Dedicated Nutrition has just hit the our shores with their Australian début, Unstoppable. With such a bold name, it comes with little surprise that this is (yet another) pre-workout supplement in an already saturated segment of the Austrailan bodybuilding market. Ever since the banning of DMAA (and subsequently Jack3d being knocked off its perch), there hasn’t really been one definitive pre-workout to capture the majority of the market. But this new entry may just have what it takes to be a serious contender.
There has been a lot of hype surrounding this Canadian produced product. According to the official Australian distributors (Flush Fitness), it is the number one selling pre-workout in all of Europe. So as you can imagine, we were keen to get this product in stock and put it to the test!
So let’s get into the nitty gritty of Dedicated Unstoppable shall we?
For the review, we tried the mango strawberry version (however the product also comes in orange). Mango strawberry isn’t all that common amongst supplements but admittedly it was very pleasant for a pre-workout. In fact it tasted like a tropical fruit punch and was very drinkable.
While admittedly pre-workouts are not typically consumed for their taste, this certainly has to be one of the better in the category.
Possibly the biggest issue with pre-workout products are the fact that they just don’t completely dissolve. While Unstoppable is reasonably good, you can expect a few minor grains at the bottom of your shaker bottle. Overall it does mix quite nicely for a pre-workout and there are no major issues here.
Let me just begin by highlighting the fact that I love the degree of transparency of the labelling on this tub. All too often manufacturers hide ingredient compositions by formulating “proprietary blends”. (Yes, this is a pet peeve of mine!) This most certainly is not the case for Unstoppable with every ingredient listed individually and transparently, with a corresponding amount per serving (and per 100g).
In terms of the nutritional composition, this is where this product becomes really exciting. It is innovative and very different to anything else currently on the Australian market.
As in almost all pre-workouts, there’s caffeine (225mg per serve, in the form of 175mg caffeine anhydrous and 50mg di-caffeine malate). There’s really not that much special about this as it is a fairly stock-standard serving amount.
Let’s briefly run through the other core ingredients and their associated benefits:
- Trimethylglycine Nitrate – enhances muscular volume (the pump) and aids in the decrease of fatigue
- N-Carbamyl-Glutamate – helps boost muscle protein synthesis
- Glycerol Monostearate – enhances water uptake into muscle tissue enhancing muscle volume
- L-Norvaline – enhances blood flow and vascularity
- Rhodiola Rosea extract – enhancing endurance capacity and stamina
- Calcium/Sodium/Potassium phosphates – minerals that are beneficial for cell hydration and the performance of muscle fibres
- Hidenamine – enhancing energy and blood flow
- Hordenine – enhances blood flow
- Selaginella tamariscina extract – enhances energy, blood flow and muscle contractions
- Vitamin C – immune benefits and may improve performance
- Astragalus & Panax Notoginseng extract – enhances nutrient absorption
- Cocoa extract – enhances NO production and improves health
Ultimately this is a solid mix of ingredients. There are the key stimulants in there and then a number of other ingredients to help boost nutrient uptake, muscular performance and blood flow.
You may be surprised at the exclusion of beta alanine, which is quite a popular ingredient amongst pre-workouts. It’s an interesting decision, but may be a smart move since we have seen many people complain about that very uncomfortable tingly feeling that beta-alanine often causes.
Worth noting, the label does suggest to take 1-2 scoops of this pre-workout prior to training. If you do take 2 scoops, that’s going to yield a BIG caffeine hit at 450mg in total. Though if you’re after something potent, then this is probably right down your alley.
The Road Test
After giving this product a go with 1.5 servings, I was particularly impressed. The energy and level of focus that I experienced was fantastic.
There are some pre-workouts that you take which are predominantly just caffeine. While you get a high, that follows with a big crash thereafter. That certainly did not seem the case with this Unstoppable.
Most notably this product really did seem to enhance both stamina and endurance. During my particular workout, a number of personal best’s were hit and I noticed that my performance in the 8-10 rep range was particularly enhanced. Of course it’s difficult to put this down to Unstoppable alone, but I do feel that it contributed greatly to an overall excellent workout.
Worth noting, following a very intense 50 minute session, I was feeling so good that I decided to add in a couple of sets of heavy (4-6 rep max) deadlifts for good measure!
Value for Money
Let’s be frank; unstoppable is not a cheap product. It is most certainly one of the more expensive products on the market in this category. Per tub there are 30 serves and it sells at a similar price point to a typical 45-60 serve product currently on the market.
But does that necessarily mean that it is not good value? I think not. When you have a product that is so innovative and unique you would expect to pay a little more, if it performs. And it does.
Ultimately if you’re the budget conscious individual, this product won’t be for you. If however you’re after something new that really delivers, then this one ticks all the boxes.
Overall this is a great product and I can see why it is the number one seller in Europe. It’s a no-fluff pre-workout that really performs and delivers a workout “experience”. I personally have no hesitation in rating Unstoppable right up there as one of the best on the market today.
If you're interested in trying this product out for yourself, visit the Dedicated Unstoppable product page in our store!