Taking care of your muscles during a workout is just as (if not more) important than only focusing on post workout supplementation. Due to the advancements in science and research, intra-workout supplementation has been proven to increase the amount of exercise-induced protein synthesis in the muscle, which will result in greater power output, assisting in the recovery time, and to help prevent muscle catabolism (break-down of muscle tissue).
Fuelling your body with the right supplements during a workout will take your training to the next level (backed by science) giving it that boost it requires to push harder resulting in optimal results and most importantly maximal gains. This is why we’ve created a list of the top 10 best intra-workout supplements on the market to save you time and money in finding the best available (our #1 pick).
Starting with our lowest rated product first, scroll to the bottom to see our top rated intra-workout supplement for 2017
10. Muscle Pharm Amino 1
Muscle Pharm kept it basic with the release of Amino 1. Sticking to the top 3 BCAA’s, Amino 1 is very simple but yet effective intra-workout supplement.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR MP AMINO 1
- Improves exercise endurance
- Available with caffeine for extra energy
- BCAA complex with a 3:1:2 ratio
- Supports lean mass growth
- Reduces muscle breakdown
- Banned substances free
9. Allmax Aminocore
Allmax has been around for a while, building a reputable name in the industry. At an affordable price with a concrete formula, Aminocore is a great option if you’re looking to ramp up the training intensity.
Delivering a pure 45:30:25 ratio of BCAA’s every scoop will definitely get your muscles to grow! It’s great to note that Aminocore has no fillers, zero non-BCAA aminos, and is sugar free.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR ALLMAX AMINOCORE
- 8g BCAA
- No fillers, Zero Sugar
- Zero non-BCAA aminos
- Instaclear – soluble BCAA technology
- Contains vitamins
- Supports increase in lean muscle
8. Controlled Labs Purple Wraath
Controlled Labs did a great job with the release of their intra-workout Purple Wraath. Packed with ingredients such as BCAA’s, beta alanine and much more, Purple Wraath is overall a well-rounded intra-workout supplement.
It falls to number 8 because it lacks the right amount of scientifically backed dosages, along with missing some important ingredients for an effective supplement.
Overall, Purple Wraath is a good product to use and contains most of the essential ingredients for a good intra-workout supplement. However, as mentioned above it is under-dosed but yet affordable and can get the job done.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR CL PURPLE WRAATH
- Fast Absorption
- Support strength, power, and energy
- PurplEAA Complex – 7g
- PurplEndurance Complex – 2.7g
- Great price
- Increases energy
7. Gaspari Nutrition SizeOn
SizeOn Maximum Performance by Gaspari Nutrition will give you exactly that.
SizeOn is an all-in-one complex intra-workout and recovery formula that will not only improve performance but also give you a head start on recovery… before you even finish the workout! SizeOn is a combination of everything from BCAA’s, amino acids, creatine and even protein!
However, the downside to this product is that most of the formula is in a ‘proprietary blend’ that leaves consumers to question what amounts of the ‘good’ ingredients they’re actually getting, and if they’re clinically dosed like our #1 pick!
HIGHLIGHTS FOR GN SIZEON
- Increase in power and strength
- Protein – 7g
- Large proprietary blend – Con
- L-Lucine – 4g
- Electrolyte blend
- Improves muscle build, increased strength and athletic performance
6. Cellucor COR-Performance Beta-BCAA
Cellucor COR-Performance Beta-BCAA includes the sufficient amount of ingredients to increase your muscle mass. Stepping up from their previous formula, COR-Performance provides Beta Alanine in addition to your BCAA’s to improve performance and muscle endurance throughout your workout.
The downside to this formula is the under dose of ingredients versus our #1 pick, and missing of some key ingredients. However, COR-Performance is available in three delicious flavors at a fair price.
HIGHTLIGHTS FOR CELLUCOR COR-PERFORMANCE BETA-BCAA
- Promotes muscular endurance
- Reduces muscle breakdown
- Leucine – 2.5g
- Beta Alanine – 1.6g
- Three great flavors
- Supports lean muscle mass and strength gains
5. Nutrabolics Anabolic State
Nutrabolics redefined their whole line of supplements when they relabelled and reformulated. With change for the better, they’ve earned the #6 spot on our list.
Anabolic State is simple yet effective. The 12.5-gram serving size contains the essential amino acids and fair serving size of glutamine and HICA, which supports physical performance and muscle soreness.
Lacking some beneficial ingredients, Anabolic States falls to #6. However, with a fair formula, price point and a ton of great tasting flavours to choose from, Anabolic State could be your next go-to-supplement!
