Product Review: METCON Start
Disclaimer: I received a container of METCON Start to use and review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (Ambassador) at BibRave.com, the best place to find and write race reviews.
METCON Start is a pre-training supplement that I opted-in to test and review a couple of months ago, and I am glad to have done so, as it has exceeded my expectations. There are many positives to it, but here are the key ones I have found:
Great flavor and taste I've tried many, many supplements which disappoint in this category, but that hasn't been the case with METCON Start. The flavor marked on the container is Fruit Punch, which I'm generally not a big fan of, so I was a bit skeptical that it would work out for me when I received it. The powder in the container is white, but to my surprise, when I mixed it with the 12 oz. of water per the directions, the resulting color of the drink is actually a lime green/yellow, not red as I expected for a fruit punch flavor. The taste itself I feel is also more of a citrus flavor than a fruit punch, and that is fine by me because I really like it. One pleasant surprise was that for probably the first time ever, I've liked a product that contains Stevia. I have tried and tested other many other products with that natural sweetener and have not liked them, so that is a huge win for me.
Dissolves very quickly It literally takes just a few seconds for the METCON Start powder to dissolve and mix into the 12 ounces of water. There has been little or no powder residue left at the bottom of the cup when I've finished drinking it, so that translates into no product going to waste and even more value for the money spent.
Impact on runs and workouts Without exception, during each run and workout I completed after taking METCON Start, I felt a distinct sense of smoothness to my runs, where getting into the right stride, cadence, and targeted pace was easier and faster than what it typically takes. There were a number of them in which the miles felt shorter than what they typically do, so I would decide to go a bit further than I'd initially planned, and even add a set of post-run workouts such as pushups, situps, etc. and still feel great after completing them. There were was one day in which I did combined set of a 1.5 mile run, followed by an upper-body weight-lifting session, and closed by another 1.5 mile run, and again, my body responded and performed very well having taken the METCON Start 15-minutes prior to getting started.
In contrast, there were a few days during my testing in which I was either pressed for time or preoccupied with a number of things where I forgot to take METCON Start, and the difference in how I felt was quite evident to me; things weren't quite as smooth as the sessions in which I had taken it.
Great blend of ingredients If you read the label for this product, it has an outstanding mix of ingredients, entirely natural with no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. They are an extensive set of vitamins, electrolytes, and BCAAs that my body did very well with and reacted in a very positive way.
I never experienced any stomach issues or side effects whatsoever after drinking METCON Start, and always felt that the energy it provided was smooth and sustained for a significant period of time. During this testing I learned that one of the ways in which Start boosts performance is by helping the body produce nitric oxide, a compound which widens blood vessels and in turn allows for better delivery of nutrients and oxygen to working muscles during exercise and therefore enhancing performance.
I am so convinced about the way in which my body reacts to METCON Start that I will continue to purchase it from this point on. At $49.99 for a 30-serving container, I feel it is priced in line with what I'd expect to pay for a fitness supplement of this quality, especially because I know that it will be very valuable for me to continue improving my running as well as other workouts that complement this awesome sport.
If you would like to read other reviews on METCON Start written by my fellow BibRave Pros, click on one of the following links:
Interested in trying it? Head to https://metcon.com/products/metcon-start-pre-training and use code BIBRAVE for 20% off your purchase at checkout. If you have any questions about it, don't hesitate to reach out to me on social, I am @3dotjuan on both Twitter and Instagram and would be more than glad to help answer them so that you can make an informed decision about this awesome product.
As always, your comments/feedback/questions are welcome below; take care, and HAPPY RUNNING!