This is our full APS Mesomorph pre-workout review.
Mesomorph is a product that needs no introduction. It’s been around for a long time but has undergone several formula changes due to once including substances that are now banned.
The main substance being DMAA of course.
In this article, we’ll be reviewing the latest formula of Mesomorph; which although doesn’t include DMAA directly, it’s powered by geranium extract, a possible source of DMAA.
APS Mesomorph Review
Within this review, we’ll be covering the following information:
- Important information
- Tub size/serving count
- Ingredients list
- Flavor options
Before we get into the big stuff like the ingredients, prices, flavors, and effectiveness; let’s quickly cover some important information on servings, product weight, and potential supplement stacks.
A single tub of APS Mesomorph has a net weight of 388g and includes 25 servings.
A single scoop of Mesomorph weighs 15.5g; an average size for a solid pre-workout supplement.
Whilst there aren’t any officially recommended stacks from APS, here’s what you need to know. DO NOT stack this product with any other stimulant. This is a high-stim pre-workout.
However, as I’ll explain later on in the review, adding a little extra something like L-citrulline, in my opinion, would be beneficial.
Mesomorph Ingredients/Supplement Facts
Mesomorph packs a lot of different ingredients into their formula, producing 15.5g of content per serving. They do however use blends, which makes it confusing and impossible to know the true dosage of each ingredient inside the formula.
The Mesomorph formula once used the banned substance DMAA in their formula, and the product has since been adjusted multiple times. The latest formula uses geranium extract, which confuses things slightly as DMAA is obtained from geranium. We believe this is a workaround to avoid using DMAA directly.
Here’s a full breakdown of XXX’s ingredients and dosages:
Synthenox-Carnosine/Nitric Oxide Complex (6500mg)
The first blend is designed to help boost carnosine concentrations and nitric oxide levels, and contains the following:
- L-Citrulline DL Malate 2:1
- Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate 2:1
If we assume that the ingredient listed first contains the highest dosage, we could possibly be looking at 3ooomg of beta-alanine, 3000mg of citrulline malate, and 500mg of arginine.
Again, this is just speculation, but in any case, the l-citrulline content would look to be lower than the clinically effective dosage, with roughly 2g of pure l-citrulline.
I would have preferred eliminating the arginine and boosting the l-citrulline content.
Mesoswell-Cell Volumizing ATP Matrix (4500mg)
This matrix still focuses on the ‘pump inducing’ aspect of a pre-workout, but more in terms of hydrating the muscles.
Here’s the list of ingredients:
- Di-Creatine Malate
- Creatine Nitrate
- Ascorbic Acid 300mg
- Agmatine Sulfate
As you can see, the focus is on creatine and taurine, with a personal estimate of 3g creatine and 1g taurine.
The clinically effective dosage of creatine is 5g per day, so you’d still need to incorporate additional supplementation into your daily regimen.
Taurine is dosed decently at 1000mg, which is a typical standard dosage.
The agmatine sulfate is more than likely underdosed, and I probably would have scrapped this ingredient and upped the l-citrulline dosage in the previous blend instead.
Neuromorph-Neuro Energized Stimulant Matrix (1860mg)
The last blend inside Mesomorph is where we get to the good stuff. A nootropic and stimulant matrix with 1860mg of content. The ingredients include:
- Methylxanthine Anhydrous
- 2-Aminoisoheptane HCI
- Geranium Extract (Stem & Leaves)
- Quebracho Blanco Extract
This is such a tough matrix to evaluate without knowing all the individual dosages.
Glucuronolactone is a naturally occurring substance, often used in energy drinks to increase energy levels and reduce brain fog. It’s originally formed from glucose in the liver. To give a common example, a 250ml can of Red Bull will typically contain 600mg of glucuronolactone.
Methylxanthine Anhydrous is a mild stimulant obtained from xanthine, a substance found naturally in both plants and animals.
2-Aminoisoheptane HCI has become a popular alternative to DMAA, however, the research on it is still limited, and its similarity to DMAA almost makes it a technicality.
The studies on whether or not DMAA can be obtained from geranium plants are still up for debate. Newer research has suggested that small quantities of DMAA can be detected in geranium plants.
If we made an assumption from this research, the geranium extract used in Mesomorph could contain small quantities of DMAA, just not as high as it once did before DMAA was banned.
This is an indirect attempt at keeping the properties of DMAA inside the formula, without actually including the banned ingredient itself.
APS’s Mesomorph is available in 10 different flavors, and it’s quite an impressive selection. Whilst you still have your staples like grape, watermelon, and apple; there are also some mouth-watering additions such as Rocket Pop, Tutti Frutti, Snow Cone, and Cotton Candy.
Here’s a list of all the current flavor options for Mesomorph:
- Rocket Pop
- Tutti Frutti
- Snow Cone
- Cotton Candy
- Green Apple
- Tropical Punch
- Pink Lemonade
I personally got my hands on the Tutti Frutti flavor and was definitely impressed. The only downside was that because the powder is slightly gritty, it took a little bit away from the overall flavor experience.
However, if this flavor is anything to go by, you can almost guarantee the others are going to be highly enjoyable. It tasted like an authentic tutti frutti flavor and took me back to my days as a kid.
Now we’ve covered all the important information about the product itself, let’s talk about the cost.
The price of APS Mesomorph is around $34.99 depending on where you buy it from. Given the fact that this is a high-stim pre-workout with 15.5g of content per serving, with the standard 25 servings inside a tub, this is a relatively fair price.
Where can you buy APS Mesomorph?
You can buy APS Mesomorph online from websites such as Nutrition Faktory.
Now onto the good stuff…
How effective is APS Mesomorph as a pre-workout?
My personal experience when taking Mesomorph was mixed. In terms of increased energy and focus, it hit the mark. There was a delayed kick-in, but once it kicked in I was locked in.
I’d recommend taking it at least 20-30 minutes before hitting the gym, and not taking it too late in the afternoon.
In terms of pump, this is where I felt it was lacking. I didn’t experience what I’d normally expect in terms of muscular pumps.
Another issue I faced was that it caused me to burp a lot. Several pre-workouts cause this for me, but everybody is different. I couldn’t perform certain lifts to the max because of this. Deadlifts and squats to be specific.
Overall, if you’re not prone to the gassy issues, and are willing to add more L-citrulline or another NO boosting ingredient when taking Mesomorph; this would be a great high-stim pre-workout.
So where does APS Mesomorph stack up as a pre-workout?
Mesomorph is a high stim pre-workout, which could still include DMAA. It’s not for beginners, and not to be taken lightly. If you’re looking for a pre-workout that provides high-energy and nootropic properties, Mesomorph is a great option. Provided you’re well-versed in pre-workout supplements.
The flavor is amazing and there’s a wide range of choices available.
The only downside for me was the pump. I just wasn’t feeling it. After a couple of weeks, I decided to add in a little more L-citrulline separately, and that did the trick.
It’s also annoying when you can’t see the full ingredient dosage breakdown. You never know just how much of each ingredient you’re ingesting, and it’s difficult to tell which ingredients need more content for you to be seeing a ‘clinically effective’ and ‘beneficial’ dosage.