Purus Labs THEATRIM Review

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PURUS LABS THEATRIM REVIEW

A few months ago I had commented on a Purus picture from their Facebook page and Purus had responded that it was time for “another DJBeanPole review.” At the time I simply laughed it off and hit the ‘like’ button and thought nothing of it until I came home from work one day and my wife told me I had received a package. Much to my surprise it was from Purus with their logo proudly displayed on even the shipping box itself! I had no idea what was waiting for me. Two products. One was BCAA XR, which will be reviewed later, and the other was this:

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Theatrim? What in the world is that? Displayed above the product name on the label was “Beyond Caffeine” and underneath it read “Advanced Termolipolytic & Focal Analyst.” I had been out of the fat burner game for awhile and this was a welcome surprise. But most fat burners are just chock full of caffeine and mood enhancers that don’t really fall into the realm of an efficient and noticeable fat burner. Would Purus fall into the same rut as previous fat burners I’ve tried in the past?

WHAT’S TEACRINE?

As you can see from the picture nothing is proprietary (with exception to the caffeine blend). Everything is laid out for us which is nice. The dosage is 1-2 caps, max 2 a day, with food at least 4-6 hours apart. The caffeine blend totals 278mg containing a mixture of Dicaffeine Malate, TeaCrine and good ol’ caffeine. TeaCrine is touted as the flagship ingredient that makes THEATRIM stand out from other fatburners. According to the label there were human studies conducted on TeaCrine with positive results. When I started researching the ingredient, I found one study involving Teacrine that used humans for subjects (almost everything else was on mice/rats). While the results were positive (increased energy, reduced fatigue, improved concentration), the sample size of the study was extremely small (N=15) which makes me wonder how these results would be with a much larger testing base… and then not to knock on the actual product itself, but the study was funded (partially) by the maker’s of TeaCrine themselves…

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THE REST OF THE PROFILE

That being said, the caffeine mixture is most like split out to 125mg dicaffeine malate, 100mg Teacrine and 50mg or so of regular caffeine. Thats my best guess. Moving on to the other ingredients is 250mcg of Vitamin B12. While B12 doesn’t really add to your energy, it will help convert food into usable energy while also supporting the production of our next ingredient, SAMe. SAMe comes dosed at 125mg. Essentially a mood booster (can elevate serotonin). 125mg of a “Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex” used here most likely for anti-inflammatory properties as well as improving circulation. 80mg of “White Willow Bark Extract,” another product used for its purported anti-inflammatory uses. I’m guessing that the previous two ingredients were included for the ability to give the user an enhanced sense of well being/mood enhancing properties. And lastly is one I’m sure many of us are familiar with: 500mcg of Rauwolfia Vomitoria. This one is a big stimulant and has become a placeholder for what was Yohimbine.

