Most people see pre workouts and immediately think of stimulants and herbs that send your brain into an energetic frenzy. Caffeine, in particular, has become a household name when it comes to gym supplements. At least, that’s what most people say.
The people behind Genius Pre-Workout don’t think like most people. This pre workout actually boasts of being stim-free and only relies on brain-boosting ingredients that wake you up without the side effects of being high on stimulants.
Genius Pre-Workout is essentially relying on super brain stimulation instead of hard stimulants and herbs. Is this an effective way to get you into fighting mood or is this just a marketing tactic to sell a separate caffeine pill?
Read myGenius Pre-Workout review to find out!
About Genius Pre-Workout
Genius Pre-Workout is sold by The Genius Brand. The company is founded on the principles that reject the current meta in the industry: That you need stimulants to make a good supplement work. They aim to disrupt the current industry formulating practices and focus on making a pre workout that is based on hard facts and intelligent formulation.
Genius Pre-Workout is claimed to provide a synergistic mind-muscle connection, true performance without the use of any stimulant, give you a massive dose of pumps, and be naturally sweetened.
- Formula transparency. Only those with 500 IQ know why transparent formulas are the best.
- Stim-free. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. I’ll tell you why later.
- Clean look. It’s not like most pre workouts that have all these drawings, scratches, and “monster” stuff.
Genius Pre-Workout Review: nutrition label
Other Ingredients: Silica, Sodium Citrate, Stevia Leaf Extract, Natural Flavors, Turmeric Root Extract, Spirulina Extract
Mix 1 scoop of GENIUS PRE in 14 oz of water and drink 30-45 minutes before workouts. Stack with 1-3 capsules of Genius Caffeine for amplified results.
The Genius Brand boasts of a smart formulation for their Genius Pre-Workout. And it better be, given that their formula ain’t exactly short. And when it comes to supplements, the more ingredients you include, the more risks of side effects happening just purely due to the quantity of ingredients mixing together.
Since this is purported to be a smart formula, I expect ingredients that function as nootropics, compounds that directly benefit the brain.
- Citrulline Malate. Citrulline Malate is the best ingredient when it comes to nitric oxide production and massive pumps. With pumps, your blood circulation vastly improves allowing nutrients to reach your muscles faster. The pumps also help your muscles function better, enabling you to lift heavier. At 6 grams, we have a really good start to Genius Pre-Workout’s formula.
- Beta Alanine as CarnoSyn. Beta alanine is your best friend when it comes to boosting muscle endurance. With a lot of beta alanine, your body is able to last longer when training, delaying fatigue while also helping you recover faster. We have beta alanine in the best brand of CarnoSyn, so perhaps even the average dose of 2 grams will feel like it’s much more.
- Betaine Anhydrous. So few supplements appreciate Betaine’s benefits for creatine synthesis and muscle cell water retention. In terms of pre workout function, it’s basically a combination of beta alanine (for muscle recovery and gains) and a little bit of citrulline malate for pump. The 2 gram dose works really good especially since it’s more of an accessory ingredient.
- Here we have the first nootropic in the blend. Tyrosine is a compound that helps make neurotransmitters responsible for focus, attention, and even memory. At 1 gram, I think we have a lot of it considering most pre workouts barely even think of adding tyrosine.
- This is the compound that is supposed to convert into nitric oxide. The problem is, arginine by itself is not absorbed properly hence the popular use of citrulline malate and arginine forms that make use of silicate. At 1 gram, we have more than enough to add support to Genius Pre-Workout’s pump benefits.
- Taurine helps hydrate the muscle cells and in a way, supports muscle pumps too. Because it promotes cell hydration, it can also help reduce the risks of cramps and exercise-induced damage.
- AlphaSize (50% Alpha GPC). This is one of the best nootropics in the market. It works on making brain chemicals for function while at the same time maintaining brain health. It’s an expensive ingredient, so it’s understandable why we only have 600 mg of it.
- HICA (a-Hydroxyisocaproic Acid). This rare ingredient is known to promote muscle growth and recovery as well as reduce muscle protein breakdown during exercise. It’s a really good post-workout ingredient if you consider taking this in big doses. Otherwise, the 500 mg is good enough for a pre workout.
- Rhodiola rosea std. to 3% Salidrosides. A popular adaptogen I’ve been seeing quite a lot in many supplements lately. It helps reduce the stress and anxiety associated with tough workouts. Less stress, more focus. That’s the science of nootropics in workouts in a nutshell.
- ElevATP (Ancient peat and apple extract). This is a premium ingredient that supports muscle activation during heavy lifts. Despite a decent dose of 150 mg, it works best with creatine monohydrate.
- Theobromine is the active compound found in cacao, the very bean where chocolate comes from. In a pre workout, theobromine is often used as a “clean” source of energy compared to caffeine. However, the 30 mg dosage is really shorting us.
- This is the rival to BioPerine as it also functions as an absorption catalyst.
