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Pre-Workout Supplements Video Part 2

Let’s be honest: most sequels suck — especially if the original was good. It’s a problem of expectations: people expect every sequel to be better than the original, and when the original was good, it’s usually not practicable. And the original, with it’s lack of proprietary blends, was good — game-changing, write-home-to-mom good. So good you might have to take it off the pedestal I have it on to read it.

Maximize: hard to reach atop its pedestal

Then, it left. Quite suddenly, and without much explanation, it was being “reformulated.” I was distraught — disconsolate. After Maximize, the other pre-workouts were afterthoughts (except this one, but that’s a post for a different day).

For two months I languished in the doldrums of NO-Xplodes, SuperPump250s (venerable, but unexciting), and White Floods; wallowed in the mundanities of NO Shotguns and Hemo Rages; and weathered the lassitude bestowed by NaNO Vapors, Dark Rages, and Xpand Xtreme Pumps. Even Jack3d, once a personal favorite, couldn’t fill the gaping void Maximize left in my pre-workout life. I was without, and it was awful: there was no magic tub to open and scoop into a shaker bottle while knowing categorically an amazing workout was to follow.

Then came Maximize V2, and thus, my love affair began anew. (Yes, that last sentence rhymed, and no, I’m not changing it.)

Leaner, meaner, simpler

What’s Different?

They mercilessly trimmed the fat in Maximize V2. I’ve been ceaselessly beating my drum about how BCAAs/glutamine are redundant, how you don’t need novel forms of creatine (monohydrate is more than sufficient), and how arginine is a shameless scam: they’re all gone. I feel validated; I kind of like these iFORCE guys.

Notable additions include agmatine, beta-alanine, and creatine monohydrate. You can read about agmatine here, and lack of beta-alanine, according to this video, was the biggest oversight in original Maximize. Furthermore, the doses of the retained ingredients went up, the servings per bottle went up as well, and the price of the product ($29.99) went down.

There is one flaw I cannot leave unaddressed: Maximize V2 regressed into a proprietary blend product. This isn’t a flaw in effectiveness, however, and is really only an objection in the moral sense on my part. The formula got simpler and the dosages went up, so the usual reason for using a proprietary blend — hiding the fact that your product sucks behind way too many ingredients — isn’t being employed.

As with the original, Maximize V2 is only available in one flavor: raspberry lemonade. I find the flavor to be slightly better than marginal, and I’ve heard mixed reviews from customers. Still, we don’t drink these products for the flavor(s), so suck it up. It’s not unpalatable by any means; it’s kind of like a knock-off Country Time raspberry lemonade. I was also told a second flavor is in the works, tentatively named “jungle juice.” For the record, I am tentatively very tentative about that flavor. The last time I had jungle juice was in college, and I don’t think I remember what it tastes like, exactly — nor do I remember much of anything from that evening.

Close, but not quite

Close, but not quite

…And the big difference?

Oh yes, one other thing — one tiny little tidbit I neglected to mention: Maximize V2 packs a stimulant wallop of epic proportions. All hyperbole aside, it kicks — hard. Like slap-in-the-face hard. Like battering-ram hard. Like caffeine + methyl synephrine + geranium synergism ecstasy hard. (And yes, that was without the hyperbole.)

The inside “scoop”

I was able to unearth a quote from an iFORCE rep about Maximize V2:

“ill put it this way:

-creatine dose is a full dose at 2 scoops

-enough taurine to get rid of back pumps

-geranium is dosed like Jack3d on steroidzz

-caffeine isnt over 200mg/serving

-tyrosine is dosed the same as the original (750mg)

hope that helps!”

That’s about as close to debunking the proprietary blend as you’re going to get, and it’s pretty reassuring to boot.

So there you have it. If you liked the original, you’ll love this. If you didn’t like the original, you’ll love this. If you have a pulse and are fond of exercise, you’ll probably love this, too. Given the recent infatuation with the undead — à la Twilight and True Blood, among others — if you lack a pulse, but not necessarily enthusiasm for the gym, you’ll like it as well. (We don’t discriminate here at Best Price Nutrition.)

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