I Am God is a pre-workout by Insane Labz which is designed to be stronger and more hardcore than any of their previous formulations…
What Is I Am God Designed To Do?
If you’re reading this, you’re probably also aware of the bold claims made by Insane Labz about I Am God. According to Insane Labz, I Am God is “the most sought after pre-workout ever created“.
The also use the phrase “biggest and baddest” to describe how intense I Am God is. Needless to say, these claims are pretty ambiguous, but we assume Insane Labz is really talking about the focus and energy that you’ll get from I Am God.
There are several non-stimulant ingredients, but the doses remain unclear. One would think that they’d be transparent about them if the doses were indeed clinical. But more on that later…
Let’s get into the ingredients themselves!
I Am God Ingredients
As mentioned above, I Am God contains both stimulant and non-stimulant ingredients, most of which can be found in many other pre-workouts and one of which (AMPiberry) seems to only be found in Insane Labz and related brands’ products.
Creatine is by far the most heavily-researched, reliable, safe performance enhancing supplement there is. At this point, there are a few hundred published studies demonstrating that Creatine supplementation is an effective means of increasing:
- Strength/Power Output
- Muscular Endurance
- Muscle Size
It works primarily by increasing ATP availability within the body’s various cells, including muscle cells. Creatine is also osmolytic, meaning it can draw more water into the cell. This property is what underlies the relatively sudden increase in muscle size that Creatine supplementation tends to induce within a few days after starting supplementation.
Creatine comes in many forms, but none have demonstrated superiority over Creatine Monohydrate. So, that’s the form that is generally recommended.
A true clinical dose of Creatine Monohydrate (or any form of Creatine, really) is at least 5 grams/day. Lower doses may still be effective, but you really want to shoot for 5+ grams per day.
Unfortunately, we have no idea how much Creatine Monohydrate is present in I Am God since Insane Labz conceals the dose of everything in a 9.3g proprietary blend.
There could very well be a clinical (5 gram) dose of Creatine in I Am God, but there’s no guaratee…Unless Insane Labz comes out and says how much Creatine is actually in there.
Beta-Alanine is the rate limiting amino acid in the synthesis of Carnosine, a unique dipeptide, higher muscular concentrations of which have been proven to enhance muscular endurance.
At least a few dozen studies have been published in which Beta-Alanine supplementation was investigated as a means of enhancing exercise performance.
All of them indicate, quite unanimously, that Beta-Alanine supplementation is capable of increasing Carnosine levels enough to increase muscular endurance after 2 weeks or so.
The clinical range is anywhere from 3-6 grams, with 1.6g/day being the absolute lowest dose which has still been shown to increase muscle Carnosine levels.
As with Creatine, Insane Labz has chosen to conceal the dose of Beta-Alanine within a proprietary blend. So, we have no idea how much is in there.
There’s certainly plenty of room for a clinical dose of Creatine followed by a decent 2-3g dose of Beta-Alanine, but we just can’t be sure is all.
Taurine is a unique amino acid with anti-oxidant properties that underlie most of the exercise benefits it has to offer. As an actual performance enhancer though, Taurine has been found to be pretty unreliable. Some research shows a small benefit while other research shows no benefit at all.
As a recovery enhancer, however, Taurine is quite effective. It has been demonstrated in multiple published studies to reduce oxidative damage caused by exercise. In other words, Taurine will allow you to go harder and recover faster. It won’t make you stronger, faster, or capable of doing more reps, but it may allow you to recover faster and get back in the gym.
Over the long term, this may certainly lead to better and better performance and muscle growth.
Unfortunately, as with the rest of the ingredients in I Am God, we have no idea how much Taurine is present. Could be 1 gram. Could be less than 1 gram. It’s probably not more though.
Tyrosine is a dietary amino acid which fulfills a variety of functions throughout the body. It is present in many complete forms of protein and is used to build muscle, but that’s not why it’s usually included in pre-workouts.
No, Tyrosine has a unique function that makes it of particular interest to those looking to enhance cognitive function, especially when using stimulants…
Tyrosine serves as a precursor to the neurotransmitters Dopamine and Noradrenaline, both of which are heavily involved with focus, attention, motivation, and mood.
These are the same neurotransmitters released by Caffeine (and other stimulant) consumption.
While Tyrosine is not capable of directly increasing Dopamine and Noradrenaline, it serves as a means of making sure these neurotransmitters don’t run out. S
upplemental Tyrosine has been shown to support mood and cognitive function in instances when Dopamine and Noradrenaline depletion would normally occur.
In the context of Insane Labz’ I Am God, Tyrosine may be useful because the formula is heavy on stimulants (such as Caffeine and Rauwolscine) which trigger the release of Dopamine and Noradrenaline.
