Quick Take: It’s a blue pill. And like the notorious blue pill used to enhance sex drive (Hint: It rhymes with Niagra), this one does that too except The Gear is designed to also enhance testosterone and pump up your muscles. With premium quality ingredients and heavy dosages, this supplement is in gear to produce equally massive results. However, like in racing, just ’cause you’re in gear doesn’t mean you get to cross the finish line first. What do you think? Is this supplement as powerful as it looks? Or is it just another ricer on the street? Let’s get to the review and find out.
- A product of Max’s, The Gear is part of their Lab Series line of supplements that claims to be “an advanced High Potency Testosterone stimulating formula”. SPOILER ALERT! Their ingredients are truly potent.
- The Gear is formulated for all you muscle heads out there “to support rapid recovery and maximum protein synthesis” after an intense workout session.
- It supposedly does the above claim via boosts in “free” testosterone and aromatase inhibition.
- The primary ingredient in this formula is a heavy dose of potent Tribulus Terrestris. Will it work? You’ll find out later.
- Also in the formula is Fadogia Agrestis – an herb used by anabolic steroid users to bring back the size and quality of their testicles.
- I’m honestly not so sure about where to buy this particular stack. I couldn’t find it in both Amazon and GNC which are supposedly where a lot of bodybuilding supplements can be found. Like a pretty girl with class and brains, The Gear is unfortunately pretty hard to get.
Max’s Lab Series The Gear Ingredients
|Testosterone Boosting Blend|
|Tribulus Terrestris (60% Saponins 20% Protodioscin)||750 mg|
|Bulbine Natalensis Powder (Stem)||250 mg|
|Fadogia Agrestis Powder (stem)||250 mg|
|Epimedium (Standized lcariin 10%)||250 mg|
|Mucuna Pruriens Powder (Seed, 98% L-Dopa)||150mg|
|Estrogen Suppression Blend|
|DIM (Diindolylmethane)||150 mg|
|Maca Root PE 4:1||150 mg|
|White Mushroom Extract 20% Polysaccharides (Agaricus Bisporus) Stem/Body||150 mg|
|Trans Resveratrol (Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract)||150 mg|
Max’s Lab Series The Gear’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Tribulus Terrestris – Standardized to contain 60% Saponins and 20% Protodioscin, this is a potent libido enhancer that may increase testosterone in men who’re already deficient (i.e., men above 30 years old). However, it doesn’t really do much for the younger population in their testosterone prime.
Bulbine Natalensis – This plant has shown to have dose dependent testosterone boosting potential but having too much carries dangerous risks. As evidenced by this rat research, Bulbine Natalensis given at 25 and 50 mg/kg body weight significantly increased testosterone, LH, and FSH while also significantly decreasing estriadol – the primary estrogen. However, at higher doses of 100 mg/kg body weight, this herb did the exact opposite in that it reduced testosterone and energy levels.
Fadogia Agrestis – This herb is particularly popular in men taking anabolic steroids. See, when taking these anabolic steroids, your precious family jewels shrink because your body stops its own production of LH and FSH in response to the external source of synthetic testosterone. Fadogia Agrestis reverses and even prevents this by allowing your body to still produce its own LH and FSH which as this study shows, lead to a “significant increase in percentage testes-body weight ratio”.
Epimedium – Also known as Horny Goat Weed, this herb mimics the effects of testosterone without necessarily altering hormonal levels. Especially being standardized to 10% Icariin, this ingredient is a potent and natural libido enhancer.
Mucuna Pruriens – Mucuna Pruriens is one of the most promising herbs in terms of testosterone boosting and libido because of its active ingredient L-Dopa and having this herb standardized to have 98% just makes it so much better. It increases LH production which then leads to higher levels of T. It also helps lowers levels of prolactin – a female hormone notoriously known to be deleterious to test.
DIM – Found in cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and kale, this compound is found in testosterone boosting products to regulate levels of estrogen. This is good. However, it’s also dose dependent in that it can also reduce androgens in higher dosages.
Maca – A manly herb that bolsters our manhood by improving the quality of our sperm and enhances libido. However, these effects don’t seem to be matched by boosted levels of testosterone even at this potent 4:1 extract.
Agaricus Bisporus – Otherwise known as White Button Mushroom, it’s also used in testosterone boosters to lower levels of estrogen via aromatase inhibition. However, research on this is very limited.
Resveratrol – Based on this research, Resveratrol (along with melatonin) shows anti aromatase promise.
Max’s Lab Series The Gear Directions
From Max’s Lab Series’ webpage on The Gear, they suggest taking 3 capsules (1 serving) with breakfast & another serving 1 – 2 hours before working out.
