First off, I would like to thank ANS for sending me 4 packets of their PWO Ritual to review. I took 2 packets fasted each time, one day being devoted to cardio/abs and one day devoted to squats. I took the first 2 samples on cardo/ab day honestly because i was hearing mixed reviews about the product. Boy was i wrong, i should have utilized them on a workout day.
So, here is my review:
Taste (8/10): I took two servings in 6-8 oz of water. The taste wasn't mind blowing, but definitely very tolerable. I'm sure the taste would have been better in a higher volume of water, but i find that PWO's hit me harder and quicker in a small amount of water. The smell on the other hand was amazing. Smelled just like a jolly rancher.
Mixability (10/10): The product dissolved instantly leaving little to no residue on the bottom. I find this very pleasing because i hate choking down big clumps in the last drink.
Focus (9/10): It took about 15 minutes for me to feel the effects, but it definitely delivered a steady stream of focus that lasted the duration of my workout.
Energy (9/10): Ritual delivered a nice clean energy without the jittery feeling. I would put the energy aspect on par with any pre i have used in the past. Energy is the number 1 thing i look for in a pre, so i was very pleased with what this product had to offer.
Pump (6/10): I didn't notice an incredible increase in pumps, but pump is the last thing i care about in pre's. Maybe it could have been more noticeable if i used it on arm day, but either way its not a big factor for me.
(9/10): This product had me zooming from one exercise to the next with little time between sets. I completed a workout that would usually last 1hr and 15min in a little under an hour. This could the an increase in work capacity, or the product itself, but i did notice a difference.
Overall (9/10): Ritual delivered exactly what i am looking for in a pre and i would recommend it to anyone looking to try out something new. I will be buying a tub here soon myself. The ingredient profile is great and the effects are great as well.