In this review I'm looking to take a look into Adapt Nutrition PreTrain and compare it to some of the other products currently out there in the densly populated pre-workout supplement world.
Before I get into it, just to be clear, I'm talking about supplements that are primarily aimed at weight training, or strength based training and not athletes engaged in high endurance activities. I'm also talking specifically about the pre workout supplements that are aimed at an immediate and unarguable effect on your very next workout.
For those of us who have been using supplements for a long time, the pre-workout market came around when ultimate nutrition introduced an ephedrine based product called 'Ultimate Orange' and probably peaked at around the time of DMG containing supplements like Jack3D. Although there is still a great demand for preworkouts, the hard edged products are now in the grey market, leaving a small slice of the market for your legitamate, and legal, pre training supplement.
Into that arena comes PreTrain by a relatively new brand called Adapt Nutrition based in Manchester in the UK.
The first thing to say about Adapt Nutrition Pretrain is that
although legal, its not allowed by most sports bodies as it contains
ingredients that at certain levels have been considered to give
athletes an unfair advantage, and as you can see from the table below,
PreTrain takes dosing levels right up to the top end of effective
|Bitter Orange Peel||140mg|
At the time of writing, the leading product is called 'The Curse' a widely copied product with many counterfit versions saturating the market, and I'm going to start this review with the statement that I feel this product is every bit as effective as Cobra Labs The Curse!
Taste wise, Pretrain comes in two flavours, both are light, mix easily and are pleasant to drink. As the serving size is pretty small, no more than a teaspoon, as you can imagine, its quite an easy product to get down.
For the first 10 minutes after taking the pre-workout, you dont really notice that much. But then it kicks in. At first you notice your scalp itch and within 15 minutes even your eyeballs begin to itch. But none of that maters because your whole body feels electrified and ready to train. You cant wait!
Right from your first set you feel strong, and you will definitly push more weight and get more reps. I've used PreTrain now both during a low volume strength cycle and a lengthy, faster paced cycle for hypertrophy.
The shorter, high intensity workout was made hugely more productive with the use of PreTrain. The metal toughness of having to increase the weight at every workout felt not only easy, but I was positively excited about each workout. I never failed to hit my targets during the cycle and the product supported me through four 40 minute workouts per week for 8 weeks with each workout ending as powerfully as it began.
During the faster paced and higher volume workouts I always got off to a flying start and the weights and rep range always felt well within my capabilities. The workouts were about 80 minutes and I'd say I started to blow out after about 60 and really started to slow down around 70 minutes. I was only doing 3 workouts per week and for 6 weeks. I felt more drained than usuall at the end of each workout and even the next day, and towards the end of 6 weeks I was really starting to feel a bit run down. I can only put this down to the fact that PreTrain really extended my muscular endurance and I probably got more volume with higher weight ranges than I typically achieve.
Both styles of workout were made more effective using PreTrain and I'd say my hypertrophy cycle gave me better gains than Ive ever achieved before, but I suppose the best memory I'll have of PreTrain is the sheer enthusiasm I approached each workout during the strength cycle, even during the very last week when I normally dred the pain of each workout.
Definity worth a try. I'd say this is a great supplement from Adapt and if the rest of the range is as good as PreTrain, then Adapt Nutrition is a brand worth watching (See full brand listing here)
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