Complete Pre Workout Bulk – Review, Ingredients and Price
Complete Pre Workout is a supplement made by Bulk Powders to help support you through your gym sessions
Complete Pre Workout is a supplement made by Bulk (formerly known as Bulk Powders) designed to be consumed before hitting the gym or exercising.
Where to buy: www.bulk.com
Update: This review article was originally written before Bulk was rebranded from Bulk Powders, but the ingredients and product information remain the same as of January 2023.
Pre workout supplements have become very popular in recent years as more and more people look for products to help lift them and get the most out of their training sessions.
Most pre workouts contain a dose of a stimulant such as Caffeine, along with other ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, plant extracts and amino acids.
Pre workout supplements usually come in a flavoured powder form, which is designed to be mixed in with water and consumed around half an hour before starting your exercise or training sessions.
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This article is going to take a detailed look at the Complete Pre Workout from Bulk as we look to see where this supplement stands in a crowded market.
We’re going to be paying particularly close attention to the ingredients formula, the doses and the taste as we give this supplement a go and see if it can help to support our fitness goals.
So, with the introductions out of the way, let’s start taking a closer look at the Complete Pre Workout from Bulk.
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Complete Pre Workout Bulk – The Basics
As we’ve already discussed the Complete Pre Workout is one of Bulk’s main offerings when it comes to pre workout supplements.
Bulk are one of the biggest names in the health and fitness supplements industry in the UK, and their brand has been around for many years now.
They are well-known for their reasonably-priced products, and wide range of supplements, from protein shakes to multivitamins and healthy snacks.
Complete Pre Workout is marketed as a “pre workout drink” which has been formulated to help you get the most out of your training sessions.
It comes in four different flavours and is designed to be mixed with water and consumed around 30 minutes before starting your session. The four flavours on offer are:
• Apple and Raspberry
• Lemon and Lime
We tried out the Cola flavour for this pre workout review.
The product description says that the Complete Pre Workout has been formulated to help support you through your training sessions by giving you a “boost”.
We’ll get into more details with regards to the ingredients below, but this supplement uses a few common inclusions such as Caffeine and Branched Chain Amino Acids.
The formula includes six different active ingredients, each of which can bring a benefit to the table. The product description on the official Bulk website says that this supplement has been formulated to be the “ideal all-rounder pre-workout drink”.
It all sounds pretty good to us so far, so let’s now move on and check out the actual ingredients found in this supplement.
As mentioned above, the Complete Pre Workout supplement contains six different active ingredients. They are:
• Instant Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA)
• Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate
• Citrulline Malate
• Beta Alanine
Firstly, it’s important to point out that the Complete Pre Workout doesn’t use a proprietary blend. This means that we know the exact doses of every single ingredient on the label, which is great for transparency.
The first main ingredient in the Complete Pre Workout formula is the inclusion of 5g of Instant Branched Chain Amino Acids per serving. You probably already know about BCAA supplements and the benefits that they can bring, especially when they’re consumed around exercise. The 5g dose in this supplement is certainly an impressive one.
As you’d expect, the Complete Pre Workout also contains a dose of the stimulant Caffeine. You probably already know all about Caffeine and its benefits. Each serving of Complete Pre Workout contains 200mg of Caffeine.
To put that dose of Caffeine into context, you’d expect to find around 100mg of Caffeine in a strong cup of coffee.
Most people who take pre workouts are looking for a stimulant hit – but if you’re sensitive to stimulants such as Caffeine, it’s worth bearing in mind that 200mg is a significant dose.
Complete Pre Workout also includes Citrulline Malate in its formula. Citrulline Malate is a common pre workout ingredients, and it’s an amino acid which is found in watermelons.
Other ingredients include the popular Beta Alanine, along with Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate and L-Tyrosine.
It was perhaps slightly disappointing to note that this supplement doesn’t contain any vitamins or minerals as specific ingredients in its formula. It was also something of a surprise not to find Creatine in the formula.
We tried out the Cola flavour of Complete Pre Workout.
The white-coloured powder mixed relatively well in with water, although it took a little bit longer to dissolve than other pre workout supplements we’ve tried recently.
The liquid soon turned a dark cola color and was ready to drink! The taste was pretty good – it was similar to the cola-flavoured sweets you might remember from your childhood.
It had a pretty good aftertaste as well, which we’ve found to be pretty rare for pre workout supplements. Overall, the taste was good.
Price and Where To Buy
The great thing about Bulk’s range of supplements is their affordable price tags. Complete Pre Workout is available in either a 100g or 720g pouch. The 720g pouch costs around £49.
It’s worth checking the official Bulk website for the latest prices, as they can change from time to time.
The main thing to be wary of when it comes to pre workout supplements is the Caffeine content. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant and having too much of it can do more harm than good.
As mentioned above, each serving of this pre workout contains 200mg of Caffeine, which is about double the amount you’d expect to find in a pretty strong cup of coffee.
If you’re sensitive to stimulants or are looking for a pre workout which has a lower dose of Caffeine, then this may not be the product for you.
We recommend that you speak to your doctor or a certified medical professional before trying a new supplement or making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle.
The label has a warning saying that this supplement has a high Caffeine content. It also says that this supplement is not recommended for children, or breastfeeding or pregnant women. There is also a warning saying not to exceed the recommended dose.
The label also says that this supplement is not intended for people under the age of 16, and that it’s not intended to replace a varied and balanced diet.
How To Take It
The directions suggest that you should mix 1.5 scoops (approximately 24g) with 250ml water in a shaker bottle and consume it around 30-45 minutes prior to training, ideally on an empty stomach.
Because of the Caffeine content, it’s probably best not take this supplement within six hours of going to sleep. It you’re sensitive to stimulants, you may want to start with a smaller dose than 1.5 scoops.
Pros and Cons
Let’s now look at some of the pros and cons when it comes to the Bulk Complete Pre Workout.
• Great price
• Nice tasting flavour
• Uses Citrulline Malate
• Caffeine content quite high
• Doesn’t contain Creatine
• Doesn’t use any Vitamins or Minerals as ingredients
Anything Else To Consider?
As we mentioned above, you should speak to your doctor or a certified medical professional before taking a new supplement.
Pre workout supplements can be a great addition to your workout and training regimen, but you shouldn’t expect miracles from them.
You’ll still have to be the one putting in the hard work in the gym as you look to achieve your health and fitness goals.
Conclusion – Our Final Thoughts
That brings us to the end of our Complete Pre Workout Bulk review.
We’ve walked you through all of the key things that you need to know about this supplement, including the ingredients, the taste and more.
This is a decent pre workout supplement if you’re on a budget. If you’re sensitive to stimulants or are looking for a pre workout that contains Creatine, you may want to look elsewhere.