HOW I RAN IT

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Theatrim comes in a yellow gel-coated capsule that is fairly easy to take down. Initially I took it with food, typically lunch, but as I got further into the bottle I started taking it by itself without food and didn’t suffer any detrimental effects (in fact it seemed to kick in faster… maybe mild stomach discomfort but nothing that lasted too long). At one point I was kind of doing an intermittent fasting/carb-backloading protocol and I would completely skip breakfast so in order to keep my energy levels up I’d pop a Theatrim as soon as I got to work. Now I don’t know about everyone but for me I typically find myself in that zombie absent minded fuzzy brain funk right after I eat my lunch. I’m not sure if its because suddenly my body is all about focusing on digestion and it needs extra blood from my brain or what but I would always get to the point where a nap sounded great right after lunch. Theatrim excels at ramping up your energy levels slowly and then maintaining that energy for a great while. I’d pop a cap with lunch and within about 30-60 minutes later (the window when I’m usually headbobbing in front of my desk trying to keep myself awake) I’d feel more awake and energetic and this feeling would continue to compound itself until I left work. I never had a crash associated with this energy boost and it felt very pleasant. I’m not exactly sure how much my mood was “enhanced.” I never felt super ‘happy-go-lucky’ or anything like that after taking it. The one thing I did notice was that my body temperature would rise like crazy right when the energy started to ramp up. Usually in the abdomen/stomach region, which would quickly spread to around my entire trunk/back and into my head. I didn’t turn into a lobster or anything like that with some previous fatburners I’ve taken that included high doses of niacin but I definitely felt like someone had turned my internal thermostat way up. So much so that, embarrassingly, I’d notice that I was forming pit stains underneath my arms and that small beads of sweat were starting to form on my head. Had to walk out of my office a few times just to get outside into a cold breeze to cool down. Is that a downside to this product? Not in the least… in fact its a testament to how effective of a thermogenic it is! As far as “fat burning” is concerned I was never really tracking any progress. As long as I got up everyday and liked what I saw in the mirror I knew I was on the right track. I wasn’t cutting/bulking during my time with Theatrim so I can’t attest to its ability to make you lose body fat. Instead, Theatrim is great for those of you looking for a mood boosting thermogenic that greatly increases your energy without letting you down when its over. Need a pick me up in the middle of afternoon? Looking for an alternative to your preworkout prior to cardio? Tired of always drinking coffee/energy drinks to wake yourself up? Theatrim is for you! Just make sure you’ve got some powerful deodorant on!

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Two thumbs up from DJ!

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Buy Theatrim!

– DJ

DJBeanPole’s EBF Fat Burning Stack Log Day 26

DAY 26

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WEIGHT
252.2 (+4.2lbs)

TRAINING
LILLIEBRIDGE TRAINING METHOD C1W1 – BB DAY

LEG PRESS
373 x 10
463 x 10
553 x 10
643 x 10 (PR for reps)

SEATED CALF RAISE
90 x 25,25,25,25

DECLINE BENCHPRESS
135 x 5
225 x 8,8,8
135 x 10

BARBELL OVERHEAD PRESS
45 x 5
95 x 10
105 x 8
115 x 6
125 x 5

LAT PULLDOWN
130 x 10,10,10

EZ BAR CURL/REVERSE CURL
60 x 12/40 x 12
70 x 10/50 x 10
80 x 8/60 x 8

HIIT CARDIO

DIET/SUPPS

5 AM gym crew checking in! Preworkout consisted of 1 scoop Genomyx Stimaholic, 1 scoop Genomyx Endurate, 1 scoop EBF MusclePowder, 2 caps agmatine (1g), 2 caps Athletix Licogenix (AI), 1 cap Andro-5A. Mixed it up and took it as soon as I woke up. I find that the hardest thing about getting up at 445AM to train is the initial effort to roll out of bed. Sure the alarm wakes you up but your eyes are still shut and you are just going through the motions of hitting the snooze button and telling yourself just a few more minutes… and those minutes turn into an hour and a half and suddenly you have no time for the gym. So I force myself to roll up out of bed and get my preworkout made up and drank because the energy buzz from it forces me to wake up! Great workout today and also got in some cardio finally for the first time in a few months. Post workout consisted of a scoop of creatine, an energy drink and a protein shake. Got hungry before walking into work so I munched on a Power Crunch bar as well. Carbs at the moment are at 16g. Lunch will be some chicken with broccoli and I’ll finally commence with a carb chowndown for dinner at Olive Garden. Can’t wait!