The Gear targets masculine health by increasing levels of testosterone while also lowering levels of estrogen which, as they say, should be able to increase muscle size and strength while also giving you fiery hot sex with boosts in libido. The Gear also uses a lot of potent natural ingredients and heavy dosages. This is a good sign but let’s see how the formula is structured and find out if it’s as good as it looks.
Starting with Tribulus Terrestris, it’s advertised as a powerful testosterone booster that also enhances physical prowess and sex drive. Cool. However, that’s just false marketing. The only thing Tribulus Terrestris can really do is get you horny, especially at this standardized extract. The same can be said for Maca and Horny Goat Weed. So far, that makes 3 herbs for libido, none specifically for bodybuilding, and zero testosterone boosts . Let’s keep count.
Next we have Bulbine Natalensis – an herb that does show test boosting and anti estrogen promise. At higher dosages though, it can also lower levels of testosterone. Now, the dosage here IS heavy but fortunately, it doesn’t look heavy enough to be a detriment. DIM on the other hand, has those similar risks and benefits but unlike Bulbine Natalensis, 300 mg per day seems like a counterproductive dose so they basically cancel each other out. As such, our standing stays the same with 3 libido enhancers and none for test and muscle.
With Fadogia Agrestis, well, it’s a bit more complicated. As this study states, it does improve balls (testicles) to body weight ratio but this study was done on rats. Despite its popularity in bodybuilders as a PCT, without human trials I can’t really deem this product as reliable. Also, while it does aid in LH and FSH production, I can’t say for sure if it also impacts testosterone. For now, that’s 3 for libido and a maybe for muscle and T.
Moving on, we have Mucuna Pruriens. To put it simply, it just works. As this study states, Mucuna Pruriens significantly increased testosterone and LH. Lastly, we have Agaricus Bisporus and Resveratrol. Both of these have limited research that surrounds them but with the ones present, they do show anti estrogen promise.
Does it Work?
Let me ask you this first. Did you keep count? If you did, you should be able to answer this question yourself. But just in case you didn’t, here’s a quick recap:
- Libido (4) – Tribulus Terrestris, Maca, Horny Goat Weed, Mucuna Pruriens
- Muscle (1) – It’s actually more of a maybe than an actual count but given that Fadogia Agrestis has a good reputation in bodybuilding as a PCT, I’ll just mark this as a score because I’m feeling generous. Keep in mind though that it’s used more to curb the side effects of anabolic steroids and to maintain muscle mass compared to actually growing muscle.
- Testosterone (3) – Mucuna Pruriens for actual boosts on test; Agaricus Bisporus and Resveratrol for aromatase inhibition leading to more “free” T.
To answer the question, yeah. It works. But probably not the way The Gear presumably designed it to. The way I see it, if Max’s Lab Series didn’t provide potent ingredients, the testosterone boosts would be minimal. However, since they did, I’d say the T boosts are barely average at best. The muscle growth potential is questionable, too. With libido, though? Man, you better tell your girl to get plenty of rest because she’s in for quite a ride tonight.
- Sex – This is bad. Said no man ever.
- Mucuna Pruriens – One of the most promising testosterone boosting herbs out there, supplied by Max’s Lab Series’ The Gear in what may be its most potent and efficient form.
- Dosage – With the exception of DIM, everything here is rightfully dosed.
- Quality – Scroll back up to the ingredients section and you’ll see a lot of potent, top quality natural ingredients.
- No Prop Blends – Thank you, The Gear! This is a blessing!
- DIM – Tone down the dosage to lower than 100 mg, will ya? Come on, The Gear. Sometimes less is truly more.
- Bulbine Natalensis – Along with DIM, having too much means lower testosterone. Given that DIM already has too much, you wouldn’t want to take any more of the recommended dose if you don’t want too much of this, too.
- Weak Execution – It’s like having a basketball team of superstar players and a dumbass coach.
- Reputation – Not that it’s talked about or rated badly by its users but it doesn’t really have a lot of feedback. I did find a few youtube reviews showing that they had positive results with Max’s The Gear but I don’t see a handful being enough to write it off as a stack with good reputation.
The Bottom Line
Want to get lean and muscular via powerful boosts in testosterone? Oh, you do? Well, this isn’t the supplement for you. It’ll probably work to some lesser degree but do know that there are other more powerful T boosting supplements in the market for sure.
You want intense sexy time with the missus?.. or the mistress if that fits you better. I judge test boosters, not relationships. Whatever. In that case, you might want to consider The Gear as an option. That is, if you have the patience and motivation to actually contact the Max’s Lab Series team.