Captain Boulder 3D-Shoulders Derek brought to light many useful elements for pre-workouts, but I think James English has perfected his attempt with Gorilla Mode High-Stim.
This pre-workout features clinical and efficient dosing of all ingredients at or above market standard practices. Although a bit high in caffeine and eria, I enjoyed running this product as an everyday formula. I recommend trying this version over the original, as it is adequately formulated across all ingredients.
Thank you, Jake with Nutricartel, for sending this full product for review!
Gorilla Mode is a great choice for beginners and anyone seeking an all-in-one daily driver without any illicit ingredients.
LIFTVAULT = 15% off Nutri Cartel
Table of Contents
- 1 Where to Buy Gorilla Mode High-Stim Pre-Workout
- 2 Experience
- 3 Ingredients
- 3.1 Niacin (Niacinamide) – 32 mg
- 3.2 Vitamin B12 – 60 mcg
- 3.3 L-Citrulline – 6 g
- 3.4 L-Tyrosine – 5 g
- 3.5 Beta-Alanine – 3.2 g
- 3.6 Betaine Anhydrous – 2.5 g
- 3.7 Alpha GPC – 600 mg
- 3.8 N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine Citrate (Eria Jarensis) – 500 mg
- 3.9 Caffeine Anhydrous – 400 mg
- 3.10 Di-Caffeine Malate – 150 mg
- 3.11 Rauwolfia Vomitoria Extract (std. To 90% Alpha Yohimbine) – 1.5 mg
- 3.12 Huperzine A – 400 mcg
Where to Buy Gorilla Mode High-Stim Pre-Workout
You can buy Gorilla Mode High-Stim Pre-Workout from the following retailer:
- Nutri Cartel
- LIFTVAULT = 15% off
In the first six minutes, I started getting a slight tingle sensation around the tips and bottoms of my ears. I then started getting a quick burst of energy from either the caffeine citrate or alpha yohimbine. From there, the alpha yo started accelerating my energy levels, almost to the point of jitters. The intensity of the tingles continued to grow over the next 10 minutes.st.
The focus dialed in at a level of 4 around 25 minutes, before transitioning to a level 8. As I continued to warm up, the warmth and tingles coupled with focus to give a slight head buzz that felt really good. As a daily driver, it is close to hitting euphoria without the crazy, illicit stimulants. My face felt tingles into the 45-minute mark, which became intense as the sweating from the alpha yo took place.
Holy endurance, stamina, and intensity are how the performance will be remembered. I felt an all-time high level of endurance, allowing me to push harder with each use. The pump was solid, with some vascularity noticed during high-rep workouts. The focus sustained a level of 8 the entire workout, as the head buzz dissipated around one hour in.
These workouts lasted longer than usual, as I didn’t feel the time slipping by with the increased endurance and intensity. Every time I left the gym, I was shocked. Not only did I feel a strong pump, but I didn’t feel exhausted.
I didn’t experience any effects that were negative while using this product. I will note that I did taste a hint of b vitamins while warming up, similar to taking a multivitamin on an empty stomach.
I was sent “Strawberry Jam” for review, which tasted similar to a strawberry shake with a multivitamin finish. The flavor was about a 7/10 regarding desirability, as it is very sweet, but I couldn’t escape the vitamin flavor. The suggested amount of water is 8-16 ounces with one to two scoops, and I enjoyed it most around 16 ounces of water to weaken the vitamin aftertaste.
The serving size is 12.55 grams per scoop, and the formulation is more likely to be dosed with the two-scoop dosage of 25.1 grams. The total serving amount is less than the manufacturer line, but the scooper may change as the manufacturing does. With the high amount of caffeine and eria, I wouldn’t want to round scoop this as it will be over 600 and 750 mg, respectively.
I used the full two-serving dose with each serving, which hit well enough to review it adequately. Gorilla has this as a 40/20 serving tub, the market standard. The mixability was fair, with a medium amount of sediment toward the end of the cup, but a swirl and swallow took care of it.
There are too many differences between Gorilla Mode and High-Stim to name here. These articles compare other products written by Kyle (vs bucked up, ryse godzilla, and gorilla mode nitric). Few products on the market utilize vitamins often in pre-workouts, but this is the one that does. I have listed some of the more important ones below, but others include thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin b6, folate, biotin, and pantothenic acid.
Niacin (Niacinamide) – 32 mg
Niacin, also known as vitamin B-3, has a wide array of benefits ranging from increasing HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) concentrations, reducing LDL cholesterol concentrations, and reducing the concentration of triglycerides.
Niacin also helps your body produce optimal amounts of ATP, the energy source for muscle contraction. Thus, making sure you have enough Niacin seems like a worthwhile endeavor for a pre-workout supplement.
32 mg of niacin is a slightly higher dose. It is twice the recommended daily dosage for men (16 mg per day) and women (14 mg per day), but you should also be able to get this from a healthy diet. Good sources of niacin include fish, beef, chicken, turkey, mushrooms, and brown rice.
Vitamin B12 – 60 mcg
Vitamin B12 assists in the production of red blood cells. It helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the muscle, boosting energy levels and muscle growth.
