ON Gold Standard Pre Workout Review


Last modified: November 7, 2022

  • Value for money
  • Ingredients
  • Effectiveness
  • Testimonials

ON Gold Standard Pre Workout Overview

ON Gold Standard pre-workout helps boost your endurnace and energy levels before a workout. It does this by including various vitamins and other ingredients such as caffiene and L-Citrulline. Manufactured by Optimum Nutrition who have been around since 1986, you can be sure that it is made and blended professionally.

What does ON Gold Standard Pre Workout do?

  • Enhances focus with 175 mg of caffeine from natural sources per serving.
  • Improves power and performance by including 3 g of creatine per serving.
  • Intensifies energy by using a variety of different vitamins.

Manufacturer Description

THIS PRE-WORKOUT IS AS GOOD AS GOLD. ON’s new Gold Standard Pre-Workout unleashes amplified energy, focus, and supports enhanced endurance to help you reach the pinnacle of your game, crush your next set, get that last rep, and achieve some true gains. Whatever your goals, accomplish them all with the pre-workout from the most trusted brand in sports nutrition.


  • Contains thickeners.

Consumer Testimonials

“Very potent. Gives you a lot of energy and this tingling feeling on the scalp. Not sure if healthy though. Don’t use for evening workout or will not be able to sleep.”

“Unfortunately this has had no effect at all on me. I’m not really sure why but I seem to be struggling to find a pre-workout that gives me the buzz/power surge that some users state. This is the third one I’ve tried. I’ve tried various things to see if it will give me the desired effect but so far no luck ( increased the amount of powder/ decreased the water) I’ve even had a break from using it a week and a half to see if that helps; unfortunately it didn’t. The drink itself is palatable, with just a hint of flavour that’s not as chemical as others I’ve tried. So without it giving me any added “umph” I’m using it to add flavour to my drink as I train whilst my search for a really great pre-workout continues…”

“This is the first pre-workout I’ve ever tried. The first time I tried it I broke two bench press pr’s in one gym session so I have to give it some credit at least. It certainly gives you energy for a brief time (maybe a placebo, I’m not sure). The major drawbacks are that it gives me a bad caffeine “crash” after about an hour (i.e. halfway through my gym session), and the price is pretty steep. It gives me slight pins and needles in my arm and leg muscles and makes me sweat which could be a drawback for some (it feels a bit like heat rash). It mixes pretty well and tastes like sugar free fruit squash – not bad but not great either.”

“This stuff works as well as any pre-workout drink. But the pineapple flavour is horrible. I won’t throw it away, but I won’t order the pineapple again.”

“Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout is my favourite. Although its taste of watermelon is a little strange. But I can accept its taste. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout can help me increase the explosive force and make my training more effective. I recommend it, is a good commodity.”

“I love this pre-workout. It has the perfect amount of caffeine, beta alanine, and creatine for me. I only get the tingles if I drink it really fast, but you get used to it after awhile anyway. The flavours are awesome, and you can’t beat the price when Bodybuilding does promos for it. Strawberry Lime isn’t a flavour I would order again and my favorite so far is definitely watermelon!”

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What's in ON Gold Standard Pre Workout

  • Creatine Monohydrate (3g).
  • Amino Acids (L-Citrulline, Beta-Alanine as Carnosyn, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine).
  • Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Tartaric Acid).
  • Flavourings.
  • L-Carnitine.
  • Vitamins (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Nicotinamide, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Cyanocobalamin, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Cholecalciferol, Pteroylmonoglutamic Acid).
  • Colours (Beetroot Red, Beta Carotene, Curcumin).
  • Grapefruit Bioflavanoid Complex.
  • Natural Caffeine (175mg).
  • Colour (Lutein).
  • Thickeners (Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan).
  • Anti-Caking Agents.
  • Sweeteners (Sucralose, Acesulfame L).
  • Root Extract Powder.

Ingredient Explanations

Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine is an organic compound produced in the body using various amino acids. It has several forms, and supplementation with creatine has regularly shown to increase strength, fat free mass, and muscle morphology with concurrent heavy resistance training more than resistance training alone. Creatine may also be beneficial in other types of exercise (e.g. endurance training), though the effects of creatine lessen as the exercise time increases. It is generally accepted that its supplementation increases creatine storage and promotes a speedier regeneration of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) between high intensity exercises.

Amino Acids (L-Citrulline, Beta-Alanine as Carnosyn, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine)

Amino acids are plentiful in pre-workout supplements. As the building blocks of protein, amino acids are are theorized to enhance performance in a variety of ways, such as increasing the secretion of anabolic hormones, modifying fuel use during exercise, preventing adverse effects of overtraining, and preventing mental fatigue.


L-Carnitine is a naturally occurring amino acid. It helps the body produce energy. L-Carnitine is important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes. [38].

Vitamins (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Nicotinamide, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Cyanocobalamin, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Cholecalciferol, Pteroylmonoglutamic Acid)

Vitamins (in particular B vitamins and those of similar ilk) help the body in numerous ways, least of all turning digested food into energy.

Grapefruit Bioflavanoid Complex

Though solid evidence is lacking, early research suggests that taking grapefruit pectin daily for 16 weeks decreases total cholesterol and the ratio of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good”) cholesterol. Grapefruit also appears to reduce cholesterol, and increases weight loss in those who are overweight. It is yet to be seen if small amounts offer any benefit in supplements.

Natural Caffeine

Numerous studies have been conducted with the most essential ingredient of any pre-workout: our good friend caffeine. Its main benefits are as a stimulant, and its ability to delay fatigue. Caffeine has also been shown to have a potential glycogen-fighting effect during workouts, likely improving endurance. Many studies have confirmed an increased upper body strength, while still others have not seen the same results. Based on varying results, it appears that more research is needed to determine caffeine’s effectiveness in the area of strength and power performance. That said, there is no doubting caffeine’s inclusion in pre-workout supplements due to its fatigue-fighting properties.

Root Extract Powder (Ginseng)

Perhaps not the most powerful (or important) ingredient in pre-workout supplements, Panax ginseng does contain several active substances – many of them beneficial. The substances thought to be most important are called ginsenosides or panaxosides. Panax ginseng is often referred to as a general well-being medication, because it affects many different systems of the body.

Our Verdict

ON have come up with a pre-workout winner, although it’s by no means perfect. Buying in bulk isn’t the great deal they’d have you believe, and some users have reported a difference of opinion with their flavours. The caffeine and creatine amounts are not too high, however, which should please a lot of people.

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