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PhD Nutrition are a supplement company that’s well known in their native UK, but are slowly increasing their brand image around the world; making a strong push towards the American and Australian markets. Known for their clean and crisp looking packaging and well thought out formulas; PhD Nutrition have recently launched a new pre-workout known as PhD VMX2.

PhD VMX2 Highlights

  • Concentrated pre-workout featuring 4 matrices of ingredients including caffeine, beta alanine, betaine, beet extract and creatine.
  • Suport strength, power and endurance performance

PhD VMX2 Ingredients & Dosage

PhD Nutrition’s VMX2 is a concentrated pre-workout that boasts support for energy, strength and endurance performance through a variety of ingredients built into 4 main complexes including:

  • VMX2™ Nitro Stack (3,300mg) – This complex contains Beta Alanine, L-Histidine, Pepform™ Arginine Peptides, Beetroot Extract (Beta Vulgaris), Tri-Methyl Glycine (Betaine), Grapeseed Extract (Vitis Vinifera)
  • V-Max Hyper Strength Matrix (3,225mg) – Creapure® Creatine Monohydrate and Caffeine
  • Energy & Anti-Fatigue Formula – Including the essential B Vitamins B3, B6 and B12
  • Amino Drive Absoprtion System (1,300mg) – A complex containing Taurine, Glucoronolactone and American Ginseng.

Potassium and sodium bicarbonate are also added. Each 10g serving of VMX2 contains 7.2g protein, 1.2g of carbohydrates, less than 0.1g of fat totalling 34.5 calories. It is recommended that you should not exceed more than one dose a day.

PhD VMX2 Pros & Effectiveness

VMX2 is a concentrated pre-workout that packs in quite a few well studied ingredients known for its ability to enhance strength and endurance performance including creatine, beta-alanine, beetroot extract and betaine. VMX2 also contains commonly used nitric oxide support ingredients including beetroot extract providing nitrates, grapeseed extract and arginine. The use of arginine in peptide form is a good idea as it improves its absorption capacity. The combination of caffeine, glucuronolactone and taurine are an infamous combination that has been shown to support improved aerobic and anaerobic capacity and even the anabolic response to resistance training. American Ginseng has also been studied to help support reduced markers of muscle damage, while B vitamins are well known for their role in energy production – however, whether acute supplementation of B vitamins support improved performance is yet to be concluded.

PhD VMX2 Cons

While PhD Nutrition’s VMX2 does appear to have plenty of well supported ingredients, the doses for a few of them are slightly underdosed such as with beta alanine, beet extract, betaine and arginine. It contains plenty of caffeine which is a positive, but it also means that you can’t take more than 1 serve, which means you won’t be able to obtain more of those useful ergogenic ingredients without using another supplement without caffeine. Having said that though, beginner trainers and those who are fresh off from an off cycle for pre-workouts should find the effects of VMX2 still potent enough to assist with training.

PhD VMX2 Taste & Mixability

VMX2 is currently available in three delicious flavours including Orange & Mango, Green Tea & Pomegranate and Raspberry Lemonade. Each of the flavours are extremely tasty but are slightly on the sweet side, but this can easily be fixed by mixing it with slightly more water. VMX2 mixes well without any grittiness or residue and with minimal frothing despite the inclusion of arginine peptides.

PhD VMX2 Verdict

PhD’s VMX2 is a well researched and well thought out concentrated pre-workout which brings together a range of studied ergogenic ingredients in a matrix that will help support strength, power and endurance performance. Although some ingredients could be better dosed and the high dose caffeine per scoop prevents the use of additional scoops, it is an excellent choice for beginner to moderately advanced trainers and trainers who are just coming from an off cycle for pre-workouts and other caffeine based supplements.

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