UPDATED October 2020
Since we first launched this list, as the nature of ingredients that are banned, all of the pre-workouts mentioned we had ranked are now discontinued. So it was time for a refresh. Now, while there are about 10 pre-workouts out there that claim DMAA on their label (and I did try all of them to my knowledge), there are only 2 that I would consider actually do have the ‘good stuff’ and both of them are seriously good pre-workouts (listed below).
DMAA also known as 1,3-Dimethylamylane is a stimulant that is synthetically made rather than naturally occurring. It was invented in 1944 and was commonly used as a decongestant (in the same way that ephedrine was used to combat chesty colds). Like ephedrine at its time, DMAA is was banned by the FDA in 2012. But its actual status is still unclear as the issue is still being debated in the courts. DMAA is commonly used in fat burners and pre-workouts. In this review, we are going to look at 4 pre-workout supplements that contain DMAA and 3 fat burners.
DMAA works very similarly to caffeine, in that it is a stimulant that gives a quick burst of energy. We’ll take a look at the promises of each product, the ingredients, and then the product as a whole.
The first product to market that brings a combination of DMHA & DMAA and a bunch of other exotic stimulants. And people, let me tell you something, this pre workout feels amazing. Great clean productive energy and great focus. But more than anything else, the mood elevation and feeling of wellness and euphoria is the strongest I had since the JACK3D or APS Mesomorph or yes, I dare to say it CRAZE! You can expect this feeling to last for about 2-3 hours, well into your workout session and I haven’t had any side effects or any other issues. Clean, focused, HAPPY workouts! You will be finding yourself working out and not wanting to leave the gym. I am assuming this pre-workout will not last for long. But while its there, I suggest you take it for a ride. Check out our full Dark Energy Review or watch the full Dark Energy review on Youtube
To be fair, it is impossible to separate between CRACK and Dark Energy as the best on this list. Both are amazing pre-workouts and both deliver! Where Dark Energy excels in its happiness and mood elevation CRACK is more about laser focus and mind blowing pumps! If these two elements of a pre workout are a priority for you, combined with long lasting positive energy, the CRACK is your go to (you can watch our Dark Energy Pre-Workout Review on YouTube)
Without a doubt Aggressive Labz most powerful pre-workout. We reviewed about 5 hardcore pre-workouts from the brand, including 3 that claim DMAA on the label. Leatherfaze is by far the most effective pre-workout of the bunch. If you are looking for a burst of energy and super intense focus look no further. Combination of DMAA, 500mg of caffeine and a load of other effective ingredients, make the Aggressive Labz Leatherfaze one of the strongest pre workouts out there and one of the best DMAA pre-workouts out there for sure, but a word of caution, this one is advanced users only!
Watch our LeatherFaze Pre-Workout Review on YouTube:
The latest entrant to the DMAA pre-workout category brings good focus and elevation combined with strong but productive energy flow. 2 notable down sides to this pre-workout – 1) 6g of beta alanine (yes! get ready to tingle!) 2) the pump formula is not amazing. If Pumps are high on your priority list than check out the CRACK review. Other than that, VOLT’s combo of focus, and intense energy are a huge plus for any stim junkie. You can read our complete static labz volt review here.
How long will these pre-workouts be around is very hard to say, as you can see from the list below of ‘historical’ products. It seems as if the life expectancy of a DMAA Pre-Workout these days is shorter than a year. If you are wondering what these feel like, you might want to give these a try before they are gone. Obviously the FDA is not a big fan of these products, so you should decide for yourself what you want to do 🙂
iRate Pre-Workout by Juggernaut Nutrition
Well, Juggernaut Nutrition is one of the rising stars of the pre-workout world and iRate is in our opinion the best DMAA pre workout out there for 2019. It is not easy to find DMAA products these days, and iRate DMAA Pre-Workout bring in everything you would expect – energy, mood elevation and pure motivation to continue and go at it in the gym.
Dust Extreme by Blackstone Labs
Other Blackstone Labs products we looked at include: Anesthetized, Resurgence, The Razor’s Edge (a Nootropic), and their non-stimulatory pre-workout Hype Extreme. Each one has made the top ten list, and each one is well researched and filled with scientifically backed ingredients. Dust Extreme is another home run!
The ingredients list contains Citrulline Malate, Beta-Alanine, Agmatine, Tyrosine, DMAA (75mg), and Caffeine (350mg), plus a few others. This supplement will blow you away with energy, and the pump should be really effective. You will take longer to fatigue, have better endurance, and more power and speed in your movements. The caffeine content is pretty brave as most pre-workouts shy away from 300mg+, but this just makes it more effective.
Jacked Up is a pre-workout that is made by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. We’ve looked at their products before, with both Osta-Plex , and Synadrine getting rave reviews from us. Jack’d Up is another worthy supplement, it promises to increase nitric oxide levels (to get that pump), increase energy, increase speed and power, and increase endurance.
Sadly the ingredients list is just one big proprietary blend so we can’t assess the dosages, but what is there, is pretty exciting. L-Arganine, Beta-Alanine, Creatine Monohydrate, Caffeine, DMAA, and Agmatine. This pre-workout is going to have you absolutely flying through your workout, and will also work as a pretty decent fat burner too!
Super Pump 250 is made by Gaspari Nutrition, a supplement company we’ve looked at before, we reviewed their Amino Last supplement and it made our top 10 intra-workouts. Super Pump 250 has a bunch of promising ingredients, including caffeine, L-Citrulline, Creatine, Taurine, Tyrosine, Rhodeola Rosea, and many more. It also contains DMAA. There are a lot of ingredients such as Niacin that will help create a pump, and the caffeine/DMAA combo will give you a lot of energy plus some fat burning too. Our personal exprience with SuperPump 250 has been average and though it makes this list because it does contain DMAA, it is not our first choice when it comes to pre workouts.
Due to the nature of most fat burners, you may find that they also make great pre-workouts, in the same way that many pre-workouts will make great fat burners. The following three products are specifically marketed as fat burners though, which is why we are grouping them separately from the rest.
1. PurThermo Fat Burner by Juggernaut Nutrition
When it comes to fat burners, there are 4 values you should be focusing on – Thermogenesis, appetite suppression, energy & mood elevation. PurThermo by Juggernaut Nutrition is the latest DMAA Fat burner that brings a great package that nails down all 3 elements in a perfect balance. If you are looking for a smooth but intense feeling in a fat burner, PurThermo is the best dmaa fat burner in 2019 from our experience.
2. King Cobra by Blackstone Labs
Another Blackstone Labs product, King Cobra looks like a really good fat burner. It contains caffeine in the form of Ilex Guayusa, Green Tea Extract, and Theobroma Cacao. Then you have Eria Jarensis that can boost mood, Capsaicin (big metabolism booster), DMAA and a whole host of other ingredients. King Cobra is a great supplement that will massively boost your metabolism and increase fat oxidation.
3. Synadrene by High Tech Pharmaceuticals
Synadrene is a High Tech Pharmaceutical supplement, who we are big fans of. Synadrene promises to enhance your mental focus, aid weight loss, and help aid your diet. It stacks caffeine DMAA and Yohimbine to deliver an insanely powerful fat burner. It also contains green tea extract which has been shown to increase metabolism and fat oxidation