If limitless energy and intense focus isn't on your wishlist from a pre workout, then you're missing out.
Hydrazine is the next best pre workout since the discontinued Craze, which was the ultimate euphoria and energy enhancer if you haven't tried it.
The only other pre workout that's on the level of Hydrazine is Excelsior, which is a tad cheaper than this.
Focus, mood and energy won't get any better than this, and it lasts literally all day.
A prop blend contains effective ingredients - but it’s better than it looks.
It is expensive and it's never been on sale, it is well worth it.
Easily obtainable, but apparently only available from Predator Nutrition and Amazon.
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Hydrapharm is a company that’s hard to find any info about.
You can find them on Twitter but there’s a website address that leads to nowhere.
However, if you go to Predator Nutrition, you will see that they are the exclusive distributor of these products and you can see the entire Hydrapharm lineup.
Maybe they’re the in-house brand.
Nonetheless, Hydrazine is advertised as a pre-workout that’s similar to the original Craze by Driven Sports.
It’s a pill-based Pre, and it comes in a 60 cap bottle with a 1 capsule serving size.
The product write-up warns users that Hydrazine is so powerful, it should only be used 2-3 times a week for your toughest workouts.
Is it as good as Craze?
So the first thing we see is a 700mg prop blend...
Which means of course we have no idea how much we’re getting - not even when it comes to caffeine.
That’s too bad because many companies that are still clinging to prop blends will at least list the caffeine content.
The next thing we see is that this is really just a energy/focus product, it’s not a real pre-workout in the sense that it will promote pumps or improve performance.
Now, stack this with a stim-free product that has pump/performance ingredients and you might have something - but it’ll cost you.
Let's breakdown the ingredients...
Bauhinia Purpurea Extract
Also known as purple orchid tree, bauhinia stimulates thyroid production.
The thyroid is known as “the master of the metabolism” because it regulates the metabolism.
This gland produces two hormones known as T4 and T3 which improve your metabolism.
This allows you to break down calories more efficiently (1).
Bauhinia also elevates mood by stimulating serotonin production.
You’ll sometimes see this ingredient in fat burners, where it may be dosed as high as 200-300 mg.
Of course, we don’t know what the dose is in Hydrazine.
This popular ingredient comes from the theobroma cacao tree and is used in the manufacture of chocolate.
It’s a natural source of caffeine and theobromine.
One of the active compounds in cacao is PEA, the very effective mood enhancer.
PEA stimulates the release of “feel-good” hormones, so you can understand why it’s popular.
This ingredient will increase energy, improve focus, and elevate your mood although the effects may be mild.
Let’s be real here, the effects of any ingredient is entirely dosed-related.
Of course, this is the most popular energizer on the planet.
In most higher stim pre-workouts, this can be as high as 350 mg and we’ve seen a few products go up to 450 mg, while some products taper it back to around 250-300 mg as part of a total stim complex.
The point is, caffeine content can vary based on the ingredients.
Regardless, no stim-based Pre is complete without caffeine.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know how much is in Hydrazine?
Cymbidium Goeringii Extract
Also known as Orchilean, cymbidium acts as an adaptogen by helping the body deal with physical and mental stress.
By helping the body cope with the stress of a high intensity workout, cymbidium improves recovery and acts as an anti-catabolic because it will blunt cortisol, which is released in response to stress.
Orchilean also acts as a potent vasodilator which means it should promote the pump, depending on how well it’s dosed.
Some companies advertise this as a stimulant, but there doesn’t seem to be any research to back this claim up.
Kigelia Africana Extract
Also known as the Sausage Tree, this ingredient is a medicinal tree originating in Africa that has stimulant properties but there’s not much available research to back up this claim, and what little there is does not provide much information (3).
Some bodybuilding sources, however, suggest that kigelia contains DMHA, the potent stimulant that replaced DMAA after it was banned.
While we know it may have stimulant properties, it also has antioxidant properties, skin care benefits and has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac.
That’s a broad range of benefits!
The Search Is Over
Hydrazine is a stim-heavy pre that provides excellent energy, focus and mood - as long as it’s dosed effectively.
The thing with a prop blend isn’t that it won’t be effective, it’s more that you don’t know what ingredient(s) are working and which ones are just window-dressing.
But it doesn't matter as long as it's safe right? And it seems to be...
With a stim based pre like this, you can stack it with the pump-based supplement of your choice and end up with a great workout experience - or you can just use it by itself.
Is Hydrazine worth it?
You have to try it.
Use it alone or stack with a stim-free pump product and see how well it works for you.
If it's too expensive for you then look at Excelsior, which is just as good, if not, better!
While Hydrazine is expensive, it is the best pre workout for focus since the original Craze by Driven Sports.
It is worth trying at least once.
1. T. Kumar and K.S. Chandrashekar, 2011. Bauhinia purpurea Linn.: A Review of its Ethnobotany, Phytochemical and Pharmacological Profile. Research Journal of Medicinal Plants, 5: 420-431