Beyond Raw Lit AF FAQ
- Type of Supplement: Pre-Workout
- Servings per Container: 20 Servings
- Serving size: 24.26 g
- Where You Can Get It: Amazon.com
Depending on who you talk to, GNC can be one of the best supplement retailers or the “bad guy” of the industry that sells overpriced products.
Regardless of where you heard of GNC, one thing is for sure: They’re mad serious about selling supplements. They wouldn’t be this big if they weren’t.
We have the opportunity to take a look at a reformulated pre-workout supplement called Beyond Raw Lit AF. Now before you assume its meaning, the “AF” in Beyond Raw Lit AF stands for “Advanced Formula,” but we’re sure someone in their marketing department wanted to get in on the whole “Millennial phrases” trend.
So, is Beyond Raw Lit AF a good buy or a goodbye?
Who Makes It?
As alluded to above, Beyond Raw Lit AF is made by the supplement retail giant GNC. GNC’s head office is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They’ve been in business since 1935 and have more than six thousand stores worldwide.
On BBB , it seems the score GNC has depends on where it’s located. However, most scores range from B- to A+. They also seem to provide consumers some difficulty with product returns, with some select stores not following their 30-day return policy.
Marketing Claims Made
The following claims were made about Beyond Raw Lit AF:
- Second Rush Caffeine: We’re not sure how this works. All we know is they have a blend that makes use of two separate caffeine sources. How the other, smaller blend will time its release is totally dependent on fast your body reacts to the powder.
- Clinical Strength: Okay, this one is really impressive. Granted, clinical dosing wasn’t applied to every ingredient, we like the attempt and were blown away with how they dosed their first six ingredients.
- Builds muscle: We like most of the performance ingredients because they also have a muscle growth benefit on the side, especially creatine.
What’s in it?
Now, let’s take a closer look at what’s inside Beyond Raw Lit AF:
Lit Advanced Formula, 19.70 g (with filler ingredients included its 24.26 g).
- L-Citrulline Malate: This is the best form of citrulline. Citrulline is an ingredient that can bring out the best in your lifts by maximizing nitric oxide production . Better nitric oxide production leads to optimal blood flow which can lead to better muscle performance. At 8 g, GNC did really, really good for its promise of clinical strength. Let’s hope we can say the same thing further down the line.
- Beta-Alanine as CarnoSyn: Beta-alanine is the kind of ingredient that goes underappreciated. We say this because so many pre-workouts, at least the cheap ones, go for caffeine and other stimulants in place of effective fatigue busters like beta-alanine. Not only does it delay fatigue, but it also helps with muscle protein synthesis . The CarnoSyn brand helps with that itchy side effect, which is often treated as beta-alanine working. The 3.2 g dose is a blessing!
- Betaine Anhydrous as BETAPOWER: Imagine Betaine as the middle ground between citrulline and beta-alanine. It can act as a muscle pump ingredient but also help with muscle recovery . It also has some slight performance-enhancing benefits.
- Micronized Creatine (Creatine Monohydrate): Ah yes, the most staple of all staple pre-workout ingredients in the industry. Caffeine is the only other ingredient to challenge its reign as the most added ingredient in pre-workouts. Its immense popularity is not really so much about its performance, but on its post-workout function on muscle growth . Normally, creatine in monohydrate form takes a toll on people’s bellies, causing discomfort and bloating sensations. The micronized version helps you digest creatine better and therefore reduce the odds of having those nasty bloats before you start lifting.
- Arginine Silicate Inositol as Nitrosigine: This is a branded form of another pump-inducing ingredient called inositol stabilized arginine silicate. That’s a mouthful, but all you need to know is the inositol improves absorption into the bloodstream. This ingredient acts as pump-support and helps make the nitric oxide produced by the large dosing of citrulline malate more sustainable .
- Taurine: This ingredient boosts muscle hydration which leads to increased performance .
- MYOTOR Clinical Complex
- Mango Extract and Globe Thistle Extract: We’re not exactly sure what this complex does. We did some research and found that more or less, both mango and globe thistle are anti-inflammatory substances and could offer some sort of anxiolytic benefit . However, studies are preliminary and so we’re not going to bank on this complex as anything more than novel.
- PEAK ATP (Adenosine 5-Triphosphate Disodium): This compound promotes cellular energy production . More cellular energy, faster muscle recovery. This ingredient makes a lot of sense because it has creatine, an ATP-producing ingredient.
- 2nd Rush Caffeine
- Immediate Release as Caffeine Anhydrous: We have 250 mg of an immediate release. Nothing special here, but 250 mg is what we see as the limit for performance purposes . Any more than that and you might get some nasty side effects.
