It is that time again as I dive back into the world of pre-workout supplements and try to determine if I like a product or not, so that I can communicate this knowledge to other people. As such, this review isn’t going out of its way to break the mold of what should be included in a review. It is really just a review.
But that isn’t important.
What is important, is that I gave the pre-workout Pre Jym a good testing over and I have a few things to say about it. The product itself has got a lot of hype recently, mostly centered around how it offers you a full scoop/dose of all the incredible ingredients, that nobody actually understands.
I know what you are thinking. “Who cares what it tastes like? I only want to know if it works or not.” But no, you are wrong, you are so fucking wrong. At least if you go down the Cherry flavoured path, you have no idea what you are in for.
Pre Jym, in a single word tastes completefuckingawful. I’m not just talking “pre-workouts taste like shit but I drink it and move on” bad (see Jack3d). I’m talking, “this could possibly be the worst thing I’ve ever tried to drink, bad“.
One big scoop (and yes the scoop is big, HYPE!) requires 14oz of water. Even then, I felt like only half the powder mixed in no matter how hard I tried. I wasn’t drinking something with big white chunks floating in it, so I added even more water and tried to get it down.
The consistency was heavy, the smell terrible and the taste just as awful as you might expect. The after taste? Not too bad really, but that just ensured I went back to finish the whole glass.
You think doing that last set of 5 is bad on the bench press? Try drinking this shit.
Now at this stage you’re probably thinking “harden up” and normally I would be alongside with you. But this isn’t just a bad taste. This is to the level of never wanting to drink it again. This is to the level of me doing a workout, but instead of worrying about what I was doing, I was still thinking about how bad it was and trying not to pass out when I burped up the smell again.
So take note, it matters.
But does it work?
Well, sort of.
One giant big ass scoop has 300kg of caffeine in it (ok may technically be mg). Which sounds pretty impressive and is maybe 100mg more than the competitors. It also has more “other stuff” that you probably don’t care too much about since it basically does nothing for your workout.
I know, I know, you can read all the marketing papers about wanting more BioPerine in your life. But really all that matters is what you will feel when lifting and that is the old 3 cups of coffee hidden in each tall tasty glass.
And when you look at it like this, it works just fine. I got the caffeine “buzz” and a few of my lifts were focused in that good old “I’m going to smash this” kind of way we all know and love..
Of course I didn’t life any heavier than I normally would and any lift where I felt more motivated? Well I was going to lift it anyway.
On the downside, I felt the effects a bit longer than I was used to, even if the comedown was pretty even. Obviously this is due to the higher dose you get, but it all feels like wasted energy in the end. Do you really need 300mg of caffeine to get off your ass and get to the gym? If anything rewarding yourself by not drinking this product would be a whole lot more motivating.
I was pretty excited to try Pre Jym, because lots of people have talked about how strong it is and after all, it is something to do. Unfortunately I’d really struggle to recommend the product. The taste? Well I won’t get started on that again, but it is in the effect that I was even more disappointed.
While it isn’t gimmicky like C4 Extreme (something I appreciate), it still felt exactly the same as a slightly stronger Jack3d Micro. And given Jack3d isn’t exactly impressive to begin with (but is about all you need really), I don’t think there is a lot to really get excited about here.
It’ll get you going, sure and the caffeine is a proven thing to help with your energy needs. But I just feel there is too much of it here, from something that is too expensive (especially in Australia!) and tastes like death.
It isn’t terrible, but you could probably do better with your money or at least you should have lowered expectations. Once again, just go sink a redbull or two and be done with it.