ZOO REVIEW: Superhuman Burn vs. All Out Sweat

My most recent fascination in the supplement world is that of preworkouts centering around the purpose of fat burning. A natural attraction considering my present goal of contest preparation coupled with a penchant for fasted training in the morning. In particular, my keenness pertains to a very interesting ingredient, MitoBurn, which is NNB’s branded form of L-Baiba. While L-Baiba is not new to the supplement industry, it is not until more recently that it has gained attention among the “cutting” crowd. Its purported acute, non-stimulatory lipolytic qualities give it a novel factor that pairs well in combination with the stimulants often found in preworkout supplements, as well as other non-stimulant ingredients. Consequently, a multitude of fat burning products (preworkouts or otherwise) have made it to market featuring MitoBurn as a centerpiece in their respective formulations. In this latest ZOO Review I am pitting Alpha Lion’s Superhuman Burn against Iconic Formulation’s All Out Sweat. 

Both of these supplements are thermogenic preworkouts that share very similar profiles with subtle, yet significant, differences. At first glance, many might simply write-off All Out Sweat as a clone product of Superhuman Burn; however, if this is to be the comparison then consider All Out Sweat the Boba Fett of clones. Rather than replicate Burn’s formula exactly, or to a lesser extent, as many copycat supplements do, Sweat instead takes the parent and develops it into its own. To better elaborate on the specifics of this statement, let’s compare and contrast each product’s purpose-driven matrixes. 


PERFORMANCE MATRIX
The performance complex is listed first and consists of ingredients that promote improved physical performance. It is under this section that Sweat really glistens under Burn’s limelight. Sweat utilizes a full dose of Citrulline Malate 2:1 at 6,000mg as compared to Burn’s L-Citrulline at 4,000mg. This results in an equivalent amount of Citrulline in each. However, the choice of Citrulline Malate gives Sweat the added advantage of having Malic Acid at 2,000mg, which is an important component of the tricarboxylic cycle that the body uses to produce energy - less fatigue! While Sweat includes the clinical amount of Beta Alanine of 3,200mg, Burn tops it with an additional 300mg, which likely produces little more than an increased sensation of the infamous tingles. Taurine is identical across both at 1,000mg, but Sweat opted exclusively for the preferred L-Taurine isomer. These three compounds conclude Burn’s “Superhuman Pump & Performance Matrix.” Sweat, on the other hand, continues to go All Out by stacking in a clinical dose of PeakO2 (1,000mg) and ElevATP (150mg). Needless to say, the addition of these fantastic ingredients really push the performance aspect beyond the basics. 



ENERGY & FOCUS MATRIXES
As is to be expected of preworkouts, Burn and Sweat contain a kick of caffeine. Each uses an identical amount of Caffeine Anhydrous and Infinergy (Dicaffeine Malate), 225mg and 100mg, respectively, as the energy driver rather than housing a spectrum of stimulants. While this is a relatively reserved amount by most standards, it is welcomed since the purpose is exciting the fat burning process rather than overly-exciting the nervous system. Both also contain L-Theanine to assist in nullifying the anxiety and stress that often accompanies the heightened adrenergic response of stimulants; Burn with 225mg and Sweat with 200mg. 

The dividing factor between the competing complexes lies in their approach to enhancing mind-muscle connection. Sweat opted for the inclusion of the renowned focusing agent Dynamine (200mg), while Burn instead selected a combination of Choline Bitartrate and L-Tyrosine at 1,000mg of each. Although the doses are appropriate, Alpha Lion could improve upon this by forgoing the lesser Choline Bitartrate in favor of the more effective form of Choline, Alpha GPC. Overall, this matrix comes down to personal preference, but, by-and-large, Dynamine will be the go-to choice as the intended effect is more pronounced. 


BURN & ABSORPTION MATRIXES
At the end of the day, the crux of comparison is the ability to potentiate fat loss and calorie expenditure. Once again, Burn and Sweat share a similar core of ingredients: MitoBurn, CaloriBurn, Theobromine, Synephrine HCL, and Acetyl L-Carnitine. To this end, both include 1000mg of Acetyl L-Carnitine and 500mg of MitoBurn; Burn chose 40mg of CaloriBurn while Sweat a slightly higher amount at 50mg. A striking difference that may sway users towards one or the other is doses versus branded ingredients. Namely, Burn includes 100mg of Cocoabuterol (branded Theobromine) and 100mg of Advantra Z Bitter Orange Extract, which yields 50mg of active Synephrine. Conversely, Sweat selected 200mg of Theobromine and 50mg of Synephrine HCL; it also includes a bonus 40mg of Gamma Butyrobetaine, an intermediate to L-Carnitine, in Sweat that is absent in Burn.


