Ben Nadel
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Project HUGE: Spike'ing My Workout

By Ben Nadel on

Yesterday, I stopped off at a GNC on the way to my apartment to try one of those liquid gel energy squeeze packs that you always see in running stores. Well, they didn't have what I was looking for, but I ended up getting a bottle of "Spike" from Biotest and the developers of T-Nation.com. I love their web site and their products so I figured I give this a try. Here is the hook they use on their product site:

How would you like to have the best workout of your life - every time you train?

How would like to have the energy of ephedrine, without the jitters?

How would you like the mental clarity and mood elevation of amphetamine, without using a controlled substance?

How would you like all of this, without negative side effects: no addiction and no down-regulation of receptors requiring ever-increasing doses?

Well, bubba, you can have it all with one bad-boy . . .

His name is Spike! . . . and he'll blow your freakin' head off - with ammo to spare!

My work out was pretty good. I was stronger on all my exercises. This is no feat in and of itself as this is my second week back from a time off and I should be getting stronger easily in the beginning. But, I did feel good. My one problem - I could NOT fall asleep. I think I tossed and turned until about 2:45am or at least that's the last time I looked at the clock. Apparently, one of the active ingredients in Spike is caffeine. I have very little caffeine in my diet (no coffee) and I think this shock to the system basically wired me. I will see how I react over the next few workouts. I see now, on the site, they have a non-caffeinated version. Maybe I will give that a go sometime.

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Reader Comments

I find it funny that Harris Teeter sells this as well. That's where I picked up my first can. I <3 it.

I've been doing p90x at home (laugh if you will, it's working for me), it's too hard for me to get to the gym.. Spike /really/ /really/ gives me a rush...

What is p90x? I wouldn't laugh at anything fitness related.

SPIKE gives me a big rush, but it's destroying my sleep pattern. I think I need to get the non-caffeinated version. I take it at like 4pm and I am laying awake at 2am - 10 hours later. Hopefully the non-caffeinated version will give me the same rush AND let me sleep.

It's actually off of one of those late night informercials.. It's just a set of DVDs along with a fitness/diet plan laid out.. It works well for giving me something to follow and keep myself motivated... www.p90x.com

Hey, that stuff looks cool. And I figure, what ever gets you motivated and keeps you dedicated is better than what most people have, myself included. I can't wait to one day have a home gym with just a few pieces of equipment. I figure if I had everything at home, I could be more dedicated (no excuses).

That was /always/ my intention as well. I do have a bench and weights, but unless I am following something (the DVDs) it is too easy for me to come up with other stuff I 'should' be doing rather than working out..

Yeah, seriously! And I lift alone, which I assume you do. This is no good at all. I used to work out with 2 or 3 other guys, back in what I refer to as the "good old days" (college). It was so much easier to be motivated when people actually depended on you showing up somewhere at a given time.