- Targeted Release as ZumXR Caffeine: A delayed-release should help keep you from crashing too hard, but you’ll crash nonetheless. We also don’t know how they engineered it to release later given we usually lose a lot of energy midway through tough lifts.
- Alpha GPC: Alpha GPC is a type of choline that’s considered premium in its niche. Choline is a brain nutrient (often used in nootropics) that pretty much covers anything the brain needs to function . The problem is, the dosage is too low for that purpose. Perhaps it’s here for some focus.
Supplement Facts Label
The bulk of Beyond Raw Lit AF’s benefits are derived from its six major ingredients: Citrulline malate, beta-alanine, betaine, creatine, nitrosigine, and taurine. These six ingredients alone make up 18.2 grams of the entire formula.
Not only do they have really, really good dosing, but the synergy these six have when it comes to performance, pumps, and recovery would be quite astonishing if everything works as listed.
The energy you get will come from the 300 mg dosage of caffeine. That’s equivalent to three cups of coffee!
You should be a bit cautious about having 300 mg caffeine in one gulp. We only recommend a max of 250 mg, and even that we think is too high.
Everyone reacts to caffeine differently!
At 300 mg, you could end up getting a bad case of jitters, headaches, nausea, and of course the dreaded crash which might just make you want to lie down.
There’s also the possibility of feeling itchy or getting too pumped thanks to the six major ingredients we discussed earlier.
We always recommend you speak with your doctor before taking any supplements featured on this site.
How to Take It
GNC says you should mix one scoop in 10 fl. oz of cold water and consume the drink before you start lifting. They also recommend one serving for non-training days for an extra boost in energy and focus.
Currently, Beyond Raw Lit AF has five flavors to choose from:
- Sour Gummy
- Icy Fireworks
- Lemon Ice
- Sweet and Tart
- Gummy Worm
Of the bunch, Sour Gummy seems to be what they’re promoting as their best seller.
Number of Servings
One container has 20 servings. If you train four times a week, it should last you about five weeks.
Top Alternative to This Product
Beyond Raw Lit AF vs Furious Labs Goku Gains
In terms of formula and overall quality, Beyond Raw Lit AF’s rival is Furious Labs Goku Gains, and yes that’s the real name if you know where it came from (Dragon Ball Z fans where you at!?)
Like Beyond Raw Lit AF, Goku Gains also has similar ingredients in its pre-workout formula.
- Citrulline malate, 4000 mg
- Betaine, 2500 mg
- Taurine, 1000 mg
- Nitrosigine, 500 mg
- Caffeine, 350 mg
- elevATP, 150 mg
While they do contain similar ingredients, we think Beyond Raw Lit AF has the upper hand in terms of synergy. Beyond Raw Lit AF contains boatloads of beta-alanine as well as creatine, making it a more suited pre-workout formula that’s just “more” complete than Goku Gains (as a Dragon Ball Z fans, that hurts to write!)
In terms of dosing, Beyond Raw Lit AF obviously bulldozes over Goku Gains. However, we do have to note that Goku Gains is about $5 cheaper. Does the price justify the smaller dosing?
Between Beyond Raw Lit AF and Goku Gains, we think Beyond Raw Lit AF is still the better pre-workout given the better synergy and overpowering dosage for their key ingredients.
On their website, Beyond Raw Lit AF has mostly positive feedback. Many users feel great and recommend it as a pre-workout for both new and seasoned users.
Most of the criticisms come from the flavor, too sweet taste, and some side effects like itching.
Outside their website, users criticize it for other side effects like mood swings, heart palpitations, and headaches.
While we’re not sure which ingredient had a mood-swing side effect, we’re definitely sure about caffeine causing headaches and heart palpitations.
Beyond Raw Lit AF is perhaps one of the bulkiest and most functional pre-workout we’ve ever had the chance to review. We say it’s bulky because of the dosing on their key ingredients and we say functional because the focus on performance is just amazing.
You can expect a lot of pumps, a lot of raw strength, a good dose of energy, and a better muscle recovery experience with Beyond Raw Lit AF.
The only criticisms we’ve seen are from its taste and flavors, the itching sensations, and the inevitable caffeine-related side effects. We don’t really see these as major reasons to avoid the product unless of course, you’re not used to ingesting that much caffeine.
Pricing can also be an issue as the formula is not exactly cheap, but we think it’s good value (especially on Amazon, where the brand’s official page hasn’t included it in the inventory as of September 2019, and the only retailers are other sellers who choose to mark up the price).
Overall, we think Beyond Raw Lit AF is one hefty pre-workout that will definitely help you in your quest to be bigger and stronger. Do mind the caffeine content as well as the possibility of itching, but apart from those you should get what you can expect from a clinically dosed product.