Product Review: MetCon START Pre-Training

Disclaimer:  I received a canister of MetConSTART Pre-Training to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews.

As a runner and an athlete, over the years I have tried many supplements to enhance my performance as well as my recovery. However, I have never really dipped into the world of pre-workout supplements. My typical pre-workout nutrition has included my own mix of regular food items and protein shakes and while that has done me well over the years, it can sometimes weigh me down – especially in the hot and humid summer months. This summer has been particularly brutal!

I was anxious to try this product. As a health care professional I know a good deal about nutrition, but that doesn’t always translate into doing what’s best for myself personally. MetCon START is a good source of essential vitamins and contains Beta Alanine, which helps improve athletic performance and build lean muscle mass. It also contains the branch chain amino acids (which you may know as BCAAs), which not only create protein, but also boost the immune system and brain function. And since I am turning the big 6-0 next year, I’m doing my best to maintain and build muscle through both exercise and nutrition.

I’ve been using MetCon START Pre-training for almost two months, and I’m happy to report that this one is a keeper!  Taken just 15-20 minutes before my run or workout, it definitely sustains me and keeps my energy at a steady level. The product is labeled as fruit punch, but it has more of a citrus taste, which is very good – not too heavy, and easy on the stomach. Oh, and each scoop has 200 mg of caffeine derived from natural green coffee beans, so I don’t need to rely on that cup of brew I use to wake me up in the morning! I drink a lot of coffee and caffeinated beverages, so I wasn’t bothered by the additional caffeine in MetCon START. If you’re not a big coffee drinker or if you are sensitive to caffeine, the manufacturer suggests starting with a half scoop in 12 ounces of water, and then building up from there.

If you are interested in trying MetCon products yourself, now is a good time, since everything on their site ( is 50% off. Plus, you can use code BibRave for 20% off of a one-time purchase, or 20% off of your first subscription order. If you decide to try it, let me know what you think!

Check out more reviews by some of my fellow BibRave Pros: Mai, Renee, Juan, Andrea, Ken, and Shannon!

Have you tried MetCon START? How are you doing in this virtual-race world? Do you have any races that are still scheduled to take place?

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On (or off) my upcoming 2020/2021 Race Calendar:

March 1, 2020:  Tokyo Marathon POSTPONED – Date TBD

September 12, 2020:  Run Mag Mile, Chicago, IL CANCELLED

September 14 – 20, 2020:  Race to Wrigley Virtual 5K

September 20, 2020:  Amita Health St. Paddy’s Day Half Marathon POSTPONED until March, 2021

October 4, 2020:  Bucktown 5K, Chicago, IL CANCELLED

October 11, 2020:  Chicago Marathon DEFERRED to 2021

June 1 – November 1, 2020:  DC Wonder Woman Virtual 10K Presented by Amazon

November 8, 2020:  Allstate Hot Chocolate Virtual 15K



  1. I find as I too approach the big 6-0 that I look at nutrition in general and supplements for exercise specifically far differently than decades ago when I just didn’t want to bonk in a critical race. This may be a good one to replace a product that hasn’t lived up to its marketing. Thanks for the review.

    Speaking of races, I am loving the virtual race world. I hope the option outlasts the pandemic.

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