BPI Sports 1.M.R is a heavily concentrated pre-workout formula filled with stimulants that provide bodybuilders with a hit of performance enhancing energy.
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The first version got a lot of buzz as it contained a mix of stimulants including DMAA that gave users a kick of energy like nothing else. At the time, it was a direct competitor to Jack3d. After a period of time where DMAA got more and more popular, it finally got banned, and 1.M.R. was reformulated to a new version without DMAA. As the new version didnt have DMAA, a bunch of other ingridients was added to the mix. The latest version called vortex is a completely new formula which is very different from both the original and the new 1.M.R.
As the first version contained DMAA, it caused a lot of buzz online so naturally there was a lot of hype around the new version as well as vortex when they were released.
But how do they compared to the original formula? Do they live up to the hype and should you consider those if you are looking for a good pre-workout supplement?
In this post I will try to answer these questions, by taking a detailed look the the three versions and compare the nutrients in each one of them.
Lets first take a look at the ingredients in all three versions of 1.M.R. Here goes:
Supplement facts for the Original 1.M.R.: L-Arginine Alpha Ketogluterate, Beta Alanine, L-Taurine, L-Tyrosine, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, Creatine Monohydrate, Caffeine Anhydrous, Guarana (30%), Yaba Mate (25%), 1,3-dimethylamylamine, Scizandra A (9%), Niacin, Grape Seed Extract, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Red Wine Extract.
Supplement facts for the New 1.M.R.: Beta-Alanine (As CarnoSyn®), Creatine (as creatine monohydrate), Taurine, L-Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate, Caffeine (as caffeine anhydrous), Guarana (Paullinia Cupana) (Seed), Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguariensis) (Leaf), L-Tyrosine (As N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine), Sausage Tree (Kigelia Africana) (Root) , Orange (Citrus Sinensis) (Whole), Psoralea (Psoralea corylifolia) (seed), Adhatoda (Adhatoda Vasica) (Leaf), Ginger (Zingiber Officinale), Schisandra (Schisandra Chinensis) (Fruit), Mocan (Visnea Mocanera) (Leaf), Grape (Vitis Vinifera) (Seed).
Supplement facts for the 1.M.R. Vortex: Glycerol (as glycerol monostearate) (* DV), Indigofera pulchra (aerial) (* DV), Caffeine (as caffeine anhydrous) (* DV), White leadwort (root) (* DV), Securinega (Securinega suffruticosa) (leaf and root) (* DV), Yohimbe (Pausinystalia yohimbe) (bark) (* DV)
As you can tell from the supplement fact lists above, the only ingredient that is present in the original 1.M.R, the new 1.M.R. and 1.M.R. Vortex is caffeine. There are however, a bunch of similarities between the original and the new 1.M.R. where 1.M.R. Vortex is something completely different. The most important difference is, of course, that DMAA / 1,3-dimethylamylamine was removed and is missing in the new formula, as well as in Vortex. In order to make of for the missing DMAA, the new 1.M.R. got the following nutrients added to the mix:
Sausage Tree (Kigelia Africana)(Root)There is not a lot of info on this, but the short version is that it is believed to be a mild CNS stimulant, have analgesic (painkiller) effects as well as antioxidant effects. There is however, not a lot of info on this, but if you want to read more, here is a pretty good post on it.
Orange (Citrus Sinensis)(Whole)So yeah, you know what this is. Basically a lot of c-vitamin.
Psoralea (Psoralea corylifolia)(seed)The seeds from an indien plant that has been shown to improve the immune system and hinder tumor growth, cause possible diuretic as well as stimulant effects. Furthermore, there might be some possible antidepressant-like effects. There is not much info on the safety of psoralea.
Adhatoda (Adhatoda Vasica)(Leaf)Leafs of another plant from India that primarily is used in medicine for treating astma, loosen chest congestion and opening the breathing tubes. Not much info on the safety.
Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)No need to go into details with this one.
Mocan (Visnea Mocanera)(Leaf)The leaves and the syrup from the fruits of this plant seem to have stimulant effects, but just like the plants above, there isn’t a whole lot of information to be found on this.
Anyhow, the combination of these are basically a replacement in the new 1.M.R for DMAA in the original version. I dare to say that it won’t give the user anything close to the same effect caused by DMAA, but that doesn’t mean it won’t give you a good kick of energy. The mix might be potent although I would be leery with the supplement due to the lack of information on several of the ingredients used. Not only are you left in the dark with regards to the safety to the ingredients used, but the same goes for the serving size as the list of used ingredients all form part of a prop. blend so you won’t have any idea how much of what you actually get when you take a serving of 1.M.R. – and that’s true for the original 1.M.R., the new 1.M.R. and for 1.M.R. Vortex. They all use prop. blends.
Let’s take a closer look at the stuff listed in 1.M.R Vortex:
GlycerolDon’t think there is a need to go into details with this one.
Indigofera pulchra (aerial)Main functions seem to be pain alleviation and anti-inflammatory effects.
CaffeineNo need for further details here.
White leadworta possible role as a stimulant but a lack of studies on this makes it really difficult to say much.
Securinega (Securinega suffruticosa)Securinega seems to be a CNS stimulant, primarily working by blocking actions of the GABA receptor.
Yohimbe (Pausinystalia yohimbe)This one shouldn’t need too much of an introduction. Its been around for ages and used in lots and lots of pre-workout supplements.
Again, a couple of questionable nutrients, with a lack of detailed studies. I think the most interesting ingredients in vortex is the White leadwort and Securinega, which, combined with caffeine, might give a good kick of energy.
I have made a data table below, listing all ingredients for all three versions of BPI 1.M.R. so you easily can get a visual picture, allowing you to compare the content of the three versions.
|#||Substance||1.MR Original||1.MR New||1.MR Vortex|
|11||Red Wine Extract||x|
|18||L-Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate||x||x|
The original version of 1.M.R. is not to be found on supplementreview nor bodybuilding.com so I cannot post anything about the historical rating of that particular supplement. However, if we look at the new version of 1.M.R. from BPI it got an overall rating on SR of 7.9 baed on a total of 191 reviews, where 1.M.R. Vortex is lower on the list with an overall rating of just 6.4 – this is however, only based on a total of 3 reviews. On BB, the new version got an overall rating of 8.2 based on a total of 1,856 reviews of this pre-workout. On bodybuilding.com 1.M.R. Vortex also got an overall rating of 8.2 just like the new version. This is based on a total of 921 votes.
From a price perspective, Vortex is the best deal. A jar with 150 grams will give you a total of 50 servings, and a jar of 140 grams of the new 1.M.R. will give you a total of 28 servings. The price per serving clearly get higher with the new version compared to vortex. The best deals I have been able to find is on amazon.
1MR Original1MR New1MR Vortex
Personally I think this is pretty easy. The original version of 1.M.R. has been discontinued so you will only be able to grab a jar if your local store stocked up on this – and this is probably a good thing! DMAA is no joke so with that out of the picture you are left with the new 1.M.R. and 1.M.R. Vortex. Based on the information I can find online, a lot of people seem to be dissapointed with the vortex version, but there is a lot of good reviews on the new version. The new version is more expensive, but probably also a bit better. If I were to chose between the two, I would skip Vortex and go for the new version.
If you have tested any of the three, please share your thoughts below.