We’re big fans of the Bulk Powders brand, which has grown significantly in popularity in recent years.
We’ve already recently reviewed Bulk Powders’ Complete Pre Workout, but Elevate is their more premium offering.
So, how does this supplement fare when compared to the best pre workouts on the market right now.
In this review, we’re going to break down the ingredients of Elevate to see how good it really is. We’re also going to check out the customer reviews and decide whether it is one of our top recommended pre workout supplements.
So, let’s get cracking and start taking a close look at Elevate by Bulk Powders.
You’ve probably already realised that Elevate fits into the broader range of supplements known as ‘pre workouts’.
If you’re new to them, they’re simply products that have been designed for you to take before the gym or playing sport to make sure that you perform at your best.
Bulk Powders don’t mess around on their official website. They claim that Elevate is simply the “best” pre workout supplement on sale in the United Kingdom.
Elevate contains 13 different ingredients, all chosen to try and keep you feeling at your best in the gym.
So, does Elevate live up to the hype? Let’s find out by taking a close look at the ingredients.
Taking a quick glance at the label, there are some good and bad things about Elevate.
Let’s kick this section off by running through our pick of the best ingredients in Elevate.
• Caffeine – It’s one of our highest rated pre workout ingredients, and we always love to see it on the label of the best products. Each serving of Elevate contains 250mg of caffeine to make sure that you’re feeling at your best in the gym. Caffeine has been shown to increase stamina, boost alertness and help raise energy levels.
• Citrulline Malate – Another of our top pre workout ingredients. It’s an amino acid extract from watermelon which can help to improve circulation and therefore lead to impressive muscle pumps. We’d prefer to see a 6g dose in Elevate, as opposed to the 3g that’s included.
• Beta Alanine – This is one of those ingredients we’ve seen regularly in the most popular pre workout supplements, even if we don’t rate it as one of the most important. It’s a naturally occurring amino acid believed to help with muscle growth. Elevate contains 3.2g of Beta Alanine per serving.
• Vitargo® – This is a branded ingredient we had to do some research on. The makes call it “the best carbohydrate in the world”, which is some claim for sure. It’s supposedly an advanced form of carbohydrate which is more effective than other substances. Each serving of Elevate contains 10g of Vitargo per serving, presumably to keep your muscles fuelled during your workout.
BioPerine® – This is not a crucial ingredient by any means, but it’s still a good addition. BioPerine® is essentially branded black pepper extract, which has been shown to increase the absorption of other ingredients in supplements. In short, it won’t do anything to boost your workouts directly, but it should help to make sure that you’re getting the best out of the other ingredients.
There are a few other ingredients in Elevate, but those are our top picks. Check out the full list of active ingredients below:
Although Elevate is one of the stronger products out there in terms of its ingredients list, there are also a few things missing that we would have liked to have seen in this product.
Firstly, there was no L-Theanine, which is one of our top ingredients in supplements containing caffeine because it can help to reduce the unwanted side-effects such as the jitters or energy crashes.
We were also disappointed not to find any Coconut Water Powder on the label. Coconut seems to be all the rage these days, whether it’s the oil, the water or the butter. But one thing’s for sure, it’s one of nature’s most nutritious substances and can help to improve hydration in a pre workout.
There were also a couple of other ingredients we like to see in pre workouts omitted, such as Rhodiola Rosea and Beetroot Extract.
We recently updated our pick of the best pre workout supplements in our definitive guide. Check it out by clicking the link below.
Most modern pre workout supplements are pretty safe because they tend to only include substances from natural sources.
That being said, there are always a few things to look out for before you try a product for the first time.
Firstly, you should check the ingredients list to make sure that you’re not allergic to anything.
Another problem with pre workouts is that many of them tend to overdo it on the stimulants. Caffeine is a great ingredient, but too much of it could cause harm.
Generally, we recommend that a pre workout contains no more than 150mg of caffeine per serving. Elevate is above this amount at 250mg.
We certainly wouldn’t recommend taking this supplement too close to bedtime, as the caffeine could affect your sleep.
At the time of writing this review article, Elevate is currently available in one size of bag – 540g, which is the equivalent of 20 servings.
It’s currently available in three different flavors – Summer Berry, Cherry Cola and Orange & Mango, although the latter was out of stock when we checked.
The directions say that you should mix one scoop with a glass of water and drink immediately, around 30-45 minutes before starting your workout.
We always say to experiment with the timings, because each supplement tends to ‘kick in’ for different people at different times.
At the time of writing this review, we found a huge number of positive reviews of Elevate on the official Bulk Powders website.
There were 73 reviews in total, and 69 of those were for five stars. Despite this, it’s hard to tell whether Bulk Powders censor or monitor the reviews posted on their website.
One user said that one scoop was enough for great energy levels and muscle pumps.
Someone else said that they loved it because it was one of the few pre workouts not to give them a stomach upset.
Judging by the reviews on the official Bulk Powders website, this product is very well received by customers.
It does make our pick for the leading pre workouts, but it’s not our number one choice.
Click the link below to see our definitive guide to pre workout supplements, along with our updated pick of the best products.
Remember that a pre workout supplement won’t do the hard work for you.
You’ll still have to make sure that you’re focused and working hard in the gym.
We always recommend that you first get your training and nutrition regime on point before considering adding a new supplement to your stack.
If you’re a regular reader of our health and fitness content, you’ll already know this.
So that brings us to an end of our review of Elevate by Bulk Powders. Here’s a summary of our overall thoughts:
• Good ingredients
• Strong reviews
• Missing a couple of top ingredients
• Citrulline Malate a bit under-dosed
That wraps up our review. Overall, we think that Elevate Bulk Powders is a pretty good pre workout supplement. We don’t rate it as the very best, but you’re certainly not going to go too far wrong by trying it.
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