One of the new things I started doing this year was taking a pre-workout supplement. I have used a pre-workout shake maybe two or three times randomly throughout my life but was never that serious about my fitness. I just wanted to workout. I also had this idea in mind that taking anything outside of a protein shake was like some kind of cheating method. Maybe some hardcore, old school lifters would agree with that statement but I have done a little research and decided I would try a regular program of pre-workout powder to see if I would even notice a difference. Long story short, the answer is Yes!
I have tried only the Blue Arctic Raspberry and it is pretty tasty. It has a slight chalkiness to it and does not have a real strong kick but all-in-all there is nothing wrong with it.
No problems at all here. I just use a simple blender bottle, about 8oz. of water and a shake,shake,shake.
Again, you'll have to take this review with a bit of context. This is only the second pre-workout I've tried but out of the two I like this one the best. The first time I took it I was very itchy which I think is a side effect of pre-workout powders in general. I have not noticed it since so it was either my body adjusting to it or just an anomaly. I'm a person that does not drink energy drinks because they make my heart race and do not give me energy AT ALL. This in no way makes me jittery. It's a very smooth boost. It doesn't make me hyper or really feel anything but I can rep out heavier weights and extra reps on a regular basis and I just don't get exhausted. No matter how hard I go, when my workout is over, I'm still feeling very alert but again, not jittery or shaky in anyway. I would highly recommend trying this supplement if you're looking for that spark to get a good workout in without feeling like death afterwards.
The only negative side affect I've noticed every time is that it makes me have to burp several times about 30 minutes after I drink it. It's kind of annoying but it goes away after five or ten minutes.
The reason I wanted to review the pre-workout in this post is because I think it is directly relating to my increase in bench press. A month ago I could flat barbell bench 225 lbs maybe 4 or 5 times total. This workout calls for incline dumbbell bench and barbell flat bench. Today I used 80 lb dumbells for 3 sets of 8 repetitions and bumped my barbell bench up to 225. I had to do the 225 for 3 sets of 6 repetitions and was pretty sure I would struggle with the first set let alone the next two. I completed the entire circuit, including all 18 total reps of 225 without any help from my spotter.
I think the Assault along with a regular workout routine is the reason for this miniature success. It felt pretty good doing all 3 sets of 225 with relatively little struggle! Yay!!!
As always, any questions..feel free to ask! Until next time.