Quick Take: In the gym I go to, I’ve seen quite a few guys use Animal Test and all those guys who used it are the BIGGEST too. I’m not even kidding. I’ve seen men take can after can of bodybuilding supplements out of their gym bags and not a whole lot are beastly. The guys I’ve seen using Animal Test, though? Insanely huge with insanely tedious routines. The ingredients in this formula don’t really boost testosterone by a lot but what they do to muscle growth and recovery are tremendous. One ingredient in particular, pushes that recovery to nearly superhuman and if you intend to find out what it is and how it works, you’re going to have to keep on reading this review.
- A product of Universal Nutrition, Animal Test is somewhat a staple for hardcore bodybuilding veterans
- This is advertised on their website to be “the ultimate in legal hypertrophic, pro-testosterone supplementation”
- Based on the above statement, Animal Test’s goal for this formula seems to be muscle growth and testosterone boosts – a combo perfect for the active bodybuilder
- Available to buy online and in retail stores including Amazon. I can’t seem to find this particular product in GNC but other Universal Nutrition products are there.
- Has Arachidonic Acid in their formula which, according to their website, is “the most dramatically powerful element of the new Animal Test formula”
- Formula includes two heavily dosed prop blends.
Animal Test Ingredients
|Pro-Androgen Complex||2500 mg|
|Urtica Dioica (3, 4-Divanillyl Tetrahydrofuran)||**|
|Cissus Quadrangularis (Ketosterone)||**|
|Polygonum Cuspidatum (Trans-3, 4, 4’-Trihydrozystilbene (Trans Resveratrol))||**|
|Agaricus Bisporus (Polysaccharides)||**|
|3’, 5, 7-Trihydroxy-4’-Methoxyflavone (Hesperetin)||**|
|Yohimbe Bark Extract||**|
|Hypertrophic Response Complex||1500 mg|
|Arachidonic Acid (40% in a Proprietary Fatty Acid/Oil Blend)||**|
|(Grapefruit) 6, 7-Dihydroxybergamottin||**|
Animal Test’s T-Boosters
Urtica Dioica – Otherwise known as Stinging Nettle. Has testosterone boosting benefits by blocking aromatase, 5a-reductase, and SHBG bio-activity.
Cissus Quadrangularis (Ketosterone) – Ketosterone is the active ingredient found in Cissus. It’s probably here to support the skeletal system from the demands of rapid muscle growth.
Trans Resveratrol – It’s an anti-oxidant that has been recently garnering attention as an estrogen blocker. Research on this has been limited and weak though.
Agaricus Bisporus – Or you could just call it White Button Mushroom. There’s not a lot research surrounding this ingredient too but in those few studies, this edible mushroom has shown anti-aromatase benefits.
Hesperetin – This is a flavonoid that’s found especially in the peel of citrus fruits. It’s been studied by nutritionists in Hong Kong and found that it contains anti-estrogenic compounds.
Yohimbe – The active compound on this ingredient, Yohimbine, has been used to enhance libido but research does show that it’s also an effective fat-burner.
Arachidonic Acid – This formula’s prized ingredient. It’s a pro-inflammatory ingredient that signals the body’s natural healing response which then leads to faster and more intense muscle gains.
6, 7-Dihydroxybergamottin and Bioperine® – Both of these ingredients increase the entire formula’s bioavailability which makes all these other ingredients be absorbed better.
Animal Test Directions
1 pack/day for 21 days straight.
- Training days – Take 1 pack with your meal before working out
- Non-training days – Take 1 pack with any meal
NOTES: This product works best with intense training and a high protein/calorie diet. Make sure to stay hydrated. May be used for 2 cycles (42 days) followed by a 4-week off-cycle. During the off-cycle, take Animal M-Stak as a PCT.
