Caffeine in Workout Supplements

caffeine-workout-supplementsWorkout Supplements can be a great way to help athletes get those few extra reps in at the gym.

Most of them make some extraordinary claims like “massive gains” and “extreme endurance”, however, we aren’t going to address the accuracy of those claims, but instead, focus on the caffeine content.

Most workout supplements contain a large dose of caffeine as one of the main active ingredients, which is primarily responsible for any “energy rush” experienced by the consumer.

Caffeine Content of Workout Products

SupplementCaffeine (mg/serving)Caffeine source
ABB Speed Stacked Pumped300/bottleCaffeine Anhydrous, Guarana
About Time AUX90/scoopYerba Mate’, Guarana, Green Tea
BANG Energy Drink357/canCaffeine Anhydrous
BPI 1.M.R300/scoop*Caffeine Anhydrous/ Yerba Mate’
BPI B4300/capsule*Caffeine Anhydrous
BSN Hyper Shred180/capsuleCaffeine Anhydrous
BSN Endorush200/bottleMethylxanthine
BSN Endorush Xtreme250/bottle*Methylxanthine
BSN Hyper FX270/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
BSN Advanced Strength N.O. Xplode 2.0225/scoopMethylxanthine
BSN N.O. Xplode RTD200/bottleCaffeine Anhydrous
BUILD N.O.200/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
BUZZ EHPlabs200/scoop*Caffeine Anhydrous
Cellucor C4 Extreme135/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
Cellucor C4 Pre-Workout150/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
Cellucor C4 50x200/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous/ Caffeine Pterostilbene Cocrystal
Cellucor C4 Mass150/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
Cellucor C4 Ripped150/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
Cellucor M5 Extreme135/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
Craze80/scoop*Caffeine Anhydrous
CytoSport Monster Pump150/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
DyNo by RSP Nutrition400/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous, Dicaffeine Malate
Force Factor BRX100/2 scoopsCaffeine Anhydrous
GAT Nitraflex325/scoop?
GNC Amp (Pre-Post)400/3 tabletsGuarana, yerba mate, tea, Caffeine Anhydrous
GNC Raw Ravage200/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
IdealLean Pre-Workout150/scoopNatural caffeine
iForce Maximize Intense200/scoopCaffeine Anyhydrous
Image Sports ALARM300/scoop*Caffeine Anhydrous
Jack3D 125/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
Juggernaut HP 150/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
Maximum Shred50/capsule or 150mg/max serving per dayCaffeine Anhydrous
Mr. Hyde by Pro Supps419/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous, Dicaffeine Malate, Caffeine Citrate
Muscle Marinade300/scoop1,3,7-trimethylxanthine
Muscle Pharm Assault300/scoopPterostilbene-Caffeine
MuscleTech Neurocore110/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
MuscleXplosion60/pouchCaffeine Anhydrous
NANO Vapor Hardcore156/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
No2 Red Hemo Surge200/.5 scoop*Caffeine Anhydrous
Octane Energy/Sports Drink225/ scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
ON Gold Standard Preworkout175/scoopGreen coffee and green tea extract
ON AMIN.O. Energy100/2 scoopsGreen coffee and green tea extract
Oxyelite Pro100/capsuleCaffeine Anhydrous
Pre JYM300/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
Redline RTD250/bottleCaffeine Anhydrous
Ripped Freak200/scoopCaffeine Anhydrous
SportMax Preworkout Shot140/bottleCaffeine Anhydrous
Panic155/2 scoopsCaffeine Anhydrous
*This is the approximate amount of caffeine.

The Most Caffeinated Pre-Workout Supplement?

Of the pre-workout products we’ve been able to track in the list above, Mr. Hyde by Pro Supps comes out as the leader.

Its 419 milligrams of caffeine per serving is from 3 different variations of caffeine.

  • Caffeine Anhydrous– The “typical” caffeine source found in most products.
  • Dicaffeine Malate- This is a combination of caffeine and malic acid. It is reported to be easier on the stomach and faster acting than caffeine anhydrous.
  • Caffeine Citrate– Caffeine is combined with citric acid in this version, which causes it to have faster results. This version has been used to treat asthma and severe migraines.
  • Caffeine Pterostilbene Cocrystal – Combining caffeine with Pterostilbene (a naturally occurring compound in blueberries) causes the caffeine to be released more slowly into the bloodstream over time.

Be careful with Mr. Hyde, never take more than the recommended dose and consider other caffeine sources you may be consuming.

Proprietary Blends

proprietary-blendMost of the workout supplements that we researched disguise the exact amounts of their active ingredients with the term proprietary blend. This simply is to prevent competitors from knowing exactly what their formulas are.

