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Mesomorph Pre-Workout FAQ
- One tub: 25 servings
- Price: $34.95 per tub
- Serving size: 15.5 g
- Serving Suggestion: Once tolerance has been determined, mix one scoop of Mesomorph® with 8-10 oz of water, stir adequately, and consume on an empty stomach approximately 30-40 minutes prior to exercise. On non-workout days, consume 1/2 scoop Mixed in water on an empty stomach.
- Refund policy: 30-day refund or exchange.
If you’ve been into supplements for a while, you’ve probably noticed that some companies are just basically copying the others with some improvements or perhaps a low-cost alternative.
Regardless of what brand you buy, the end goal is the same: you want to look good and feel good while lifting huge chunks of iron over your head.
One pre-workout supplement that promises to do just that is Mesomorph by APS Nutrition.
Is Mesomorph as functional as it claims to be or is it a bust? Let’s find out.
Who Makes It?
Mesomorph is manufactured and sold by the popular APS Nutrition with an office address in Norcross, Georgia (1).
The company boasts an impressive and “scientifically-advanced” 106,000 square foot facility where they manufacture their famous products. They say their manufacturing facility is capable of producing 22 billion tablets and 6 billion capsules on an annual basis.
APS Nutrition has plenty of athletes serving as brand ambassadors and have a loyal following all over the fitness world.
One of them is pro lifter Shane Hammock who was considered one of the strongest powerlifters in the sport’s history at age 23. He has squatted 1,115 pounds, benched 910 pounds, and deadlifted 795 pounds.
Another prominent athlete endorsing APS Nutrition is Shannah Baker, an Australian Bikini Athlete and IFBB Pro competitor. She has placed first in the 2014 ANB Asia Pacific Fitness Model Championship, 2014 Fitness America Weekend, and the 2015 IFBB Queensland competition.
Marketing Claims Made
APS Nutrition makes the following claims about Mesomorph:
- Supercharged Energy Formula: When it comes to energy claims, companies often mean “it contains a lot of caffeine.” That’s not to say caffeine is a bad pre-workout ingredient. Rather, a stimulant driven formula isn’t exactly what you would classify as innovative given caffeine itself is quite cheap. Mesomorph does have caffeine, but we’re not sure how much of the powder it has per serving due to the formula’s proprietary nature. If we’re to guess, we’ll assume at least 250 mg which is equivalent to about two and a half cups of coffee. On top of caffeine, it also has Isopropylnorsynephrine HCl, another potent stimulant that can work in as little as 20 mg (2).
- Ultimate Preworkout Complex with Creatine Nitrate: While at least one study shows creatine nitrate’s superiority to old-time favorite creatine monohydrate (3), we’re not fully convinced it alone makes Mesomorph’s pre-workout complex the “ultimate,” especially since taurine has a higher dosing based on their label.
- Unleash Your True Genetic Potential: We’re not sure how to go about measuring our “genetic potential” given everyone’s potential varies.
What’s in It?
Let’s take a look at what’s inside Mesomorph Pre-Workout:
- Beta-Alanine: This amino acid is naturally produced by the body, but studies have found exogenous consumption have lead to increased endurance (4). Despite the non-label on the prop blend, the website says it has 4,000 mg per serving. Good news for beta-alanine fans, but bad news for the rest of the formula.
- Citrulline Malate: Citrulline Malate is the best form of citrulline when it comes to muscle pumps (5). However, we do question the dosage given citrulline malate is often taken in grams.
- Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate: Also known as AAKG, it is a combination of arginine and alpha-ketoglutaric acid. In this formula, its role is more of pump support (6).
- Di-Creatine Malate: This is simply creatine with a malic acid bond. It’s supposedly makes creatine easier to absorb and reduce the bloating sensation (7).
- Taurine: Taurine helps draw water into muscles which boosts muscle hydration and can translate to increased performance, recovery, and muscle pump (8).
- Creatine Nitrate: This is a synergistic combination of creatine and a nitrate group that was said to be a superior version to plain creatine monohydrate in terms of performance benefits (3). The problem is, creatine, regardless of form, needs a lot of dosing to work and we’re not confident we have enough given priority dosing was given to taurine.
- Ascorbic Acid: Everyone’s familiar with vitamin C and its immunity benefits, but scientists also speculate on its ability to enhance pump-boosting benefits (9).
