1,3-DIMETHYLAMYLAMINE (DMAA) – REVIEW
For those who weren’t taking pre-workout supplements about 10 years ago, DMAA was arguably the most potent stimulant used in all of sports supplements. And it was very successful in selling – nearly every “hardcore” pre-workout formula contained DMAA to some capacity. Commonly known brands you might remember are Jack3d, QUAKE, Hemo-Rage, 1.M.R., and so on. This stuff sold so well, to the point of making hundreds of millions of dollars annually altogether in global sales.
Being the UNBOUND ANABOLIC FREAK that I was back in 2010, I took Scivation’s “QUAKE” for a few months and got my firsthand experience with DMAA. Up until now, I would have to agree that it is definitely the most “impactful” pre-workout stimulant you can use. wasn’t jittery and lightheaded off DMAA like I would be with a high dose of caffeine – I didn’t feel fatigued at all during my training sessions, and the mental focus I got from DMAA was amazing. Without sounding too dramatic, my workouts felt more intense than it had prior, and I was killing it on every training movement & accessory that I had lined up, every training session. It was the perfect pre-workout supplement.
Or so I thought.
Throughout my duration of use, I noticed that I’d wake up a couple times during the night. This was before my period of when I had noticeable sleep apnea – I’d just wake up in the middle of the night, and try to fall back asleep. Sometimes I would wake up an hour early and I couldn’t fall back sleep. It felt like I was still having DMAA active in my body even after several hours since I had used it. In addition to that, my resting pulse on any given time of the day felt much quicker than usual. I could feel my heart beating fast even when I was completely at rest or just trying to fall asleep. Something wasn’t right.
Like any smart 22 year old, I completely ignored these negative side affects for a couple more months until I had a doctor’s appointment where I had my resting pulse measured. While completely at ease, my resting pulse was measured at 99 beats per minute. Now, you’ll find information online that a normal resting heart rate is between 60 to 100 beats a minute. However, people who actually train & workout are generally supposed to be more efficient with heart function & have a lower resting heart rate, due to being fit. My physician noted my resting heart rate as being a little too high for my age & background, and that I should cut out my stimulant usage. While I didn’t explain that I was getting fucking high out of my mind off DMAA, I agreed to his advice as I wanted to lower my heart rate back to normal and also have normal sleeping cycles. After a couple weeks, my sleep cycle went back to normal and my heart rate is back to a more healthy range.
There are many documented cases similar to what I had experienced – and as such, the FDA banned DMAA to be used for sports supplements in 2013. In addition to that, DMAA is banned by nearly every sports doping/drug test, and a positive test for it will lead to consequences in any sanctioned event utilizing drug testing.
All that said, would I recommend it? If you’re competing in the USAPL or any drug tested sport, you should definitely not use any pre-workout supplement using DMAA. Even though it’s legally back in the market again & can be found in a few supplement brands, you will fail your drug test and be disqualified from your meet. I haven’t researched the detection period of DMAA or the timeframe in which it clears for a urine test, but it’s in your best interest to just use an alternative pre-workout overall.
Now, if none of that applies to you and you’re still interested in using DMAA for the first time, just know what you’re getting yourself into. Typical side effects of using it will include what I mentioned above, along with increased blood pressure and the increased risk for a heart attack for stroke. That being said, you can be a total dumbass and die from taking too much caffeine or even drinking too much water – everything has its risks. If you’re to use DMAA, I recommend starting it a very low dose of about 25 mg to see how you respond. If you can get the positive side effects of a drug while minimizing the risks, you’re playing it smart and lending yourself to a healthier training career. My humble opinion is to go no higher than 75 mg per day from DMAA. 75 mg should be enough for just about anyone to feel its effects.
Stay safe my friends, and be meticulous of what drugs you’re putting into your body while continuing to educate yourself! Though DMAA supplements are easy (and legal) to find online, feel free to contact me if you need help finding a pre-workout containing it.