50 pre-workout statistics

Pre-workout supplements are fast becoming popular as people of all ages and walks of life look for ways to improve their endurance and workout results. Given this fact, it is not surprising that researchers have invested a great deal of time and energy learning about what type of supplements people take, when and how they take them, and the effect they have on different groups of people. Following is a fascinating overview of what they have found along with some insightful statistics about the pre-workout industry in general.

Pre-Workout Statistics

  1. The global pre-workout supplement market is set to grow by 8.3% up to the year 2027.
  2. The main growth drivers are an increased awareness about the need for pre-workout supplements and an overall rise in demand for nutritional products to boost performance. Another factor boosting pre-workout demand is the growing popularity of using self-analysis kits or self-diagnosis kits to identify nutritional deficiencies and rectify them.
  3. 87% of all pre-workout products contain beta-alanine, a non-essential amino acid that the body uses to make other chemicals. It can boost physical performance and build muscle.
  4. About 86% of pre-workouts consist of caffeine. This ingredient not only energizes the body by boosting adrenaline but also helps the body burn fat effectively by raising the metabolic rate. Additionally, caffeine speeds up the recovery rate of muscles after a grueling workout session.
  5. 71% of pre-workout supplements consist of citrulline. This non-essential amino acid is also known as 2-amino 5 pentanoic acid, L-citrulina, citrulline maleate, L-citrulline maleate, and maleate de citrulline.
  6. One study has found that citrulline can decrease muscle soreness after a workout by as much as 40%, in addition to increasing the number of barbell bench presses a man can do in a single workout session.
  7. About 63% of preworkouts consist of tyrosine. This non-essential amino acid is said to be good for performance, but there is no scientific backing for this assertion.
  8. 51% of pre-workouts consist of taurine. Researchers have found that this amino acid may be able to speed up recovery times for training bouts or even mitigate muscle damage. However, the type of exercise one is doing can impact the efficacy of this nutrient, as can the time the supplement is taken before the workout session.
  9. 49% of pre-workouts consist of creatine. Research has shown that this amino acid improves muscle strength, size, and performance and prevents muscle cramping and muscle injuries.
  10. Researchers have found that creatine supplementation increases fat free mass and strength in those doing resistance exercises; however, the study shows that taking a creatine supplement after a workout is more effective than taking one immediately before a workout.
  11. Pre-workout powders are by far the most popular type of pre-workout supplement. One reason for this is that many people enjoy adding them to milk or other foods to boost their efficacy.
  12. Ready-to-drink supplements are the second most popular pre-workout supplement, not nearly as popular as pre-workout powders.
  13. Pre-workout tablets and capsules are the third most popular pre-workout supplement option, partly because many people have a hard time swallowing them.
  14. Fifty-eight of the top one hundred commercial pre-workout products are made using at least one proprietary blend.
  15. 52% of adults use preworkout supplements on a regular basis.
  16. Three-quarters of all Americans take preworkout supplements on a regular basis.
  17. 85.6% of adults who take pre-workout supplements say they take one serving a day.
  18. Women are more likely to take a single pre-workout supplement serving than men.
  19. 13.5% of adults who take pre-workout supplements take two servings a day.
  20. Men are almost twice as likely to take two pre-workout supplement servings than women.
  21. .3% of individuals who take pre-workout supplements take three servings a day.
  22. .3% of individuals who take pre-workout supplements consume four servings a day.
  23. Only about 63.4% of individuals who take a workout supplement always follow the instructions provided with the supplement. About 29.5% of users say they sometimes follow the dosage instructions while nearly 7% of users say they do not follow the instructions.
  24. Women are more likely to follow preworkout supplement instructions than their male counterparts.
  25. About 18.3% of people who use pre-workout supplements will take supplements even on days when they don’t do training.
  26. About 35% of people who use pre-workout supplements take them with products that contain caffeine. However, only 4.5% of these individuals do so all the time, while the others only “sometimes” take a pre-workout with a caffeinated food or beverage.
  27. 87.6% of survey respondents say they think taking preworkout supplements is safe, a statistic that clearly shows the public holds nutritional supplements in high esteem.
  28. Men are slightly more likely to trust pre-workout supplements than women.
  29. Nearly 12% of survey respondents say they don’t think taking pre-workout supplements is safe. However, safety concerns don’t necessarily stop people from taking supplements. About 8.7% of respondents say they take supplements even though they are not sure the dosage they regularly consume is a safe option.
  30. About 85% of individuals who take a pre-workout supplement say that the supplement either definitely or probably improves their workout session. Of this group, men are more likely to say the supplements are effective than women.
  31. About 2% of survey respondents say that preworkout supplements either probably or definitely don’t improve workout sessions.
  32. Nearly 13% of preworkout supplement survey respondents say they aren’t sure if a preworkout supplement is effective in improving a workout session.
  33. About 61% of individuals have recommended a pre-workout supplement to others or say they would do so.
  34. About 15% of individuals say they would not consider recommending preworkout supplements to those they know.
  35. Over half of all people who take preworkout supplements say they have suffered adverse effects as a result of their supplement consumption.
  36. Women are significantly more likely to say they have suffered negative side effects from taking preworkout supplements than male users.
  37. Skin reactions such as rash and irritation are by far the most common negative side effect of taking preworkout supplements, with over one-third of pre-workout supplement users saying they have experienced this adverse side effect. Over 25% of users say they have experienced nausea after taking a supplement, while 23.4% say they have experienced heart abnormalities such as heart palpitations and/or a rapid heart rate after taking a supplement. Other common side effects include light-headedness and dizziness.
  38. Experts say it is imperative for individuals taking preworkout supplements to weight themselves to ensure they are taking the correct dosage.
  39. About 89% of individuals who take supplements say their main goal is to increase energy and focus. Muscular endurance is the second most common cause, with 37.3% of individuals saying this is the main reason they take supplements About 37% of individuals take supplements for the main purpose of improving blood flow, 30% of users say their main reason for taking supplements is to increase muscle mass, while 7.6% of users say fat loss is their main goal.
  40. Caffeine is the most sought-after ingredient in pre-workout supplements, with over 80% of consumers stating they search for this ingredient when picking a supplement. Beta-alanine is the second-most sought-after ingredient with nearly 58% of users actively look for it when shopping for supplements. Creatine is the third-most sought-after ingredient, followed by vasodilators.
  41. Preworkout supplement ingredients that generate the least amount of interest are branched-chained amino acids and banned anabolic ingredients.
  42. Included ingredients is the most important factor for many people choosing a pre-workout supplement as nearly 67% of people say this is the first consideration. Quality of product comes in second place, as 52.5% of consumers say this is the most important factor they take into consideration. Close to 47% of individuals say that price is their primary concern while only about 41% put priority on looking for supplements with benefits supported by scientific publications.
  43. Referrals from trusted sources are the least influential factor, as only 29.2% of buyers say this is the most important consideration for them when picking a supplement.
  44. Offline distribution of preworkout supplements is far more common than online supplement distribution, although online distribution is rapidly growing.
  45. North America has the largest share of preworkout buyers, with an estimated market share of nearly 35% in 2019.
  46. The Asia-Pacific market is expected to be the fastest-growing market for pre-workout supplements. Demand in this region is being driven by changing consumer preferences, a significant increase in fitness centers and growing health awareness among consumers.
  47. Many preworkout supplement manufacturers are putting priority on launching new products.
  48. The leading players in the pre-workout supplement industry are BSN, Finaflex, EFX Sports, Nutrex Research, Syntech Nutrition, BPI Sports LLC, Nutrabolt, JNX Sports, eFlow Nutrition LLC, and SAN.
  49. The most popular preworkouts are Cellucor, Beyond Raw by GNC, Optimum Nutrition, and Jym Supplement Science.
  50. The least popular preworkouts are Ghost, PEScience, GAT Sport and MyProtein.

