Redcon1 Total War Pre Workout Review: Is It A Strong PWO?
Who hasn't heard of the Total War Pre Workout by Redcon1? It's definitely one of the most popular pre-workout products on the market.
But what we're wondering is – does it really live up to the hype, and how goes it compare to some other pre's we've used?
To give you an idea of what happens when you take a scoop of this product, we've gone ahead and bought a tub of Redcon1's Total War.
We're going to share our experience with you. Keep reading if you want to find out if it's worth picking this one up!
My Experience With The Total War Pre Workout
Total War has been reformulated several times. The previous version of this pre-workout used to contain potent stimulants such as DMHA.
This had made us very curious to see how the new formula had turned out and if it's able to live up to the promised effects.
As always, I was extremely hyped to try this pre workout out. There's a lot of hype surrounding this product, so I was more than ready to give it a fair shot.
I took my heaping scoop of Total War about 20 to 30 minutes before arriving at the gym to start my chest and triceps session. That's more than enough time for the ingredients to get absorbed by your body.
It tasted pretty solid; I went with the flavor strawberry mango. I've had better tasting options, but I had no trouble downing this scoop.
I didn't have much to eat before taking this pre workout. I take it on a nearly empty stomach to make sure the product kicks in hard.
As I'm getting ready to start my workout, I could feel that Total War is working at full force. The first noticeable effects were the Beta-Alanine tingles, which made my face and hands itch all over.
Moving to my first exercise, I'm feeling a solid increase in energy. The additional energy this pre workout gave me helped me squeeze out extra reps and sets, but it wasn't anything out of this world.
But of course, I'm a high-tolerance guy when it comes to pre workout supplements. I've tried so many, so the energy might be better for someone else.
The focus wasn't really there, unfortunately. I did not get that ”in the zone” feeling during my workout. We would've loved to see some additional nootropic ingredients in this formula.
Moving on to the pumps, they were actually pretty good. In fact, I would say that the pumps are the most noticeable effect I got from taking Total War.
The Citrulline, Agmatine, and Taurine combination gave me pretty good pumps, allowing me to focus on the mind-muscle connection. I was looking more vascular than usual.
I got in a relatively short but solid 60-minute chest and tricep workout: good and noticeable pumps, mild energy increase, no significant increase in cognitive functions.
I found that the effects wore off relatively quickly; that's also why my training wasn't too long. This also might be due to my high tolerance.
After trying Total War multiple times, I rate it a 7/10 overall. It's a good product, but nothing extraordinary for me.
I want to emphasize that this is just my personal experience and opinion with this product. Using this pre workout might turn out totally different for you.
Total War Preworkout Ingredients
One of the most critical aspects of our reviews is going over the ingredients behind a pre-workout.
Redcon1's Total War holds a total of 14.7 grams per one serving. Based on what we've seen, I would say that is slightly above average, which is a good sign.
Below you'll find the supplement facts and ingredients per serving of Total War, check it out:
As you can tell, there are quite a few ingredients in this product that could positively impact workout performance.
Let's go over each ingredient and dosage to see what kind of influence they will have on your performance.
Citrulline Malate 2:1 - 6000MG
The formula is kicked off with 6 grams of Citrulline Malate at a 2:1 ratio. That means you're getting 4 grams of L-Citrulline, and 2 grams of Malic acid.
The 4 grams of L-Citrulline is below what we're used to seeing in pre workouts, but it should still give you a relatively good pump.
Malic acid could also help improve exercise performance by boosting energy.
Beta Alanine - 3200MG
Beta Alanine, if you're a fan of our reviews, you'll know that we absolutely love Beta Alanine.
It's one of the few ingredients capable of increasing exercise performance, although you'll have to consume it daily for optimal effects.
3.2 grams (3200mg) is an excellent dosage, and it's great to see it included in Redcon1's Total War.
Fun fact: Beta Alanine is the ingredient that causes the itchy and tingling sensation on your skin.
Agmatine Sulfate - 1000MG
In case you haven't heard of Agmatine Sulfate, it's a metabolite of the amino acid L-Arginine.
