Nutrex Research OUTLIFT Pre-Workout Review — BCAAs + Caffeine

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Nutrex Research is a Florida-based supplement company that sells a ton of products that include fat burners, testosterone boosters, and non-steroidal anabolic agents. (Not surprisingly, they sponsor a lot of physique competitors.)

OUTLIFT is part of their Clinical Edge line, and it’s unusual in that it contains a dose of branched chain amino acids and it has 350 milligrams of caffeine — which is the highest dose you’re ever likely to find. What else is in it? Let’s take a closer look.

Nutrex OUTLIFT Pre Workout
Nutrex OUTLIFT Pre Workout

High in caffeine, high in BCAAs, and high in ingredients linked to blood flow, endurance, focus, and power, this is one of the best preworkouts on the market.

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Nutrex Research OUTLIFT Pre-Workout Nutrition & Ingredients

There’s no calorie information, but in one scoop you’ll find 350 milligrams of caffeine and the following ingredients, the effects of which I’ll discuss in the next section.

Citrulline malate (8g)
Beta-alanine (3.2g)
Creatine monohydrate (3g)
Taurine (2g)
Branched chain amino acids (That’s 6 grams of leucine, isoleucine, and valine in a 2:1:1 ratio)
Tyrosine (150mg)
BioPerine® a black pepper fruit extract (5mg)

There’s also 135 milligrams of sodium, about 6 percent of the RDI. The other ingredients are mostly your standard natural and artificial flavors and sweeteners, but there are no artificial colors, if that’s important to you.

Nutrex Research OUTLIFT Benefits & Effectiveness

There’s a lot to like, here. There are few pre-workouts that contain branched chain amino acids, but there’s evidence they can help with focus, endurance, and muscle retention, particularly when you’re working out on an empty stomach.

There’s a ton of caffeine here as well, 350 milligrams. That’s as much as you’ll find in 3.5 cups of coffee, and after reviewing dozens of pre-workouts, I can say you’ll rarely ever find more than 350 milligrams in a serving.

As for the rest of the ingredients, they’re variously linked with endurance (beta alanine), focus (tyrosine and taurine), power (caffeine and creatine), and blood flow (citrulline, which is also associated with power). The pepper extract, meanwhile, helps to improve the absorption of all these ingredients.

There’s no nonsense in OUTLIFT, no weird plant extracts with barely any scientific evidence supporting them. Every ingredient is thoroughly researched and has a pretty significant amount of data supporting not just their inclusion, but their dosage.

The dosing is a really important aspect, because many pre-workouts seem to assume you’ll see the name of the ingredient but not check if it’s an effective dose. But it’s super high in almost of these ingredients and in some cases, like the beta alanine and the taurine, there’s twice the recommended dosage.

(The exception is tyrosine — there’s 150mg here, but for an acute effect for a workout you probably want at least 500mg. But there’s still 2 grams of taurine to help with focus.)

The high doses are welcome to me, with two caveats: it’s very high in caffeine, so folks who are sensitive to its effects probably won’t love that; and beta alanine does tend to produce a tingling sensation on the skin, which some people find unpleasant. It’s harmless and a lot of people enjoy this feeling, but if you don’t then you really won’t like the extra high dose of beta alanine in OUTLIFT.

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Nutrex Research OUTLIFT Price

Servings are very large — 24.8 grams — so a standard tub of 248 grams contains just 10 servings at a cost of $26. That means one serving is $2.60, which is very expensive. Most pre-workouts cost between 80 cents and a dollar per scoop.

Nutrex Research OUTLIFT Taste

It comes in Blackberry Lemonade, Blue Raspberry, Miami Vice, Wild Cherry Citrus, but we tried the standard Fruit Punch flavor.

Usually, “Fruit Punch” just tastes like cherry candy. This is one of the few Fruit Punch flavors that doesn’t: it actually tastes like a combination of different tropical fruits, sort of like tutti frutti. I’d say it tastes like pineapple, mango, and bubble gum.

The Takeaway

I really liked OUTLIFT. The ingredients are effective, well-researched, and well-dosed, and it has some BCAAs to help take you to the finish line. It’s expensive, it might be too high in caffeine for some folks, and it’s a little low in tyrosine, but if you’re OK with all that, this is one of the best pre-workouts out there.

Nutrex Research OUTLIFT

Per Serving: $2.60
7.9

Ingredients

10.0/10

Effectiveness

9.5/10

Taste

7.0/10

Price

5.0/10

Pros

  • Very high doses of ingredients
  • Contains BCAAs
  • Contains sodium for extra hydration

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Low in tyrosine
  • May be too high in caffeine for some people

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