Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre Workout Review

There is no better feeling that choosing a solid pre workout and getting a major pump on throughout an explosive gym session. You meet goals quicker, feel amazing and come away without any side effects. If you choose wisely. This is our conclusive Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre Workout Review. Optimum Nutrition, or ON, are industry leaders. Their Gold Standard Whey is a fantastic product and we have had some good results from earlier versions of their pre workouts. Let’s take a look and see if Gold Standard maintains their high quality. (Watermelon is the best flavour!)


Core Ingredients

The ingredients profile in this supplement looks good and well thought out. There are items in here that will maximise energy, not just in the form of caffeine and also give you a decent pump. The blend is also clear to see, with no hidden ingredient amounts. We are focusing on the main pre-workout ingredients in this review. There are many benefits to the supplementation of Vitamin D, B1, B6 and B12 as they help improve athletic performance and energy levels when supplemented.

CaffeineOptimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre Workout Review Ingredients

The base stimulant for pre-workouts. As long as it’s obtained from a natural source caffeine will give you that mental edge. One side effect is the potential trouble sleeping. However ensure you take your pre-workout at a reasonable time and give it chance to wear off. There’s a good dose of caffeine in Gold Standard with 175mg. Double scooping may leave you with some jitters but as a base amount 140-175mg is ideal.


A great ingredient for enhancing athletic performance. Creatine directly supports skeletal muscle in the body. It is a strong ingredient for building muscle. Research has actually found that creatine use can increase performance by as much as 15% in people doing high-intensity training. Impressive.  The dose of creatine might be a little high in this pre workout, which could cause you some slight side effects.


Studies have shown that L-Carnitine, a similar amino acid to creatine does improve athletic performance also. Whilst some use it for fat burning properties, this isn’t the case. L-Carnitine not only aids with the energising of muscle, so you can build more mass and train harder, but it offers support for aging bone loss also, ensuring you skeletal frame is strong.


Another amino acid that provides a great boost and pump in your workout. Gold Standard seems to have the big three in here so far. Citrulline will reduce fatigue by improving the ammonia recycling process and nitric oxide metabolism. Basically, this ingredient will get you pumped and ensure your muscles have enough oxygen to use during your workout.

Beta Alanine

Whilst there is a high chance that this ingredient will improve athletic performance, there is also a high chance it will have some very annoying side effects. This ingredient in pre-workouts generally leaves a tingling and flushing feeling. Not ideal whilst working out as it can become very uncomfortable very quickly and detract from athletic performance.  Again, there is some support to show that it can provide benefits to you, but the side effects will generally outweigh this.


Can cause flushing in some people. Niacin is also known as vitamin B3. We are looking at it because it may interact slightly with the beta alanine to cause flushing and itching.



1 dose of this is 11g. Whilst this is a good spoonful, there is a lot of filler ingredients for a pre-workout. We think with some of the main ones they could have gone a little higher to even further improve performance. Double scooping would work, however hugely increase the chances of the itching feeling you’ll get from Beta Alanine.

Whats the Cost?

We found this for $29.99. This is pretty good value for a pre-workout and you will get some solid results. There are however better products out there for a little bit more. The dosing of 11g is a little small for a pre-workout as to get the full pump you’ll need a little more of those amino acids. Not to mention getting rid of the Beta Alanine!



Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout Review Conclusion

We are impressed with ON’s Gold Standard Pre Workout. Whilst this product has all the factors you want for a great pre-workout, there is room for improvement on the dosing side of things. It’s also worth noting that double scooping, and potential single scooping will likely lead to a flushing and itching side effect from the Beta Alanine. Trust us when we say you don’t want this. In most trials this side effect has detracted from athletic performance. If you want a well rounded complete pre-workout we’d recommend checking out our top 3 tried and tested pre-workouts


Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout Review
  • 8.6/10
    Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout Review - 8.6/10


A good product from Optimum Nutrition! This pre-workout will help you smash through workouts. There are a couple of pitfalls, especially regarding side effects that you should take into account when using this product. Not bad!

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