By Nader Qudimat / Oct 10, 2017

Will the remake be as good as the original?

Ultimate Orange is back in the same crazy long formula it was left off with, though without ephedrine (ephedra, DMAA, and caffeine instead).

It is the only pre workouts that not only contains DMAA but also hydrolyzed whey protein, carbs and a whole spectrum of vitamins / minerals.

Ultimate Orange delivers and is worth getting if you want a balanced pre workout with a hardcore stimulant like DMAA. 

Effectiveness

Delivers strong focus and decent energy with a well-rounded and disclosed formula..

Ingredients

Contains hydrolyzed whey, carbs and DMAA to deliver everything you need for a hardcore lifting session.

Price

It is expensive but the 28g scoops are packed with essentials and goods that makes it worth getting.

Availability

It’s available everywhere.

We like

  • Full formula with vitamins / minerals, carbs and protein
  • Enhances focus and energy through stimulants and essential nutrients
  • Additional amino acids included
  • Easily digestible (protein is pre-digested and hydrolyzed)
  • Multiple sources of carbs to spike blood sugar (just enough to increase performance)
  • Caffeine is adjustable (Only 100mg included but that means you can stack either more caffeine or another non-DMAA based fat burner)
  • Perfect for bulking (maybe for cutting if it fits your macros)

We Don't Like

  • Underdosed choline bitratrate (cheap to get anyway and not the best source of choline)
  • Pricey (you get what you pay for, in this case)

You’d agree that pre workouts are not the same as they once were.
Back in the late 90’s, there was a wide range of ingredients that are now banned.

Mostly for abuse and misuse cases that caused the FDA to call them unsafe.

Stimulants like ephedrine were in plenty of supplements, ranging from fat burners to pre workouts.

Nowadays, pre workouts are either heavily stimmed with 350mg+ caffeine or contain a range of stimulants including DMAA.

After 20 long years, the long due return has finally arrived. Same bottle, nearly the same formula.

Ultimate Orange was the ultimate pre to take in the late 90’s as it contained a moderate dose of caffeine and a nice dose of ephedrine.

It was way ahead of its time as it’s formula was made to put you in the zone and increase performance like no other, though the taste was terrible, it just worked well!

Luckily for you, whether you lifted in the 90’s or not, you’ll like the reformulated and legendary pre workout Ultimate Orange. 

Ultimate Orange Ingredients

Sadly, there’s no ephedrine but there’s DMAA to make up for it and the same 100mg dose of caffeine.

 The newly formulated Ultimate Orange also contains ephedrine-free, Ephedra, which is always nice to see.

 It contains all the same ingredients, just without the ephedrine.

The nice blend of 65mg DMAA and 100mg caffeine will still get you in the zone though. 

One scoop of Ultimate Orange brings you 28 grams of essential vitamins, amino acids, minerals and even protein / carbs. 

So whether you’re training on an empty stomach or need everything you can get to break the iron, then keep on reading and check out what else this beast contains…

Caffeine (100mg)

It is strange seeing such a small dose of caffeine but this is how they did it back in the day.

Caffeine is only one ingredient and it shouldn’t be depended on for an entire pre workout as it is already a widely used stimulant that most of us have built a tolerance for.

 Just like the original Ultimate Orange, this formula is more than a few stimulants.

This is a complete formula to ensure you’re getting all your vitamins, protein and carbs.

 If you really wanted to, you could combine this with another stimulant based pre workout or fat burner that doesn’t use DMAA and contains less than 250mg caffeine.

 Ultimate Orange is more than just a pre workout because it provides everything that one needs to a heavy workout session.

 100mg is a bit on the light side and you’re probably used to taking much more, but fortunately, caffeine on its own is cheap and should be easy just to add in if you really wanted to. 

DMAA (65mg)

If you’ve seen Hi-Tech Pharmaceutical’s products before, then you’ve seen this ingredient around.

Almost everything they’ve got their hands on contains some sort of an exotic stimulant, most speficially 1,3 DMAA.

 Luckily, they didn’t go overboard and put 75mg as that dosage generally elevates blood pressure.

 This puts Ultimate Orange at a maximum of 1 serving per 24 hours because you do not want to go over 65mg.

Combined with caffeine, you’ll experience a nice flow of energy, zen-like focus and some thermogenesis benefits. 

DMAA is the closest thing to ephedrine these days. This is what’s going to make Ultimate Orange feel like a hard hitting pre workout. 

Ephedra Extract (25mg)

Ephedrine is great but it’s banned so ephedra extract is used instead.

 While it isn’t going to do anything spectacular, there’s still some benefits to having ephedra as it’s like having a super strong extract of green tea.

 25mg is a bit low and isn’t anything out of this world but you’re already getting a hefty dose of DMAA and 100mg caffeine.

 Anything higher wouldn’t make too much of a difference, in this pre workout anyway.

As we’ve mentioned, DMAA is the closest thing to ephedrine here.

 If you’re looking for a bigger dose ephedra, you can look at our big post

Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate (13g protein)

You’ve seen protein in a pre workout before but you sure don’t see it much.

 Remember N.O. Shotgun? 

It’s been reformulated a number of times but those were one of the pre workouts that had and still has hydrolyzed whey protein.

