Pre-Workouts are a dime a dozen these days. Every supplement company makes them, and it is hard to tell the good from the bad.
Some give you the tingles, others give you the shakes. The decent ones, however, focus on giving you energy while reducing the unpleasant side effects that so many brands suffer from.
Where does the MuscleTech SX-7 line fall? It works, but how well? How does it stack up in a crowded market?
First of all, most pre-workout supplements are stimulant based. You should not be surprised to learn that Shatter SX-7 is no different. It has caffeine.
And a lot of it.
300mg to be exact. For comparison, there are roughly 80-100mg of caffeine in a typical cup of coffee. That makes this pre-workout the equivalent of about 3 cups of coffee.
If you are caffeine sensitive, I would start with half a scoop at max to test your tolerance. I usually only take half a scoop simply because I want to restrict caffeine intake, but on the rare day that I am really dragging I go for the full scoop. For someone who gets up at 5am to workout, this helps.
It also has Beta-Alanine which helps increase endurance and energy levels within your muscles during physical activity. Thankfully, it is proportionally added to avoid any tingles and the shakes.
Taurine is included. It is an amino acid that you can find in a lot of foods, but plays a role in various functions of your body. From immune support to hydration and electrolyte balance, and even supporting your central nervous system and eyes, it does a lot. In normal sized doses, it isn’t harmful like you may have heard. Energy drinks are where you usually run into issues with Taurine, and that is mainly because people are drinking 2, 3, 4 of them a day.
Betaine Anhydrous is known in some fitness circles for its impact on hydration, muscle pumps, and protein synthesis. It is included in a lot of pre-workouts, and can increase muscle size and strength.
The rest of the ingredients are a mix of various things that are aimed at increasing energy and focus, but aren’t as well researched.
Quality of the flavor and texture
Overall, SX-7 Pre-Workout is pretty decent, considering the cost. The flavor profile (Icy Rocket Freeze) is pretty good and the beverage mixes pretty well.
SX-7 Shatter comes in a few different flavors: Jujube Candy, Icy Rocket Freeze, Icy Charge, and Miami Spring Break are the ones I see most.
I am not sure who thought that a flavor named, “Miami Spring Break” would be a good idea. Not sure what that is supposed to taste like, but I personally don’t want to try that flavor.
The Icy Rocket Freeze is pretty good, though. It tastes like a better version of light blue Gatorade.
This pre-workout mixes pretty well. Use between 6-8oz of water, and you are pretty much guaranteed to not have any clumps with even light shaking. Best of all is that it seems to stay mixed, and isn’t chalky.
Overall, it goes down pretty smooth. No complaints on texture.
SX-7 will definitely wake you up. I work out really early in the morning and take this stuff to help me shake out whatever sleepies I still have. 5am is not as early as some, but it still requires a bit of help for old folks like me to get going.
NOTE: SX-7 packs quite a punch, but it is, after all, a stimulant. If you are sensitive to caffeine, I would be careful with this stuff. About 20 minutes after you take it, you suddenly get a massive, intensely focused mindset. From then on out, it’s all good. Energy shows up, focus is there, and the gym is yours.
As of June 2021, you can buy this a 20 serving container of SX-7 Shatter from GNC for $44.99 or Amazon for $19.99 with a Prime membership. That works out to roughly $2.24/serving (GNC) or .99/serving (Amazon).
Other places may have differing costs, so shop around. No reason to buy it from one place when you can find it elsewhere for
The cost, as usual with fitness related supplements, can be a bit pricey if you don’t shop around. It would be nice if some outlets didn’t inflate their prices, but I suppose that is life.
As with any caffeine based pre-workout, one issue is that people generally become immune to the caffeine content after using it for awhile. While that isn’t really an issue with the product itself, it is something worth noting.
Otherwise, there really aren’t any major complaints for SX-7 Revolution in my opinion.
Overall, CELLTECH Shatter SX-7 Pre-Workout is a decent, albeit mid line supplement. If you need energy, it will give it to you and taste pretty good while it does. It manages to do so without jitters, but there isn’t too much that is spectacular about the product as a whole. You should not, by any means, avoid it for either of those reasons.
It’s worth a try, and I have used it many times. Go ahead and add it to the pre-workout rotation that you definitely have to avoid the same product all the time, right?
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