What to Look for in a Supplement?


So, you’ve been training hard and consistent for a while now and are looking to take it to the next level with a power boosting, ass kicking, pre-workout, but there’s one problem…With so many companies out there claiming to be the best, how do you choose? Well, we’ve put together this quick and easy Supplement Guide to help you out!

✅First things first; is the company you’re thinking about purchasing from reputable? In other words, have you heard this name or seen their products before or did they randomly come out of a dark alley like a criminal from Gotham City? It seems like every time I’m in a gym I overhear someone ranting about some new company. do your research and find out about them!

✅Next thing on the check list: Are there proprietary blends in the supplement? If you’re asking yourself “What the hell is that?” then guess what? You’re already on the right track. Proprietary blends are basically mixtures of different ingredients to make “the perfect formula”; I like to call this “Pixie Dusting”. These aren't always bad, but it's easy for a company to SAY that a pre has a "proven" ingredient, but in reality, they aren't using the correct doses to reap the benefits and instead you’re getting a mixture of a bunch of crap, I mean ingredients, that does nothing besides gets your heart pumping out of your chest. Because these are typically advertised as “special blends”, you don’t know how much of an ingredient is in a supplement. It’ll just list the name of the ingredient on the label and the rest is up to your imagination.

✅Anything else besides caffeine? If you find a pre and it seems like all that is in it is caffeine, then keep looking! The FDA recommends that a healthy adult gets no more than 400 mgs of Caffeine everyday (That comes out to about 4 cups of coffee.) Pre-workouts can and should help with energy during training and practices, but if it’s a great pre, you’ll find that it has other healthy ingredients like L-Theanine to help with recovery or focus.

✅Is the product vegan/organic? I’ve had a lot of people assume that all supplements are organic or vegan just because it’s a “health” product or company. This doesn't matter to everyone, but if you do care, be sure to do your research and find out.

✅Crazy claims? If a company is making claims about crazy amounts of weight/fat loss that seem too good to be true; they probably are. If losing weight or getting shredded like a Greek God was as easy as popping a couple pills or drinking a secret elixir everyday then we wouldn’t have an obesity epidemic.


✅Start off small. I’m going to warn you, if you’ve never used a pre-workout or really any form of a stimulant you want to start off small. The first time taking a pre-wokrout can be a wondrous and life changing event, but if done wrong, it can bring you on the verge of being admitted to a psych ward. Ok, maybe not that extreme, but you get the picture. You want to start off slow and low and find your tolerance levels. just because you’re friend Susan can handle two scoops doesn’t mean you can or should.


At the end of the day you just need to be an informed consumer. Before you put anything in your body DO YOUR RESEARCH. You’re responsible for your health and sadly there are a lot of companies out there who are just looking to make a quick buck off the inexperienced lifter.

You’ve heard me say it before and I’ll say it again, if you are looking for a great company then you need to check out Surge Supplements. And no, I’m not just saying that because they’re my sponsors either. They truely put out amazing products and have even pulled products if they didn’t meet the companies standard. Aside from the products, Surge cares about their customers and are always willing to answer any questions!

Well, there’s your Supplement Guide and even though we mostly covered pre-workouts, you can use this guide for pretty much any supplement. Oh, and don’t forget to use code: LIFTAWAY at surgesupplements.com to receive 20% off your entire order.

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