Pre-Build is a pre-workout supplement manufactured by MuscleTech. It ranks 335 out of 1167 pre-workout supplements and earned an overall thumbs-up recommendation based on seven factors including nutrition label transparency, ingredients, dosing, claims, research rating, and ranking.


Pre-Build earned a thumbs-up recommendation. This recommendation is based on the criteria listed below. To earn an overall thumbs-up recommendation, a product must earn a thumbs-up in at least four of the seven areas below. Click on a graded area for an in-depth analysis.

Graded Area Thumb Up or Down
Effectiveness Rating
Ingredient Dosing
Research Rating
Nutrition Label Transparency
Ranking Within Category
Overall Recommendation

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Table of Contents

  1. Simple Report
  2. Detailed Report
  3. Ranking Within Category
  4. Summary

Pre-Build Simple Report

  • Product Name: Pre-Build
  • Manufacturer: MuscleTech
  • Manufacturer Website: MuscleTech's Homepage
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  • Supplement Category: Pre-Workout Supplements
  • Serving Size: 1 scoop (9g)
  • Effectiveness Rating: 1.98 out of 3
  • Number of Ingredients: 13
  • Research Rating: 36 (above 60 indicates sufficient research)
  • Nutrition Label Transparency Score: 100%
  • Ranking within Pre-Workout Supplements: 335 out of 1,167 (top third within category)
  • Ranking within all Supplement Products: 1,133 out of 3,747 (top third of all products)
  • Similarity Index: Pre-Build shares at least 75% of its ingredient profile with one other product

Similarity Index

Pre-Build shares at least 75% of its ingredient profile with one other product.

The Similarity Index is a measure of how closely one product matches another in terms of ingredients. A Similarity Index of 100% means the two products are made up the same ingredients. A Similarity Index of 75% means the products share 75% of their ingredients. The table below lists the products Pre-Build shares its ingredient lineup with. Click on a product to see a side by side comparison of both products' ingredients.

Read more: What is the similarity index?

Matching Product Name Product Type Similarity Index
1. Prime Series Pre-Workout by MuscleTech Pre-Workout Supplements 75%

Pre-Build Detailed Report

The detailed report provides an in-depth analysis of the product's rating. In addition to showing ratings for each area, this report also provides the required criteria for a thumbs-up in each section.

Effectiveness Rating

Pre-Build earned a thumbs-up in this category because its effectiveness rating is 1.98. A product's effectiveness rating must be at least 1.5 to receive a thumbs-up in this area. This effectiveness rating means Pre-Build is made up of a mix of both high and low-quality ingredients and may lead to some positive results.

This category illustrates how well a product works based on what the research says about its ingredients. Researchers conduct studies on supplement ingredients to gauge effectiveness. The database grades products on how effective their ingredients are. The effectiveness rating of supplement products is evaluated on a 3 point scale: 3.0 is the most effective, 1.0 is the least effective.


Pre-Build earned a thumbs-down in this category because it contains 0% extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients. A product must contain at least 75% extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

This category rates a product's ingredient makeup. A product should contain mostly extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients with little or no ineffective ones. The database categorizes ingredients as extremely, moderately, or ineffective based on conclusions from research articles.

Pre-Build contains:

  • total ingredients: 13

The following table lists all ingredients found in this product as well as their effectiveness ratings and amounts (if listed).

Ingredient Effectiveness Rating
Grape Seed Extract 125mg 3 out of 3
Ashwagandha Extract (Withania Somnifera) 62.5mg 2.5 out of 3
Beta Alanine 1.6g 2 out of 3
Caffeine 175mg 2 out of 3
Sodium 65mg 1.9 out of 3
Taurine 500mg 1.9 out of 3
L-Citrulline 1.5g 1.8 out of 3
Theacrine 62.5mg 1.8 out of 3
Betaine 1.25g 1.6 out of 3
Choline Bitartrate 100mg 1.3 out of 3
Apple Extract* not rated
Galangal Extract* not rated
Yohimbe Extract* not rated
Product Effectiveness Rating 1.98

* These ingredients are not included in the Supplement Database.

Note: These ingredients are accurate as of February 06, 2020.

Ingredient Articles

Ingredient Dosing

Pre-Build earned a thumbs-down in this category because 0% of its ingredients are dosed within the effective range. Seventy-five (75)% of product's ingredients must be dosed within the effective range to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

This category compares a product's ingredient dosing to effective doses found in research articles and doses used in other products. When researchers study the efficacy of supplement ingredients, they use specific doses. Manufacturers should create products with ingredient doses that fall within established effective ranges.

Pre-Build Dosing Compared to Research

This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in Pre-Build to amounts used in research articles. The first column contains the name of the ingredient as well as the amount. The second column contains the range of effective doses for that ingredient. Note: not all ingredients in the database contain dosing information; only ingredients with scientific dosing information are included in this analysis.

A green checkmark is shown if the ingredient amount falls within the effective range.

A down arrow is shown if an ingredient amount is lower than the effective range.

Ingredient & Amount Effective Range
Beta Alanine 1.6g 2.4g - 6g
Taurine 0.5g 6g
L-Citrulline 1.5g 2.4g
Ashwagandha Extract (Withania Somnifera) 0.0625g 0.5g - 1.002g

Pre-Build Dosing Compared to Other Products

This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in Pre-Build to amounts used in other products. The first column displays the ingredient and amount. The second column displays the average amount of the ingredient found across all products in the database. The final column displays the range found across all products in the database.

