This is our complete Gorilla Mode Pre-Workout review.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you probably will have heard of More Plates More Dates, and Gorilla Mind.
Mike Cernovich, the original founder of Gorilla Mind, partnered with Derek from MPMD to turn the brand into a powerhouse, focusing on providing the best formulas possible for their supplements.
Gorilla Mode is their pre-workout formula, and the most popular supplement they offer to date.
I would have loved to partner with Gorilla Mind, given our brand names, however, it looks like it’s not on the cards.
Instead, I managed to purchase a tub of Gorilla Mode on Amazon and get it shipped to where I’m based in Asia.
Today we’re going to be reviewing Gorilla Mode, covering the ingredients, dosages, tub size, flavor options, price, and effectiveness.
Let’s get into the review…
Gorilla Mode Pre-Workout Review
Within this review, we’re going to be covering the following:
- Important information
- Tub size/servings
- Scoop size
- Suggested stacks
- Ingredients/supplement facts
- Flavor options
- Where to Buy
- Frequently asked questions
- Overall opinion
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 Gorilla Mode has a net weight of 617g and contains 40 servings. If you’re looking to follow the full effective dosage serving of 2 scoops per serving, you’d have 20 servings per tub.
A single scoop of Gorilla Mode weighs 15.425g, which if doubled up for two scoops per serving, would equal 30.85g of content per serving.
Whilst there aren’t any suggested stacks on the Gorilla Mind website, they state that you should NOT combine Gorilla Mode with Gorilla Mode Energy, a2 AM, or Rauwolscine.
Gorilla Mode Ingredients/Supplement Facts
Gorilla Mode contains 12 different ingredients resulting in either a 15.2g or 30.4g serving depending on the number of scoops you take. We’re going to break down the ingredients and dosages using the 1 scoop guidelines, as they package and market it as 40 servings per tub.
Here’s a full breakdown of Gorilla Mode’s ingredients and dosages:
L-Citrulline – 4500mg
L-citrulline is the most common ‘pump’ inducing ingredient for pre-workout supplements.
Brands will either include pure l-citrulline, or citrulline malate 2:1.
Citrulline malate 2:1 is only 2/3 citrulline, which often allows brands to over-inflate their supplement labels and place it right at the top.
Gorilla Mode includes pure l-citrulline, which means you know you’re getting 4500mg of l-citrulline. A typical clinically effective dosage starts between 3500mg and 4000mg.
They’ve also included the malic acid part of the equation lower down in the list.
Creatine Monohydrate – 2500mg
Creatine monohydrate is normally taken separately from any other supplements, as the time of day doesn’t matter too much for consumption. However, companies often include it in pre-workout and post-workout supplements.
5000mg is the clinically effective dosage, so 2 scoops of Gorilla Mode are required to reach this level.
GlycerPump – 1500mg
GlycerPump is a patented version of Glycerol powder. Glycerol powder has been used in bodybuilding for increasing muscular pumps, however, it’s typically unstable. GlycerPump is a much more effective and stable version, and it’s rapidly growing in popularity.
3000mg is the ‘ideal’ dosage, which means 2 scoops of Gorilla Mode would be needed to reach this dose.
Malic Acid – 1500mg
Malic acid is the other ingredient in citrulline malate. Most companies will either include citrulline malate itself, or just pure l-citrulline without the malic acid.
Gorilla Mind decided to include both the raw ingredients for two purposes. The first is to show that they’re not just trying to inflate their label with citrulline malate. The second is because research into whether the malic acid is partially responsible for the benefits of citrulline supplementation.
Betaine Anhydrous – 1250mg
Betaine Anhydrous is an ingredient that may help reduce fatigue and boost endurance. However, further research is needed to prove this statement.
2000mg is a typical dosage for pre-workouts, with 2500mg being the top end.
L-Tyrosine – 750mg
L-Tyrosine is often used to help reduce the negative side effects of high caffeine content. It may help balance your mood and cognition.
1000mg is an ideal dosage, with 2000mg being the top end.
Agmatine Sulfate – 500mg
Agmatine Sulfate is another ingredient that needs more research, however, the theory is that it can help boost nitric oxide in the body, and increase muscular pumps.
