Platinum Pre vs Amino Energy Optimum Nutrition

Platinum Pre vs Amino Energy? They're both made by Optimum Nutrition but which is the best pre workout supplement for you? We're here to answer that question

Platinum Pre vs Amino Energy comparison
Platinum Pre or Amino Energy? We compare both supplements Photo: The Sport Review

Platinum Pre and Amino Energy are popular supplements which are both made by Optimum Nutrition. But which of these products is right for you?

Making a decision about the best pre workout supplement for you can be tricky, and it can be made even more complicated when the same company (Optimum Nutrition in this case), have multiple products in the same category.

In this comparison article, we’re going to break down these two popular pre workout supplements to determine the main differences and similarities between the pair.

Choosing the right supplement to fit your specific needs is important, and we’ve done all the hard work for you by comparing the important factors when taking these two products into account.

Here are the main things we focused on in this comparison article:

• Company reputation and product background
• The servings
• The ingredients
• Side effects and safety
• Price

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So, let’s start comparing Platinum Pre with Amino Energy.

1) Company reputation and product background

Let’s start by summarizing the main facts about these two popular pre workout supplements.

Platinum Pre Workout:
• Made by Optimum Nutrition
• Promotes energy
• Boosts focus
• ON’s ‘premium’ product

Amino Energy:
• Made by Optimum Nutrition
• Essential Amino Acid delivery
• Helps with muscle recovery
• Improved energy and focus

As you’ve probably gathered from the comparison above, both of these products are fairly similar, and it’s made all the more confusing when you take into account that they’re made by the same company.

However, there are some pretty big differences when it comes to the ingredients, and we’ll tackle those later on in this post.

The main thing to bear in mind really is that Platinum Pre is more of a ‘standard’ pre workout offering, while Amino Energy is a product more focused on Amino Acids, as the name would suggest.

Indeed, Amino Energy is marketed as an ‘anytime energy’ product – not just as a pre workout.

Platinum Pre contains a range of ingredients such as L-Citrulline and Beta Alanine to help get you feeling on point at the gym. We’ll go into more details about this and the ingredients in both products later on.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Both of these products are made by Optimum Nutrition and are considered to be pre workout supplements. Platinum Pre contains a wide range of ingredients, whereas Amino Energy tends to focus more on Amino Acid delivery.

2) The servings

Next up on our list is the servings and directions of both products.

As with most pre workout supplements, you take them both before starting your training session to make sure that you’re feeling full of energy and on point in the gym.

With Platinum Pre, the directions say that you should mix one scoop into a glass of water around 20-30 minutes before training.

With Amino Energy, you simply mix two scoops 20-30 minutes before training. The main difference with Amino Energy is that you can also take it post-workout to help with muscle recovery, or at other stages of the day (but not too close to bedtime as it contains caffeine as a stimulant).

Platinum Pre, on the other hand, is specifically designed to be consumed as a pre workout supplement to help you get the very most out of your training sessions.

Platinum Pre comes in three flavors: Fruit Punch, Raspberry Lemonade and Twisted Apple.

Amino Energy comes in a huge range or flavors, including Lemon Lime, Orange Cooler and Cherry.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Platinum Pre is designed specifically to be taken before starting your gym session to make sure that you’re feeling on point. Amino Energy can be consumed at various stages throughout the day, both post and pre workout.

3) The ingredients

Next up, it’s time to take a close look at the ingredients of both products to really highlight the differences between them.

Let’s start by comparing the labels of both products with each other:

Ingredients comparison

As you can see, there are some overlaps when it comes to the ingredients in both of these products, but there are also some quite major differences.

Before we take a detailed look at the ingredients, we’d like to point out that Amino Energy uses something called a ‘proprietary blend’.

This is when the manufacturer chooses to bundle up groups of ingredients into a larger ‘blend’, meaning that we don’t know the exact doses of the individual ingredients.

We don’t like it when companies do this because it makes it much harder to judge the effectiveness of a product, even if the actual ingredients are listed on the label.

As you can see, there are some clear similarities between these products. Both of them use caffeine as the main stimulant, while Amino Energy uses Green Tea Extract for that energy booster.

They also both uses forms of Citrulline, which is one of the best pre workout ingredients in our opinion.

Both products use Beta Alanine too, which is a popular pre workout ingredient. We’re personally not fans of this ingredients because of its links to various side effects, however.

Interestingly, Platinum Pre also uses a form of Cayenne Pepper (as Capsimax). We’re more used to seeing this in fat burner supplements because it can act as an appetite suppressant and metabolism booster.

It should also be noted that Platinum Pre does uses its own proprietary blend called the ‘PhytoBlend’. It contains things like Beet Juice Powder and White Grape Extract.

Amino Energy’s main ingredients feature in its proprietary ‘Amino Blend’. This contains things like L-Tyrosine, Citrulline and Beta Alanine, but without the individual ingredients listed.

Again though, we don’t know the doses of the individual ingredients so it’s difficult to judge the effectiveness.

We really think that both of these products are lacking some of the best pre workout ingredients.

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Platinum Pre definitely contains more of the ‘classic’ pre workout ingredients, while Amino Energy focuses on Amino Acids. There are lots of our favorite pre workout ingredients missing from both of these products in truth.

4) Side effects and safety

Most modern pre workout supplements are pretty safe because they tend to include only natural ingredients.

That being said, we always recommend doing your own research into the individual ingredients before taking a new product for the first time.

The main thing to bear in mind with pre workouts is that they can often be overloaded with stimulants such as caffeine.

Caffeine is a great pre workout ingredient in moderation, but too much of it can cause unwanted side-effects such as the jitters or energy crashes later in the day.

Platinum Pre uses 200mg of Caffeine per serving, which is just about right. We’re not sure exactly how much Amino Energy uses because it’s included in the proprietary blend, but seeing as it comes from Green Tea, it’s probably not that much.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Both of these products contain caffeine, which too much of can cause unwanted side effects in some people.

5) Price

That brings us onto the final comparison category, the all important price.

Platinum Pre Workout currently costs around $34.99 per tub (30 servings).

Amino Energy currently costs around $20.99 per tub of 30 servings.

As you can see, Amino Energy is clearly the cheaper product based on price per serving.

However, that’s probably because the ingredients are not quite as good as Platinum Pre, and that the doses are hidden in proprietary blends (not good).

THE BOTTOM LINE: Amino Energy is the cheaper product of the two per serving.

Conclusion – The best pre workout?

In our humble opinion, Platinum Pre is the strong product purely because it clearly lists the ingredients on the label.

However, we feel that both of these products are lacking some key pre workout ingredients, and that lets them down a bit.

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