Mega Pre Goes BLACK! Primeval Labs Crushes it with Heavier Stim Pre Workout

Primeval Labs has released a much-improved look at its all-new and extremely exciting Mega Pre “upgrade”. On August 22nd, 2018, one of the industry’s fastest-growing brands released the new label for their upcoming Mega Pre Black. This new black label gives the product a darker vibe, which alludes to a powerful, stimulated enhancement.

What’s different in the new formula?

Primeval Labs Mega Pre Black

This is the new, “darker” version of Mega Pre. They added tons of stims AND kept the pumps and focus from the old formula. We love the direction Primeval Labs took this product in

It goes without saying that Mega Pre Black brings the stims!! The new supplement features a heavy hitting stimulant complex including 375mg total caffeine and 325mg Dynamine 40% (for 130mg yield)! But that’s definitely not all.

Mega Pre has been a top-rated stimulant-free pre workout supplement that is fully well-rounded with pumps, focus, and performance-enhancers, but many customers still wanted to pair that with energy from stimulants. This was a temporary gap in the Primeval line, since Adrenal Rush V2 was discontinued. The other options came from their Untamed Labs Ape Sh*t offshoot, which was epic in its own right, but a massive foundation was already built in Mega Pre, so why not just crank up its energy?!

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Mike’s Mega Pre Black Review

Honestly, I didn’t realize how phenomenal of a product this would be until I really looked at the label (discussed below). But… there’s one flavor that just couldn’t mask the Dynamine. Which one?!

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Mega Pre Black Ingredients

Primeval Labs Mega Pre Black Label

Primeval Labs knocked this monster out of the park! Read about the Mega Pre Black Ingredients in this post

One significant thing you’ll notice is the carryover of several ingredients from the stim-free formula to the Black label. Primeval has kept 6g l-citrulline, 3g betaine, 150mg ElevATP, 300mg l-norvaline, and 100mcg huperzine A from the white to the black label.

Note: All doses are in the two scoop serving size, which would yield 20 servings per container. Truth be told, we love it enough at about 1.5 scoops to make the tub last a month!

  • L-Citrulline (6g in two scoops)

    At this point in the pre workout supplement game, citrulline shouldn’t need much of an introduction. It’s an amino acid that gets converted into L-arginine in the body, which then goes on to increase nitric oxide (NO) levels.

    The NO boost creates a vasodilating effect, which widens blood vessels — and that increases blood flow (for pumps!) and enhances nutrient availability.

    This is a beyond-clinical dose of straight L-Citrulline, none of that “citrulline malate” nonsense which is really citrulline blended with malic acid.

    Off to a good start, as expected — since this is what was in the OG stim-free Mega Pre.

  • Beta Alanine (3.2g)

    Another clinical dose in the two-scoop serving, beta alanine is the precursor to carnosine, a molecule that your body stores up to flush acids from the muscle cells, amongst other things.

    This means that beta alanine may help with endurance exercise, especially in the 1-4 minute range — great for those who do supersets or tri-sets.

    Mega Pre Black Review

    Athlete Steph Sanzo holding Primeval Labs’ most epic pre workout to date

    It’s important to note that 3.2g is the daily dose in successful studies where they spread it out across the day, but if you have no time for all that, you can take it all at once. This may get you a tingling sensation, otherwise known as parasthesia. Some love it, some don’t, and still others don’t feel it at all. Either way, it’s your reminder to get your ass in the gym and train!

  • Betaine Anhydrous (3g)

    More beyond-clinical dosing — at just 2.5g, the amino acid betaine has been shown to yield benefits in both the size and strength departments. Further, newer studies on females are showing that it does the same for them – and even improves body composition during proper weight loss! (Reminder: More muscle tone and less bodyfat is sexy, keep protein high enough!)

    Betaine works similarly to creatine, but also helps as an osymolyte, which means it works to get water transferred between cells. At large doses like this one, it’s often felt for its pumps, thanks to water getting shuttled to the muscle cells. Just make sure you drink enough with Mega Pre black!

    There’s more covered in our betaine write-up, but too many of the products out there use sub-2.5g doses. Not this one!

  • Choline Bitartrate (2g)

    Mega Pre Black Reviews

    Below, we’ll discuss the ingredient that may improve your “vigilance”

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, guess what we have here — yet another clinical dose! Choline is the nutrient abundantly found in eggs that helps your body produce more acetylcholine, which we often refer to as the “learning neurotransmitter”. Typically you see forms of choline in pre workouts like Mega Pre Black for that focus effect our brains love.

    But two grams? When we see this, we get excited, because there’s research in women showing that it statistically significantly improves weight loss outcomes!

    2x the amount in Mega Pre!

    What many aren’t noticing is that the stim-free Mega Pre had just 1g in its two gram dose. Extra choline, extra focus!

    It doesn’t hurt that tartaric acid this choline is bound to (hence the “bitartrate” name) often helps make things taste better too.

  • 375mg Caffeine from 325mg Caffeine Anhydrous and 68mg Infinergy Dicaffeine Malate

    We’re putting these two ingredients together to emphasize that there is a total of 375mg caffeine in two scoops of Mega Pre Black!

    Some may see the 325 and not also see the “dicaffeine malate” lower down. Dicaffeine malate yields 73% caffeine after counting out the malic acid it’s bound to, which gets you 50mg actual caffeine. So now we’re at 375mg total!

    Mega Pre Black

    Yep, this post is still going, because this label is still going! Vicious!

