We’re incredibly fortunate here at PricePlow to have an extremely tuned in fanbase that regularly engages with us both here on the blog and on our various social media outlets. One of our regular readers (shout-out to Miguel!) told us about this powerful new pre workout he’d been using with great success.
Being the stim fiends and pre workout buffs that we are, our Spidey-sense immediately went crazy and we went digging up any and all info we could find on this potent pre workout.
The product of note was PREVIDE, a transparently dosed, full spectrum pre workout that packs everything you’d expect from a premium pre workout developed by Divided Labs.
The big issue that will rub many of you the wrong way, however, is that it’s a two-scooper, and that means half the perceived value.
We’ve got the breakdown below, but first, take a moment to check the best deal and sign up for PricePlow alerts:
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As stated up top, Previde is indeed 100% open-labeled, and at 2 scoops it’s a true monster of a pre workout, provided you can handle the 350mg caffeine in those two scoops! Given that energy load, Previde will have you up and on top of your game like few pre workouts can.
Note: Doses listed below are based off 2 scoops, which drops you down to 15 servings!!
Strength & Power Matrix
Betaine, a.k.a. Trimethylglycine, is a proven muscle building compound derived from sugar beets. This naturally occurring anabolic ingredient helps boost strength, power, and endurance, while also helping to alleviate muscle soreness.[2,3,4]
Furthermore, betaine has been shown to enhance to body’s natural production of another powerful ergogenic, creatine. Betaine and creatine work in similar fashion, which may help explain Divided Labs decision to only include one of these two proven muscle builders.
Taurine is a conditionally essential amino acid primarily found in the heart, brain, and skeletal muscles of the human body. Given that it’s stored all over the body, it only makes sense that taurine would provide a wide array of benefits.
From a pure performance standpoint, taurine helps improve muscle fullness and endurance in part to its role as a cell volumizer in skeletal muscle. Here, it helps pull in additional water to the working muscles, causing cellular swelling and a little phenomenon we like to call “water-based” pumps.
Since large reserves are also stored in the brain, taurine also improves mental focus and cognition. While the mental boost from taurine is great, it pales in comparison to the brain-boosting power of our next ingredient….
AlphaSize® Alpha GPC (300mg)
Affectionately dubbed the “king of choline,” AlphaSize® Alpha GPC is the preeminent choice of choline supplements these days due to its incredibly high bioavailability compared to all other forms of choline.
A mighty nootropic, Alpha GPC helps increase production of the “learning neurotransmitter” acetylcholine, which helps not only heighten focus and mood, but also improves the “mind-muscle connection.”
Aside from focus, Alpha GPC has gained prominence for several other reasons, including its ability to amplify power output, endurance and post-workout Growth Hormone (GH) level![8,9,10] And, last, but certainly not least, a relatively new study showed that consuming Alpha GPC pre workout significantly improved strength gains when dosed at 600mg.
So to get to that clinical dose, you’d need to add 300mg extra Alpha GPC, which gets pricey, but even at 300mg you should notice marked improvements in overall focus and cognition as well as see a slight increase in power output.
Your ability to sustain a supreme level of performance and strength during a workout is primarily dictated by your body’s ability to regenerate its ATP stores quickly and efficiently. One of the latest ingredients to gain wide popularity in this realm is elevATP®. This patented combination of apple and “ancient peat” (fossilized plants) extracts was developed by FutureCeuticals, and it’s quickly making waves in the industry.
Early studies showed that elevATP® did indeed help increase the “intracellular ATP in blood cells.”[12,13,14] However, not until a recently was elevATP proven to be a true ergogenic.
The latest research on elevATP showed that its supplementation leads to significant gains in strength, power, and performance in trained men. This ingredient is just starting to gain traction in a number of well-known products in the industry, and we are pegging this as an early candidate for “2017’s Breakout Ingredient of the Year!”
This is the ingredient that led to the creation of this post. When we posted about the new elevATP on Facebook, Miguel told us he’d been loving Previde. Here were are — and we can clearly see why!
Pump & Endurance Amplifier
You read that right boys and girls, that’s 6g of pure L-Citrulline not Citrulline Malate, which we would typically want dosed at 6-8g. No, this is indeed a heaping 6g dose of L-Citrulline. Let’s just say it outright, this is one hell of a way to start off a pump component of a formula!
L-Citrulline is an excellent nitric oxide booster primarily due to its improved bioavailability in the body over L-Arginine. This means, bigger, badder, and harder pumps during your workouts.
Additionally, L-Citrulline also supports greater circulation and vasodilation, which leads to more blood and nutrients being transported to your muscles and ultimately allowing them to function at higher outputs for longer bouts. Finally,Citrulline enhances ATP production, largely due to the amino acid’s role in the Krebs Cycle.[17,18,19]
Beta Alanine (3g)
A rare ingredient that is very much both embraced, and despised, by opposing fans for tingle inducing-qualities is the carnosine precursor, Beta Alanine. Following consumption, Beta Alanine binds to histidine in the body and forms carnosine, a mighty intracellular buffer that shuttles away lactic acid in skeletal muscles.
