Okay, before starting this review I would like to point out that there are two existing categories of pre workout supplements IMO. There are preworkouts that have multiple ergogenic ingredients like creatine, branch chained amino acids, glutamine, citrulline malate, beta alanine etc. along with stims like caffeine. Other type of pre-workout supplements will be cheaper, contains as well as 45 to 60 servings in a smaller bottle and will boast of their small serving size of an average of 5 to 7 grams.
Therefore, the former ones are conventional types that will give results after consistent use, replenish your damages muscle fibers and will improve the strength as well by their stimulant action.
On the other hand, pre-workout supplements with smaller serving size have more of stimulants and will help in focused training, intense workouts and help in strength gains quickly by acting on the CNS directly. So, you need to get the recovery agents like creatine, BCAA separately for intra and post workout usage.
I have tried different pre-workout supplements and one am presently using is Driven Sports Craze – grape candy flavor. It has 45 servings and each serving weighs about 6 grams. The powder smells like grape juice and I was delighted to use this supplement. As I mentioned the categories in the introduction, this supplement belongs to the second class of pre-workout products. This supplement is excellent and far better than supplements like jack3d and neurocore by muscletech that contain geranium extract or the 1, 3 DMAA. I am against the usage of 1, 3 DMAA from the very beginning and later FDA has turned against it and now it’s banned to be used in supplements.
My experience with Driven Sports Craze has been great and it has helped me get through intense workout sessions without making me tired. My lifts have gone up by at least 20% while I was using this pre-workout. I took it 20 minutes before workouts followed by 5 grams creatine, 10 grams BCAAs and 15 grams glutamine with my whey shake immediately after workout. Coming back to taste; it is neither good nor bad. I will say 6 out of ten. I should have selected berry lemonade. This will start tasting sour and has an after taste which disappoints me. I have always used one serving and never exceeded one scoop for a workout. This works fine for me.
Another thing I always concern about is mixability. Craze mixes well in water. There’s no issue with mixing. I can give it full marks 10/10 for mixability.
Digestion – there’s no issue with digestion. Sometimes I felt a felt a little bloating and it can be because of the stimulant action. I can rate it 8/10 for causing me a little stomach upset.
Creatine, betaine, caffeine and citrulline malate are the ingredients that form most part of the supplement. Creatine helps in recovery of the creatine from muscles that form the ATP. Citrulline malate is better than arginine and directly gives pumping effect and makes you feel vascular and that is true according to recent findings. Caffeine and PEA or pehylethylamine form the stimulant complex which aids in CNS stimulation.
I can vouch for this product after using more than 30 servings from last 4 weeks period. It gives me ability to lift more that causes microtrauma which will heal resulting in growth. I eat a lot when I use such energy supplements to improve recovery especially meat and complex carbs. My weight increased 10 pounds in 30 days and I will thus, rate it 9/10 for effectiveness and 9/10 as well for value for money. I don’t find it expensive and worth to get intense weight lifting sessions. It is easily available and getting popular in market.
Yes, I will advise you to give it a try and advantage is that it can be used while cutting as well if you wish to boost your aerobic stamina or to get rid of fat while training with weights by cutting your carbs, it can do wonders. So, thumbs up for craze and a gross score of 9/10 from my side.
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