Myprotein Mypre was a solid preworkout that got the job done. But how does it's successor compare?
It's time to take a look!
Earlier this week, Myprotein Mypre 2.0 was released and I've been looking forward to giving you a Myprotein Mypre 2.0 review.
Let's face it, sequels usually suck.
Independence Day 2, Die Hard 2, The Princess Diaries 2.
(I could go on, but you get it.)
So let's see whether Mypre v2 can top the current king of the preworkout marketplace, Pre Jym 2.0 (read that review here).
In order to do that, I will be putting it through my always deliberately harsh supplement rating system.
I was a fan of the original Mypre preworkout formula.
It's a product I used to recommend to personal training clients who wanted a no-frills energy booster that simply got the job done, and wouldn't break the bank.
Over the last 10 years, Myprotein have become reliable for ticking this particular box in the supplement marketplace. Their whey protein is tremendous (it's the one I use), for instance, and although they do offer premium grade products, it's their direct, zero hype approach that makes them stand out in a supplement marketplace which often uses hype as it's main selling tool.
Quite frankly, if you're training on a tight budget, Myprotein is always the way to go.
With Mypre v2 they have decided to take the original formula and give it a shake up in order to make it competitive against the industry leaders.
The first thing you'll notice is that the new Mypre formula is 2 grams smaller, at 14g.
That's not necessarily a bad thing, as all the key players are still there, it's simply a more focused and well-engineered product, with less clutter.
For example, Mypre 2.0 uses good old creatine monohydrate as it's sole source of creatine as opposed to the four (yes, four!) different creatine blends in the old product. And the dosage in v2 is exactly the same to boot.
Overall, it's hard not to come to the conclusion that Myprotein have taken a pretty decent preworkout formula and made it slightly better with Mypre 2.0.
But does it still suffer from the same dosage issues which prevented the original Mypre from competing against industry leading preworkouts?
Well, let's break down each key ingredient in order to have a look at what you can expect from the product, what it'll feel like when you supplement with it before you train in the gym, and whether the dosage is correct.
If you're new to the preworkout scene, or to the gym in general, then beta-alanine is an ingredient you'll become real familiar with over the next few months.
It's the ingredient in a preworkout which makes you feel as though your skin is crawling (a temporary 'fire ant' effect known as paresthesia). But while many people believe it's there just for show (i.e. so you can 'feel' you pre kicking in), there's actually a lot going on behind the scenes when you supplement with beta-alanine, particularly if you keep using it for a few weeks.
Because beta-alanine will provide your body with a buffer against the onset of fatigue during training, meaning you can push out a few more repetitions, or perform an extra set, before "the burn" forces you to quit.
This effect was well documented during a 2012 study by researchers at Glyndwr University (Wales), who recorded significant improvements in the performance of boxers during the later stages of 3 minute rounds, while a team of researchers from the University of Oklahoma also concluded that beta-alanine over a four week period contributed towards lower fatigue and greater performance during workouts. (1, 2)
1.6 grams is a fair-sized dosage to get the maximum benefits from beta-alanine, although there are many preworkouts that offer a large serving.
Even if you are brand new to preworkouts, you are probably already using caffeine.
And rightly so. It's the world's most popular supplement for good reason - it works!
Hence why it's the star player of any good preworkout supplement. Caffeine will help you to increase your focus and dramatically boost energy levels for a short period of time, making it easy to see why it's included in many pre's on today's marketplace.
It's also often billed as a fat burner, but the fat burning benefits of caffeine are due to the increase in energy it provides us, rather than directly resulting in a higher calorie burn.
175mg is a decent serving of caffeine, and Mypre 2.0 will be enough to give you a kick up the rear end unless you're hardened preworkout user (in which case I recommend you get something with more bang for your buck, like Sidewalk Kraka).
The downside here is that we don't know the true dosage of pure caffeine, as with it's predecessor, Myprotein have chosen to list this as part of a 'caffeine & guarana extract' proprietary blend. You know my thoughts on proprietary blends.
Okay, so that's the key players out of the way.
Now, we get to the stuff that just angers me.
Glutamine is an essential amino acid, and it is used to help repair lean muscle tissue (which can enhance recovery rate), but here's the thing: your intestines will gobble up this supplement and you'll see none of the muscle building benefits it yields.
That's right! None!
