Quick SummaryPerspire is a true thermogeninc that you can really feel working. It made me sweat like a $3 hooker on 2 for 1 night.
IntroductionGreetings, SR family! I'm back again with another review. For those that have been following my recovery following back surgery, you know that I've been on a mission to get (and keep) my body fat below 10%. I've been on a never ending recomp, because I'm not competing, and I feel that at 230 pounds (6'2"), I don't need to do any bulking.
Anyway, when I saw HD Labs' Perspire added to the TROOP program, I was more curious than anything. With a name like Perspire, it has to be an intense thermogenic, right? Thanks to HD Labs for supporting the SR TROOP program.
Ingredient ProfileKudos to HD Labs for having all of their ingredients fully disclosed. It's pretty much standard thermogenic fare, but with a few added perks.
Niacin (20 mg)--Niacin (Vitamin B3) works as a method to gain weight by providing the body with much-needed energy and burning the bad cholesterol present in the body. The weight is reduced by Niacin as it reduces the amount of bad cholesterol present which forms the undue fat.
Vitamin B6 (as P5P)--Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate, or P5P as it is commonly known, is the active form of vitamin B6. This vitamin an essential nutrient to raising the body's metabolism. Vitamin B6 has also been shown to boost the immune system, helps support muscle growth by helping to absorb amino acids for recovery, and helps to eliminate cravings by efficiently regulating blood sugar and hormones.
Vitamin B12 (60 mcg)--Vitamin B12 plays a major role in a number of the body's essential functions, including DNA synthesis and the formation of red blood cells. It also helps the body convert fats and proteins into energy and aids in the breakdown of carbohydrates. However, there's also no reported evidence to support the claim that vitamin B12 will help you lose weight.
VitaShure Caffeine (350 mg) --Everybody knows the benefits of caffeine with regards to burning fat and weight loss. HD labs added the VitaShure encapsulation technology. VitaShure is a patented product from the Balchem Corporation. It is an approach in taste masking, stability enhancement and sustained release, which works by combining customize release with taste masking in high-dose powders. VitaShure allows a sustained release of nutrients and also enables manufacturers to use the correct nutrient formulation to ensure that the vitamins and minerals that are listed on a product's label are consistent with the perceived nutrient values when purchased by the consumer. I applaud HD Labs for adding this. The caffeine is a sustained release and doesn't hit all at once, which can lead to a crash.
Caffeine (125 mg)--Maybe the extra 125 mg of caffeine was added for an extra stimulant effect...?
Theacrine (as TeaCrine) (50 mg)--TeaCrine delivers energy, mental clarity, and improved motivation and mood. It does not increase heart rate or
blood pressure and is not a stimulant. It can also enhance and extend the positive effects of caffeine while minimizing its negative side effects.
Citicoline (25 mg)--Citicoline is a naturally occurring compound and a building block of cell membranes. It is a common ingredient in supplements marketed for brain support.
Capsimax (Capsicum Pepper Extract) (25 mg)--Capsimax is concentrated highly-active, natural capsicum extract from red hot chili peppers that delivers all of the heat of capsaicin without the gastric burn. Capsimax delivers effective levels of capsaicinoids without the oral and gastric burning sensation of unprotected red hot peppers. The capsaicinoids in Capsimax support energy production by promoting healthy metabolism, the mobilization of fats for energy production, and thermogenesis by generating heat in the body.
Paradoxine (grains of paradise extract) (25 mg)--Paradoxine is ideal for anyone looking for improved body composition and enhanced fat loss from their supplements. It's perfect to use in a thermogenic pre-workout, or as part of a more comprehensive fat burning formula. Paradoxine is especially ideal for those stim-sensitive individuals who still want to get some extra fat burning, but don't want the stims contained in most fat burners on the market. Typically, Paradoxine is dosed anywhere from 25-50mg per day, and with the "sweet spot" being in the 40-50mg range. This is where you'll start to notice the enhanced thermogenic effect of the supplements, in the form of feeling significantly warmer than usual. HD Labs has it dosed at the lower end of the spectrum. However when combined with another thermogenic like capsicum, it has a synergistic effect and will definitely turn up the body's thermostat and have the user sweating buckets (more on this later).
A-GPC Powder (25 mg)--Alpha GPC is famous for its nootropic benefits. The main benefits of taking Alpha-GPC are memory enhancement, energy boost, and mood & mental stamina.
Huperzia Serrata Extract (5 mg)--Huperzia Serrata extract is promoted as a memory enhancer because it acts as a cholinesterase inhibitor, meaning that it has similar effects on neurotransmitters as some FDA-approved drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
As you can see, HD Labs uses the patented forms of many of the ingredients found in similar products. In theory, this usually means higher concentration and better delivery at lower doses.
Taste/Mixability/DosingPerspire comes in bright orange capsules, so there is no taste. Each bottle contains 30 capsules, and the recommended dosage is 1 capsule once or twice a day. Because only 30 come in a bottle, I took the one a day route.
EffectivenessTo say that Perspire lived up to its moniker would be an understatement. I was definitely sweating buckets. However, unlike other thermogenincs containing capsicum, I had no heartburn issues. There was definitely an increase of body temperature that gradually increased and stayed with me for about 6 hours. Even in an air conditioned office sitting still, I was drenched in sweat. I had enhanced focus, and although there's a total of 425 mg of caffeine in each capsule, I didn't feel as though it were overkill. I had energy, but it was a smooth, gradual wave of energy. I never felt like a crackhead and didn't experience any type of crash.
I could definitely "feel" Perspire working for me, but without any heartburn or feeling overly stimulated. Perspire was also effective in controlling my appetite. I was never excessively hungry or had any cravings during my run.
After about 3 weeks of use, I looked leaner, and my abs and shoulders show more definition than normal. I also lost 4 pounds and about a half inch from my waist. I was pretty pleased with the results and also how I felt while taking Perspire.
ValueI could only find Perspire on HD Labs' website for around 36 bucks. This is a tad more expensive than other similar products that usually have double the number of capsules. Thirty capsules for 36 dollars equates to $1.20 per serving. It's kinda pricey, but considering the fact that Perspire uses the patented forms of many of its ingredients, and one serving is really all you need, it's definitely worth buying if you have a few extra dollars.
Side EffectsSweat, sweat, and more SWEAT!
ConclusionI have a very short list of stimulant-based thermogenics that I actually looked forward to taking and would be a repeat customer without hesitation. Perspire has been added to that list. If you hate sweating, you might want to look elsewhere. If you're looking for a thermogenic that you can actually feel working and won't leave you feeling over stimmed, then I highly recommend Perspire.
September 18, 2018
If this product contains 30 capsules per bottle and you took one a day, how did you complete the container in only 27 days according to the self-reported run dates?
Also, you had multiple overlaps with other weight loss products during this run, specifically an 89% overlap with the Myokem Thyrovate along with a smaller overlap from the VMI Sports L-Carnitine 1500 HEAT and VMI Sports L-Carnitine 3000. How did you use all these in conjunction with each other and determine which one provided the effectiveness and weight loss mentioned? Thank you