APS’s pre workout “Mesomorph” has been around for years. Only recently however, has it blown up in popularity with the company’s decision to include the banned ingredient DMAA in their product.
Since this pre workout contains DMAA, we didn’t plan on wasting our time putting in weeks to review this pre workout. After all, it was likely to be banned very soon so why have members of the BWSB staff occupied with it?
Now We Know Mesomorph Isn’t Going Anywhere!
With the recent surge in DMAA containing supplements, we are now pretty confident that mesomorph is not going to be taken down by the feds any time soon. With that, we decided to go in, full bore, and give Mesomorph a full on comprehensive review with our whole bodybuilding network.
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Table of Contents
- Our Experience with Mesomorph
- Ingredients in Mesomorph (DMAA)
- Validity of Mesomorph Claims
- How Mesomorph Compares to Other Pre Workouts
- Comprehensive Review Conclusion
Mesomorph Review – What It Feels Like In the Gym
When taking Mesomorph pre workout, we totally felt the DMAA. Each scoop has 65 mg of it!
When you first take Mesomorph for the first time, you’re going to notice that it is flavored very strongly. It doesn’t taste bad, it’s just strong. So, you are going to need to water it down a bit and definitely lean towards at least 8 fluid ounces of water.
Between drinking Mesomorph and getting to the gym, we didn’t feel the beta-alanine tingles like most pre workouts cause. Some guys have stated they feel it in their mesomorph testimonials, but our experienced CNS’s did not blow up in tingles.
Upon hitting the gym, energy levels were pretty high. It’s a very, very DMAA experience. The mental focus is strong, but it is not at all the same as a caffeine energy rush. It’s more of a ‘strong, in tune with your muscle contractions’ kind of power versus caffeine which is an all-around rush of energy.
While lifting on APS Mesomorph, we noticed that the DMAA really helped with increased reps, and quality of contraction during reps. Pump wise, Mesomorph was not an aid like other pump based pre workouts.
To further elaborate on the pump…
We DID have a pump while lifting on mesomorph, but we do not attribute that pump to it. Virtually every time you lift you’re going to get a pump unless you’re malnourished or dehydrated.
While lifting on APS Mesomorph, we had our ‘standard’ levels of pump, but nothing like pump based pre workouts or pump optimizers like Vasky offer.
Best Workouts for Mesomorph Pre Workout
When you’re on Mesomorph, Chest, Back, and Shoulders are going to be your favorite lifts. Hands down, these are where DMAA pre workouts like Mesomorph shine. During our month long review period of Mesomorph, these were our most enhanced lifts.
In the gym, Mesomorph is definitely pretty freaking awesome. However, in the grand realm of top rated pre workout supplements… Does it take the #1 spot? In our opinion, no. We’ll explain that at the bottom.
Mesomorph Ingredient Breakdown – What’s in The Scoop?
Here you can see the full ingredient label for APS Mesomorph pre workout. On the right side, we’ve included released ingredient dosages. With that information, we’re going to talk about what those dosages mean, as well as deduce other ingredient dosages and overall value.
Synthenox-Carnosine / Nitric Oxide Complex [6,500 mg]
Beta-Alanine: 3,200 mg
Beta-alanine is the supplemental precursor of carnosine, the lactic acid buffer of your muscles. Much like creatine, your body can hold a pool of beta-alanine for carnosine conversion during exercise. To create the ideal conditions, you will want to supplement with at least 3,200 mg of beta-alanine per day. Any less, and your not getting an effective dose.
Citrulline-DL-Malate 2:1 and Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate: 3,300 mg TTL (6,500 complex – 3,200 beta-alanine)
Mesomorph also contains Citrulline malate and arginine AAKG, at approximately 3,300 mg combined. This may result in higher nitric oxide levels in the body, but doesn’t meet the 6 gram clinical dose we discuss in our citrulline malate review.
Mesoswell-Cell Volumizing ATP Matrix [4,500 mg]
Di-Creatine Malate, L-Taurine, Creatine Nitrate, Ascorbic Acid (300 mg), Creatinol-O-Phosphate, Agmatine Sulfate
Approximated Dosages: Since we know that Ascorbic Acid is at 300 mg, we can partially deduce the rest of this matrix, since, in proprietary blends ingredients are listed by largest components first.
Around 250 mg or less Creatinol-O-Phospate and Agmatine Sulfate (each)
This sets the stage for Agmatine Sulfate to be underdosed by 50%, at best. The ideal Agmatine Sulfate dose is 750 mg.
Around 1,200 mg of Di-Creatine Malate, L-Taurnine, and Creatine Nitrate (each).
Most likely, the dosages look more like 2,000 mg Di-creatine malate, 1,000 mg L-Taurine, and 600 mg Creatine Nitrate.
Taurine is the only ingredient here in a sure-thing effective dose for increasing enery and performance. The creatines on the other hand are pretty low-dosed. So much so, that creatine lovers are going to want to stack a creatine supplement on top of Mesomorph, while creatine haters really don’t need to worry about the creatine content in this product.
Neuromorph-Neuro Energized Stimulant Complex [1,870 mg]
Glucocorticolactone: 1,300 mg
Glucocorticolactone is a useful stimulant with little research available on it. Apparently, this compound is a derivative of glucose metabolism. You can find it in quite a few supplements, just not at such a high dosage.
DMAA: 65 mg
DMAA is the ‘illegal’ stimulant in Mesomorph, and the ingredient blamed for army deaths as well as the aesthetics model zzyzz.
Methylxanthine anhydrous (Caffeine), 3,7-Dihydro-3,7-Dimethyl-1H-Purine-2,6-Dione (theobromine), Naringin: 505 mg (1,870 mg prop blend – 1,300 mg glucocorticolactone – 65 mg DMAA)
APS Nutrition wanted to make Mesomorph look different and more hardcore by using the chemical names of common stimulants to make users think they are getting a way different product. It’s nothing to brow-beat too much, as many supplement companies have been doing it for a long time like GAT supplements.
Based on what we know for this formula, we can duduce that there is around 150 mg of each ingredient. Most likely, 300 mg caffeine, 100 mg theobromine, 105 mg Naringin.
Validity of Mesomorph – Is It All Hype?
Mesomorph is an awesome pre workout. Hands down, it’s a fact.
If we were cool with DMAA pre workouts, we would still only rank it 3 or 4 on our best pre workouts list.
This is because, DMAA isn’t without its side effects. While in moderation it is fantastic, using DMAA on the regular can cause headaches, high blood pressure, and dependency.
Of course, there is no denying that the same issues can’t occur with massive doses of caffeine, which is what a whole other spectrum of pre workouts involve themselves with.
But overall, the best pre workouts that we have reviewed and rank are able to achieve more energy, cleaner energy, more power, strength, and endurance…. All without excessive caffeine or ingredients like DMAA.
How Mesomorph Compares to Other Pre Workouts
Compared to the pre workout market as a whole, Mesomorph kicks a whole lot of other pre workout ass.
Pretty much all of the main streamers can’t compete with mesomorph for one lift session.
But, as we’ve said – in our opinion Mesomorph doesn’t take the crown.
Comprehensive Mesomorph Review Conclusion
The DMAA in mesomorph sets the tone for this epic pre workout made by APS. But, there is also no denying that they did a respectable amount of due diligence to follow through and add some fantastically complementary stims, a quality beta-alanine dose, and all sorts of other love that make Mesomorph into the cult classic that it has become.
Love it or hate it, Mesomorph is another game changer putting waves into the pre workout pond – shaking things up for a bright future ahead for us all to enjoy!