Pre-Workouts Least Likely to Cause Anxiety
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults consume no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine daily, to prevent insomnia, jitteriness, and anxiety. And people who are sensitive to caffeine may need to limit their intake even further.
To put that in perspective, 400mg of caffeine is roughly two standard energy drinks or three 8 oz cups of coffee.
Related: Coffee vs Pre-Workout Before Exercise
As you’ve seen, some pre-workouts have a day’s worth of caffeine in one serving! So if you’re concerned about the anxiety-inducing effects, you should look for a supplement with less caffeine or no stimulants.
Here are some of the most popular stim-free pre-workouts available:
- Genius Pre-Workout
- Gorilla Mode Nitric Stim-Free
- Legion Pulse Stim-Free
- Nutricost Stim-Free
- Ghost Pump Nitric Oxide
Among these supplements, Genius Pre-Workout has the most reviews and contains several natural nootropic ingredients that may help with calm focus. Gorilla Mode also has a lot of reviews, but the formula is lacking, in my opinion.
By comparison, Legion has effective dosages of all the ingredients you want in a pre-workout. Nutricost does as well and is, by far, the best value. Finally, Ghost tastes fantastic, but it’s expensive, and the supplement is geared toward getting a pump.
Therefore, Legion Pulse Stim-Free or Nutricost Stim-Free are good options for getting all the performance and blood flow benefits of pre-workout without caffeine.