Overview of Blackstone Labs Dust Extreme
Blackstone Labs is known to venture into the “hardcore” world of sports nutrition with their prohormones and their pre-workouts. They take the risk hoping the reward pays off. Typically these products are highly sought out by us in the bodybuilding world. Dust Extreme by Blackstone Labs is no different.
Dust Extreme is the popular pre-workout by Blackstone Labs that includes DMAA. The FDA warned many supplement manufacturers to pull DMAA from their products and off the shelves. Blackstone Labs ignored this request and continues to sell a lot of Dust Extreme.
Dust Extreme’s claims to be a high intensity energy pre-workout are backed by the usage of the product. We do not recommend using Dust Extreme daily, but when you do use it you do get that extra kick you’re looking for when it comes to a DMAA based PWO. This product is a great choice if you’re looking for a DMAA based PWO, but we warn you to not use it on a daily basis. (Here’s what we recommend)
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed Blackstone Labs Dust 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 pre-workout, 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: Pineapple Mango.
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 pre-workout products on the market.
Dust Extreme’s main ingredient in their profile that stands out to the consumer is the 75mg of DMAA. This attracts a lot of people. This also has 350mg of Caffeine Anhydrous which can really get an energy rush (this is the equivalent of 3.5 cups of coffee) so to us this is a bit much for a full-serving.
You can always back it down to 1/2 serving and make it last longer. It does include 2.5g of Beta Alanine which is essential in a pre-workout so great job there. We like the inclusion of Agmatine Sulfate which gives you a good pump (nitric oxide) but it also is an antioxidant and has other benefits when it comes to insulin.
The issue with Agmatine and the pump is this product contains DMAA which counteracts each other…however Agmatine can “mask” pain allowing you to lift heavy and longer.
This product provides amazing energy and focus! The addition of DMAA is risky but it is high risk high reward with Dust Extreme. This is one of the ultimate pick-me-ups when you need that extra boost.
I wouldn’t recommend taking this daily but on days that you really need that extra kick. Grab this out of your supplement cupboard and feel the rush! It’s going to be one of the better workouts that you ever have.
PRE Extreme is available in several flavors, as well as an unflavored option, and it does not disappoint in taste. PRE Extreme is drank quickly, or at least it should, but the flavor we tried was amazing. You could definitely sip on PRE Extreme if you’d like but I still suggest downing it quickly and getting to the gym to push some weight around.
If you’re using a Blender Bottle you may have to give it a couple extra shakes to get this to dissolve fully into the liquid but it is not as bad as some powders we’ve tested before. Although it isn’t the best mixed pre-workout in the history it is far from the worst.
If DMAA is what you are looking for in your pre-workout then Dust Extreme might be a great value to you. You get 30-servings for under $40. As I mentioned earlier if you want to cut the Caffeine in half you get easily get 60-servings out of this for $40 which is an amazing value. The value really depends on how much you want/need to take to get the effects you are looking for.