Core ZONE: Studying, Work or the Gym

Core ZONE: Studying, Work or the Gym

By Marissa Roy, Crush It Tiers Coordinator, B.S. Neuroscience, Master’s Student in Kinesiology, & Online Coach.

What you’re getting yourself into: ~1400 words, about a 10-minute read.

First off, I figured it was fitting to write this article with a dose of Core ZONE in my system. I won’t lie, I’m an avid coffee drinker, and usually 1-2 cups of coffee gives me enough juice for the work day.

Giving up some of my daily caffeine intake for something other than coffee is a trade-off that really needs to be worth it. Lately, my favorite coffee combo been a scoop of Core’s Chocolate Mocha Pro with almond milk and cold brew, but I knew I needed to give ZONE a shot before finals week this semester as I have a literature review to write and a manuscript for a research paper. I am drinking the sour candy flavor, and it tastes exactly like liquid Spree candy.


Core ZONE is an energy, mental focus and clarity supplement birthed from our pre-workout product ZAP, another energy and focus product that has now been discontinued. ZAP, however, had 400 milligrams of caffeine (the rough equivalent of 4 cups of coffee) in a very small scoop, making the dose too potent for anyone with a lower tolerance, or wanted the mental focus effects outside of the gym.



ZONE sits in the “pre-workout” category of our website, and contains 150mg of caffeine per serving. However, don’t let that fool you – some of the other ingredients help amplify the effects of the caffeine. I would say that one full scoop will give you the equivalent feeling of 3-3.5 cups of coffee. It’s pretty potent, and I would recommend going with 1/4-1/2 scoop your first go-round to assess your tolerance regardless of your habitual caffeine intake. If you’re more sensitive to caffeine, you can sip on half a scoop through the first couple hours of your work day and see how you like it.


ZONE is specifically formulated for people like you and me – students, go-getters, business owners, and workaholics that need to get into their zone to produce the best work in the most efficient manner.

Can you use ZONE for the gym? Absolutely. However, you are only going to get energy, mental clarity, and focus out of this product, which is missing some benefits of comprehensive pre-workout products.

Briefly, our pre-workout FURY not only includes overlapping ingredients for energy and mental focus, but also blood flow and prevention of muscle fatigue. When you work out, your blood flow is what gets nutrients to and waste product out of the muscle so that you can train harder and longer. Ingredients like Creatine, Beatine, Glycersize, and L-Citrulline travel through the blood stream to hydrate, nourish, and power your muscles to get the most out of your training session.

FURY is our comprehensive pre-workout product. It’s 375mg of caffeine (3.75 cups of coffee) per serving, so a touch more than ZONE. You could definitely stack ZONE and PUMP (our stimulant-free version of FURY) to get a zoned-in, flow-state workout with all the benefits of a comprehensive pre-workout product.

Using ZONE for Work or School is a great move for anyone who isn’t a coffee drinker or is looking for something with more of an edge for high-demand important projects and assignments.

If you’re dragging in the mornings getting to work, or are planning on pulling a few all-nighter’s studying for finals, I can assure you that ZONE has a BIG leg up on your local 7-11’s energy drinks for a number of reasons.

    • Price per serving – if you’re reading this, there’s about a 75% chance you’re a student who is ballin’ on a budget. So let’s break down the price per serving.
      • ZONE is $43.99 for a 20-serving tub, which breaks down to $2.20 per serving IF you’re buying this product at full price. Throw in a 20% code for getting this far in the article already (ZONEBLOG20, one-time use, you’re welcome!) and you’re paying $1.76 per serving – less than any energy drink you’ll pick up at 7-11 even with a 2 for $5 sale running. Not to mention if you dose at a 1/2 scoop or less, you’ll be getting each serving at well under $1.
  • Addition of nootropic ingredients
        • Bacopa Monnieri – A brain and memory boosting compound that has a significant effect on the retention of newly-learned information. Scientists hypothesize that this ingredient impacts your hippocampus, a horseshoe shaped area your brain that’s crucial for the encoding, storing and retrieval of memories. This ingredient has also been shown to relax the effects of caffeine, essentially taking the edge and jitteriness out of caffeine’s effects without removing the alertness or vigilance.
          • Clinical Effective Dose: 300mg
          • We included: 300mg
        • Neurofactor® – This compound has been shown to enhance the natural production of BDNF, brain-derived neurotrophic factor. This compound is crucial for neural plasticity, AKA the flexibility of your mind to make and strengthen new connections, as well as neurogenesis, the ability of your brain to develop more neurons.
          • Clinical Effective Dose: 100mg
          • We included: 100mg
        • CDP-Choline – Choline is a precursor to the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine, which is the main neurotransmitter that stimulates muscle contraction. Acetylcholine also plays a large role with the hippocampus and memory formation. The version of Choline in this product (CDP-Choline) is able to cross the blood brain barrier, an extremely selective filter that protects our brain from foreign substances. So theoretically, CDP-Choline may selectively benefit memory function more than supplementing regular Choline in the right dose.
          • Clinical Effective Dose: 250-500mg
          • We included: 500mg
  • …and that’s not even all the Nootropic ingredients we included, just three of the main ones. Take a look at the bottom half of our label.

  • Sorry to get super-science-y on you, that’s the neuroscience nerd in me talking. But hopefully, you can  take some value from that section and realize why ZONE  is so superior to any run-of-the-mill energy drink for your productivity needs.

    Now, into some final applications:


    What being on Core ZONE feels like:

    I’m having no trouble staying on task, I’m alert, and my brain is working quick to come up with and articulate the ideas passing through. I can focus on whatever I choose to give my attention to. Even with a minor distraction here and there, I’m able to jump right back on task and get things done.

    Finally, I wrote this article, references and all, in less than an hour and I feel great about doing this product justice in this short feature.

    Remember that you can save 20% on your first purchase of ZONE with the code “ZONEBLOG20” which I created specifically for you, who got all the way to the end of the article. Thanks for reading and let me know how ZONE is helping you #CRUSHIT at @marissaroyfitness or!


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    2. Kennedy, D. O. (2016). B Vitamins and the Brain: Mechanisms, Dose and Efficacy—A Review. Nutrients, 8(2).
    3. Kim, H., Kim, G., Jang, W., Kim, S. Y., & Chang, N. (2014). Association between intake of B vitamins and cognitive function in elderly Koreans with cognitive impairment. Nutrition Journal, 13.
    4. Morris, M. S. (2012). The Role of B Vitamins in Preventing and Treating Cognitive Impairment and Decline123. Advances in Nutrition, 3(6), 801–812.
    5. The Complete Guide to NeuroFactor—The Brain Building, BDNF Boosting Nootropic. (n.d.). Supplement Engineer. Retrieved November 8, 2020, from

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