Since I’m working from home today I decided to take advantage of my 1 hour lunch break by getting in a second workout for the day. As I still have 2 sample packs remaining that were sent to me by AAA Supplements, I decided to give VOLT by Neon Sports a go today. I’ve just taken a sample pack of 2 servings and I’m writing this whilst waiting for it to kick in. Let’s firstly take a look at the ingredients profile.
Ingredients – 5/10
VOLT Performance Matrix
I hate proprietary blends. Luckily for me, my sample pack came with actual figures for each ingredient:
- Beta-alanine 1600mg
- L-Citrulline 500mg
- Agmatine Sulfate 250mg
Okay, pretty standard pre-workout ingredients. Good dosage of beta-alanine there, although it’s been about 20 minutes since taking a double serving (ie. 3200mg BA) and I’m yet to feel a tingle.
Electric Energy Blend
- Caffeine 160mg
- Bitter Orange 50mg
- Rhodiola Rosea 40mg
- Olive leaf 25mg
- NADH (Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) 1.6mg
Bitter orange – there is evidence that supplementation of 32mg or more of bitter orange daily can assist with weight loss, however not enough scientific data exists to back this up.
Rhodiola Rosea – From the studies I have read, the absolute minimum dosage of Rhodiola Rosea required for any real benefit appears to be 50mg, but a much higher dosage is usually required for it’s anti-stress and anti-fatigue properties to have any effect. So it would seem to be underdosed in VOLT.
Olive leaf – My research of olive leaf supplementation and dosage led me to find:
“Supplemental olive leaf is taken in the 500-1000mg range daily, although supplements with even as low as 10mg (as seen in olive oil products) may confer good protection against LDL oxidation. At least for LDL oxidation, olive food products may suffice rather than supplementation.”
Which again makes me feel this is an underdosed addition to VOLT.
NADH – NADH, or Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, is used for improving mental clarity, alertness, concentration, and memory; as well as for treating Alzheimer’s disease. Because of its role in energy production, NADH is also used for improving athletic endurance and treating chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). My research on dosage led me to find:
–To reduce the risk of side effects, such as jitteriness and mild overstimulation, start out with a small oral dose (2.5 mg a day) for a couple of weeks, gradually increasing the dose over a period of two to three weeks.
For chronic fatigue syndrome, 2.5 mg twice a day for 10 days or one package, then 5 mg twice a day
For fatigue, 2.5 mg twice a day for 10 days or one package, then 5 mg twice a day
For fibromyalgia, 2.5 mg twice a day for 14 days (or one package, see label), then 5 mg twice a day
For Parkinson’s disease, 5 mg a day, gradually increasing over two weeks to 10 mg twice a day.
For Alzheimer’s disease, 5 mg twice a day
Which once again shows VOLT being severely underdosed for any noticeable effect.
Taste / Mixability – 7/10
I was sampling the watermelon flavour. Drinkable, but very chemical tasting. Not the best I have tried. It did mix well though.
Effectiveness – 6/10
With a double dosage containing 320mg of caffeine and 3200mg of beta-alanine I was expecting to be bouncing off the walls. By the 40 minute mark I still had no noticeable tingling in my skin from the beta-alanine, which many people may prefer but to me that tingling tells me the dosage is good. Usually half of that dosage is noticeable for me which leads me to feel that possibly a low quality beta-alanine was used for VOLT making it less bio-available.
As for energy, I never really noticed it. I felt slightly more alert, as if I’d taken about 50mg of caffeine, but at 320mg I should have been more or less flying. My workout was mediocre in comparison to a workout supplemented by Ritual or Upload. It’s hard to comment on any fat burning or other properties without taking a full 30 serving tub. But I would say that since the high amounts of beta-alanine and caffeine were hardly effective, I really doubt the other, underdosed ingredients will be effective at all.
Still not a contender to Ritual or Upload in my opinion. SHATTER SX-7 was also much better than VOLT. I think VOLT could work better for a first time pre-workout user who is sensitive to stimulants. But considering the highest dosed ingredients are stimulants in this product, you’d be better off going for something that focuses on other ingredients primarily with smaller, but more bio-available dosages of caffeine and beta-alanine.