Platinum Labs are a relatively new supplement company hailing from Australia but with their supplement production based in America. The company only has two supplements so far, a fat burner and a pre-workout, but already they’ve started to makes waves in the bodybuilding and training community. Defcon-1, the seminal pre-workout and the second supplement released from Platinum Labs is probably the supplement with the most hype, many comparing it to the effects that they got from the now defunct Craze. Let’s take a look at what’s in Defcon-1 and how it compares to other pre-workouts.
- Blend of 15 effective and well researched pre-workout ingredients
- Designed to support focus, concentration, energy, pump and endurance
- Jitter and crash free formula
- Laser like attention without the distraction
Platinum Labs Defcon-1 Ingredients & Dosage
Platinum Labs Defcon-1 is a concentrated pre-workout supplement that contains a proprietary blend of 15 ingredients including:
- CDP Choline – Also known as Citicholine or cytidine diphosphate-choline
- Amino Acids – L-Tryptophan, L-Tyrosine, L-Citrulline and Beta-Alanine
- Vitamins – Including Vitamin’s B6 and B12
- Stimulants – Such as theobromine, PEA or phenethylamine and caffeine anhydrous
- Pump Ingredients – TMG or trimethylglycine, agmatine and beta vulgaris
- L-Dopa – From mucuna pruriens
- Creatine HCL
Each serving of Defcon-1 contains 6.21g of active ingredients with a recommended dose of 1 serving a day.
Platinum Labs Defcon-1 Pros & Effectiveness
Defcon-1 is a pre-workout supplement that focuses on the plentiful use of stimulants, nootropics, pump and endurance ingredients to help you sustain concentration and effort for longer workouts. The supplement uses a variety of mood enhancers such as citicholine, tryptophan, tyrosine, mucuna pruriens containing L-dopa as well as the stimulants such as theobromine, PEA and caffeine. The latter three ingredients also have the effect of supporting improved energy levels, focus and attention, thanks to their stimulatory nature. Meanwhile, ingredients such as agmatine, beet extract, citrulline as well as TMG are commonly utilised as pump ingredients helping to increase blood flow. Agmatine also has the added benefit of supporting absorption of certain active ingredients, while trimethylglycine has been shown to support hypertrophy, decreases in fatigue, power output and even heat tolerance.
It is thought that trimethylglycine or TMG works similar to creatine in that it acts as an osmoregulator in helping to maintain cell size and cell hydration status, which supports the cell’s resilience to stressors such as exercise. Beta-alanine is another ingredient that supports endurance performance thanks to its ability to increase carnosine levels, which is a buffering agent against metabolites produced during exercise which can impede muscular performance.
Platinum Labs Defcon-1 Cons
Proprietary blends are continually being frowned upon by the training and bodybuilding community as it makes it hard to tell how much exactly of each ingredient there is, so one has to rely heavily on trial and error with their dosing. This problem is especially evident with supplements which contain stimulants in undefined amounts. Creatine is an excellent ingredient by itself, but creatine works best over a lengthier period of time and without any gaps in supplementation, so its inclusion is a bit of a mystery. Overall though, Platinum Labs latest supplement has utilised a range of excellent ingredients, all of which have plenty of research behind them.
Platinum Labs Defcon-1 Taste & Mixability
Platinum Labs Defcon-1 is available in 2 flavours including Pineapple and Watermelon. Both flavours are extremely tasty and avoid the trap of an artificial aftertaste so common in many other pre workouts. The product mixes well in the recommended volume of water without any clumping, residue or grittiness.
Platinum Labs Defcon-1 Verdict
Platinum Labs have created quite an excellent pre-workout in the form of Defcon-1. Utilising a range of well researched and effective ingredients, Defcon-1 provides a good kick of energy, but ensures that that energy is focused with the generous amount of nootropic ingredients. What this means is that you’re able to focus and concentrate your longer lasting energy into your workout rather than be consumed by jitteriness often felt with high stim pre-workouts. If you find it hard to focus in the gym, especially for longer, more intense sessions, then this is one of the better options around. Of course, there are plenty of other similarly strong pre workouts such as Pro Supps Mr Hyde and BPM Labs The One.