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- Many pre- and post-workout supplements come in tubs with lots of chemicals and artificial additives, which seem counterintuitive to a healthier lifestyle.
- Co-founder Jasper Nathaniel and elite trainer Mike Barwis created a line of effective supplements using natural ingredients for the same energy boost without the jitters or crash.
- Revere supplement powders are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and non-GMO. No fillers, no artificial sweeteners, no chemicals.
- There are three Revere products: a pre-workout and two post-workout supplements. Each is $2.50 per packet with free shipping.
I love a great burger — preferably cooked on a 40-year-old skillet for extra flavor — but I‘m not in the mood for one right after a hot yoga class. Not because I’m afraid of replacing the calories I just burned, but because I’m aware of having just done something good for my body. To turn around and see how many trans fats I can stuff into it right after seems contradictory.
A primary goal of working out is to become healthier versions of ourselves — so it always struck me as particularly ironic that so many of us ingest pre- and post-workout supplements that are always named something like “X-TREME X-PLOSION” and sold in neon tubs as a complement to that quest for health.
Where workout supplements are concerned, we’re certainly not wrong for wanting more energy or better results faster — but it would probably be a lot healthier to avoid the supplements that cause jitters and crashes and have an ingredient list full of things we can’t pronounce. Even if they help you perform better in the moment, I’d wager that more than a few of us have felt uneasy about putting chemicals into our bodies that we don’t fully understand the impact of on our health, both in the long- and short-term.
If the people of yesteryear were using plants to aid in stamina, endurance, and dispel fatigue when they were going up against large animals with spears rather than your P90X tapes, maybe we’re selling ourselves short by discounting natural resources so readily. Maybe we can have clean and effective energy boosters.
Enter Revere, the startup making plant-based workout supplements from nature’s best homegrown performance enhancers. You’ll find only natural, pronounceable ingredients in Revere’s pre- and post-workout options, plus scientific explanations for why each ingredient has been included. Revere is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and non-GMO. No fillers, no artificial sweeteners, no chemicals, no BS.
Right now, there are three Revere products: a pre-workout and two post-workout supplements. Each is $2.50 per packet with free shipping.
Co-founder Jasper Nathaniel told Business Insider he founded Revere because he was tired or being tired during workouts, but had grown too wary of pre-workout supplements that gave him a ton of energy at the cost of intense jitters and terrible crashes. When he realized he couldn’t pronounce 90% of the ingredients, he quit his pre-workout regimen.
In the years following, he tried the usual natural energy boosters: drinking coffee, eating a banana with peanut butter, working out on an empty stomach, etc. but never got the same boost in energy. To create a solution, Nathaniel linked up with Mike Barwis — a man known for training thousands of elite professional and Olympic athletes — to create a line of supplements that could deliver the same performance and results of those “X-TREME” options, but with clean and natural ingredients. Together, they replicated his formulas with clean ingredients.
Nathaniel told Business Insider, “If you care about performance and results above all else, you’ve got shelves of options at GNC (or even the gas station) claiming to provide just that. Those products typically come in giant tubs with neon lettering and lots of suspect ingredients. If you care about healthy above all else, you can find options at Whole Foods, but those healthy options often do not deliver results the way the more potent (read: artificial) products do. That’s what sets Revere apart. If you’re looking for the best of both worlds – incredible energy and performance from natural, healthy ingredients – Revere is perfect for you.”
And the name Revere isn’t a coincidence — Nathaniel explained that the name was chosen as a sort of a company thesis statement: “To revere something is to feel deep admiration or respect for it. We feel that you should revere your body and your health – and by extension, revere what you put into your body. When you read our label, research the ingredients that we use — like sweet potato, beetroot, pomegranate extract, pea protein — you understand that we took no shortcuts in creating these products. Every ingredient is universally revered in the scientific community.”
But for the average person, nutrition can be difficult waters to navigate. As a result, too few of us take advantage of natural superfoods. Which ingredients do what? And which combinations do what together?
To remove that barrier and make your shopping as simple as possible, Revere will generate your own ideal shopping list through their “Build Your Routine” tool on their website. You’ll answer a short questionnaire about yourself, your fitness goals, and your workouts (frequency, type, and which ones you could use extra energy in), and Revere will cross reference that with their products to churn out the ideal list of supplements for you.
For instance, I said that I’ve been working out about 3 times a week through cardio exercise, push myself pretty hard (4 out of 5) in each session, and am typically fine in terms of energy for all 3.
For me, given those answers, Revere suggested eight of their Vanilla Chai Post-Workout Cardio supplements per month ($20/month total).
The Vanilla Chai Post-Workout Cardio replenishes energy, enhances endurance, and improves muscle tone through a 4:3 ratio of complex sweet potato carbs to plant-based protein, plus essentials like potassium, magnesium, and a natural probiotic added in.
The routine Revere generated for me also gave me the option to customize it. They suggested 8 “Cardio” post-workout packets, but I could add post-workout for “Strength” or pre-workout for “Energy” easily.
And while it makes navigating nutritional information easier, Revere’s “Build Your Routine” feature lets you get as little or as much involved in the process as you wish. By tapping on the “nutritional information” bar, you can find the nitty gritty ingredient breakdown for each product online in the same easy-to-read format as if the box was in your hand: calories, protein, sugars carbs, and so on.
The Peach Tree Pre-Workout Energy, in comparison, is made with green tea and B vitamins for an energy and metabolism boost, beetroot and pomegranate for endurance, and sweet potato for alertness and stamina that won’t be accompanied by the characteristic crash or jitters of other supplements.
The Dark Chocolate Post-Workout Strength is formulated with natural ingredients that help your body recover and increase strength and overall tone. Its 2:1 blend of protein and carbs contains pea and rice protein to strengthen muscle, tart cherry to prevent soreness, and sweet potato to replenish glycogen. If you’re into weight training, TRX, Barre, Pilates, Yoga, or a other strength- or balance-based exercises, this will be Revere’s pick for you.
To make things simple, your Revere routine comes with free shipping and you can cancel anytime.
I had the opportunity to try out the Vanilla Chai Post-Workout, and decided to blend it into a smoothie rather than simply adding water. I can’t speak yet to overall muscle tone, but I can say that even though I got up early and had less sleep than average in order to run 5 miles and then head into work, I didn’t have the characteristic dip in energy. Usually, at about 2 PM I’ll feel a slump, but on the days when I used Revere, I didn’t feel the same drop-off.
In terms of taste, the difference was negligible. I only really noticed the chalkier change in smoothie texture, and I didn’t mind it. For me, the holistic approach of using nature’s superfoods to complement my workouts just makes sense — and plant-based diets are becoming the recommended focus more and more for a healthy lifestyle and weight loss in their own right.
All in all, I’d gladly spend a little more money on better products for my body and supporting a startup that’s getting back to the basics in a smarter way.
If you’re looking for a healthier alternative for pre- and post-workout supplements but don’t want to compromise on performance, I highly recommend checking out Revere.
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