But First, What is a Pre-Workout Supplement?
A pre-workout is a supplement designed to prime your body for working out.
You'll notice that generally speaking they have stimulants (to give focus), certain amino acids (PRE has -L-Arginine, CarnoSyn® Beta Alanine, PepForm® Leucine Peptides for example) and perhaps other ingredients like a vitamin blend and the like.
Although they are all different and they may have more or less than the above, these are some ingredients you will often see which are included to assist your workouts.
What are the Benefits of a Pre-Workout Supplement?
- Increased focus (from stimulants)
- Perceived effort is often reduced, meaning that you may be able to push yourself HARDER - when compared to not having one
- Benefits of added ingredients which may include - beta alanine (gives a tingling effect), BCAAs and arginine.
- Pre-workouts are flavoured, as the ingredients in pre-workouts are mainly plain tasting powders or just don't taste nice (they'd be hard to drink on their own), flavouring makes it a lot easier to consume the ingredients you want!
Before the Platinum PRE came out there was certainly a lot of hype behind the product and ON did a good job of letting people know what was coming. With Optimum Nutrition being known for making top quality products - we were certainly looking forward to the release date!
Prior to the Platinum PRE's release, Optimum Nutrition wasn't really known for having a stand out pre-workout supplement. They did (and still do) have the Amino Energy which is more of a general energiser with amino acids, but this isn't really specifically designed solely for before a workout as it can be used during the day too.
Right, so the product itself....how was it?
First of all when you pick up the Optimum Nutrition Platinum PRE you notice it's got top quality packaging, the tub itself is a decent size , the lid screws on tightly so if you're taking it somewhere chances are the lid isn't going to come off - the basics have been covered!
The design of the label itself has been done to a high standard, it's certainly easy on the eyes....so far so good!
Then you open the tub, the powder is very fine - so you know it'll mix really easily.
So..next comes adding the product to some water ready to consume prior to our Monster workout.
After looking on the back, 1 scoop is probably enough for many people, however as we're all pretty experienced lifters and we are used to taking pre-workouts - 2 scoops is more suitable (you should assess your tolerance first, before considering going to 2 scoops).
After a few shakes the 2 scoops of PRE with 200ml of water (so it's like a "shot") was perfectly mixed and ready to go!
Drinking the Platinum PRE is pretty easy, it's tastes good, it's refreshing and isn't overly bitter or sour like some pre-workouts can be.
Soon after we drank it, there was a slightly warm sensation - this is from the Capsimax™ Capsicum Extract (crushed hot peppers) which gives a warm sensation after you've drank it in your mouth and it also gives a similar feeling in the stomach too after a little while, as this is the case and from reading about Capsimax™, it will probably have an effect on fat oxidation too, which is always a bonus :)
Around 5-10 minutes later it kicked in! This is when we started to feel a lot more focused and energized overall, some of us got a slight tingling feeling from the beta-alanine too, each scoop has 1.6g of beta alanine in, so when we had 2 scoops we had a full 3.2g serving in one go (more on beta alanine later).
We all had great workouts, we were ultra focused and we had no crash afterwards.
All in all, we were very pleased - this product is certainly worthy of being in Optimum Nutrition's Platinum range!
"We were ultra focused"
Platinum PRE Key Ingredients
Micronized Citrulline & Pepform Citrulline Peptides
L-citrulline is a precursor to Nitric Oxide (N.O.) synthesis and may support performance during high-intensity exercise. Each dose in PLATINUM PRE- combines micronized L-citrulline with an exclusive patent-pending peptide delivery system.
Beta-alanine is a key building block for carnosine – a compound that helps neutralize acidic byproducts generated during high-intensity training. Research suggests that daily supplementation increases muscle carnosine levels, supporting harder and longer training sessions.
Capsicum Fruit Extract
The capsicum dose in PLATINUM PRE- has been encapsulated so it doesn't interfere with the refreshing fruit flavor.
As the subject of numerous studies, caffeine is one of the most well-researched performance supporting compounds. Along with increased energy and alertness, caffeine has been suggested to help sharpen mental focus and reduce the perception of physical effort during exercise.
Phytoblend + Vitamin C
A blend of Beat Juice Powder, Grape Seed Extract and Citrus Bioflavonoids with a powerful dose of vitamin C provides antioxidant support to round out this comprehensive pre-workout formula.
That's our MONSTER Review, thanks to the team for giving feedback and we hope you'll try it out too.