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MuscleTech EUPHORiQ Pre-Workout Review

Ashleigh Atkinson, MHK

Caffeine junkies, get ready for a revolution! MuscleTech has unveiled its newest series of cutting-edge products that will take your energy to a new (and improved) level. Through an exclusive partnership with enfinity®, the iQ series features three products, one of which is EuphoriQ™, a pre-workout.

A quick glance at the ingredient list may leave regular caffeine users confused. How are you supposed to make it through long, tough workouts without the well-known stimulant? Don’t worry, EuphoriQ™ includes an ingenious new ingredient to support your energy needs. Don’t hesitate to pick up EuphoriQ™ because of the lack of caffeine; we promise that you won’t even notice it’s missing!

Caffeine, But Better

By far the biggest standout of the iQ series is the exclusive use of paraxanthine from enfinity® as an improved version of caffeine. For a (very) quick science lesson, when caffeine is consumed, it’s metabolized into three different metabolites: paraxanthine, theobromine and theophylline. Of the three, paraxanthine is the most potent and prevalent metabolite; in fact, it’s reported that anywhere between 70 and 84 percent of caffeine is metabolized into paraxanthine. The metabolite is regarded for its positive impacts and lack of negative effects. We love hearing that!

Paraxanthine has a higher potency at the A1 and A2 adrenergic receptors, which regulate cardiovascular, respiratory and CNS functions. This translates to improved blood flow, breathing and mental performance for the user. Additionally, paraxanthine has been found to improve locomotor activation and alertness, as well as to increase dopamine release.

Not only does paraxanthine support these key factors for performance, but we equally love the fact that it comes without many of caffeine’s negative effects. The ingredient provides a smooth increase in energy without a crash later, which is a huge benefit for all users. Users also report fewer unpleasant side effects such as nausea, diarrhea and rapid or irregular heart rate, all of which are common with caffeine. Paraxanthine also produces fewer anxiogenic effects—a huge benefit for anyone who experiences anxiety when using caffeine.

A baseline recommended dose of paraxanthine is 200 milligrams, and EuphoriQ™ contains 300 milligrams per scoop, ensuring you’ll reap all the benefits of this ingenious ingredient. We like to think of this as caffeine, but evolved.

Mental Game Excellence

The pre-workout industry has undergone a shift in the last couple of years to include a wider array of performance-based activities. Athletes and gamers have similar needs when it comes to mental focus, alertness, reaction speed and sustained energy. This expanded target audience has led to improved formulas with the inclusion of nootropics (substances that have positive impacts on mental skills) and ingredients to support mental performance.

Building on paraxanthine, EuphoriQ™ boasts 300 milligrams of AlphaSize, 1.6 grams of nooLVL, 10 micrograms of huperzine A and 100 milligrams of NeuroFactor. Although the impact of these ingredients may be more obvious for the gaming population, they’re also a huge benefit in the gym or on the field. Being able to stay razor focused on each rep will heighten your workout by keeping your intensity up. Additionally, the ability to block out external distractions is a huge bonus for athletes to help avoid errors or sloppy performance—both of which can easily result in injury.

We also love the fact that many of these ingredients are pulling double duty in a pre-workout supp. NooLVL’s ability to improve blood flow directly benefits the brain and the muscles, both of which are hungry for nutrients during a workout. This crossover effect is a tremendous benefit to your overall performance.

Pumped Up

As a fitness-focused magazine, we can’t overlook the physical performance aspect of EuphoriQ™. There are a number of staple pre-workout ingredients in clinically backed doses, including 4 grams of L-citrulline, 3.2 grams of beta-alanine and 2.5 grams of betaine anhydrous. Cohesively, these ingredients work to support a solid pump and muscular endurance through nitric oxide production and delivery, as well as muscular hydration.

Although these amino acids are naturally produced by the body, those who train hard (and consistently) will rapidly drain their stores. Supplementing with these performance-boosting ingredients—especially pre-workout—will ensure your body has what it needs to support each rep.

It’s Time To Step Up Your Pre-workout

MuscleTech’s EuphoriQ™ is available in three flavours: Icy Snow Cone, Watermelon Candy and Yuzu Lemonade. All flavors contain the same quantity of active ingredients, which is an impressive 17 grams per scoop! The flavors are refreshing, sweet and easy to drink before a workout. Add one scoop to 10 ounces of water and consume 30 minutes before starting your workout (or gaming session) and you’ll be good to go!

Don’t forget, EuphoriQ™ is one of three new products from MuscleTech that include paraxanthine. As the pre-workout product, EuphoriQ™ has the largest dose of the ingredient. For that reason, we can’t recommend it enough. You simply have to try this!

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