Tuesday, March 12, 2013

march to fitness muscle up mondays: pre-workout supplements

Many -- but not all! -- pre-workout supplements are gluten-free.  Here are some products I have found.  My personal favorites are C4, Platinum Pre-, and FitMiss.  (If it weren't for the time change, this would have been posted on Monday ;) )

Keep in mind that these products are dietary supplements and not subject to evaluation by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  

Cellucor C4 Extreme
Gluten-free status: According to a forum response from Cellucor, C4 and all current Cellucor products are gluten-free.
Available flavors:

  • Fruit Punch
  • Green Apple
  • Icy Blue Razz
  • Orange
  • Pineapple
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Strawberry Margarita
  • Watermelon

I tried: Fruit Punch and Icy Blue Razz (Scott's favorite)

Serving Size   1 scoop
Servings Per Container  60
Amount Per Serving% DV
Calories   5.00   
Calcium   1.00 mg  0% 
Total Carbohydrates   1.00 g  0% 
Sugars   1.00 g   
Vitamin C   250.00 mg  417% 
Folate   250.00 mcg  63% 
Vitamin B12   34.00 mcg  567% 
Beta Alanine   1500.00 mg  ** 
Creatine Nitrate   1000.00 mg  ** 
Arginine AKG   1000.00 mg  ** 
Explosive Energy Blend   594.00 mg  ** 
 ** Daily Value (DV) not established

Silicon dioxide, natural and artificial flavors, citric acid, artificial color (contains FD&C yellow #6), malic acid, sucralose, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K)

Gluten-free status: Packaging states that it is gluten-free.
Available flavors:

  • Blue Razz
  • Orange
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Watermelon

I tried: None.  I came across it while writing this post.  However, the reviews I found at bodybuilding.com were very positive.

Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre-
Gluten-free status: Packaging does not state, but I was informed by ON staffers at the Arnold Classic that this is a gluten-free product.
Available flavors:
  • Fruit Punch
  • Raspberry Lemonade
  • SuperFruit
I tried: Fruit Punch and Raspberry Lemonade.  Delish!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Scoop
Servings Per Container: 30
1 SCOOP (8g)Amount
Per Serving
% Daily
Total Calories
Sodium (as sodium chloride)60 mg3%   
Potassium (as potassium chloride)70 mg2%   
Total Carbohydratesg<1%   
Protein<1 g1%   
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid, acerola extract)100 mg167%   
L-Citrulline (1 Scoop) (as micronized l-citrulline, PepForm® citrulline peptides [l-citrulline, hydrolyzed whey isolate])g
L-Citrulline (2 Scoops) (as micronized l-citrulline, PepForm® citrulline peptides [l-citrulline, hydrolyzed whey isolate])g
CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine (1 Scoop)1.6 g
CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine (2 Scoops)3.2 g
DMAE Bitartrate (1 Scoop)250 mg
DMAE Bitartrate (2 Scoops)500 mg
Phyto Blend (1 Scoop) (beet juice powder, grape seed extract [vitis vinifera] [seeds], MegaNatural® red wine grape extract [vitis vinifera] [seeds], citrus bioflavonoids)250 mg
Phyto Blend (2 Scoops) (beet juice powder, grape seed extract [vitis vinifera] [seeds], MegaNatural® red wine grape extract [vitis vinifera] [seeds], citrus bioflavonoids)500 mg
Caffeine (1 Scoop)200 mg
Caffeine (2 Scoops)400 mg
Capsimax® Capsicum Extract (1 Scoop) ([capsicum annuum] [fruit] [standardized for capsaicinoids])125 mcg
Capsimax® Capsicum Extract (2 Scoops) ([capsicum annuum] [fruit] [standardized for capsaicinoids])250 mg
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Contains 200mg of caffeine per scoop. This product contains 100mg, 167% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
Other Ingredients: citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, malic acid, tartaric acid, silicon dioxide, calcium silicate, lecithin, sucralose, acesulfame potassium.
Recommended Use: Mix each scoop with 6-10 oz of cold water (to desired sweetness) and consume immediately. Start with 1 scoop or less to assess your tolerance. Do not exceed more than 2 servings per day.
Warning: KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. ALLERGEN INFORMATION:Contains milk and soy (lecithin) ingredients. Not for use with pre-existing medical conditions or those taking any medications, those under the age of 18 or over 50, women that are pregnant, contemplating pregnancy or nursing, or those that are caffeine or beta-alanine sensitive. Do not consume caffeine/stimulants from other sources or within 4 hours of bedtime.
Before beginning any program of weight loss, consult your health care practitioner. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


MusclePharm FitMiss Ignite
Gluten-free status: The allergen warning does not mention possible contamination with wheat, but I also cannot find any statement online or on the packaging that indicates either way.  However, I tried it and had no reaction.  Use your best judgment.
Available flavors:
FitMiss Ignite™: Nutritional Information

I tried: Grape - it smells and tastes like Grape Kool Aid!

MusclePharm Assault
Gluten-free status: According to a Facebook response from MusclePharm, Assault is gluten-free.
Available flavors:
  • Blue arctic raspberry
  • Fruit punch
  • Green apple
  • Orange mango
  • Raspberry lemonade
  • Watermelon
I tried: None...yet.   

Gluten-free status: The allergen warning does mention possible contamination with wheat.  Use your best judgment!
Available flavors:
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Tropical Orange
I tried: None.  I haven't, but Scott looooves the pink lemonade.  It smells yummy!

Not happy with the choices?  Netrition.com lists 16 additional gluten-free pre-workout options that I have not seen in my area nutrition shops or at the Arnold Classic.  

Happy eating!


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