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Why is My Pre-Workout Clumpy?

By Peter MacDonald-Brown October 22, 2021

This can happen with our high dosed pre-workouts and can make you question the safety and effectiveness of the product. So let’s give you the facts:

Why does it go clumpy?

Due to our pre-workout being in powder form it contains hygroscopic ingredients, meaning they attract and hold water molecules at normal/room temperature. Some of the ingredients we use, by their nature, increase the total volume of water in the body, meaning they are very susceptible to water. In particularly L-Citrulline, Betaine Anhydrous & Beta Alanine are hygroscopic. This is more likely to happen if left unused or not used frequently it is common for it to turn clumpy or hard.

How can you/we prevent it from happening?

When we manufacture the product we add in a silica gel packet. As the powdered ingredients are hygroscopic, they naturally begin to attract moisture from the air and container at room temperature. Silica gel packets prevent the powder from attracting moisture. It is best if you if you do not remove this after opening and keep it in when you are using it.

If you are not using your pre-workouts regularly it can go clumpy or hard. When left sitting for long periods, the hygroscopic ingredients in pre-workout are more likely to absorb moisture and clump. You can help prevent this simply by using the product or shake/stir the powders up regularly to ensure the products are not settling. Some advice keep them in the freezer, however the best bit of advice is not to let it sit for months on end.

How to fix clumpy pre workout

Take out the silica gel packet, break up the powder as much as you can and put it in a blender. Blend it until it's back to powder form. Return the powder to the container and add you silica gel packet again.

If you don’t have a blender or your pre-work is only a bit clumpy we would suggest using a utensil to break it up.  A fork or knife will work fine it might not completely break down all clumps, but it will allow you to scoop the correct servings.

Is my pre work-out safe and as effective after clumping?

100% yes. As stated at the start the reason it clumps and hardens is that hygroscopic ingredients in our pre workout is simply absorbed moisture from the air. This doesn’t affect the safety or effectiveness.


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