Old-timers get in here! Your favorite old pre workout supplement is about to be resurrected by none other than Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals!
If you trained aggressively back in the late 90s, you may remember Ultimate Orange, one of the original pre workout supplements that had the now-banned stimulant ephedrine in it! It was hardcore and it was a game-changer for the young supplement industry.
But when ephedrine alkaloids got railroaded off of the supplement market (as discussed in our ephedra blog post), Ultimate Orange went with it.
Until this year!
As they’re known to do, Hi-Tech Pharma’s taking an old-time favorite and repackaging it with new-time ingredients — in this case, DMAA. And as you can see, they’re even keeping the legacy throwback packaging and graphics!
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The Ultimate Orange Ingredients
The 2017 Ultimate Orange truly is a throwback to the notable pre workout of old. It’s got all of the same landmark features of the beloved original, and now it’s got DMAA too, which is used to replace the ephedrine alkaloids that are now banned in supplements (you can still have ephedrine-free ephedra, which is what’s used here):
Before the days of over-caffeinated pre workouts containing 300, 400, or even 600mg caffeine per serving, pre workouts used a more restrained approach to their caffeine concentrations. The revived Ultimate Orange employs the same 100mg caffeine / serving of the original, but don’t mistake this for any old beginning pre workout, as there’s still more stims to come!
Truth be told, this is going to be a difference-maker for those who are reviewing the supplement on its own. With 100mg caffeine, you can probably combine this with a non-DMAA-based fat burner that’s not too strong, or even a small cup of coffee for those who love pre workouts but don’t want to quit their coffee fix.
Yet 100mg on its own is on the light side nowadays and may not be for everyone who’s addicted to higher doses. What’s cool about this is that you can always add more — but it’s tough to add less without getting short-changed on the next stim:
If Hi-Tech’s involved with a product launch, you can almost guarantee it’s going to have DMAA in it these days. Ultimate Orange is no exception.
The 65mg dose is on the upper end of DMAA doses included in pre workouts, notably Mesomorph (also manufactured by Hi-Tech), but coupled with the 100mg caffeine should provide for some smooth, sustained focus and motivation during your training sessions.
This is the ingredient that’s replacing the ephedrine alkaloids that have had to be removed from supplements in the early 2000s (and finalized by law in 2006). DMAA isn’t exactly like ephedrine, but it’s one of the closest things on the market, especially when talking about the focus and feel of it. Old ephedrine users who haven’t at least tried it once should check this new Ultimate Orange out, even if at half a scoop.
Ephedra Extract (25mg)
The ephedra extract is sure to turn some heads, but as we’ve mentioned at length several times before this ephedra extract is ephedrine-free, meaning that the bulk of the stimulatory compounds (i.e. ephedrine alkaloids) have been removed. There are some beneficial compounds still left in the extract, but really, you can consider this a high-level from of green tea extract for all intent and purposes.
The 25mg dose is on the lower end, and aimed towards those who are intrigued by the ingredient but would be concerned with higher doses. This isn’t the same as 25mg of ephedrine – not by a long shot. But coupled with the DMAA and caffeine, you should be sailing pretty high when taking Ultimate Orange!
For all the details on the modern day ephedra extract, check out our mega post titled: Ephedra Fat Burners in 2017: How are they still around?
All in all, just remember that this is mostly like an “advanced green tea extract” at this point. It’s really the DMAA that brings the effects most similar to ephedrine anymore.
Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate (providing 13g protein)
Protein in a pre workout? Yep, back in the day, pre workout actually contained other ingredients besides only pump and stim agents.
Staying true to the original Ultimate Orange, the 2017 redux has included Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate — an ultra-refined, super-quick absorbing form of whey protein that has basically been pre-digested by enzymes to ensure rapid digestion, thereby supplying your body with the crucial amino acids it needs to build muscle before, during, and after training.
