The Ideal Pre - Workout Supplement Blend : What You Should Get From Your Pre - Workout Supplement


>Effective Dosage = 250mg

> Minimum Requirement in
a Supplement = 250mg

Beta- alanine

>Effective Dosage = 3-6g

>Minimum Requirement in
a Supplement = 3g

L- arginine

> Effective Dosage = 3- 9g

> Minimum Requirement in
a Supplement = 3g


>Effective Dosage = 10-12g

>Minimum Requirement
in a Supplement = 6- 10g


>Effective Dosage = 5-10g
(Bodyweight dependant)

>Minimum Requirement
in a Supplement = 5g

Citruline Malate

>Effective Dosage = 6g

>Minimum Requirement
in a Supplement = 2-4g



Very few supplements will contain the exact amounts listed here. Aim to get as close to this blend as possible in order to optimise your pre- workout experience!

NOTE: Effective dosages are a guide only & depend on bodyweight, underlying health, personal receptivity & other subjective (personal) variables. People respond differently to pre- workout supplements, assess your tolerance carefully...

Great examples include BSN NO- XPLODE, SNE TNT XTPhD Nutrition VMX 2 and Gaspari Nutrition Superpump Max 

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!


  • zee

    What's the difference between L-arginine and AAKG.
    I have assumed AAKG was more potent hence I bought it as I would require less than L-arginine.
    I didn't realise I would need 10g.

    • Scott Riches
      August 13, 2014 Scott Riches

      Hi Zee,

      So AAKG is an extension of L Arginine within it's molecular structure. AAKG is more potent and acts a better supplement especially for endurance and performance.

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