PharmaFreak Ripped Freak Pre-Workout Review
PharmaFreak have a long history and a good product range available. We have already tested the testosterone booster and it proved itself in trials.
I do like the eye catching color scheme and fonts. It looks a bit edgy and a bit raw but at the same time it does not look like a cheap or amateur product.
As per most pre-workout formulas this comes in a large tub as a powder to be mixed with water.
I had a sachet before my own eyes and it was fruit punch flavor.
Due to my recent bout of cycling to work by the time I had got home I was very tired and hungry.
I decided on a bacon sandwich with cheese plus a bowl of kale and spinach with a drizzle of olive oil with rock salt, suits you sir.
I then didn’t start my weights session until 10pm and this did not finish until 11pm.
Prior to my weights session i was yawning quite a lot and I really considered going to bed early and leaving the weights until Tuesday.
Then I thought again, pulled myself together and did my chest, back, legs and shoulders.
When bed time came around I was wide awake…great. Then the cat fucking woke me up at 3am just to announce her arrival.
Beta-alanine – Supplementation of this non essential amino acid aids the production of carnosine. That’s a compound that plays a role in muscle endurance in high-intensity exercise. That said, studies have been small and not entirely conclusive.
Vitamin C – Its antioxidant properties mean vitamin C provides neuroprotective effects and benefits for blood flow. By protecting the testes from oxidative stress, vitamin C can also preserve testosterone levels.
Vitamin D3 – Research by the US Library of Medicine has shown that testosterone productions are increased with Vitamin D3 supplementation.
A great Testosterone boosting vitamin that must be taken advantage of to trigger further production of Testosterone in your body.
However, there are two types of Vitamin D. There’s calciferol (vita
min D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) – we are only interested in cholecalciferol which is D3; this is the type our skin synthesizes from the sun and becomes a hormone which results in the increases in our testosterone.
Tyrosine – Tyrosine is taken for depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the inability to stay awake (narcolepsy), and improving alertness following sleep deprivation.
It is also used for stress, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome(CFS).
Vitamin B6 – This helps the body use and store the energy from protein and carbohydrates.
Caffeine – This can assist with endurance, tested athletes saw an edge from caffeine in scientific studies. In some trials, the stimulant boosted athletes’ speed.
In others, it helped them last longer before they spent all their energy.
Caffeine also raises the metabolism which means you burn more calories. Some studies show that it can curb soreness after exercise, too.
Olive – Olive oil is widely used in many foods and its ability, like avocado, to reduce the bad (LDL) cholesterol is fairly well known. These are great to have in your diet.
Panax Ginseng – This form of Ginseng is the most highly researched. There’s lots of evidence which suggest cognitive function, mood and immunity is increased.
However, although there is evidence for better erections and an increase in testosterone production for infertile men there is also evidence contradictory evidence also.
I had one sachet that contained two servings which is clearly a fucking nightmare to deal with.
No one will be able to accurately measure half a sachet and nor will they keep half a sachet for use later one.
I smashed the bastard and then realized I had just consumed 500mg of Caffeine shortly before bed time.
There are 6 good, useful and effective ingredients found here, they not only make up a good pre-workout but also cross over in to testosterone booster and fat burner territory.
Many pre-workouts and fat burners do cross bridges in terms of their ingredient profile.
This is because stimulants such as caffeine are also great at helping metabolize fat too as such many share very similar ingredients.
It is good to see vitamin C and D, both have fantastic benefits for general health and also for neuroprotective and oxidative stress protection properties, not to mention stimulating testosterone levels and protecting against issues such as osteoporosis.
B6 is great for extracting the energy from food to fuel physical activity.
Tyrosine and Ginseng also offer cognitive function improvement plus anti-fatigue as well as improving attention.
This does seem to have many ingredients that are shared among other supplements, as such, if you are already stacking a testosterone booster, fat burner and even a nootropic there is no reason to take this as all aspects of this product are already covered.
It would also have been good to see more ingredients included which are more traditinally found in pre-workout supplements such as Dicaffeine Malate, Higenamine, Citrulline or even Creatine which have all been proven to increase energy expenditure, help with fatigue and increase explosive power.
I would also like Beet to increase nitric oxide and also dilate my blood vessels to pump nutrients quicker to my muscles and organs, notwithstanding carrying away all of the waste products quicker too.
Plus while I appreciate that there is plenty of Caffeine and even if I didn’t appreciate it at the time I was lumbered with it, there’s not a massive amount of the other ingredients per serving.
Why only offer 25% of your recommended intake when it would be just as easy to provide 100% and therefore have a greater product?
Why also offer ingredients that are not entirely specific to producing a pre workout formula?
Surely concentrate on that one aim and produce the best, most effective and beneficial pre workout for gym rats and athletes alike.
My Review Conclusion:
It offers a very similar profile of other supplements on the market which you may already be taking so this will yield no extra benefit.
There’s some great ingredients here but it really could benefit from more to make it stand out from the hotly contested pre-workout marketplace.
I do like the inclusion of vitamin D3 and C which both have a wealth of benefits for general health to increased testosterone, however, I am buying a pre workout to feel energized, aggressive and explosive.
This offers half a job.