Of Mind and Muscle - A review for Focus XT (Sponsored)

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    Well over the last few days I've been doing some experiments with diffrent pre-workouts:
    Day 1: Control (No supplement)
    Day 2: Cellucor C4
    Day 3: Controlled Labs White Flood
    Day 4: Applied Nutriceuticals Lit Up
    Day 5: SNS Focus XT


    Day 1: Got right up, did my thing and when to the gym. Still kinda sleepy on the drive but I was alert. Did my warm up and got through the workout. Didn't feel any additional excitement or interest in what i was doing. Just going through the motions and trying to push it. Cardio seemed to take longer than usual. Felt kinda tired and a bit unmotivated towards the end of my workout.

    Day 2: Similar to day one, maybe a little extra pep and energy. Cellucor products do nothing for me. Tastes good, mixes well but with a little foam. Didnt feel any onset or "its working" feeling. It helped me out but to a minimal extent.

    Day 3: Mixes easy, tastes awesome. God to work on my drive there and well into my workout. Had energy and drive to lift. Blew through my workout and cardio but still felt like it wasnt explosive or maximal. Good energy but not much for motivation or really getting to a peak.

    Day 4: Good taste but mixes poorly. Leaves a lot of foam and sediment and that read color is obnixious. The best so far: energized and ready, willing to lift heavy but still not at the peak. Still not feeling any good mind/body connection. Once again, efficient workout and cardio still took forever (as you can tell I hate cardio). Still dying out towards the end of the lift. Easy onset and no crash.
    Day 5: Easy to mix, great taste, very little sedimentation. Clumps more than the others. Now I have the mind to muscle connection and the energy to lift. Didnt settle in too soon and im bouncing a bit to the music in the gym between sets. Blew through the workout and left feeling the most accomplishment. Still motivated to be productive when i got home instead of crashing or just lethargic.

    Control<Cellucor<App Nut<Controlled Labs<SNS

    Thats my ranking. I suppose I should pick up a tub of Jack3d and run a comparison. I really loved that Pre and I think it would be a close call.
    great review! :-)
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    These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, do not constitute medical advice, and are not official or authorized comments by LG Sciences, LLC.


  2. Very nice detailed review
    Jack3d is a good pre workout also, but it leaves me with a crash coming off the 1,3Dimeth
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  3. ^I crash hard. Other 1,3/3,3s not so much but this one puts me down. Built a tolerance pretty quickly too.
    By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
    Franz Kafka
  4. purebred
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    If you liked Jack3d, I have a strong premonition you will like Athletic Edge Nutrition's PreSurge Unleashed even more. I was on the same boat. Unfortunately, Jack3d is simply a stim product. If I want to be cracked out at the gym like that, I'll just drink 3 cups of coffee, maybe even sniff some crank before my session LOL

  5. Premonition huh? Ill look into it. Theres no denying a cup of coffee or green tea is an amazing pre-workout.

    One time I tried huffing Jack3d... didnt work out very well. When i had anamphetamine issue I would blow 20mg before the gym. I was cracked out and yelling in the gym.
    By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    Premonition huh? Ill look into it. Theres no denying a cup of coffee or green tea is an amazing pre-workout.

    One time I tried huffing Jack3d... didnt work out very well. When i had anamphetamine issue I would blow 20mg before the gym. I was cracked out and yelling in the gym.
    SNS - Serious Nutrition Solutions
    My advice is exclusively my own and may not correspond with the views of SNS
    Questions or concerns? → conny[@]seriousnutritionsolutions.com

  7. Nice comparison! I wasn't impressed with jacked. However I do love geranium and never crash from it, in fact it seems to help keep me from crashing from higher caffeine intakes.
    Serious Nutrition Solutions rep

  8. Jack3d I crashed from when taking 3scoops. However, when I dosed 25mg 2-3times daily spread out I got a good clean smooth energy throughout the day
    SNS - Serious Nutrition Solutions
    My advice is exclusively my own and may not correspond with the views of SNS
    Questions or concerns? → conny[@]seriousnutritionsolutions.com