HIGHLIGHTS FOR NUTRABOLICS ANABOLIC STATE
- BCAA’s – 6g
- Glutamine – 3g
- HICA – 500mg
- Build lean muscle
- Improve performance
- Reduce muscle soreness
4. Kaged Muscle In-Kaged
Ranking in at #4 on our list is In-Kaged by Kaged Muscle. Kaged Muscle is a solid supplement company with a lot of good products on the market.
In-Kaged is one of the better intra-workout supplements out there in today’s market. In-kaged contains no proprietary blends and includes a variety of matrix’s to get you energized and remain fuelled for the entire workout.
The only downside to In-Kaged is the under dosage of some ingredients and missing two essential ingredients versus our #1 pick. It is possible to get these through alternative sources; however, it’s inconvenient and not beneficial to not include it in their formula as the consumer loses out.
Overall, In-Kaged is a great choice for an intra-workout supplement and will definitely improve your training intensity to take it to the next level!
HIGHLIGHTS FOR KAGED MUSLCE IN-KAGED
- BCAA 2:1:1 ratio
- Enduro-pump matrix
- Neuro-energy matrix
- Caffeine (from green coffee beans) – 124mg
- L-Citrulline – 3g
- Keeps you fuelled, hydrated and energized
Congratulations – You made it to the top 3!
3 SciVation Xtend
When SciVation first released the Xtend formula it was unheard of, they were pioneers in the intra and post workout field during the early 2000’s. To this day, after more research and science backed formulas, Xtend still managed to be one of the best in the game.
Xtend contains 7-grams of BCAA’s in the research-proven 2:1:1 ratio. Xtend is carbohydrate, sugar and calorie free with an electrolyte blend to keep you hydrated throughout the entire workout. Xtend also contains glutamine, and citrulline malate (1:1) that will result in an even better pump. Xtend is available in 12 great tasting flavors and will not disappoint.
HIGHIGHTS FOR SCIVATION XTEND
- BCAA 2:1:1 research-proven ratio – 7g
- 0 Sugar, 0 Calories, 0 Carbohydrates
- 12 delicious flavors
- Hydration inducing electrolytes
- Supports muscle growth and strength
- Supports fast recovery & helps preserve muscle
2. Core Nutritionals Core ABC
Owned by Natural Pro bodybuilder Doug Miller, Core Nutritionals relabelled and reformulated over the past couple of years once Doug Miller decided to quit his job and go full time with Core Nutritionals. Since then, the company has grown tremendously and their products have significantly improved.
Core ABC is one of the top intra-workout supplements out there, with a very simple but effective ingredient list and dosage amounts ABC is should be one of your go-to supplements.
In the ABC 20-gram (2 heaping scoops) serving size you will find all your essential BCAA’s, glutamine, Beta-Alanine and Citrulline Malate. What this formula lacks is a key ingredient Betaine Anhydrous and a hydrating complex such as Coconut water complex powder.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR CORE NUTRITIONALS CORE ABC
- BCAA 2:1:1 ratio – 10g
- Beta-Alanine – 2.5g
- Citrulline Malate – 2.5g
- Serving size is based on 2 heaping scoops*
- Supports ATP production
- Support muscle building, endurance and recovery
1. Best Intra-Workout Supplement for 2017 – JACKED FACTORY INTRABUILD
Crowned as our #1 Intra-workout supplement for 2017, INTRABUILD by JACKED FACTORY is truly an outstanding formula. INTRABUILD is like no other intra-workout BCAA powder. No proprietary blends, a 19-gram single scoop serving size contains all the essential clinically researched ingredients in effective doses that you need to take training intensity, performance and muscle growth to a unparalleled level.
Containing key ingredients such as Betaine Anhydrous for muscle size and strength, L-Citrulline for pumps, BCAA’s for energy and endurance and much more. INTRABUILD contains 500-mg of Coconut water complex powder which will keep you hydrated throughout your workout.
Another reason why INTRABUILD is #1 on our list is because it has no artificial sweeteners or food dyes and is naturally sweetened and flavored. It is free from banned substances and safe to use.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR JACKED FACTORY INTRABUILD
- L-Leucine – 3g
- L-Citrulline – 3g
- Beta Alanine – 1.6g
- Betaine Anhydrous – 1.25g
- Maximize pump, strength, and hydration
- No artificial sweeteners or food dyes
- Free from banned substances
- Clinically dosed ingredients