Bucked Up Pre-Workout Review

I’ve been using pre-workouts for over a decade and Bucked Up was one of the first I ever tried. I loved it then for its flavor and its simple set of ingredients. And I continue to use it to this day when I’m looking for great flavors and a lower stim boost.

I’m not sure about you but when I read a pre-workout review I want to know the bottom line right away. So let’s cut to the chase:

Bucked Up is the best pre-workout for beginners and those looking for a simple, moderately caffeinated pre-workout with basic ingredients.

FunctionPrimary Ingredient(s)Score
EnergyCaffeine Anhydrous  93
FocusAlpha GPC90
PumpCitrulline Malate 86
EnduranceBeta-Alanine, Citrulline, Electrolytes90
MoodCaffeine provides some mood boost67
Strength & Body CompCaffeine provides some strength benefit56
FlavorOver 22 great flavors to choose from!99
Ingredient QualityOn the lighter side for the core 3. Good for beginners.90
Feel/VibeBucked Up is a very smooth energy. No jitters or tingles.95
Overall Score84

First Impressions

The first sip of Bucked Up is almost always delicious. I’ve had many of their flavors. My personal favorite is Rocket Pop although this time I had Strawberry Kiwi.

I’ll be honest and say I’m not a huge fan of Bucked Up’s Strawberry Kiwi flavor now that I’ve tried it BUT, from personal experience I know that Bucked Up normally has the best or one of the best flavor profiles for any pre-workout so I’m not going to take points off for flavor. I’m usually a huge fan of Strawberry Kiwi flavors but this one is only just ok. I feel like I can taste a little pineapple which surprises me. There’s definitely something besides the strawberry and kiwi that’s throwing me off a little.

Bucked Up has a good, in tact seal.

The Bucked Up tub is about 90% full, and was a little messy getting open

Here’s the scoop, which is Bucked Up branded. A nice touch.

One scoop of Bucked Up contains about 11g of powder. Because it’s a lightly dosed pre-workout, and has less powder than most pre-workouts, Bucked Up mixes exceeding well.

Here’s the bucked up all mixed up with very little settling

Here you can see the color of the Strawberry Kiwi flavor which looks and smells very appetizing. It’s not a top 3 flavor to my palette but its good enough to go down.

The Big Three

ProductCaffeineCitrulline*Beta-AlanineFormula ScoreOverall Score
Bucked Up200mg4g2g8084
*Citrulline Malate is usually 2 parts Citrulline to 1 part Malic Acid. We only count the Citrulline component. So 6g of Citrulline Malate only counts as 4g of Citrulline.

Bucked Up’s Supplement Facts Label with Ingredients

What We Love

  • Most flavors are great
  • Blends well
  • No Jitters
  • Solid focus
  • Has the three core pre-workout ingredients
  • Himalayan Rock Salt for trace minerals

What We’d Improve

  • Higher taurine dosage
  • More Citrulline
  • Add a mood booster
  • Add a strength enhancer like creatine

Who Is Bucked Up For?

  • beginners
  • people who want a simple pre-workout
  • people who want a light pick-me-up
  • people who have low caffeine tolerance
  • people who have low beta alanine tolerance
  • people look for an energy drink like boost

Who is Bucked Up Not For?

  • people who prefer high-stim pre-workouts
  • people who want a clinical doseage of beta-alanine
  • people who want a mood boosting nootropic
  • people who want a massive pump
  • people looking to set a PR