Wake up. Work out. Work. Such is life on deployments. At least that is how my deployments tend to manifest. On this particular deployment in 2015 I found something to put a little bit extra motivation inb me to crush weights in the gym. Old School Labs Vintage Blast pre workout. I found this brand through a cursory search of Amazon for pre workout that wasn’t full of junk. I then stumbled upon the mission statement for this made in the USA company.
“At Old School Labs™ of California, we grew tired with the status quo of cheaply produced, mass-marketed supplements. We questioned it, rejected it, and decided to do something about it. Old School Labs™ was born. Our mission is to create uncompromising, premium supplements for informed customers who demand the very best.”
After reading this statement I noticed a catch phrase of sorts that got me going. “Supplements that make sense”. If you know me you know I am all about things that make sense. The cornerstone for my decision making process is do what makes sense. I was just about sold. I purchased Vintage Blast and anxiously awaited for Amazon to ship this product to my camp.
Upon arrival I tore open the box and examined the untested concoction of pre workout motivation. I noticed several things upon unboxing: The container is bigger than most Pre workout I have tried, I think that’s Tom Selleck on the label; and it is billed as The World’s First Two-Stage Pre-Workout.
Without getting into too many details OSL separates the ingredients into two groups based on the different rates of digestion (items digested and metabolized faster are labeled as Stage 1 Group).
Stage 1 Group: Start strong includes the following: L-Citrulline Malate, Beta Alanine, L- Arginine AKG, L-Carnitine Tartrate, and Caffiene Anhydrous.
At that time I quickly opened the container and prepared to take one scoop. The conglomerate of motivation comes in a fine white powder however, when mixed with water it morphs into a soft pink color. I shook the mixture and promptly downed the bottle. Vintage Blast only comes in 1 flavor: Blueberry Lemonade. I can tell you the taste is fantastic. It is almost exactly how I imagine blueberry lemonade would taste (I have never have tasted actual blueberry-lemonade). I am extremely comfortable calling this the best tasting pre-workout on the market. One thing worth mentioning is there will be a little bit of sediment left at the bottom of the bottle if you do not continuously shake as you drink.
After 15 minutes I started to feel alert and full of energy, but not jittery. There is some Beta Alanine in Stage One of this product however there’s not enough to make me feel like I’m on fire. I actually prefer this. At the conclusion of my workout I caught my breath and reflected on the effects of taking Vintage Blast. I did in fact complete my work out faster, and with more ease. It noticeably improved my recovery times in between sets. As always I don’t recommend taking this supplement and running sprints, or a marathon.
Overall I recommend taking this product prior to lifting days. Old School Lab’s commitment to quality no junk products makes this an easy choice over other supplements.
Ingredients: 5/5 Old School Labs is honest and straightforward with all ingredients in the product
Taste: 5/5 Easily the best tasting Pre-Workout on the market
Mixing: 4/5 Overall mixes well, however it can get gritty
Potency: 5/5 Provides enough energy without going overboard throughout your entire workout
Value: 4/5 The retail price for quality is $59.99, however throughout ten months of use I have yet to pay more than $39.99 on amazon.
Overall Score: 23/25
Buy if you want quality, highly effective ingredients, with little to no side effects.
I do not have any stake in this company and have not been paid for this review.
Born in the suburbs of Chicago, Ryan Streacker grew up wanting to challenge himself. He is a veteran of the SOF community with two deployments to Afghanistan and successful completion of Ranger School. He currently resides in Virginia and can be found training for American Ninja Warrior.