UPDATED for 2021
Since we first launched the best DMAA pre-workout list in 2017, as the nature of ingredients that are banned, all of the pre-workouts and Fat Burners mentioned on that original list are now discontinued. So it was time for a refresh. Now, while there are about 20 pre-workouts and fat burners out there that claim DMAA on their label (and I did try all of them to my knowledge), there are only a few that I would consider to actually have the ‘good stuff’ and all of them are seriously good pre-workouts (listed below) and at the end of the list, you can fine the ONE Fat Burner that won a spot on this list!
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 5 pre-workout supplements that contain DMAA and 1 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.
If you want to dive into the ingredients and a more detailed description of the experience you can read our full Dark Energy Review.
So, if you are into Clean, focused, HAPPY workouts you just found your best friend! 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 it’s there, I suggest you take it for a ride (oh, and the flavors are on point!).
You can also 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. And, not that it matters but the flavors are solid.
Crack is not for beginners, but a lot of you will be surprised to experience how smooth the experience with Crack actually is. I’ve seen comments where people were ‘disappointed’ that this pre-workout didn’t hit them harder. So, know this about this pre-workout – If you are looking for a positive, full of energy & pumps experience with laser focus, don’t look any further.
You can also watch the full CRACK PRE-WORKOUT review on YouTube
Well, if this combination of DMHA & DMAA and a bunch of stimulants looks familiar…there’s a reason. Krak’n here, looks very similar to Dark Energy and feels very similar also. You could almost argue they come from a very similar place. The label of Krak’n is not publicly available, even on the manufacturer site. So, you’ll need to trust me here, that the label does say ‘DMAA’.
As the experience is very similar to Dark Energy, what you need to know is that though Krakn delivers a great experience overall it doesn’t provide the same level of ‘happiness’ that Dark Energy brings. But, let me tell you something.. You will love Krak’n.
Oh, and the fact the flavor is awesome, doesn’t hurt 🙂
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.
OK, guys this list is going to be short, as we only have ONE fat burner on this list. The good news is, that it is one amazing fat burner, and arguably you can use it as a pre-workout also.
From Dark Labs, the makers of CRACK comes Herolean, extreme thermogenic, an just like you would expect from the makers of CRACK, you are getting here a combination of DMHA & DMAA and a ‘million’ other ingredients, all at full dosages.
As far as the experience, if you are a beginner, stay away from this one. Herolean is a hard hitting fat burning machine! Energy for days, mood elevation, thermogenesis and very apparent appetite suppression. To summarize, if you can handle the heat, herolean is for you!
Watch the full review on YouTube 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 🙂