Hey guys and gals, I just wanted to give a short review of the newest supplement from Optimum Nutrition as some others had asked about it in the "Post pics of your last purchase" thread.
Their Gold Standard Pre-workout has been on the market for about a month (not to be confused with their Platinum Pre) and I finally got it in and used it this morning. I'd like to consider myself a supplement guru, always trying the latest and greatest while mixing in some clean time (zero supplement workouts). I've tried every pre-workout on the market it seems (not really), and although this was my first go with this particular supplement, I'd say it ranks near the top.
I'll start with Taste. I bought the blueberry lemonade and the watermelon. I decided to try the blueberry lemonade first and it does taste good, but I didn't taste as much of the blueberry as I did the lemonade but that's not much to complain about. It was good overall.
I felt a bit of the activation effect, you know, the itchy feeling in the face and scalp, when the blood starts gorging through the muscles, but it was minor, and I expect it to increase over the next few days as I continue to use it.
Now to the effectiveness while lifting. I never felt fatigue during any particular set until the last couple reps of each exercise. I was able to keep the intensity going through out the entire 80 or so minutes I was lifting including my cool off working my abdominals. The muscle gorging was great, and I found my vascularity was better than I've noticed in quite a while, and I was well hydrated.
There are no jitters with this like those that come with most pre-workouts. This felt clean from start to finish and I'm not feeling any crash from it.
I will say I haven't had a workout experience with any pre-workout supplement as I did while using Jack3d back in the day, but it is now a banned substance while serving in the military since it will make you piss positive for amphetamines.
Overall, I'd recommend this product and my alleigence to Optimum Nutrition products is now stronger than ever. I started taking their whey protein again today as well after a nearly 8 month hiatus from any powdered proteins.
If anyone has any other questions, please let me know.