The thought of hitting the gym and crushing those weights to the beat of the bass and sweat dripping down the sides of your brows should be motivating enough for you to get your butt off the seat. Then again, sometimes I feel like finishing my round of Netflix and stay in for the day.
I’m sure you’ve had those lazy days, no matter how many motivational videos of fake natty’s working out with voice overs from Greg Plitt (R.I.P) you’ve watched. Nothing you do can put you in the mood to crush those weights like they’re meant to be crushed. You probably just need a dose of pre-workout – and this Insane Labz Psychotic review might give you some ideas.
Companies are infamous for putting garbage proprietary blends into their products and marketing it as some insane adrenaline booster for the gym, and the jacked guy doing cable crossovers with clenched teeth as the campaign poster helps with the image. With an extensive supply chain, I kinda get why manufacturers have to keep costs low. Most of the generic pre-workouts I see on the market are around $25-$45 for 30 servings worth, and I assume that’s what people are willing to pay. However, the pre-workout I’m reviewing, Insane Labz’s Psychotic is priced at $64.95 for 35 servings, almost twice as much as the other pre-workouts on this market. Is it worth it? Before we review this product, do read this article on the importance of having a proper pre-workout meal to enhance your shake even further!
First Impressions, Mixability and Taste
My first impression of Insane Labz is pretty good, to be honest. Their website looks professional, and they do look like they mean serious business. According to the website, their products are made in an FDA registered GMP Certified Facility. This means that Insane Labz follow a system that ensures products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards and is monitored by the FDA.
Mixability – Isn’t an issue. The powder dissolves completely with a couple shakes with no clumps getting stuck in your teeth.
Taste – There are seven flavors; cotton candy, fruit punch, grape, apple, watermelon, gummy candy, and natural mixed berry. You probably want to avoid the cotton candy flavor.. it tastes nothing like cotton candy. On the other hand, grape and gummy candy are a yes from us. Do note that there were strong artificial colors identified like blue and green when the gummy candy was tested, if you are skeptical about those things.
Now, let’s look at what really matters. Be prepared for some extra geekiness, but I’ll try to keep it simple.
First and foremost, it’s a proprietary blend, which isn’t ideal. To the newbies “Psychotic Blend” sounds pretty dope, but really, it’s just a marketing tactic to get you excited. The ingredients are listed in descending order, so you can assume that within the 4459 mg serving, Beta Alanine consists of the highest percentage, least going to Huperzine Serrata Leaf Standardized Extract. The problem with proprietary blends is that you don’t exactly know how much AMPiberry is in it, or are they putting too little of the more expensive ingredients to make a dime. Let’s go through some of the ingredients.
This is an ingredient that’s proved beneficial in a pre-workout. In fact, I’ve notice this as an ingredient in almost all pre-workouts, and you’re not wasting any money here.
Benefits of beta-alanine:
- Delays fatigue and exhaustion
- Improves anaerobic workout capacity
Creatine is one of the most well-researched ingredients in sports supplementation and has a lot of proven benefits. However, it is often used as a filler for pre-workout supplements to make it look like you’re getting bang for your buck, when it fact it is a cheap ingredient. In the right doses over long term consumption, creatine monohydrates will help in improving your workout performance and health. Usually, pre-workouts have only about 2g of creatine per serving, but since this is a proprietary blend, we can’t be sure on this one. You can read up on the benefits of creatine monohydrate here, and there are many creatine monohydrate products on the market.
We all know the benefits of caffeine before we start our day. But there’s more to it than to keep you awake. It’s great Insane Labz included this in the Psychotic pre workout, as no product of this type would be complete without it. Generally, caffeine activates the nervous system and brain areas to improve focus and reduce tiredness.
Benefits of caffeine:
- Increases metabolism and increases fat loss
- Allows you to train longer at higher intensities
- Improves focus (we’re all familiar with this)
- Improves mood (β-endorphins are released and gives that workout “high”)
Not much research has been done on this ingredient, but it has been said to “boost” the effects of the other stimulants in the product, especially caffeine.
This sounds like some black market illegal drug, but don’t worry … it’s not. It helps in improving mood and provides you with the mental clarity you need to achieve that intense tunnel vision.
Rauwolfia Vomitoria Extract
Enhances energy and mood as well as supporting weight loss. This ingredient is commonly found in fat burners too!
Huperzine Serrata Leaf
This ingredient is proven to be beneficial for treatment of diseases related to neurodegeneration (Alzheimer’s, myasthenia gravis, etc). Not really sure why it’s needed in this supplement, though.
Does It Work?
Short answer, yes. And it’s pyschotic. You will be more focused, workout longer, and lift heavier.
Despite all the crap I’ve been giving this product for using proprietary blends, a lot of users have experienced intense waves of energy. Yes, I said waves because this product doesn’t hit like you like a wall, but it snowballs, and the effect gets stronger. Just one scoop of this product is equivalent to three scoops of many other pre-workout products on the market. In fact, some lifters of the Internet had compared the effectiveness of this product to that of USPlabs “Jack3d”. The more experienced lifters would know of this pre-workout and how it was told to come off the shelves because of a potent ingredient called “DMAA”. I am surprised that this formula didn’t contain any Tyrosine, which is a nootropic that helps reduce the stress of working out.
DMAA- containing products are now illegal, but we could potentially have a competitor here. So far, no reports against Psychotic have been made. Some say it could be the AMPiberry, because this ingredient is one of the differing factors between this product and the others.
The pump this product gives overall quite good, nothing to shout about. I do wish Insane Labz included L-Citrulline in the mix for the insane pumps, but worry not, your body would still look great with veins popping up all over!
The effectiveness of this product is however subjective. A person who drinks 3 cups of black coffee a day would most likely feel less alert due to his caffeine tolerance than compared to someone who, say, drinks only a cup of coffee a day after consuming this product. Overall, we haven’t had a bad review regarding this product!
Side effects vary from person to person, but some of the common complaints this product receives are
- Excess sweating
- A lot of toilet breaks (some people say it’s the AMPiberry)
- May give anxiety if your body is sensitive to yohimbine
- Elevated heart rate
Pro’s and Con’s
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- Great mixability, a lot of good flavors
- Increase in strength and endurance
- Improvement in mental focus
- Long handle for scooper
- One of the more expensive pre workouts on the market
- PROPRIETARY BLEND! It does not indicate the amount of each ingredient in the product
- Not everyone has reported the desired results
WHO SHOULD BUY IT?
Personally, I would not suggest this product if you’ve never or rarely take pre-workout supplements to begin with. You could start with half a scoop and build your way up if you want to, but due to the cost alone, trying out another pre-workout formula might be better bang for your buck. Some people react to Beta alanine poorly as they experience intolerable sharp, tingling sensations around their body and spending north of $60 on your first tub of pre-workout may not be a good idea, considering there are other cheap alternatives.
However, if you’re a stim junky, loves hitting PR’s every other week, grinds hard during the day and needs the extra energy at night, needs to get shredded in time for a show, then you should consider this product. Save up some of your hard-earned cash and this might prove to be worthwhile!
If you are pregnant, have underlying nervous system issues, or gut sensitivity, do consult a certified medical professional before consuming this, or any other pre-workout for that matter. Before you finalize your decision on buying this product, do check out the other PWO’s we’ve reviewed!
- It works as promised
- Improves strength, endurance, focus, and gains!
- Flavors are good!
Value for Money- 5.5/10
- Too expensive
- Proprietary blends make it even less worth it