Pre-workout supplements are a little tricky for me. I have a caffeine sensitivity and generally try to avoid it, but sometimes I know my upcoming gym schedule is going to be TOUGH! Pre-workouts provide extra energy and often contain additional ingredients to aid in muscle recovery or muscle gain, allowing me to get more out of my workout than I would normally. Some of the pre-workouts I've tried have left me intensely jittery and had other less-than-desirable side effects, so I'm still on the hunt for a pre-workout that works for ME.
I chose MRM Driven over other supplements because it is all-natural AND contains creatine. Other artificial pre-workouts had me going crazy and getting paranoid, thanks to the synthetic sources of caffeine. Driven does not give me the same overly tense effects. I still get an energy boost, and often find it difficult to sleep if I work out in the evening, but I definitely do not suffer from the same intense caffeine side effects of other products. Occasionally I have itchy skin or mild nausea, but this seems to be linked to the foods I've consumed on those particular days - when I eat healthier during the day, I have fewer side effects.
The flavor of the mixed berries is okay, but not great, and the powder does not dissolve very well, leaving a dry grittiness to the texture. I've seen reviews for their other flavor (strawberry kiwi) and it sounds like maybe that's the better flavor choice for this particular supplement. Overall, though, I found MRM Driven to be drinkable and effective, especially on days when I teach back to back strength and endurance classes and NEED to show up with my A-game and plenty of energy!
Do you take pre-workout? What's your go-to brand? Do you have problems with the caffeine content?