Today we will be reviewing a pre-workout supplement from the Signature line at BodyBuilding.com. Along with protein powders, pre-workout products are among the most popular nutritional supplements used by millions of people who workout and who are interested in staying fit. From average gym-goers who just want to lose a few pounds and look better in a swimsuit, to professional bodybuilders who train at the highest levels to win the coveted Sandow trophy at the Mr. Olympia contest, pre-workouts are all the rage!
One of the key reasons for their popularity and effectiveness is because of the energy boost they give you when you’ve had a long day at work and need that extra kick in the butt to get through an intense workout. Or, maybe you’re an early bird and get to the gym at the crack of dawn. Having that shot of energy with a pre-workout before training can be the key to making those extra gains! For this review, we chose the blueberry lemonade flavor and tested it out over the course of a few weeks. Let’s get started and see how it performed!
Ingredients & Nutrition Breakdown
Below is a breakdown of the nutrition facts label on the back of the canister for this Signature Pre-Workout powder. One of the most important items to focus on is the overall amount of stimulants, or caffeine, that is included per scoop. There are lots of pre-workout products on the market that are absolutely loaded with so much caffeine and other stimulants that you could literally have a cardiac arrest if you take too much. Remember, a single cup of coffee has about 95mg of caffeine, so make sure to base your tolerance on how you feel after a few cups of java before determining how many scoops of a pre-workout supplement you want to take. Some people are super sensitive to caffeine, so it’s very important to know your tolerance level to avoid having a panic attack in the middle of the gym!
- Serving Size: 1 scoop (14g)
- Calcium: 100mg
- Magnesium: 55mg
- Chloride: 60mg
- Sodium: 5mg
- Potassium: 40mg
- L-Citrulline (helps you get a pump in your muscles): 5g
- Leucine (amino acid that helps with muscle growth): 3g
- CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine (helps increase muscular endurance): 1.5g
- Taurine: 1g
- Caffeine Anhydrous (increased focus, energy and performance): 200mg (about 2 cups of coffee)
The other ingredients listed on the label include:
- Citric Acid
- Malic Acid
- Natural and Artificial Flavor
- Acesulfame Potassium
- Sunflower Lecithin
- FD&C Blue No. 1
Benefits and Effectiveness
The biggest impact a pre-workout supplement provides is an increase in overall focus and energy to improve workout performance. Add in other specific ingredients that help with achieving a more intense muscle pump and you have a winner. The “muscle pump” is basically when blood rushes to your muscles after performing an exercise and you get a feeling like your muscles are being blown up like a hot air balloon. It’s a sensation that is highly sought after by bodybuilders and others who workout with weights. The critical balancing act that a supplement needs to achieve is that perfect ratio of just enough caffeine in order to provide an effective boost of energy to get you through a super tough workout without overdoing it and leaving you curled up in the corner of the gym cradling yourself in the fetal position with a full-blown anxiety attack! Or, worst yet, taking a pre-workout product that has so much niacin in it that it makes you itch like you just broke out in hives or you feel so tingly you think you’re on the brink of passing out!
We tested this Signature Pre-Workout powder over the course of a few weeks and we were very impressed with the overall results and effectiveness. The best part is that none of the annoying side effects (tingling, itching, flushing) that many of the other pre-workouts cause was never experienced with BodyBuilding.com’s Signature Pre-Workout powder. Just one scoop (200mg of caffeine) was used about 20-30 minutes before early morning workouts (around 6am) and there was a very even build-up of energy and focus that was felt just before and during training. There was never a “wired” sensation or any sense of panic or anxiety with this product.
The other great benefit of this supplement is the effective pump in the muscles that was felt during weight training workouts. A feeling of fullness in the muscle was experienced after several sets of each specific body part that was being trained. Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about achieving the pump in the 1977 movie “Pumping Iron“, and we have to agree that the muscle pump is one of the best feelings in the world!
Taste and Flavor
We decided on testing out the Blueberry Lemonade flavor of this Signature Pre-Workout powder and it was absolutely delicious! The scoop that is included is very large in comparison to many other pre-workout products and this makes the flavor so much more intense even when mixing it with water in a large shaker bottle. It tasted like a sweet treat and was very pleasurable with every single sip! Some days, we mixed 1 scoop in a large BodyBuilding.com shaker bottle (you can get this free gift if you purchase over $75 on their website), drank half before going to the gym and then filled it back up with water and sipped on it during the workout and it still tasted amazing. They definitely hit a home run in the flavor department with this supplement!
Nobody wants huge clumps and chunks when they chug down their pre-workout supplement before heading to the gym, so mixability is actually a very important aspect to test out when it comes to powdered supplements. Happy to say that just a few shakes of the bottle was all that was needed for an ultra smooth result. We even kicked it up a notch and added a scoop of BodyBuilding.com’s Signature 100% Whey Protein powder (strawberry flavor) along with a scoop of Signature Pre-Workout in a shaker with water and it mixed up very well. This was a combination we thoroughly enjoyed for pre-workout goodness before heading to the gym early in the morning before the sun came up. Nothing better than to get an energy boost along with muscle building whey protein to feed your muscles for growth before an intense workout!
The price for BodyBuilding.com’s Signature Pre-Workout supplement is very affordable and competitive when compared to other pre-workout powders. Here is the pricing breakdown:
- Servings: 30
- Price: $27.99
- Price Per Serving: $0.93
For under a buck per serving, you get an awesome tasting pre-workout drink that will give you a nice energy boost while increasing your overall focus and intensity during workouts.
Our overall rating for this pre-workout supplement from BodyBuilding.com is a solid 5 stars and we highly recommend it! We were very impressed by the taste, mixability and price. The best part is that it achieved a fantastic balance of just enough stimulants to give a great blend of energy and focus without feeling any negative effects. This is exactly what is needed if you train hard in the gym and need an extra kick for that last rep!