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There’s a lot of focus on the promised land: sipping on martinis – shaken, not stirred – on the beach, ripping muscles catching the sunlight, surrounded by bountiful fruit and fertile lands.
But the promised land does not come easy. We lost Eden once. It is no longer promised, but must be taken. To get it back requires us to dig in our heels and to draw on something darker – more primal. This boundless vitality requires an offering.
Embrace the Darkness
You could settle for average. You could remain passive in the face of an overwhelming onslaught of convenience and hedonism.
But if you do, you will never gain anything, including the youthful athleticism required to carry the march of Man forward. This requires a level of commitment and drivenness uncommon to the Common Era.
Peace, love, and friendship have their place. They just have to be backed by the Force of Arms. This isn’t the Shire.
Nothing is more routine and demoralizing than a boring, low-energy workout: short bursts of effort followed by going limp and scrolling TikTok for 5 minutes until your next set. It’s slow, it’s weak, and you end up counting the plaster cracks in the ceiling more than working your muscles.
Admit it: the best workouts of your lives felt like a frenzy. Muscles bulging with exertion, heart thundering in your chest, and veins pulsating with effortful ecstasy. This is how man was made to lift.
Introducing DVST8 Dark, fresh from the labs at Inspired Nutraceuticals and ready to power your workouts into a new spiritual dimension.
Our formulators have strived to distill this high-octane, relentless energy into powder form. By the time your sets are done, the productive devastation on your muscle-tissues will be undeniable.
DVST8 launches an artillery barrage of 5 powerful blends directly at your body to invoke the perfect environment for growth to occur. Every aspect of performance is in the crosshairs
The DVST8 Dark Formula
DVST8: THE TRUTH MATRIX
We commence our assault with THE TRUTH MATRIX, a powerful shirt-ripping pump blend that will have you ballooning like a blimp during your movements. Through nitric oxide amplification and quenching your cells’ thirst, you’ll have the bloodflow you need to rock through your sets.
We begin with 6,666 skin-ripping milligrams of L-citrulline, an amino acid that plays an integral role in the urea cycle and in cardiovascular health.[1-3] Once in the body, citrulline is converted into arginine, which then goes onto become nitric oxide.[4,5] There is perhaps no better ingredient on the market for promoting vasodilation, and therefore stimulating blood flow in the muscles.
L-citrulline is backed up in DVST8 by 2,000 milligrams of NO3-T arginine nitrate, a two-pronged pump ingredient we've seen in other Inspired formulas, shown to provide wicked blood flow, vasodilation, and pumps. Nitrate converts to nitric oxide with one pathway, and while arginine is a nitric oxide precursor in another. Research has shown a strong improvement in athletic performance when supplementing arginine in the 1.5 to 2 gram range.
ENDLESS: Endurance & VO2 Supply
DVST8 won’t allow you to settle for short bursts of intensity, followed by lounging around. The ENDLESS blend targets your endurance – letting you last as long as you need to squeeze every last rep in.
This blend starts with the classic 3,200 milligram dose of beta alanine. The source of that famous tingling effect, beta alanine is most importantly an endurance booster. It’s a building block of carnosine, a molecule that buffers lactic acid in muscles. This means less fatigue, and more reps.
Cocoa bean extract is standardized for theobromine, which has been shown to improve energy levels, enhance mood, and stimulate thermogenesis.[9,10] By inhibiting adenosine, theobromine can improve alertness and motivation.
Naringin is a bioflavonoid derived from citrus maxima that has been shown to suppress metalloproteinases-9 (MMP-9) expression, which contributes to oxidative stress. As a result, physical fatigue may be decreased with the supplementation of naringin.
DARK: STIMULATED REALITY IGNITION (SR)
Now here’s where we bump up the volume. The STIMULATED REALITY IGNITION matrix targets your energy levels starting at the fundamental cellular level.
This is where you’ll really feel it. You’ll feel the stimulation coursing through your nerve endings in a crescendo of fire.
Starting off with a powerful 400 milligrams of caffeine coming from 325 milligrams of smack-you-in-the-face caffeine anhydrous and 100 milligrams of Infinergy dicaffeine malate (which yields ~75mg caffeine), DVST8's DARK blend sets itself up to be one of the more formidable energy-boosters on the market, without going over the top.
Next up we have NeuroCap, derived from Baikal SkullCap Root, a neuroprotective ingredient with flavonoids and other bioactive compounds that support cognitive-enhancing properties, anti-inflammatory effects, and stress production. And the name skullcap is cool as hell, so it had to be included.
SYNapsis (citrus aurantium extract) is a powerful source of alkaloids, one of the best energy and fat-burning ingredients we have at our disposal. The alkaloids target the beta-3 adrenoceptors in the body’s stored fat tissue,[13, sparking a cyclic adenosine monophosphate cascade that results in the pounds melting away.
