This is my 2 scoop review of ANS Ritual.
Workout was ME Upper Body, had my ME movement for a 4RM, Supplemental Lift, and then 2 Supersets.
Mixability: Mixed just as well as 1 scoop did. Tried to dilute it just a little more today, used 12 ounces of water for the 2 scoops. Mixed with minimal floaters, and the initial foam went dispersed in almost no time at all.
Taste: Smelled incredible, strong candy apple scent. Taste, even worse. Doesn't taste like a "Candy Apple" at all, not worse than , but still awful. Didn't enjoy it at all, actually had issues downing it.
Focus: The focus was with 2 scoops. I was antsy to begin sets, and found myself rushing my ME sets and having to force myself to rest the proper amount of time.
Energy: Wasn't particularly tired to begin with, but it gave me a noticeable boost of energy. Found myself out of breath at times during the supersets, but never had a true lack of energy throughout the whole session.
: Muscular was up, didn't notice a lot of lactic acid buildup during the high volume supersets, and had almost no rest moving from one to the other. Noticeable decrease in intra set recovery time.
Strength: Strength was definitely up today, can't know for sure if it was just a good day, or if the pre had a significant effect on my strength. What I do know is that I was moving more weight than I did last time I went for a 3RM on Bench (2 weeks ago, give or take) for more reps (work to 4RM)
Pump: Not the biggest pump I've ever had from supersets like the ones I did today, but it was a noticeable pump. Painful to an extent, just enough for me to complete the exercises with full ROM and still really notice it, but not as much as I have gotten from some other preworkouts. Possibly the perfect amount of pump for my purposes, not quite skin splitting but definitely a painful fullness.
Also, worth noting: I was sweating like a pig right at the start of the first superset. Which is an abnormal occurrence for me, I normally work up a pretty good sweat, but I was drenched today.
Overall: I think it is definitely on par with some of the better preworkouts on the market. My only real complaint is how much water it takes to dilute the flavor. I am not a fan of drinking large amounts of water with my pre because it makes me feel waterlogged and sick to my stomach. This happened to me today, but went away by the end of my warmup. Besides that I definitely had great results with it; the pump, , focus, and energy were all spectacular and I don't really have a lot of negative to say about it.
Big thanks to Southpaw for letting me try and review this!