Today we will be talking about Xtend from SciVation. Xtend is mainly designed with endurance and accelerated recovery in mind. Essentially, it is more of a BCAA/NO Boosting supplement than a pre-workout. Overall, I would buy Xtend again to use as an intra workout supplement or even just a BCAA supplement. As a pre-workout though, I can’t say that I’d use it without stacking it with a different product for more of a focus enhancing effect. There are a number of other supplements that do promote focus, and are still stim free – which I would go for over Xtend just by itself. In the end, its a great amino acid / no boosting supplement, at a decent price – but you may benefit more by using it stacked with something else like NO Xplode “Caffeine Free” or Ultima.
The price per serving goes anywhere from .50 to .80 depending on the size you buy and where you buy it. This puts it a cheaper than Modern BCAA, and sets its lower than the average price of a stim free product. The beauty of stim free products as well is, you shouldn’t feel the need to take another scoop – because you know it won’t further increase your energy … as so many people do with caffeinated pre-wo’s.
This is where Xtend is most effective. The BCAA’s, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine stimulates muscle growth and provides extra metabolic energy while you train. In addition it contains 2.5g of Glutamine which I’ve always had great results as a recovery supp which also helps out endurance. I had great results in decreasing soreness and quickening recovery by taking in a serving of this the morning during my workout along with one serving about mid day.
In the focus category, Xtend doesn’t do so well. It is not designed with this in mind, so you shouldn’t be expecting a big rush of energy. The only ingredient that may help here is the serving of Vitamin B6.
Strength Gains- 5
Alright next up we have the strength category. Xtend doesn’t fair too well here either mainly because it is free of Creatine and Beta Alanine which are worth the most points. However the additional endurance provided by the BCAA’s, Glutamine, and Citrulline mentioned above may help to push your muscles harder and longer than usual which will promote gains in strength.
One of the best tasting supplements I have ever had! I believe that this product in some ways gets higher ratings simply because the flavor is just that great. Xtend is available in variety of flavors and I have heard very few complaints about any of them. There was no problems with it mixing either.