Dosages can range up to 3.5g, however, 1000mg to 1500mg is considered a good and safe dosage.
Kanna – 250mg
Sceletium is a ground-cover plant originating from South Africa. It’s used in traditional medicine South African natives for anxiety, and depression.
However, the research is still limited, and as I learned, later on, there are some side effects to its use. The most prominent being headaches.
Caffeine Anhydrous – 175mg
Caffeine is the main source of energy included in all stimulant-based pre-workout supplements.
175mg is a medium-sized dosage, and this will be a big factor when deciding whether you want to take 1 or 2 scoops of Gorilla Mode.
N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine Citrate – 175mg
N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine is a stimulant derived from Eria Jarensis. It quickly became popular for its similarities to banned substances such as Ephedrine, DMAA, and AMP-Citrate.
BioPerine – 5mg
Bioperine is a patented form of black pepper extract, which aids the body in the absorption of other ingredients inside supplements.
Anywhere between 5mg and 10mg is a standard dosage.
Huperzine A – 200mcg
Huperzine A is another ingredient that acts as a cognitive enhancer. A dosage of 200mcg is relatively low.
It’s clear that many of the ingredients on this list would require a 2 scoop serving to reach the ‘clinically effective’ dosage. Whilst Gorilla Mind markets Gorilla Mode as 40 servings per container, they include supplement facts for both a 1 and 2 scoop serving.
Benefits of a 1 scoop serving:
- ‘Clinically effective’ l-citrulline dosage
- Mid-level caffeine content
- Easier to assess tolerance of other ingredients
Benefits of a 2 scoop serving:
- High-stim caffeine content
- Optimal creatine monohydrate dosage
- ‘Clinically effective’ l-tyrosine dosage
- Ideal GlycerPump dosage
- Optimal agmatine sulfate dosage
Gorilla Mind is releasing new flavors for all of their products on a regular basis, with Gorilla Mode being no exception. There are currently 10 different flavors available for Gorilla Mode.
Here’s a list of all the current flavor options for Gorilla Mode:
- Tiger’s Blood
- Mango Peach
- Fruit Punch
- Firefly Lemonade
- Mojo Mojito
- Lemon Lime
- Mouth-Watering Watermelon
- Jungle Juice
- Volcano Burst
I ordered the Lemon Lime flavor for this review and thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a slight foamy/milky texture initially when it hit my tongue, but that didn’t really bother me.
Overall, it was an enjoyable flavor, and I know it’s not the most popular of the Gorilla Mode flavors, so I imagine some of the others are even better.
Lemon Lime was the only flavor I was able to get my hands on at the time.
Now we’ve covered all the important information about the product itself, let’s talk about the cost.
The price of Gorilla Mode is $49.00 on their official website.
Where can you buy Gorilla Mode?
You can buy Gorilla Mode on the official Gorilla Mind website, or on Amazon. Gorilla Mind now ships to the USA, Europe, Canada, and Australia, however, they don’t yet ship to Asia.
I went straight for the two-scoop serving, as I’m familiar with all of the ingredients, and know my personal tolerance for most ingredients.
Overall, the pump was great, and the 350mg of caffeine definitely helped me power through the workout.
The only thing I’ll say is did briefly give me a slight headache.
After researching the ingredient I have the least experience with, Kanna, I found that this is a common side effect of using it.
This did, unfortunately, taint the experience, but other than that it was a solid pre-workout with optimal dosages of the most important ingredients.
So where does Gorilla Mode stack up as a pre-workout?
Overall, it’s clear that Gorilla Mode includes some excellent ingredients, and even better dosages, provided you use 2 scoops per serving.
Whilst providing both a 1 scoop and 2 scoop info panel allows users to assess their tolerance, as well as allowing them to market it as 40 servings per container; most of the ingredients need the 2 scoops serving to get the most out of them.
If we look at it as a 20 serving per tub product, then the value is still there given the top-notch dosages they include. You can guarantee they won’t be profiting as much as some of their competitors, who charge similar prices and use similar serving counts, only to include less content.
The only thing that tainted my experience with Gorilla Mode was the inclusion of Kanna, or so I believe. With that, it’s going to make it difficult for me to include Gorilla Mode in my regular pre-workout rotation.