PES Enhanced v. USPLabs JACK3D Micro: The Little Giants Face-Off!

enhanced vs jacked micro Just when the preworkout category begins to plateau and every product seems to be the same powder in different packages. That good ole proverb, saying, what have you ‘Competition Breeds Innovation’ proves true once again. With the creation of the Micro Category comes a new frontier in the preworkout category! Now with the first competition to Jack3d Micro we thought it pertinent to compare these two innovators.

Since this is the first Side By Side Comparison for SIC we are going to do this a little differently then other reviewers out there. This won’t be some N=1 ‘This product is so much better then the other one Bro’ review from a shirtless 150 pound kid in a dorm room.

Nope this will be a clean, take-it-how-you-will scientific-ish approach. Comparing the product’s ingredients along side how you can expect them to perform & and at the very end, our individual experiences with each product. So here we go!

usplabs jack3d micro

Ingredients Marked with an *Asterisk are found in Both Products!

First is Jack3d Micro

With a 3.65g Serving Size & 1-2 Scoop Dosage Recommendation a bottle will give you 20-40 Workouts.

L-Citrulline- L-Citrulline is one of the three amino acids in the Urea cycle alongside L-Arginine and L-Ornithine; it turns into L-Arginine after absorption and being sent to the kidneys, so it is actually a better method of getting supplemental L-Arginine into the blood rather than L-Arginine itself [1]

 Arginine Nitrate- Thought to be a precursor to Nitric Oxide

 *Agmatine Sulfate- metabolite of L-Arginine which appears to be a novel neurotransmitter. As well as circulatory health promoting and provides pumps/vascularity.[2]

Grape Seed (95% Proanthocyanidins) Extract- Grape Seed Extract is a mixture of tannins and procyanidins (chains of catechins) that appears to exert anti-estrogenic effects and may enhance blood flow.[3]

CNS Contractile Stimulant System    182 mg  

*Caffeine- Caffeine is a compound that is seen as ‘anti-sleep’, by mimicking and blocking a molecule that induces sleepiness known as adenosine. Also a potent stimulant and fat burner; these effects, alongside some others, fade with time.[4]

*Norcoclaurine HCl (Norcoline-)- possesses  benefits to muscular output by increasing acetylcholine release from motor neurons.[5]

3,4-Dihydroxycinnamic Acid (Caffeic Acid)- found to prevent fatigue and improve exercise tolerance.[6]

PES Enhanced Pre-Workout1

Now onto PES Enhanced

With a 3.70 Gram serving size we strongly suggest trying just ONE scoop to asses Tolerance! One Bottle will provide 20-40 Workouts as well.

PES Enhanced Ingredients

L-Leucine Nitrate- the Leucine compound according to the fifth implementation, when ingested, provides enhanced Nitric Oxide (NO–) production while providing improved vasodilation effects over single administration of Leucine, the single administration of Nitrates, or the single administration of Nitrites. Improved vasodilation may, in turn, provide better circulation and distribution of Leucine in the body.

Cytidine 5-diphosphocholine (CitiCholine, CDP Choline)- is a precursor to Acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter involved with muscle contraction & shows benefits on memory formation.[7]

Pomegranate Fruit Extract- been found to have effects on increasing nitric oxide levels & vasodilation. [8]

Choline Bitartrate- Choline is turned into the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine via the enzyme Choline Acetyltransferase (ChAT). Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter involved in muscle contraction and is implicated in memory formation.[9]

Pausinystalia Johimbe Bark Extract (nPYE)- Yohimbe and its subset Yohimbine are fat-burning compounds that work in the body by increasing adrenaline levels in the body and inhibiting a regulatory process found on fat cells that is normally suppressive of fat burning, thus leading to an increase fat burning potential.[10]

*Norcoclaurine HCl (Norcoline-)- possesses  benefits to muscular output by increasing acetylcholine release from motor neurons.[5]

N-[2-hydroxy-2(4-methoxyphenyl) ethyl]-3-phenyl-2-propenamide (Aegeline)- which shows antihyperlipidemic, antihyperglycemic and antidyslipidemic properties in diabetic rat models.[11] -Also found in USPLabs Versa-1

