Overview of Blackstone Labs Hype Extreme
Blackstone Labs known for their hardcore supplements was once one of the fastest rising companies in all of sports nutrition. To this day, Blackstone still prides itself on their hardcore roots coming out with products that even embed the feeling of hardcore in the name.
Hype Extreme (see – Extreme) was a formula made by the Guerrilla Chemist before he left the company. It combines pump and focus to create one heck of a pump addition. Using ingredients proven to provide epic pumps and better focus, Hype Extreme does a great job and should be a consideration for your next pump additive.
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed Blackstone Labs Hype Extreme on five categories. We first start by looking at it’s ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at the different ingredients used in the pump supplement, what their intention is and how effectively dosed are each ingredient.
We then look at effectiveness. An effective pre-workout will use high quality, proven ingredients, at clinically backed dosages. This is generally an extension of the profile section. The higher quality ingredients used at proper dosages, the more effective that product will be.
Then we move into the taste of the different flavors we’ve tried. We grade each flavor separately and average the scores for their overall taste rating. We were able to test out the following flavors: Cotton Candy.
Mixability refers to how well the powder mixes in 12oz of water. We use the shaker bottle test. This would be your typical Blender Bottle with the spiral chrome ball.
Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, effectiveness, taste and mixability in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of pump products on the market.
Typically a pump powder is going to include ONLY pump products. Hype Extreme takes it a step further and adds in cognitive enhancing ingredients that aren’t cheap. Let’s break down the label in terms of pump and then focus.
Hype Extreme starts with one of my favorite pump ingredients on the market, HydroMax (Glycerol powder) at 2g. What this does is essentially turns your muscles into a sponge to absorb all the water it can to give you that epic pump you look for. Then we get nitrates in the form of Sodium Nitrate. Nitrates are vastly misunderstood as your mind goes to food preservatives right away. The fact is Nitrates produce pumps that rival doses of Agmatine. At 1.5g you are getting a great does to invoke a great pump.
Hype Extreme tosses in an anti-fatigue ingredient in the form of Rhodiola Rosea at 300mg. This is just a nice addition at a great dosage.
Then we hop into the focus section. One of my favorite nootropics is Alpha GPC. We get 250mg of Alpha GPC. This stuff isn’t cheap by the way. It does enhance your ability to focus. At 250mg we are getting a great dosage in a pump powder. Keep that in-mind. (With pre-workouts we might see this as high as 300mg). Then we get a HIGH dosage of Huperzine A at 300mcg (typically seen at 100mcg). Again, this will help improve cognitive functions.
Overall, this is a great profile that give you more than just pump. It’s focus is pump, but they pumped in some focus ingredients (see what I did there).
I really enjoyed Hype Extreme from Blackstone Labs. When evaluating this product I had to look into two things: 1) did it increase my pumps and 2) did it increase my focus. The answer is yes to both.
My body reacts very well to HydroMax. It is one of my favorite ingredients. I have seen HydroMax as high as 5g before and typically see it at 3g, but even at 2g with the addition of Nitrates it helped give me a great pump. I was very satisfied with that.
Regarding focus, two simple effective ingredients dosed correctly can go a long way. Same with HydroMax, my body reacts well to Alpha GPC. My eyes seem to develop tunnel vision. Huperzine A is another ingredient that I work well with. Combined they provided great focus on top of a great pump.
I don’t mean this in a bad way, actually I suppose it is good, but if you had one Cotton Candy Blackstone product, you’ve had them all. They all taste the same. The consistency is key, and I think most people can appreciate that. It does taste like cotton candy. It’s not my personal favorite, but kudos to BSL for keeping it consistent across products.
A lot of people will just mix their pump powder in with their pre-workout, and we do that from time-to-time. However, in order to accurately determine the mixability, you must do this by itself. Hype Extreme is a dosage of 8g which matches some pre-workouts out there. It mixes really well. Glycerol (HydroMax) has the tendency to clump. We didn’t get that here. Some minor particles floating in the water, but nothing to be pissed about.
There are pump products out there now that are 20-servings for $40. Almost mimicking the pre-workout market. This is fine if there is a reason for it. Hype Extreme is 25-servings at less than $40 with great pump ingredients and focus ingredients that work. I don’t have an issue spending up to $40 on a pump product if it works. Why? The pump is under rated. It’s more than just a look. The pump provides blood and nutrients to the muscles to help repair them when you tear the fibers. It isn’t just all aesthetics, there’s a health benefit too.