One of the most commonly asked questions asked in store at CSN is, “What is the best pre-workout?” This question usually gains the same response, “Well, it depends on what you want it for; pump, energy or a bit of both?” The good news is that after digging around in the archives of our products sales, it turns out that our top 3 selling pre-workout supplements cover each of these bases and are exactly in line with what we typically at CSN would recommend. Let’s start with the most stimulant heavy pre-workout, UniTech Labs Alpha Serum, this is a must have for all you stim junkies out there and its sole purpose is to provide you with as much energy and central nervous system stimulation as possible. This is one for the hard core pre-workout user and it’s no coincidence the most commonly given piece of advice for this product is this, ‘start with half a scoop’. Despite its heavy stim effect, pumps are still possible with this product with the clever addition of Creatine HCL and Nitric oxide (NO) boosters. (Key Ingredients: Creatine HCL, Citruline Malate, Caffeine..lots of caffeine). Purus labs Condensed is our jack of all trades pre-workout formula and great value for money being one of the cheapest pre-workouts on the market, with just the right amount of stimulants to effect a noticeably change in focus and training mind-set, but not so over the top as to make you feel queasy. With moderate stimulant levels this allows the product to contain NO boosters and beta-alanine to give a nice full pump feeling and decent performance benefits. (Key Ingredients: Beta Alanine, Nitrate, Caffeine). As the name would suggest Arnold Iron Pump is a product designed to focus on muscle splitting pumps with a very small, but still enough to perk you up, stimulant effect. Containing both NO boosters, muscle cell volumising ingredients and compounds that increase the effect of the NO boosters, this product really is one of the best products on the market, plus it has Arnold on the front which is pretty cool! (Key Ingredients: L-Arginine Nitrate, Agmatine sulphate, Beet Root Extract, Caffeine, L-Tyrosine). For more information on the ingredients listed above please check out the Pre-Workout series of blogs by yours truly at http://www.cardiffsportsnutrition.co.uk/blog/category/supplements/ All these products are great and I have used them all at different phases of training when my priorities and goals have changed, condensed in my off season, alpha serum for those early morning cardio sessions and iron pump for those depleted weight sessions on prep when you have to find the pump because it sure as hell won’t find you! Paul Rimmer (BSc, MSc).