My Maxi Nutrition FUEL MAX Review // A Pre Workout?

My Maxi Nutrition FUEL MAX Review First Look:


So, due to tendinitis of the groin area, I have not done any deadlifts for a while.

Now it seems to have recovered, not before having a blood sample taken this morning at my doctor’s surgery.

However, with work out of the way and a quick journey home, plus loads of junk I had eaten at work (chocolate fudge cake) I thought I should try and get back in to some deadlifts to build overall strength and muscle.

Not to mention the increased calorie expenditure they would have on my body.

When I reached home I didn’t have anything to eat, but I did have one of these Maxi Nutrition FUEL MAX performance gels to aid my lifts.

I literally jumped right in to my basement gym and hit the lifts.

These gels come ready to drink (suck?) from a sachet, so that means no mixing required, no tubs, no mess and plenty of convenience.

These are really easy to store in your desk at work, gym bag, pocket or car.

I like this aspect about them, I have also tried a few other sachet pre workout gels before and they’ve never really been able to impress…


Ingredients: The Science

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Maltodrextrin – A mixture of glucose, disaccharides and polysaccharides, obtained by the partial hydrolysis of starch.

This is a fast digesting carbohydrate.

http://library.njucm.edu.cn/yaodian/ep/EP501E/16_monographs/18_monographs_l-p/maltodextrin/1542e.pdf

More alarmingly it is also used as a pesticide…

http://sitem.herts.ac.uk/aeru/ppdb/en/Reports/2379.htm

Fructose – Fructose, or fruit sugar, is a simple ketonic monosaccharide found in many plants, where it is often bonded to glucose to form the disaccharide sucrose.

Studies show that Fructose intake is related to obesity and a number of other diseases.

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/86/4/895.full

Dextrose – This is Glucose and provides energy.

https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/formulary/bnf/current/9-nutrition-and-blood/92-fluids-and-electrolytes/922-parenteral-preparations-for-fluid-and-electrolyte-imbalance/9221-electrolytes-and-water/intravenous-glucose/glucose

Sucrose – This is sugar. It is broken down by the body to use as fuel. Too much can have an effect on lipogenesis and increase fat mass.

https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/qa/what-is-sucrose

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3630450/


Dose:

One sachet before your workout.

This would total 25000mg – this is not too bad at all.

In fact it compares well to many of the best pre workout supplements which will offer over 15,000mg.


Pros:

This is essentially a combination of carbohydrates and sugars that can be broken down easily and quickly by the body to use as readily available energy.

Three of these are found in some other pre workout supplements, but not all and are not as common as you may think.

  • Fructose
  • Dextrose
  • Maltodextrin

How Did It Feel?

I didn’t really feel any benefits.

No increased energy, no ability to carry on for longer, no PB’s.


Cons:

This doesn’t offer and ability to stimulate the central nervous system, increase focus, increase alertness or keep fatigue at bay.

These fast acting sugars and carbohydrates can have a negative effect on the metabolic system if too much is consumed and not then used for fuel.

They can start to have an effect on lipogenesis processes and increase fat cell size.


My Maxi Nutrition FUEL MAX Review Conclusion:

This isn’t really a pre workout supplement as such.

Okay, if you’re halfway through your sport and absolutely need a source of quick energy, this will assit.

However, to provide stimulation, focus or make you more alert this is not really going to have an effect on you.

There’s many common and effective ingredients that are found in many other pre workout supplements that this omits, such as:

  • Coconut water
  • Theanine
  • Rhodiola
  • Carnitine
  • B12
  • B6
  • Zinc
  • Caffeine
  • Beet
  • Cittruline
  • Carnitine
  • Tyrosine

There is a better product than this that will get you fired up and cause hell in your chosen sport.

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