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Start Pre-Training by Metcon Review
Start Pre-Training is a pre-workout supplement manufactured by Metcon. It ranks 1,112 out of 1199 pre-workout supplements and earned an overall thumbs-down recommendation based on seven factors including nutrition label transparency, ingredients, dosing, claims, research rating, and ranking.
Start Pre-Training earned a thumbs-down recommendation. This recommendation is based on the criteria listed below. To earn an overall thumbs-up recommendation, a product must earn a thumbs-up in at least four of the seven areas below. Click on a graded area for an in-depth analysis.
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The detailed report provides an in-depth analysis of the product's rating. In addition to showing ratings for each area, this report also provides the required criteria for a thumbs-up in each section.
Start Pre-Training earned a thumbs-up in this category because its effectiveness rating is 1.75. A product's effectiveness rating must be at least 1.5 to receive a thumbs-up in this area. This effectiveness rating means Start Pre-Training is made up of a mix of both high and low-quality ingredients and may lead to some positive results.
This category illustrates how well a product works based on what the research says about its ingredients. Researchers conduct studies on supplement ingredients to gauge effectiveness. The database grades products on how effective their ingredients are. The effectiveness rating of supplement products is evaluated on a 3 point scale: 3.0 is the most effective, 1.0 is the least effective.
Start Pre-Training earned a thumbs-down in this category because it contains 0% extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients. A product must contain at least 75% extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
This category rates a product's ingredient makeup. A product should contain mostly extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients with little or no ineffective ones. The database categorizes ingredients as extremely, moderately, or ineffective based on conclusions from research articles.
Start Pre-Training contains:
- total ingredients: 29
The following table lists all ingredients found in this product as well as their effectiveness ratings and amounts (if listed).
|Alpha Lipoic Acid Amount not listed.||3 out of 3|
|Biotin Amount not listed.||3 out of 3|
|Agmatine Sulfate Amount not listed.||3 out of 3|
|Potassium Amount not listed.||2.7 out of 3|
|Green Coffee Extract Amount not listed.||2.5 out of 3|
|L-Carnitine L-Tartrate Amount not listed.||2.4 out of 3|
|Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1.5mg||2.3 out of 3|
|Beta Alanine Amount not listed.||2 out of 3|
|Branched Chain Amino Acids Amount not listed.||1.9 out of 3|
|Taurine Amount not listed.||1.9 out of 3|
|Sodium Amount not listed.||1.9 out of 3|
|Citrulline Malate Amount not listed.||1.6 out of 3|
|Arginine Amount not listed.||1.6 out of 3|
|Vitamin D3 10mcg||1.6 out of 3|
|Vitamin B6 2mg||1.5 out of 3|
|N-Acety-L-Cysteine Amount not listed.||1.4 out of 3|
|Vitamin E 27mg||1.4 out of 3|
|Vitamin C 60mg||1.3 out of 3|
|Tyrosine Amount not listed.||1.3 out of 3|
|Choline Bitartrate Amount not listed.||1.3 out of 3|
|Vitamin K 80mcg||1 out of 3|
|Vitamin B12 6mcg||1 out of 3|
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1.7mg||1 out of 3|
|L-Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate Amount not listed.||1 out of 3|
|Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) 10mg||1 out of 3|
|Niacin 20mg||1 out of 3|
|Vitamin A*||not rated|
|Product Effectiveness Rating||1.75|
Note: These ingredients are accurate as of April 09, 2021.
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Start Pre-Training earned a thumbs-down in this category because 0% of its ingredients are dosed within the effective range. Seventy-five (75)% of product's ingredients must be dosed within the effective range to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
This category compares a product's ingredient dosing to effective doses found in research articles and doses used in other products. When researchers study the efficacy of supplement ingredients, they use specific doses. Manufacturers should create products with ingredient doses that fall within established effective ranges.
Start Pre-Training Dosing Compared to Research
This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in Start Pre-Training to amounts used in research articles. The first column contains the name of the ingredient as well as the amount. The second column contains the range of effective doses for that ingredient. Note: not all ingredients in the database contain dosing information; only ingredients with scientific dosing information are included in this analysis.
A green checkmark is shown if the ingredient amount falls within the effective range.
A down arrow is shown if an ingredient amount is lower than the effective range.
|Ingredient & Amount||Effective Range|
|Vitamin B6 2mg||20mg|
|Vitamin D3 10mcg||80mcg|
Start Pre-Training Dosing Compared to Other Products
This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in Start Pre-Training to amounts used in other products. The first column displays the ingredient and amount. The second column displays the average amount of the ingredient found across all products in the database. The final column displays the range found across all products in the database.
An orange up or down arrow is shown if the ingredient amount is higher or lower than the average.
