Gold Standard Pre-Workout At a Glance

Gold Standard Pre-Workout is a pre-workout supplement manufactured by Optimum Nutrition. Its overall effectiveness rating is a 1.62 out of 3 meaning that some, but not all, of the ingredients in this product have evidence of providing positive results. This product is a mix of high and low quality ingredients that should lead to some benefits.

  • Product Name: Gold Standard Pre-Workout
  • Manufacturer: Optimum Nutrition
  • Supplement Category: Pre-Workout Supplements
  • Ranking within all Supplements: 347 out of 400 (bottom third of all products)
  • Ranking within Pre-Workout Supplements: 187 out of 214 (bottom third within category)
  • Number of Ingredients: 16
  • Effectiveness Rating: 1.62 out of 3
  • Amount of Research Rating: 35.529 (above 60 indicates sufficient research)
  • Nutrition Label Transparency Score: 88%
  • Serving Size: 1 scoop (10.000g)

Gold Standard Pre-Workout Overview

Effectiveness Rating: Gold Standard Pre-Workout contains 16 ingredients. Out of those, 14 are included in The Supplement Database. Their effectiveness ratings have been combined to give an overall effectiveness rating for the entire product. Gold Standard Pre-Workout's overall effectiveness rating is a 1.62 out of 3.

This rating means that some, but not all, of the ingredients in this product have evidence of providing positive results. This product is a mix of high and low quality ingredients that should lead to some positive results.

Amount of Research Rating: This rating is a measure of how much research has been conducted on a product's ingredient lineup. A product can have a very high effectiveness rating but have a very low amount of research to back up that high rating.

Ideally, you should find products that only include ingredients that have been thoroughly researched. Amount of research ratings above 60 is sufficient, above 80 is much better. A rating lower than 60 means the ingredients in a product have not been thoroughly researched and the manufacturer does not have a great reason to use the ingredients they used.

The amount of research rating (confidence rating) for Gold Standard Pre-Workout is 35.529.

Effective vs Ineffective Ingredients: The graph below illustrates the makeup of Gold Standard Pre-Workout's ingredients. Green represents effective ingredients, yellow represents moderately effective ingredients, red represents ineffective ingredients. The more green and yellow, the better.

This product contains 1 extremely effective ingredients, 7 moderately effective ingredients, 6 ineffective ingredients, and 2 ungraded ingredients. Ingredients that are not found in the supplement database are ungraded and are not factored into the overall effectiveness rating for the product. The ungraded ingredients are listed below.

What is Gold Standard Pre-Workout good at?

Gold Standard Pre-Workout is extremely effective at:

  • increase protein synthesis
  • improve swimming performance
  • increase alertness

Gold Standard Pre-Workout is moderately effective at:

  • improve high-intensity interval training (HIIT) performance
  • decrease fatigue
  • improve running performance
  • increase bone density
  • improve recovery
  • improve cognitive ability
  • improve sprint performance
  • reduce muscle soreness
  • improve immune function
  • increase strength
  • reduce muscle damage
  • improve muscular endurance
  • improve memory
  • improve rowing performance
  • decrease body fat
  • increase fat burning

Gold Standard Pre-Workout is ineffective at:

  • improve cardiovascular endurance
  • improve cycling sprint performance
  • improve sports performance
  • increase weight loss
  • increase muscle mass
  • improve cycling performance
  • improve mood
  • improve insulin sensitivity
  • improve agility

Individual Ingredient Ratings

The table below lists the rated ingredients included in Gold Standard Pre-Workout along with their effectiveness ratings. Click the ingredient for more information on what it is and isn't capable of.

Ingredient Effectiveness Rating
Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol) 500IU 1.6 out of 3
Thiamin (as Thiamin HCl) 2mg 2.3 out of 3
Niacin (as Nicotinic Acid) 20mg 1 out of 3
Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl) 2mg 1.5 out of 3
Folic Acid 200mcg 3 out of 3
Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin) 10mcg 1 out of 3
Pantothenic Acid (as D-Calcium Pantothenate) 10mg 1 out of 3
Creatine Monohydrate 3g 2 out of 3
Panax Notoginseng Extract Amount not listed. 1.2 out of 3
Beta-Alanine 1.5g 2 out of 3
Micronized L-Citrulline 700mg 1.8 out of 3
Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCl 375mg 1 out of 3
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine 250mg 1.3 out of 3
Caffeine 175mg 2 out of 3
Overall Effectiveness Rating for Gold Standard Pre-Workout 1.62 out of 3

Ingredients not included in this analysis. The following Gold Standard Pre-Workout ingredients are not in the Supplement Database. These ingredients' effectiveness was not taken into consideration in the overall effectiveness rating for the product: Astragalus Membranaceus Extract, Citrus Bioflavonoids Complex.

Nutrition Label and Ingredient Transparency

Gold Standard Pre-Workout by Optimum Nutrition Product Label

Gold Standard Pre-Workout lists the amount of 88% of its ingredients. It contains 16 ingredients. Out of those, 14 are listed with amounts while 2 are listed without amounts. The chart below illustrates how many ingredients in Gold Standard Pre-Workout are listed with amounts. Green represents ingredients with amounts while red represents ingredients without amounts. The more green, the better.

Many supplement manufacturers hide the amount of a certain ingredient under the guise of a great sounding proprietary blend such as "Maximum Muscular Size Enhancer" or "Anabolic Cell Strength Matrix."

The amount of each individual ingredient included is hidden from the label making it impossible to know what's actually in the product you're using. Companies have the ability to mix costly and effective ingredients with cheap and ineffective ingredients making it difficult to tell which one is actually in a product.

Products with high percentages of ingredients without amounts are hiding the true nature of their effectiveness. Ideally, a product should list amounts of 100% of the ingredients they are using.

Gold Standard Pre-Workout vs the Compeitition

Gold Standard Pre-Workout ranks 187 out of 214 in the Pre-Workout Supplements category. The table below lists the top five supplements within the category. Click on a link below for an in-depth comparison between the two products.

Rank Product Name
1 Gold Standard Pre-Workout vs Awesome Pump
2 Gold Standard Pre-Workout vs Send !t
3 Gold Standard Pre-Workout vs Embrace the Suck
4 Gold Standard Pre-Workout vs CelluVOL
5 Gold Standard Pre-Workout vs Noxious

The Bottom Line

The Effectiveness Rating describes how well Gold Standard Pre-Workout works based on the individual supplements it contains. The Ingredient Rating describes how many of the ingredients are rated as effective or moderately effective. The Nutrition Label Transparency describes the percentage of ingredients listed with amounts on the nutrition label.

Effectiveness Rating
Ingredient Rating
Nutrition Label Transparency