1 M.R. Vortex is a pre-workout supplement by BPI Sports formulated to enhance focus, power, and energy.

“The Greatest Pre-Workout You’ll Ever Experience,” reads an advertisement on the manufacturer website.

Jay Cutler, a four-time Mr. Olympia winner, reviews 1 M.R. Vortex positively in a video supplement review posted on the official website as well, which seems to have captured the bodybuilding community’s attention.

I looked closer at BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex to see if it is worth trying or if it is merely hyped by influential bodybuilding figures for marketing purposes.

What’s Under the Lid?

1 M.R. Vortex ingredients are featured in a 1,705 mg proprietary blend. Individual ingredient amounts are not provided, which makes it difficult to determine whether each ingredient is formulated effectively.

Here is a look at key ingredients in the blend:

This ingredient is considered a “hyperhydrating agent” because it enhances fluid retention.

Research shows 1 g/kg glycerol with 1.5 L fluid ingested 1-2 hours before the competition is standard; however, suggested doses depends on body size. [1]

Glycerol is listed first in the blend, but it is difficult to gauge whether there is enough glycerol in the proprietary blend to offer hydration benefits.1.M.R. Vortex Pre-Workout

Caffeine Anhydrous
This powder caffeine form amplifies focus and energy for increased physical performance.

One clinical study shows 5 mg/kg caffeine supplementation before working out resulted in a total weight lifted during chest press exercises and “greater peak power” during Wingate tests (anaerobic). [2]

Depending on users’ weight, there may be enough caffeine in BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex to produce similar weight lifting results.

White Leadwort Root
Either clinical studies supporting this ingredient’s exercise-enhancing benefits are limited or they not well publicized. I wasn’t able to find any research indicating this ingredient is effective for increasing energy, focus, or power.

According to OSHIMS – Herbal Online Pharmacy, this ingredient is used to increase digestive activity and boost appetite. [3]

This ingredient contains securinine, a substance said to stimulate the central nervous system. [4] I was unable to find human studies indicating clinically effective amounts.

Yohimbe is a stimulant known for its fat burning benefits.

During a 21-day study, soccer athletes were given a placebo or 20 mg yohimbine twice daily. Results show while there weren’t any notable improvements in exercise performance indicators, yohimbine supplementation “appears to be suitable as a fat loss strategy in elite athletes.” [5]

Yohimbe also is shown to aid sexual performance by increasing blood flow in 15-20 mg doses. [6] Optimal blood flow may translate into more oxygen to the muscles for better performance.

There may be enough yohimbe in BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex to improve blood flow, but I can’t be positive.

Is BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex Expensive?

BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex retails for around $27.00-$30.00 and contains 50 servings per container.

The price to serving ratio is decent. Depending on how frequently users supplement their workouts with 1 M.R. Vortex, a bottle lasts around a month and a half.

1 M.R. Vortex comes in one flavor: fruit punch.

What Does the Supplement Community Think?

There are multiple reviews on BodyBuilding.com, where BPI Sports 1 M.R. is rated a 9.1 out of 10. This is an impressive score; however, some users loved 1 M.R. Vortex more than others. Here is a look at what some users are saying:

“This really is the best pre workout on the market right now,” explains Brookllyn13. “It keeps me going through an hour and a half workout. The taste is amazing too!”

Ironicinori says the taste is good. “It’s like a refreshing sports drink. It also gives you a decent amount of clean energy. The caffeine takes care of that.” However, he doesn’t believe the other ingredients in 1 M.R. Vortex are effective. “Just so buyers are aware, they are basically just buying an energy drink. I’d say get a Red Bull instead.”

“Works great,” says Rexjones44. “I was in the gym for about 2 hours didn’t even notice it!” He doesn’t like the tingly feeling it gave him but says, “… even still, this is great and I got a massive pump with it.”

How Should You Use It?

The company recommends using BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex on training days only. Users should begin with 1 scoop to assess tolerance. If favorably received, users may increase the dose to 2 scoops. Don’t exceed 2 scoops in a 24 hour period.

Users should not take BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex within 4 hours of sleep because the caffeine content may result in insomnia, restlessness, and nausea. [7]

Users shouldn’t take BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex for more than 8 consecutive weeks.

Who Shouldn’t Take BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex?

BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex use is intended for those over 18 years of age.

Pregnant and lactating women should not take BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex. One online herbal pharmacy indicates White Leadwort may induce the miscarriage. [3]

Should You Consider It?

BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex seems an average pre-workout supplement. Many of its benefits and advantages seem related to the 2 stimulant ingredients caffeine and Yohimbe.

Its positive user reviews are hard to ignore, but the insufficient supportive clinical evidence surrounding the other ingredients catches my attention. For this purpose, I don’t strongly recommend BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex.

If you are caffeine sensitive, BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex may not be the best choice.

The price is decent, however. If you decide to try BPI Sports 1 M.R. Vortex, let us know about your experience in the comments below.


[1] Wagner DR. “Hyperhydrating with glycerol: implications for athletic performance.” J Am Diet Assoc. 1999 Feb;99(2):207-12. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9972189

[2] Woolf K, Bidwell WK, Carlson AG. “The effect of caffeine as an ergogenic aid in anaerobic exercise.” Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2008 Aug;18(4):412-29. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18708685

[3] White Leadwort. OSHIMS – Herbal Online Pharmacy. Available from: http://www.oshims.com/herb-directory/w/white-leadwort

[4] Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China

[5] Ostojic SM. “Yohimbine: the effects on body composition and exercise performance in soccer players.” Res Sports Med. 2006 Oct-Dec;14(4):289-99. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17214405

[6] Yohimbe. WebMD.

[7] Caffeine. WebMD.

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