EQ Nutrition Pre-workout+ Review

EQ Nutrition sent me two sample sachets of their pink lemonade pre-workout+ to review.

 

Ingredients

Pink Lemonade Flavour
Dextrose Monohydrate, Creatine Monohydrate, Citrulline, Malate, Arginine AKG, Maltodextrin, Beta-Alanine, Taurine, Acetyl L-Tyrosine, Inulin, Flavour, Citric Acid, Caffeine, Fructo Oligosaccharides, Colour (Beetroot Red), Sweetener (Sucralose).

 

Nutritional Information

Nutritional Information Typical Values Per Serving (20g) Pink Lemonade Flavour
Per Serving (20g)
Orange Flavour
Energy (kj)
Energy (kcal)
Fats (g)
 of which saturates (g)
Carbohydrate (g)
 of which sugars (g)
Protein dry basis (g)
Salt (g)
Active ingredients
Arginine AKG (mg)
Citrulline Malate (mg)
Beta-alanine (mg)
Taurine (mg)
L-tyrosine (mg)
Creatine Monohydrate (mg)
Caffeine (mg)
334
79
0
0
8.3
4.2
11.3
0
2000
2000
1600
1500
1000
3188
250
334
79
0
0
8.4
3.5
11.3
0
2000
2000
1600
1500
1000
3188
250

Price

This pre-workout is £34.99 for 500g and the 20g sachets are £2.99. I initially thought that this was quite expensive but I calculated that it is actually the same price per serving as my normal pre-workout and about the average price for this type of supplement. I would also be willing to pay more as it is informed sports tested for banned substances which is perfect for me as a competitive powerlifter. 

 

Review

Mix-ability and Taste

When I first opened the sachet and sniffed it, I wasn’t sure what to expect as there was no real ‘smell’ so to speak. The pre-workout mixed very well and there were no grainy gross bits at the bottom of my shaker which I have experienced with other pre-workouts. The pink lemonade flavour was very pleasant and sort of tasted like that posh lemonade that you get in expensive restaurants haha! I have to admit that it tasted far nicer than most pre-workouts that I have tried previously.

 

Results

As specified on the packet, I took the pre-workout 30 minutes before my session which was the last in my cycle and not an easy one at that! I didn’t feel any tingling sensation from the beta-alanine but I did feel more up for my session and alert. In my session, I managed to equal my all time squat PB of 82.5kg at a bodyweight of 46.7kg which is the most I have lifted after my injury. I also managed 4 sets of 5@70kg squats. I think that the pre-workout did help and I did not experience any crash after my session which has happened previously.

 

I plan to try the second of the two sachets after a week off taking any pre-workout supplement.


The EQ Nutrition Pre-workout+ is available to buy from their website here.

How can I start powerlifting?

This is a question that I get asked numerous times. It’s a common misbelief that you have to be a certain level or standard to compete, but this is not the case! Anyone can enter a powerlifting meet once they have gained the right membership and a point that I like to emphasise, is that the powerlifting community is SO supportive. Compared to other sports which can have quite a unpleasant competitiveness about them (athletics springs to mind), powerlifting is made up of friendly and encouraging people who want to see you achieve your best, not put you down!girls

In the UK, there are several powerlifting federations – some that drug test their athletes and others that don’t. This link below outlines the differences between them. I compete in the Great British Powerlifting Federation (GBPF) who are affiliated to the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) and drug test their athletes in accordance to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). You can compete in any federation you want to, but for this post I will be focusing on the GBPF as it is the federation I compete in, it is a drug-free federation and arguably one of the most competitive federations.

I would recommend finding a powerlifting club near you if at all possible as although powerlifting is simply – squat, bench and deadlift, there are rules and commands which you need to follow for the lift to be allowed. For example, on the squat the hip joint must be lower than your knee so no half squatting allowed! 😉 A club will be able to help you tweak your lifts and prepare you for a future meet. This link provides a list of all clubs which are affiliated with the English Powerlifting Association (EPA) but other places to train can be found with the help of other resources, such as Facebook. If you want to start your powerlifting venture on your lonesome, then you can find the IPF rulebook here outlining the rules and commands etc.

So now you’ve found your club, someone to help you or you’ve decided that you want to try powerlifting by yourself, next you need to get your membership to the GBPF. This can be done quite simply here. You can find competitions to enter here but in my opinion, it is better to look at which division you are in here and go on divisional website as they tend to get updated more frequently.

I hope this post has helped someone somewhere but it is the sort of information I wish I had known a few years earlier. I also think that if you want to compete, then the sooner you do it, the better as you get a feel for what it is like. It also allows you to set goals for yourself and personally, it gives me something to strive towards. A word of warning though, once you compete you may get such a massive high that you will just want to do it over and over again! 🙂
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Cinnamon Swirl Protein Waffles

One of my favourite combinations at the moment has to be cinnamon swirl protein and Lotus Biscoff spread. As it’s National Breakfast Week, I thought I’d combine the two to make my one of my favourite breakfasts – waffles!

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Ingredients

Waffle
Topping

Method

  1. Heat waffle iron or oven if using a waffle mould
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients – oat flour, coconut flour, protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder and psyllium husks
  3. Then mix in the wet ingredients – egg white and almond milk 
  4. Pour the mixture into the waffle iron/mould and leave for approximately 8-10 minutes
  5. Once golden brown, remove the waffle from the waffle iron/mould and plate up
  6. Add the banana and the blueberries on top of the waffle
  7. Heat the Lotus spread in the microwave for approximately 20 seconds (800W microwave, adjust accordingly for other power microwaves)
  8. Drizzle the Lotus spread over the waffle

Enjoy! 🙂 

Protein French Toast

I’ve been wanting to try my own protein french toast for a while now but thought it might be a bit risky… No one wants a gross eggy mess now, do they?! Luckily, I bit the bullet and tried it out, and I’m so glad I did. 

frenchtoast

Ingredients

French Toast
Topping

Method

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the egg whites, protein powder, cinnamon and almond milk
  2. Soak the bread in the mixture for approximately 5 minutes on each side – so it expands in size slightly and is nice and goeey
  3. Heat a small amount of coconut oil in a frying pan on medium heat
  4. Cook the bread in the frying pan for approximately 3 minutes on each side, until it is golden  brown
  5. Serve the bread on a plate
  6. Spread over the fruit and peanut butter to serve

Enjoy! 🙂