  9. I stopped after 2 scoops of Jack3d figuring it wa time to break off for a while. For the longest time I didnt use anything. geranium has a lot of good clean qualities I like about it
    By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
    Franz Kafka

  10. Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    Premonition huh? Ill look into it. Theres no denying a cup of coffee or green tea is an amazing pre-workout.
    This is true. But it sucks to have that coffee after-taste while doing sets.
    Antaeus Rep

  11. OK, so this girl is coming over to "hang out" before I go to work tonight.

    I just got back to my apartment after a day with the fam and I have work at 11. I'm stressing because I'm really not in the mood and more concerned about getting to work on time and having the energy for an eight hour shift on July 4th eve.

    Shes in the bathroom getting ready and Im tryin to figure out a way to get myself good and ready to give a personal fireworks display. Shes quick to freshen up... Focus XT!!!! Mixes instantly, toss it back, done before she is.


    I was almost late to work. Maybe tossing her around in all four rooms of my apartment wasted some time but hey, shes satisfied and im chillin makin my holiday pay. Thanks Focus XT!
    By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
    Franz Kafka

  12. Great feedback, glad it worked out bruther
    SNS - Serious Nutrition Solutions
    My advice is exclusively my own and may not correspond with the views of SNS
    Questions or concerns? → conny[@]seriousnutritionsolutions.com

  13. Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    OK, so this girl is coming over to "hang out" before I go to work tonight.

    I just got back to my apartment after a day with the fam and I have work at 11. I'm stressing because I'm really not in the mood and more concerned about getting to work on time and having the energy for an eight hour shift on July 4th eve.

    Shes in the bathroom getting ready and Im tryin to figure out a way to get myself good and ready to give a personal fireworks display. Shes quick to freshen up... Focus XT!!!! Mixes instantly, toss it back, done before she is.


    I was almost late to work. Maybe tossing her around in all four rooms of my apartment wasted some time but hey, shes satisfied and im chillin makin my holiday pay. Thanks Focus XT!
    A truly versatile supplement haha

    As for comparison of Focus XT to Jack3d, Focus XT of course isnt meant to be give the high energy a supp liked Jack3d would, but it much more versatile in its uses, and imo more functional. We make straight 1,3 dimethy caps (Adrena-G); you could try stacking them with Focus XT and it would allow you to find your own sweet spot as far as dosing.
    Focus XT - Mental Clarity, Focus, & Concentration

    Piracetam Capsules & Powder Available at Nutraplanet
    Limited Time* One Run Only Item

  14. Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    OK, so this girl is coming over to "hang out" before I go to work tonight.

    I just got back to my apartment after a day with the fam and I have work at 11. I'm stressing because I'm really not in the mood and more concerned about getting to work on time and having the energy for an eight hour shift on July 4th eve.

    Shes in the bathroom getting ready and Im tryin to figure out a way to get myself good and ready to give a personal fireworks display. Shes quick to freshen up... Focus XT!!!! Mixes instantly, toss it back, done before she is.


    I was almost late to work. Maybe tossing her around in all four rooms of my apartment wasted some time but hey, shes satisfied and im chillin makin my holiday pay. Thanks Focus XT!
    Whooooa! New marketing campaign/slogan has arrived!!
  15. purebred
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    OK, so this girl is coming over to "hang out" before I go to work tonight.

    I just got back to my apartment after a day with the fam and I have work at 11. I'm stressing because I'm really not in the mood and more concerned about getting to work on time and having the energy for an eight hour shift on July 4th eve.

    Shes in the bathroom getting ready and Im tryin to figure out a way to get myself good and ready to give a personal fireworks display. Shes quick to freshen up... Focus XT!!!! Mixes instantly, toss it back, done before she is.


