My Truestart Performance Coffee HERO Pre Workout Bar Review

My Truestart Performance Coffee HERO Pre Workout Bar Review First Look:


When you’re about to get involved with a bit of exercise do you prefer to eat something or have a drink?

Normally for me it is always a drink as it is easier on the stomach, especially if I am about to play rugby or do some deadlifts.

However, there is nothing worse then getting to the gym or running on to the field to then start feeling hungry and gradually start to feel weaker.

Especially if you are about to participate in a game such as rugby and you know you cannot get something to eat for at least another 40 minutes.

That can really play on your mind, and performance is mental as well as physical.

So what’s the option?

Well, you can very accurately time your food intake and which energy sources to consume before you get involved in sport or exercise, but this isn’t always possible, or at least, not easily and conveniently.

Therefore, wouldn’t it be amazing if we could grab a quick bite that can provide energy and help us sustain whatever sport you love.

This is what TRUESTART coffee HERO bars are attempting to do.

This is a flapjack with added caffeine, protein for muscle recovery and beet for increased nitric oxide.

They must be on to a winner…


Ingredients:

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Caffeine – It stimulates the central nervous system (CNS), heart, muscles, and the centers that control blood pressure to give you an extra boost and hit that PB.

Caffeine Anhydrous is the purest form of caffeine so always look out for it.

This is found in 4 Gauge which is the best pre-workout.

It is also found in Instant Knockout which is the best fat burner available at present.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-979-caffeine.aspx?activeingredientid=979

Protein – Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a “macronutrient,” meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it.

http://www.webmd.com/men/features/benefits-protein

Beta Vulgaris (Beet) –  Beet can also increase nitric oxide in the body.

This chemical can dialate blood vessels and was popular with athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

This is also found in 4 Gauge which is rated as the best pre workout, however, it is not commonly found in many others.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-306-beet.aspx?activeingredientid=306&activeingredientname=beet

Salt (sodium) – An essential mineral; its consumption is critical to our health. However, Americans plus a lot of Western countries do consume double the recommended daily intake.

Excess sodium may not raise blood pressure, but it is associated with other health issues, such as kidney damage and an increased risk of cognitive decline.

https://examine.com/nutrition/awful-nutrition-myths/


Dose:

Well this is slightly different to the many pre workout drinks or gels we come across.

The breakdown of ingredients really comes down to 5099mg

That is pretty low and the majority of that is protein.


Benefits & Effects:

This does not offer many ingredients, but those that are included are good.

We are looking at:

  • Sodium – Replaces essential lost salts through perspiration
  • Caffeine – Stimulates the central nervous system
  • Beet – Increases nitric oxide which dilates blood vessels
  • Protein – Helps muscle recovery and growth

So, while there may not be many, they are certainly useful.

These ingredients feature in some of the best pre workout supplements available on the market.

This offers a quick way to fuel before sport and provide that added boost for energy and replacing lost salts to aid performance, notwithstanding muscle recovery.


How Did It Feel?

It was tasty and not too heavy so that I couldn’t digest it properly.

However, the benefits of caffeine weren’t really felt.


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Negatives:

So, with that number, albeit small, of effective and beneficial ingredients, what could possibly go wrong?

Well, the doses for each one is very small.

Especially when you consider all we have here is 95mg of Caffeine plus just 5g of protein.

The stronger, more beneficial pre workout supplements will have in excess of 200mg of caffeine, and that makes a difference.

Plus we do not know how much beet is included which is a shame.

So, when you combine a low number of ingredients with a low dose you get a low effect.

I didn’t feel like I had much energy to do anything extra.

I did not feel like I could push myself any further than if I had not taken anything, and physically, I probably would have felt more benefit by having an espresso prior to training.

While I enjoy and like the convenience that is offered by this small flapjack, there is little point if it does not offer any performance benefit.


My Truestart Performance Coffee HERO Pre Workout Bar Review Conclusion:

My favorite part about this supplement is the convenience factor, I also like that it offers a method of getting a hit of vitamins and minerals without the need to drink loads of fluid which can create stomach discomfort.

You could potentially have a load of these in your locker, car or gym bag just before you hit the field and hopefully get that surge of energy to get you through the game.

Yet, apart from the convenience factor, it does not capitalize on it very well.

That is because it lacks lots of effect and beneficial ingredients that could have made this a worthwhile supplement.

However, the overall dose is low, the number of ingredients is low and this does not materialize as any performance benefit.

It also omits many proven ingredients that are present in many of the best pre workout supplements.

This was absolutely clear when I tested it for my gym session I felt no effects at all. Absolutely nothing except not feeling hungry.

So, while I would not say this terrible and certainly worth as a quick snack before doing laps or squats, it doesn’t really replace a good, strong pre workout.

If this could somehow include the additional ingredients listed below, we would be on to something special.

  • Coconut water
  • Theanine
  • Rhodiola
  • Beet
  • Carnitine
  • Citrulline
  • Creatine
  • B vitamins
  • 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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