Pre workouts aren’t exactly what you take if you’re looking to sound smarter or be better at math problems. After all, when you lift, you need more muscle power than brain power - at least that’s what most supplement companies think.
The company behind Genius pre workout doesn’t share that train of thought.
Genius pre workout boasts of being stim-free and relies ultimately on brain power to get the user more focused and alert without incurring any stim-related side effects.
Is Genius an effective pre workout powder or should it have stayed as a nootropic? Let’s find out!
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Genius is sold by The Genius Brand. Much like many geniuses of our time, The Genius Brand wants to move away from the current meta of gym supplementation and innovate supplements in ways that are not just for the sake of doing things differently. Here’s what we noticed:
Formula transparency. Only genius-level companies know the importance of transparent formulas.
Stim-free. This can be good and bad at the same time. We’ll let you know later.
Clean look. The label is simple, yet appears pristine at the same time. No weird drawings, animal fangs or claws, just a good label that tells you what they’re about.
Other Ingredients: Silica, Sodium Citrate, Stevia Leaf Extract, Natural Flavors, Turmeric Root Extract, Spirulina Extract
Mix 1 scoop of GENIUS PRE in 14 oz of water and drink 30-45 minutes before workouts. Stack with 1-3 capsules of Genius Caffeine for amplified results.
Citrulline Malate. Nothing can beat citrulline malate when it comes to boosting pumps. With lots of nitric oxide pumping in your veins, your blood circulation vastly improves. This allows nutrients to be absorbed faster and used more efficiently. At six grams, it’s a really generous dosage.
Beta Alanine as CarnoSyn. Beta alanine is an itchy ingredient, but its benefits on recovery and endurance will make you want that itch. The two gram dose is decent for a blend.
Betaine Anhydrous. Betaine is an ingredient that works on both muscle recovery and pump action.
Tyrosine. This is the first nootropic in the blend. Tyrosine helps produce neurotransmitters that allow for better focus, memory, and attention. At one gram, you can definitely feel the focus and brain energy.
Arginine. Arginine supports the nitric oxide boost already provided by citrulline malate. In effect, this should allow the pump to last longer.
Taurine. This ingredient is more of a hydration booster for your muscles. Promoting muscle hydration means reduced occurrences of muscle cramps and exercise-induced muscle tissue damage,
AlphaSize (50% Alpha GPC). Alpha GPC is one of the best nootropic in the market and works on making more brain chemicals for function. It’s a premium, so just 600 mg of it is understandable.
HICA (a-Hydroxyisocaproic Acid). HICA is a rare addition. Based on research, HICA is known to promote muscle growth and recovery post and during the workout.
Rhodiola rosea std. to 3% Salidrosides. Rhodiola helps reduce the stress and anxiety associated with tough workouts. After all, less stress means more focus. More focus leads to better exercise results.
ElevATP (Ancient peat and apple extract). This rare and premium compound supports muscle activation. Basically, it gets your muscles in the mood to lift faster than it would have without it.
Theobromine. Theobromine can be used as a “clean” alternative to caffeine. It doesn’t give you awful side effects, but we also need more than the 30 mg dosage given to us.
AstraGin. AstraGin boosts nutrient absorption of every key ingredient in a blend.
Huperzine A. Huperzine is known to boost mental energy and focus at small dosages like the one we have.
Genius was designed for people who can get by without stimulants and people who can’t stand them. Everyone likes coffee, but so few like pure caffeine and Genius understands that.
Users should expect lots of pumps, a clean energy boost, and plenty of focus. It should be noted that the energy boost they would feel isn't the same as something powered by stimulants. In many cases, this is an unusual approach and may not be to everyone's liking. However, for the market Genius sells to, this can be a welcome change.
It’s stim-free, so it shouldn’t have any stim-related side effects. Beta alanine can cause itchiness, but it’s a welcome side effect because people think the itching means it’s working.
Transparent blend. Geniuses don’t hide anything.
Smart dosing. Not just “dump them all in” type of dosages.
Massive pumps. They really want you to lift more.
Nootropic angle. Gives you both a physical and mental boost.
No real source of energy. But people can definitely just drink coffee before a workout.
Pricey. You only get to enjoy 20 servings for best results.
1 Can (20 servings): $39.99
Available online and in retail stores
Flavors: Grape Limeade and Sour Apple
Genius pre workout provides a non-standard formula that enable users to feel super pumped and super focused all without the help of stimulants. The angle they took on brain boosting over artificially spiking energy with caffeine is quite ingenious.
We think the no-stim rule is a great way to disrupt the industry rife with stimulants that dominate pre workout blends.The brain is definitely the most important part of a healthy body and supplementing it with the right ingredients can translate to a better and more efficient workout.
The only drawback to Genius is the zero source of energy. It’s made for the stim-free market, but we think they could have at least added 100 mg of caffeine or an alternative source. Maybe that would make the formula more expensive to produce, but it would also be much more accommodating. Luckily for us, caffeine in bulk isn’t really that expensive. Two shots of espresso can also work for most people anyway.
The pricing can also be a bit concerning. True enough, Genius does have premium ingredients. However, we find it difficult to see it flying off shelves due to its $2 per serving cost.
If price is of no concern to you or if you already have a stimulant source, we can definitely recommend Genius as smart choice.