An orange up or down arrow is shown if the ingredient amount is higher or lower than the average.

An equal sign is shown if the ingredient amount is equal to the average.

Ingredient & Amount Average Range
Sodium 0.07g 0.21g 0g - 45g
Beta Alanine 1.6g 2.35g 0g - 6.4g
Taurine 0.5g 1.11g 0.01g - 4.24g
L-Citrulline 1.5g 3.47g 0.01g - 12g
Grape Seed Extract 125mg 135.84mg 1mg - 600mg
Apple Extract 125mg 166.67mg 125mg - 250mg
Betaine 1.25g 1.76g 0.03g - 5g
Galangal Extract 150mg 116.67mg 25mg - 300mg
Choline Bitartrate 0.1g 0.47g 0g - 2.5g
Ashwagandha Extract (Withania Somnifera) 0.06g 0.6g 0g - 62.5g
Yohimbe Extract 20mg 22.6mg 1.5mg - 100mg
Caffeine 175mg 236.84mg 3mg - 700mg
Theacrine 62.5mg 87.24mg 12.5mg - 313mg


Pre-Build earned a thumbs-up in this category because 88% of its claims are rated as either extremely or moderately effective. Seventy-five (75)% of a product's claims must be rated as extremely or moderately effective to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

The product’s effectiveness rating is an overall picture of how well a product does or doesn't work. Individual studies research an ingredient's effects on certain claims. For example: does creatine monohydrate increase strength, or does beta alanine improve running performance?

The Supplement Database compiles the conclusions of these studies, and based on a product's ingredient makeup, calculates how well a product does on various claims. The claims below are organized by effectiveness (extremely, moderately, ineffective).

Research Rating

Pre-Build earned a thumbs-down in this category because its research rating is 36. A product's research rating must be at least 60 to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

A research rating of 36 means there is an insufficient amount of research on the product's ingredients to ensure its effectiveness rating is valid.

The research rating is a measure of how much research has been conducted on a product's ingredient makeup. Manufacturers often rely on ingredients without adequate research backing. They may do this to compete with other products that are already using poorly researched ingredients. They may also only use a very small amount of cherry-picked research as a poor justification to use certain ingredients.

The amount of research contained in the database on a product's ingredients determines its research rating. Products with higher ratings are made up of thoroughly researched ingredients.

Nutrition Label and Ingredient Transparency

Pre-Build earned a thumbs-up in this category because its discloses 100% of its ingredient amounts. A product must disclose all ingredient amounts to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

Nutrition label transparency refers to how many ingredients are listed with amounts on the product label. Many supplement manufacturers hide ingredient amounts under the guise of great-sounding proprietary blends such as "Maximum Muscular Size Enhancer" or "Anabolic Cell Strength Matrix."

When manufacturers use proprietary blends, they can hide ingredient amounts making it difficult for consumers to know whether a product is effective.

Pre-Build contains:

  • total ingredients: 13
  • ingredients with amounts listed: 13
  • ingredients without amounts listed: 0
  • percent of ingredient amounts disclosed: 100%

Product Label

The label below was generated from the information contained in the database about the product's ingredients and amounts. Actual product labels may differ in appearance.

Pre-Build by MuscleTech Product Label

Ranking Within Category

Pre-Build earned a thumbs-up in this category because it ranks 335 out of 1,167 in the category (bottom third). A product must be ranked in the top two-thirds of its category to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

Pre-Build ranks 335 out of 1,167 in the Pre-Workout Supplements category and 1,133 out of 3,747 in the entire database. The table below lists comparisons with similarly ranked . Click on a link for an in-depth comparison between the two.

Product Comparison
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Pre-Build vs Pathogen
Pre-Build vs LFT SHT V2
Pre-Build vs EVP-3D
Pre-Build vs Krakn

Pre-Build vs Other MuscleTech Pre-Workout Supplements

Manufacturers often create multiple products within the same category. These products are sometimes similar but marketed to different consumers with varying prices. The following table allows you to compare Pre-Build against its sister products; products manufactured by MuscleTech within the pre-workout supplements category.

Product Comparison
Pre-Build vs NeuroCore Pre-Workout
Pre-Build vs Peak Series Pre-Workout
Pre-Build vs Platinum Citrulline Malate Plus
Pre-Build vs Prime Series Pre-Workout
Pre-Build vs Shatter Elite
Pre-Build vs Shatter Pumped8
Pre-Build vs Shatter Ripped Black Onyx
Pre-Build vs Shatter SX-7 Revolution
Pre-Build vs Vapor One
Pre-Build vs Vapor X5 Neuro
Pre-Build vs Vapor X5 Next Gen
Pre-Build vs Vapor X5 Ripped

See more comparisons: Is Pre-Build the best pre-workout supplement?


Graded Area Reason
Effectiveness Rating rating is greater or equal to the required 1.5
Ingredients less than 75% of ingredients are rated as effective
Ingredient Dosing less than 75% of ingredients are dosed properly
Claims more than 75% of claims are rated as effective
Research Rating research rating is lower than the required 60
Nutrition Label Transparency discloses all ingredient amounts on label
Ranking Within Category ranks in the top two thirds of category
Overall Recommendation received a thumbs up in the majority of areas

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