POWERMAXing out - Log
- 06-11-2013, 08:06 AM
For the next few weeks, I'll be logging my experiences with Performax labs pre-workout: Powermax. Special thanks to all the guys over at performax and nicksox15 for the opportunity to try this stuff out. Final review will be at the bottom of this first post for those too lazy to read through but ill be keeping a detailed log so for all you research junkies the info will all be there day by day.
Some quick background stats: 25yrs old/ 5'10"/ 180lb/ 11.5%bf/ Lifting serious for about 4-5 yrs
Currently looking to cut some bf so this should be a nicely timed addition to a restricted calorie (500-700kcal below maint.) diet. In the past, I've tried out a plethora of other pre's with varying degrees of success... My top 3 go to's (in no particular order): Jack3d (original), C4, and volatile. I'm a total stim junkie, and love the beta-alanine tingles so I'll be interested to see how this product works out for me without having BA in it.
As far as diet/training: I'm working out eod; chest/triceps, back/biceps, legs/shoulders all working in the 12-20 rep range (usually about 15 for most sets). Diet is standard bb style, eat every 2-3hrs, 45/35/15 p/c/f split, no direct carbs after 3pm (veg only).
Typical training weekday: 5am 20min cardio, 6am p/f/c, 9am p/f/c, 12pm p/f/c, 3pm 25g protein shake, 3:30pm pwo drink, 4pm lift, 5:15pm post shake (pro, bcaa, creatine), 6:15pm p/f, 8:30pm p/f, pre bed (usually ~10pm) casein shake
Training Weekend: 9am pwo/bcaas/creatine, 9:30am 20 min cardio and lifting, 11:45am post shake/bcaa/creatine, 12:30pm p/f/c, 3pm p/f/c, 6pm p/f, 9pm p/f, pre bed casein shake.
Off days: meals are the same except no pre/post w/o shakes, and instead of lifting its another 20min cardio session and some ab work.
So that should about cover the general layout of what the next few weeks should be like. I'll be updating with how I felt, timing, etc. as I go. Feel free to post up any questions or thoughts throughout. First workout will be this afternoon (legs/shoulders) and the plan will be to jump right on the 2 scoop train due to my usual tolerance. Should be a good ride!
Taste: 10/10- I really enjoyed the flavor of powermax. The fruit punch was plenty sweet for me (and I like my stuff sweeeeetttt) even mixed with far more water then recommended. I usually went about 14-16oz per scoop and it was still basically koolaid at this level.
Mixability: 7/10- overall this mixed pretty well with minimal effort. A few shakes and it was 90% mixed but there was still a bit of powder that settled if it sits for more then a few seconds. This went away if you kept shaking off and on for about 5min but that's a bit of a pain. I chose to just swirl before I drank and that worked well enough.
Energy: 8/10- for me, I needed 3 scoops to really get me going which really shortens the life of a tub so that's why the lower rating here. Very clean energy though that had a nice build up and zero crash. Energy lasted well through my workouts even when they were 1.5hr or so. I did enjoy adding a bit more stim to this but that's all a personal preference.
Focus: 7/10- this was off and on for me. I didn't feel that this product had a major impact on my focus on days that I already felt "off" but at times it was like a laser so it's hard to judge. I wouldn't take this specifically for focus if I was having a mentally off day.
Endurance: 10/10- for me this is where this product absolutely went above and beyond. Easily the best endurance supplement I've ever taken and in my current cutting stage this was a wonderful addition. I was felt like I could run/lift for days and never once encountered a drop in theis throughout the log. For anyone that is doing a lot of cardio or long workouts I would highly recommend powermax as your pwo.
Overall: 8.5/10- definitely one of the better pre workouts I've tried, however it does have a specific place for me. I can't rave enough about the endurance factor but would like to see a higher stim content to really get that energy/focus that pushes you through a tough day. One area that I did enjoy as well was the sense of "well being" that I felt about 20min or so after taking. This was more of a mood improvement vs strict focus or energy but also a great thing to have in a pre if you're going to the gym frustrated or right after work. Personally I would add in some other stims to compliment (and lower the scoops to 1.5-2) this when used on a heavy lifting day. I will definitely be purchasing a tub of this on my own to have for upcoming endurance events
- 06-11-2013, 10:03 AM
Looking forward to it man! Two scoops should be right up your alley. Looks like you've got a good set up going so we're hoping this can help push you along!
06-11-2013, 01:46 PM
Looking forward to your workout this afternoon! Welcome aboard!
Thanks providing some details about yourself, lets see how PowerMax treats you! Certainly not a stim-junky blend, but if you're a fan on C4, I can't imagine PowerMax not being able to deliver the energy. In terms of pump, I'm confident as well as others, in trumping both C4 and Jack3d.