    Needless to say, that’s a large amount if you’re double-scooping it, and for some athletes (depending on your genetics), you may see legitimate strength and endurance performance enhancement here.

    This is probably the ingredient that should be your guide between one and two scoops, and is the main reason most users will want to start at one scoop and many (like us) will land at 1.5 scoops. Even at that dose, we still have fantastic dosages of the other ingredients, and that’s a sign that Primeval Labs formulated Mega Pre Black wisely.

  • Methyliberine 325mg (as Dynamine 40% yielding 130mg)

    Dynamine is a purine alkaloid found in kucha tea leaf made to enhance feelings of energy, mood, and focus. It’s referred to more as a “neuromodulator” than a “stimulant” and definitely has an ability to quickly put some pep in its users’ step.

    The problem is that it doesn’t taste so good, so that’s why we’re happy to see the “tasteless 40% strength” form, as Compound Solutions has bound it to help mask the bitterness.

    The 100mg yield dose is when things start getting fun, in two scoops you’re 30% over that. Primeval Labs clearly not sparing any expense.

  • L-Norvaline (300mg)


    Dynamine (methylliberine) is a caffeine derivative developed by Compound Solutions that’s touted to be a faster-acting theacrine (TeaCrine).

    After all that citrulline, which helps increase nitric oxide levels, it’s time to do what we call “playing pump defense”.

    Norvaline is a derivative of the branched-chain amino acid valine, and inhibits enzymes that degrade arginine levels. Ultimately, this indirectly keeps nitric oxide high, because we don’t want anyone messing with our citrulline-created arginine levels! And that means better, more-sustained pumps. True citrulline synergy!

    While most brands are using 100mg (if at all), Primeval Labs is going 3x that in Mega Pre Black.

    Starting to wonder why so many reviews of this supplement are so great??

  • ElevATP (150mg)

    Now it’s time to switch things up and get into some performance enhancement.

    elevATP Strength Study

    This graph shows the increases in strength for the group receiving elevATP (TRT) and the placebo (PLC) group.

    ElevATP is an ingredient made from ancient peat and apple extract, and its here to increase ATP levels. While not a stimulant, per se, ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) is the energy “currency” for your cells. When you get down to a microbiological level in the cell, nearly everything you do requires ATP to get the mitochondria in the muscle cell to function – and it doesn’t matter what kind of diet you’re on. Down to the sub-atomic level, the processes involving ATP are how electrons and protons get transported. Energy.

    It turns out that supplementing 150mg ElevATP significantly increases ATP levels, which will keep your muscle contractions fueled and not “waiting” for help.

  • N-Methyltyramine Hydrochloride (50mg)

    Need more stims? Asked and answered — we have two for you in a row here.

    Also known as NMT, N-Methyltyramine is a beta-2 agonist that will induce a small “fight or flight” response, which typically frees up fatty acids for quick energy use. NMT increases cAMP levels as well, and helps boost glucagon and epinephrine output.

    So consider this a nice little under-utilized stimulant that increases energy and vigilance, which is something we like to see in a “Black Series” supplement!

  • Hordenine Hydrochloride (50mg)

    Primeval Labs Primalog Donuts

    Too much beta alanine? Here’s a stack to add — carbs often blunt the tingle effect of beta alanine, and Primalog will shuttle those carbs into the muscle cell when training!!

    The second of our two bonus stimulants, hordenine is also a beta-2 agonist that can help with similar functions as above. It also acts as a mild MAO inhibitor, which means it keeps the MAO enzyme from cleaving stimulants from our dopamine receptors. This should help lengthen caffeine’s half-life here, assisting with what dicaffeine malate is doing as well.

    Longer-lasting dopamine strikes means longer-lasting mood enhancement.

  • Huperzine A (from Toothed Clubmoss) (100mcg)

    To help keep all that acetylcholine around from the massive 2g dose of choline bitartrate, we have some huperzine A, which is a unique ingredient that helps prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine.

    So just like L-norvaline plays nitric oxide defense against arginine breakdown, huperzine A plays choline defense against acetylcholine breakdown. It goes above and beyond that by even helping to produce new neurons in some studies, though!

    See what we meant when we said Mega Pre Black is well-rounded?!

What’s missing from the stim-free Mega Pre?

The two ingredients that were dropped from Mega Pre are 2g of 65% glycerol and 254mg of Vasodrive-AP. This means a bit less pump, but honestly, we’re taking Mega Pre Black over Mega Pre any day right now — even if you were to throw a couple caffeine pills with that Mega Pre.

Reason being, those bonus stims of Dynamine, hordenine, NMT, and that extra gram of choline are just too good to pass up.

Mega Pre vs Mega Pre Black

Mega Pre Black vs. Mega Pre. We’ll take the one the left, please!!

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    Primeval Labs knocked this formula out of the park

    Hot damn, that’s a good freakin pre workout supplement formula here.

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    The full story is that when Mega Pre was originally getting formulated way back when, it was going to be stim-based. Primeval decided to flex (literally) and show that they’re a pump company, and that’s true. But when Adrenal Rush V2 got discontinued, it was time to take some of those underutilized stimulants like NMT and Hordenine and put them into their bombshell pump formula.

    This pre-workout was built to hit four main areas which are pumps, focus, energy, and performance; with an open-label and very well-dosed formula, Mega Pre Black seems to do just that.

    It took some time to get here, but it was clearly well worth the wait. This is a must-try supplement for the 2018/2019 winter bulking season.

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    About the Author: Mike Roberto

    Mike Roberto

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

    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. Mike is currently experimenting with a low Vitamin A diet.

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