Swertia Chirayita Extract (standardized for Xanthones)- found to play a role in glucose metabolism & is also a potent antioxidant [12] [13]

 *Agmatine Sulfate- metabolite of L-Arginine which appears to be a novel neurotransmitter. As well as circulatory health promoting and provides pumps/vascularity.[2]

*Caffeine- Caffeine is a compound that is seen as ‘anti-sleep’, by mimicking and blocking a molecule that induces sleepiness known as adenosine. Also a potent stimulant and fat burner; these effects, alongside some others, fade with time.[4]

 

Both Enhanced & Jack3d Micro appear to be ‘two cars on the same road’ so to speak. They both have similar ingredients that aim to provide Focus, Energy, Euphoria, Neuro-Muscular Connectivity and Pump.

However, one thing must be taken into account. USPLabs & Jack3d are under the magnifying glass when it comes to their formulations and that is reflected in the experience you can expect to feel on Enhanced. This is purely my opinion but after taking both products multiple times, there is no denying that Enhanced is ‘Stronger’ then Jack3d Micro. That’s where PES is lucky. Being a smaller company & not as in the spotlight they can push the limits on their formulations; which they truly have.

SIC Experiences

Tony

USPLabs Jack3d Micro Review

Jack3d Micro is a decent pre-workout supplement but it just feels as though it is missing something. I remember taking the original Jack3d and feeling invincible and geared up to head to the gym to lift everything I could get my hands on.  Jack3d Micro was a completely different experience in that it didn’t give me intense energy and that urge to try and lift the vending machine, it was more of an experience similar to the beginning of a roller coaster ride. After taking Jack3d Micro I felt as though I was climbing to the top of the energy coaster ready to experience that first drop and feel the rush of energy, but that rush never came. That rush of energy that the original Jack3d gave me was missing from this new pre workout. What I did notice was that although my energy levels never climbed to the top, I had a deep focus and unshakeable concentration and before I knew it my workout was already over with. USPLabs might be onto something with the direction of Jack3d Micro and focusing more on the smoother ride experience instead of blasting you out of a cannon. Overall Jack3d is not a bad pre workout supplement its just a pre workout that is headed in a different direction.

PES Enhanced Review

Let me just start off by saying that PES should have called this product something else like lift off, dynamite, danger explosives because this pre-workout will do more than just enhance your workout, it will send you to the moon and back. PES Enhanced is a high energy pre workout supplement that will have you bouncing from weight rack to weight rack, making you lift every heavy thing in sight. WARNING do not take PES Enhanced and not workout because you will feel like a ticking time bomb ready to go off…there’s another name PES could have used “ticking time bomb”. This has to be one of my favorite pre workouts due to the insane energy and the pump it promotes, it just doesn’t feel fair to use it in the gym while everyone else is struggling to lift weights and you are one feeling “Enhanced” and re racking everybody else’s machines. Thank-you PES for making one heck of a pre-workout supplement but now I’m going to go lay down and sleep for 3 days!

Dave

Jack3d Micro Review

Well to be completely honest I don’t like ultra concentrates and when I first heard of Micro Concentrates I was not all that thrilled. Concentrates just never give me the pump that I want when I lift. & This isn’t a vanity thing either.  The ‘pump’ isn’t just something that looks good and gives the Chest & Bicep crowd an ego a boost when leaving the gym. No the pump not only helps deliver nutrients to your muscles, but it also allows you to really feel the muscle; since it is engorged with blood thus allowing you to enhance ‘time-under-tension’ and ultimately grow. But holy crap I digress, anyway I was genuinely impressed last July when I first tried Jack3d Micro. From a two scoop serving totaling only 7 or 8 grams I was pumped and had good focus, energy & endurance to push out that last rep.

PES Enhanced Review

Since I knew what a Micro sized product could deliver after Jack3d Micro, I was excited to give the new formula from PES a try. Having tried AlphaMine and being a regular user for a mid-day boost, I knew that really all PES had to do was hit a few more key points and they could have a great preworkout on their hands. And I was happy to see that I was partially correct. Enhanced is kind of like AlphaMine’s Swole, Crazy Older Brother. And we will leave it at that. But do heed our advice & start with ONE SCOOP!

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-Dave

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