Overview of EVL ENGN Shred
EVL Sports is a hip sports nutrition brand that targets the extreme enthusiast. These include BMX bikers, skateboarders, parkour, people jumping out of planes, etc. Think of Nitro Circus in a bottle. That’s EVL. This is something you want to keep in-mind when considering the brand. They do not make hardcore supplements for the hardcore weight lifter.
EVL ENGN Shred is a unique twist to their popular ENGN pre-workout. ENGN Shred contains a fat burning matrix along with the traditional pre-workout formula. The use of two different prop blends and mediocre dosing doesn’t make this a great choice for those who are hardcore lifters, but this might be a nice option for those looking for a DMAA/DMHA free PWO that doesn’t include creatine.
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed EVL Nutrition ENGN Shred on five categories. We first start by looking at it’s ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at the different ingredients used in the pre-workout, what their intention is and how effectively dosed are each ingredient.
We then look at effectiveness. An effective pre-workout will use high quality, proven ingredients, at clinically backed dosages. This is generally an extension of the profile section. The higher quality ingredients used at proper dosages, the more effective that product will be.
Then we move into the taste of the different flavors we’ve tried. We grade each flavor separately and average the scores for their overall taste rating. We were able to test out the following flavors: Fruit Punch.
Mixability refers to how well the powder mixes in 12oz of water. We use the shaker bottle test. This would be your typical Blender Bottle with the spiral chrome ball.
Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, effectiveness, taste and mixability in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of pre-workout products on the market.
EVL doesn’t use any banned substances in any of their products. You won’t find DMAA or DMHA in anyone of their pre-workouts. You will find traditional ingredients used that we have all come to expect to see on a PWO label.
ENGN Shred starts off with a proprietary blend. This is something we’re not fans of ever in supplements. The prop blend is for focus. It consists of 2,016mg of Betaine Anhydrous, Choline Bitartrate, L-Tyrosine, Agmatine Sulfate, Alpha GPC and Hyperzia serrata extract.
Betaine Anhydrous is used to increase your strength output and athletic performance. Evidence that this helps with power output occurs at 2,500-6,000mg. I have seen PWOs dosed at 2.5 grams before which would put it over the whole prop blend here. It is safe to say that we are under dosed on the first major ingredient in this group.
Choline Bitartrate, L-Tyrosine, Alpha GPC and Hyperzia serrata extract are all used to improve your focus. These are common ingredients used. In fact, I am a huge fan of Alpha GPC. However, given that this is found in the prop blend, we can assume that they are all pretty low dosed. I have seen L-Tyrosine dosed at 1-1.5g before. Alpha GPC can be dosed at 300mg and higher. Choline Bitartrate can be anywhere between 250 and 1,000mg. As you can see this portion alone would most likely fall under the under dosed label.
Agmatine Sulfate is a pump enhancer. This would help with strength output as well. Being in this prop blend I cannot imagine there is a high dosage, since it falls later in the list of ingredients. Typically dosages of Agmatine is 500mg and higher.
We get 1.6g of Beta Alanine with this. The clinical dosage is double that, so you would need 2-scoops to get the correct dosage of BA.
The Shred Matrix is open label. It consists of popular ingredients used to “shred” fat. CLA comes in at 500mg. I actually supplement with CLA that is a minimum of 1,000mg. Then we get L-Carnitine L-Tartrate at 500mg. Again, I use this supplement outside of this and it is 1,500mg. Coleus extract, per Examine.com, is used to boost testosterone and burn fat. Recommended daily dosage is 500mg while this contains only 100mg. ENGN Shred contains Capsimax® at 25mg. This is essentially cayenne pepper. You will feel your body temp increase and your stomach “burn” from this. The purpose is to raise your body temp to “melt” off fat. Lastly, we get 40mg of Yohimbe Extract. This is another fat burning compound. This is dosed actually rather high compared to other pre-workouts I have seen. A typical dosage for a 200lb man is 18mg.
The last part of the label is the “energy” matrix. This is going to be 260mg of natural caffeine rom coffee beans and green tea. Both of these are shown to increase energy and burn fat. You won’t get the “cracked” out feeling from this as you would with 300+mg of Caffeine Anhydrous. If you are a big caffeine nut then this isn’t the best for you.
Overall, the profile uses some solid ingredients. At the end of the day, the doses in the prop blend, and even the open label portion, are less than optimal. You would want to take two scoops of this to get you to where you’d most likely want to be in terms of dosage. In that case, it would bring the value down.
Regarding the effectiveness of ENGN Shred we look at energy and strength output, along with the fat burning capabilities of the PWO. The user who used this product for the full container re-affirmed that the product does, in fact, raise his body temperature quite a bit. He sweat a lot more than normal. That is the point of the Shred Matrix.
Although he liked the increased body temperature and the use of the fat burning ingredients he didn’t get a good energy kick, pump or focus from the product. (See our top pre workout fat burner products here) If you go back to our profile section we mention that the prop blend for the “memory” portion was under dosed. This would explain why there wasn’t a huge positive impact on cognitive enhancing functions.
Regarding the lack of pump, the only ingredient in this product that essentially contributes to the pump was the Agmatine Sulfate and we’re pretty certain it isn’t dosed at 500mg where it should be.
Overall, if your goal is to just get a big sweat on while adding a little extra boost then this might be an effective product for you, but if you’re looking to really do some damage in terms of output on the weights then this might not be the product for you.
Fruit punch is one of those flavors that is hard to mess up. EVL does it right with their take on fruit punch. It tastes very similar to a lot of their fruit punch products. It’s refreshing and easy to drink.
Due to the serving size being only 7.7g you would imagine that this would mix up pretty easily in water, and it does. We didn’t have any issues with mixability outside of the normal residue you’d expect from PWOs. The fact is some of the ingredients are not fully water soluble.
EVL ENGN Shred is a 30-serving pre-workout that is lightly dosed. You can expect that they would need to have a reduced price tag on this versus some of the fully disclosed clinically dosed PWOs on the market. And it is. ENGN Shred retails for less than $30. This would be $1 per serving. If you have to double up on scoops to get a better dosage then you are talking $2 per serving.
This day and age in the industry with pre-workouts you are expected to pay $2+ per serving for an effective pre-workout. The fact that this product is under dosed maybe too much in certain aspects doesn’t make it as valuable. However, if you are a first timer, or just looking for something to help with your cardio, then this wouldn’t be a bad choice for you. For others, check out some pre-workouts that might be better options here.