Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout: Our Review

Optimum Nutrition are a well respected sport supplement brand and for good reason. They have constantly gone above the call of duty to deliver us with the products that we have grown to love. The question is have they gone and done it again? Optimum Nutrition has recently confirmed that they are releasing one of the most widely anticipated releases of the year;

The Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout is here!

The Ingredients

The main ingredients that this pre-workout are 175 mg of Caffeine from natural sources, 1.5 g of Beta -Alanine and 3 g of Creatine per serving. These main three ingredients promise to deliver energy, focus and power and performance to anyone looking for an extra boost to get through their workout.

Caffeine from natural sources:

Caffeine is one of the main ingredients in a lot of pre-workouts and for good reason. It's used for the same reason that you grab that cup of coffee each morning; to give you a boost before starting your day. For those who prefer a bit less Caffeine then you can always adjust your dose of the Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout. We all know why Caffeine benefits you so I'll leave the science for the other ingredients.


Beta Alanine:

Most people think of Beta-Alanine ad the amino acid that aids in boosting endurance. Beta-Alanine is mainly used for that benefit, it should keep your muscles loaded with more carnosine[1]. This helps your muscles buffer acids like lactic acid which builds up while exercising, allowing you to workout for longer.[2] The truth is, if you're looking for that athletic advantage, Beta-Alanine may help you in doing this.


Creatine monohydrate isn't anything fancy, but it doesn't have to be. It has been tested so many times and the results of each study keep coming back with positive results. Most studies have shown tons of benefits when 3 to 5 g of creatine has been taken per day. It has shown benefits such as: Increased power [3] Gained lean mass [4] Improved hydration [5] Increased capacity while sprinting [6] Minor Testosterone increase [7] Decreased fatigue [8] and many more benefits. Creatine is becoming a staple supplement of many fitness enthusiasts and it's benefits show us why Optimum Nutrition Gold Stnadard Pre-Workout have included it in their formulation.

The Bigger Picture

I've listed the main ingredients and given their benefits but just imagine all those benefits put together into one product. That is what Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout offers us. Now you can see why this supplement has been so highly anticipated, the formulation has been engineered to deliver the energy, focus and power and performance that many are seeking for to get them through their workout and it seems as though they are on the right track to do this.




[1] Drozak, J; Molecular identification of carnosine synthase as ATP-grasp domain-containing protein 1 (ATPGD1).; Laboratory of Physiological Chemistry, Université Catholique de Louvain; 2010 [2] Hipkiss, A; On the enigma of carnosine’s anti-ageing actions.; School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, The University of Birmingham; 2009 [3] Bemben, M; The effects of supplementation with creatine and protein on muscle strength following a traditional resistance training program in middle-aged and older men.; Neuromuscular Lab, Dept. Health & Exercise Science, U. Oklahoma; 2010 [4] Gotshalk, L; Creatine supplementation improves muscular performance in older women.; Department of Health and Physical Education, University of Hawaii\; 2008 [5] Lopez, R; Does creatine supplementation hinder exercise heat tolerance or hydration status? A systematic review with meta-analyses.; University of Connecticut; 2009 [6] Okudan, N; The effects of creatine supplementation on performance during the repeated bouts of supramaximal exercise.; Department of Physiology, Meram Faculty of Medicine; 2005 [7] Volek, J; The effects of creatine supplementation on muscular performance and body composition responses to short-term resistance training overreaching.; Human Performance Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut; 2004 [8] Anomasiri, W; Low dose creatine supplementation enhances sprint phase of 400 meters swimming performance.; Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University; 2004  


Written and edited by: Elgan Mathias