I’m back in full force, people. Two new pre workout reviews for you to feast your minds on and two new products to consider for my wicked late release of the top pre workouts of 2017 list. The latest pre workout to go under the microscope, and get a full BPW review is the Scivation Quake pre workout. In this review I’ll tell you what I liked and did not like about this pre workout. I’ll talk about the flavor, the performance, the ingredients, and of course the packaging. I’ll tell you if you should consider buying it, or moving to something different. Scivation has been around the block quite a few times, so I’m excited to see if their latest creation is up to standard. Let’s begin with the flavor grade.
Scivation Quake 10.0 Pre Workout is going to start things off with rather under-whelming-ly (is that a word? Spell check says no but I beg to differ), LOl. But yeah this pre workout doesn’t taste great. I had the Watermelon Bubble Gum flavor and it was not the most pleasant thing I’ve had. The initial flavors are SORT OF pleasant, but then you get into the backend of the flavor as it starts to go down your throat (that’s what she said) and it becomes something rather unpleasant. What I experienced was very sharp ‘artificial sweetener’ taste as I started to drink the Scivation Quake pre workout more. I did enjoy some of the Bubble Gum flavors themselves, but the artificial flavor in the back of my mouth really kind of killed the vibe for me. Which is surprising. You guys know Scivation is one of the most popular BCAA manufacturers of all time. The fact that they couldn’t get QUAKE 10.0 over the edge (get it?) and give it more of a true sweet flavor is strange to me. I wonder if they produced it in a separate plant as their other products. But. I’ll give them a GENEROUS 8 out of 10 for taste. It’s really not that good. But maybe the other flavor (lemon drop I believe?) is better? Would be interested to know if any of you guys have tried it. Let’s talk performance now though.
Scivation Quake Works Rather Well.
I have taken Scivation Quake for about a week now, and have some thoughts about how it works. The first thing I always like to analyze with these pre workouts is the stimulant and energy element. AKA the MOST important part of any pre workout. I think that this pre workout is one of the more tame pre workouts I’ve had recently with regard to stimulants. The first sip of Quake, all the way through the last, you will never feel that overly ‘LETS GO’ feeling that you will feel with some of the stronger pre workouts. (See Cellucor C4 Ultimate, Unstoppable, etc).
But once you do get in the gym, and start your workout, you will notice some of the stronger features of Quake start to set in. What I personally have found to be the strongest benefit of this pre workout is it’s ability to improve endurance. I started feeling some really good cardiovascular and lung capacity improvement as my workouts passed the 20 minute or so mark, where I really felt like I could perform more and more sets than I otherwise would have been able to.
The pump is also quite noticeable with Scivation Quake. Truth be told, I have been getting more of a pump from Scivation Quake 10.0 than I did with the NSC Pump Infusion product that I reviewed a few weeks ago.
I also found that the pump LASTS for a really long time with Scivation Quake. My ‘baby shoulder vein’ that I named Stevie was out for all to see for the total duration of my 45 minute workout. I haven’t had that kind of vasodilation for a long time. So that was pretty cool and one of my favorite features of Scivation Quake.
One thing I want to note is that while Quake was great for my lifting workouts, and my intra-set endurance was great, I did find this pre workout to be NOT very good for actual cardio.
I did the stairclimber for about a half hour in the middle of a Quake-fueled workout, and I really did not have a great time. My calves were super pumped and became crampy after fifteen minutes. It was definitely starting to subside after a while, but it just made the whole workout so much less enjoyable. Let me talk a little bit about the ingredients in here now though. I would give Quake an 8.5/10 on performance.
What’s in Scivation Quake?
The ingredient list in Scivation Quake is very impressive, as it contains some really interesting patented ingredients that you don’t often see in a pre workout. You have the Peak02 blend, which is comprised of the cordyceps, reishi, king trumpet, and Lion’s Mane mushrooms. This is is the coolest ingredient in Quake, without a doubt. I have noticed the endurance benefits from this ingredient during hard sets of squats. Not so much for real cardio, as the pump ‘gets in the way’ of real athletic performance, but this product does do a good job with power and strength due to the Peak O2, as well as the 7 grams of Scivation’s Xtend BCAAs (seven grams in two scoops, that is).
The other ingredients are pretty familiar for pre workout supplements. You have you caffeine content, of course, and then you have L-Theanine to increase focus and calmness. Scivation Quake also uses some L-Tyrosine as well as L-Carnitine to boost the energy and even some fat loss elements. Patented Astragin is used to increase the uptake of the ingredients into your body.
Scivation Quake also includes an ingredient that I have never seen in a pre workout before, called ‘Capros’. Apparently this is is an indian gooseberry extract that is meant to reduce the stiffness of your muscles and organs that can stem from resistance training. You might have heard some recent news outlets coming down on pre workouts, and weight-training overall for creating stiffness not only in the muscles but even in organs like your heart. Stiffness is not a good thing unless it’s very late on Friday night. If you know what I mean. Lol. But yeah very intriguing formulation by the folks at Scivation. I’m impressed with how much they’ve included in Scivation’s Quake 10.0 pre workout. It can’t be a cheap product to produce- that’s for darn sure! Let’s talk Quake pre workout packaging now though. I give them a 9 on formulation. I think it’s very well thought out.
Scivation Quake Pre Workout Packaging Grade
You know what? I kinda like the way Quake pre workout looks. To me, it is a nice combination of character and refinement. It has some really cool elements like the purple earthquake graphic in the background, and then very clear, definitive elements like the amounts of several ingredients listed, right across the front. The name ‘Quake 10.0 the Ultimate Pre Workout’ is also a pretty cool name. Definitely an industry first, and one that I think will do quite well. I also really enjoy the purple and white theme. There are ways to do purple and white WRONG (see PRETTY FIT), but Quake has really nailed it with Quake packaging. The purple of the label matches the shade of the lid perfectly, which I really appreciate. The Scivation logo is also really cool. I’ve always liked their logo. Oh. Speaking of the Scivation brand, I believe they were bought by Cellucor’s parent company, Nutrabolt. Pretty interesting. Anyways. I wonder if Quake is making use of the Cellucor manufacturing? My guess is not yet, as Quake still tastes not very good. But. Let’s wrap this Scivation Quake review up.
Scivation Quake Review Summary
- Flavor: 8/10
- Performance: 8.5/10
- Formulation: 9/10
- Packaging: 9/10
- Value: 8/10
Will Quake find it’s way into my top ten pre workouts list of 2017? That remains to be seen. But I think it has a very real chance. The taste isn’t great, but the performance is solid, and I really really like the formulation. A little expensive per serving if you’re two-scooping it, but, Scivation Quake pre workout is certainly a worthy contender, and one to watch this year!
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