We like cars. Especially cars that not only look pretty but go from 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds.
This concept seems to be where EVL based its ENGN “Pre-Workout Engine,” which claims to be an “Intense pre-workout powder for increased energy, power and focus.”
Well, the bottle looks good so it passes the “pretty” test. But what about its performance? Can it make us go from zero to sixty in the gym? Let’s find out.
About EVL™ ENGN® PRE-WORKOUT ENGINE
ENGN is EVLUTION NUTRITION’s flagship PWO. It’s a one-scoop powder that’s supposed to provide a burst of energy, perfect focus, muscle pumps, and lots of power… all we’ll see if they can really rev up your engine. Formula notes:
- Awesome ingredients: We see plenty of familiar PWO faces, some of which are in premium branded forms.
- Simple formula: The fewer the ingredients, the more there is room for potency… helping make up for their sin of Prop Blend dosage deception.
- Freakin’ FLAVORS, bro: Blue Raz, Fruit Punch, Green Apple, Cherry Limeade, Furious Grape, Watermelon & Orange Dream.
EVL ENGN PRE-WORKOUT ENGINE Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 1 Scoop (8.6 g)
Servings Per Container: 30
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Niacin (as niacinamide)||35 mg (175%)|
|Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl)||2 mg (100%)|
|Folic Acid||800 mcg (200%)|
|Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)||25 mcg (417%)|
|Beta-Alanine (as CarnoSyn®)||1600 mg|
Creatine Monohydrate, Magnesium Creatine Chelate (Creatine MagnaPower®)
|ENGN® Mind-to-Muscle Matrix Proprietary Blend
Betaine Anhydrous, Choline Bitartrate, L-Tyrosine, Agmatine Sulfate (as AGmass™), Caffeine Anhydrous, Infinergy™ (DiCaffeine Malate), Alpha-Glycerylphosphorylcholine, Huperzia Serrata Extract (std. min. 1% Huperzine A)(Club moss).
|Other Ingredients: Malic Acid, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Tartaric Acid, Sucralose, Silica, Acesulfame Potassium, FD&C Red #40|
|Directions for use: As a dietary supplement, take 1 scoop with 8 oz. (236 mL) of cold water 15-30 minutes before training. To avoid sleeplessness, do not take take within 4 hours of sleep.|
This “Pre-Workout Engine” is fueled by high-octane CAFFEINE.
EVL ENGN brings good ingredients to the table. It could be more laser-targeted as a PWO, and some dosages seem questionable. This makes ENGN not quite as strong as some competitors, but it’s still a good formula.
Let’s break down the EVL ENGN ingredients:
We see the ever present B-complex which serves to enhance overall metabolic functions in the body. There’s really nothing to note here save for the lackluster forms of B6 (P-5-P is better) and B12 (methylcobalamin is superior). Good doses for everyday health but apart from that, there’s really not much to say about them. NEXT!
Beta-Alanine, 1,600 mg
One of the best preworkouts that can stand on its own as a supplement. It comes in one of the best forms as CarnoSyn which is easier for the body to tolerate and use in high doses. That dose, though, we’re just not sure if it’s enough for brosephs.
Creatine Complex, 2,000 mg
Good old Creatine will never really fail to put a smile on our faces. It comes in two forms: Monohydrate is easily one of the best and purest forms of Creatine. Magnesium Chelate, in a premium form of MagnaPower, is supposed to have greater bioavalability than Monohydrate, at least according to MagnaPower (hmm). Science says there’s not much difference when it comes to performance, though. Whether one is better than the other, the real deal here is it’s underdosed by at least 500 mg for good results.
ENGN Mind-to-Muscle Matrix, 2,213 mg
Betaine is a metabolic booster, powerful N.O. spiker, performance enhancer, and creatine support in one. Dose for supplements is pegged at 2.5 g, though, and since this blend is only about 2.2 g, this means Betaine’s boosting effects in ENGN may be a bit reduced.
Choline and Tyrosine are pretty awesome nootropics. Too bad they’re presented in weaker forms, especially if the advertised purpose is for “Maximum focus.” The best brain supplements made for complete and utter mental domination use the good shit: Choline as Cognizin® Citicoline and Tyrosine as N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine. These are the active, potent forms you want, bro. Huperzine is another nootropic and works at amazingly low dosages of 50 mcg to 200 mcg.
