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Active Ingredients:Caffeine, Guarana
Final Judgment Rating:8.5
Energy Drink Ratings Explained
Matrix Sugar Free Energy Drink Review
Well today I am going to hit the gym before I go to work. When I do this I usually like to take an Energy Drink beforehand in lieu of breakfast. This gives me that quick burst of energy I need to keep me going in the morning on an empty stomach. Of course when I am done lifting I eat within 30 minutes. And when I hit the gym before work I like to select an energy drink that is formulated for working out. The drink I chose today is the sugar free Matrix Energy Drink which is made by IBE (Innovative Body Enhancement). According to the IBE site, the 8 ounce sugar free Matrix Energy Drink will "bring you to a new level of physical and mental energy as well as increase stimulation of metabolism. Sounds great for a morning lift, so let's see how the Matrix Energy Drink performs.
Matrix Sugar Free Energy Drink Review: Taste
Well first off I would like to state, as I have before, that most energy drinks that are geared towards the gym rat, or hardcore athlete usually don't taste the greatest. However, when I judge one of these I put more emphasis on the performance of the product than the taste. That being said the Matrix Energy Drink is citrus flavored and has a pretty strong medicinal aftertaste. However, I was informed that there is a new blend coming out shortly that is supposed to greatly reduce this. Don't get me wrong, the taste wasn't horrible, but it is definitely on par with most other energy drinks marketed towards gym rats. Taste Rating - 7.0 - If they send me the reformulated drink I will re-rate the taste.
Matrix Sugar Free Energy Drink Review: Kick
Alright, now for the good stuff. Is this going to help me get through my morning workout on an empty stomach? Well the bottle suggests drinking 30 minutes prior to activity which is what I did. 20 minutes later on the car ride to the gym I could feel the energy kick in. To further put it to the test I pushed hard on my upper body workout. Matrix was definitely ready to stand up to the test. Not only that, since it's sugar free there was no crash halfway through my workout. That's the last thing I need when doing dumbbell flyes, an energy crash, followed by 80 pound dumbbells falling on my head. Any ways the kick was great. And to top it off the new reformulated version is supposed to be amped up even more. Hope I am able to get my hands on some! Kick Rating - 9.4
Matrix Sugar Free Energy Drink Review: Final Judgment
Well the 8 ounce sugar free Matrix Energy Drink was lacking a little bit in the taste category, but hopefully the new formula will improve on that. Otherwise the kick was more than satisfactory. It actually kept my apetite supressed well after I was done working out; however, I ate anyway to refuel my body. Final Judgment - 8.5