Protein Works Raze Pre Workout Review

Review of: Raze Pre Workout
Price:
£0.99

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Rating:
3
On August 13, 2014
Last modified:August 13, 2014

Summary:

An excellent list of ingredients let down by taste and a hit-and-miss effectiveness. Worth a punt if you're looking for something new, and manage to get it for just £0.99 a serving.

Raze is a pre workout from The Protein Works. Whilst im not the biggest user of pre workouts, they are useful, provided that you have your diet and training in check.

A good pre-workout supplement can help you feel more energised in your workouts, can prevent muscle catabolism and can enhance your pump. All of this contributes to a better workout, and more gains.

So how did I find The Protein Works ‘Raze’ Pre Workout? Find out in this Raze Review!

Raze Pre Workout Overview

Raze Pre Workout The Protein WorksSince the Body Power Expo earlier this year, i’ve been able to sample a huge amount of pre-workout supplements. I’ll be covering many of them in the supplement reviews here on the site.

Along with sampling these pre-workouts, i’ve also been doing a fair bit of research into what ingredients make a good pre-workout.

Now on paper Raze by The Protein Works hits the box in terms of ingredients. Here is a full run down of what it contains.

The Protein Works Raze Ingredients

A 25g serving provides the following:
iBCAA (5g)
CREAPURE® (4g)
AAKG (3g)
CITRULINE MALATE (2.5g)
BETA ALANINE (1.7g)
TAURINE (1.5g)
L TYROSINE (1.5g)
L CARNITINE (1g)
GLUCORONALTONE (500mg)
CAFFEINE POWDER (220mg)
VITAMIN B6 (20mg)
100% DEXTROSE
SUCROLOSE®
NATURAL ORANGE FLAVOUR
CITRIC ACID ANHYDROUS: E330
BETA CARATONE (NATURAL COLOUR)

Ingredients Break Down

  • Arginine Alpha-Ketogluarate (AAKG) – Helps increase blood flow and muscular pump. Along with transporting nutrients such as iBCAA to the muscles.
  • Beta Alanine – Helps delay onset of muscular fatigue, and improve exercise performance and power output.
  • Creapure® – Purest micronized creatine monohydrate available can help improve strength, power and size.
  • Vitamin B6 – Essential for turning carbohydrates, protein and fat into energy, and for the proper functioning of the nervous and immune system.
  • L-Tyrosine – A pre-cursor to adrenaline, can help maintain concentration and focus during high intensity workouts.
  • Caffeine – Known to improve concentration and focus, and boost energy levels and mood.
  • iBCAA – Shown to aid protein synthesis, promotes recovery & lean muscle mass. We used premium grade instantised material for easier mixing.
  • Citruline Malate – Helps improve overall improvement in aerobic performance and a reduction in fatigue during intense training.
  • Taurine – Plays an important role in protein synthesis, cell hydration and cardiac function.
  • Glucoronaltone – Shown to boost energy levels, increase alertness & reaction times. Aids performance & mood when taken with Taurine and caffeine.
  • Dextrose – Added for it’s high GI (Gylcemic Index) value, to provide instant energy and to aid the uptake of other nutrients.

The Good

Before I go into the ingredients of Raze in any detail, I want to point out how useful it is to know the quantities of each ingredient.

Many companies will list their pre workout ingredients, but not tell you the dosage or quantity of each ingredient. Think of this as trying to pull a bird with a blindfold on. You have no freaking idea what you’re in for.

Not only does The Protein Works give a breakdown of each ingredients quantity in Raze, it does so in all of its products. It’s one of the reasons I would recommend The Protein Works to my friends, and it’s why I chose to feature Protein Works Discount Codes here on the site. Behind MyProtein they’re my go to company.

In fact in many ways, Protein Works seems to be edging the way with its constant innovations of calorie free zero syrups, and protein flavours. But im deviating from this Raze Pre Workout Review here.

On paper we have an excellent ingredient list. AAKG and Citruline malate are both pump enhancers. BCAA is a staple supplement for anyone who works out with intensity.

Beta Alanaine and Taurine are 2 common ingredients in pre-workouts, and both are fantastic. Beta alanine has been shown to improve muscular endurance, along with improving performance through moderate to intense cardio activity such as sprinting. Taurine has many benefits which you can read about here: What Is Taurine?

It also contains L canitine, an amino acid believed to aid in fat loss and prevent muscle catabolism, along with 220mg caffeine. Just enough to get you livened up for an intense workout.

On paper, the ingredients list is almost perfect.

The Bad

For me, the only draw back to this ingredient list is the inclusion of creatine monohydrate. Despite an excellent list of otherwise ingredients, the inclusion of creapure here is almost a filler product in this supplement.

It doesn’t ‘lessen’ the product by any means, but creatine is so cheap, its almost irrelevant to add as part of the stack, especially when they are showing how much % of each you’re getting.