Caffeine (2 Types)
I Am God contains two types of Caffeine:
- Caffeine Anhydrous
- Caffeine Citrate
Both of these forms function in basically the same way, but there may be slight differences in terms of absorption. Because of this, many supplement companies (like Insane Labz) have started to use multiple forms of Caffeine with the goal of delivering a smoother, longer energy rush.
Studies have yet to determine if using different forms of Caffeine actually matters in terms of energy or the duration of it, but it’s a fine theory.
At the very least, you have two well-absorbed forms of Caffeine.
Betaine Anhydrous, sometimes called Trimethylglycine, has become extremely popular in recent years as a pre-workout performance enhancer. At this point, several studies have concluded that Betaine is capable of:
- increasing strength
- increasing muscle size
- enhancing aspects of recovery
Most of the studies which have noted benefits in this regard have used 2500mg/day. Unfortunately, I Am God can’t possibly contain anywhere near that dose because Betaine is listed after Caffeine and we HIGHLY DOUBT there’s more than 250mg of either type of Caffeine.
So, it would appear that the Betaine in I Am God is under-dosed…
DMAE is a cholinergic compound that has gained some popularity over the years as a nootropic supplement, so it makes sense that we’d start seeing it used in pre-workout supplements that aim to improve cognitive function.
No studies have determined whether DMAE is indeed an effective performance enhancement supplement, but given that it can potentially increase Acetylcholine levels in the brain, the mechanism exists by which it MAY to the job.
It’s unlikely that DMAE will exert any sort of immediately noticeable effects, but over time users may notice some slight cognitive enhancement. As with any nootropic-type supplement, the benefits will be more noticeable in individuals experiencing some sort of diminished mental capacity.
AMPiberry is kind of an enigma. It’s an herbal ingredient which is allegedly an extract of the Juniperus Communis berry. The implication is certainly that AMPiberry contains AMP Citrate or some kind of similar stimulant, but Insane Labz doesn’t really discuss what exactly AMPiberry is.
We prefer not to speculate any further since, in all honesty, we have no clue what AMPiberry actually is.
Rauwolfia Vomitoria Extract (Rauwolscine)
Rauwolfia Vomitoria is generally standardized for Rauwolscine content but, like all herbal extracts, there are usually other bioactive compounds present.
That’s why we typically recommend going with Rauwolscine HCL, so you know exactly what you’re getting, but assuming Insane Labz has a reliable ingredient supplier, you’ll get the benefits of Rauwolscine.
Rauwolscine is a powerful fat-burning stimulant which is also capable of increasing levels of perceived energy and focus. Most people find that Rauwolscine works especially well in combination with Caffeine.
Unfortunately, we have no idea how much Rauwolscine OR Caffeine (or other stimulants) there are in the blend. So, you may want to be careful with this one…
I Am God Ingredient Takeaway
I Am God definitely contains the right ingredients to support:
- Increased strength and endurance
- Better recovery
- Energy and focus
But, because Insane Labz doesn’t disclose any of the doses of these ingredients, it’s kind of hard to tell how effective the formula really is. In terms of energy and focus, it’s super solid. We can guess that based on the fact that it contains moderate levels of Caffeine as well as AMPiberry and Rauwolscine.
So, if energy and focus is your main concern, the ingredient profile of I Am God definitely checks out. It’s similar, but probably much stronger than the other pre-workouts by Insane Labz, Manson and Thrasher.
Is I Am God Safe?
Well, technically we don’t really know because Insane Labz doesn’t disclose any of the ingredients. That said, it doesn’t contain anything that can’t be found in other Insane Labz supplements, so if you’ve taken those, you’re probably good.
Most of the ingredients (the non-stimulant ones) are entirely safe, even at much higher doses than what can be found in I Am God.
As with any stimulant-based pre-workout, it’s always a good idea to start with a lower dose before deciding whether to increase it. Better safe than over-stimulated and sorry!
Is This Really The Best Pre-Workout Ever?!
Not in our opinion, but if you like stimulants, you may really like it. There isn’t really anything about I Am God that differs drastically from the other pre-workouts Insane Labz has put out, but it does seem like maybe it’s a lot stronger in the energy/focus area.
Insane Labz saying this is “the most sought after pre-workout ever created” may be more marketing than truth, but we can honestly say this is probably the best pre-workout that Insane Labz has to offer…
So that’s something, right?
Where To Buy
Right now, I Am God is only available for pre-order direct from Insane Labz, but you’ll probably see it appear at more retailers as time goes on.
The Bottom Line
I Am God is not the best all-around pre-workout we’ve seen, and we sure wish Insane Labz would get with the times and use a transparent label, but it will definitely pack a powerful punch in terms of energy/focus/motivation.
Like we said earlier, it’s probably the best pre-workout we’ve seen from Insane Labz, so if you like their other pre-workouts, give I Am God a try.
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