Supplements are a tricky subject, and you can get lost in the marketing wars each company wages in the industry for your attention and dollars. As with everything else I try to do with fitness, I choose to keep things simple when it comes to supplements. Specifically, these days I shop for clean, gluten-free ingredients without anything extra that might be added to create product bulk (and pad the bottom line). One of the cleanest brands I’ve found is Naked Nutrition. I’ve tried their whey protein and creatine, but today’s review is of their pre-workout supplement, Naked Energy. It contains the smallest list of ingredients I’ve seen in a pre-workout supplement, it’s certified gluten-free, gives a clean energy boost, and even amplifies focus.
Now I’ll be honest here. I’ve tried dozens of supplements over the years to see what works for me or gives me an advantage in the gym. From whey and casein proteins to pre-workout powders and post-workout shakes and everything else between. There are some major players in the supplement space, and many decent products (most that come with a ton of hype).
Here’s my breakdown of Naked Energy:
At $39.99 for 50 servings, it’s not the most expensive pre-workout on the market. And if you add an Amazon subscription, you save even more.
The value here is with the unflavored version. If you opt for the brand’s Fruit Punch flavor, you pay the same price for 20 fewer servings. But as you can imagine, the unflavored version doesn’t have a great taste. In fact, you either need to be a big fan of straight amino acid aftertaste or you’ll need to add a flavor to make it more palatable. I add half a cap full of Apple Cider Vinegar to neutralize the aftertaste and I’m good.
- Vitamin C 333mcg
- Vitamin B3 40mg
- Vitamin B6 667mcg
- Folate 333mcg
- Vitamin B12 47mcg
- Calcium 27mcg
- CarnoSyn® Beta-Alanine 2g
- Creatine Monohydrate 1g
- AjiPure® L-Arginine 1g
- Caffeine 200mg
I’ve tried so many of these over the years. From Jack3d to C4 to Optimum Nutrition’s Amino Energy to NO-Explode. Nothing is as clean as Naked Energy, and it gives you the right amount of boost without any jitters or overpowering tingling sensations.
This product is for athletes and fitness-minded individuals who care more about the feeling working out gives them instead of the feeling a pre-workout gives them. I have yet to try the flavored version because I don’t see the value in paying the same price for 30 servings that I pay for 50 servings. I may change my tune if it tastes great, but for now, Naked Energy (unflavored) is one of the cleanest, safest pre-workout supplements I’ve used (and continue to use).
If you’re looking for a clean pre-workout supplement, I recommend Naked Nutrition’s Naked Energy. The best value is to buy the unflavored version, which you can get on Amazon for roughly $40.