Decent ingredients list, with a lot of staple, known to work ingredients found here.
Yep, gotta accept the dosages where either on point, or a little bit more.
Pretty good, though an odd dosing amount and even weirder tub size.
TASTE & FEEL
A little bit of a chemical feel, but it seemed to do the job.
A nicely well rounded pre workout that seems to do exactly what it states on the tub. The taste was a little chemically, but all in all, I liked it.
Another day, another pre workout review, and as always, I was searching for something that could arrive in under 48 hours, because as always, I had forgotten I had run out of the stuff around the hence, hence how we now have a Boogieman pre workout review!
The packaging, name and overall look of this pre workout stood out, especially against the pages of complete shit you find on the web these days. I am sure I find more crap pre workouts than decent ones (I even write crap reviews, then delete them because people will still go buy them!).
Right, enough moaning from me, shall we get on with this Boogieman review, is it going to be an 18+ rated slasher, or will those pesky kids uncover the true bad guy?
Ingredients - What's Inside?
From looking at the original listing, and then looking at the back of the tub, this could be quite a decent ingredients list, considering you get 20grams of active ingredients per dose.
One thing that is a bit odd, is that you have to have 3 scoops, how does 3 scoops easily go into 20grams... How?
Why do people make lives so difficult, just have a 5 grams scoop, or a 10 gram scoop, or shock horror, a 20 gram scoop! Rather than a 6.6grams scoop, who even makes these!
Dosage (3 Scoop)
2800 mg (as part of the Beta-Alanine)
L-Arginine Alphaketoglutarate (AAKG)
1950 mg (as part of AAKG)
Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA)
Koreand Ginseng Extract
Now, that is a hell of a lot of chemicals inside of this pre workout, but are they all decent or even worth being in there?
Well, yes to be fair, some of these are staple ingredients in pre workouts, some of them are a little more off the beaten path, but let's take a little look at what we have.
Beta Alanine has been linked to removing lactic acid, as well as extending how long it takes for you to become exhausted.
5 grams is a decent dosage, most companies will recommend at least the 3.5 gram mark.
This is off to a good start, have we found a change in the industry?
Guess we should crack on.
Citruline is usually used to help with blood flow and elevating your nitric oxide levels.
Usually used along side Beta Alanine, most studies show that you want to be hitting around the same dosage levels, so again over 3.5 (preferably into the 4 - 4.5 grams)
You have a healthy dosage of 5 grams, with 2.8 grams being made up of L-Citruline, again as I have said before, I will leave that up to chemists to fight that particular battle.
Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (2:1) or AAKG for short is an amino acid compound, designed to give you that 'PUMP!' feeling.
Usually dosed with L-Citruline or similar, it increased your vascular appearance and helps with the delivery of blood and oxygen to those all import muscles.
1 - 2grams is the jumping off point, so it looks like we are onto a winner with 3grams being placed into Boogieman.
Not looking so scary these days.
Helping to improve flood flow and helping to bring nutrients towards your muscle, as well as bringing on a 'sense of well being'.
Recommended dosage for Taurine sits at 1,000mg, so twice the standard dose, this is going well!
This one, is still on my 'I don't know if this even works' list,
Usually sold as a 'concentration' supplement that may help influence adrenaline and dopamine in your brain.
Still only have this one study that reckoned having L-Tyrosine may help.
Moving onto my favourite little beauties, just because everyone knows it works!
Trec Nutrition have added a modest 300mg into this pre workout, so this won't blow your sock off if you are used to higher dosages such as Blackblood.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA)
It's time for some science bitches!
Obviously not from me, I just scour the web in hope of something that makes sense to me.. does it show?
ALA, is commonly used as a way of utilising carbohydrates as energy, as well as an antioxidant (helpful if you need to provide a little brain protection.
Having a search around, most studies are aimed at diabetes, with very little aiming at how ALA can be used for sports supplementation.
Moving onto more amino acids, Theanine, has shown to reduce blood pressure, as well as helping with concentration, especially when taken with caffeine.
Chemicals and ingredients are being added to pre workouts these days to help improve what most people class as 'mind to muscle connection' or ways to help you find your inner Arnie.
A plant extract, this time found within the Korean Panax Ginseng plant.
This extract is usually used to help with stress or anxiety. And it looks to have been added into this pre workout as a mood enhancer.
There is currently no 'optimal' dosage.
Another ingredient that I had not come across before, this one looks to be quite useful.
Rhodiola is most commonly used for increasing energy, endurance, strength, and mental capacity. It is also used as a so-called "adaptogen" to help the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress.
As with a lot of ingredients these days, especially those found within sports supplementation, there is no optimal dosage, with much of it depending on you.
We are about to get to the end of this quite long list of ingredients, Niacine, or vitamin B3, it has been used for a long period of time to help reduce your cholesterol.
You see it a lot being flashed around in the I can't believe this stuff that isn't butter, isn't butter adverts. Odd.
A range of 10 - 20mg daily can help you reduce your cholesterol, so your 50mg in here will be pretty sufficient, though this is one of those ingredients you do not want to take daily.
Dosages on a regular basis above 30 - 35mg can start to give you a bit of a dicky tummy.
Some people will also feel a slight reddening or warming of your face, quite natural, and is usually called flushing.
And here we are, the final ingredient, another vitamin, this one usually known as B1.
You will usually find this with B3, B12 and basically any multivitamin. Oh, and your daily coco-pops.
Supposedly helps athletes, and athletic performance, but no solid evidence.
One of those ingredients whereby you have to see if you believe the hype and decide if it works for you or not.
The large majority of these ingredients are well dosed, though there is nothing in here that jumps out at you, and quite a few are simply vitamins or minerals, but given their full name to sound fancy.
Still decent though
Pricing (Plus Price Per Serving)
For some reason, these come in 15 serving tubs.
Which is a little weird, but also does make sense if you are going to be taking this every few days.
As with most stimulants, you should never just take high dosages day in, and day out... it's not very good for you, and you will start to notice some annoying side effects, I have spoken about the high caffeine one before!
You can pick up the 15 dose tub for around £25, so this gives you cost per serving of £1.60.
I think actually one of the higher amounts, but at least you are paying for some decent ingredients.
It's not that cheap, but still not the most expensive ever.
You will end up buying 1 per month unless you decide to take this every day.
How Does It Taste & Feel?
Today, I went for the good ol' fashioned...candy!
Which if I am honest, doesn't make a lot of sense, because what does candy taste like?
Sadness and disappointment because your brother used to steal your candy and then tell your parents you where a greedy child?
I mean, sugar?
Whatever it is meant to be, it actually tasted pretty good, though it did have a bit of a 'chemical after taste' but that's pretty standard these days.
As for the feeling, I have got to admit, it took around 25 minutes to kick in, usually it only takes 10 mins for most pre workouts, so I did nearly throw it out instantly and decide it was crap, but it slowly crept up on me and started to work.
The actual effect lasted for around 60 minutes, with a slight buzz keeping me going for another hour or so.
I would mark that as 'working as expected'.
Taste & Feeling Verdict
Tastes alright, nothing magical, but it does do as it says on the tin, it works.
I am glad I came across this pre workout, it was a little odd being in a 15 dose tub, and the fact that someone decided to make each scoop 6.6grams is baffling and a little annoying, but hey, whatever gets their socks off.
The product worked as it stated, it has the usual marketing mumbojumbo, but for the majority of it, it actually did as expected.
I chalk this up as a pleasant find.