Our List of the Best Supplements for Energy

Chances are if you’ve arrived on this page, you’re looking for a supplement that gives you an extra kick to help kick up your rep count, weights, set a new max or just to go harder in the gym. If that’s the case, then this list is perfect for you.

Every item here is thoroughly researched and have been proven time and time again to help with energy production in one way or another. Whether that be a general pick me up (i.e. caffeine), to an increase in muscular endurance (i.e. creatine).

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Beta-Alanine

beta-Alanine BodyBuilding.comBeta-Alanine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in our body. Once ingested, beta-alanine converts to other chemicals that have been shown to increase muscular endurance, anaerobic running capacity and a decrease in general fatigue; each to varying degrees.

Basically, and I mean basically, Beta Alanine helps negate some of the build up of hydrogen ions. These hydrogen ions lower ph levels in your muscles. But what does this all mean? Well, low muscle ph levels is tied directly with how fatigued your muscles are. So, negating some of the hydrogen ions, starts a mini wave of events that ultimately ends up with you being able to work out just that little longer and harder.

Benefits
  • Boost in Muscular Endurance
  • Reduction in Fatigue
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Caffeine

Here it is, the one we all knew would be here; caffeine. Personally, I like to get my caffeine in one of 2 ways: Coffee and pre-workout. But, if you’re not a fan of the jitters that are sometimes associated with pre-workouts, or you don’t want to drink too much before a workout (especially before deadlifts, I’m sure we’ve all seen at least one of those videos.. shudders) then

caffeine tablets might be the go.

I can’t speak to the efficacy of taking caffeine in tablet form, but we’ve all had a coffee or energy drink in our time and are acutely aware of the energy boosting effects.

Benefits
  • Higher Anaerobic Running Capacity
  • Increased Power Output
  • Wakefulnes
  • Slight Testosterone Increase
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Creatine

Best known for it’s prominent usage in sports and bodybuilding, creatine is one of the most well studied supplements on the market. It provides good energy output over the shorter term (30-240s) and increases muscular endurance. That’s why it’s one of the must have supplements for body builders and, really, anyone who plays sports or has an active lifestyle.

Creatine is widely considered to be 100% safe, except in instances of increased intake, where slight digestive discomfort may be present.  Also, some discomfort can arise if insufficient hydration levels are kept whilst taking creatine.

Benefits
  • High Power Output
  • Increased Hydration
  • Boost in Muscular Endurance
  • Slight Testosterone Increase
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L-Citrulline

If you hadn’t heard of this supplement before, you’re not alone. Personally, I’d only ever seen L-Citrulline in passing whilst researching other supplements online. Although it isn’t very common as a solitary supplement (it’s often used in combination with other chemicals and supplements in various pre-workouts), it is a solid  product.

According to examiner.com, you need to take 6,000 – 8,000mg of citrulline before workouts to gain an increase in sports performance.

Benefits
  • Reduces Exercise Related Fatigue
  • Reduces Muscle Soreness in Days After Workout
  • Increase in Training Volume
  • Slight Testosterone Increase
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Conclusion

So, there it is some of the best and well-researched supplements for energy. Personally though, I’d rather not have an excessive amount of pill bottles and supplement containers. That’s why I take a pre-workout. Most brands will include all the above listed supplements plus, a whole bunch more (like taurine, potassium, sodium bicarbonate etc.) which in conjunction works far better than any single supplement (obviously). Supplementing with creatine separately is also highly recommended. Thankfully your standard creatine monohydrate tends to be cheap as chips.

The pre-workout I’m currently using and enjoying is BSN N.O.-XPLODE raspberry flavoured. It seems to work well. Muscle soreness has definitely declined in the days after working out and it gives a massive boost in energy before I head to the gym.

Though if you really don’t want to drop the cash on a pre-workout (honestly, I’d recommend it, even if you don’t buy through my affiliate links ;)) some folks stick to your standard coffees and or/energy drinks before their gym session. Whatever floats your boat, I say. If it helps getting you to the gym and  keep you coming back, all the better.

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