Former- Performax Labs Online Company Rep.
06-11-2013, 06:16 PM
So workout 1 is in the books... Here's the rundown:
Took 2 scoops in about 25oz of water 30 min after my pwo shake. Taste was spectacular as I expected from the smell (and licking the powder off my hands ha) and had a nice strong glavor even in more then the recommended water. As I was on my way to the gym (about 15-20min after) I started to just feel "better". No stim type rush but just an increasing feeling of well being that had me singing and acting like a general ass in the car. By the time I got to the gym and changed I was really feeling some solid, smooth energy. Nothing jittery (which I actually enjoy but many don't) but a constant, "need to move your ass" kind of energy. Focus was sharp, not tunnel vision esque, but definitely dialed in. Throughout the workout energy stayed very high and I felt great in the endurance dept. I found myself trying to get my next set in before my 60sec rest was up which was great. Whole workout lasted about 75min and no crash or loss of energy. As I type I'm about 25min out of the gym and still have that "euphoric" feel.
I'm only gonna do the mix/flavor rating this first time unless something changes, the rest of my entries will be just energy/focus/"feel" based. No reason to tell you it mixes nice and tastes good every day ha.
Mixability: 9.8/10 no clumps, no grit, just a couple quick shakes and you're set. The only small issue is it could use a minute to settle the foam down as it does foam up a good bit.
Flavor: 10/10 this was definitely a high point. Loved the fruit punch. Sometimes this type of flavor can taste a bit like cough syrup but this was not the case for powermax. perfect for me.
Overall day 1: 9.5/10 no complaints here thus far. Energy, focus, and all the things you buy a pwo for were there and no crash as of yet. The only thing that ill have to get used to is the lack of stims which today was no issue, but I could see it being one if I was really tired or having an "off" day. We will see but as for day 1 I couldn't ask for anything more!
06-11-2013, 06:42 PM
06-12-2013, 01:13 PM
Love the detailed experience man! I agree, PowerMax taste great, especially when I add a couple of additional ounces of water, lets me enjoy the long commute to the gym with a few more sips. Either way once arriving at the gym, I'm ready to throw some weights around.
Former- Performax Labs Online Company Rep.
06-12-2013, 03:47 PM
Glad you enjoyed it brother. I know how you feel about those low energy or off days, although i dont recommend it all the time, you very well can go up to 2.5-3 scoops if its needed. The thing that i noticed at 3 scoops, that normally that amount of caffeine(3 cups coffee) would make me really jittery, however with powermax the rest of the blend really smooths out the stim feel. So you still have really high energy but youll never get that uneasy, jittery feel.
06-13-2013, 01:58 PM
Former- Performax Labs Online Company Rep.
06-13-2013, 08:45 PM
So today was day/workout 2:
Wasn't planning on trying out the missed meal method of taking this but I was busy at work and didn't get to eat after 12p. Took 2 scoops at about 3:45 on a totally empty stomach.
I was feeling a bit tired, partially due to the lack of food and partially just from running around like a nut at work all day so I was looking for a bit of a boost and figured with no food I'd def see some.
Unfortunately, I never really felt any energy boost from today's dose which sucked, but I did have a positive experience... I was a bit stressed and not "in the mood" to lift but I know I always feel better once I'm there and get started so I pushed on. Once in the gym I started feeling a bit better and did get a bit of that "well being" sense I had with my first dose. Not nearly as pronounced and no real focus or energy to go with it but a little boost helps. Also of note was that my endurance seemed to be way up. It was back/biceps day and back is one of my more brutal workouts and I really just plowed through with minimal rest. Shaved about 15 min off a typically 75min workout.
Overall I'd give today a 6/10. The lack of energy and focus was definitely and issue and if I didnt have the type of dedication or mental push to get myself into te gym I could easily see someone skipping. The endurance was still great and that's the main selling point for me this far.
Tomorrow I have a cardio only day and some cross state travel so I may try taking a single scoop before my cardio just to see if the endurance factor is still there as well as test out the non workout feel.
06-13-2013, 09:18 PM
Thanks for the honest feedback, seems like a kinda off day for ya all around. I'm confident you'll have Alot more days like the first one rather than this one. I think you'll enjoy a scoop for your plans tomorrow. Drive safe!
06-13-2013, 09:36 PM
06-14-2013, 12:35 PM
Well I tried out the single scoop pre cardio and beginning my trip... Unfortunately the only thing I got out of this was a great tasting drink ha. Didn't feel a thing at all. No mood improvement, energy or even any noticeable endurance boost. Looks like its 2 scoops or bust for me from here on out.
