Beast Mode is a pre-workout powder formulated to help you find a second wind, or another gear, in the gym. The company claims it can even make you up for a workout when you feel too tired. The drink should also help with:
- Cognitive Function
- Vasodilation (increased blood flow to muscles)
I’ve been using it for the last few weeks, and now I can review it with complete confidence that the effects I have experienced are those of the supplement and not some random effects of feeling better or worse physically, which might be the case if I’d used it only for a few days.
Beast Mode comes in two different flavours: Pink Lemonade and BEAST Punch. I tend to go for Pink Lemonade flavoured pre-workouts whenever possible – as I did with Cellucor’s C4 (click for Cellucor C4 review) because I’m pretty much addicted to that flavour.
However, if I were to use Beast Mode again, I think I’d go for the Punch. The Pink Lemonade is good but when you use 2 scoops, the flavour starts to get a bit bitter and really really powerful. Also, the colour changes from pinkish to a sinister orange and feels a bit like you’re drinking something radioactive.
I never tried 3 scoops which they say you can on the packaging for an ‘Insane Workout’ but I can imagine the favour would start to make my eyes water at that concentration.
Beast Mode Ingredients
I’m not going to expand too much on the Vitamins that are in the formula. They have included a very strong and comprehensive selection. These are:
– B1, B2, Niacin, B6, B12, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium
In that collection are important vitamins. The B vitamins help with metabolism, energy and countless other functions related to everything including muscle building. There are electrolytes to assist with enduring a workout and replacing those vital elements involved with muscle contractions – we lose them through sweating. Niacin helps with many things, amongst them the transport of oxygen to the working muscles.
Mass and Density Blend with Muscle Endurance Blend
- Glycerol Monostearate
- L-Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate
- Agmatine Sulphate
- Cinnulin PF
Notes: most of the above are primarily for getting a big muscle pump in the gym. Research tells us that repeated bouts of vasodilation can increase muscle gains over time. Beta Alanine can increase the muscles’ endurance allowing for a few more reps in a hypertrophic set.
Neurostimulating Co-Factors for Focus and Intensity
- Choline Bitartrate
- Bacopa Monniera
- Ginkgo Biloba
Notes: choline and related cognitive stimulators are generally pre-cursors to the neurotransmitter acetyl-choline – either that or they assist in a secondary manner. The herbal supplement Bacopa Monniera is particularly efficient at increasing working memory capacity. The overall advantage of sharpening cognitive function for workouts is the tightening of the mind-muscle connection; a feeling of being dialled-in to each lift.
Energy and Intensity Blend with High Potency B-Complex
- Coffee Robusta
- Nelumbo Nucifera
- Vit B Complex
Notes: the caffeine in coffee is a well-known energizer by now. Nelumbo is a plant used in asiatic medicine for applications ranging from anti-depression and as a general health tonic. Mild fat-burning properties have been noted. This could mean that fat is utilized more proficiently as fuel for activity.
So Does It Work?
My experience with Beast Mode was a positive one overall. I’m a big coffee drinker so I had to go easy on the coffee on training days – i.e. I didn’t have any because the two-scoop dose was more than enough to perk me up.
It’s not just a caffeine lift though because I feel some other effects during the workout that encourage me:
- Neural Connection – particularly when doing strength sessions, that first lift off the rack can determine the next 3 or 4 in the set. When I’m lifting heavy, I feel like I’m really psyched up for it with Beast Mode and the bar comes off nice and solidly. I noticed it more with the bigger multi-joint lifts as well.
- Endurance – during my strength sessions again, I can start to lose a bit of steam after the first few big sets. I sometimes start yawning and the interest starts to wane. It’s not like mass-building sets when I’m all go. Beast Mode, however, seems to help me through the longer sessions and releases a slow and steady flow of energy.
Any Side Effects
Those that are sensitive to caffeine may feel the kick quite a bit but Beast would say start with a small scoop to assess how you feel before you dive in for the 2 scoop buzz.
As with any supplement, you should follow the directions to the letter. If you are pregnant or nursing then Beast Mode is not for you. Similarly, if you have a medical condition or are taking medication, avoid pre workouts.
Cost and Availability
A tub of Beast Mode (which can last anywhere from 15 to 45 workouts depending on how many scoops per day you take) cost between $45 and $60 as there might be promotions on at certain places. It’s available at most of the decent supplement stores on the high street and online.
In short, I like Beast Mode. It’s a bit of a skunky taste when you’re used to pre-workouts tasting as good as Cellucor’s or RSP Nutrition’s but it seems to do the trick in the gym – perhaps even more so than those others – and it’s a regular priced supplement as well.
For now, it’s definitely one of my preferred pre-workouts.