Driven Sports has become a household name in the world of bodybuilding and sports thanks to its fiercely popular concentrated pre workout supplement, Craze. Considering the saturation of the market place, the fact that Driven Sports has fought its way to the top among already well-established pre workout giants such as USPLabs and BSN, makes Driven Sports Craze that extra bit special.
What is it?
Driven Sports Craze is a concentrated pre workout supplement that focuses more on providing energy and improving workout performance, instead of trying to boost nitric oxide production.
Driven Sports Craze contains a range of ingredients previously unseen in pre workouts supplements. Most notable is dendrobium stem extract. It is difficult to find a lot of research behind this extract at the moment, but it is said that some components of this extract contain caffeine-like and mood lifting effects (Paterson, 1993). On top of this are also the typical ingredients commonly found in other pre-workout supplements including creatine, betaine, L-citrulline, and of course caffeine. These ingredients are all simple, proven, and effective.
Driven Sports advertise their energy as being “clean”. From using this product, along with other people, I too can verify that Craze does indeed give a pretty clean energy boost without a nasty crash after the effects wear off.
Difference from Competition
Unlike some other pre workouts that try to do it all, Craze focuses mainly on the energy side. It does not claim to give massive pumps, which is perfectly fine. Not everyone is after a pre workout that focus on nitric oxide production, or one that covers all the bases. Rather, Craze is more of a pick-me-up to get you into the mood for hitting the gym. The energy complex containing dendrobium is at the moment very unique and effective. It wouldn’t be surprising if other manufacturers soon pick up on this and also start to add it to their formulations.
Craze does not and never did contain DMAA (or geranium). This set it apart from a lot of its competitors back in the day when DMAA was all the rage. Despite the lack of DMAA, Craze was no less effective, while many even found it to be far superior to DMAA-containing supplements. This decision by Driven Sport to exclude DMAA soon paid off when DMAA was banned in many countries including Australia. So instead of being pulled off the shelf after the ban was in place, Craze sales skyrocketed.
Of Particular Interest
What is of particular interest for Craze is the strong emphasis they place on the muscle-mind connection. Components such as phenylethylamine in Craze may actually help to elevate mood (Paterson, 1993), which is something that is both beneficial for training and often overlooked by many people.
Flavour & Mixability
Driven Sports have prided themselves on the taste of Craze. It is true that some pre workout products taste bad, but a lot of focus has gone into the development of Craze flavourings. I can report that this attention to detail has indeed paid off. Craze is a well mixing and good tasting pre workout that you will not dread to drink.
As mentioned before, Craze is not a nitric oxide product in the traditional sense. If you are after this, you best look elsewhere. However, this supposed negative may not really be a weakness, because it ensures you get a highly concentrated energy product. One thing to keep in mind though, is that if you are sensitive to stimulants, you may want to avoid taking it close to bed time.
Who is it for?
It doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female, big or small, Driven Sports Craze may give you the boost you’re looking for. It also contains negligible calories, so it’s suitable for all diets and phases of your training. However, it is not suitable for minors, women who are pregnant, or those with underlying medical conditions.
Paterson (1993), The potentiation of cortical neuron responses to noradrenaline by 2-phenylethylamine is independent of endogenous noradrenaline. Neurochemical Research, 18: 1329-1336