Bucked Up Pre-Workout Review (2024): Does It Live Up to the Hype?


Let’s be real – choosing the right pre-workout can be trickier than an 800-lb deadlift. You want to fuel up for a killer session, but avoid getting the jitters or feeling like your heart is about to explode. That’s where Bucked Up Pre-Workout promises to swoop in and save the day. But is it worth the money and, more importantly, does it pack a punch or just a fizzle?

We decided to find out by tapping our own GGR performance editor, James Freeman, CPT, CNC. James– a pre-workout connoisseur–  put on his testing pants (metaphorically speaking, of course) and took Bucked Up for a spin around the gym.

Bucked Up Pre-Workout: Our Hands-On Review

Product Highlights

  • Available in a mind-boggling 15+ flavors – finally, a pre-workout that won’t make you gag.
  • Contains effective doses of caffeine, citrulline malate, and beta-alanine (more on those later).
  • AstraGin® ingredient, which might help minimize the dreaded pre-workout bloat.

Pros & Cons


  • Transparent ingredient list – no mystery blends here!
  • Tons of tasty flavors to mix things up.
  • Priced pretty decently for the formula.


  • No creatine included, bummer for hardcore muscle builders.
  • Contains stimulants, so keep that in mind if you’re caffeine-sensitive.

Bottom Line

Bucked Up Pre-Workout offers a well-rounded formula with a moderate energy boost at a fair price point.

Bucked Up Pre-Workout: The Essentials

Before You Buy

  • If you crave a caffeine-fueled rocket launch before your workout, Bucked Up’s high-stim cousin, Woke AF, might be a better fit.
  • Want peace of mind? Buy directly from Bucked Up for their 45-day money-back guarantee.

Is Bucked Up Pre-Workout Right for You?

Great for:
  • Enjoying a tasty, variety-packed pre-workout experience.
  • Newbies looking to ease into the wild world of pre-workouts.
  • Getting a solid energy boost without those annoying jitters.
  • Enthusiasts seeking the extra focus boost from nootropics.
Not recommended for:
  • Those needing a pre-workout that doubles as a rocket booster.
  • Folks looking for a creatine boost (Bucked Up doesn’t have it).
  • Athletes requiring third-party testing for banned substances.

Diving into Bucked Up Pre-Workout

  • Price per serving: $1.67
  • Serving size: 1 scoop (10.3 g)
  • Flavors: A ridiculous number (Blood Raz, Grape Gainz, Rocket Pop, even Miami flavor!)
  • Caffeine dosage: 200 mg
  • Beta-alanine dosage: 2 g
  • L-citrulline dosage: 6 g
  • Creatine dosage: None
  • Other notable ingredients: AlphaSize Alpha GPC, Taurine, Deer Antler Velvet Extract, AstraGin, Senactiv
  • Third-party tested? No

My Experience Using Bucked Up Pre-Workout

James gave Bucked Up a real-world trial and found the nootropics were on point, but it might lack that “beast mode” factor for experienced lifters. “Great pre-workout for focus and a consistent energy surge, just not the strongest formula out there,” he says.

Price Per Serving

Bucked Up clocks in at about $1.67 per serving, which isn’t budget-busting, but could be better if it included creatine or amino acids.


Let’s break down the ingredients:

  • Citrulline Malate: This nitric oxide booster could help increase blood flow to your muscles. Bucked Up packs a solid 6 grams per serving.
  • Beta-alanine: May help you bang out a few extra reps, but Bucked Up’s 2 grams falls short of the recommended daily dose (4-6 grams) for max effect.
  • AlphaSize® Alpha GPC: Research suggests this may aid power and strength output.
  • Taurine: A known brain function booster.
  • Deer Antler Velvet Extract: Ok, hear us out… yes, it’s that kind of “velvet” extract, but the research on its performance benefits is… lacking.
  • AstraGin®: Might improve ingredient absorption so you get more bang for your buck.
  • Senactiv®: Some claim it aids performance and recovery, but the science needs to play catch-up.

Caffeine-wise, the 200 mg is research-backed but might feel a bit tame for some. There are electrolytes, but not enough to really battle dehydration.

Taste and Solubility

James gives Bucked Up high marks for taste (he tried Blue Raz) and its ability to mix well. No one likes a chalky pre-workout mess!

Side Effects

James gave Bucked Up a solid score for minimal side effects. He didn’t feel that insane pump, but noticed that laser-like focus that makes you want to live in the gym. Be warned – if you’re sensitive to caffeine, take it easy with Bucked Up!

Third-Party Testing

While manufactured in a quality facility, Bucked Up isn’t third-party tested – a point to consider for elite athletes.

Bucked Up Pre-Workout vs. Transcend Pre-Workout

Transcend Pre-Workout: Overview

  • Product Highlights: Effective ingredient dosages, third-party tested, and very tasty too (bomb pop flavor).
  • Pros & Cons:
    • Pros: Backed by research, transparent, good taste
    • Cons: Big serving size, only one flavor at the time of publishing this review
  • Bottom Line: Transcend Pre-Workout is a solid contender, and the more effective ingredient dosages, creatine, and third-party testing might be worth it for some.

Think of Transcend Pre-Workout as Bucked Up’s slightly more amped-up cousin. It boasts similar perks (taste, minimal jitters) but ups the ante with research-backed doses of creatine, BCAAs, L-Citrulline(superior to malate) ,  and that all-important third-party testing for banned substances.

Getting Your Hands on Bucked Up Pre-Workout

Customer Experience

Bucked Up boasts a handy 45-day money-back guarantee (with some stipulations). Their customer service team seems responsive too. Unfortunately, no subscribe-and-save option here, but orders over $75 get free shipping.

Customer Reviews

Online reviews rave about Bucked Up’s flavors and that clean energy boost minus the twitchiness. Some folks wish the ingredient amounts were a little beefier though.

Our Final Verdict on Bucked Up Pre-Workout

Overall, Bucked Up Pre-Workout is a decent pre-workout with a focus on boosting your mental game more than turning you into The Hulk.  The massive flavor variety is a huge plus, but it would be even sweeter if it packed a bit more in the ingredient department (we’re looking at you, creatine!).  It’s a great choice for beginners venturing into the pre-workout world.

Bucked Up Pre-Workout Rating

  • Price per serving: 3/5
  • Formulation: 3.5/5
  • Taste: 4/5
  • Solubility: 5/5
  • Side effects: 4.5/5
  • Third-party testing: 2/5
  • Customer service: 5/5
  • Customer reviews: 4.9/5

Bucked Up Pre-Workout: FAQs

Is Bucked Up a good pre-workout?

For beginners, it’s a solid, moderate-stimulant pre-workout that delivers on taste and focus.

What does Bucked Up do to your body?

It aims to boost energy, improve your workout “pump,” and give you the mental edge to stay focused. James noticed that sweet focus boost most of all!

How long does Bucked Up pre-workout last?

That depends on how fast your body metabolizes things and when you took it.

Does Bucked Up have a lot of caffeine?

200mg per serving is a moderate caffeine dose – about 2 cups of coffee worth.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

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