The ability to buffer lactic acid helps mitigate the burning sensation that sometimes sets into muscles during extended working sets. Beta alanine ultimately amplifies endurance, as well as boost time to exhaustion, strength, and power.[21,22,23]
HydroMax® is a high-yield form of glycerol that contains 65% glycerol by mass. This is a considerable step up from Glycerol Monostearate which contains at most 25%, with the rest being composed of saturated fats.
HydroMax® essentially turns your muscle into a super-absorbent sponge that sucks up tons of extra water. This creates a state of “hyperhydration” in the muscle which leads to greater endurance[25,26] and fuels those water-based pumps we first mentioned with Taurine up above.
To be sure you’re getting the most of this ingredient, make extra sure you’re drinking plenty of water when using HydroMax (at least 16 oz of water), otherwise its water-retaining abilities really won’t be maximized!
Agmapure® Agmatine Sulfate (1g)
Last in our pump matrix is the powerful nitric oxide extender Agmatine Sulfate. Among its numerous properties, Agmatine functions first and foremost as an indirect N.O. booster thanks in large part to its ability to inhibit arginase, the enzyme that breaks down Arginine.
Pairing Agmatine alongside our primary nitric oxide booster in PREVIDE, L-Citrulline, creates an amazing 1-2 punch that not only strongly stimulates N.O. production in the body, but keeps it elevated throughout your workout thanks to Agamtine.
Ultimately, this results in significantly stronger, longer-lasting pumps that you won’t get any other way than by using a combination such as this. PREVIDE goes the extra mile by including a full 1g, which is a considerable step above most common pump formulas which only include 250-500mg.
Maximum Energy & Focus
Caffeine Anhydrous (350mg)
Leading off the energy blend of PREVIDE, is none other than the granddaddy of all stimulants, trusty old caffeine. Always sure to give you the drive and energy to get going, PREVIDE will most certainly take care of all your basic energy needs, and then some, with its heaping load of 350mg caffeine / serving (ie 175mg per scoop).
If this is a bit too intense for your preferences, consider starting with a single scoop of PREVIDE since it’s not the only stim that’s contained in this monstrous pre workout.
Showing up in lockstep right behind it’s big brother caffeine, is the younger, smoother sibling Theobromine. Similar in structure to caffeine, theobromine is likewise a CNS stimulant, though not quite as powerful as it’s more well known counterpart.
The one advantage theobromine has over caffeine is that its stimulant kick is much smoother and longer lasting than caffeine, which often can be harsh and induce “the jitters” in some people.
Hordenine is one of the many bioactive alkaloids extracted from Citrus Aurantium (a.k.a. bitter orange). Much like the other alkaloids found in the plant, such as synephrine and octopamine, hordenine functions as a beta-2 adrenergic agonist, which in addition to increasing energy expenditure, also acts as a noradrenaline reuptake modulator.[30,31]
FYI: a “noradarenaline reuptake modulator” is just fancy science language for an ingredient that helps noradrenaline stays active longer in the body, resulting in greater focus, energy, and alertness.
Our next stimulant is quite rare as you won’t find in many products on the market, save for Rich Piana’s 5150 which contains just about every stimulant known to man!
Halostachine is a mild sympathomimetic agent that can function as a partial adrenergic binding agent. Research has demonstrated that halostachine, compared to various other epinephrine-like compounds, is roughly 19% as effective as epinephrine in activating the beta-2 receptor.
While this is certainly beneficial, halostachine is much more effective as an alpha receptor agonist which increases body temperature and provides some mild vasoconstriction.
Higenamine, a.k.a. Norcoclaurine, is extracted from the Nandia plant and has a long history of use in Traditional Medicine as an anti-asthmatic. Modern day applications of the alkaloid have seen it used time and again as a suitable replacement for the now banned ephedrine in all sorts of pre workouts and fat burners.
Similar to ephedrine, Higenamine also functions is a beta receptor agonist, which increases production of noradrenaline. This release of noradrenaline sets off a chain reaction in the body that stimulates the “fight or flight” response, culminating with greater concentration, heightened focus, and the body’s cultivation of stored fats for use as energy.
There’s really nothing bad to say about this choice of ingredients. The question is, between 1.5 to 2 scoops, you’re looking at 15-20 workouts or so. Is that going to be worth the prices we’re seeing?
Would it have just been better to go with 30 full servings and charge more? Unfortunately, we’re kind of stuck in limbo between “solid product” and “two scooper that won’t last a month”.
As an up and coming supplement, PREVIDE so far only has two flavors: Orange Mango and Blue Raspberry. Should this get the rave reviews we anticipate, based on the outstanding formula, we could easily see this getting additional flavors in the not too distant future.
We’ve been inundated as of late with loads of top pre workout formulas here on the blog. PREVIDE is just the latest example of a product category that seems to be getting better and better as time goes on, but it does come with the one caveat in that it’s likely not going to last you even a month, whereas many of the competitors will.
Pre workouts used to be dominated by stim-and-crack “super concentrate” formulas that packed in a ton of stims into a small concentrated scoop. Now, the pendulum has swung in the complete opposite direction, where nearly every product we encounter lately seems to be another comprehensive, all-inclusive type product.
All we can say is, that we’re big fans of this shift and hope it continues for the foreseeable future! Now all that remains is for us to get our hands on some PREVIDE and see how it stacks up to the rest of the top contenders we have for Best Pre Workout!
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