This is great if you’re working out at a time when you don’t have tons of protein or amino acids in your system, but don’t want to go flat. Typically, Ultimate Orange is for people who are not weight loss dieting (because of this protein and the carbs discussed next), so many may enjoy having the extra amino boost.
QuadraCarb (Providing 16g carbohydrates)
Like it or not, keto or not, carbs fuel performance and are a valuable aid for high-level athletes of all kinds. Before the days of highly branched cyclic dextrin or even waxy maize starch, the sports nutrition industry got by with simpler forms of carbs in the form of:
The 16g of carbs will provide the immediate surge in blood glucose your body needs to sustain performance throughout your training sessions – but most likely not enough to spillover into fat storage because you should easily be able to work all of this (and the above protein and below aminos) off throughout your training session.
Essential Amino Acids (2,610mg)
In addition to the 13g worth of whey protein, Ultimate orange also includes 8 essential amino acids (EAAs) to ensure your body has all the necessary materials to build muscle and stay anabolic.
The 8 EAAs included are:
- L-Leucine (640mg)
- L-Isoleucine (365mg)
- L-Valine (261mg)
- L-Lysine (478mg)
- L-Threonine (428mg)
- L-Methionine (129mg)
- L-Phenylalanine (211mg)
- L-Tryptophan (98mg)
Choline Bitartrate (75mg)
A common focus booster, choline bitartrate is one of the lesser bioavailable forms of choline supplements on the market. Compared to forms such as Alpha-GPC or CDP-Choline, you need a much larger dose of this form of choline (around 1-2g) to really notice it’s focus boosting effects and stronger mind-muscle connection, due to the increase in the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
As you can see, the dose here is rather abysmal, so we wouldn’t you to notice much contribution from the choline, but the 65mg DMAA should be all the focus-boosting you need.
It’s times like these when we wish Hi-Tech Pharma would have taken some liberty with this product and just added a bunch more, even if it’s not like the original formula. We know 500mg choline bitartrate focuses you pretty well and isn’t insanely expensive, but they chose to stick as close as possible to the OG Ultimate Orange formula instead. The DMAA will help with focus anyway!
Inositol is a pseudovitamin naturally found in animals and plants, and frequently mistaken to be a member of the B VItamin family. It’s also an essential component of structural lipids in the body. Inositol is structurally similar to glucose and heavily involved in cellular signaling. Interestingly, the compound can also improve mood as it’s been shown to treat a number of neurological and behavioral disorders.[3,4,5]
When shopping for choline supplements, you’ll often see it packaged together with inositol, which is what Ultimate Orange went with back in the day too.
…and a whole slew of vitamins and minerals
To round out the ingredients panel, Hi-Tech has included a wide spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals just like the OG Ultimate Orange did. As you’re probably aware, hard-training athletes have greater nutrient needs than the regular non-active person, which means that supplementing with them is crucial to maintaining overall health and performance.
We enjoy seeing these formulas do this. Many sports supplement users don’t seem to consistently take great multivitamins, so this kind of throwback is one we like to get back to.
So far, the only information we have on the flavors available for Ultimate Orange are from the lone label that was posted on the internet — Original Flavor. Which, if you’ve had the original you are quite familiar with its notable orange flavor.
Hi-Tech Pharma’s flavor system game has really gotten good the past couple of years, as evidenced by APS Mesomorph and friends. So we’re assuming that this orange flavor will taste like a new era supplement, not what they used to back in the day.
And per Robert and CJ’s review above — it tastes far better than it used to!!
It may not be the Night of the Living Dead, but the dead have risen!
Ultimate Orange is back from the dead and better than ever thanks to Jared Wheat and the team at Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. They’ve done it with several names like Anavar, they’ve done it with some legendary Gaspari Products, and now they’re really drilling back into the sands of time from when the industry was in its infancy.
With the recent kick the supplement giant has been on lately with re-birthing long lost products, we can’t help but wonder what product will be resurrected next?!
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