06-14-2013, 03:52 PM
06-17-2013, 10:16 AM
06-17-2013, 11:10 AM
06-17-2013, 11:23 AM
06-17-2013, 02:34 PM
Looking forward to a solid workout with a good meal before and 2 scoops of powermax 30 min pre workout hahaha!
I want to hear about some workouts like the first ones!
06-17-2013, 04:48 PM
06-17-2013, 11:01 PM
Today's haul: 2.5 scoops 35min pwo... Was feeling pretty sloppy and tired still from the weekend (4/10)
Felt good, 7/10, as I was starting my workout. As I got through my first set or two I could feel the energy building. Throughout the workout I felt better and better and if I hadn't been short on time def would have added a few sets.
One thing I hadn't noticed until today was any special amount of pump. Today was different as my forearms and biceps looked and felt like they were gonna explode. Vascularity was so intense I could have played banjo on my forearm ha.
After the workout I was still feeling great, even better then when I started as a matter of fact. Had my post workout shake and went straight to my hockey game. Through the game energy was high and endurance was through the roof.
If I had to pick my favorite thing about powermax so far it has to be the endurance factor. I just never seem to feel tired or "done" during my workouts and beyond. And no crash is a huge plus.
Overall I give today (2.5scoops) 10/10. Everything I needed to get me into a great workout and last through my game. Epic day IMO.
06-17-2013, 11:43 PM
Hell yea thats awesome!
Some of the testers commented that they enjoyed it 45 min pre workout more then 30 min. The energy def. tends to build with powermax so if you feel like it hits a little late you can always move up when you dose it.
06-18-2013, 09:34 AM
Awesome man! Glad you had a good experience with the 2.5, can't do better than a 10! I hear ya on the endurance as well, I workout before workout and alot of mornings(like today) I had to force myself to leave. How's the diet going with your cut?
06-18-2013, 10:36 AM
Diet has been solid with the exception of this weekends wedding mess... Booze and garbage food for most of it and I can feel it. My skin hurts ha.
I've got 6 weeks til I have to uphold my 3 year warrior dash win streak against my buddies so ill be 100% clean (0 booze or junk food) from now til aug 3. Started some harder interval running this morning to really help boost my cardio and speed up the fat loss.
06-18-2013, 11:05 AM
06-18-2013, 12:51 PM
You gotta live sometimes right? But I definitely feel infinitely better when I'm not inhaling booze induced fast food. I'm sure a couple of days won't be detrimental, glad to see 2.5 scoops is giving you the kick you need. The pumps are no joke, something that the overwhelming majority experience as well. Looking forward to your upcoming update
Former- Performax Labs Online Company Rep.
06-19-2013, 09:49 AM
Didn't get a chance to update last night but I did take 2 scoops before my afternoon hiit session... 25 min of sprint/jog cardio. Felt the usual endurance factor kick in about 5 min into the run (40min after drinking it) and lasted throughout. Calves and overall legs were a bit sore from my morning cardio so this was a great boost. Also had an interesting thing happen as my forearms were pretty pumped after the run. I actually noticed this as I was getting showered after and my sister mentioned it at dinner a bit later.
Def enjoying the pump factor and the endurance, especially as I get into harder training and dieting.
Today I'm fasting for 24hrs leading into training so this'll be a good test for the energy and endurance factor yet again. Ill also be interested in seeing if I still get a good pump even in a depleted state.
06-19-2013, 10:06 AM
Good update man, I'm glad that you're using this in a variety of settings and getting good results! Pumps are great as well, when I train for Hypertrophy I get so pumped that it's hard to dry off after a shower!
06-19-2013, 02:01 PM
Honestly i think people notice better pumps with a little food in the system because of the nutrient partioning effect of Agmatine, i know Agmatine works a lot better for me that way.
06-19-2013, 02:44 PM
06-19-2013, 02:56 PM
06-19-2013, 08:47 PM
So I took my 2.5 scoops about 15 min pwo. I wa feeling absolutely miserable (angry, tired, generally pissy ha) from not eating. Never did get any real energy or focus through my workout (actually had some severe mind wandering and daydreaming going on) but about 45min in I did start to feel "better" and could def see a good pump and endurance.
After today's lift I've come to the conclusion that while I do think powermax is a stellar pwo, due to the lack of stims and true "energy" for me it doesn't go well with longer fasts. I also have concluded that the endurance factor is incredible so this could be a really solid addition to a pre workout "stack" for someone like me that wants some stims or extra energy. Might have to try a little mix one of these days and see how that goes.
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