I'll never forget.
The label said "do not exceed 3 scoops", which really meant "take 3 scoops :)".
I was driving to the gym when my field of vision narrowed, my grip tightened on the steering wheel.
And I had what was, to an 18 year old who had never run an actual program, the craziest workout ever.
Back in early 2008 I first started taking pre-workout. I started with the basic proprietary products of the time. I tried NOXplode, White Flood, Super Pump and a host of other products and settled on NOXplode.
I was out of town visiting my parents and went to a small town Vitamin Shoppe and asked the employee where the NOXplode was.
He gave me a serious look and said "are you sure?"
He reached to the bottom shelf and grabbed this little, miserable, plain white bottle with a big warning label on it.
"NOXplode is fine. But jack3d is the best product you can buy. Look at these containers: which do you think spent more on packaging and marketing? Which do you think has more filler? I'm telling you. You HAVE to try this."
I wasn't sold, but I was a complete cheapskate and jack3d was actually cheaper.
Those proprietary formulas from the late 00's to early 10's had some insane blends. I was young, so I didn't care that I couldn't sleep or that I crashed like I was coming down on gas station meth.
It was like a challenge to find the most hardcore product you could and share it with your friends and see who could handle it.
The workout didn't even matter anymore.
Looking back on it, they probably could make an over the top after school special about the dangers of abusing pre workout and it might not be as bad as we really were with them.
But once they cracked down on DMAA and the other research stimulants that were in the products we loved, we were left with garbage.
Once I started training for powerlifting I didn't get the same benefit from those formulas anymore, but that's probably worth it's own post.
This post is just to reminisce about a different time that's easy to look back on as "the good ol' days".
I remember driving to the gym, blaring my favorite music, with my shaker in hand and just knowing it was going to be a good workout.
I miss that feeling. And nothing today just "does it" for me.
That's why I made Crystal Pump.
I wanted that feeling again.
And I truly believe I succeeded in making a product that specifically works best for strength athletes.
Did you take those hardcore products of the early 10's?
How do you think those compare to modern "hardcore" products?