How do you decide which is the best thermogenic pre-workout?
To help you decide I have compiled a list of the best thermogenic fat burning ingredients, how and why they work, and made a list of 16 of the best thermogenic pre-workouts for you to check out.
What is Thermogenic Pre-Workout?
A thermogenic pre-workout is a supplement you take before you exercise that has the effect of burning fat.
These pre-workouts also often contain ingredients that:
Give you more energy
Improve your mood
Enhance your focus
Help shed water weight
Accelerate your metabolism
What’s that ingredient for?!?
Why You Will Find These Ingredients in Your Thermogenic Pre-Workout
Here is a list of some ingredients you might find in a Thermogenic pre-workout with a short blurb about what they are doing there:
Creatine is a popular supplement that can increase power output, lean body mass, and even help ward off the effects of too little sleep, although it is NOT a stimulant.
Creatine is well studied and it can increase muscle volume and has a host of other benefits, which is why it is so popular. See our complete guide to creatine here.
Huperzine – Club Moss
Huperzine preserves acetylcholine, a learning neurotransmitter. So why is it in some thermogenic formulas?
It increases focus and improves memory.
Also, it is neuroprotective and may be included to balance the negative effects of other ingredients in the thermogenic formula, but I cannot say for sure.
Scutellaria – Chinese Skullcap-Balcalin
This supplement may increase fat burning and also reduce anxiety, helping to balance the effect of other ingredients that are thermogenic, but cause anxiety.
An herb that may help shed fat by increasing cAMP and raising testosterone.
Interestingly it also increases bone density and the effects may be more effective in men than women.
Ursolic Acid-Holy Basil
A common compound found in apple peels, Grape skins and cranberry juice, among other plant sources.
Claimed to lower fat and increase lean muscle. May increase IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor)
Being studied for use as a stimulant and fat burner. May be a noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, but more science is needed to back up these claims.
Similar to but weaker than ephedrine, a known fat burner. One study showed a temporary increase of metabolism by 65 kCal after ingestion.
This ingredient really works to burn fat, but it also comes with some undesirable side effects like unease and making one feel “antsy” because it increases adrenaline.
It is also a stimulant and if you eat before or while taking it, you may lose the effect. This ingredient is often paired with sckullcap, probably to reduce anxiety.
Found in Red Hot Chili Peppers and basically all hot peppers to a degree, Capsaicin may be listed as “Cayenne” in supplements.
It is a known and tested fat lost supplement. Capsaicin has been shown to assist fat oxidation and create body heat, causing a thermogenic effect.
While it is a fine supplement, I prefer to get capsaicin in regular doses by using a good hot salsa or hot sauce.
TTA tetradecylthioacetic acid
This supplement is not well studied and is hard to find except in pill or powder form.
It appears to be good at inhibiting fat gain after eating and proponents claim it removes fat from the blood and places it in muscle tissue where it can be burned, instead of stored as body fat.
Green Coffee Extract
May reduce weight and fat mass, but the studies were done by those with a commercial interest, so more unbiased testing is needed.
Tried and true stimulant and fat burner found in coffee and other plant sources. Easily the most popular and common ingredient found in thermogenesis formulas.
Proven to increase power output, aerobic capacity, fat oxidation and metabolic rate. As much as I love caffeine, it also has its downsides, such as keeping you awake at night, making you jittery or anxious if you take too much, and you can become tolerant to the effects.
Increases metabolism, reduces blood sugar, makes one more insulin sensitive and reduces belly fat.
Contains Caffeine, polyphenols and antioxidants.
N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine – a feel good supplement that is somewhat new on the pre-workout scene.
Increases Dopamine and Noradrenaline. Dopamine makes you feel nice and increasing noradrenaline can help burn fat.
There are not many studies on this supplement, so take at your own risk.
I have not tried this supplement, but ingredients that make you feel good and burn fat tend to get banned, so try it while you can.
The Greek roots of the name of this supplement mean “food of the gods”. This supplement is derived from Cacao beans.
It is found in chocolate and is also a metabolite of caffeine. Theobromine has a stimulatory effect and is similar to caffeine in both its stimulation and thermogenic properties.
A milder, longer lasting, crash resistant form of caffeine.
May help with anxiety and calm, and act as an antidote to some of the anxiety producing effects of other thermogenic compounds.
Grains of Paradise – 6 Paradol
A cousin of Ginger, this pungent spice is an anti-obesity and anti-diabetic compound that may boost testosterone, but more study is needed to confirm this.
Also said to burn hard to access brown adipose fat.
Higenamine – NANDINA DOMESTICA
A Beta-adrenergic receptor agonist that can reduce fat mass, similar to ephedrine and synaphrine.
Review: Hydroxycut Hardcore next gen pre-workout capsule is a popular thermogenic pre-workout because it works.
It is a potent fat burner and energizer in capsule form. It contains a generous dose of caffeine, anxiety reducing Scutellaria so you can work out without the jittery feeling some thermogenic formulas give you, and metabolism boosting Salvia and green coffee bean extract.
High Caffeine content: Green Coffee Extract, 400 mg Caffeine, Guayusa.
Metabolism boosting agents: Coleus Forskohlii and Salvia Officialis, green coffee bean extract.
Anxiety reducing Scutellaria and fat burning Yohimbine.
High in Caffeine, can lead to jitters and sleeplessness.
A powerful fat shedding formula with science backed green coffee bean extract in easy to take capsule form.
AREZ Low-Stim God of the Gym
Review: This low stimulant version of AREZ God of the gym contains fat burning Caffeine, Theobromine and Hordenine.
The makers of AREZ combine these fat burners with calming skullcap, and focus enhancing Huperzine so you can keep your mind in the game.
The product is designed to prevent the crash and burn some thermogenic formulas give, thanks to the inclusion of L-dopa containing velvet bean to ease your ride back down.
The formula is rounded out by the addition of Rhodiola Rosea and adaptogen that prevents tolerance to the other powerful ingredients.
Review: Mr. Hyde thermogenic pre-workout will turn you into a monster. It packs a whopping 420mg Caffeine, including 70 mg of slow release di-caffeine for sustained energy.
Pair that with proven fat burning ingredients and a good balance of anxiety reducing agents and you have yourself a pre-workout that will give you energy, shed fat and help you keep your cool all in one shot.
Energy Matrix-420 mg total Caffeine.
Fat Burning – Yohimbe Bark Extract.
Anxiety reducing Focus promoting Matrix- GABA, L-theanine, Teacrine and tyrosine.
Actually too powerful, half a serving will do ya’.
Focus and fat burning pre-workout that will turn you into a beast.
NG Nutra TB16 Thermaburn
Review: TB16 is a fat metabolizing pre-workout that contains many proven ingredients. It also helps improve mood, focus and shed excess water thanks to the addition of dandelion root.
Fat metabolizing group- Higenamine, Guarana, Caffeine, chromium picolinate and Capsaicin.
Tyrosine and choline help you focus on your workout.
B vitamin complex for energy support and protection from free radicals.
Review: Cellucor Super HD contains an impressive range of fat burners, is available in easy to take capsule form, and has a huge 120 servings per bottle, way more than most pre-workout drinks which average only 30 servings per container.
Contains ingredients for energy, focus, water retention and of course, fat burning.
Fat Burning blend-Capsaicin, Tyrosine, Yohimbie and caffeine.
Mild Energy from 160 mg of caffeine.
Dandelion root to shed excess water weight during a cut.
May cause anxiety in sensitive individuals.
An easy, convenient fat burner in capsule form that works.
With 16 of the best thermogenic pre-workout supplements to choose from, you should be able to find the fat burner that is right for you.
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