Compound 20 is being pre-released to a few lucky people. USP Labs “Inner Circle” has access to the product and GNC has somehow secured an exclusive jump on everyone else (despite the fact that two of their stores close every time I blink). I know I am waiting until Bodybuilding.com has the product because they often boast the best prices, not to mention that they are a very trustworthy site in general. I expect Compound 20 to make a HUGE SPLASH with overnight sales going through the roof. If the other USP products have been any indication of what’s to be, the supply will not meet the demand and many will simply have to wait their turn.
While we wait, I thought I would share a little information about some of the other existing products that USP Labs has on the market currently. Most recently, Yok’d was released as a NO (nitric oxide) product, purported to reverse engineer the pump-tastic molecule in the body. In addition, we’ll talk briefly about my experience with Recreate and Oxyelite Pro, two excellent fat-burners with very different formulas. I have used both successfully and plan to continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Let’s get it on!!!
As a “next generation” NO product, I kind of expected Yok3d to contain GPLC, which some tout as superior for nitric oxide production, as compared to the usual L-Arginine analogs. However, Yok3d contains arginine nitrate, which they claim unlocks a little-known reverse pathway to NO. Most “pump” supplements provide a large dose (3-5 grams) of some form of Arginine (usually AAKG or arginine alphaketoglutarate), which converts to NO in the body via the nitric oxide synthase catalyst. I have always loved arginine products ever since MHP released their original TRAC creatine formulas. It packed 4g of regular old arginine and gave incredible pumps, from my experience. However, the newest science seems to imply that L-Citrulline might make a better NO-precursor because it doesn’t get hoarded by the intestines the way that L-Arginine supposedly does. Anyway, the pathway to reverse engineer NO involves nitrates and nitrites. Wait, aren’t nitrates and nitrites those carcinogenic substances that act as free radicals and may cause cancer? You might ask the guys at USP about that, but I suspect that some nitrates are worse than others. Nitrates turn into nitrites, which give way to NO. I enjoyed the pumps with Yok3d, but I wasn’t so blown away that I take it on a regular basis.
This product is a “lower stimulant” fat-burner that seems to target thyroid output as a means of increasing thermogenesis. The ingredients on the label have changed so many times that I no longer really know what’s in it. However, it seems more likely that they have just altered the nicknames of the constituent ingredients without actually changing the formula. I do know that it contains olive leaf extract and some forskolin, which both seem to work well for me personally. Forskolin may have the side effect of increasing cAMP and therefore testosterone a bit. As a side effect, it might also increase your DHT levels because of increased conversion of test into it’s hair-slaughtering cousin. However, DHT is also very anabolic. I’m fighting the battle of the hairline, and my anecdotal paranoia tells me this ingredient might expedite the process. As for actualy fat-burning, the product works well. It has little stimulant jolt to it and a lot of sweat factor. The ingredient they used to refer to as Circ20 seems to work well. Recreate would make an excellent interim product to use when you are taking a break from higher stim fat-burners, which can slow down metabolism through adrenal overload.
USP Labs’ higher-stimulant fat-burner is not really all that jitter-licious. I just started a new bottle the other day and I can barely get all of my meals in. The hunger suppression effect is unreal for me. In addition, I seem to instantly look and feel leaner. The product contains geranium extract, which is also in their Jack3d pre-workout formula. I love it. The only bad thing about it is that you have to take a break every once in a while. I’m not sure who the “pharmacist” is that designed the product, but he seems to have done his homework. The ingredients may help to target stubborn body fat receptors that usually do not want to
let go of their adipose (fat) stores. They also claim the product may target BAT – a Holy Grail in fat-loss terms. Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) is fat that burns fat to keep you warm. It’s potential to change the game of fat-loss is huge. I do notice much easier fat-loss with this product and it seems to target the trouble areas better than any other I have used.
So, there’s my take on a few excellent USP LABS products. Check back soon for a full review of USP Labs Compound 20. Hopefully it is worth the wait!!!