Gold Star Triple X: The OG DMHA Pre Workout Updated in 2017!

When DMHA first broke on the scene in 2016, Gold Star Performance was the first supplement company to make use of the fun new stimulant.

Gold Star Triple X

Gold Star Triple X, the original DMHA pre workout, is back with a band in this ramped up 2017 edition featuring phenylpiracetam and eria jarensis too!

Their pre workout, Triple X debuted the stim to rave reviews from nearly everyone who got a taste of what DMHA could do. Since it’s inception, Triple X has gone through a number of revisions since our initial posting, and now at the halfway point of 2017, Gold Star has once again improved Triple X by adding even more heavily to the exotic stims and nootropics for a truly unique energy and focus workout experience.

Gold Star Triple X Quick Notes

  • The original DMHA pre workout just got better
  • Now includes focus super-booster, phenylpiracetam
  • Feels incredible, even at ⅔ dose, but…
  • Proprietary blend with underdosed / pixie-dusted creatine (why oh why?! but who cares because phenylpiracetam)

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Triple X Ingredients

Gold Star has given a pretty sizable overhaul to their flagship DMHA pre workout since its debut back in early 2016. Most notably, the stim blend has been seriously overhauled and upgraded to include Eria Jarensis, Hordenine, and the powerful nootropic phenylpiracetam. Additionally, Gold Star has now disclosed the amount of caffeine in each scoop — 350mg.

Those three ingredients combined — along with that caffeine dose — make this a no-joke pre workout.

  • L-Taurine (1.5g)

    Gold Star Triple X Ingredients

    Triple X’s new 2017 formula is a step up in energy and focus power from previous version, but there’s still a few areas of concern for us.

    Taurine begins the open label portion of Triple X’s supplement facts panel. This conditionally essential amino functions as an osmolyte in the body which helps pull water into muscle cells, thereby improving hydration, endurance, and giving some nice “water-based” pumps.[1]

    Since taurine is also stored in the brain, it can also help to enhance focus and concentration during workouts.[2] 1.5g is pretty solid dose for this versatile amino acid.

  • L-Tyrosine (600mg)

    Our first noticeable change from the previous versions of Triple X is the swap from N-Acetyl-Tyrosine (NALT) to straight L-Tyrosine, which is more effective. Though NALT is more water-soluble than L-Tyrosine, it’s not nearly as effective at increasing circulating levels of the focus boosting amino acid in your actual plasma,[3] which is what counts!


    L-Tyrosine is the winner, and that’s what Gold Star has chosen for their new Triple-X Formulation!

    Tyrosine enhances production of dopamine and noradrenaline which help enhance improve mood and focus, while decreasing stress and anxiety.[4,5] But trust us, this isn’t the only ingredient in the new Triple-X that’s going to be able to do that!

  • Caffeine (350mg)

    Before we get to the more exotic stims and nootropics in Triple X, let’s take a second to honor the age old stimulant that’s not going away anytime soon: caffeine anhydrous. So much can be said about caffeine, but you probably know the majority of it.

    It’s been around a long time and loved by virtually everyone. When used pre workout, it’s great for increasing energy, focus, and stamina. If you’re sensitive to stims, it’s probably best to start with ½-¾ scoop just until you get the feel of how this and the rest of the stims here treat you.

  • Triple X Proprietary Blend (7,316mg)

    • L-Citrulline

      Another “upgrade” from the previous version of Triple X is the change from Citrulline Malate to pure L-Citrulline. Now, we don’t know the dose here, but anytime it’s included in a prop blend we’d prefer to have pure L-Cit as you’ll get a great dose of nitric oxide boosting power than you would from the same dose of CitMal.

      The Citrulline Pathway

      The Citrulline Pathway

      Increased Nitric Oxide levels also enhance endurance, strength, and athletic performance.[6,7] One last interesting tidbit on Citrulline Malate is that it’s heavily involved in the Krebs Cycle, which buffers (“removes”) ammonia and lactic acid from the body. This leads to greater stamina and endurance during workouts.[8]

      Given that this is first in a 7.3g blend shows that it’s probably pretty well-dosed and enough to give you a pump, but we can’t be certain of that.

    • Beta Alanine

      Beta Alanine is a proven workout booster best known for giving people the “tingles.” Don’t worry though, you won’t get anywhere near 3g worth in a single scoop of Triple X, so that should assuage some of your tingle fears.

      Gold Star Triple-X Focus

      Stay Focused and Conquer. With that there phenylpiracetam, focus certainly won’t be an issue!

      Beta Alanine increases your power and endurance, due to increasing levels of carnosine (a powerful intracellular buffer) in the muscle.[9,10] It also enhances muscle growth[11] and reduces fatigue brought on by longer athletic events or gym sessions.[12]

      You’re almost definitely not getting the clinically-verified 3.2g dose here, but that may be ok for those of you who don’t want the tingles, plus most research showing BA’s effectiveness administers split doses of BA throughout the day to maximize nutrient uptake.

      Just make sure you’re getting a few other grams of Beta Alanine during the day to really take advantage of this beneficial supplement.

    • Creatine Monohydrate

      Creatine is a proven strength booster when dosed at 3-5g / day, but given its slotting in Triple X’s prop blend, it’s impossible you’d get that kind of dose, so it’s not going to be enough to call this a “muscle builder” all on its own.

