Hamilton — 28 points
  13. Douglas Black — 28 points
  14. Mitchell Wyllie — 28 points
  15. Rob Crockett — 27.5 points
  16. Connor Monaghan — 20.5 points

Strongman is filled with its own unique brand of drama. The competitions are designed for such a purpose. But this year’s Scotland’s Strongest Man was a true nail-biter. Chris Beetham and three-time champion Louis Jack were neck and neck throughout the competition.

Event One — Cerberus Sack Carry

In the first event of the 2024 Scotland’s Strongest Man, athletes took on the Sack Carry. The sandbag weighed 125 kilograms (275.6 pounds), and competitors had to carry it a distance of 90 meters in the shortest time possible. The time limit was 75 seconds.

  • Scott Fraser — 33.55 seconds
  • Connor Monaghan — 35.31 seconds
  • Chris Beetham — 39.36 seconds
  • Gavin Bruce — 41.1 seconds
  • Liam Goldie — 42.58 seconds
  • Ronald Young — 44.71 seconds
  • Mitchell Wyllie — 58.17 seconds
  • Liam Kelly — 85.1 meters
  • Lee Walker — 79.94 meters
  • Louis Jack — 68.4 meters
  • Douglas Black — 66.84 meters
  • Peej Greenhough — 62.7 meters
  • Stephen Jackson — 57.78 meters
  • Scott Milne — 55.3 meters
  • Boab Hamilton — 50.18 meters
  • Rob Crockett — 38.84 meters

Event Two — Deadlift

The Deadlift was the second event of the 2024 Scotland’s Strongest Man competition. The weight was 300 kilograms (661.4 pounds). Competitors had to perform as many reps as possible within the 75-second time limit. While Louis Jack had the most reps, Chris Beetham hung in there with him lifting one less rep.

  • Louis Jack — 8 reps
  • Chris Beetham — 7 reps
  • Scott Milne — 6 reps
  • Scott Fraser — 5 reps
  • Liam Goldie — 5 reps
  • Ronald Young — 4 reps
  • Stephen Jackson — 4 reps
  • Boab Hamilton — 4 reps
  • Gavin Bruce — 3 reps
  • Rob Crockett — 3 reps
  • Connor Monaghan — 2 reps
  • Lee Walker — 2 reps
  • Mitchell Wyllie — 1 reps
  • Douglas Black — 1 reps
  • Peej Greenhough — 1 reps
  • Liam Kelly — No Lift

Event Three — Bag Toss Medley

The third event was the Bag Toss Medley. The five bags in the event ranged in weight from 20 kg (44 lb) to 28 kg (61.7 lb). Athletes had to pick up and throw each bag in the shortest time possible. Louis Jack once again showed champion mettle taking the top spot in this event as well.

  • Louis Jack — 5 in 22.09 seconds
  • Liam Kelly — 5 in 24.53 seconds
  • Chris Beetham — 5 in 29.28 seconds
  • Gavin Bruce — 5 in 32.17 seconds
  • Scott Fraser — 5 in 36.46 seconds
  • Stephen Jackson — 5 in 56.88 seconds
  • Douglas Black — 4 in 19.05 seconds
  • Scott Milne — 4 in 36.5 seconds
  • Ronald Young — 4 in 52.32 seconds
  • Lee Walker — 3 in 21.85 seconds
  • Boab Hamilton — 3 in 27.82 seconds
  • Liam Goldie — 3 in 28.41 seconds
  • Peej Greenhough — 2 in 24.3 seconds
  • Rob Crockett — 2 in 25.07 seconds
  • Mitchell Wyllie — 2 in 57 seconds
  • Connor Monaghan — Withdrew

Event Four — Press Medley

The fourth event of the 2024 Scotland’s Strongest Man competition was a Press Medley. Athletes had to lift five different implements of varied weight and shape. In this event, Chris Beetham came on strong in a big way.

First Implement: 90-kg (198.4-lb) BlockSecond Implement: 130-kg (286.6-lb) AxleThird Implement: 140-kg (308.6-lb) LogFourth Implement: 60-kg (132.3-lb) KettlebellFifth Implement: 90-kg (198.4-lb) Dumbbell

  • Chris Beetham — 5 in 66.7 seconds
  • Louis Jack — 4 in 69.76 seconds
  • Ronald Young — 4 in 70.03 seconds
  • Peej Greenhough — 2 in 18.6 seconds
  • Scott Milne — 2 in 31.27 seconds
  • Rob Crockett — 2 in 32.24 seconds
  • Liam Kelly — 2 in 49.11 seconds
  • Liam Goldie — 2 in 69.24 seconds
  • Scott Fraser — 1 in 11.67 seconds
  • Stephen Jackson — 1 in 17.65 seconds
  • Gavin Bruce — 1 in 42.73 seconds
  • Mitchell Wyllie — 1 in 52.3 seconds
  • Douglas Black — No Lift
  • Lee Walker — No Lift
  • Boab Hamilton — No Lift

Event Five — Stones of Strength

The final event of the 2024 Scotland’s Strongest Man competitions was the Stones of Strength. Featuring five stones of progressively heavier weight, athletes had to load each stone on their own respective platforms. The stones ranged from 100 kg (220.5 lb) to 160 kg (352.7 lb). Louis Jack won this event as well, but it wasn’t enough to catch up to Chris Beetham’s amazing showing in the Press Medley.

  • Louis Jack — 5 in 24.85 seconds
  • Liam Goldie — 5 in 37.87 seconds
  • Scott Fraser — 5 in 53.18 seconds
  • Lee Walker — 4 in 24.22 seconds
  • Chris Beetham — 4 in 26.12 seconds
  • Liam Kelly — 4 in 27.17 seconds
  • Boab Hamilton — 4 in 35.57 seconds
  • Douglas Black — 4 in 36.32 seconds
  • Mitchell Wyllie — 4 in 50 seconds
  • Scott Milne — 3 in 13.8 seconds
  • Stephen Jackson — 3 in 15.09 seconds
  • Rob Crockett — 3 in 15.95 seconds
  • Gavin Bruce — 3 in 20.56 seconds
  • Peej Greenhough — 2 in 13.3 seconds
  • Ronald Young — 2 in 22.02 seconds

With such a closely contested 2024 Scotland’s Strongest Man competition, one has to wonder what 2025 has in store.

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