L-Citrulline – 6 g
L-citrulline is one of the most common pre-workout ingredients. Extensive evidence supports its ability to increase nitric oxide production, power output, pumps, blood flow, and endurance. It is typical for this ingredient to contain malic acid mixed in a 2:1 ratio per the clinical studies. Malic acid has some benefits similar to beta-alanine, and these ingredients aren’t in a chemical bond, and some products may list malic acid as a separate ingredient, as it is here in the other ingredients section.
You want four to six grams of pure l-citrulline for proper clinical dosage, which is what gorilla gives us. If the ratio is on the label as 2:1, an 8-gram dose would contain close to 5.28 grams. Per the clinical trials, daily supplementation is required to obtain the full benefits.
L-Tyrosine – 5 g
L-Tyrosine boosts cognitive performance in stressful environments. Pre-workouts include it as a focus ingredient and help achieve anti-stress effects. The typical dosage range is 500 mg to 2,000 mg for exercise. At 5 grams, this is the highest I have ever seen in a pre-workout, which made this even more effective than expected.
Beta-Alanine – 3.2 g
Beta-alanine has been shown to support muscular endurance and act as a lactic acid buffer. Depending on the source of this ingredient, you may feel the paresthesias tingling effect. This feeling is often desirable in the sports community, as it makes you feel the intensity after ingestion. This may be negated by diet and intake of beta-alanine.
Beta-alanine requires regular intake to be effective, akin to creatine. Daily beta-alanine supplementation is recommended to become effective, with a three to five weeks loading period. Three to four grams is the recommended daily dosage for beta-alanine, putting high-stim mode right at the clinical dose.
Betaine Anhydrous – 2.5 g
Betaine is included to help increase your power output. However, research needs to be more consistent around this claim. The typical range for betaine is between 1.5 g and 5 g, but generally, 2.5 grams is on the high end for what is in the market. Per the clinical trials, daily supplementation is required to obtain the full benefits.
Alpha GPC – 600 mg
Alpha GPC is a cholinergic compound that is produced within the body. It is used for enhancing cognition and increasing power output. Based on several studies, Alpha GPC dosages should be between 300 and 600 mg. At 600 mg, high-stim mode is at the top end of the efficient dosage range.
N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine Citrate (Eria Jarensis) – 500 mg
Eria jarensis is a stimulant frequently seen alongside DMHA in high-stim pre-workouts.
500 mg is a high dosage for this ingredient, matching the current highest on the market. The most eria jarensis I’ve ever seen in a pre-workout is 500 mg in Flame Pre Workout (which is fantastic). When combined with other stimulants, it may be warranted to have less instead of more.
Caffeine Anhydrous – 400 mg
Caffeine anhydrous is the standard form of caffeine, known for increasing energy, alertness, motivation, and mood. The caffeine content varies for each product. The 350-450 range is the typical dosage for sports supplements, and some products may contain other forms, such as below with di-caffeine malate bringing the total caffeine content to 512.5 mg.
Less is more, as your dependency will lead to diminishing returns as you increase your intake. The overall combinations of many factors, such as sleep, when you take caffeine, diet, and nutrition, affect how much you will need.
Di-Caffeine Malate – 150 mg
Di-caffeine malate is the extended-release version of caffeine, which usually slowly releases and adds to energy/focus later in the workout, delaying or preventing a crash depending on the formulation of stimulants in the pre-workout. Typically, 75% caffeine anhydrous and 25% malic acid, meaning 150 mg, would yield 112.5 mg of caffeine anhydrous.
If this product uses infinergy™, Di-Caffeine malate represents a precise combination of caffeine and malic acid into an ionic-bonded compound by combining the well-established properties of caffeine and malic acid, offering a multi-dimensional ingredient that not only optimizes energy levels but also stimulates thermogenesis while promoting mental focus.
Rauwolfia Vomitoria Extract (std. To 90% Alpha Yohimbine) – 1.5 mg
Rauwolfia Vomitoria Extract, or Alpha Yohimbine, or simply “alpha yo,” is a “love it or hate it” stimulant. Some individuals are susceptible to alpha yohimbine and avoid any pre-workout with it outright. Common adverse side effects include anxiety, headaches, sweating, frequent urination, and increased blood pressure.
If you are sensitive to the effects of Alpha Yo, I’d suggest starting with ½ – ¾ of a serving just to assess if the effects are too strong for you.
Huperzine A – 400 mcg
Huperzine A is cholinergic and acts as a cognitive enhancer. As an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, it helps lengthen the half-life of cholinergic sources (Examine).
Depending on the extract percentage, it tends to be taken in 50 to 200 mcg dosages. At 400 mcg, this is an above-standard dosage, making it highly effective in this pre-workout.
Gorilla Mode Pre-Workout Review
I am not very familiar with who James English is, nor do I know how much he influenced this version of Gorilla Mode. But I would highly suggest trying this product, as it was as effective as other high-stimulant pre-workouts that contain illicit ingredients. This formulation, if adjusted per your needs, would be an effective daily driver that will keep you hitting for those PRs day in and day out!
- Nootropic head buzz feelings (almost euphoric)
- Highly effective endurance
- Good focus
- Strong pumps
- Intense beta-alanine tingles
- Improved endurance
- Great energy
- High-quality and potent ingredients
- Strong pumps
- Improved muscle contractions
- Added vitamins
- Tasty flavor
- Excellent clinical and efficient dosages
- Tingles might be too intense for some
- B vitamin endnotes of flavor
- A high amount of caffeine and eria for some