- Creatinol-O-Phosphate: Also known as COP, this is another creatine analogue that’s been shown to exhibit strength-boosting properties (10).
- Agmatine Sulfate: This ingredient regulates existing nitric oxide levels in our bloodstream (11).
- Glucuronolactone: An ingredient that helps delay fatigue by preventing chemical processes that lead to fatigue (12).
- Methylxanthine anhydrous: This is the chemical name for synthetic caffeine. It is primarily known for providing energy, but it also provides some metabolic boost (13).
- Senegalia Berlandieri Extract: This herb contains phenylethylamine or PEA. PEA supports brain chemicals like serotonin that provides calm or a sense of happiness (14)
- Theobromine: An antioxidant found in chocolate. Studies show its mood boosting effects are improved when paired with caffeine (15).
- Naringin: A fat burner that has some research to it, but too small to be of any real significance (16).
- Isopropylnorsynephrine HCl: A potent fat burner that works in doses as small as 20 mg (2)
Mesomorph Supplement Facts Label
The bulk of Mesomorph’s benefits come from its pump boosting ingredients. The pumps are further supported with the abundance of energy and strength-enhancing ingredients.
Together, these three aspects of Mesomorph make it a formidable brand in the pre-workout industry, justifying its popularity among new and veteran supplement users.
Mesomorph’s functionality is only dampened by likely under-dosed ingredients in their respective blends.
The problem with proprietary blends is the lack of dosage labeling. Because we don’t know the dosage for each ingredient, there’s no real indicator of how much of anything there is. This is quite concerning when it comes to stimulants like caffeine.
We suggest you assess your tolerance and see whether the serving suggestion is too much or not enough.
And, as always, speak to your doctor before taking any supplements.
How to Take It
Based on what it says on the label, you should first assess tolerance before going with the full serving. Once you have assessed it, the label says to mix one scoop of Mesomorph with 8-10 ounces of water, stir, and consume on an empty stomach about 30-40 minutes before you work out.
Not just during workout days, they also suggest taking 1/2 scoop on an empty stomach for your rest days.
It has a variety of flavors to choose from. These flavors are:
- Tropical Punch
- Tutti Frutti
- Carnival Cotton Candy
- Candy Apple
- Snow Cone
- Pink Lemonade
Number of Servings
One container provides 25 servings which can roughly last a month, depending on how frequent you train.
Top Alternative to This Product
Mesomorph Pre-Workout vs Altius pre-workout
One of Mesomorph’s top competitors in the industry is Altius.
Altius has been in the industry since 2015 and many have flocked to its short and focused formulation matched with intelligent dosing. It has seven key ingredients with each dose revealed to the consumer.
One of Altius’ best selling points is the dosing for each of the seven ingredients. The label promised clinical dosing and the formulation delivered, starting with citrulline malate at a whopping 8,000 mg per serving.
The people behind Altius also made sure that every single compound is absorbed as much as possible by adding a premium brand of black pepper called BioPerine. Studies have shown black pepper helps boost bioavailability of ergogenics by up to 200% (17)
As for pricing, Altius and Mesomorph aren’t that far apart. We think this gives Altius an advantage in terms of value.
The only real drawback to Altius is the amount of caffeine per serving. We’re talking about 325 mg of the energy booster. That is equivalent to more than three cups of brewed coffee in one scoop.
We looked up online user reviews and online sellers and found the general consensus seem to gravitate towards the positive side.
Many users praise its energy and pump benefits, while others love the taste and flavor options provided. Some critics dislike the stimulation they feel as well as the use of proprietary blends, though.
Most comments on miscibility are also positive, noting how it has minimal foaming and residue after a few stirs.
Have you tried this product? Leave a review below and let us know what you think!
Based on our findings, we think Mesomorph’s complex combination of pump, energy, and endurance benefits make it a good contender as a pre-workout.
Its ace lies in its secondary ingredients that support its main drivers.
Citrulline Malate has AAKG and Taurine, Creatine Nitrate has Di-Creatine Malate and Creatinol-O-Phosphate, and Caffeine works really well with Glucuronolactone and Isopropylnorsynephrine HCl.
The only real downside is the number of ingredients relative to the serving size per blend. With 15 ingredients all crammed into one scoop, it’s not hard to imagine that a handful of ingredients may not even work as advertised.
Despite that noticeable drawback, we think Mesomorph has done well in their overall performance and function.
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