Axe & SLedge -Seventh Gear
Beta Alanine – 3.2g is bang on the money since 3.2g is the research backed dose shown to delay the onset of lactic acid build up which improves muscular performance. Research has shown users are able to get an additional 1-2 reps on average in the 8-15 rep range.
Betaine Anhydrous – Also known as trimethylglycine (TMG), is a modified version of the amino acid glycine which is shown to significantly reduce homocysteine levels (key factor in heart disease) although the research suggests 3g, 2g will still be of great benefit. It has also been shown to improve power output with the potential to improve body composition when 2.5g/day is consumed.
Magnesium Creatine Chelate – This is a form of creatine with added magnesium chelate, this additional is supposed to increase absorption and buffering hence is claimed to be a superior form to standard monohydrate, although research comparing the 2 forms indicate the same results. With the inclusion of patented MagnaPower you are ensured the highest quality though which is a bonus. Usual strength and power benefits are to be expected.
Caffeine – It increases energy, gym performance, reduces fatigue whilst improving focus. 300mg is a good amount of caffeine, it is on par with most stim containing preworkout which are around 250-300mg, this gives you a nice sustained energy release which is subtle but noticeable without the crash.
Choline Bitartrate Reports to have cognitive and stimulatory benefits as well as liver detox benefits. 250mg is an average dose for general health benefits although more research is needed to support the performance and cognitive benefits. Many other preworkouts such as Atomic Bomb include more (500mg+).
Alpha GPC – There are some serious potential benefits to this including increased power output, growth hormone release from lifting and therefore improve muscle building and fat loss potential as well the the obvious cognitive effects most experience. Preworkouts with Alpha GPC tend be dosed in the 150-300mg range so 200mg you would think is a fair dosage although the minimal research studies we have suggests larger doses are required (600+mg).
Infinergy -dicaffeine malate can increase focus, energy, and metabolism while decreasing perceived fatigue. However, dicaffeine malate offers a unique advantage in that the malic acid supposedly calms the digestive distress commonly caused by other forms of caffeine. This is a stim ingredient i am a great fan of!
N-Methyltyramine HCL – This ingredient seems to be used by many to replace DMAA since it was banned in hope of finding an alternative stimulant to aid energy, focus, drive and sense of urgency whilst also increasing thermogenisis potentially aiding fat loss. NMT does appear to be on the WADA banned substance list so if you a tested athlete i’d check with WADA before use!
Teacrine – Similar molecular structure to caffeine with a host of benefits including energy, performance, anti-stress, antioxidant, focus, pain reduction etc. Research has shown benefits in the 100-300mg range. 100mg in Seventh Gear will give numerous benefits and work synergistically with caffeine.
Bioperine – Simply put, this component helps improve nutrient absorption for better overall results with 5mg being the standard dosage in most preworkouts. Any time a bodybuilding supplement has this, it’s a great bonus.
Niacin – Shown in research to improve brain function, vascularity, aid joints, lower LDL and increase HDL. Suggested dosage for men in research is 14mg+ with Seventh Gear including a good dose at 25mg which is more than others like Jawbreaker with just 15mg.
Vit B6 – Important Vitamin to maintain red blood cell ratio, it has also been shown to improve performance as well as other general health benefits.
Vit B12 – popularly known as the energy vitamin but also claims to enhance mood, metabolism, memory, concentration and alertness. This is more important for those which are deficient, usually vegans/vegetarians and the elderly. There is a lack of research to back this as a preworkout aid and the optimal dosages.
Huperzine A – Shown in research to be very effective for cognitive function giving improved focus, drive and memory in the 50-250mcg dosage range. 100mcg definitely gives increased focus in this formula. It is also being researched for potential Alzheimer treatment.
This is advertised as a serious stim preworkout and that is exactly what Axe & Sledge have delivered. I trialed this a few times when I need a big kick after long hours working or lack of sleep and withing 15mins “HOLY F**K” was I wired and able to destroy my sessions. This is not for the faint hearted or anyone stim sensitive, I love my crazy stim preworkouts and this has to be my favourite stim preworkout to date for sheer energy, endurance and focus. I would rate it higher but I love a good pump whilst training and this do not include any ingredients to benefit that, although I know Axe & Sledge have another preworkout which does include them I wouldn’t want to spend money on 2 preworkouts as the expense would be through the roof whilst other preworkouts out there have a good combination of both. For sheer energy you cannot fault this at all! Although with every high their has to be a fall so be prepared for a drop off in energy after a couple hours, although its not a nasty crash like with most!
VALUE FOR MONEY
Prices vary based on supplier and country however on average you will pay £30 for a 30 serving tub, which isn’t bad considering it is a US brand which usually inflates the price quite a lot. £30 is about average for your standard preworkout so the inclusion of patented ingredients and more expense nootropic ingredients makes Seventh Gear good value for money, the only thing which lets it down for me is the lack of pump ingredients and that is why I did not score it higher. For sheer energy & focus this is hard to beat but we know the benefit of blood flow during training so we would have to combine this with a pump based preworkout which would hike the price quite drastically unfortunately.
Taste & Mixability
You have the choice of 2 flavours here (HWMF & Raspbery lemonade) both of which taste decent not the best i’ve had but far from the worst. Not a very strong flavour which is what I prefer but there is no chemical taste and it mixes perfect with no sediment or gritty texture so can’t complain about that. I’m sure Axe & Sledge will bring out a few more flavours which would help appeal to more users although taste is not that important to be to be honest its the effects you want!
Patented Ingredients: Your guaranteed the highest quality with the inclusion of patented ingredients such as TeaCrine, Infinergy, Creatine Magmapower & Bioperine.
Crazy Energy: This is definitely for the stim lovers like myself that love to feel wired and zoned in. Great combination of stims create a great high without the side effects.
Insane focus & clarity: Good combination of nootroptics and cognitive enhancers to give crazy focus and mental clarity. Not the cheapest ingredients so not often saw in preworkouts.
Excellent transparency: You won’t find any label trickery with proprietary blends in this supplement.
Price: Considering Axe & Sledge is a US brand which usually means a heft price tag here in the UK this preworkout still comes in at a very affordable price at £30 for 30 servings and you’ll get a hell of a lot more benefits from this energy wise than any other energy drink at the same price.
Pump Ingredients: Lack of pump ingredients will deter many users but for sheer energy its amazing! Price would increase a lot having to combine with a pump heavy preworkout.
Flavours: Limited to just 2 flavours which wont suit everyone although i’m sure Axe & Sledge will release more.
Crash: The crash was not as big as expected considering the crazy high but none the less I still did have a come down around 2-2.5 hours after training and although I used it at 6pm it still seemed to effect my sleep that night so would not recommend for training later in the day.