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GEAR, or Genetically Enhanced Anabolic Research are a new company that have caused quite a buzz over the past year or so. Helmed by nutrition industry powerhouse Liz "Wife of Rich" Gaspari, who amongst other achievements, was the driving force behind Gaspari Nutrition's transition from a small local operation to a world conquering multi-million dollar business, people have been anticipating big things since the brand launched with a preview of three products over the Olympia Weekend in 2013. Perplexingly, six months after the launch, the brand had only delivered press releases, athlete signings and even branded smartphone cases, but no products, and many industry pundits began to feel that the window was closing on this promising new endeavour.

Against the expectations of a number of people, the first products in the GEAR range have finally hit the market. This range includes E-shock, an endurance formula, Maxx Shock, a post workout, and Pre Shock, which is the brand's pre workout formula.

GEAR Pre Shock Pre Workout Highlights

*Features new and innovative ingredients

*Science-backed formulation

*Stimulates mind and body for an all round boost to training

GEAR Pre Shock Pre Workout Ingredients

Pre Shock is comprehensive pre workout that is formulated to enhance all aspects of performance during training. The product is made up of two proprietary matrices. The 'Pre Shock N.O. Pump and Strength System' is based around a unique compound of creatine and fulvic acid, known as TAT2, which is said to boost both pump and strength. This is combined with common ingredients agmatine sulfate to enhance muscle blood supply and regulate blood sugar, beta alanine and glucuronolactone for endurance, and magnesium.

'The Pre Shock Energy and Focus System' contains N-acetyl-L-tyrosine and phenylalanine, which support the production of adrenalin and dopamine, Alpha-GPC and Huperzine A to enhance cognition, while Caffeine, Theobromine and Hordenine provide focused energy. Rauwolscine is a very close relative of yohimbine, and there is a good chance that Pre Shock may be reformulated for the Australian market without this product.

On top of this, the product contains electrolytes and a number of vitamins. GEAR initially advertised the inclusion of Beet Drive™ Technology, which presumably referred to a vasodilatory substance based on the nitrates in beets. This is notably absent from the final formula.

GEAR Pre Shock Pre Workout Pros & Effectiveness

GEAR have gone for something a bit different with their first product outing. The TAT2 complex is unique to this product, and fulvic acid is not at all a common ingredient in pre workouts. That said, it is the innovators that are remembered, not the followers, and TAT2 promises some impressive effects, such as powerfully boosting nitric oxide for increased oxygenation and blood flow, increasing protein synthesis, and supplying electrolytes for sustained muscle activity.

The formulation of the Energy and Focus System is commendable because it is a lot more comprehensive than the average product, and supports cognition, mood and energy in a number of ways. The manufacturers have recognised that sharp, clear mental focus can enhance the quality of a workout and have included good quality ingredients like Huperzine A and Alpha-GPC, into which there is a good deal of research the improvement of memory and the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders.

While Pre Shock utilises a lot of new and innovative compounds, the formulation rests on a solid base of tried and true ingredients. Creatine, beta alanine, and magnesium are classic strength and endurance boosters, while the energy and mood lifting effects caffeine and theobromine will be all too familiar to drinkers of coffee and tea. A pre workout based on these five ingredients alone would be considered a solid, if unspectacular product.

GEAR Pre Shock Pre Workout Cons

The TAT2 complex is both a pro and a con. Although there is a lot of buzz around the benefits of this complex, and fulvic acid is attracting the interest of an increasing number of people, there is a lack of scientific research performed in humans that supports the claims that have been made, so it is difficult to know what sort of effect it may actually have.

The proprietary formula is another downside to this product. While we know that the Pump and Strength System weights in at 4000mg per scoop, and that the Energy and Focus System adds another 1000mg, with the exception of caffeine, which is present at 100mg per scoop, we do not know the dosage of each active ingredient. In spite of this, it is possible to infer that some of the ingredients, like beta alanine and taurine, would be better dosed if two scoops, rather than a single scoop, was used.

GEAR Pre Shock Pre Workout Taste & Mixability

Like other pre workouts, GEAR Pre Shock mixes almost instantly with water to produce a pleasant tasting drink. At present Pre Shock is only available in the ever popular fruit punch flavour.

GEAR Pre Shock Pre Workout Verdict

Many people have been closely following the activity of GEAR and have finally been afforded some vindication after a rollercoaster few months. Pre Shock is a solid product with an ingredient list that is unique enough to distinguish itself from the competition, and it is likely to attract a lot of interest, both for the formulation, and for the politics and personalities behind the brand.

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