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The modern hardcore pre workout formulas are increasingly a mix of energy, pump, endurance & nootropics. What used to be some caffeine powder turned into a multidimensional workout enhancer.
So list of the best hardcore pre workouts supplements list is for you guys – the stimulant junkies. The bros who want to take something and actually feel like you want to eat the weights. So, if you have a strong heart & you want to crush those weights, hit those PWOs, this is going to be a list for you.
This list is based first & foremost on our own experience, and then on the label. Another thing worth mentioning is that because we were only looking for the shear ‘strength’ element of these, we are listing them in no particular order.
Without further ado, let’s find out how the best hardcore pre workout supplements rank.
Dark Labs is a new company that broke the supplement world with their DMAA pre workout, Crack. This is a fully loaded pre workout that does not lack in any category. The focus and pumps are what really shine. In addition to the energy and sense of urgency at 500 mg of caffeine.
Although DMAA was banned years back, Crack pre workout has a real case for having DMAA. The balance of all the ingredients is unmatched by any pre workout to come out in 2020, and still in 2022. All in all, if you want a cool, clean experience, Crack is a great hardcore pre workout.
It’s back, and with a vengeance! Apollon Nutrition through its Anarchy Labs sub brand has finally released its successor to the now legendary Assassin, and well people, this one doesn’t disappoint! With a label that will get you stimmed just by looking at it, if you can take it, you are in for a hell of a ride.
Assassin is one of these angry pre-workouts, that will get you going and will keep you going for 4-5 hours. You’ll get pumped, you’ll get angry, you’ll throw weights all over the place and you won’t want to stop!
Don’t let the clean look here confuse you. There’s something inside this pre-workout from Imperial Nutrition that is not on label. Excelsior hits hard and will make you wanna fly! You can watch the full review on our youtube channel to get more intel but let me just tell you that when it comes for focus and energy Excelsior is one heck of a ride.
My sweet spot with this pre-workout is 1.75 scoops and I found that 2 scoops is just too much for most users. Two words of caution: 1) I don’t believe the label here is accurate. Excelsior is hiding something … 2) some people have a serious crash post workout, but everyone I talked with found that the free flight during workout was worth it.
*Closest thing to Excelsior right now is Dark Labs Flame Pre Workout*
One of two pre workouts from Dark Labs on this list, Flame pre workout is nothing to mess with. Unlike Crack pre workout, Flame does not have DMAA. But it still hits super hard with heavy punch that comes in about 30 minutes into the workout.
Flame is a great pre workout for mainly energy and focus. The pumps are not as strong in Flame, but the other components definitely make up for that. Essentially the non-DMAA version of Crack, Flame is yet another great option.
The first thing that is going to get your attention with the Hooligan pre-workout is a sizable 450 mg caffeine dose. But don’t let this pre-workout confuse you. This label boasts way more than just a lot of stimulants. The pump & power formula is the most complete on this list and same goes for the focus ingredients.
And to bring it all together even though you would think this amount of stims might blow your head off, Hooligan is a surprisingly smooth but intense pre-workout experience with intense focus and great energy, with one huge benefit, the energy literally lasts for a full day.
Although the mediocre pumps, this is a VERY hard hitting pre workout. Even an hour and a half into it, Pre Stack Extreme just doesn’t let go. Needless to say, if you can’t handle overstimulation and this hardcore pre workout stim hit, this is not for you.
You are, however, really going to enjoy this if you enjoyed my personal favorite Arez Titanium. This one is very similar to Arez minus the mood elevation and euphoria that lasts for 20 years after. Oh, and add way more anger. So, Arez lovers, we have your little brother.
I am really not sure how long this formula is going to stay out there, so grab yours while you can.
With a combination of DMHA & DMAA and a bunch of other exotic stimulants, well people, let me tell you something, this pre workout feels amazing. Great clean productive energy and great focus. But more than anything else, the mood elevation and feeling of wellness and euphoria is the strongest I had since the JACK3D or APS Mesomorph or yes, I dare to say it CRAZE!
You can expect this feeling to last for about 2-3 hours, well into your workout session and I haven’t had any side effects or any other issues. Clean, focused, HAPPY workouts!
*Closest thing to Dark Energy right now is God of Rage Pre Workout*
The Assassin Pre Workout is really intense, and keeps the intensity high for hours on end. Even for me this PWO would be a bit too much to take every day. There are too many stimulants that I feel I would burn down my adrenal gland very quickly, so it is not safe for daily use in my opinion.
There are just way too many stims, and I am not sure you would want to keep the alertness and stimmed feeling for 7 hours everyday. I do think this is definitely a pre workout you can take half a scoop and then get your normal stim junkie pre workout from quantities perspective (half a scoop of this is 300 mg of caffeine, 150 mg of DMHA, 150 Eria J and Synephrine at 30mg).
The experience during the 1.5 hours of the workout is really no different to Arez Titanium, Oh Yeah, and the other hardcore PWOs on this list. The difference is this one lasts for like 7 HOURS.
This (although hardcore) pre workout is all about mood elevation and not about being angry and raged. You’re just completely in the zone, and the experience is just amazing in my opinion. I would even dare to say it is probably even better than Arez during the workout to some extent.
You truly feel like nothing can ruin this mood elevation and good feeling. A really great experience that allows you to have a great workout, feel great and be in the zone.
Hell Yeah is a great pre workout choice if what you are looking for is a nice energy kick, good mood and intense motivation that will last a good amount of time, during the workout and a bit after. I really like what Iron Obsession have done here.
This hardcore pre workout supplement is very similar to Defiant Unleashed (coming next on the list), but the pumps level is definitely lower whereas the energy level is really increased. You get a really good energy kick and you just feel in the zone.
Note it is not as hard-hitting as Arez Titanium and Pre Stacked (probably because of the Alpha Yo they have in them), but it is definitely one of the best as far as focus, mood elevation and being in the zone go. Again, the long lasting energy kick and motivation are exceptional experience wise.If you are looking for stim junkie but not hard hitting pre workout, this one provides a really good experience without much rage or anger.
Last but definitely not least, Defiant Unleashed provides a great surge of energy that creeps up on you and once it hits, gives you a really nice burst of motivation. Considering the amount of caffeine in it (450 mg) and the other good shit in the formula, it is surprisingly subtle.
You don’t feel over-stimmed, but you do definitely feel motivated. I did feel quite focused, but not tunnel-vision focused. I would say the most prominent feeling here is the motivation, which I like. The pumps are pretty mediocre, and the energy and focus kicks are as mentioned solid, however, Defiant Unleashed excelled the most for me in really good motivation. The motivational effects lasted for about 2-3 hours, and even though I expected to crash after it considering all the stimulants, it was actually a smooth transition to normal life after the gym.
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