No one likes the idea of waking up at 5 am just so they can get ready to squat 400 lbs. Well, except for people who are serious about strength training. For those type of users, they need a supplement that is strong and borderline dangerous to achieve the goals they have in mind. A preworkout called Psychotic seems to be that one supplement.
Is Psychotic as crazy good as it sounds or is it just another supplement that relied too much on marketing? Let’s find out!
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Psychotic is produced by the aptly named Insane Labz company. Based on what we found, Insane Labz seems to be quite a huge company in the industry that also offers gym accessories and apparel. Here’s what we noticed:
Prop blend. That’s a bad start. Looks like we’ll have to do guesswork.
Short blend. We lowkey expected a long list of risky ingredients.
Expensive. Does their formula justify the price?
Other Ingredients: Natural and Artificial Flavors, Silica, Sucralose, Citric Acid, Calcium Silicate, Acesulfame Potassium, FD&C Blue #1
Directions: Warning Psychotic is not your normal pre-workout. Begin with 1/2 scoop to assess tolerance.
Before we get started, let’s just get this out of the way: We don’t like that Psychotic used a prop blend for their formula. We think prop blends are an outdated take on labeling, especially in today’s “transparency” type of marketing. Also, this type of blend forces us to guess how much dosing each ingredient has, and no one likes to guess how much of anything gets inside our body.
Beta-alanine. To start our guesstimates, we can be rest assured that beta alanine is the highest dosed ingredient in the blend. Taking the first spot in a list means it gets the bulk of the overall dosage. We do like to point out that while it’s good to see beta alanine as the first dose, we also worry about whether it gets enough dosage or not. You see, Beta alanine likes to take up a lot of room in formulas. The most we can assume for the serving size Psychotic offers is 2 grams - which is just right for beta alanine’s endurance benefits in a pre workout blend.
Creatine Monohydrate. This is the form of creatine that has the most research. It’s known to provide strength during exercise and recovery benefits after. However, creatine needs grams to work. We’re not banking on it having more than 2 grams, which is just decent for most users.
Caffeine. We have to assume caffeine is at 300 mg here for two reasons: First, the name of the pre workout is “Psychotic,” and we wouldn’t put it past the manufacturers to include at least 300 mg of stim in their blend. Second, because the rest of the ingredients don’t need more than 200 mg to work.
Juniperus Communis. Juniperus comes in the AMPiberry brand. It’s promoted as a CNS stimulant that isn’t exactly banned like DMHA. It increases energy levels and improve mood in a way that caffeine can’t. The dosage for it in most supplements often start at 150 mg.
Hordenine. Hordenine is sourced from bitter orange much like its more popular cousin Synephrine. Based on studies, it’s a mediocre fat burner at best. For dosage, we guess it’s lower than 50 mg because it has high potential for side effects at higher dosages..
Dimethylethanolamine. Also known as DMAE, this ingredient is classified as a nootropic. It promotes brain power and overall brain health. We’re guessing it’s for a focus angle.
Rauwolfia Vomitoria. Rauwolfia is standardized to 90% yohimbine - which is an important detail. Why? Because yohimbine stimulated fat burning hormone activity. More fat burning hormone activity means better energy metabolism. The dose has to be lower than 25 mg because yohimbine has a history of promoting temporary hypertension and abnormal heart rates.
Huperzine A. Huperzine A is a really good ingredient to finish a blend because it’s been known to work with as little as 200 mcg. It boosts brain power and enhances user focus and memory.
The website says Pyschotic was designed for all sorts of people: Corporate office workers, gym rats, and even students. While we think a lot of users can benefit from its nootropic angle, we’re not so sure about the muscle benefits it offers.
Its hype is heavily based on the intensity of the formula, which we’re guessing comes from caffeine. How else would Psychotic justify its name if it didn’t make users feel like they’re going crazy with so much energy? However, pre workouts should be more than just a glorified stim-pill, and we think Psychotic underdelivered in aspects outside of energy and focus.
The itching sensation felt with using beta alanine shouldn’t be a problem given its possible low-dose. What users should watch out for is the yohimbine and caffeine content, as these two in tandem can have a negative effect on heart rate and blood pressure. We also caution users with double-dosing, especially since we don’t know how much caffeine it really has.
Focused formula. No fancy ingredients or strategy blends, just function.
Synergy. The ingredients just work together and become better overall.
Okay dosing. We assume that, of course.
Prop blend. We can’t analyze properly unless we know the dosages for sure.
Expensive. Almost twice the price of better brands.
Side effects. Just make sure to assess tolerance before continuing use.
1 Can (35 servings): $64.95
Available online and in retail stores
Psychotic pre workout is a decent strength-energy type of supplement. It offers key ingredients that highlight stimulation and endurance with a nice touch of focus. However, we also think it relies too much on stimulants to make users think the product works.
Despite the use of a prop blend, we think we did a fair enough guesswork for the materials we had. If we’re right, each ingredient should at least hit the mark for the working minimum as far as dosing is concerned.
Should you take Psychotic? If you’re fond of hardcore stimulation and using risky ingredients, as well as have a lot of cash on hand, by all means go buy it. However, we think most would be better off with a pre workout that actually shows us its cards and isn’t so ambitiously priced.