Have you ever read something too good to be true? I know I’ve fallen for bogus claims. With all the different supplement companies out there right now promising sick pumps and increased strength it can be hard to find a pre-workout that lives up to the hype. One of the best ways for consumers gauge quality is to read Amazon reviews.
Alpha Gx7 is a popular, well reviewed pre-workout supplement on Amazon. The company who makes it, Natures Apex Labs LLC, claims it to be the “MOST POWERFUL PRE WORKOUT POWDER” and you “EXPERIENCE IMMEDIATE STRENGTH GAINS”. With boasts like these in all caps and a buy one get one deal going on, I couldn’t resist trying.
One of their pitches is how each serving has “1500mg of Citrulline along with Beta-Alanine”. Both these ingredients are used to increase muscular endurance. However, they both fall short of the amounts used in clinical studies (3-6g for Beta-Alanine and 6-9g for Citrulline). Another note is Alpha Gx7 has 250mg of caffeine per serving, which is a fair amount for most pre-workouts. One scoop should be enough to feel the effects.
I was able to order both watermelon and blue raspberry flavors. Taste-wise I felt watermelon was a bit bland. It didn’t make me wince every time I took a sip, but I didn’t look forward to it either. To be fair however I have never been a fan of watermelon flavored anything. Love the fruit on it’s own, but hate things flavored like it.
The raspberry was not too bad, as far as pre-workout tastes go. In fact I’d say it was above average. Occasionally I did have some small clumping if I did not shake it too aggressively. A few more shakes cleared those up no problem.
Although they say it has 250mg of caffeine per serving on the label, to be honest it didn’t feel like it to me, and I would say I fall in the average category as far as caffeine tolerance goes. Over the course of the two bottles I had I would use about a scoop and a half to get that “awake” feeling from the caffeine. Your results could be different depending on your tolerance to caffeine.
I also never felt like I got a bigger “pump” when using Alpha Gx7 compared to other pre-workouts. This is a bit disappointing as all lifters know having a big pump on arm day is one of the most addicting feelings in the gym!
On the positive side my endurance did go up. I felt like I could lift as long as I needed to and didn’t “burn out” after doing some big lifts. This can be huge on those heavy leg days where by the end you have to crawl out of the gym.
On Amazon it lists for $30 for a 30 serving bottle ($1 per scoop according to my resident scientists), which is not a bad deal, especially if you can get a free bottle like I did. Some of the more expensive pre-workouts out there can range from $40 to $50. If you are like me however and have an average tolerance to caffeine, you will need more than one scoop per workout. You’re gonna go through a bottle relatively quick, buy hey if you have a second one for free I guess that’s no problem.
Lets go through their claims:
- MOST POWERFUL PRE WORKOUT POWDER: I didn’t get that feeling at all.
- EXPERIENCE IMMEDIATE STRENGTH GAINS: About the same gains as any other average pre-workout I tried.
- RESEARCHED BACKED INGREDIENTS, WITHOUT THE JUNK: Can’t argue with the science, just that there’s too few of the key ingredients.
- THE BEST TASTING PREWORKOUT: Definitely not the watermelon. The blue raspberry wasn’t too bad though.
Overall it’s not a bad pre-workout, it just falls a bit short on a few things I would want from something rated so highly. If you are caffeine sensitive and want a pre-workout to keep you going, then Alpha Gx7 is the one for you. But if you are looking for big pumps and intense energy, I would look elsewhere.
If you feel like trying it or if a 2 for 1 deal is going on, feel free to click the image below and give it a go.