Today I’ll be reviewing the Vega Pre-Workout in the flavour lemon lime. Find it here or in store at most Whole Foods or GNC locations.
Also, although this review will focus on the pre-workout listed above, in order for you to get the most out of it, I will also be comparing it to the Vega Endurance Gel in the orange zest flavour (find it here). This way, you will see the benefits of this product, with the comparison of another product on the market, from the same company.
So, the taste is sort of up in the air for me. No, it’s not the best thing I’ve ever drank, and it’s not the worst. If you mix the right amount of water, and mix well (I use a protein bottle to shake it together and would recommend others do the same), then it is absolutely more than bearable, and I even find, after a while, I’ve come to like it. But yes, it will take some getting used to.
Now, all that being said, before I ever tried this pre-workout in lemon lime, I bought several samples of the Endurance Gel in orange zest, and let me tell you, it made the lemon lime pre workout taste like a tropical dream. The endurance gel, taken by itself without any mixing required, tastes, in my very personal opinion, absolutely horrible. I’m talking full on gag reflexes kicking in. The combination of orange and dates (the first ingredient) was just completely wrong. After this trial, it’s a miracle I ever tried another Vega product again. But I’m definitely glad I did.
I’m fully aware that this performance part is likely the most important component of the review. Knowing that, I’m happy to report the noticeable difference this pre-workout makes. Not only will it help push you to go workout** (you take it 20 minutes before the workout), but while you’re there, it will likely push you to go harder than you would otherwise. I notice a significant difference when I do or don’t take this pre-workout, especially when I’m feeling extra-sluggish beforehand (we all have those days).
** Even though it does help push me go workout, I would never recommend it exclusively for this purpose, because if you don’t want to go to the gym before you take it, it’s no miracle. When I say it helps push me, it’s always after I’ve made the decision that I will be going. If you’re only hopeful of a workout, this will likely go wasted when it doesn’t push you to go to the gym and it ends up pointlessly sitting in your system.
When comparing it to the endurance gel, I’d say that both work especially well for what they are marketed to do. This, as a pre-workout, starts working immediately to give me energy and help push me to work out, where as with the endurance gel, I didn’t notice an immediate effect the same way. Though it did help push me through extra-long workouts.
So, depending on where you buy this, I’ve found the tub can range from about $40 to $60.
I workout anywhere from 2 days a week on a bad week, to 5 days a week on a good week, and the first tub lasted me about three months (there are 30 servings per container). Keep in mind, however, that you don’t need to use this pre-workout every time you work out. If you are already full of energy, you’re probably right to skip it that day and wait for a day when you need the extra push.
The endurance gels are not sold in containers, and can only be purchased 12 at a time for just over $20. So, adding that up, both products are fairly similar in price.
Finally, the reason this pre-workout really sells itself for me is because of a very personal problem I have with eating before hitting the gym. If I eat anywhere within a 2-hour window of any type of cardio, I will almost immediately cramp up. This poses a lot of problems for me, because I also don’t like going to the gym hungry (if I do, I never feel like I get a proper workout in). This pre-workout is literally the solution to my problem. It gives me the energy a small snack before the gym would, if I was able to eat it, and since it’s just a drink, I never feel cramping because of it.
Keeping all this in mind, I’d say the price is fairly reasonable, especially considering the fact that when you buy Vega, you are buying natural, wholesome ingredients.
I hope this helps, and in the end, yes I’d definitely recommend the Vega Pre-workout. I’d love to hear from you about your own experience with this pre-workout or others like it.
(Calories per 18 g scoop: 70 – Sugar per 18 g scoop: 12 g)