was my first experience with a pre-workout
supplement; however I did not have the same overwhelmingly positive results as many of the other reviewers. I will preface this review by saying that I’ve never been sensitive to caffeine and, up until only recently, drank coffee every morning.
I have finished two full tubs of this product – 1 fruit punch, 1 lemon-lime. At the end of the second tub, I was taking 3 full scoops of Jack3d
, on an empty stomach, roughly 30 minutes prior to exercise.
TASTE & MIXABILITY: 6/10
Fruit Punch: 7/10
The fruit punch flavor would more aptly be titled as pina colada. The smell reminded me of suntan lotion. Not bad, but certainly not something I looked forward to drinking. The lemon-lime however, I did not like at all. It had a very medicinal quality and an awful acidic aftertaste. Additionally, neither flavor mixed particularly well in any of my shaker cups or with a spoon. The mixture was always very grainy and the product did not fully dissolve. The last few sips always contained way more of the powder then the rest of the drink, and it was clear that some of the product had clung to the sides and bottom of the glass, making me feel like I was never getting the full dose.
As a comparison point, I have also tried 1MR, White Flood
, and Assault
. All of which I would say taste better and mix more easily than Jack3d
Energy & Focus: 6/10
I think the most prominent effect of Jack3d
, for me at least, was the pumps I got after taking the product. Almost immediately into my workouts I would feel much bigger and more vascular, and the sensation would usually last well after I finished exercising.
only gave me a slight boost in energy and focus during my workouts. I would feel an itching sensation almost immediately after drinking Jack3d
, followed by about a 30 minute period where I was slightly more energized. Again, my tolerance to Jack3d
may be in part that I am tolerant and accustomed to regular consumption of caffeine, it may be that I am a naturally energetic person (I do public speaking and presentations for a living), or it may be because I work out in the afternoons when my body is already warm and my mind awake.
Again, as a comparison point, I will say that both White Flood
and 1MR gave me greater energy, focus, and motivation than Jack3d
(I am currently taking White Flood
). It is not as if I am completely tolerant to PWO’s, but for whatever reason Jack3d
’s formula simply didn’t work to its full potential for me.
In terms of cost, Jack3d
certainly tops the list of great affordable products, provided you only need a single scoop per serving. At 45 servings a tub and a cost of only around $25, Jack3d
is quite a bit cheaper per dose than many other PWO’s, i.e. Dark Rage
, & NO-Xplode
. If, however, you are like me and need the full three scoops per serving, then Jack3d
is not quite as cost efficient. In my case, I only got 15 servings from my second tub of Jack3d
, which ended up lasting me around 3 ½ weeks. For roughly the same price I was able to purchase a 50-serving tub of White Flood
. Even at 2 scoops a serving, this is still 10 servings more per tub.
I am not saying that Jack3d
is not a great product – it clearly is for many people. However I think this product is often considered the “end all, be all” for pre-workout
supplements. This may not necessarily be the case for some people (myself included). No doubt Jack3d
is a good choice if you’re new to PWO’s and want a reliable (and relatively inexpensive) product, but I would also encourage those new people to try a few other products as well and not simply accept that this is the best PWO.