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Hardcore-Booster

The term "hardcore" raises high expectations: A hardcore booster must be able to do more than just banish fatigue. It must ensure a brutally performance-oriented mindset and a tunnel-vision-like focus. Ideally, it should cause the organism to switch from normal mode to attack-or-flight mode and mobilize all the energy reserves it has up its sleeve. In other words, a hardcore booster should really " set off the alarm" - both psychologically and physically. Good hardcore boosters meet these expectations. But how can you tell a good "hardcore" booster? And what do you need to know once you've decided to buy a hardcore booster?

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The term "hardcore" raises high expectations: A hardcore booster must be able to do more than just banish fatigue. It must ensure a brutally performance-oriented mindset and a tunnel-vision-like focus. Ideally, it should cause the organism to switch from normal mode to attack-or-flight mode and mobilize all the energy reserves it has up its sleeve. In other words, a hardcore booster should really " set off the alarm" - both psychologically and physically. Good hardcore boosters meet these expectations. But how can you tell a good "hardcore" booster? And what do you need to know once you've decided to buy a hardcore booster?

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Hardcore Boosters: performance enhancing system-"alarm"

What are hardcore boosters?

"Hardcore boosters" are boosters that contain performance- and pump-enhancing ingredients as well as stimulant ingredients - that is, ingredients that stimulate the sympathetic parts of the autonomic nervous system. Such ingredients are also found in party drugs and in certain prescription medications. They have significant effects on physical performance, metabolism, and the psyche. Among other things, they cause

  • A dilation of the upper airways,
  • an acceleration of the heartbeat,
  • a temporary reduction in the sensation of pain,
  • an improvement in the ability to concentrate and
  • "exhilaration" or a euphoric mood.

It should not be concealed that they also have or can have significant side effects; this is discussed later in this text (see "What side effects are possible?).

Just like Pre Workout Boosters and Pump Boosters, Hardcore Boosters are sold as powders - exclusively, so far there are no Hardcore Boosters available on the supplements market in other dosage forms. Of course, there are stimulants in tablet or capsule form ("speed", ecstasy, etc.), but these are not sports supplements, they are illegal stimulants. The booster powder is stirred into water to make a mixed drink. It works quickly and should therefore be drunk close to the time of training. Training then shows what the respective product can do and to what extent it deserves the designation "hardcore booster".

How do hardcore boosters differ from other types of boosters?

The difference between hardcore boosters and other types of boosters, such as pump boosters and pre-workout boosters, essentially lies in the stimulating effect of hardcore boosters.

Although pre-workout boosters also contain stimulating substances (such as caffeine), these are much less potent than the hardcore stims and are also not psychoactive. No normal pre-workout booster will be able to produce the "tunnel vision" effect that a good hardcore booster produces, and the typical unbridled desire for physical exertion. And there is something else that distinguishes hardcore boosters from all other types of boosters: limited availability. Due to restrictive legislation in the EU regarding drugs and supplements that can be purchased over-the-counter, no true hardcore boosters are officially manufactured or distributed within the European Union. Until a few years ago, importing from America, the "motherland of boosters," was still a viable option: unlike EU boosters, US boosters were allowed to contain substances with amphetamine-like effects. However, since the tightening of the legal requirements for stimulant substances in the USA in 2018, the supply of importable US boosters with hardcore effects has also become thin.

Where can you buy hardcore boosters?

As described above, hardcore boosters are hard to come by. Unlike pump boosters, which are now already on the shelves of many well-stocked drugstores, hardcore boosters can only be obtained from online stores - and only from very specialized stores, such as stayfocused.de. However, only these stores have the expertise needed to classify hardcore boosters correctly and sell them to the right target group. What does this mean? It means that supplement stores without booster expertise often don't even know what they have in their program. Since the European directive of 2004, medically active herbal extracts must first be approved before they can be sold, manufacturers of hardcore boosters like to conceal the exact composition of their products. Instead of the correct substance names, only chemical formulas then appear on the labels, or the ingredients are not listed individually at all (but only summarized as a "matrix"). On the other hand, many production companies also give their harmless EU boosters dangerous-sounding names - such as "Hardcore Workout Explosion" or similar - which are not justified by the ingredients at all. Thus, it can happen that either genuine hardcore boosters are sold as EU-compliant pre-workout boosters in online retail, or that boosters without any stimulating effect are marketed as hardcore boosters. Both are bad for customers who are specifically looking for boosters with or without a hardcore effect.

In our store, all boosters are categorized correctly. So if you want to buy or order a hardcore booster in the stay-focused store, you can be sure that you will get a real hardcore booster there!

What ingredients are contained in harcore boosters?

Hardcore boosters contain at least one psychoactive stimulant - that's what makes them hardcore boosters in the first place. In addition, they often contain the same substances that pre-workout boosters and pump boosters contain (such as caffeine, creatine, certain amino acid combinations, sugar substitutes, vitamins, and minerals), albeit in smaller amounts.

Typical ingredients of hardcore boosters

By far the most popular stimulants in boosters are DMAA, DMBA, DHMA, ephedrine and BMPEA.

  • DMAA: DMAA is the abbreviation for 1,3-dimethylamylamine or methylhexanamine. The substance was developed in the 1940s to help relieve nasal congestion; it was never intended for use in sports nutrition. Nevertheless, DMAA appeared in the early 2000s as an ingredient in the booster "Jack3d" from USPlabs. This booster is now considered the first true hardcore booster.

