P.P.K. is a Pre-Workout manufactured by Blue Star Nutraceuticals. It is designed to help provide a pre-training advantage by increasing mental focus, muscle performance, endurance and blood flow. This creates an environment optimal for increasing muscle mass and losing body fat.
IntroductionI'll be honest, the first thing I noticed was the price tag. I mean seriously, a pwo that is list priced at $69.99 and found on bb.com for $56 is going to catch my eye. What sorcery must it contain to command such a bounty? Let's see!
Ingredient ProfileThe profile is broken down into 3 prop blends: power, pump and energy. Not a fan of the mini prop blends but it is better than one huge single prop blend. However, they do identify that caffeine is at 250mg, which is an excellent practice that all companies should use.
The strength and power blend is beta alanine and 3 forms of creatine. Since they disclose the BA at 3.2g that leaves 3g of creatine.
The pump blend is glycerol (gms), glycine, agmatine, sodium R-Liipoate and Hyperox Trigonella - a PDE5 inhibitor, something found in many Viagra alternatives (at least I believe that to be correct). An interesting approach and also employed in a product called Mutant Pump that claims the Hyperox inhibits PDE5, thus making maximum amount of NO available to the body. Since we don't know the dosage, I can't really comment on it's efficacy.
Energy blend is caffeine, N-Methyl-Beta-Methyl-Phenylethylamine HCL, N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, Hordenine, Higenamine (as Noroclaurine HCL), Pikamilon.
All in all it's actually nothing really outlandish - just a nice solid blend of proven ingredients (for the most part). The question mark for me is the pump blend - the approach is pretty unique and the inclusion of Hyperox could be what drives the price up. (Mutant Pump is fiendishly expensive as well - $79 for a month)
Taste/Mixability/DosingTaste was raspberry lemonade - on the tart side but more than acceptable.
I will say that since this contains GMS, it's either instantized or in a small amount because I didn't really get much grittiness and for anyone who has used GMS in the past, you know it's like drinking sand. In any case mixing was rather easy with a very small amount of grit and floaties.
EffectivenessThis really shined in effectiveness. It was solid. Very solid. Focus, energy, beta tingles - all were on point. Now I will say that I didn't experience out of this world pump from this. Nothing that approached the veins I get from RCCS Stacked NO, but it was present. Nothing really was over the top, rather everything was in a nice proportion to provide a very smooth and lasting effect. I would absolutely buy this on my own if price was not an issue.
ValueThis is where it just takes a huge hit in my opinion. I seriously do not know when pwo products went through the roof, but frankly, when you start approaching $2 per serving, it's just very, very difficult to justify the cost versus something at half the price. At the time I received this, bb.com was offering a bogo, so that's cool - I think that's absolutely in line with value. But currently it's not available and Lucky Vitamin has it at $55. That's $1.83 per serving and it's simply not where I am willing to spend my money given the fact that a quality product like Tier 1 costs me .95 cents per serving. And yes, they are two totally different approaches but equally effective at achieving my goals in the gym. And that's really the bottom line - this may be great, and the cost may reflect the higher end ingredient(s) but the results can be achieved with less. Reduce the price.
ConclusionLike I said, this is a solid choice. If you can get it on a BOGO or find it priced less, by all means, give it a try. But at $55 I can not recommend it. There are just too many products that are equally effective at much lower prices. Drop that price and it's gets two thumbs up.