To round out the stimulants, we have DVST8 Dark's own Luciferene (Lotus Leaf Extract). Lotus leaf extract consists of stimulatory constituents that have been shown to enhance mood, focus, and energy via serotonin receptors.[15,16] It provides an excellent euphoric edge to the harder stimulants in the mix like caffeine and SYNapsis.
ENDLESS: HYDRATION REFILL
While all of that energy is great, you’re setting yourself up for a major crash and burn if your cells aren’t receiving the hydration they need to function.
We begin, of course, with the most recognizable electrolyte: salt. While salt gets a bad rep, it is absolutely vital for maintaining proper hydration. With a bold dose of 770 milligrams of sea salt, we’re certainly not at risk of sodium deficiency as we pound the weights.
Understand that the issues with salt begin when it isn’t backed up by adequate potassium intake. We’ve included a solid 287 milligrams of potassium in DVST8 Dark, which will keep you balanced and your cells swimming in water.
Next up is a nice, easy 169 milligram dose of magnesium, which is essential for virtually every aspect of bodily health. In fact, magnesium is a key component in over 600 reactions related to cellular metabolism, energy production, and protein synthesis.
Lastly in the hydration blend, we have 75 milligrams of fructooligosaccharides (FOS). FOS is a carbohydrate that improves the availability of the minerals contained in the blend, leading to a multiplying effect on the efficacy of sodium, potassium, and magnesium.[18-21]
DARK: MIND/MUSCLE SYNC MODULE
As intense as DVST8 is on the physical front, we’re not mindless barbarians. More like cultured crusaders. The MIND/MUSCLE SYNC MODULE is the key to unlocking your brain just as much as your muscles.
L-tyrosine is an amino acid that critically manages the stress induced by intense training and body recomposition. As a precursor to neurotransmitters like dopamine, adrenaline, and noradrenaline,[22-24] L-Tyrosine is a must-have for any stack aimed at improving focus, energy, and motivation.
CoLean is a blend of Alpha-GPC (300mg) and Citicoline (200mg). Choline is an essential nutrient for proper organ function in general, but our interest lies in its role as a substrate for acetylcholine, also referred to as the “learning neurotransmitter”. Helping to signal muscle contractions, acetylcholine is responsible for an enhanced mind-muscle connection during training sessions.
DMAE dl-bitartrate also belongs to the cholinergic family. It’s structurally similar to choline, and can further help improve memory and may enhance concentration. In addition, there is some evidence to suggest that it can improve mood and overall sense of well-being.
Every Component of Performance, Targeted
There is no need to stack 10 different tubs of powders before each workout -- we stacked it for you. From pumps and energy to hydration and mental acuity -- and dark-sided aggression -- we’ve hit it all.
Just two quick scoops and your engines will be firing on all cylinders, ready to make your warrior ancestors proud.
Join the Dark Side and DVST8 the Weights
DVST8 Dark is not a pre-workout for the faint-hearted. It is not meant to be a blend for gentle stimulation. If you want that, go for a cup of tea.
DVST8 Dark is for those times when you really need to enter the zone – even to let it overwhelm you on your way to battle. At the end of your workout, you may look back and not even realize what hit you.
But your body knows. Every single ingredient included in DVST8 Dark was tailored to transform your body and your mind into a machine. All you have to do is what comes naturally: give the machine a task, and unleash it.
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Great energy great pump
I purchased the northern lights flavor, I don’t really care about the taste of pre workout I’m more into the energy and the pump. But if you’re curious it’s pretty sweet. Energy was good it definitely carried me through and hour to an hour and a half depending. Pumps were also very good throughout the workout. I did notice on high intensity leg days where I’m hitting more volume I did get a little nauseous at points where I normally don’t but that could also be my cut. Overall I enjoyed it and I’ll most likely have it again but try another flavor.
I have been using this for a while now as my daily pre workout. Love the energy but specially the focus, keeps me dialed into my workout.
Fravor are ok. I usually take 1 scoop.
This pre is awesome. I use it as my daily driver and love the mood elevation and focus. Flavor is Great too. This is like my 4th or 5th tub.
I've been an Inspired Nutricueticals fan since DVST8 White Cut, and they've not since, in my opinion, matched that level of greatness. However, that is not to say State of the Union is a slacker, because it's definitely not.
The energy is smooth and lasts about two hours. The pumps are decent, not amazing, but decent, and the continuous intensity is steady throughout. I will say it has a noticeable second wind, since I'll lift for 1-1.5 hours and then get a nice extra surge for my 30 minutes of cardio.
I personally found that adding a little Citruline (4g) or Beet Extract (500 - 1000mg) in addition to DMHA (100mg) brought this to the level I was expecting. Overall, not a letdown but not as great as the hype.