- Huperzine A. This is another nootropic that helps with brain chemicals, mental energy and focus, and brain cell health. Dosage is okay, given that it works in that range.
Genius Pre-Workout took a gamble here and insisted on going stimulant-free. This is a bold move for a supplement that labels itself as a pre workout. It would have been much more understandable if they went with fat burner instead, but here we are so might as well see what we have.
Based on the ingredients found in Genius Pre-Workout’s label, I can definitely say they have most of the dosing right, with only the exception of theobromine as its supposed “energy source.”
With Genius Pre-Workout, you will have:
- Massive pumps. That 6 gram dose of citrulline malate is enough to get people buying, but with the addition of pump support ingredients like arginine and betaine, you’re almost guaranteed to have a good pumping time.
- Good workout recovery. Beta alanine is known to reduce fatigue which helps improve endurance, but it’s other major function is to help with muscle recovery. Pair that with ElevATP and HICA and you can expect to go back to the gym in the shortest time possible.
- Strong focus and mental energy. It wouldn’t be called “Genius” if it wasn’t capable of boosting brain power and brain health. Most muscle-brains might say “I don’t need my brain when lifting,” but actually, if your brain is in the mood to workout, you’re going to have better results.
What it can’t really give you is energy, seeing as it chose to go stim-free. Perhaps that’s the reason they want you to buy their Genius Caffeine capsules. However, I see the lack of caffeine as an opportunity to stack this with powerhouse pre workout ingredients like creatine or combine it with another supplement that has caffeine.
However, you can also choose to go stim-free if that rows your boat. A good cup of coffee can sometimes do the trick, although nothing beats caffeine in powder form, right?
So, does Genius Pre-Workout work?
Genius Pre-Workout works on giving you a lot of pumps, a lot of strength and recovery, and all the focus in the world to get through your toughest lifts, bro. The energy part can be ignored if you already plan on stim stacking or if you’re into drinking a cup of coffee before a workout.
Does Genius Pre-Workout have a lot of caffeine?
It has zero caffeine. Surprising, right? Well, not exactly if you consider the fact that they also have a separate line of caffeine capsules. Yeah, it’s bad marketing, but if you’re not a fan of caffeine then this makes it a good thing.
So, is Genius Pre-Workout any good or just hype?
If we ignore the lack of an energy source for a minute, Genius Pre-Workout is actually one of the best supplements I’ve reviewed in a while.
Premium ingredients, check!
Good dosing, check!
Tons of focus and anti-stress, check!
Based on the formula design, I think Genius Pre-Workout was formulated by actual geniuses.
Benefits for muscle
You will feel all the pumps you want, bro. The amount of pumps Genius Pre-Workout can generate is nothing short of huge. Then, the strength and endurance component to it can help you lift for a long time. The recovery benefit is also something to look forward to, though not the best in the business.
Genius Pre-Workout is definitely made for bros who are just not into stimulants, you know? I know a lot of people who are turned off by the sight of caffeine. At the same time, Genius Pre-Workout is also for bros who like to stack. Oftentimes, the caffeine dosage is too high for stacking potential, but not in the case of Genius Pre-Workout. So, have fun stacking!
The only real side effect to expect is the itching sensation from beta alanine, although the branded form of CarnoSyn is said to reduce it significantly. Sometimes the nootropics can make you feel dizzy or have this nauseating feeling, but it’s nothing big or something to worry about.
Pros and cons
- No prop blend. Geniuses don’t need to hide anything.
- Smart dosing. Really impressive to see multiple ingredients with good dosages.
- Massive pumps. I’ll be damned if you don’t feel pumped after a serving of this.
- Definitely something for geniuses alright.
- Helps give each ingredient an absorption boost.
- Brain focused. Quite a different take on pre workouts.
- No energy. It’s sold separately, bro.
- You only get 20 servings for the maximum effect.
- 1 Can (20 servings): $39.99
- Available online and in retail stores
- Flavors: Grape Limeade and Sour Apple
Genius Pre-Workout is a type of supplement that not only provides an effective formula for maximum lifts and sustainable pumps, but also boosts the most important organ of all: The brain.
And we think it’s a great way to disrupt the current meta on pre workouts, where supplements have all but removed nootropics from the ingredients list. The brain, after all, determines everything we do and in the case of exercise, how well we do it. If the brain is amped up, then it can translate to overall performance in the gym.
The only downside to Genius Pre-Workout is the obvious lack of energy. While it does attract the stim-free consumers, it also forces the usual users to take caffeine separately. Luckily, caffeine in bulk is damn cheap.
Another problem I just realized is the price of Genius Pre-Workout. It’s practically $40.00 a can for 20 servings. Most users would see that as too much of a premium, although I’d wager it’s worth it given the intelligent formula design I just saw.
So, if you don’t mind the price, the lack of energy, and good at stacking, I think Genius Pre-Workout is a really good recommendation.