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The Best Pre-Workout & Daily Supplements

Posted on February 13 2019

by Elgin E. Mones, Esq.


Dietary supplements aren't necessary to build muscle, burn fat, or achieve any fitness goals; indeed, most supplements are either useless or harmful. The few safe and effective supplements can't compensate for horrible diet and exercise programs or even excellent ones to which you refuse to adhere. If you're interested in receiving some performance or nutrition benefits, then consider taking the following supplements or reading the following resources to do your own research.


Daily Supplements

These three products patch up common nutritional gaps in otherwise healthy, balanced diets and are some of the safest and most effective on the market. If you want to buy these or any other supplements, then you can get 20% OFF any MyProtein supplements with my affiliate code: ELGIN20.


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Vitamin D3

Very few people get sufficient sun exposure to have enough vitamin D. Take one or two capsules to improve immune health, bone health, and mood.

Creatine Monohydrate

Take one heaping teaspoon (~5g) to increase ATP/energy during workouts and build more muscle.

Whey Protein

Take one scoop when whole food sources of protein aren't available to hit your macros.

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I recommend that you make your own pre-workout blend from bulk ingredients to save money and avoid filler. Consume the following supplements 30 minutes before your workout. Anything else is either useless at improving weight lifting performance or too potent to be legal in the US for long. You can buy these ingredients in bulk through my Kit page, which links to my Amazon Associates affiliate account.

bulk caffeine capsules


One capsule (200mg) to increase focus and alertness.


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Citrulline Malate

One scoop (8g) to reduce fatigue and soreness as well as improve muscular pumps.


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My supplement recommendations are based on the independent research compiled by the folks at Examine, a company with which I have been partnered since 2014. There is no better internet resource for unbiased and accurate supplement information. Pick up one of Examine's guides based on your goals.


Examine Stack Guides

Stack Guides

These give step-by-step instructions for combining supplements to achieve various health and fitness goals, from increased muscle to reduced body fat.


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Examine Supplement Goals Reference Guide

Supplement Goals Reference Guide

This explains which supplements are worthless, which are unsupported but harmless, and which are must-haves.


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