 Well Ultimate Orange was one of the many pre’s that had whey protein back in the 90’s.

 Good thing Hi-Tech kept it in there!

Protein gets you bloated, you say?

This type of protein is a super-quick, pre-digested form to guarantee near-instant digestion, ensuring your body gets into an anabolic environment by promoting muscle growth and repair.

 If you’re anything like us, you like to take a pre workout on an empty stomach but do not want to go completely depleted.

Fast digesting protein, along with carbs (coming up next) and vitamins is just more than any protein shake or concentrated pre workout can offer.

Ultimate Orange is truly a multi-purpose pre powder that has everything.

QuadraCarb (16g carbohydrates)

You need glyocogen, your muscles depend on it.

 If your glycogen stores are depleted before your workout, you just want be working at 100% efficiency.

 Before we had any fancy carb source (waxy maize starch, cyclic dextrin, etc.), pre workouts commonly use simple carbs like:

  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Sucrose
  • Maltodextrin

And these carbs worked great to spike up blood sugar, just enough to get your muscles the fuel they need for a hard training session so there shouldn’t be anything left over to get stored as fat.

 16g of carbs is just the perfect amount needed.

 And if that’s not enough, there’s still the amino acids from the hydrolyzed protein and the additional amino acids up ahead. 

Essential Amino Acids

We’ve covered protein, carbs and the stimulants but we still have more!

Ultimate Orange packs a little but useful amount of essential amino acids (2.6g):

  • L-Leucine (640mg)
  • L-Isoleucine (365mg)
  • L-Valine (261mg)
  • L-Lysine (478mg)
  • L-Threonine (428mg)
  • L-Methionine (129mg)
  • L-Phenylalanine (211mg)
  • L-Tryptophan (98mg)

While it’s a small amount to include, there’s still the additional amino acids that’s included with the protein.

Off The Chain is the only DMAA-based BCAA formula out there if you want something with more BCAA’s, this is it. Read the review here

Choline Bitartrate (75mg)

Most of your focus and energy will be coming from the combination of 65mg DMAA and 100mg caffeine.

 There’s a bit of choline in Ultimate Orange but this amount is ridiculously underdosed that you won’t feel anything from it.

 It seems like Hi-Tech chose this amount because that’s what the original formula had and they are sticking to it.

 But I’m sure you’d appreciate it as much as we did if Hi-Tech properly dosed choline here.

 You’ll still feel focused and in the zone, thanks to the big dose of DMAA.

This is a cheap supplement to stock up on anyway and you’d want something more effective like Alpha GPC or CDP Choline. 

Inositol (75mg)

Inositol is a form of pseudovitamin that was also in the OG formula and is traditionally used to decrease anxiety, panic attacks, and a wide range of other things.

 Ultimately, Insoitol can give you an uplift as it can improve mood and it’s also involved in cellular signaling.

Vitamins and Minerals


You don’t need Opti-Men or any multivitamin if you have Ultimate Orange because it has it all.

The original formula had vitamins and minerals so Hi-Tech included in the new version here and if you’re training hard enough then your body is going to need all the support it can get.

 It’s safe to assume you’re active and training hard, thereby your body requires more nutrients than the average person.

 And your diet may not be providing enough.

Ultimate Orange has it all for you to ensure you can train at your best.
This alone makes Ultimate Orange stand out.

 Most pre workouts are way too simple and only contain a load of stimulants and nitric oxide boosters. 

In fact, Ultimate Orange is one of the few all in one, balanced pre workouts that has got DMAA along with protein, carbs and vitamins. 

Flavors

If you’ve tried the original formula, then you’ll know it worked but it tasted terrible.

Thanks to time and science and everything else, supplements mostly taste better than they did 20 years ago. 

The new version is still flavored orange and there’s currently no other flavors available.

Knowing Hi-Tech and Ultimate Orange’s success, there will probably more flavors available as popularity grows for this pre.

The Ultimate Orange is the DMAA-based pre workout to take!

Ultimate Orange Is Back

Now that we’ve gone over the formula, there’s really only one thing to do now…

Try it!

The return of Ultimate Orange is a dream come true for old schoolers or people who want a complete pre workout with DMAA.

And although it’s only been a few month since its return, it’s already one of the best pre’s to get.

Add in 100mg to 200mg more caffeine if you’ve really built a stimulant tolerance but try it as it is because most pre workouts do not contain the essentials (carbs, vitamins, protein, etc.).

APS Mesomorph may still be ahead of Ultimate Orange in terms of energy, pumps and focus but Ultimate Orange is for those who want a complete, all in one drink to have before a hard training session.

Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals are always surprising with their users with new and hardcore stuff and even bringing the discontinued supps back to the shelves.

 Let’s not forget they’ve also brought back Jack3d’s formula in Jack’d Up!

Overall rating:

Ultimate Orange packs a A-Z formula that is not only filled with vitamins and minerals, but protein, carbs and DMAA.

 There might not be ephedrine in here but DMAA paired with ephedra and caffeine is more than enough to enhance focus and energy. 

Forged by the iron and cold steel, Nader takes his knowledge and hulk smashes it into this puny site.

Being an ex-hardgainer, he has no choice but to keep training until he has surpassed in every way imaginable.

You can follow Nader on Twitter (@DieselFitt).

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