Quick Take: As young athletes, we are bound to hit our primes at some point. When Michael Jordan hit his, he won 6 NBA Championships. When it was Kobe’s time, he won 3 with Shaq. When you hit yours, you’re gonna be at 6% body-fat, 200 pounds of veiny muscle, and 150 kilos of bench press. Once we do hit our primes, however, there’s nowhere to go but down. But what if I told you that there’s a way to keep your youth longer? An elixir in capsule form that has the potential of maintaining your anabolic prime? That’s what Inner Armour’s Test Peak seems to be targeting and in this review, I will explain why.
- Made by the reliable brand Inner Armour, Test Peak is looking like a strong competitor in the world of T-boosting.
- Available to buy online (including Amazon but not GNC) and in retail stores.
- Their label has it advertised as an “Advanced Rapid Releasing Testosterone Breakthrough”.
- BIO SEDS 6D™ DELIVERY is the technology they’re using for the rapid release effect.
- Mytosterone® – Seeing branded ingredients is definitely worth noting.
- Testofen®: (Fenuside™) – This is basically a high-grade fenugreek extract standardized to 50% saponins
- Z-3D™ – A cool name for a stack that has tried & tested T-boosters
- Inner Armour Test Peak SDG 40™ – Yet another one of those top shelf branded ingredients. You can never have too many.
Inner Armour Test Peak Ingredients
|Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol)||1250 IU|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl)||5 mg|
|Magnesium (as Oxide)||17 mg|
|Zinc (as Ascorbate)||15 mg|
|Professional Grade Athlete Tested Clinical Dose Formula Containing:||2537 mg|
|BIO SEDS 6D™ DELIVERY – (Self Emulsifying Phospholipid Delivery System with Hydrocaps™ Encapsulating Technology) containing: Sesame Oil, Phosal 53® Phosphatidylcholine solubilized in a carrier system, Capryol™ PGMC as Propylene Glycol Monocaprylate (type 1) NF||1454 mg|
|Mytosterone®: (Patented Matrix) – Proprietary Saw Palmetto extract [(as Serenoa repens) (fruit)], Astaxanthin extract [(as Haematococcus pluvialis) (whole plant)]||400 mg|
|Testofen®: (Fenuside™) – Trigonella Foenum Graecum Extract Standardized to 50% Fenuside™||300 mg|
|Z-3D™ (Strength & Power Matrix) – Magnesium (as Oxide), Zinc (as Ascorbate), Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl), and Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol)||151 mg|
|Activated Boron – (as Boron Citrate) (Standardized for 5 mg of Active Elemental Boron)||50 mg|
|Inner Armour Test Peak SDG 40™ – (High Secoisolariciresinol Diglucoside) Containing: (High SDG Flax Lignan Extract Standardized to 40% Secoisolariciresinol Diglucoside)||2.5 mg|
Inner Armour Test Peak’s T-Boosters
Mytosterone®: (Patented Matrix) – Ingredients in this matrix are as follows:
- Saw Palmetto – stops the breakdown of testosterone into DHT and controls the effects of estrogen
- Astaxanthin – It’s generally used for vision but it does have benefits in enhancing focus which is always a useful trait to have when bodybuilding.
This part of Test Peak looks to be geared in inhibiting testosterone and/or DHT. There’s a study that supports this claim but while inhibiting T from converting to estrogen is good, DHT is another story.
Testofen® – I also found a study that backs this as having benefit to male health but fenugreek frankly isn’t that big of a T-booster.
Z-3D™ (Strength & Power Matrix) – This is the ZMA triad + Vitamin D. This stack alone has the potential of upping the testosterone.
Activated Boron – Supplied at a HEAVY dose of 50 mg and standardized for 5 mg of Active Elemental Boron? You have to get fired up for this. Major T-boosting potential right here.
Inner Armour Test Peak SDG 40™ – Well, it has Flaxseed oil. I have to admit I had my doubts on this but after seeing this study, my mind has quickly changed. The Docosahexaenoic acid found in Flaxseed oil has shown to increase serum testosterone levels.
Vitamin D3 – Supplied at 1250 IU, there doesn’t seem to be much T-boosting going on in here but it is worth noting that D3 is the best form for vitamin D in terms of T-boosting.
Vitamin B6 – As Pyridoxine HCL, this may not be the best form of B6 (P-5-P is better) but is the form used in the trademarked brand of ZMA. Given at 5 mg, it looks to be an effective T-booster.
Magnesium – In itself, it may be classified as a T-booster but 17 mg is an insanely low dose.
Zinc – This is one of testosterone’s raw materials. No Zinc = no testosterone. And at 15 mg, it’s not that high but it is acceptable. Keep in mind though that there’s more Zinc than just a meager 15 due to the Z-3D™ formula.
BIO SEDS 6D™ DELIVERY – The Hydropcap Technology used here doesn’t do anything directly aimed at boosting T but it can still probably do so by enhancing absorption and bio-availability of the rest of the ingredients.
Inner Armour Test Peak Directions
As per their label, TEST-PEAK is best taken the following ways:
- Training Days: 6 liquid Hydrocaps 30 minutes before training.
- Non Training Days: 6 liquid Hydrocaps at night before bed.
