Our Story

You may be wondering a little about how Smart Strength was founded. 

Let me tell you a quick story about the time I found out there was a banned stimulant in the pre workout supplement I had been taking, and it was from one of the big brands you would know.
At the time I was making a comeback to competitive Powerlifting after 9 years in retirement, and I was training very hard with the goal of winning the National Powerlifting Championships again and breaking the National Open Total Record for the first time.
However, I was struggling with my self-confidence after the breakdown of my marriage and I was feeling like I had failed at something really important in life. I needed to get back in touch with my powerful masculine side, the part of me I had used years before to become a National Champion.
Then the bottom fell out from under me when I found out there was a banned stimulant in the pre workout supplement I had been taking. If I had used it in competition, I would have ruined my reputation and been suspended from lifting. I only found out because another lifter used a similar pre workout supplement, from another company, with the same banned stimulant. He used it during a competition and his drug test returned a positive for a banned stimulant and he was banned from lifting.
As you can imagine, I was in shock that these supplement companies would intentionally put banned stimulants in their products, but I wasn't ready to give up on my dream of winning the National Powerlifting Championships and breaking the National Total Record.
So I started researching natural, legal alternatives and learning about powerful natural herbal adaptogens and nootropics. Some of them had been used for centuries to boost performance, but coming from a scientific back ground and having done my PhD at University, I wanted proof of performance gains from proper double blind clinical trials, not just anecdotal evidence.  
I discovered there were powerful natural herbal adaptogens and nootropics that would help me:

  • Increase my strength faster and naturally, which meant I was more likely to hit my goals.
  • Maintain Laser Focus my whole workout and get all my muscles firing at the right time, which enabled me to hit new personal bests each week leading up to the competition.
  • Recover my strength faster and reduce muscle soreness and damage after training sessions, which meant I could train harder and reached my goals faster.

I started taking these natural herbal adaptogens and nootropics and I was able to:

  • Train hard and increase my strength faster without damaging my health or risking my reputation with dangerous pre workout supplements, which meant I had peace of mind that I was doing the right thing for my body.
  • Achieve my Dream and won the National Powerlifting Championships and broke the total record by 2.5 kg, 5.5 lbs.
  • I kept training hard and the next year I won the National Powerlifting Championships again, this time breaking my own record by a massive 20 kg, 44 lbs, and my total at that competition made me pound for pound the strongest Powerlifter in the Nation.

That was the spark that lead to the development of PURE POWER Pre Workout and later to the founding of SMART STRENGTH.
And that's why I'm so passionate about helping other lifters like you unleash your inner champion too!

Ray Hope