– DJ

DJBeanPole’s EBF Fat Burning Stack Log Day 19

DAY 19

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(Day 18 Rest Day, Began CBL Prep Phase)

DAY 18 WEIGHT: 256.4lbs (+8.4lbs)

WEIGHT
254.4lbs (+6.4lbs)

TRAINING
FLOOR PRESS
135 x 10
185 x 8
225 x 6
250 x 5,5,5,5

DECLINE BENCHPRESS
135 x 10
185 x 10
205 x 8
225 x 8
245 x 5 (should have been 6 I bumped the rack 🙁 )

INCLINE PRESS
95 x 15
115 x 12
135 x 10
150 x 8
165 x 6 (PR for reps at this weight)

INCLINE DB PRESS
50s x 12
60s x 10
70s x 8

CABLE FLY 3 – WAYS
HIGH: 27 x 10,10,10
MIDDLE: 23 x 10,10,10
LOWER: 20 x 10,10,10

SKULLCRUSHERS
80 x 10,10,8

DB OVERHEAD EXTENSION
50 x 12,10,10

TRICEP ROPE PUSHDOWN
20 x 12
25 x 10,10

ABWORK

DIET/SUPPLMENTATION

At this point my diet has been completely revamped as you can see here by this picture of my “MyFitnessPal” diet for this day. Again the whole basis of the “Prep Phase” for CBL is to eat less than 30g of carbs a day for the first 7-10 days depending on how often you are exercises. I will be doing this Prep Phase for an 8 day stretch because I will have lifted 4-5 times during this phase and perhaps squeeze in 1-2 cardio days with HIIT cycling. The EBF products have been taken prior to the dinner meal and all at the same time. I will start taking MP pre/post workout on the days I train and only take it prior to dinner on my off days.

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DJBeanPole’s EBF Fat Burning Stack Log 2015 RESOLUTIONS

2015 RESOLUTIONS

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So its that time of year again. 2014 is coming to a close and I’m sure people are telling you “see ya next year!” thinking they are the first person to have thought of the joke, amirite? 2014 was a great year for me: I competed in my first powerlifting competition in March, started a new (and better) job in June, had my 2 year wedding anniversary with my wife in July and met my amazingly beautiful baby girl in August! So its going to be hard for the year 2015 to make a greater impact than the one that 2014 has left on me! And I’m thinking next year its going to be all about me… especially thanks to EBF and re-motivating me towards my own personal goals.

GOAL 1: DROPPING THE BODYWEIGHT

Where I stand currently I’m bouncing back and forth between 250-255lbs. I’m no stranger to this weight. The heaviest I’ve ever been was in the 280s (and ironically I was also at my strongest at that weight as well). When I signed up for my first powerlifting competition in March I was only given a few months notice. Took the comp in January and had until the 2nd week of March to make weight. I put myself in the 242lbs category since at the moment I was 255-260s. I managed to somehow cut down all the way to 232lbs using dieting, water and salt intake management and a bunch of cardio. My ultimate goal for 2015 would be to see myself get into the 230lbs (if not 230 exactly) and I know this is possible with the right tweaks to my dieting, cardio (of which there has been none for a few months) and programming.

GOAL 2: SETTING NEW PR’s

DEADLIFT
– All time max: 500lbs
– Current training max: 415lbs (set for sumo pull but my knees were not cooperating)
Goal: 450 (training) – 515lbs (true max)

BENCHPRESS
– All time max: 320lbs
– Current training max: 285lbs
–  Goal: 315lbs

SQUAT
– All time max: 365lbs
– Current training max: 325lbs
– Goal: 405lbs

OVERHEAD PRESS
– All time max: 175lbs
– Current training max: 155lbs
– Goal: 185lbs

GOAL 3: EATING “HEALTHIER”

In order to attain some of the other goals set forth in this post I really need to tweak my diet. I think up to this point I was in love with the concept of Carb BackLoading (CBL) but I didn’t stick with the principles. Starting on the 1st I will be reintroducing my body to the “Prep Phase” of CBL which involves going keto within the first 7-10 days by not eating greater than 30g of carbs a day. Now I’ve done this once before and I know its definitely doable… but after the prep phase I will be sticking to my guns and only eating carbs post workout or as a loader for the following days workout if I’m on my second rest day in a row. I’m expecting a 10lbs weight decrease during this time (which is what happened the first time).