    I was almost late to work. Maybe tossing her around in all four rooms of my apartment wasted some time but hey, shes satisfied and im chillin makin my holiday pay. Thanks Focus XT!
    I normally wait until after a session (and I don't mean study session either ) to take FXT since my 'time' usually comes (no pun intended) during the work week with the exception of the occasional, spontaneous adventure that may occur on the weekends. That being said, after a 'session' I'm usually tired so I just go for the FXT then since I usually lift and/or study afterwards. On occasion I may not feel lazy or tired, sometimes I'll even feel energetic, but the times I've taken FXT before a 'session', I've found myself in an aftermath full of energy. I have a high libido (as I should!) BUT FXT takes it to a whole 'nother level pleasure-wise. I've always responded well when taking stimulants prior to a sexual encounter. Nothing like being able to tire your lady out and not even be close to finishing

  16. CREATE YOUR OWN ENERGY DRINK WITH FOCUS XT

    WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
    1-2 scoops of Focus XT (I have blue raspberry)

    A can of seltzer - preferably a berry flavor
    A shaker cup
    The desire to "get in the zone"

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    Add Focus XT to shaker cup
    Add sletzer
    Drink.

    Tastes ****ing awesome!!!! The lowest cost/sodium/carb/bull**** energy drink ever!!!!! Th carbonation helps make the powder more miscible so you really dont even need to mix it.
    By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
    Franz Kafka
  17. purebred
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    CREATE YOUR OWN ENERGY DRINK WITH FOCUS XT

    WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
    1-2 scoops of Focus XT (I have blue raspberry)

    A can of seltzer - preferably a berry flavor
    A shaker cup
    The desire to "get in the zone"

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    Add Focus XT to shaker cup
    Add sletzer
    Drink.

    Tastes ****ing awesome!!!! The lowest cost/sodium/carb/bull**** energy drink ever!!!!! Th carbonation helps make the powder more miscible so you really dont even need to mix it.
    You forgot the shot of Absolut Vanilla. sigh I would love me some alcohol but I've been doing so well I'd hate to mess up a streak. I may just go ahead and take a shot for my nephew's b-day this weekend. We'll see where temptations does/doesn't take me this weekend.

  18. Nice recipe, I have to try that right now
    SNS - Serious Nutrition Solutions
    My advice is exclusively my own and may not correspond with the views of SNS
    Questions or concerns? → conny[@]seriousnutritionsolutions.com

  19. Purebred: That would be a great pre-game drink. Kinda like FourLoko but it wont kill you.
    CC: Yeah man, youre gonna like it
    By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
    Franz Kafka

  20. throw in a cap or two of glucoronolactone and you have a much cheaper and MUCH better version of any energy/focus drink you can buy at a gas station or 7 11!!!
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  21. Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    Purebred: That would be a great pre-game drink. Kinda like FourLoko but it wont kill you.
    CC: Yeah man, youre gonna like it
    It was mindblowing - oh but I took two scoops
    Quote Originally Posted by ScienceGuided View Post
    throw in a cap or two of glucoronolactone and you have a much cheaper and MUCH better version of any energy/focus drink you can buy at a gas station or 7 11!!!
    That's true
    SNS - Serious Nutrition Solutions
    My advice is exclusively my own and may not correspond with the views of SNS
    Questions or concerns? → conny[@]seriousnutritionsolutions.com

  22. Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    CREATE YOUR OWN ENERGY DRINK WITH FOCUS XT

    WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
    1-2 scoops of Focus XT (I have blue raspberry)

    A can of seltzer - preferably a berry flavor
    A shaker cup
    The desire to "get in the zone"

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    Add Focus XT to shaker cup
    Add sletzer
    Drink.

    Tastes ****ing awesome!!!! The lowest cost/sodium/carb/bull**** energy drink ever!!!!! Th carbonation helps make the powder more miscible so you really dont even need to mix it.
    Very interesting. I am going to have to play around with this some.
    I'm Back...

