Was lucky enough to win a tub of LG Science's AGST pre-workout supplement from their current "promotional contest"
I suck at logging so here is just a review instead.
The tub is quite big, with some neat detailing on the sides, describing how well the ingredients are suppose to work as well as the general rundown of the nutritional facts. Not too out of ordinary, appears like most of the stuff is the usual ingredients, no extra stuff like GABA or anything, very "workout minded". Overall the packaging is nice, like the semi-transparent material so you can witness as your supply is depleting. Upon opening the packaging I was greeted with a smell what I can associate with MST's . The smell was nice...and.....earthy? Basically, did not really smell like the usual artificial synthetic flavoring smell, like Jack3d for example. This was initial reaction though, after some days of use, I have came to a conclusion that it is actually, just okay. It's nice, but nothing too special.
As for the taste, same cycle of opinions. At first it was interesting and quite tasty, but soon have to a conclusion that it is a very hit or miss. Sometimes it taste nice, but most of the time it tasted quite bad actually. Doesn't really taste like strawberries nor lemonade, the taste of the whey seems to dominate. Essentially, it taste just like a regular protein powder, just rather bland. The strawberries only really appear in form of scent and as far as the lemonade, I personally found many other supplements, like Jack3d and White Flood, to express a more tasteful and nicer smelling lemonade-variety flavoring/scent. So, initially it was neat. But right now it appears I rather just mix the powder with something else to add some form of flavor. I tried just pouring the scoops in my mouth and swooshing with water, I don't know, just don't taste that great. Usually in-mouth-pouring method results in a better experience, heck, I even took Choline straight by mouth and that is something most people frown their taste buds away.
The taste is just not that impressive, and neatness of the smell wares of pretty quickly as well.
As for the actual ingredients, I guess it appears to be quite a good blend. Mostly creatine and whey. Nothing extra like GABA, Coenzyme Q10, , etc. as the case with White Flood. I guess it has it's benefits, but I personally don't mind having some extra stuff in my supplements. If I am taking this everyday already, why not get my GABA too?
Mostly it's just proteins, which I personally am a bit indifferent about. Has stuff like whey, but the reviews for it are rather mixed. Creatine, most of other supplements add that too, so nothing particularly special here either.
Even their stimulant complex is not really impressive, Caffeine Anhydrous. Basically, just the good ol' basic caffeine. Something that you can already get from your cup of coffee, caffeine pills, or even a cup of tea. Maybe I have just been spoiled by getting most of my stimulation in forms of vitamins like B12 and the like, but I have outgrown the, "Oh, caffeine, the same stuff that comes in those energy drinks. This must definitely be good!"
And honestly, it did not even feel as much of a stimulating effect when taking the supplement. Heck, I was even able to take 3 scoops, and still had no problem with falling asleep. Sure, my tolerance might have been raised over the years, but it does not feel like much of a " and Energy". I had better experience with White Flood, Jack3d, and Universal's . I understand that stimulants are not required for a good preworkout supplement, but personally feels like the caffeine is not really a good selling point for this particular product. As in, could have just been added in the general section of the nutritional facts rather than have it be labeled under "Stimulant Complex:", giving it too much credit in this particular case.
The serving sizes are nice though, about 16 grams for a scoop definitely beats Jack3d's offering and White Flood's as well with a smaller difference. But since they don't offer "Amount Per Serving" outside the general stuff, it's kind of difficult to tell how well they divided each section apart. I understand that it's a rather standard practice to keep quiet about this stuff to protect patents and such, but it would have been nice to know if, say, Whey Protein, was making up most of the stuff(I usually found that stuff to be pretty dense).
The directions for the ASGT do seem to mention using it with other LG Science products, which might explain the choice of ingredients. But it seems most of the other products that are recommended just add even more creatine, Whey Protein, and Amino Acid that are already present in this preworkout supplement. It seems that you might as well just increase the dose for ASGT, and you cover most of the stuff that is in the "Superhero Stack". Or better yet, just buy bulk of creatine and whey protein and mix it with any other other preworkout on the market to mimic ASGT, but that is probably getting into patent legal issues
Simply put, it's a nice product, which I am assuming you some how win if you actually add up the cost of all the stuff together. But honestly, it seems like it mostly a creatine and , nothing really out of ordinary nor something that is really setting it self apart from other stuff.
The pricing is nice however, especially when noting the serving size. But once, again you don't know how much of the ingredients is what, so you could essentially be paying for mostly protein. And even more protein if you follow their directions and use the "Superhero Stack".
Essentially, I give this product a: