When I recently received my first sample packet from iForce Nutrition I was skeptical – that is, until I saw the ingredients of this product. I can unequivocally say that iForce Maximize is one of the first NO products that I was legitimately excited about before I even tried it. More than N)-Xplode or any other NO supplement out there.
Right now, Maximize is only available in raspberry lemonade, though may be available in other flavors in the future. This flavor is fine, actually surprisingly gentle, and really, are you taking these products because of how they taste? Add some Crystal Light if it’s a concern. It mixes just fine, not a lot of sediment at the bottom of the shaker and what was there did not remain after some gentle re-shaking. It’s not heavily carbonated, like another popular pre-workout drink that will remain unnamed. I don’t feel nauseous or anything like that after drinking it, which is a problem for me (and other people) with some other pre-workout drinks, as well.
The first matrix is the “plasma expansion matrix”. Dubious name aside, let’s take a look inside:
-Arginine Ethyl Ester HCL 2000mg
-Arginine Pyroglutamate 1000mg
-L-Ornithine HCL 500mg
-L-Citrulline Malate 500mg
Honestly, this isn’t earth-shattering, but for those that are chemically inclined, IForce did have the foresight to include all the intermediaries of the urea cycle, which produces arginine as a by-product. So as I am a bit skeptical how much you can actually manipulate your body’s homeostatic mechanisms to induce vasodilation to a greater extent than what is normal when you exercise, at least IForce is showing some base chemistry knowledge here. Trust me, just like honesty, you’d think it’d be a prerequisite to be in the supplement industry, but no dice.
2. The next matrix is the “creaplex matrix”. Only two ingredients:
-Creatine Gluconate 2000mg
-Creatine Orotate 2000mg
I’m very pleased with two things – the amount of creatine in total (4g) and the two types of creatine used. Creatine gluconate gained its notoriety from Gaspari Nutrition’s Size-On product and is simply a creatine molecule bonded to gluconic acid (for our purposes, gluconic acid is basically glucose). Orotate is more of the same – creatine bonded to orotic acid. However, there is some evidence that orotic acid itself is ergogenic (performance-enhancing). One theory is that there is a chemical pathway that allows orotate to boost beta-alanine, and ultimately, carnosine levels.
3. The next matrix is the “muscle integrity matrix”. I like to think that my muscles are upstanding and moral already (okay, bad joke), but let’s check this matrix out anyway:
So the first three are just good ol’ branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). Just to be fair, I’ll admit up front that I’m biased. I hate BCAAs. Look, I get it, they’re insulinogenic (i.e., they cause an insulin spike). Insulin’s a very anti-catabolic hormone. Great, let’s conclude BCAAs can cause a rise in blood plasma insulin levels, no argument here. They also can be metabolized directly by muscle tissue. Even better, right? But here’s the kicker, guess what else does the exact same things? It’s not some rare growth fraction found in virgin rabbit’s whey or an obscure herb that only grows in the Amazon during the winter solstice and is guarded by a cooperating team of panther assassins (actually, that would be awesome and now I’m disappointed). Nope. It’s carbohydrates! Whoa, earth-shattering stuff here.
4. Next up, the “cognitive blitz matrix”. This is another area where the product shines. It’s really akin to a “fat-burner” you would normally pay an extra $30-$50 per month for. Without further ado:
-Geranium Oil 25mg
Okay, 200mg of caffeine is just about right for me. Not too much, not too little (keep in mind I’m listing the amounts in two scoops, you can always just take one to assess your tolerance). L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that’s a precursor to your catecholamines, like adrenaline and noradrenaline. When combined with stimulants like caffeine, it seems to make them “kick” harder, which makes sense from a physiological standpoint. Acacia contains tryptamine alkaloids which have beneficial psychoactive properties in humans (e.g. focus, clarity). Synephrine is from the citrus aurantium tree, the fruit of which is commonly referred to as bitter orange. It has a stimulant effect. These are all pretty consistent with a typical fat-burner, as I noted above. My favorite ingredient, by far, is the geranium oil. Despite this not actually being a scientific term and just referring loosely to some extracts from the geranium plant, it makes you feel incredible. Intense concentration mixed with a floating feeling, if I had to describe it. It’s hard to explain, but I urge you to try it and see.
5. Finally the last set, the “phospho-support matrix”:
There’s really no need to discuss this one in depth, it contains calcium, magnesium, and potassium phosphates, along with phosphorous itself. You won’t cramp, and it will keep your mineral stores from being depleted from hard training. Narangin, if anyone is wondering, is the flavanoid found in grapefruit that helps absorption.
After all things considered, I would highly recommend iForce Maximize. You do not get overwhelming “energy”, but you do get a razor-sharp mental edge and a definite ergogenic effect. As with anything, the performance-enhancing effect is going to be largely individual. I notice greater endurance, less perceived need for rest between sets, less perceived fatigue, and increased blood flow. Don’t get me wrong, Maximize will give you that “wakey-wakey” feeling and clean-burning energy you need to get off the couch and in the gym, just not too much (which I appreciate).