Thanks to Isatori for letting me try this through the ER program. This review is for the new formula of PWR, Isatori's pre workout product. I will say that the original formula PWR was my all-time favorite pwo and I looked forward to seeing if the new one held up to the old one. Alas, for me, it did...
Thanks to Isatori for letting me try this through the ER program. This review is for the new formula of PWR, Isatori's pre workout product. I will say that the original formula PWR was my all-time favorite pwo and I looked forward to seeing if the new one held up to the old one. Alas, for me, it did not. It is still a solid product offering but not one that turned my world upside down like the original.
Isatori chose to use 3 prop blends:
Strength/Power Blend: Beta Alanine, creatine (mono and MagnaPower)
Pump Blend: Arg AKG, Amino Shield (loquat extract)
Energy/Focus Blend: caffeine, Schisandra, Red Drallion, Snake Root, Huperzia
As I always say, I am not a fan of prop blends but in the past I have given some companies a pass because of a track record of success and overall effectiveness. I am not going to do so here. For example the Strength/Power Blend comes in at 2600mg; given the clinical doses of both beta Alanine and creatine is at least 3g each, this is greatly under-dosed at 1 scoop and even a little under dosed at 2. Likewise I'm pretty "meh" on the use of arginine AKG as a pump ingredient but when I've taken it in bulk form, I normally used 3-5g, so again, seriously less than I'm used to seeing. I had no problems with the energy blend. And yes, while Isatori used top quality ingredients, I feel they were provided in amounts that would at the bottom range (or below) to be effective.
Taste & Mixing: 8/10
PWR mixed fine with no clumping and no grittiness. Like the original PWR it has a unique flavor that isn't going to set the world on fire but is more than adequate for a pwo. (I actually kind of like it) For the record, I had the blue raspberry. It's kind of milky when mixed but overall both taste and mixing were above average.
Isatori says that this is a "true" one scoop pwo with no fillers that delivers power, energy, focus and pump. Unfortunately I didn't think that it really stood out in any single area and I question the 1 scoop claim. Pump was pretty non-existent with this, energy and strength minor, focus and energy was good, though. Clean energy with no jitters and moderately good focus. This is at one scoop – I also experimented with 2 scoops and interestingly enough did not see a significant difference, which could lead me to believe that I just didn't respond well to this product, personally. I also had some headache issues at the beginning but after increasing my water consumption I was fine. All in all, PWR provided a middle of the road performance benefit to my training – nothing too terrible but nothing really spectacular, either; in a world glutted with great pwo products, that's kind of the kiss of death.
This can be found online right under $30.00 so that equates to $1.00 per serving. That's a bit on the high side – especially given the fact that something like Muscle Marinade is only a few cents more per serving. I will say that it often goes on sale for the low to mid $20's so that would improve the value but given the fact that it didn't provide the effectiveness that I was looking for, value will be mediocre at any price for me.
I do love Isatori as a company and this is the first of their products that has not performed up to my expectations. And please keep in mind that we all respond very differently to supplements, especially pwo products, so that could just be a personal issue that I had with this product. However, I found the new formula of PWR to be far below the intense drive and focus that I received when using the original (DMAA) formula. I will rate this "maybe" with the caveat that I will not be purchasing this in the future, however, Isatori is one of the top companies in the industry and I would certainly say that if you wanted to give this a try based on the other stellar reviews, then please do not let my experience prevent that. Sorry guys – I wanted to love this like I loved the original but it just didn't measure up.