To preface this i would like to acknowledge that i was a SNS rep for many years, however we parted ways about a year ago when my schedule became too busy to maintain a level of work that i expected to produce. As a rep i was never 100% a company man, i have in my time on the forums called out pseudoscience/broscience and unprofessional company conduct no matter if it was from a competitor or SNS. These products were bought with my own money from DPS. Ok, no more legal stuff let's get to a thorough review!
It's been a while (years) since i've reviewed a product, much less a "stack." I have just finished my first bottle of Stano-Plex, and i have used Thermagize for 7 days. I take 2 doses of ECY (200mg caffeine, 25mg ephedrine, 1.5-3mg alpha yohimbine) daily, one serving is pre workout. I'm not on any hormonal products. I'm currently deployed to a FOB and i workout 5-6 days a week with a special forces buddy doing 90+ minutes of crossfit. Workouts are structured by a dedicated coach from their home unit consisting of a cardio WOD, strength WOD, and another cardio WOD to finish. As someone who's lifted for a while and felt like i was in good shape... after 6 weeks of training with this team.. i'm getting in to the best shape of my life as their workouts are brutal. But i love it. Not to get a "dear diary" post but i want to be as thorough in my review as i can in case this type of info better describes my thoughts on these 2 products.
SNS Thermagize XT
As someone who misses the days of Norcodrene v1 and Dexaprine v1.. i am blown away by what 1 cap of Thermagize XT can produce. I am highly stim tolerant, and i have used EC for years now with very few breaks. I honestly did not expect much from Therma, but WOW i was not prepared for the stimulant impact of this product. As it has only been about 7 days i can't comment on any type of body composition impact, however i can update this review in a week or two in case anyone is interested. With 1 cap of Thermagize i am noticing alertness and focus for 4-6 hours, as well as a strong feeling of wellness (for lack of a better term). The wellness feeling fluctuates between euphoria and contentment. I don't really know how to explain it well, however i could take a cap or two of this and head to a music festival and have a great time. I'll just put it that way. I feel warmer on Thermagize with definite appetite suppression for a few hours. After about 4 i start to get very hungry however but it's not a big issue. Paired with ephedrine i am very noticeably running hotter, sweat very easily so you have to watch the hydration.
Thermagize with ephedrine pre workout was a mistake. I wanted to see what would happen and my BP spiked, HR spiked, and i was on the verge of throwing up for about 30 minutes. I pushed through a workout while monitoring my vitals through garmin and one of the Pararescue guys was checking on me. Only quitters quit. I would really hesitate to stack this product with other stimulants and do any type of exercise, even for someone who's a veteran stim user.. it was rough. Thermagize added to ECY felt amazing and i can only assume that the product will enhance the normal ECY impact. My only real issue with Thermagize is the caffeine content. At 160mg its an awkward dose for those of us who use EC. Now, i have SNS caffeine tabs while i break up and estimate what another 50mg looks like, and that's not a big deal. I am VERY happy to see all the ingredient amounts listed, and i'd much rather have the info on doses rather than a prop blend. Kudos.
So far, i find Thermagize XT to be a great value at the current price point. 60 caps for a product that i only use 1 cap daily most days. It can stack with EC or ECY well, or be added to something like Lean Edge. I will no doubt be buying this again.
I have thought a lot about how to describe my first month on Stano-Plex. In the last 6 weeks of training i've lost roughly 14 pounds with only a slight change in diet and slight increase in cardio. Right now you could say i'm in a recomp as calories are about maintenance level. I've leaned out a bit, but i've added some muscle and definite fullness to my body that i don't normally see at 200-205lbs. It's hard to make too many assessments as this is the first time i've done a crossfit-esque routine, and at such a high level of difficulty. My body has gone through adaptation from training stimulus for sure, so trying to quantify the impact of Stano-Plex is tough. I will list what i believe to be isolated to the Stano.
Libido: no change
Sleep: no change
Mood: slight increase in aggression or intensity
Strength/endurance: About 2 weeks in I started to notice that my reps after 20 are coming easier. A lot of our circuits are 30-40 reps at a time, some sets go up to 60 reps. I feel i had a stronger adaptation and dramatic gains in endurance to these high rep sets. I expected a quick change when i changed my training, but i believe the Stano-Plex really shines for endurance-based exercise.
Overall i feel that Stano-Plex has helped my recomp and i'm looking much bigger than i normally do at this weight. Muscle fullness is obviously increased to where a few guys have even mentioned at how much of a change my body has "appeared" to have gone through in less than 2 months. You just don't expect body comp/muscular changes like that for someone who's been seriously training for 5+ years.
I hope that this might help anyone on the fence in regards to either product. I don't buy many supplements, and it's not often that a legal OTC supplement impressed me. I don't know if i will buy 2 more bottles of Stano-Plex, the only reason i bought 2 was because it's legal and can be mailed to me overseas. I will say that for someone experienced in other supplements Stano-Plex is impressive for an OTC aid. I would recommend to anyone who is natty. I am incredibly impressed with Thermagize.. SNS knocked this one out of the park and i can see myself almost using this as a staple. Fantastic formulation, dosed properly, priced lower than other aids that pail in comparison. Nice work.