USPLabs became a powerhouse supplement company early on with the release of their revolutionary pre-workout Jack3d. Touted as being the first company to introduce concentrated pre-workouts, USPLabs have gone from strength to strength with products such as Yok3d and OxyElite. With the scrutiny over DMAA becoming more prominent, USPLabs have been hard at work and decided to phase out the use of DMAA in its signature product with the arrival of the new Jack3d Advanced Formula. Let’s take a look at how it compares to the original Jack3d and also to their other pre-workout Jack3d Micro.
USPLabs Jack3d Advanced Formula contains 9 active ingredients, however this is only the case for the American version which contains Yohimbe as one of the active ingredients. Although it is a popular and effective ingredient, unfortunately it won’t be included in the Australia version of Jack3d Advanced due to the ingredient being banned. Each 5g serving of Jack3d Advanced Formula contains:
Each 5g dose of USPLabs Jack3d Advanced contains 3730mg (74.6%) of active ingredients with the rest being flavours, colours and ingredients to assist with mixability and shelf life.
Jack3d Advanced Formula is a throwback to the original Jack3d formula, often considered as one of the most popular and most effective pre-workouts. With a similar serving size to that of the original Jack3d, most people would be taking anywhere between 1-3 serves prior to a workout. There’s really nothing wrong with the ingredients in Jack3d Advanced. Creatine is well researched to support strength, energy and exercise performance. Arginine, Pinus Pinaster or Maritime Bark and Norcoclaurine all help to support both nitric oxide synthesis and increased blood flow – which is important to fuel the ‘pump’ and to increase the rate at which your muscles obtain nutrition and oxygen and removes metabolites build up during workouts. Beta Alanine is another well researched ingredient to delay and inhibit fatigue and support endurance and overall exercise performance. And finally both Yohimbine and caffeine have stimulatory properties and both have been researched to assist with improving exercise performance.
The only real negative regarding USPLabs Jack3d Advanced is ingredients dosing and the use of the ingredient Swertia Chirayita. At 3.7g of active ingredients per serve, there just isn’t enough creatine, arginine or beta-alanine to make any real difference. Which means you would need anywhere between 2-3 scoops, especially for those who are used to pre-workouts. This dosing protocol can markedly increase the price per serve of the product. Luckily Jack3d Advanced is fairly competitively priced. Swertia Chirayita is an interesting ingredient to include as it is lacking in studies. It may assist with glucose metabolism and act as an anti-inflammatory, but without any studied ergogenic properties.
USPLabs Jack3d Advanced currently only comes in one flavour; Fruit Punch. An old school flavour, it’s fairly mild to taste and the product mixes extremely well with minimal frothing and no residue. Most people won’t be using this product for its flavour however.
There’s nothing essentially wrong with USPLabs Jack3d Advanced Formula. It has some good, strong and well researched ingredients and although a few of them are underdosed; at 2-3 scoops, you’ll most likely get a better workout and experience some excellent pumps. USPLabs have created a product that isn’t exactly innovative in nature, but at least it works. And isn’t that what you buy a product for anyway?