Take the hydrocaps with 8-12 oz of liquid.
This is a long list of ingredients to analyze and usually, that’s a bad sign. It doesn’t look that way with Test Peak though. ALL the ingredients on this list seem to be geared at increasing testosterone and anabolic gains. I mean, even their Hydrocap Technology indirectly boosts T.
Let’s start with Mytosterone®. The elevated levels of free T are a product of it’s estrogen inhibiting capabilities. That’s good. BUT it also inhibits T from converting into DHT which may not always be nice considering that DHT is an even manlier hormone than T itself. However, if you just take note of the the things you take in and make sure there’s not a whole lot more of DHT inhibiting things in your body, I think you’ll do just fine. Also, Inner Armour seems to know this as they put Zinc and Boron in the formula which helps up the DHT.
Next, we have premium grade fenugreek as Testofen®. There may not be a lot of T-boosting in Fenugreek but again, let’s not forget the fact that it’s premium quality so it will produce better results. In the very least, if it doesn’t get you massive T gains, you can be sure that there’s anabolic growth accompanying fenugreek. It does kind of worry me that it’s also a DHT inhibitor like Mytosterone. But then again, there’s Zinc and Boron.
Speaking of premium ingredients, there’s more in the form of Z-3D™. The ZMA + Vitamin D3 combo that’s probably never going to go wrong as a T-booster. And as if that’s not enough, THERE’S MORE of the this T-boosting goodness in the ingredients. An individual addition of Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin D3 outside of the Z-3D™ matrix is in the building!
Let’s not forget about the Boron. It’s probably one of the most undervalued minerals in natural T-boosting world but it sure does pack a punch. Not only does it go hand in hand with Magnesium and Vitamin D by increasing their serum levels, it also boosts T and DHT levels while also decreasing Estriadol and SHBG. It does all that you need as a T-booster. Think of Boron as the Lebron James of the T-boosting league.
Day 0 – A blood sample was collected at 08:00 AM with a placebo during breakfast.
Day 1 – subjects took in a capsule with 10 mg of boron.
**Note: on Day 0 and 1, blood was collected every 2 hours for the next 6 hours. The subjects were asked to take in a capsule of 10 mg boron everyday with breakfast.
Day 7 – A blood sample was collected at 08:00 AM. Below are the results of this experiment.
|After 6 hours||After 1 week|
|– significant decrease on SHBG||– Increase in free testosterone|
|– significant decrease on hsCRP||– Increase in DHT|
|– significant decrease on TNF-α||– Increase in cortisol|
|– Increase in Vitamin D|
|– significant decrease in estriadol|
Does it Work?
ABSOLUTELY. I’d put it up there with some of the best bang-for-your-buck T-boosters. Z-3D™ and Activated Boron already has you covered and then you add in the rest of the formula, this could be a very potent T-booster, especially for gainer & mass-building applications.
Although, looking at the ingredients and the studies that back them up, it does look like Test Peak is made for the younger population – the 20-ish young athlete looking to stay in his anabolic prime. That said, I wouldn’t recommend this to older men.
Not that it wouldn’t be safe for older men, but more like it probably won’t be as effective as they are hoping for. More mature gentlemen should consider a test booster designed for their needs, like this product in particular.
- MASSIVE T-BOOSTING CAPABILITIES – I can’t say this with enough emphasis. Test Peak has huge potential.
- Backed by science – considering that there generally isn’t much research about T-boosters, the ingredients here being well researched are big positives.
- Top shelf ingredients – Take a look at the ingredients list again and you’ll see a whole lot of ®s and ™s. That’s a sign of quality right there.
- Safe for athletes – By this, I mean that there aren’t any banned substances in the list. If you’re the athlete looking for a supplement to give you an edge over your competitors without getting disqualified, look no further.
- Stacks well with other supplements – Considering that it’s relatively side effect free, it most probably stacks well with other athletic performance enhancers. Coupling it with Inner Armour BCAA Peak doesn’t seem like a bad idea.
- Generally good reviews – There’s a few bad ones here and there but they’re mostly coming from the older population. Generally, it does seem like it provides good customer satisfaction.
- Reputable – Inner Armour is a nutritional supplement company that is well respected, even though their product prices are a little on the high side
- DHT Inhibition – it probably won’t dangerously drop DHT levels considering that there’s Zinc and Boron but it’s still not a good thing.
- ZMA triad forms – while this triad is generally good, the forms used in the individual vitamins could be better.
- Maple Syrup odor – I’m having trouble finding negatives in Test Peak (can you tell?). Sooo, if anything, fenugreek does produce sweat and urine that smells like maple syrup.
The Bottom Line
To wrap it up, I think Test Peak has earned the right to call itself an “Advanced Rapid Releasing Testosterone Breakthrough”. With the Hydrocaps (fancy capsules!), it probably does back their claim of rapid release. The rest of the ingredients cover the testosterone part and with the uniqueness in how the formula is put together, I’d call that a breakthrough. And like I said, I’d put it up there with the best T-boosting products. If you’re the young gun looking for androgenic-anabolic driven muscle gains, I’d definitely recommend this for you. However, I can’t say the same for our older, testosterone-seeking uncles.