Blackstone Labs came up with a new formula for its Dust Extreme mostly due to the implications of the FDA ban on the use of DMAA in pre-workout products, claiming it’s dangerous to consume. The original DUST Extreme, was one of the few DMAA based pre-workouts in the market. Now it’s our turn to check out how the change in the formula affected the Dust Extreme’s effectiveness.
With 25 servings of 10.5g each, both numbers are pretty much average both for the amounts of servings in a tub and the scoop size. With that said, numbers are just one aspect, it’s really what’s in them that makes a solid high-stim pre-workout.
|Key Ingredients & Dosage||Our Take|
|Energy & Thermogenics||350 mg Caffeine Anhydrous||With 350g, the dose of caffeine is really on the high-end of the clinical dose range which by itself would have been great but with the combination of some of the other stimulants here we feel safe to say that the Dust Extreme is a hardcore pre-workout stim wise.|
|Endurance & Strength||2.5g Beta-Alanine|
|Beta-Alanine is another well-known ingredient and a very common one. 2.5g is in the range of the clinical dose so that is good to hear|
Betaine Anhydrous - is proven by several studies to be effective in increasing power. 1.5g is a popular dosage though somewhat on the lower end.
|Pump||4g Citrulline Malate|
1g Agmatine Sulfate
|Citrulline Malate is a well researched ingredient that is known to increase muscle endurance. Although the clinical dose is around 6-9g, 4g is still fine with the Dust Extreme’s main point is to increase energy and focus.|
|Focus & Mood||1g L-Tyrosine|
500g Phenylethylamine (PEA)
150g 2-Aminoisoheptane (DMHA)
300 mcg Huperzine A
|The change in the focus department starts here, as Blackstone Labs started by changing from 500g of NATL to 1g of regular L-Tyrosine. Although a different form of tyrosine, the effect is the same.|
DMAE, not to be confused with DMAA, is a focus and mood booster. It’s effect is pretty much give you an overall good feeling.
PEA is another mood booster, mainly giving an all around good feeling throughout the workout. PEA is known to work very well together with DMHA, but this dose is a little high than what we are used to see when these two are used together.
The main change in the formula is this one. Replacing the DMAA which is no longer used in the Dust Extreme, the DMHA is a bit more relaxing than the DMAA, which can be an improvement if you found the DMAA version of Dust Extreme a bit too much.
Higenamine and Huperzine are both focus and concentration enhancer, closing the huge list of focus booster in this one.
Safe to say that just by looking these ingredients you can be pretty sure that you won’t be having any problems staying focused with this one.
The Label’s Bottom Line- We think it’s pretty obvious what Blackstone Labs looked to achieve with the new Dust Extreme. The huge amount of focus and mood boosters in the mix and with the addition of a the caffeine, makes it a very high-stim focus boosting centered pre-workout and honestly we couldn’t wait to see how all these mental focus boosters will feel like in the gym!
Best Flavors & Mixability – This is the weak point of this product. It comes in two flavors- Pineapple Mango and Sour Gummy bear. Both are not that good but out of the two the Pineapple Mango is the better one.
Effectiveness – Maybe the taste is not the best, but the results are nothing but amazing. Laser focus, great pumps and zero jitteriness, just what you would expect from such a product.
the average retail price for 25 servings is $39.99, which is just a little above the average for a fully dosed pre-workout (APS mesomorph, Redcon1 Total War etc). Being a new product, there aren’t many deals going around, but as always, be sure to check out our deals page, as we continue to hunt down the best deals on DUST Extreme from around the web.
Blackstone Labs delivered on the promise with the DUST Extreme. This Pre-Workout has everything and then some. If you are a fun of mental focus and tunnel vision ingredients, then the DUST Extreme is one of the best, if not the best products we’ve seen on that department. The combination with an effective N.O & Pump formula and the caffeine makes one heck of a pre-workout.