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April 06, 2020 3 min read

Is there a big difference between the good old coffee and pre-workout supplements?

In this article you will learn:

  • The main difference between coffee and pre-workout
  • Is coffee a good pre-workout
  • Do you really need a pre-workout?
  • Benefits of coffee and pre-workout supplements

So let's dive right into it.

Pre-Workout Vs Coffee

coffee vs pre workout

The majority of people drink coffee every day as it tastes good and contains caffeine which increases energy levels.

The question often arises if you really need a pre-workout formula or if coffee is just as good.

It is true that coffee contains a good dose of caffeine which is one of the most important ingredients in a pre-workout

In fact, a single cup of coffee contains around 100 mg of caffeine.

This means you actually can drink 1-2 cups of coffee before working out and you will get a decent caffeine dose which will help with energy levels.

Unfortunately for coffee drinkers, coffee only has caffeine as an effective ingredient.

The best pre-workout formulas contain so much more than just caffeine.

In fact, if you look at the best pre-workout formulas they usually contain anywhere from 200-300 mg of caffeine which is similar to 2-3 cups of coffee.

However, pre-workouts contain many more ingredients that can give you a benefit when working out.

These include Citrulline malate which helps nitric oxide production, beta-alanine a performance enhancer, betaine that increases power output, L-Theanine which gives you longer-lasting energy when combined with caffeine and many more ingredients.

Coffee can give you a good dose of caffeine but not anything more than that.

So technically you can use coffee as a pre-workout but it isn't really a pre-workout.

You see the top pre-workouts today contain usually around 10 ingredients in servings from 15-20 grams.

With coffee, you are just getting one of those ingredients (the caffeine) so you really cannot compare a pre-workout with coffee.

With that being said there are many people that use coffee as a pre-workout and love it, you really don't need a pre-workout but it definitely helps.

So overall pre-workouts are way more powerful than a plain cup of coffee.

Ingredients in coffee vs pre-workout

We compared the ingredients in a plain old cup of coffee with one of the best pre-workout on the market PreFierce.

We took only the ingredients that we consider essential for a good pre-workout formula.

  • Citrulline malate
  • Beta-alanine
  • Betaine
  • Caffeine
  • L-Theanine
  1 cup of Coffee PreFierce
Caffeine 100 mg 250mg
Beta-alanine 0 gr 3.5 gr
Citrulline Malate 0 gr 7 gr
Betaine 0 gr 2.5 gr
L-Theanine 0 gr 250 mg


I cannot make it more obvious for you. Coffee is simply a source of caffeine which is considered one of the most important ingredients in pre-workout supplements.

While pre-workout supplements focus on so much more than just caffeine.

Benefits of Coffee and pre-workout supplements

Even though coffee only contains caffeine as an effective ingredient it is one of the most effective ingredients in any pre-workout supplement.

Coffee alone has several benefits to use before workouts these include:

  • Increases energy levels, caffeine boosts energy and alertness
  • Enhances focus
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Improves focus

The benefits of pre-workout

  • Increases energy levels and alertness
  • Boosts nitric oxide production
  • Enhances power output
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Increases muscle pumps and blood flow
  • Provides smooth clean long-lasting energy
  • Stimulates muscle growth
  • Helps increase strength
  • Increases weight loss

Like we have discussed throughout this article coffee can be used as an alternative to pre-workouts.

However, it is still far from being as powerful as a good pre-workout formula that contains good ingredients.

If you think coffee is just as good as a pre-workout, think again but if you have nothing else available coffee can definitely be used as an alternative.


If you are ready to make the switch from coffee to pre-workout we recommend trying PreFierce pre-workout formula which we sell here in our store.

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