Agmatine comes in a branded form in ENGN called AGmass which helps boost N.O. for more pumps. There is no standard working dose, as studies for Agmatine are scarce. Standalone supplements start at 500 mg.
Caffeine is a common sight, but what about DiCaffeine Malate? Our research tells us it’s a mild stimulant that contains both caffeine and malic acid. The malic acid is supposed to calm the digestive effects of caffeine and is patented by Creative Compounds under the Infinergy brand. It is usually 75% caffeine.
EVL ENGN’s focus is to provide intense energy, maximum focus, amplified pumps, and explosive power and it gives you all of that. It would give you more if you took an extra scoop, but that might be out of the question for most Bros cause it would ratchet up the caffeine to a whopping 600 mg. Not a good idea! BUT, they also have a caffeine-free version, in which case doubling up scoops would deliver a potent PWO surge without turning you into a raving psycho.
Most ingredients are great choices, with a few presented in premium forms. But they hide a lot in prop blends, making it hard to tell if EVL’s missing letters in their product names are for marketing gimmicks or a sign of “missing” doses.
No premium brand can salvage a low-dosed ingredient and Beta-Alanine lacks power despite coming in as CarnoSyn. This means reps are definitely not coming in large numbers. That sucks balls, bro. Balls.
Their Creatine Complex is too low for athletes to take seriously. Who’s satisfied with a 2 g serving of Creatine nowadays? No one! Creatine is the holy grail of supplements, bro! When you dose it, you either go all out or don’t bother.
As for their Mind-to-Muscle Matrix, it is a cool name for a blend, and an even cooler concept. Mind-Body power is the real deal, and more Bros these days are interested in taking brain-boosting nootropics to crush mental limitations while banging out reps.
This particular blend has some great ingredient choices, but again, the forms could be better, and we just don’t know the dosages due to their prop blend philosophy, Still, we’re guessing they got Caffeine, Huperzine, and DiCaffeine Malate right as far as dosages are concerned but we can’t say the same for the rest.
- We’re not made at ENGN for cheesing out a bit on the brain nutrition, because that’s how most PWOs do it: Many dust their formulas with light nootropics, but not enough… which is why we say you should just take an awesome separate nootropic formula if you really want to reap the benefits of a brainpower surge during your workout.
ENGN’s N.O. stack is dependent on Betaine with Agmatine acting as support. These two normally do well together, adding another couple of solid PWOs to the stack.
EVL ENGN PRE-WORKOUT ENGINE Benefits
It’s a mild PWO, so you’ll only get mild effects on focus, pump, and power. Probably the biggest benefit will come in the form of alertness and energy, thanks to the 300 mg caffeine dose using two forms of caffeine, including one advanced & premium form. We definitely think ENGN will work for you, and ramp up your workout intensity… but maybe not in all the ways you want it to.
Who Takes It?
EVL says it’s for athletes. We say it’s for athletes who like to add extra since ENGN is hardly a standalone PWO unless you double the serving… which is a roll of the dice that might turn you into an overcaffeinated man-beast. In our opinion, it’s better suited for beginners with a good caffeine tolerance.
Any Side Effects?
Some of the doses might be a little low, so the usual tingling associated with Beta-Alanine or the stomach cramps with Creatine might not show. Depending on your sensitivity, you may or may not experience crashing or jitters due to that fat 300 mg caffeine dose. We wish they would have added L-Theanine to this formula, which can take the edge off of caffeine jitters. It’s worth noting that ENGN has a pretty long warning, so some Bros may want to proceed with caution. Check it:
EVL™ ENGN® PRE-WORKOUT ENGINE Summary
- Great choices. Some of the best PWOs are found here.
- Premium ingredient forms. A sign of quality.
- Good taste. Users say EVL is a genius with flavors.
- Intense energy. Highly stimulating formula.
- Questionable doses. Prop blends, god dammit.
- Not enough Creatine. Needs more “gain powder.”
- Expensive. # of actual servings decline if you take extra scoops.
- Mild Pumps. Not an industrial-strength PWO, bro.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 bottle (30 servings): $49.99
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on EVL ENGN
EVL ENGN is a decent PWO. We love the thought behind its formulation, but thoughts don’t count as much as proper dosing. As a stimulant it’s pretty intense; but for PWO purposes it’s milder. With that in mind, we think EVL ENGN could be just right as an entry-level formula for noobs with high caffeine tolerance, who love great-tasting PWOs, and who aren’t yet ready to achieve true Beast Mode.