Hello! Long time no blog. It’s been a while since I managed to get any real thoughts down on paper because I have been the busiest bean in the world. The primary side effect of being so busy (aside from blog neglect) is that I am consistently shattered. I feel like I never have any energy, that I’m always falling asleep at my desk, and arriving everywhere a little bit late with only half my make up on.
Since discovering exercise I’ve always been so full of energy, so feeling so lethargic has been really getting me down. As a result, I’ve been trying different ways to feel more energetic and reclaim my old spritely self. When the guys from Frank’s Staks got in touch to see if I wanted to trial their product, their ‘Staks of Energy’ caught my eye. I could do with stacks of energy, even if it meant dropping the ‘c’ in stacks. Got to be worth a go, ey?
Frank’s Staks kindly sent a week’s supply of their Staks of Energy range to see what I thought. In case you’re not familiar with them, Staks are pouches containing a daily dose of supplements. You get a pouch a day, and each supplement has instructions on its own packaging as to how and when to take them (i.e. in the morning or with food). It’s supplements gone luxe (yes that’s a thing now). Frank makes Staks for all sorts – building muscle, getting lean, wellbeing, beauty, slimming, energy – so there’s a Stak for everyone.
Anyway – what did I think? I certainly felt like someone very fancy when I slipped my pouch in to my handbag each day. They’re nicely designed and it feels very bespoke to have a daily supplement plan. I expected to draw strange looks at work whipping out my little packets, but no-one batted an eyelid (not sure if this is because no-one found it strange, or just that no-one pays me any attention – TBC). Each Stak of Energy comes with the following little bundles of energy:
- Supergreen powder
- Supergreen capsules
- Vitamin B (“Phosphatidyl Serine Plus Vitamin B Tablets”)
- Pre-workout powder
There’s a really useful breakdown of each supplement and its purpose over on the Staks of Energy page on their website.
I used the supergreen capsules, vitamin B and BCAAs every day, I used the pre-workout on workout days only and, in the interests of full disclosure, I didn’t try use the supergreens powder once. I tried, I really did, but I have a thing about certain foods/drinks/edible substances where they give me the heebie jeebies and drinking greens powder is one of those things. I’d sit it on my desk every day and tell myself “Just mix it, I’m sure it’s fine” (I didn’t) / “I’ll make that in 10 minutes when I’ve finished this email” (lies) / “I’ll mix that in to a smoothie for breakfast” (nope).
Despite my greens powder dodging, I can honestly say I did notice a difference in my energy levels. I didn’t change anything else during my week’s trial – same old lack of sleep and usual diet – and did feel as if my energy levels increased. There’s definitely something to be said for getting adequate minerals and vitamins, and I think my body really enjoyed the boost from the supplements!
Unfortunately, I don’t think I will continue to use Staks of Energy, purely because of the price. A weeks’ supply (7 days) is £44.99, and a 28 day supply is £134.99. You can save 10% if you subscribe for regular deliveries of a 28 day supply (reducing the price to £121.49 for 28 days’ supply). I think this is prohibitively expensive. This is definitely a ‘luxe’ product and, while it’s true to say that the price reflects the convenience, quality and aesthetic appeal of the product, I think you’d have to be really serious about supplementation to spend this much on supplements. There’s also quite a lot of waste. The disposable packaging is great for streamlining your bag (no supplement pots or tupperware to lug around) and it saves time portioning out your daily doses, but it does create quite a lot of rubbish.
If you’re serious about supplements and are looking for a convenient way to make sure you keep on track, I would recommend Staks 100%. It really is a great product that I enjoyed using and definitely felt the benefit from.
Thanks to Staks for opportunity to try Staks of Energy. All opinions are, as always, my own.