An equal sign is shown if the ingredient amount is equal to the average.
|Ingredient & Amount||Average||Range|
|Niacin 20mg||26.81mg||0mg - 400mg|
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1.7mg||7.5mg||0.12mg - 100mg|
|Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1.5mg||13.27mg||0.17mg - 250mg|
|Vitamin A 1.5mg||12.22mg||0.03mg - 720mg|
|Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) 10mg||24.67mg||0mg - 500mg|
|Vitamin B6 0g||0.02g||0g - 1.7g|
|Vitamin K 0.08mg||0.14mg||0.01mg - 1mg|
|Vitamin E 27mg||31.28mg||0mg - 330mg|
|Vitamin D3 0.01mg||2.3mg||0mg - 268mg|
|Vitamin C 0.06g||0.25g||0g - 3g|
|Vitamin B12 0g||0.03g||0g - 15g|
Start Pre-Training earned a thumbs-down in this category because 60% of its claims are rated as either extremely or moderately effective. Seventy-five (75)% of a product's claims must be rated as extremely or moderately effective to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
The product’s effectiveness rating is an overall picture of how well a product does or doesn't work. Individual studies research an ingredient's effects on certain claims. For example: does creatine monohydrate increase strength, or does beta alanine improve running performance?
The Supplement Database compiles the conclusions of these studies, and based on a product's ingredient makeup, calculates how well a product does on various claims. The claims below are organized by effectiveness (extremely, moderately, ineffective).
Start Pre-Training is extremely effective at:
Start Pre-Training is moderately effective at:
- increase weight loss
- increase bone density
- increase fat burning
- improve rowing performance
- increase testosterone
- improve recovery
- reduce muscle soreness
- improve sprint performance
- decrease body fat
- improve muscular endurance
- decrease fatigue
- reduce muscle damage
- improve swimming performance
- improve sports performance
- improve cognitive ability
- improve focus
- improve immune function
Start Pre-Training is ineffective at:
- improve cycling sprint performance
- improve cycling performance
- increase strength
- increase protein synthesis
- increase muscle mass
- increase levels of growth hormone
- improve running performance
- improve cardiovascular endurance
- reduce severity of the common cold
- reduce duration of the common cold
- increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels
- improve memory
- increase pump (muscle swelling)
- improve insulin sensitivity
- increase levels of growth hormone releasing hormone
- improve mood
Start Pre-Training earned a thumbs-down in this category because its research rating is 31. A product's research rating must be at least 60 to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
A research rating of 31 means there is an insufficient amount of research on the product's ingredients to ensure its effectiveness rating is valid.
The research rating is a measure of how much research has been conducted on a product's ingredient makeup. Manufacturers often rely on ingredients without adequate research backing. They may do this to compete with other products that are already using poorly researched ingredients. They may also only use a very small amount of cherry-picked research as a poor justification to use certain ingredients.
The amount of research contained in the database on a product's ingredients determines its research rating. Products with higher ratings are made up of thoroughly researched ingredients.
Start Pre-Training earned a thumbs-down in this category because it discloses 38% of its ingredient amounts. A product must disclose all ingredient amounts to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
Nutrition label transparency refers to how many ingredients are listed with amounts on the product label. Many supplement manufacturers hide ingredient amounts under the guise of great-sounding proprietary blends such as "Maximum Muscular Size Enhancer" or "Anabolic Cell Strength Matrix."
When manufacturers use proprietary blends, they can hide ingredient amounts making it difficult for consumers to know whether a product is effective.
Start Pre-Training contains:
- total ingredients: 29
- ingredients with amounts listed: 11
- ingredients without amounts listed: 18
- percent of ingredient amounts disclosed: 38%
The label below was generated from the information contained in the database about the product's ingredients and amounts. Actual product labels may differ in appearance.
Start Pre-Training earned a thumbs-down in this category because it ranks 1,112 out of 1,199 in the category (bottom third). A product must be ranked in the top two-thirds of its category to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
Start Pre-Training ranks 1,112 out of 1,199 in the Pre-Workout Supplements category and 3,516 out of 3,818 in the entire database. The table below lists comparisons with similarly ranked . Click on a link for an in-depth comparison between the two.
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|Effectiveness Rating||rating is greater or equal to the required 1.5|
|Ingredients||less than 75% of ingredients are rated as effective|
|Ingredient Dosing||less than 75% of ingredients are dosed properly|
|Claims||less than 75% of claims are rated as effective|
|Research Rating||research rating is lower than the required 60|
|Nutrition Label Transparency||does not disclose all ingredient amounts on label|
|Ranking Within Category||ranks in the bottom third of category|
|Overall Recommendation||received a thumbs down in the majority of areas|