Driven Sports formulas always look well thought out on paper. Activate Xtreme (AX) is no exception, it boasts a number of proven testosterone boosting ingredients. More than that, the formula goes the extra mile and includes an anti-estrogen to boot. And it showed in the bloodwork, with a more than respectable 30-day 34% testosterone increase and an estrogen level still within normal range.
Ingredients/Mechanism of Action:
Two of AX’s ingredients, Mucuna Pruriens and Bryonia Laciniosa, work to increase luteinizing hormone (LH), which signals the testes to produce more testosterone. The LH increase is not as large as the one you experience with D-Aspartic Acid, but it still does the job of significantly increasing testosterone levels. They also provide other benefits, such as inhibiting prolactin and regulating the rate-limiting protein stAR, potentially further increasing testosterone levels. Divanil is a nettle extract that decreases the binder SHBG, which allows more of that created testosterone to be freed to circulate through the body. Cholecalciferol, or vitamin D3, is a common nutrient deficiency, that, when corrected, can provide a large increase in testosterone levels in addition to other health benefits. Maca root is included because it is a potent adaptogen, which means it helps ensure optimal function of biological processes such as testosterone production, fighting off stressors such as cortisol.
Lastly, PZole, a proprietary extract, is included as potent anti-estrogen to counter the increase in estrogen that occurs when testosterone levels are raised.
Dosing is pretty simple. Take 2 caps twice a day about 30-45 minutes before eating. It took about a week and a half for me to start feeling some of the effects, initially most noticeable in areas like mood and libido. I found the pump effect worth making sure I took one of my 3 caps before workouts.
Activate Xtreme was a solid performer in this category. As expected, I picked up a bit of an aggressive alpha male attitude while using the product. I don’t mean some crazy roid rage or anything though, just a noticeable swagger and confidence in how I went about my day. That aggression was also a huge drive in the gym too.
I experienced a decent increase in libido as well, but it wasn’t anything too crazy like I got with D-Aspartic Acid.
Because of the built-in estrogen control, I did notice a firmness and lack of water retention. It wasn’t as pronounced as it was when using PES Erase, but that is too expected since Erase is a standalone estrogen control product (and therefore stronger as a result of the higher dosage).
Workout Performance and Recovery:
Once again, solid. While I’m usually on high volume programs, I happened to be on a low volume, heavy weight program when I tested Activate Xtreme. It provided a unique opportunity to see how AX and test booster products like it might help me push past plateaus.
My bench was stuck at 225 lb for quite a a while…by the end of just 4 weeks, I was doing multiple reps of 235 lb. It wasn’t just the bench either, I got gains all across the board.
And just like in my reviews of the other test boosters, recovery was fantastic, I wasn’t walking around like a cripple after a heavy legs day.
I wasn’t putting in enough reps to really evaluate how good of a pump I could get, but I was happy with the vascularity I was getting considering the relatively low amount of reps I was doing.
Well, this was more of a strength program rather than hypertrophy so I wasn’t expecting for there to be too much muscle mass increase. But the scales did go up.
I was putting on a clean .5-1 lb / wk, mostly good weight according to my calipers. And as I mentioned above, I crushed my max weights on basically every single exercise.
The dryness from the estrogen control combined with the vascularity from the elevated testosterone looked damn good in the mirror too.
There really isn’t much to be worried about with this formula, it’s very well put together. Nonetheless…
Since estrogen control is built into the product, it’s unlikely one should need to worry about any side-effects as a result of estrogen.
The amount of Vitamin D3 included is well within healthy levels and is unlikely to produce any ill effects in the 4-8 week recommended cycle regardness of your diet/multivitamin/lifestyle.
Activate Xtreme states you shouldn’t use it for longer than 8 weeks with a minimum 4 week break before continuing use. It’s important to respect these restrictions and allow the body sufficient rest from the altered hormone levels.
As a standalone product, Activate Xtreme falls short of D-Aspartic Acid (DAA) and PES Erase, which produces a significantly greater testosterone increase for a similar price. However, Activate Xtreme’s formula does make it very well suited to being stacked (combined) with DAA and Erase. The addition of the SHBG-lowering Divanil would allow more of the total test from DAA to be converted to free test while the L-Dopa further protects against any DAA side-effects. Unfortunately, the combined cost of $70+/mo makes it difficult to recommend this combination to most.
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