A fair argument can be made for the quality that a branded ingredient holds to a generic. Given Iconic Formulation’s penchant for quality, it is likely that the cost effectiveness of doubling the Theobromine content outweighed the halved branded version of Alpha Lion. 

Tying things together is the proverbial rug that is AstraGin and BioPerine, which are excellent ingredients for increasing absorption and efficacy. In short, Sweat is superior with 50mg of AstraGin and 10mg of BioPerine as opposed to Burn using only half of these amounts. 

Is the reduced quantity in both the Burn & Absorption Matrixes still adequate for their intended purpose? Certainly. However, it is difficult to argue against using more optimized doses. 


FLAVORS
Although not technically “essential,” a powdered supplement is weighed heavily by its flavor. This alone can dictate consumer review and sales. Each brand offers a humble quantity of 2 stock flavor options apiece. This greatly simplifies the comparison having been able to try each:


  1. Blue Hawaiian (IF) can be best described as a spicy pineapple. Don’t let that description fool you, though. This refreshing fuel is a nice departure from the usual. Does pineapple belong on pizza? Maybe, maybe not, but it sure belongs in this preworkout. 
  1. Smurf Juice (AL) is a fun name for blue gummy bear. In all frankness, this option could easily take the number one spot and likely would if not for my being on a bit of a pineapple kick as of late. It is reliably delicious to the point that many people could consume it regularly. Case in point, I picked up a bottle just for this fact alone. 
  1. Hulk Juice (AL) is similarly good to Smurf Juice and is instead a sour gummy bear flavor. There is no buyer’s remorse here, but if pressed to choose between the two I’m Blue (Da Ba Dee).
  1. Rainbow Candy (IF) has become something of a standardized flavor across various powdered supplements. Granted, it is good for the intended flavor; however, simply, Rainbow Candy has never been my forte regardless of product or brand.

Alpha Lion goes a step further with a brilliant approach to marketing. While they always offer Smurf Juice and Hulk Juice as solid options, they manage to entice consumers with limited edition releases every month. This, however, may or may not include Burn as only 2 of their 4 preworkout varieties receive this in each run. Stay at the ready because these limited edition flavors typically sell out in the course of a day, or weekend, at most.


AVAILABILITY
An advantage Alpha Lion holds is an expansive network of major online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores. Currently, Iconic Formulation’s All Out Sweat is only offered through their company website (iconicformulations.com). This can be attributed to the limited production run of the recently released preworkout. Given the current state of production lead times it would be advisable to get your Sweat on as soon as possible because it may not stay in stock for very long. There won’t be any shortages of Superhuman Burn with Alpha Lion’s big-brand backing. 


SERVINGS & VALUE
Superhuman Burn lists single and double scoop serving sizes. The review conducted references the double scoop serving size as it is required for efficacious dosing. This strikes as a rather transparent tactic of optics - the appearance of having a higher quantity of servings. Nonetheless, this still yields 25 servings against Sweat’s 20 servings. The 5 serving disparity is likely a necessity to maintain competitive cost production, pricing, and net weight given its souped-up formula. Regardless, either is sufficient for a 4 week supply assuming a standard 5 days per week of training is followed. 


That said, you’ll find each preworkout has a comparable price point on the respective company website: Superhuman Burn at $59.99 and All Out Sweat at $57.99. Of course, these prices are marked up for MSRP with the actual cost being less after applying discount codes. Annoyingly, Alpha Lion’s loyalty program will have you jumping through more hoops than a poodle at the Eukanuba dogshow to find the best deal. Conversely, Iconic Formulations presents buyers with easily accessible 20% off codes with little inconvenience. Fortunately for the impatient, I have preemptively done the due-diligence of price shopping and coupon clipping. 

Superhuman Burn:
All Out Sweat:

VERDICT
It comes as no surprise the predatory marketing machine that is Alpha Lion has a following as strong as its reviews. Appropriately so given its well-rounded line of Superhuman supplements. While the aforementioned comparative review may come off as being anti-Alpha, I am, in fact, a fan of the brand and their products. Some of my personal favorites include Superhuman Greens and Superhuman Pump. However, brand recognition should never be the deciding factor in consumer decision making. Iconic Formulations may be little-known at the moment but they live up to their namesake with this pyrotechnic preworkout. The direct competitor product went all out to create a fat frying formula that will make even the indomitable Alpha Lion sweat.


Alpha Lion: Superhuman Burn - 7.5/10 
Iconic Formulations: All Out Sweat - 9/10