When im creating a home made pre workout, I do include creatine in that. If creatine wasn’t included in this product, then I would also take it separately.

So I can see why they’ve included it. It is a must use supplement, however it almost seems like filler given how cheaply you can get it for.

Raze Pre Workout Side Effects

Raze Pre Workout Taste – Apple Spike

This is where things become a little bit sour (pun intended related to the Apple Spike Flavour I tried).

No matter how much water I use, I just cant get this thing to taste pleasant.

It’s recommended to take 25g with 200mls or so of water. I did that and it didn’t taste nice. I’ve also took it with over double that amount, and again, it didn’t taste nice. It tasted far more diluted, but still left a bitter after taste.

Some pre workouts really nail the taste. Unfortunately the Protein Works dropped the ball with the taste of their Raze pre workout supplement.

Mixability

This thing mixes fine. No matter how much water you use, it dissolve almost instantly and mixes very well.

Effectiveness

This is where things get a bit more complicated.

In my video review, I speak about how I felt little positive effect from Raze. I didn’t feel like I had any more of a pump than normal. I was not looking any more vascular than normal.

My initial thoughts were meh. On paper this is almost perfect. However in practice, I just felt like… meh!

I’ve since used it a bit more, and have to say the first time I took it must have been a ‘bad experience’. Each use since then, I have felt more energised and lively in my workouts. Nothing extraordinary by any means. However I can definitely feel i’ve taken something, as opposed to not.

Which makes me puzzled as to why the first time it didn’t effect me. This has also given me a negative outlook when thinking about the product.

Raze Pre Workout Dose

7 Scoops!?!

You read that right.. 7 scoops.

Ever heard of that age ol’ bodybuilding joke “how many scoops does it take to make a pre-workout’. No? Me neither.

However it takes 7 scoops to equal 1 dosage of Raze from The Protein Works.

Why the hell they just didn’t make their scoops bigger I do not know. But yea, 7 scoops. Seems a bit silly to me, and shows you perhaps the creatine is filler, when over pre workouts, using the same scoop size, require just 1 scoop.

Come Down?

Fortunately, Raze excels in this front. I didn’t feel any adverse side effects. No tingling. No flush. No sickly feeling.

As such, I didn’t experience a crash or come down later in the day. For anyone who is sensitive to pre-workouts and feel like they’re bouncing off the wall, then perhaps Raze could be the best solution for you.

Value

A 100gram bag of this will set you back £10.49. Baring in mind 1 serving size is 25 grams, that means you’re paying £2.62 per serving. This is quite pricey in comparison to the other pre workouts I’ve been trying.

If however you buy the 1kg for £39.99, it makes each serving just £0.99. That’s more like it. For £0.99 i would recommend this. However for £2.62, i’d outright say no no no!

It’s  a shame you have to splash out £40 in one go to get this for a good price point. Fortunately, a visit to The Protein Works Discount Code page here on Cheap Protein Discount Codes will let you save big on Raze Pre Workout.

The Protein Works Pre Workout Raze

The Verdict On Raze Pre Workout

In my video review I state that i wouldn’t recommend anyone buying it. This was taking the price point, taste and effectiveness from my first usage into consideration.

After a few more goes with it, would I recommend it? My answer would be to ‘try it’ but only at your own choice.

Im not going to say you need to try Raze. If however you’re prone to pre workout side affects, have never tried a pre workout, or are looking to try something new, then by all means go ahead and try this.

On paper, the ingredients list is absolutely spot on. You can’t really ask for much better.

The taste, for me, wasn’t very nice at all.

Value ranges. If you’re buying a 100g bag, then you’re being ripped off in my opinion. If you’re buying the 1kg bag, then each serving comes to just £0.99. That is exceptional value for money. h

Im not here to tell you what to do. Im not you wife damn it! However if you’ve read this, then feel free to try it out. I’d be interested to hear what you thought of it. I’d personally like to try the orange flavour out to see how it compares to the apple.

The Good

  • Excellent Ingredient List
  • Quantities of Each Ingredient Included
  • No Crash or Come Down
  • No adverse Side Effects

The Bad

  • No ‘Instant’ Kick In
  • Ridiculous Scoop Size
  • Can Be Expensive Depending upon Quantity Ordered
  • Taste
  • Hit & Miss Effectiveness

Buy Raze Preworkout From The Protein Works

You can order Raze from The Protein Works here, where it is available in bags ranging from 100 grams to 1kg.

By itself, the smaller bag sizes are quite expensive. However a visit to The Protein Works Discount Code page means you can save a bit of cash if you decide to try it.

Raze Pre Workout The Protein Works

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Foster is an aspiring bodybuilder, and has been training since a teenager. As the founder of the website & youtube channel 'Shreddybrek' he shares his experiences and knowledge via informative videos and articles. Get in touch if you have any questions!

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