So although adding glutamine to a muscle cell causes it to grow, it's highly unlikely any of the glutamine you are supplementing will get anywhere near the muscle cell in the first place.
If you really want to supplement with glutamine, do it for the benefits it can have towards a healthy gut. And you're best off doing it via your whey protein shake, as it's included anyway.
From a performance perspective, the inclusion of glutamine in a preworkout is garbage.
Another unnecessary, yet quite popular choice among preworkout manufacturers, is the inclusion of leucine in the formula.
At 1 gram, I'd be lying here if I said this was going to play an important role in helping your performance in the gym.
I'm not a fan of using BCAA's in general, especially in a preworkout, as you can obtain plenty via a combination of the protein-based foods you eat and a good whey protein shake.
Leucine is the BCAA which is shown to have the biggest impact on the muscle building process, so it makes sense that this is often billed as the MVP when it comes to including BCAA's in supplements (usually you'll see a higher leucine dosage than either valine or isoleucine), but when used before intense exercise leucine can inhibit dopamine production, which can hinder exercise performance by causing CNS (central nervous system) fatigue.
Given that it's not really necessary to supplement with BCAA's anyway, as discussed above, there's no need to include it in a preworkout.
Betaine is a useful inclusion in any preworkout supplement.
It has been shown to boost training performance by protecting your muscle cells against the effects of dehydration while exercising. It can also lead to increases in explosive strength, with one study from The Lancet showing improvements in both bench press and vertical jump power after just 14 days of betaine supplementation. (3)
The problem here lies in the dosage.
The improvements in the above-mentioned study came about after supplementing with 2.5 grams of betaine per day, but in the case of Mypre 2.0 we simply don't have enough at only 1 gram per serving.
So, unless you're doubling up your scoop (read the end of this article to find out why you shouldn't do this) this is a useful ingredient which isn't dosed effectively enough to give you the full benefits it offers.
Teacrine (aka theacrine) is a useful tag team partner for caffeine.
If you're the type of person who already gets plenty of caffeine via your diet (i.e. you're a big coffee drinker) then you'll require a huge dose of caffeine in a pre in order to get a serious energy kick. Teacrine is an altered form of caffeine and the results of early studies suggest that it's basically caffeine without the body's ability to adapt. (9)
Again, 35mg just isn't enough. We should be aiming for between 50-100mg.
If I could only supplement with one ingredient before every workout for the rest of my life, it would be citrulline.
It's the most useful ingredient in any preworkout ( this post tells you why), but it's also one of the most overlooked and this is often due to the fact that manufacturers like to focus on the ingredients you can "feel", such as caffeine and beta-alanine.
Via citrulline supplementation, you can expect to achieve greater muscular pumps during training, greater endurance and faster recovery, making it a tremendous addition to a preworkout formula, right? (4, 5)
But once again the dosage is too low.
To experience the full benefits we'd need to double our scoop.
Alongside 3 grams of citrulline, we get the addition of arginine. Citrulline is converted into arginine inside the body, so the inclusion of arginine directly may seem like a good move but arginine, like glutamine, is destroyed before it can reach the muscle cells, making citrulline a better way of supplementing arginine than arginine itself! (6, 7)
The final ingredient on my Myprotein Mypre 2.0 review is choline.
Choline has been shown to increase focus, hence it's inclusion in many popular preworkouts, such as Pre Jym 2.0. (8)
Once again, our problem here lies in the dosage of the substance. Ideally, we'd look for between 500-1500mg choline per day, leaving Mypre significantly short in this area.
Overall, Myprotein have improved the original product but it's still lacking in the same key areas.
There's considerably less clutter in the formula, but there are still a few unnecessary ingredients despite this.
Of the key ingredients, only beta-alanine is dosed at the correct amount for maximum impact. The only way to achieve the maximal dosages of choline, betaine and citrulline would be to double-up your scoop, causing you to burn through your tub in half the time.
That means you'd be forking out around £48 for a one month supply, and you could easily pick up an industry-leading preworkout for significantly less, such as the great Pre Train by Adapt Nutrition or the ultra-powerful Sidewalk Kraka by Iron Addicts.
Ultimately, Myprotein Mypre 2.0 only gets "2.0" stars.
It's good if you see it on sale or have a discount code, but in today's competitive market it just doesn't warrant being your main choice for preworkout energy.