Pre-Workout Supplements That Won’t Make You Itch
The itchy or tingly feeling that most pre-workout supplements make us feel, is just fine for some people, tolerable for a few, and downright uncomfortable for others. It was actually somewhat difficult to put this list together because the vast majority of these supps contain Beta-Alanine, or Niacin, in high enough doses to produce the tingly effect. To read a bit further on what exactly causes these ingredients to make this happen, please read this article.
Both of these ingredients can benefit your workout, but if you’re just not comfortable, and going around the gym scratching your skin off … you’re not going to have a great workout. Here is a list of pre-workout supplements that won’t make you itch. They do not contain Beta-Alanine or Niacin, or such a small dose that it shouldn’t affect you. Here they are:
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Here are a few that won’t make you itch:
Superpump is a very solid pre-workout choice that provides a nice clean feeling energy and focus without going overboard. SP isn’t the strongest pre-workout in terms of stimulants, but this can be a nice change once and a while from the stim heavy options like 1MR or Scream mentioned above. The endurance it gives is easily noticeable; it uses a combination of BCAA’s, Glutamine, and Carnitine to help your muscles start recovering the moment you start using them – and effectively improving your endurance. Also good to see the eletrolyte blend they’ve included. My favorite part- the taste is amazing. I’ve tried nearly every flavor, and have nothing bad to say so far. Not the strongest, but a nice well rounded choice of pre-workout.
Craze by Driven Sports is a fairly new pre-workout that has been receiving great reviews from athletes and weekend warriors alike. At first glance, it doesn’t look like it would have too much kick because of the low caffeine levels; but they’ve thrown in a few ingredients known as “Nootropics” which are shown to increase focus and brain function. I wasn’t expecting much when I first tried it, but the focus it gave me was pretty intense, like “tunnel vision”. However, it’s missing a few ingredients that I like to see in my pre-workout like BCAA’s, Beta Alanine, and/or B Vitamins. On the plus side of that is without the Beta Alanine, it won’t make your skin feel itchy which I know some people really dislike. Great for focus, but lacks in the endurance category compared to some competitiors.
Hemo-Rage | Nutrex
Hemo-Rage Black from Nutrex is a powerful pre-workout supplement that packs some punch. It has over 200mg (although we don’t know the precise number) to help keep you focused and energized in the gym. It also contains Creatine for strength, and Arginine for endurance and pump. If you can handle the amount of caffeine, its a pretty decent choice, for a good price too.
Jack3d Micro is the latest release from USP’s Labs in the form of pre-workout supplement. Whether or not it is supposed to replace the extremely popular Jack3d formula, is yet to be determined. By looking at the ingredients however, it doesn’t look like it. The ingredients are very basic, containing mostly “pump” boosters which mainly help to improve endurance. Along with caffeine, and some less researched ingredients suggested to promote better focus. There’s no Creatine, Beta Alanine, BCAA’s, etc….I can’t say that the ingredients look too great when compared to other pwo’s.
Hybrid NO from Muscle Pharm is mainly a Nitric Oxide boosting supplement. NO Boosters have been proven to improve your endurance, and reduce muscle soreness following your workouts as well. While Hybrid NO will not give you the same “kick” as a lot of pre-workouts because it does not contain any caffeine, it can still be useful in improving your efficiency at the gym. Keep in mind that it doesn’t contain any Creatine either if you were looking for one with it.
Hemavol from iForce Nutrition is also more of an NO booster that will help you to improve endurance and reduce soreness. They also include a few other things however, like Niacin and Vitamin B3 which will help out your energy levels, and modd to some extend. But again, with it being stimulant free, it won’t give you that rush of energy that is commonly found with regular pre-workouts.
I hope this list has been helpful to those still wanting a high quality, effective pre-workout supplement, just without the itch. If so, please leave a comment or share this post via whatever social media you use. Thanks for reading- Mark.