SuperPump Max...yes, again!
No, I haven't been living under a rock! But yes, I'm a little behind the curve with pre-workout products. That said, I use the hell out of 'em and get intimately familiar with them, because they are a such an important part of my training regimen. I train 1st thing in the morning and use PW on an empty stomach, so I get their full effects.
So, if you read my SP 250 review you know I loved that product. SP Max I like, but I don't love it.
I went through 3 tubs, each one a different flavor:
Orange, Pink Lemonade and Sour Apple...at roughly $30-34 each for a 40 serving container, pretty reasonable I suppose?
The flavors where exactly as advertised and pretty good, considering the ingredients. What I noticed with each and didn't like so much, was that "Sucralosey," almost bug spray like after taste. Why?
Seriously, why do supp. manufacturers continue to use Sucralose in these products? Aren't there better, healthier alternatives...like Stevia, Xylitol or the old school...glucose, sucrose, fructose combo?
Isn't Sucralose made from chlorine or something? And here we all are, striving for health, fitness and maximum performance ingesting it constantly.
I can't help but wonder if there's gonna be a price to pay for consuming all these artificial sweeteners?
At the very least, nixing it could make these supps taste better.
Anyway, sorry...that's my rant!
The formula is very different from SP 250, but every bit as effective, if not more so, depending on your goals.
Lots of neuro-stimulating aminos and energy substrates, minerals as well as, good old fashion creatine monohydrate and reasonable caffeine levels, make this a complete all-in-one pre-workout/event product.
I had good focus, good stamina & energy and good pumps to power thru my 1 hour a.m. lifting sessions. I made steady gains in strength and weight with SP Max. But, I have some complaints too.
Firstly, theres the similar cleansing effect issue that SP 250 induced, though, I suspect for a different reason.
Either there's too much sucralose or the creatine monohydrate causes the within 30min. bathroom run, or both? But it's damn annoying when training at the gym or with a partner.
Secondly, while I got bigger and stronger, I also gained a lot of water weight. Yes, I know that's what creatine products do, but my issue is the type of creatine used and how it does it.
I've always had a six pack being naturally lean and working out hard. But, after SP Max I suddenly had what I call.... a mini muffin top. Lean arms and chest ect. but now more of a 4 pack with a little, below the navel pooch and mini-love handles. Not Pretty!
So, if you want to maintain, or achieve an "American Ninja Warrior" type body, or you compete, model or just need to be ripped all year, this probably won't be the best choice of PW for you.
If however, you need to gain weight, or want power for football, power lifting, strong-man ect. or maybe even long endurance events like triathlons, climbing, combat sports ect. this is a good choice for the duration of energy, stamina and it's hydration benefits.
All in all a solid product!
I went from 154lbs. where I started after a month off of SP 250 and finished at 168 after almost 6 months of using SP Max.
Alot of this was water weight and a small layer of fat, I'm sure, so I had to dry out and not use any PW powders for a few weeks to get down to my new, truer weight of 165.
Hey, I think I can see my lower abs again...sort of.