Dwayne Johnson Explains How He Turned $7 Into ZOA+

If you look closely at the ZOA Energy logo, you will see a number 7 within the letter Z; a reminder that life hits hard, but you can hit back harder.

When you look at the tremendous success that Dwayne Johnson has achieved in his lifetime, it's hard to imagine the WWE Legend becoming a global megastar, defeated, dejected and broke. But that's exactly what he was at the young age of 22 when his dreams of playing for the NFL came to an abrupt end.

After not being drafted into the NFL and being dropped from the CFL, Johnson faced the reality that what he had worked so hard for just wasn't going to happen. (And we all know how hard the rock works)

Sent home and forced to live with his parents with just seven dollars in his pocket, it's safe to say that rock itself had hit rock bottom. At that moment, Johnson had two choices: give up or give everything to create the life he wanted.

"I wanted to do whatever I could with my own two hands to change the direction of my life," says Johnson, and he did just that.

If you're a fan of The Rock, you probably already know this story, but what you don't know is that this pivotal moment in his life became the heart and soul of ZOA Energy; the fastest growing energy drink brand on the market.

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The moment ZOA Energy was born

Founded by co-founders Johnson, Dave Rienzi, Dany Garcia and John Shulman who spent decades not only building brands and businesses together, but spanning more than 31 years forging a bond that now feels more like extended family. "We're business partners, but more importantly, we're family," says Johnson. When the tight-knit group realized that there was no energy drink on the market that met their expectations, namely made with clean ingredients, essential vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids and clean, green, natural caffeine, it went without saying that we, partners to become and bring their vision to life.

"When we realized the energy drink we wanted didn't exist, we decided to partner, align our vision and ambition, and create it," Johnson said. And in that effort, ZOA Energy was born.

A winning formula (in the gym and in the market)

It wasn't long before ZOA Energy became the fastest growing energy drink out there, and for good reason. t only did consumers enjoy the product, but they also respected the co-founder's mission behind the drink: to provide everyone, regardless of origin, culture and status, with a clean, natural energy drink, formulated with the health and goals of the consumer in mind became.

“Behind our brand is a real story, real meaning and real authenticity; a real connective tissue between our ZOA Energy and our consumers,” says Johnson.

And it's the healthier ingredients that consumers are noticing, like green tea and unroasted coffee beans that are packed with antioxidants for sustained energy and immune system support.

Aside from the Cadillac formulation that went into the manufacture of ZOA Energy, there is a new addition to the brand: ZOA+a highly functional, drinkable 12-ounce pre-workout supplement without the adverse side effects found with pre-workout supplements on the market today.

And with Dave Rienzi, Chief Health Officer, Strength and Conditioning Coach at The Rock, with over 25 years of health and fitness experience on board, the co-founders of ZOA Energy were able to formulate a recipe for pre-workout success.

Can you smell what Dave Rienzi cooked?

Rienzi's expertise has given him a deep knowledge of sports supplements, which makes the formulation of ZOA+ unique. “In developing the formulation of ZOA+, I have incorporated the ingredients that I have found to work best for my clients and myself over the years, in addition to incorporating new formulation innovations,” says Rienzi. And it wasn't an overnight operation by any means, as the co-founders strategically ran a formulation process over a period of eight months.

Rienzi's goal was to create a highly functional, ready-to-drink nutritional supplement that would provide constant energy during intense exercise without any adverse side effects, while tasting exceptional.

"I started with a targeted list of ingredients that I thought would be highly effective for the functional outcome that we wanted," he explains. From there, the co-founders, working closely with the formulation team, determined which ingredients worked best.

The formulation was then tested in the gym and the rigorous process of testing and re-testing the optimal ingredient levels for all facets of ZOA+ began. "It was an arduous process, but I couldn't be happier with where we ended up - the functionality and taste of the product are exceptional," says Rienzi.

Rienzi firmly believes that ZOA+ will transform people's workouts with its unique formulation that gives them sustained energy, increases blood flow to muscles and supports cognitive function and focus.

A look into the can of ZOA+

ZOA+ is a sugar-free energy supplement with 200 mg of natural, clean caffeine from green coffee and green tea. It contains no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors and is packed with concentration-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and ginkgo biloba; 3,000 mg of performance-enhancing nitric oxide support and L-citrulline; hydrating electrolytes; immune-supporting vitamins C and D; and a blend of healthy supplements and antioxidants to support exercise.

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