It works by increasing nitric oxide, so it's going to shuttle more blood to the muscles.
Or in other words, it's going to give you a fantastic pump. It's a great addition to the formula.
Total War contains a gram of Agmatine Sulfate, a moderate dosage that'll do the job.
Taurine - 1000MG
Taurine is an amino acid that could help with improving blood flow. It's added for pumps, and at a gram, that's exactly what it'll do.
Caffeine Anhydrous - 250MG
Good old' caffeine anhydrous, of course, this had to be included in Total War.
Caffeine is by far the most promising stimulant that can boost your energy levels and training intensity.
One scoop holds 250mg of caffeine anhydrous. Compared to other pre's, this is an average dosage that does the job.
It's good to see that they didn't go overboard with the caffeine in this product. Beginners may want to start with taking just half a scoop to assess tolerance.
Juniper Extract - 150MG
We don't come across Juniper Extract too often. It's most likely been added to help with digestion and the absorption of the other ingredients.
Di-Caffeine Malate - 100MG
Di-Caffeine Malate is caffeine bonded with malic acid (75:25). It's a slow-releasing type of caffeine. It helps provide longer-lasting energy, especially in combination with anhydrous.
At 100mg Di-Caffeine Malate, you're getting 75mg of actual caffeine and 25mg of malic acid.
Theobromine - 50MG
Theobromine is structurally very similar to caffeine. It's a mild stimulant that could lower blood pressure and enhance mood.
50mg of Theobromine is a low dosage, as we're used to seeing between 100 to 200mg in other pre workouts.
Green Tea Extract - 45MG
Green tea extract is an ingredient we often see in fat burners. It's loaded with antioxidants and said to help with weight loss and brain function.
It's not every day that we see it included in a pre workout. And at 45mg per serving, it's dosed low. I don't think you'll notice much of this. But hey, that's just me.
Naringin - 25MG
Naringin is a flavonoid found in the skin of grapefruits and oranges. It is an antioxidant that comes with several health benefits.
Bioperine - 10MG
Bioperine is a black pepper extract that is added to enhance the absorption of the ingredients.
It's dosed at 10mg per serving, which is an excellent and sufficient dosage. I think it's a great compound for topping off the formula.
Redcon1 Total War Pre Workout: Yes Or No?
If you're just getting into pre workout supplements, it's a good idea to give the Total War pre workout a shot.
It does contain a good set of ingredients. However, for experienced users like myself, it gave moderate effects.
Don't get me wrong; it was not a bad experience. Not at all, because I rate it a 7/10 based on how it worked for me.
I have just tried pre workouts that, for me, ended up working a lot better and more effectively while being around the same price point.
My favorite product is Wrecked by Huge Nutrition. It contains many more ingredients than the average product, as it holds over 20 grams per scoop.
Total War Pricing & Taste
One tub of Redcon1's Total War holds 30 servings and can be purchased on the official site for $39.99. Fair pricing for what you're getting, especially since there are 30 servings in a tub.
I'll be honest; Total War comes in loads of different flavors. I think there are up to 20 different flavors available, which is excellent. There's plenty to choose from, and there's definitely one you'll like.
I went with Strawberry Mango, and it tasted amazing. If you're thinking about picking this up, I would recommend checking out that flavor.
The Bottom Line
There's a lot of different pre workout supplements available out on today's market. Each product has its own unique formulation, and today, we've shown you our experience with Redcon1's Total War.
After trying it multiple times, I ended up giving it a 7 out of 10. The energy and pumps were good, but definitely not the best I've experienced.
I found that the focus wasn't optimal for me either, which was quite disappointing.
Keep in mind; this is my experience with Total war. I'm simply sharing how I felt from taking this product. It might be completely different for you, especially if you're a beginner.
The flavor, Strawberry Mango, was actually surprisingly good! One of the better tasting pre workouts on the market, for sure.
The price point for Total War is pretty average, and I think you're getting a good value product for what you're paying.
I'm interested to see how other people have experienced this product. Share your experiences if you've taken this supplement!