MuscleTech’s NEUROCORE is a PWO that claims to deliver what serious lifters desire in any marketed PWO: Energy and Performance. They seem to have done their research on the ingredients used while providing a simple enough approach to their formulation.
Their gimmick for this PWO is simple but eyecandy: Clinically proven dosages. You read that and you ‘matically reach for your wallet. It looks good on paper but will it hold out once we’re done with our review?
Let’s take a look at NEUROCORE and find out.
NEUROCORE is made by MuscleTech, a company that earned a bad rep for most bros with their over-the-top advertising but lackluster output. Still, we can’t really say they make bad products. NEUROCORE, for instance, looks great at a glance. It’s simple and straight to the point but once again their little marketing games are back with their claims of proven effective doses in their product. Is this for real now, bro? Formula notes:
- Transparent label: All dosages are shown, making it easy for us to know how much we’re getting of each ingredient.
- No fluffs, just function: Pretty nice looking ingredients in a simple formulation that aims to work and nothing more.
- Sketchy marketing: MuscleTech will be MuscleTech, right bro?
NEUROCORE Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 1 Scoop (6 g)
Servings Per Container: Approx. 40
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Beta-Alanine (as CarnoSyn)||1.6 g|
|Creatine HCl||1.5 g|
|Caffeine anhydrous||160 mg|
|Rhodiolaextract (as Rhodiola rosea) (root) Standardized for rosavins and salidrosides||50 mg|
|Yohimbe extract (as Pausinystalia yohimbe) (bark), standardized for 6% yohimbine||20 mg|
|Other Ingredients: Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Calcium Silicate, Silicon Dioxide, Sucralose, Acesulfame-Potassium, FD&C Blue No. 1.|
|Directions: Consume 30 to 45 minutes before activity. We strongly recommend that you assess your tolerance first by using 1 scoop mixed with 6 oz. of water, especially if you are sensitive to stimulants. For full effects, mix 2 scoops with 12 oz. of water once your tolerance has been assessed. Do not exceed 2 scoops in a 24-hour period. Maintain an adequate state of hydration during use. Read the entire label before use and follow directions provided.|
NEUROCORE definitely knows how to make a formula but their marketing is a little questionable.
NEUROCORE’s formulation is simple and seems to hit all two objectives in creating a standard preworkout: Energy and Performance. They make use of great ingredients to achieve these goals but their serving is deceptive.
In their website they claim to have the exact dose that’s scientifically shown to work with each ingredient and for the most part it’s true. What they don’t say is that it takes 2 servings to get the dosage they claim. We ain’t saying they lied to us but it’s not telling the truth either, right?
Let’s tear this formula apart:
- Beta Alanine: They made use of CarnoSyn®, a crowd favorite and premium ingredient of beta alanine known to boosts performance.
- L-Citrulline. Performance enhancer, delays fatigue as well as promote pumps. More NO = More reps, bro!
- Creatine HCl: Not the best form of creatine. They should’ve went with monohydrate.
- Caffeine. Our #2 Fat Burner comes up with a fairly “just okay” dose. Energy is good but dosage makes thermo a bit mild.
- L-Theanine. Added to control the caffeine hype here. It can also function for focus.
- Roseroot. Reduces fatigue and enhances mood, great to have.
- Yohimbe. Improve pumps by dilating blood vessels and can also burn fat.
Except for Creatine HCl, the ingredient choices were great. We’re really pushing for monohydrate because of bioavailability. Also, Creatine HCl has a tendency to make you feel more bloated as it stays longer in your gut. We don’t want no gas bug, bro.
CarnoSyn is the premium shit you want for Beta-Alanine since not only can function in lower doses, your body is also able to maximize absorption so you can lift more. Citrulline supports the pump factor while Theanine keeps you a sane beast although a 1:1 ratio would’ve been better. Yohimbe is mostly used to treat ED but it also adds to the pump factor by dilating blood vessels while helping you burn fat. It’s also a stimulant and being standardized to 6% yohimbine is within minimal working range.
We’re only a bit curious as to their Roseroot’s standardization although older formulations have provided 3% salidrosides. Could they have used the same one? Regardless, Roseroot is not a necessity but a nice addition for mood nonetheless.
They got what it takes to increase energy, boost performance and pump, while also keeping the caffeinated beast in check. No fluffs, vitamins and minerals, MuscleTech really seemed to formulate this for the athlete that just wants to train and nothing more and we always prefer this approach.
What we don’t like is how you have to take 2 servings for this PWO to work the way they advertise. You’re gonna have to double up to get the full effects otherwise their formula is really not that good. I know a few guys over at the gym who would scowl with a face that can bring about Armageddon once they find out they’ve been tricked with fancy words and shiny fonts. I ain’t ruffling no bro-feathers if I were you.
We can’t blame the company, though. At this point, MuscleTech being a little too clever with their ads should be common knowledge. They advertised NeuroCore to make you think one serving will give you “precise doses of scientifically studied, fully disclosed key ingredients.” If you fell for it, it’s ‘aight bro. It happens.
While we didn’t expect that to change, I’m sure bros who don’t really read the fine prints would be frustrated seeing their new stack won’t even last a month. And mind you, MuscleTech can get pretty expensive.
It will get you the energy and the pump you need that will make you lift heavier and better provided you do the two-scoops rule.
Who Takes It?
It’s a product taken by experienced lifters who just wants to train and don’t really care much about vitamins and minerals or muscle recovery. They got separate shakes for those. It’s also for those who know they’re paying for 20 servings only. Vets might laugh at the doses for Creatine and Citrulline, though, so it’s not for the MASSIVE guys.
Any Side Effects?
Not much to say at one scoop but double that and you get to enjoy the tingles. Also, that innocent 160 mg cafeine kitten becomes a 320 mg tiger that bites hard with some jitters and crashes. They got theanine to cover for caffeine but sometimes it doesn’t always work the way it’s supposed to work.
- Simple formulation. Energy, performance, and focus with as few ingredients as possible.
- Some Quality. Fewer ingredients, more formula budget.
- Good combination. Ingredients complement each other.
- Clear label. ‘Cuz no one likes prop blends.
- Requires 2 scoops. “Oh, did we say 40 servings? We meant 20!”
- Price point. It’s okay unless you’re a vet in stacking.
- Other ingredients. No fluff on the main label but they sure made it rain after that.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 bottle (40 servings): $20.00
Final Word on NeuroCore
NeuroCore is a good product with decent ingredients that complement each other. You got energy, pumps, and maybe focus. What we didn’t like was how they branded it as a one-scoop when it’s actually a two-scoop preworkout. No matter, we’ll still rate it as a one-scoop according to its serving size and it ain’t that good.