Well, as most of you know, I decided to make the switch from Jack3d to Black Powder about a month ago, only because I needed to mix things up a little. I was taking Jack3d for about 5 months, and then decided to give Black Powder a try. The reason I switched was because (1) I needed a change, (2) I started getting a little nauseated using Jack3d, and (3) I wanted to see if there is anything better out there. I’m always trying different supplements so I can recommend the best pre-workout supplement to all the people that I coach.
Jack3d VS Black Powder
Jack3d Review: Jack3d is an awesome supplement, and really gives you that extra boost needed to get in a great workout. You’re supposed to take it with water anywhere from 15-30 minutes pre-workout on an empty stomach. About 10 minutes after you take it, you start to get this tingly feeling all over your body, and I notice it most in my face and fingers. When you start the workout, you really feel the Jack3d working, and it seems like you have unlimited energy, and it really gets you pumped! I never had any issues with Jack3d until about 4 months in, when I started to feel nauseated about 15 minutes into the workout. I had increased my dosage from 2 to 3 scoops, and I’m pretty sure this was the issue. This is when I decided to cycle off Jack3d and try Black Powder.
Black Powder Review: Black Powder didn’t have nearly the effect on me that Jack3d had, but it still worked. You’re supposed to take it 15-30 minutes pre-workout just like Jack3d, but you don’t get that tingly feeling. To be honest, I didn’t feel the anything after I took it. I never felt like I got those extra “pumps” that I did with Jack3d. However, I did notice that my endurance increased substantially with Black Powder, which was a little surprising to me. Like I said above, I never actually felt the effects of Black Powder, but did notice that I didn’t tire as quickly. About 2 weeks into using Black Powder, I noticed I started breaking out very badly. So bad that I was worried and thought about going to see a dermatologist. After sitting down and talking with Melinda, trying to determine what would cause this, we came to the conclusion that the only thing different in my diet was the Black Powder, so I decided to stop using it all together. 3 days later my acne had completely cleared up.
I think it’s obvious who’s won the battle between Jack3d VS Black Powder! Since I stopped using Black Powder, I have decided to switch back to Jack3d, but only use 1.5 scoops instead of 2. Since I’ve been using it again, I haven’t been nauseated, and have been getting that extra boost during the workouts. Overall, I would say Jack3d is a much better pre-workout supplement than Black Powder, and is the best pre-workout supplement I’ve come across yet. I am looking to try a few other pre-workout supplements soon, and I will give you supplement reviews on each.
(Update 2/15/13- After doing more research on Jack3d and the controversial ingredient, I stopped taking Jack3d a few years ago because of the risk of the ingredient being dangerous and I can no longer recommend it. For the past few years I have been using a new pre-workout supplement called E&E, which is made by Beachbody.)
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