MuscleTech #Shatter SX-7 – Quite a Unique Pre Workout

MuscleTech #Shatter SX-7

Can the ingredient blend make up for the hash tag and the high price?

MuscleTech’s cutting-edge SX-7 line has quite a few interesting supplements, bringing a natural / herbal edge to supplementation from a company that traditionally hasn’t gone that route before.

MuscleTech #Shatter SX-7 is a special pre-workout supplement designed to help “shatter plateaus” and reach fitness goals. This is a stimulant-based formula with several unique ingredients, without overdoing it, and some good reviews and research to back it up. Let’s get focused, and check it out.

This product is typically only at GNC, but keep an eye out with price drop notifications below, as it seems to be making its way to Amazon too:

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A hash tag? Seriously?

First, let us just come out and say it: This product earns negative points right out the gate for putting a hash tag in front of the name.

This is one of those things that everyone will be laughing at ten years from now… but we’re already laughing today.

So can the ingredient blend make up for this marketing faux pas?

The Formula Basics

When looking at the ingredient blend, the general gist is that MuscleTech is attempting to bring users more energy to both their muscle cells and their workouts in general, without relying on stimulants outside of caffeine.

Open Formula, Points Awarded Back

Thankfully, we know exactly what’s inside, thanks to a non-proprietary formula. Everything is listed!

Every serving has 160mg caffeine, so this will probably be about a 1.5 scoop product, on average.

We’re big fans of open formulas, and for that reason, we will no longer tease the hash tag. Open formula + hash tag > Proprietary formula with no hash tag.

Now on to the details:

The #Shatter SX-7 Ingredients

The first selling point from #Shatter is significant strength gains.

  • Peak ATP: 200mg

    MuscleTech Shatter SX-7 Ingredients

    An open ingredient label – such a beautiful thing

    Because of Peak ATP as one of the ingredients, #Shatter claims that users can see gains of up to 147% in muscle strength. ATP is Adenosine Triphosphate, the body’s main source of cell energy, released from the nervous system during intense work periods. Peak ATP is a bioavailable form of ATP, created for supplementation.[1]

    In short, it is like a complete fuel source for the body, and increases the muscles ability to contract with less fatigue.[2]

    One of ATP’s other strengths is the ability it offers to delay fatigue during a workout, and even increases blood flow after the workouts to fuel the muscles. One of the downsides is that MuscleTech’s #Shatter contains only 200mg of Peak ATP, which is only half of the dose used in the studies which back the claims of this supplement. This means that two servings will be enough to get the most out of this supplement.

  • Beta alanine and caffeine

    #Shatter also contains Beta-Alanine and caffeine, which are pretty standard. For those sensitive to stimulants, this is a pre-workout to avoid.

    As far as beta alanine goes, it is a very popular ingredient in supplements for strength trainers and athletes alike, and has been proven to enhance muscular endurance and reduce fatigue.[3]

    Beta alanine is know to provide that tingling effect, which many users like but some do not. It is not shown to be toxic.

    Most studies show 3.2g beta alanine per day to be the best. However, this product contains 1.2g, so even at two scoops, you’re falling potentially short.

    Studies on caffeine and athletes have proven to show increase in physical strength, physical energy, mental focus, (obviously) and reduce in fatigue as well. With #Shatter, Caffeine and BA amounts also aren’t as high as other pre-workout supplements, so again, sometimes two servings will be needed depending on tolerance.

    Shatter SX-7

    Is MuscleTech back to their old ways? Not a single source cited on their page…

  • The unique herbal ingredients:

    As we have seen with some of the other SX-7 products, MuscleTech has been introducing some herbs and other natural ingredients to spice things up. Although this is a “new wave approach” in a sense, it is effective and sometimes preferred by supplement users.

    #Shatter uses nutmeg, holy basil, grains of paradise, and a type of seaweed called ecklonia cava. Below is a quick look at what role these ingredients will play in #Shatter.

    • Nutmeg

      Nutmeg, though not proven, is in theory supposed to aid the digestion of fats. Nutmeg, being capable of being a hallucinogen, can alter hormones.The hypothesis was, with a sufficient level of nutmeg supplementation, a state of lipolysis would be reached with a change of hormones. However, this still remains a theory. It is not proven.[4]

    • Holy basil (for ursolic acid)

      Holy basil is a popular herb which contains the compound ursolic acid. Ursolic acid is able to enhance muscle protein synthesis (MPS). MPS is, in short, is the muscle’s growth, repair, and response activity to bodybuilding. With holy basil’s Ursolic Acid, we can expect harder muscles, and possibly shorter recovery time.

    • Grains of Paradise

      #Shatter also contains Grains of Paradise, an African spice whose seeds are known to have a variety of weight loss compounds and abilities. Some studies have been done on animals with Grains of Paradise, and have proven an increase of libido and a significant boost of testosterone, but no studies have been done on humans.

    • Ecklonia Cava

      The final ingredient used in #Shatter SX-7 is a form of seaweed called Ecklonia Cava. The first benefit from seaweed itself is that it’s a powerhouse of nutrients, an anti-inflammatory and it’s full of antioxidants.

      But introducing Ecklonia Cava to #Shatter was due to its ability to increase muscular endurance.[5]

The Scoop and the Dosage

With BA and caffeine, and introducing Peak ATP, #Shatter has some serious potential to be a great pre-workout supplement. There’s only one scoop in a serving, but even MuscleTech recommends using two servings to start, and assess tolerance from there.

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The issue is the cost

The issue with that strategy, however, is the high cost. Currently, using two scoops would hit you for nearly $3.00 per workout, and that just seems a bit over the top considering what you’re getting here. Money better spent on protein and quality food, in our opinions.

But if cost isn’t an issue here, then #Shatter has the capability of knocking down workout plateaus with it’s arsenal of cutting-edge ingredients, yet not too much caffeine.

Reviews are going VERY well

The thing is, if you look for reviews, you’ll see a lot of people loving this. The energy is on par, and it’s a very well-performing creatine-free formula.

Biggest issue, however, is the taste. This is not uncommon when you add all the herbal ingredients, so you can live and die by that sword.

Overall, we’re positive, but want to wait for the price to go on special.

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References

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25368646
  2. http://www.jissn.com/content/9/1/48l
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21659893
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9521577
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20190354
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