Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Vega Pre-Workout Energizer review

My vacation's over, high-altitude hiking was a great workout but it's good to get back into my routine.  I went to hot yoga and lifted weights for the first time in a week and it felt so good!  Hot yoga and weight lifting is a lot for me in one day so I needed not one but two pick me ups of Vega Pre-Workout Energizer.

Vega Pre-Workout Energizer

I'm not an energy drink connoisseur except for coffee but I know there's a ton of crap in most energy drinks and pre-workout supplements: artificial sweeteners and colors, vasodilators, loads of stimulants.

I like the Vega pre-workout energizer because it tastes good, doesn't have harmful ingredients in it, and gives me a mental and energy boost I need to have a great workout.  The açaí flavor is nice, sweet but not sickeningly so.  It does have some caffeine in the form of yerba mate and green tea, so don't take it too close to bedtime if you want to sleep.

Vega is all plant-based and has no artificial flavors or colors so the powder looks very "natural" looking:

Vega pre-workout energizer powder

Vega pre-workout energizer ingredients
If I wake up for a morning hot yoga class I'll mix up one scoop of the Vega with 2 scoops of Dr. Mercola's protein powder for a breakfast that gives me energy without making me nauseous. 
1 scoop Vega with 2 scoops Mercola

If I'm already up and have eaten but need a boost I'll have the Vega powder by itself with water.   If you're expecting this to taste like Kool-Aid or Gatorade you might be disappointed but I love it.

The bad:
  • a 30-serving tub is about $40.  It's pricey but it lasts me 2-3 months as I don't take it every day.  
  • It has some organic ingredients... but not all organic.  At this price I think it should be totally organic.  However it's still the best option I've found on the market.
  • It doesn't dissolve very easily, most of the time I'll have some left over at the bottom of the glass like this:
Vega pre-workout energy powder residue
but it's not that big of a deal, just fill the glass with more water, stir it, and drink it up.

I wore my brand new ray cool racerback today to yoga.  So neon!  I've been wary of lululemon's bright colors lately as they have some serious bleeding issues but let's be real me and dayglo like a moth to a flame but thankfully no problems at all with this one.  I think it's more the pinks and purples that bleed rather than yellows.

ray cool racerback
It was a little difficult waking up to go to hot yoga today before the Vega kicked in but I needed it.  I was in the middle of the studio today and did a headstand without the psychological comfort of a wall supporting me in class today.  I didn't kick/kill anyone and although I landed a little hard coming out of it, I'm still considering it a success.

I did workout 7B of stage 1 of the New Rules of Lifting for Women today.  3 sets of 8 reps of deadlifts, dumbbell shoulder presses, wide-grip lateral pulldowns, lunges, and Swiss ball crunches.   I wore my cross my heart tank and groove shorts.

cross my heart tank
I'm amazed at how much stronger I've gotten, I'm lifting twice as much weight as I was a month ago.  I'll update again after I've finished this stage in a week or two.

What do you take for a great workout? 


  1. I love the Vega Pre-Workout Energizer too! The Acai Berry tastes amazing, and I think it's great to combine with vanilla protein powder. I just wish it didn't cost so much. If it was less expensive, I would drink it every day.

    1. Sometimes I think it's cost-prohibitive which might be good because maybe we don't need all that brown rice syrup sweetener stuff. But we can enjoy it 2-3x a week no problem right?