Thursday, 02 April 2015 00:59

Muscletech Shatter SX-7 Review: A Simple, Yet Effective Pre Workout

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In today’s review I’m going to tell you all about Muscetech’s Shatter pre workout. This is certainly not a women’s specific product - but it is a product that several of my readers have asked me about, so that’s why I decided to submit it as a nominee for the best pre workout for women awards of 2015. In this article I’ll tell you about the workout experience that I had with Shatter SX-7, and if I think it is worth the price tag. So without further ado- here it is: The BPW official 2015 review of Muscetech’s pre workout #Shatter.

 

The first time I heard of Shatter was, surprise surprise, on Instagram. I was browsing the ever-popular pre workout hashtag and saw a great deal of these red and chrome - outfitted bottles. My curiosity officially piqued, I made a mental note to look for this product at my local GNC. The funny thing is- that same day I received an e-mail from a reader asking if I’d ever tried Muscletech’s SX-7, to which I replied “yes of course” but then realized that she was actually referring to an alternative powdered version of the product. I’m a little surprised that Musceletech dubbed this product as an ‘SX-7’ since as you can tell it does create some confusion. If you are unaware- they make a product called Hydroxycut SX-7 that I’ve also reviewed. But this is a totally different product from the SX-7 that I have already reviewed. That was a fat burner. This is a pre workout. And here’s what I think of it:

Muscletech #Shatter Flavor Grade: 9.4

I’ll be honest. I’ve never been a huge fan of Muscletech’s. Most of their business model is based on shiny packaging and in your face, sometimes questionable and deceptive marketing. But hey we’re kind of used to that in this industry by now, right? 

One this I will say for the brand though, is that over the course of their 20+ years of experience making sports supplements- they learned how to make an absolutely fantastic tasting product. And #Shatter is no exception. I actually loved my first flavor so much that I picked up samples of the remaining three samples so that I could give my taste buds the pleasure of having tried all four flavors of the #Shatter pre workout. After the sampling, here are my thoughts on each of the four flavors. So if you’re wondering what’s the best flavor of Muscletech #Shatter? Here are my personal rankings: 

  1. Pink Lemonade: Almost everyone has tried a pink lemonade flavored supplement by now- and truth be told they usually all the taste the same. But there’s just something about how this flavor is represented in #Shatter that really got my taste buds excited. First of all it mixes a beautiful shade of pink, and that only adds to the experience. As you know- Im ALL about the total package. The taste has just enough authentic lemony-ness that you feel like you’re actually sipping lemonade. Icy Pink Lemonade was easily my favorite flavor of Shatter.
  2. Fruit Punch Blast: “How does pink lemonade and fruit punch make up your top two best flavors?!” you ask, dismayed. Just trust me, is my response. The fruit punch might not seem like the most imaginative flavor profile on the menu- but it really is quite good. If I had to describe the sensation of the taste, it would have to be that of a tropical fruit punch. There are notes of pineapple, cherry, and a hint of citrus that does a fine job of balancing sweet and sour. I’m a big fan of this flavor, and it made choosing between this and the pink lemonade a difficult decision. 
  3. Blue Raspberry Explosion: The distance between this flavor and fruit punch is very extensive. Whereas my top two favorite flavors of #Shatter were incredibly drinkable and delicious- I was not as enamored with the blue raspberry or watermelon flavors. The blue raspberry was strangely chalky-er than the others, and of course turns your mouth entirely blue. I wouldn’t get this flavor if you’re thinking of buying Shatter.
  4. Watermelon Fusion: My least favorite flavor of #Shatter was certainly the watermelon. I just think this flavor has been beaten to death by the supplement companies these days- and they’re really all starting to taste the same to me at this point. This representation is like all the rest. It tastes like old stale, sticky watermelon Jolly Ranchers. No thanks.

So that’s what I think of the four flavors of #Shatter- there are some good options for sure, and some of them are (much) better than the others. All four mix very well, and are drinkable- it’s just a matter of picking the right one for your palette. For me, that was the pink lemonade and fruit punch. Ok. So moving on from taste, let’s talk a little bit about if this product actually works!