However, this isn’t very good for the consumer. Luckily, many of the brands have begun at least disclosing the caffeine content in their secret blends like the ones listed above.

With some other popular brands it’s still a mystery. Brands like MusclePharm, Animal Rush, SuperPump, Black Powder, HemoRage, Muscle Warefare, and Bull Nox still do not disclose how much caffeine is in their products.

Props to Cellucor for clearly displaying their caffeine content on all of their labels.

Too Much Caffeine?

With many of these products delivering 300mg of caffeine/serving, users should be cautious.

Pre-workout supplements made our Most Dangerous Caffeinated Products List as the 3rd most dangerous!

Especially if other caffeinated beverages or products are also being consumed during the same day such as coffee, tea, soda, and/or energy drinks.

It’s important for consumers to be aware of how much caffeine they’re consuming daily while using workout supplements. People with certain heart conditions, woman who are pregnant, or those sensitive to caffeine should be extremely cautious when using these supplements.

The DMAA Warning

Some of the workout supplements above may have once contained DMAA. This substance has been banned by the FDA who says the following:

DMAA, also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexanamine or geranium extract, is an ingredient found illegally in some dietary supplements and often touted as a “natural” stimulant. DMAA, especially in combination with other ingredients such as caffeine, can be a health risk to consumers. Ingestion of DMAA can elevate blood pressure and lead to cardiovascular problems ranging from shortness of breath and tightening in the chest to heart attack. Dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal and FDA is doing everything within its authority to remove these products from the market.

While most of these products are off the shelves, they could still exist online or in products that may have been sitting around awhile. Consumers should double check the label before consuming any workout supplement.

See Also

Review and caffeine amounts of American Bodybuilding products.

Suggestions?

If you would like to see your favorite brand listed here, please leave a comment and we’ll do our best to add it to the list of workout products above.

A special thanks to GNC for doing such a great job of posting product labels for all the products they sell.

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  • erik

    Please include muscle marinade by purus labs, it has a caffeine content on 300mg per 1 scoop, and 80mg of 1,3dmaa. It happens to be the best preworkout I’ve tried.

  • ted

    Thanks for the info Eric, I cross checked it and added it above.

  • Rob

    Cardio igniter ?

  • ted

    The makers of Cardio Igniter do not disclose, sorry.

  • Tyler

    Tapout makes a spray called Tapout XT spray that has caffeine niacin and other stuff in it. It says 7 sprays is one serving. It would be nice to know how much caffeine that is.

  • Aaron

    Jack3d is 150mg per scoop not 50mg

  • Energy Fiend

    Thanks for the update. Actually according to the label on their new formulation it is 125mg/scoop, which has been changed above.

  • Chris

    an iForce on bb.com has told me that Maximize Intense is 200mg/scoop, 1 scoop being to the line on the scooper NOT the top of the scooper as other products use.

  • Energy Fiend

    Thanks Chris! I added it above.

  • Grabt

    Buzz pre-workout?

  • wowsa

    Bodyfit by femme factor diet sup pills?

  • I just added Buzz to the list above. 🙂

  • I checked this one out. They are pretty secretive. I would steer clear from this one.

  • Dave H

    Juggarnaut HP?

  • I added it to the list above

  • Chris

    I highly recommend SportMax Energy – energy shot for athletes – been using for a month with great results – http://www.sportmaxenergy.com

  • Ted

    I have some samples of SportMax to review so look for that posted shortly, then I’ll add it to the list above.

  • Ted

    added 🙂

  • CHRIS

    HAVE YOU TRIED DFINE8ZERO BY MUSCLEWERKS? DO YOUR RESEARCH BY FAR THE BEST WITH ZERO SUGAR!

  • CHRIS

    Email me @ Chris@Hansdrake.com For product info ordering or questions!

Last Modified: July 27, 2016

References

  • Eudy, A. E., Gordon, L. L., Hockaday, B. C., Lee, D. A., Lee, V., Luu, D., ... & Ambrose, P. J. (2013). Efficacy and safety of ingredients found in preworkout supplements. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 70(7), 577-588. Study link
  • Smith, A. E., Fukuda, D. H., Kendall, K. L., & Stout, J. R. (2010). The effects of a pre-workout supplement containing caffeine, creatine, and amino acids during three weeks of high-intensity exercise on aerobic and anaerobic performance. J Int Soc Sports Nutr, 7(10), 10-1186. study link
  • Morrison, L. J., Gizis, F., & Shorter, B. (2004). Prevalent use of dietary supplements among people who exercise at a commercial gym. International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism, (14), 481-92. Study link