GOAL 4: START THE CARDIO UP AGAIN

I’m a huge fan of HIIT cardio. If you aren’t sure what this is you can read about it here. I will be incorporating this at least 3x/week (I’m planning on lifting 4x/week however I see fit whether that is weekend lifting or getting up early before work. It’ll get done.)

I think I’m off to a good start and with the incorporation of some of the EBF products I have on hand I think I’ll be reaching the bodyweight goal much closer than you’d think! Can’t wait!

– DJ

DJBeanPole’s EBF Fat Burning Stack Log Day 15

DAY 15

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WEIGHT
252.6lbs (+4.6)

TRAINING
None today

DIET
Lunch: Chicken/bacon wheat wrap, lettuce, tomatoes, pepperjack cheese, jalapenos, buffalo ranch
Dinner (Supps taken prior): Black n’ Bleu Burger w/ bacon, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, 8 Mango Habanero boneless wings, wedges with cheese

SUPPLEMENTATION

Nothing new here except I took double everything I normally take. I took 3 caps Recompadrol and 2 scoops of MP prior to both lunch and dinner, and followed that up with 3 capps of AAv2 90 minutes after each meal. Big changes are coming for me starting on the 1st (how cliche) and I’m going out with a bang. Today was supposed to be my last day to “eat bad” but to my surprise we are going to a NYE party later tonight that I’m sure is going to have some other bad things… so after tonight I’m turning a new leaf. I’ll be making a post about that here shortly.

– DJ

DJBeanPole’s EBF Fat Burning Stack Log Day 14

DAY 14

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WEIGHT
253.0lbs (+5.0)

TRAINING

BARBELL OVERHEAD PRESS
45 x 5
75 x 5
95 x 4
115 x 4
125 x 9 x 3
135 x 3
155 x 1
165 x 0

CLOSE GRIP BENCHPRESS
135 x 6
185 x 8,8
205 x 6

DB LATERAL RAISES
20 x 10,10,10

DB FRONT RAISES
15 x 10
17.5 x 10
20 x 10

DB REAR DELT FLYS
30 x 10
35 x 10,10

UPRIGHT ROWS
75 x 10,10,10

DB SHRUGS
100 x 8,8,8,8

TRICEP PUSHDOWN/KICKBACK SUPERSET
67.5 x 10 / 42.5 x 10
72.5 x 10 / 47.5 x 10
77.5 x 10 / 52.5 x 10

PULLEY PUSHDOWN
15 x 10,10,20

DIET
Lunch: 2 turkey burgers, wheat bun, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup
Dinner: 2x BK Big Kings, Large Chocolate Shake

SUPPLEMENTATION
Usual dosing prior/following lunch

Surprising training today! Everything felt very light and I decided I’d feel out where I was with my overhead press max. Granted I’m actually using next week to determine all of my training maxes the weight was going up so smoothly that I figured I’d give it a go. My all time max with OHP is 175 and I’d really like to see 185 go overhead. On my 10th working set I put on 135 just to feel it out and it was a breeze. Moved to 155 which was slow going but eventually got locked out. 165 stalled me halfway through the lift. No big deal. I was impressed with myself to see 155 at all especially after all of that volume in front of it. When I go to test my maxes it’ll be with minimal weights beforehand and only 1RM. Can’t wait! 185 will be mine!

– DJ

DJBeanPole’s EBF Fat Burning Stack Log Day 13

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DAY 13

WEIGHT
251lbs (+3.0)

TRAINING

SQUAT
45 x 5
135 x 5
185 x 4
225 x 4
255 x 3
275 x 10 x 3 (10 sets, 3 reps)

LEGPRESS
463 x 8
553 x 8
643 x 8,8,8
(The machine unloaded is 103lbs… I know its strange)

GLUTE HAM RAISE
BW x 10,10,10,10

EZ BAR BICEP CURL
70 x 8,8,8
40 x 8,8,8 (reverse grip)

DIET

– Breakfast: (3 caps Recomp & 2 scoops MP taken 30 minutes prior): Scrambled eggs with onions and jalapenos, 2 plain bagels with cream cheese and apricot jam, 3 pieces of bacon and a side of mashed potatoes

– Dinner (post training): Qdoba Queso Diablo Chicken (extra chicken) burrito, white rice, black beans, salsa, cheese, sour cream

Breakfast is typical skipped during regular days of the week and I usually just eat lunch and dinner.