Muscletech #Shatter SX-7 Performance Grade: 8.8

I liked how this pre workout made me feel. I can’t summarize it much more concisely than that! How exactly did I feel? Well, I felt fabulously energized, and surprisingly strong. I took my dosage of Shatter this morning after oversleeping, and feeling sort of run-down in general. The first two days of the week were particularly aggressive in terms of my effort levels in the gym, and I think Wednesday morning was my body telling me that I didn’t have another productive double workout day in me. So what did I do? Prepared to workout, of course. I took a scoop and a half of pink lemonade flavored Shatter, and started preparing for an arm day. Because why not. I figured if I’m going to get just one workout in today- why not make it a bicep day. I slurped down my delicious pre workout, and got into the gym. The workout consisted of my infamous chin-up ladder: A reverse pyramid starting at 10 reps, woking down to 1. The kicker is that after you complete your reps, you hang on the bar 30 seconds. It’s a fantastic workout and my ‘go-to’ anytime I find myself wandering around the gym without purpose. I highly recommend giving it a try next time you’re feeling lethargic in the gym. For the duration I felt like I had superhuman energy- and I think #Shatter absolutely contributed to this great feeling. I didn’t notice a particular ‘pump’ element to the pre workout, but my strength was on-point. I followed up my chin-up ladder with a few drop sets of DB curls just because I still had some energy to burn. This product performed very nicely for me. Let’s take a look at the supplement facts and see if we can determine exactly what’s in here that provides the benefits.

Muscletech #Shatter Ingredients and Formula Grade: 8.4

  1. Peak ATP
  2. Beta Alanine
  3. Caffeine

I find it amazing that a product with essentially just three ingredients can provide the superb effects that it does- but that just goes to show you that sometimes simplicity can go a long way in these things. In the ‘kitchen sink’ era- it’s actually sort of refreshing to see a more basic formula.

In true Muscletech fashion, of course the product contains a few token ‘snake oil’ ingredients as I like to call them. What I mean by that is that they always include a few sparsely-dosed ingredients that have complex, crazy sounding names, but that are usually unproven, and included at such low amounts that they wouldn’t do much anyways. Among these such ingredients in #Shatter is Brown Algae Extract, Holy Basil Extract, and, get this, ‘Grains of Paradise’ Extract. I mean, really? It’s almost laughable. The fact that they even put some of those ridiculous things in here is the main reason why I dinged them on the formula grade somewhat.

Muscletech #Shatter SX-7 Packaging Grade: 9.3

I’m giving #Shatter an ‘A’ on packaging because it’s SOO Shinnnyyy. The stuff practically flies off the shelf to your hand. That sort of unconscious response to a package is the type of thing that I love. I didn’t even really know what kind of product it was at first, or what it did, but my eye was instantly attracted to it, and a connection was made on an emotional level. That’s pure genius in package design, folks. The product is red, but a holographic red so that depending on how the light hits it, it can light up with all sorts of funky shades and hues. The Muscletech team also knows how to sell you through written text- and there might not be a better example of this anywhere than on the #Shatter front panel. The benefits are clearly laid out for you right on the front, along with the numbers and statistics of how the product an benefit you. Hats off to this package design team for creating a truly beautiful package.

Review Summary: 

  • Muscletech #Shatter Flavor Grade: 9.4
  • Muscletech #Shatter SX-7 Performance Grade: 8.8
  • Muscletech #Shatter Ingredients and Formula Grade: 8.4
  • Muscletech #Shatter SX-7 Packaging Grade: 9.3
  • Muscletech #Shatter Final Score: 9.2

 

I’m giving the #Shatter pre workout an admirable ‘A’ because it tastes great, and provides a rush of energy that I rarely find. The product has a relatively basic formula, but one that is effective at doing what it is supposed to do- enhance the workout experience by providing energy and strength benefits. I absolutely would recommend giving this product a try. Hope this review of #Shatter pre workout was helpful!

Allie Lewis

Hi, my name is Allie and this blog is my hobby :) I am passionate about being fit and active, so making a blog about my experience with different products that help me stay healthy made sense to me. Please contact me at any time if you would like to guest post or advertise on-site! Thanks for visiting :) 

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