  23. Very interesting recipe. Going to have to give that a try.
    Focus XT - Mental Clarity, Focus, & Concentration

    Piracetam Capsules & Powder Available at Nutraplanet
    Limited Time* One Run Only Item

  24. OK, I know I've been slacking but here it is:
    ORGANIC SHADOW'S FINAL REVIEW
    FOCUS XT




    APPEARANCE:7/10
    Upon opening the first thing I noticed was the clumping of the bulk powder. This is most likely due to the nootropics (choline bitartrate and DMAE), or so I'm told. The clumping is easily broken up by a knife, hand, sledgehammer, etc. Still molds easily to a scoop and little worry of powder flying everywhere. The tub is about half full - but the weight its precise. I wouldn't dare think SNS to short me like that.


    MIXABILITY: 10/10
    Virtually no need to mix. Maybe a slight swirling if the clumps are bigger. Just add water, a quick 1-2 swirl and swig. Takes seconds to prepare. No foaming, clustering, or floaties. Leaves almost no residue in the cup.

    TASTE: 9/10
    One of the best tasting supplements I've ever tried. Now, I had blue raspberry so I can't quite say much for the other. Depending if you like stronger or lighter flavor you can add more or less water according to taste. I like mine to be more tart so I only added a couple ounces. Don't dilute it too far or it won't have much flavor. I would still really like to see Key Lime Pie... just sayin'.


    COMPOSITION: 9/10
    Plenty of choline here, the natural B vitamins that are the BEST for of energy. DMAE is in here just to double up the big B vitamin shot. You get a full load of it with just one scoop. 200mg caffeine is like Goldilocks - just right. Not too much to overdo it and plenty more than a cup of coffee or energy drink. Acetyl-L-carnitine has many benefits in transporting important nutrients so it's clear why they added it into the blend. I really like the way huperzine helps mental clarity and precision. I love vinpocetine when the music hits - blood vessels dilate, breathing becomes controlled, synergenic with huperzine to make a killer combo. In the future I would like to see a caffeine free version. This way I can still have a pre-workout supplement and still be "cycling off" stimulants. As stated before the B vitamins should suffice. I have my reservations about tyrosine as a "energy boost" or "nootropic." It just hasn't made me a believer yet.


    ONSET OF EFFECTS: 8/10
    I guess I was hoping for a more physical "kick" or something to hit me and let me know I'm ready. Instead I find that it locks in with something of a trigger: music, first set, shock, etc. You can pretty much count on 20 minutes exactly and it's there. 30 if you just ate a decent meal. No jitters, no aprehensive ideologies, no crazed thinking or sporadic actions. You'll know when you're in the zone. Actually, I start dancing or swagging.



    DURATION OF EFFECTS: 10/10
    Usually when i come home from a workout I just want to lounge around or take a nap. When I have Focus XT in the mix I find myself continuing to be productive immediately after my lift. Focus XT continues on for several hours. If you know you have a long day ahead maybe 2 scoops first thing in the morning will get your day to go flying. The high intensity of it can last for about 1-2 hours (depeding on the activity) but you'll still have the benefits for long after. You won't feel sluggish towards the end of a work shift. Last the whole workout. This is where a caffeine free version may be beneficial for those using it to study and sleep is on the agenda.

    TOLERANCE: 9/10
    It really comes down to your caffeine response. B vitamins will always have a substantial effect. Never did I have to bump up to 2 scoops to get an effect, only if I just wanted to. Unlike Jack3d which you start adding another scoop every following week.



    IN THE GYM: 8/10
    Throw on the iPod and pick your favorite song, then feel yourself lock into the sound as it controls the environment around you and your body syncs to the beat. You become somewhat separated from reality yet fully aware of its existence, yet you have your own little work-out world. I often become overly ambitious about the weights I choose - I have small man complex and I always wanna go a bit heavier than I should. Focus XT keeps me in check; I make smarter and more concious decision on rep range, weight, tempo, and movement. Not the most perfected mind-body connection but I do notice minute details. I'm also very social and it can cause distraction but I become more capable of managing conversation without interrupting my sets. Towards the end of the workout I find sometimes I become more focused on my fatigue and desire for food rather than the exercise. Cardio flies by, though. No problems grinding through it.


