It’s a great feeling when you find a pre-workout supplement that works for you and gives you that instant kick of energy after a long day. But sometimes pre-workout supplements are not for everyone. Some people don’t respond well to the extremely high doses of caffeine while others share more concern of what they’re putting into their bodies.

Here are some solid alternatives to pre-workout powders.

A banana

High in energy boosting quick carbohydrates. Alongside all the other great benefits of bananas they are brilliant for giving you a fast burst of energy. If you’re ever feeling sluggish try eating a banana before your workout and you should feel a good boost in your energy levels.

instant espresso

Fast, shots of caffeine. A great stimulant if you’re looking for quick and reliable energy.

green tea

Although green tea’s caffeine content is very low it contains other great benefits from its antioxidants and minerals. However, here in the uk I came across a brand called super green tea from Tetley which contains vitamin B6, which helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue. If you live in the UK you should be able to find this in any local supermarket but Amazon also stock it if you can’t find it. Here’s the link.


Oats are one of the best complex carbs. Having a good source of complex carbs in your body for your workout is going to help you drastically. The body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose to use as energy as the body needs it. Think of this like re-fueling your car before taking a long journey. Only downside is you need to consume these at least an hour before your workout as you don’t want to feel full during your workout. I recommend a cup of oats an hour before workout time.
I’ve recently started using a product from myprotein called ‘instant oats’ It’s basically ground powdered oats that can be mixed with water. These are brilliant if you’re looking to get a quick source of complex carbs in your body when you don’t have the time to prepare and cook your own oats. You can pick them up here

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