      Creatine monohydrate is so freaking cheap, why confuse users by underdosing it?!

      A long while back, we railed against creatine underdosing in an article titled Creatine is Broken. And Your Pre Workout is to Blame. Yes, we know that we’re really here for the stims and focus boosters, but our motto always is Do it right or don’t do it at all — especially with creatine. It’s not like it’s an expensive ingredient.

      Overall, you’re going to see that this new Triple X takes on some new stimulant technology here, so we’re not sure why we’re seeing an older trick of putting creatine in the middle of a blend. So just add your 3g creatine elsewhere in the day and let’s get ready for the reason we’re really here.

    • 2-Amino-6-methylheptane

      DMHA is one of the most popular stimulants on the pre workout supplement market, and has a similar structure to that of DMAA and AMP Citrate (DMBA). All of these compounds are classified as “psychostimulants.”[13]

      More appropriately labeled as 2-amino-6-methylheptane, as Gold Star did with Triple-X, DMHA also increases levels of various monoamines in the body, most notably norepinephrine and dopamine.[14,15] Once these start flooding the body, you’ll feel the typical effects induced by other stimulants including increased alertness and mood![16]

      All of these things sound great, but we just wished we knew how much of this stuff was in there, especially since several other pre workouts have disclosed the amounts their using.

      Either way, we’ve tried Triple X previously, and if this one works anything like the previous iterations, — the feel-good focus is there.

    • Eria Jarensis

      Gold Star Triple X Close Up

      The new Triple X is packing some serious focus, energy, and mood elevation!

      Nowadays, whenever you see DMHA in a pre workout, you almost always see it’s fellow exotic stim, Eria Jarensis, joining the party. Eria is jam-packed with PEA-based compounds including N-methyl-PEA, N,N-dimethyl-PEA, and the real heavy-hitter N-phenethyl dimethylamine.[17]

      Eria’s noticeable “euphoric” feel doubles down on the mood boost brought on by DMHA and sustains it due to Eria’s longer lasting actions over regular PEA. More info about Eria, as well as a breakdown of its structure, can be found in our mega guide — Eria Jarensis Extract / N-phenethyl dimethylamine: The Next Big Thing?

    • Hordenine

      Hordenine is one of several beta-receptor agonists extracted from Citrus Aurantium.[18] It’s a potent stimulator of lipolysis, but more importantly, it increases energy expenditure and prolongs the effects of noradrenaline, due to its actions as a noradrenaline reuptake modulator,[19,20] which will make it work fantastically with the above and below ingredients.

      The result is longer lasting energy, focus, and alertness. But speaking of alertness….

    • Phenylpiracetam


      Phenylpiracetam is a powerful nootropic that’s part of the racetam family found to boost cognition, motivation, and memory.

      Here’s the most intriguing addition to the latest edition of Triple X — the powerhouse nootropic Phenylpiracetam. It’s remarkably similar to piracetam, another of the incredibly popular racetam family of nootropics.[21]

      The big difference between the two is that phenylpiracetam has an extra phenyl group that piracetam doesn’t. This gives phenylpiracetam a bit of mood-elevation not commonly felt with regular piracetam. Moreover, phenylpiracetam helps:

      • Increase CNS stimulation[22]
      • Enhance memory uptake, storage and recall[22]
      • Boost motivation, attention and desire [23]

      You can read more on our blog post aptly titled Phenylpiracetam: The Limitless Nootropic.

      We rarely ever see this in pre workouts, but we love it when we do use it. You do get adapted to it, so it’s definitely one to cycle off of, but when you REALLY need to get in the zone and just aren’t into your training, this is the ingredient to try.

    • Huperzine A

      Huperzine A is a great supporter of acetylcholine production due to its inhibiting actions on acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme that degrades “the learning neurotransmitter” acetylcholine.[24]

      Supplementing with Huperzine indirectly boosts acetylcholine levels, which gives greater focus, attention, and awareness. Furthermore, huperzine defends against the “neuron death molecule” glutamate[25], and supports new brain cell development, making it “neurogenerative”.[26]

    Flavors Available

    Gold Star Triple X New Flavors

    Triple X now comes in an extensive range of flavors including cotton candy and golly rancher!

    If you’re feeling adventurous and looking to see just what DMHA has to offer, you can try Triple X in one of four flavors:

    • Golly Rancher
    • Cherry Bomb
    • Cotton Candy
    • Green Apple
    • Watermelon
    • Orange
    • Blue Raspberry

    Looking for a fat burner equivalent? See Infrared

    If you want to try this but are more into taking capsules or want it in a fat burning form factor, see Gold Star Infrared (which was renamed from its previous name, Viper).


    The original DMHA pre workout is back with a considerable upgrade in certain areas of the formula, which will give it some amazing energy and focus, but don’t expect this to meet your creatine and beta alanine needs. Take it for what it is – a way to get amped up and in the zone for your workouts. It may still not crack our best pre workout supplements list – but that doesn’t mean more aggressive users shouldn’t try it.

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Mike Roberto

Mike Roberto is a research scientist and water sports athlete who founded PricePlow. He is a biohacker with extensive experience in supplementation and dietary modification, whose personal expertise stems from several "n=1" experiments done on himself.

Mike's goal is to bridge the gap between nutritional research scientists and non-academics who seek to better their health in a system that has catastrophically failed the public.

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