In Summary

Pre-workout supplements are widely popular and widely trusted, and that is not likely to change for the foreseeable future. Given these statistics, it is not surprising that pre-workout supplement manufacturers will see significant industry growth in the coming years. Even so, studies and surveys make it clear that individuals prefer certain types of supplements to others. Ingredients play a huge role in supplement choice, as does the quality of the product in question, making it clear that most users’ priority is obtaining a high-quality supplement that shows tangible results.

Sources

Pre-workout Supplements Market Size | Industry Report, 2027 (grandviewresearch.com)

Caffeine and Exercise: The Right (and Wrong) Way to Use It (dailyburn.com)

BETA-ALANINE: Overview, Uses, Side Effects, Precautions, Interactions, Dosing and Reviews (webmd.com)

Citrulline: Benefits, Side Effects, Dosage, and Interactions (verywellhealth.com)

Citrulline Malate Enhances Athletic Anaerobic Performance an… : The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research (lww.com)

TYROSINE: Overview, Uses, Side Effects, Precautions, Interactions, Dosing and Reviews (webmd.com)

Common Habits, Adverse Events, and Opinions Regarding Pre-Workout Supplement Use Among Regular Consumers – PMC (nih.gov)

The effects of pre versus post workout supplementation of creatine monohydrate on body composition and strength – PubMed (nih.gov)

International society of sports nutrition position stand: caffeine and performance | Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition | Full Text (biomedcentral.com)

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