If we’re talking about hormones, then Animal Test’s Pro-Androgen Complex is basically a mix of 1 testosterone booster and a bunch of estrogen blockers. Stinging Nettle looks to be in-charge of this formula’s T-boosting by binding itself with SHBG in place of testosterone. This means an elevated level of “free” T which may or may not be converted in estrogen or DHT. Luckily, this formula has what it takes to stop that conversion from happening. Resveratrol, Agaricus Bisporus, Hesperetin and even Stinging Nettle itself has anti-aromatase properties that stop our precious test from converting into the lady hormone.
Next, we have Hypertrophic Response Complex, the formula’s second prop blend. The most prioritized ingredient in this blend and possibly the whole formula is Arachidonic Acid (ARA). Contrary to old-school bodybuilding where they use anti-inflammatory supplements, ARA is a PRO-inflammatory ingredient that signals the body’s natural healing process of inflammation. This inflammation gives rise to better and faster recovery from an intense workout which means bigger muscles. In response to this rapid muscle growth, the former prop blend also has the ingredients Cissus Quadrangularis and Yohimbe that serve to support the skeleton (this is crucial especially in fast growing muscles) and fat-loss (which means leaner muscles) respectively.
The last ingredients on the list don’t do anything directly to our hormones, or muscle, or anything remotely close to what the above ingredients do. 6, 7-Dihydroxybergamottin and Bioperine® are here to support all those ingredients and make sure they get absorbed and utilized better. A welcome addition to ANY supplement if you Ask me.
So far, I don’t know about the “ultimate” part but the ingredient choices do seem to back Animal Test’s claim of being a “hypertrophic, pro-testosterone supplementation”. In terms of dosage, both prop blends look heavily dosed so I won’t be too picky. However, I still would’ve loved this formula better if I saw what the dosages were on each of these ingredients.
Animal Test has a good reputation too!
On any website I go to that sells Animal Test, I’ve checked the verified customer reviews and they’re generally suggesting about how Animal Test and other Universal Nutrition products are effective for their intended purpose. Some of them mistake their muscle gains for an effective T-boost though. But since you’ve read THIS review, you now know better. *wink
Does it Work?
Yes but bear in mind that testosterone isn’t exactly Animal Test’s first priority so don’t expect too much T-boosts. For what it’s advertised to do though which is being a “Hypertrophic Test Stack”, this supplement looks to be very solid. The ingredients seem to support and prioritize muscle growth, rapid recovery, and lowering levels of estrogen. The minimal T-boosts you get from Stinging Nettle are just a bonus. That being said, this is a supplement for aesthetic bodybuilding more than it is a men’s health product. I recommend this to the experienced (but relatively young) bodybuilders who are serious about building muscle fast and have no problems with low T.
- Dosage – It’s in a prop blend and I hate prop blends but credit needs to be given where credit is due. Their prop blends are heavily dosed.
- 6, 7-Dihydroxybergamottin and Bioperine® – Any time I see these two ingredients, it’s always a good thing. Increasing bio-availability of other ingredients.
- Silverback Muscles – Your arms might look like a gorilla’s after using this stack.
- Anti-Estrogen – or Pro-Androgen. Either way, you get more balanced hormones.
- No major side effects – No synthetic ingredients here means it’s relatively safe.
- Minimal T-Boosts – But that’s not what the product is after anyway, so… If you’re looking for a stack that gets you massive T gains though, here’s our #1 rated testosterone booster.
- Expensive – Their website has this at $110. That’s a really expensive product if you ask me.
- PROP BLENDS – The best products keep their labels transparent and disclose all their dosages to their consumers. Even with heavy doses, a prop blend is still a prop blend.
The Bottom Line
To conclude this review, let me ask you a question. Do you want to know how it feels to be superhuman and unlock that raging wild animal inside of you? Or are you satisfied with looking like a Pomeranian puppy among Arctic Wolves? If you want to be Alpha, then you have to look Alpha and to look Alpha, you need muscles. Huge chunks of it. That’s what Animal Test gets you – a transformation from lanky baboon to silverback status. Keep in mind though that even with huge muscles from this supplement, you’re not boosting a whole lot testosterone.