October 10, 2012
I would like to thank Petey & MMAFreak for suggesting D-Stunner, if it wasn’t for them I would probably never had tried this out. That being said, I have some mixed feelings over this one.
I give big props to D-Stunner for innovation here, as the profile is the most unique I’ve seen & at the least the first one like it I’ve tried. What was ultimately the factor that pushed me to try this was the inclusion of 3,7 dimethylpurine-2,6-dione, a “bronchostimulator” as referred to by the label. Being an asthmatic, this interested me a lot. They pair it off with Quercetin to help boost endurance & performance “like never before.” Whether or not it did, I’ll get to in a moment.
The rest of the profile reads like most other pre-workout supplements, stimulants, creatine, & “pump” ingredients. For creatine they use the standard creatine-monohydrate, & use GlycoCarn® for the pumps. They also add in 20-Hydroxy-Ecdysterone (20-HE) to help induce an “anabolic response to your workouts every time.” For energy they rely on caffeine, DMAA, & REV-PEA™ (R-B-phenyelthylamine HCL, N-methyl-B-phenylethylamine HCL, B-Methyl-phenylethylamine HCL).
Yes, it’s a low grade. Yes, it mixes that bad. It has been mentioned by Petey that GlycoCarn® may be to blame, but it’s still *** poor mixability. No matter how much water I used, how long I shook the shaker cup (I even used a blender once, same result), or how much D-Stunner I threw in the cup, the result was always the same. A lot of little bits floating around making life miserable.
Another low grade, due in large to the poor mixability. The taste was alright (fruit punch), neither bad nor good but about run of the mill. The little bits floating around just hit me in all the wrong ways, & at times induced a gag reflex (seriously). I was able to consistently get it down, but it was a dogfight the whole damn way. You almost have to psych yourself out to drink it.
Despite the drawbacks of drinking D-Stunner, once you get it down this works extremely well. Initially I used this for every workout, both cardio & weight training. About halfway through the tub I used this almost exclusively for cardio, due in large to the bronchostimulator. Then I switched back to using it every workout to finish the tub. My workouts typically follow a Westside-Barbell/Conjugate Method, & my cardio consists of either bike rides or Martial Arts (mostly Martial Arts). For lifting I dosed D-Stunner at 2scoops, for cardio I used 1scoop.
Focus was wonky with this, as I was able to both “zero in” but also had troubles retaining information. When weight lifting I did experience a bit of enhanced focus & even to a degree during Martial Arts. I was able to focus real well on what I was doing, but oddly enough I had a hard time retaining new information. At the time I was being shown being shown new techniques in Martial Arts, but I had a hard time remembering them. When I didn’t take D-Stunner, it was back to normal. Very odd.
The energy I got was great, & surprisingly clean. No jitters or shaking, but you could tell stimulants were in your body. It lasted the whole training session, no matter what I was doing. No real crashes, & it didn’t seem to affect my sleep much when I took it in the evenings for Martial Arts.
The most interesting aspect of D-Stunner to experience was the bronchostimulator. During weight training sessions I didn’t really notice it much, as my lifting routines rarely taxed my respitory system in that way. I would experience heavy breathing after a particularly gruesome set, but nothing that didn’t take a moment to settle down. During Martial Arts & cardio in general, I really enjoyed this aspect of D-Stunner. I was able to keep my wind longer, & recover it faster. I typically only used one scoop for cardio, since it took place in the evening more times than not. It would seem the bronchostimulator was a nice hit.
Pumps were nice, but not something I look for. In addition, my workouts don’t lend to pump a lot. However, on my first leg day I had a decent lower back pump settle in fairly quick. Happened every time I would use D-Stunner when I either squatted or deadlifted, which was what led me to put in on the back burner there for awhile. On upper body days it was nice to see a chill yoke pump set in.
Overall D-Stunner was a big hit in terms of effectiveness.
D-Stunner will run between $24-$31 depending on where you shop. Lowest I found was at Lockout ($24.99) & the highest was NutraPlanet ($30.99). One tube contains 35 1scoop servings.
It’s not the best price, but it is right there with other similar products & in some cases a tad higher. D-Stunner’s effectiveness makes the price bearable, but there are products that deliver most of what D-Stunner can at a better price. So it’s just a matter of what you’re in the mood for.
I really liked D-Stunner a lot; it was an effective product & innovative in what all it had to offer. However, getting it down was a trick & a half. Drinkability usually isn’t a big deterrent, but it really was an experience drinking D-Stunner before every work out. Personally, I may not revisit D-Stunner for awhile if at all. But if someone were to ask me if D-Stunner is a good product, I wouldn’t hesitate to say “yes.”
- Increased Energy
- Good Pumps
- Unique Ingredient Profile