March 10, 2012
Thanks to PharmaFreak and SR.com’s Expert Reviewer program for allowing me to try Anabolic Freak for free. You can read more about my experiences with Freak on my product testing log: http://supplementreviews.com/forum/index.php?topic=17764.0
This is a lengthy review so feel free to scroll down to the summary if you don’t wish to read all the details.
Anabolic Freak is touted as a hybrid natural hormone/testosterone booster, anti-estrogen, and anti-cortisol product. The “testosterone complex” consists of D-Aspartic Acid and vitamins B6 and B12. 50 mg of Rhodiola Rosea (per 2 caps) is included for cortisol control, and 25mg of the ever popular Resveratrol provides the anti-estrogen/anti-aromatase complex.
The dosing of AF is rather unique. The bottle calls for two doses to be taken each day – once in the AM and again in the afternoon/pre-workout. Each dose consists of two caps. The label further calls for a 12-day on-cycle, followed by a 3-day off period, as this is apparently the most effective dosing schedule in order to maximize the benefits of DAA. I ran this product as the bottle specified.
Caps are small, black and easily swallowed. No aftertaste or powder burps. I experienced NO negative sides throughout the entire bottle of Anabolic Freak. No acne, no sleeping issues, no nothing.
I am going to split this section up to address each marketed effect of AF.
It seems like DAA and its ability to naturally boost testosterone is all over the place right now. From straight up DAA powder to hybrid products like D-Pol, manufacturers seem to be in a frenzy to release a new product that takes advantage of the DAA craze. Anabolic Freak is no different in this regard. The product delivers a convenient dosing of high quality DAA. 4 caps – the daily dose – provides 3,120mg of PharmaFreak’s DAA. This is the EXACT same dose provided by 3 tabs of D-Pol and is consistent with the amounts provided by other DAA products.
I will note that prior to starting AF, I had previously completed cycles of SNS’s DAA powder and Purus Labs D-Pol. I had roughly a two week off period between D-Pol and AF, so it stands to reason that my system might still have been partially saturated with DAA, therefore not allowing me to experience the full benefits of Anabolic Freak. That being said, Freak did seem to provide me a small test boost about halfway through the bottle. I experienced the traditional “alpha male” feeling and increase in libido that I had experienced with other DAA products. I did not notice any long-term significant changes in my strength or endurance, however there were quite a few times where I dosed AF just right and received an awesome pre/mid-workout boost. On the whole, I did not feel that AF gave me the same level of “test-boost” as did D-Pol, but as previously mentioned this might have been due to my timing of the cycle.
CORTISOL CONTROL & ANTI-ESTROGEN: 4/10
I am really unsure how to rate these categories. I didn’t notice any significant differences in my body composition through my four weeks on AF. I didn’t feel any tighter or leaner… and in actuality there was a period of time where I felt very fat and loose. I don’t think this had anything to do with Freak, but rather was a result of me hitting a lag in my training and being undisciplined with my diet.
I’ll point out that a LOT of products contains either Rhodiola or Resveratrol; however it’s hard to compare dosages considering most companies list these ingredients as part of a proprietary blend. Huge props to PharmaFreak for avoiding prop blends and properly labeling the exact amounts of each ingredient included. Through what I could uncover, it seems like the dosing of these two products in AF is consistent with other products. For example, Purus Labs Recycle gives you 62.5mg of Resveratrol per dose while AF provides 50mg.
I feel like PharmaFreak is providing a good dosing of both Rhodiola and Resveratrol in Anabolic Freak, however I wonder if these ingredients are strong enough to stand on their own. As I mentioned, other products include these components in conjunction with several others in order to provide cortisol control or anti-estrogen effects.
I am being generous with a 5... but AF does have some nice goodies that make it more attractive than a regular DAA product.
A bottle of AF will last you two 12-day cycles (add in the 3 off-days and the bottle lasts about 4 weeks). It currently is priced at $60 on Bodybuilding.com and I can’t find it anywhere for cheaper than $55. For a straight DAA product, that’s steep. D-Pol is going to run you $20 just about anywhere, and regular DAA powder can be had for even less. Most of the straight and hybrid DAA products will cost you between .30c and .60c per dose, while AF costs roughly $1.25 per TWO caps. That’s insane.
That being said it’s the other goodies that add value to Anabolic Freak. Cortisol control and AI products all usually cost around $30-$35 each (Recycle, Lean Xtreme, Suppress C, Triazole, etc.). If AF could handle all 3 claims as a stand-alone product, it would make for a truly outstanding deal. My problem is that I don’t think it can. I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable running AF as my sole PCT product.
AF is a cool bundle of supplements in gorgeous packaging. If you’re looking for a new take on DAA that can be used as part of a cutting or recomp stack, Anabolic Freak might be for you (so long as you have deep pockets). While I appreciate PharmaFreak’s attempt to provide a 3-in-1 test booster/cort control/AI, I do not feel that the profile of Anabolic Freak is strong enough to stand by itself for the two latter categories.
Ideally I see Anabolic Freak as the DAA product/natural test boosting source in a thorough PCT. The other ingredients in Freak provide for solid secondary support to a person’s primary cortisol control and anti-estrogen products, which certainly puts AF a few notches above a regular DAA powder. Unfortunately I wouldn’t feel comfortable relying on AF as a stand-alone product for either cort control or AI, which ultimately lowers its value in my eyes.
- Solid Ingredient Profile
- Good Source Of Secondary Support
- Natural Test Boosting
- Increased Energy
- Not A Primary Anti-estrogen
- Not A Primary Cortisol Control Product
- Too Expensive