    AT WORK: 10/10
    Perfect for work. I clock in with an additional sense of optimism and mentality of doing a quality job. As a scientist who shuffles between all departments during the shift it's great in helping me prioritize and multi-task especially when it's real busy. I've tried other pre-workouts before a shift and it's great for an hour or two but then I start to crash and quickly change from feeling positive to frustrated and irritable. The work shift flies too. You may be inclined to do a few more little tasks: clean your desk, organize some files, preventative machine maintenance, etc. Hey! It kills time and you're in the zone, right?


    A NIGHT OUT: 7/10
    Let's say you're sober driver and can't really indulge on some treats that particular evening. Or maybe you're on diet where jack/coke is off the menu. Pre-game with Focus XT to have you're evening start up and still have some "enhancing effects." I've heard suggestions of stacking it with phenibuit or piracetam although I've never tried. It's on my to-do list. As for chasing tail: it's a dual-edge sword. I'm sharp on my A game but I'm also more atune to minor details which includes otherwise negligible turn-offs. So my success rate increases but my prospects slim.


    IN BED: 10/10

    I'll leave it at that.

    OVERALL RATING
    9/10




    FINAL THOUGHTS
    Buy this product. Now. And lots of it.

    I recommend Focus XT to EVERYONE. Regardless if you even go to the gym or not - it's so versatile you will certainly find a good use for it. As for the ingredients: here's nothing here that would lead me to believe someone would have any negative side-effects.

    This is my top ranked pre-workout thus far. With no jittery/apprehensive feelings and clear clean-cut mental energy this is my favorite for a number of reasons.
    And there's very minimal tolerance build-up! Always a plus.

    This product has VALUE. More caffeine, more goodies, less sodium, less carbs, cheaper, easier, tastier, effective than any energy drink or coffee. You can easily make your own energy drink with by adding seltzer water (preferably berry flavored). You may notice fizzing and some difficulty mixing because of the carbonation but when you find your technique it's all good. Add a little water, then add Focus XT, continue adding more water to taste. Bangin.

    I never got the chance to try this in a schooling sense. Will certainly do so when I get more and the school year starts

    Thanks a million to SNS for giving me this opportunity and a tip of the hat to you all. Serious Nutrition Solutions once again amazes me.








    By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
    Franz Kafka

  25. Wow!...very thorough and detailed/professional review O.S, nicely done! Thank you very much. Very glad you enjoyed your time with/on it. 'In Bed' muhwhahah!
    ...caff free version, just around the corner...fyi...

  26. ocean spray makes this new carbonated cranberry drink in a can. I mixed one can of this ocean spray drink and 1 scoop of berry collision Focus XT.....not bad at all! needed it big time!!

    really glad that you enjoyed the focusXT!
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  27. Very detailed and involved review. I like how you branched out and addressed multiple areas. Don't worry about the Caffeine free Focus XT version...it's coming VERY soon! It definitely doesn't "kick" like the stim heavy pre's but it provides lasting effects without any crash and has the added mental boost aspect that I love as well.
    Serious Nutrition Solutions rep

  28. Quote Originally Posted by Bry17 View Post

    hardcore bro. this log's gonna be good.
    ^see, what did i tell ya? Awesome log. Extremely detailed. Thumbs up!
    Antaeus Rep

  29. Glad to make a positive contribution. For now I'm gonna take a little time off from pre-workouts to rest but if you see an order for 10 tubs... you know where it's going lol.

    Anyway, thanks again SNS. This was my first sponsored log and I'm happy to see you've enjoyed it. I hope this log gets out to a few others as a solid testimonial.
    By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
    Franz Kafka

  30. glad to hear it my friend! hope you get to put those tubs to many uses!

    thanks again!! appreciate it!!
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