Isn't it amazing how quickly carbs became the "enemy"? The truth is, if you're hunting gains, you need quality carbs to help you build maximum muscle. After all, carbs are the preferred fuel source of the body. That's the energy your muscles use to power you through your workouts. The thing is, too many carbs and you risk the excess being stored as fat. The question is, how can you eat the carbs you need without fear of fat storage?
The key to what happens in the body when you eat a lot of carbs lies in the body's own hormones. Insulin is one of the body's primary anabolic hormones and some will say it's the most powerful – yes, even more, powerful than testosterone. That may be, but insulin is like a double-edged sword – it can cut both ways. Despite its anabolic power, eat too many carbs throughout the day, especially simple carbs, and the result will be insulin spikes - which means fat gain. That's not the scenario we want!
Ah, but what about anabolic power! Insulin controls how the cells in your body absorb and utilize nutrients, such as carbs and protein. It also has a strong role in the process of protein synthesis. When you eat carbs, they not only help the process of muscle growth, they also pull water into your muscles which helps create that full as f*ck look every bodybuilder wants to see! So, carbs themselves are not the problem it's how insulin is produced and consumed in your body when you eat too many carbs which is the core of the issue.
What if you could use a product that could utilize those excess carbs for muscle growth and glycogen replenishment instead of fat storage? Now you can, thanks to Rich Piana 5% Nutrition!
Leave it to 5% Nutrition to create an innovative formula that mimics the power of insulin without the downside - introducing Freak Show®! You know 5% Nutrition - of course, you can expect epic dosing using only effective ingredients designed to make those extra carbs do what you want them to.
Thiamine (B1) 100 mg – A member of the B Complex family of vitamins, Thiamine is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates as well as BCAAs.(1) One of the functions of Thiamine is to bind with ATP to form thiamine diphosphate, which is a coenzyme involved in carbohydrate metabolism. Additionally, this coenzyme plays a role in the utilization of pentose in the hexose monophosphate shunt, which is an alternative glucose oxidation pathway.
Gymnema Sylvestre 1,000 mg – This powerful insulin-enhancing herb originates in India and helps keep levels of blood sugar stable as well as drive carbs into your muscle cells which also pulls in lots of water for insane muscle fullness and it has the research to back it up.(2)
We’ve given you a huge 1g dose – we wouldn’t have it any other way!
Banaba Powder 500 mg – This is one of the most potent herbs available when it comes to insulin mimickers because it can enhance the delivery of glucose to your muscles, which means more energy to power you through your most brutal training sessions.(3) It will also enhance your body’s sensitivity to insulin.
When it came to the dose, we didn’t mess around – we wanted dosages that will get the job done!
Berberine 350 mg – This powerful herb has earned quite a reputation for being extremely effective at reducing blood glucose and enhancing glucose absorption in your muscle cells.(4) This is a serious glucose regulator meant for carb-heavy meals, so you can eat those pre-workout carbs and get them where they need to be – your muscles!
Cinnamon Extract 300 mg – This popular spice is not only a great addition to countless recipes and foods, it also has been clinically shown to lower levels of blood glucose.(5)
Bitter Melon (4:1) 300 mg – This is an age-old remedy used for respiratory problems. Clinical studies have shown that Bitter Melon can lower levels of blood glucose in the body, as well as increased serum levels of protein.(6)
Na-R[+]-Alpha Lipoic Acid 200 mg – Alpha Lipoic Acid is a fatty acid that occurs in the mitochondria of every cell in your body. It plays a primary part in energy metabolism and is also well-known as a potent antioxidant.(7) This form attaches ALA to a sodium salt which makes it extremely soluble and much more bioavailable than regular ALA. Leave it to 5% to use the best ingredients available – after all, it’s your results we’re talking about!
Chromium 400 mcg – Chromium is an essential trace mineral that plays a key role in insulin metabolism, in fact, it is absolutely required for insulin to function properly.
Fenugreek 100 mg – Wait isn't that usually an ingredient found in test boosters? Yes, however, Fenugreek has also been shown to help lower levels of blood glucose so it's a natural fit for Freak Show®.(8)
It couldn't be more clear: there's no other insulin mimicker to compare with what Freak Show® provides. Effective dosing of ingredients clinically researched to perform. Freak Show® is a powerful formula that can take your gains to new heights!
Controls glucose levels and transports carbs to muscles
Enhanced athletic performance and endurance
Refills your glycogen storage and boost performance
Optimizes the hormone Insulin to prevent fat storage
|per serving||% daily value|
|Thiamin (as thiamin hydrochloride)||100 mg||8333%|
|Calcium (as dicalcium phosphate)||63 mg||6%|
|Chromium (as chromium chloride)||400 mcg||333%|
|Gymnema Sylvestre Extract (leaves)||1,000 mg||*|
|Banaba Powder (Lagerstroemia speciosa)(leaves)||500 mg||*|
|Berberine Hydrochloride (from Phellodendron) (Phellodendron amurense Rupr.)||350 mg||*|
|Cinnamon Extract (Cinnamomum verum)(bark)||300 mg||*|
|Bitter Melon Extract 4:1 (Momordica charantia)(fruit)||300 mg||*|
|Na-R[+]-Alpha Lipoic Acid||200 mg||*|
|Fenugreek Extract (standardized to 50% Saponins)(Trigonella foenum-graecum L.)(seeds)||100 mg||*|
|Black Pepper Extract (Piper nigrum)(fruit)(Bioperine®)||10 mg||*|
|*Daily Value not established|
|Other Ingredients: Capsule (Gelatin, Titanium Dioxide), Silicon Dioxide, Rice Powder, Magnesium Stearate|
WARNING: Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/food.
Take a 1/2 serving (3 capsules) with your two highest carbohydrate meals of the day. Freak Show should not be taken in the absence of carbohydrates.
Optional: For maximum results take a full serving (6 capsules) with your two highest carbohydrate meals of the day. Do not exceed twelve (12) capsules per day.
Freak Show features fully disclosed, effectively dosed, well-researched ingredients that work synergistically to create a powerful insulin mimicking formula. Freak Show stands alone in its synergistic ability to harness the anabolic power of insulin for maximum results.
While Freak Show will work with any resistance-based exercise training style, it’s ideal for intense workouts using medium to high volume and 70-85% 1RM for reps in the 8-12 range that include beyond failure techniques.
Freak Show can be used as an integral part of your supplement arsenal and stacks well with the 5% Nutrition pre-workout of your choice, Full As F*ck, Crea-TEN, Drink Sleep Grow, and AllDayYouMay.
WARNING: Not intended for persons under the age of 18. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Consult a health care professional prior to consumption if you have any pre-existing medical conditions including but not limited to: diabetes, high or low blood pressure, heart, liver or kidney disease, cardiac arrhythmia, stroke or are taking any prescription medication. Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and with lid tightly secured.