SUPPLEMENTATION

I’ll be posting a video soon about each product and should hopefully have some comparison photos from the start of the log to look at!

– DJ

DJBeanPole’s EBF Fat Burning Stack Log WEEK IN REVIEW 1

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday/holiday weekend! I know I certainly did! There were some ups and some downs to it though that certainly put a little damper on my situation and I want to make sure that is accounted for here in the log. Around Christmas Eve/Day I must have snagged the flu or some sort of stomach bug because for about 2 days around that time I could barely keep anything down. I had no appetite and no will to get to the gym (not that it mattered they were closed). Just an all over feeling of sickness that really wasn’t lending itself well to this log. I did try to keep up with the daily supplementation but I’m not sure how much of the products were actually absorbed. With that being said I’ve passed that bug and have hopefully moved on to better times! Here is how my weight has varied accordingly:

WEIGHT
Day 8 – December 23rd: 247.5 (-0.5)
Day 9 – December 24th: 245.2  (-2.8)
Day 10 – December 25th: 246 (-2.0)
Day 11 – December 26th: 247 (-1.0)
Day 12 – December 27th: 249 (+1.0)
Day 13 – December 28th: 251 (+3.0)
Day 14 – December 29th, Today: 254.2 (+6.2)

So my weight has fluctuated quite a bit. Being at work leading up to the holiday was horrendous. There were foods and snacks and candies and cakes galore. Chocolate fudge, peanut butter buckeyes, puppy chow and caramels… you name it they had it. And being one of the only men in the office the women automatically assume that I’ll just eat everything that is leftover. So I caved a little bit and snacked. And then when I went home for the weekend, even with taking the EBF products, I practically gorged myself on Christmas meals. Hearty plates filled with turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole and dinner rolls. Followed by dessert. And my Christmas cookies. Couple this with the fact that I was slamming fluids following my sickness I’m sure that some of these inflated numbers are due to water weight gain (as well as why I was at my lowest on the 24th). I was not a good CBLer over Christmas break :(!

The upshot? Even this morning as my eyes widened in shock at how much I weighed in today… I feel leaner than I did at 248. Strange as that may sound its how I feel. Will have to see how this trend continues. The ultimate goal for me would be to cut down to about 230lbs while maintaining strength. We’ll see…

– DJ

DJBeanPole’s EBF Fat Burning Stack Log DAY 7

DAY 7

TRAINING

BENCHPRESS
45 x 5
135 x 5
185 x 5
225 x 3
255 x 1
285 x 1
300 x 0

INCLINE BENCHPRESS
155 x 8,8,8,8
95 x 10

DECLINE BENCHPRESS
225 x 8,8,8

CABLE FLYS
175 x 15
200 x 12
225 x 10

DIPS
BW+25 x 10,10, 6

PULLEY PUSHDOWN
17.5 x 10,10, 10
7.5 x 25

Everything else was pretty standard as far as today was concerned. Diet didn’t really falter much and at this point in the update I can’t even remember what it was I ate. Through toying around with different dosing schemes I’ve decided to settle on returned back to only taking each product once a day and just time it depending on what meal it works best for. If I’m at work and surrounded by junk I’ll do it then or if I go home and decide that the planned dinner just doesn’t sound appetizing I’ll use it then. Otherwise WEIGHT actually came down underneath starting weight for the first time at 247.6 (-0.4).

Next week’s update will just be a one-page update due to it being the holiday weekend and I’ll be out of town. Gonna be taking some picture updates as well soon!

– DJ