  • DMBA: DMBA stands for 1,3-dimethylbutylamine or AMP citrate. DMBA corresponds almost exactly to DMAA in terms of its chemical structure. After DMAA was banned by the European Medicines Agency as a food additive, DMBA served the supplement industry as a DMAA substitute. For DMHA (1,5-dimethylhexylamine), the same principle applies.

  • Ephedrine: Ephedrine is an active ingredient from the group of sympathomimetics. It is extracted from the ephedra plant and is chemically close to the stress hormone adrenaline. Since ephedrine is a "basic building block" of methamphetamine (crystal meth), the substance is strictly regulated in both the EU and the USA. Products containing real ephedrine are not freely available for sale.

  • BMPEA: BMPEA stands for β-methylphenethylamine, so it belongs to the phenylethylamines. These chemical compounds act as neurotransmitters. The consumption of phenylethylamine causes the release of the hormones norepinephrine and dopamine in the body, which, among other things, improve mood.

Effect of hardcore boosters

All the stimulating substances mentioned above cause more or less the same thing, namely activation of the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is a nerve conduction system that belongs to the autonomic nervous system and controls, among other things, heartbeat, breathing and other organic functions. When the sympathetic nervous system is active, the body is ready for action and battle: functions that are unimportant for immediate survival - such as digestion - are temporarily deactivated, but respiration increases so that more oxygen is available to the muscles. As a result, hunger, thirst and the sensation of pain are suppressed, while physical performance increases. Since the stimulants also have the effect that the dopamine released is not broken down for the time being, a mood high also sets in. Athletes who consume a hardcore booster before training are therefore "in a better mood" in every respect than they would normally be.

Because hardcore boosters usually also contain pump-promoting substances, blood flow in the muscles also improves after consumption. Added caffeine suppresses daytime fatigue and improves alertness, and added beta-alanine delays muscle acidification so that more repetitions than usual can be completed with normal training weights.

What are the possible side effects?

Depending on the consumer's sensitivity, hardcore boosters may cause the following side effects:

  • Shaking limbs, eyelid fluttering.
  • teeth grinding
  • very heavy sweating
  • palpitations/pulse racing
  • Hypernervousness
  • states of confusion

The side effects correspond to the side effect spectrum of amphetamine. In addition to these direct side effects, indirect side effects may also occur - some of which occur after the effects have worn off and are not so much due to the booster consumption itself as to the exertion during the boosted workout:

  • Dry mouth, dehydration (due to heavy sweating and a suppressed feeling of thirst)
  • drop of the blood circulation up to collapse
  • severe exhaustion and lack of strength
  • mood "crash" (negative mood)
  • difficulty falling asleep (after evening booster consumption)

How should a hardcore booster be dosed?

Each Hardcore Booster comes with a dosage spoon ("Scoop"). The package label on the booster cans indicates how many filled scoops should be combined with which amount of liquid according to the recommendation of the respective manufacturer. The content of stimulating ingredients can vary greatly: some boosters deliver 150 mg of stim substances per serving, others up to 600 mg. If you are trying a hardcore booster for the first time, you should always start with half the recommended dosage as a precaution.

By the way, there are a number of online forums and test portals where the properties of boosters are discussed. One of the best-known portals is boosterjunkies.de - here you can find detailed information (including dosage recommendations) on pretty much every known hardcore booster. Boosterjunkies.de also regularly publishes ranking lists that tell you which is currently the best hardcore booster.

Hardcore Boosters FAQs

  • Are overdoses possible?
  • When should I take a hardcore booster?
  • Can you make a hardcore booster yourself?
  • Do hardcore boosters count as doping?
  • Can hardcore boosters cause addiction?

Are overdoses possible?

Yes. And unlike pre-workout boosters and pump boosters, where overdoses do not have serious consequences, overdoses of hardcore boosters are potentially dangerous: there have been cases where athletes who had (undiagnosed) pre-existing conditions have fainted or even suffered a stroke due to excessive hardcore booster doses. So always consider the respective manufacturer's recommendation regarding the dose as a binding guideline - and not just as a suggestion. It probably also goes without saying that a hardcore booster should not be consumed before EVERY workout. 

When should I take a hardcore booster?

Immediately before your workout. With most boosters, the effects kicks in very quickly, often within 15 minutes of consumption. If you have a long way to travel to your gym, it is best to mix the booster first in the parking lot in front of the gym or in the locker room (shakers can be ordered >here). The best hardcore booster is of no use if you are still stuck in a traffic jam on the highway or waiting at the suburban train stop when the effect starts and you are eager to finally get to the gym.

Can you make a hardcore booster yourself?

No. The stimulants contained in hardcore boosters are, as explained in the text, not freely available for sale - accordingly, it is also not possible to legally acquire the "raw materials" for a hardcore booster.

Do hardcore boosters count as doping?

Yes. All amphetamine derivatives listed as booster ingredients in this text are on the WADA list of prohibited substances. In competitions with doping tests, even very small amounts in the sample can be enough to make the test positive. Also be careful in road traffic: during a drug screening ordered by the police, the consumption of a hardcore booster can lead to a positive test result. Then the driver's license is in danger.

Can hardcore boosters cause addiction?

The fear is that they can. Although there is still no reliable evidence that DMAA, DMBA and DMHA can trigger mental or physical dependence, it is clear that amphetamine can be addictive - and the substances mentioned are direct amphetamine derivatives. All too frequent amphetamine use encourages dopamine desensitization. This means that feelings of happiness, which are normally triggered by social interaction, entertainment or sex, can then only be evoked by amphetamine use. The result is emotional blunting, lethargy, and an ever-increasing amphetamine addiction.

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