Posted on 07 Jul 2014
3 min read
Let’s start with a confession – I’ve never taken a pre-workout before.
To me this doesn’t seem unusual and I imagine there are myriad others in my situation.
I often see kids turning up at the gym, downing a shot of what looks like SpongeBob’s salty yogurt, and then “crushing” a session of rope push-downs and 21s.
This is enough to put you off pretty much anything, shower of cunts.
But I’m open to trying pretty much any supplement, providing it doesn’t arrive with a belt, hypodermic needle and spoon.
With that in mind, here is my Go Nutrition Volt Pre-workout review.
Overall I’ve had a decent experience with Go Nutrition products, particularly their flagship Go Whey Protein 80 and Protein Chips, so I was happy that my first foray into pre-workout supplements would be with a company I trusted.
According to the packaging, Volt provides 12 advanced ingredients which work together to boost muscular pump, energy and mental focus, enhancing your training performance and helping you to achieve greater gains in lean muscle, power and strength.
The most interesting of these ingredients are Creatine Monohydrate (Creapure®), Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate, Tyrosine, Dextrose, Taurine, Beta Alanine, Citrulline Malate, L Carnitine and about 50 others you can check out here.
If you’ve heard of more than 50% of these then bravo.
I had the ‘Berry Blast’ flavour of Volt which I have to say was rather nice.
It tasted a bit like a flat fruit drink – not too sweet, which I assumed it would be based on the colour, and pleasantly enjoyable.
It’s also available in ‘Lemon and Lime’ flavour, which I didn’t try.
Textually, Volt appeared to not mix all that well, as there was, after a vigorous shake, a fair bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
However it turned out to be as as smooth as Rolf Harris’ chat up lines, i.e. very, very smooth.
My commute from work to gym is around 45-55 minutes, so it’s fair to say I’m often a little bit flat when I arrive.
That said, I’m currently in the infancy of 5/3/1 which is a fantastic programme and I’m consistently adding weight to the bar on the big compound lifts.
I took Volt Pre-workout 15 minutes before the session and have to say I was very pleased with my initial set of heavy squats.
Whether or not that was anything to do with the Volt is hard to say.
But then things took a slight turn for the worse.
About 20 minutes into the workout I just started yawning, uncontrollably and relentlessly yawning.
This went on until about 10pm that night which was, for want of a better phrase, fucking annoying.
I can’t say I actually trained as if I was tired but the yawning was not a welcome addition to what was already a gruelling leg workout.
Needless to say, I won’t be purchasing Volt Pre-workout again.
You can pick up 1kg of Volt for £34.99 from the Go Nutrition website, which works out at 87p a serving.
Go Nutrition also sell Volt in convenient ‘ready to shake’ shots at £1.99 a serving, with further discounts if you buy in bulk.
Looking at other pre-workout supplements on the market, such as Jack3D Micro, this certainly seems to be at the lower end of the market.
Maybe this product just wasn’t for me.
It tasted really nice, went down a dream, and, whether I like it or not, I did have a good session.
But when I find myself unable to stop yawning I don’t expect the surrounding setting to be an iron filled warehouse with DMX blaring out of the speakers.
The feeling I experienced on Volt was more conducive to a being at a theology lecture.
So, not great I’m afraid.
But if pre-workout is your ‘thang’, or if you’ve had a positive experience with this product, then please do tell me I’m wrong (I’m not).
You can order Volt by shopping here at the Go Nutrition website.
Don’t forget to use a Go Nutrition discount code to save yourself some cash.
Until next time… hhuuuuuuhhhh.
Sorry about that, it’s still lingering.