Performance Lab Sport Burn Review
If you’re new to natural fat burners, you’d be forgiven for thinking that more is more – the supplement with the most ingredients on the label is the best.
Maybe it feels like you’re covering the most bases. Or that you’re getting better value for money.
However … increasingly the top brands are favoring quality over quantity. Proven natural fat burning choices in safe doses. And not only that – picking high quality, highly standardized versions of those ingredients.
Performance Lab have used their new Sport Burn to come up with a highly focused product with just four laser-guided ingredients. In typical, highly scientific Performance Lab style, this product is designed to:
- Stimulate fat-splitting enzymes and fat-burning hormones
- Increases energy expenditure for peak calorie-burning during exercise
- Optimize hormones that drive metabolism and muscle growth
- Regulate blood sugar, appetite and fat storage
- Preserve lean muscle mass during fasted and non-fasted training
Performance Lab don’t use hidden proprietary blends. In fact typically they set the pace with a fully disclosed formula, and then lots of imposters try to copy it.
Interestingly, it’s not accurate to call this entirely natural. Components have been replicated and standardised in a lab.
Interesting, eh? Let’s check it out.
How Does It Work?
At a Glance
- Coleus Forskholli to burn fat
- HMB to cut excess weight and retain muscle
- Cayenne pepper to promote thermogenesis
- BioPerine® to enable effective absorption
We will dig into these ingredients (and the particular versions present in this product) later. For now, the overall scores …
Before we talk about the specific ingredients, it’s important to understand a couple of things about Performance Lab, as they are no ordinary supplement company.
Performance Lab have a ‘Healthy for Daily Use’ policy and go for quality over quantity. Safety first. That means no headline-grabbing ‘mega dosing’, and they prefer to pay more for highly standardized patented variants of ingredients where available. When not available, you can be sure they will choose the most bioavailable form, and maximize absorption and efficiency.
Performance Lab Sport Burn doesn’t contain anything we’d turn our nose up at or specifically advise against. Coleus Forskholli is a solid choice and well dosed. Cayenne pepper has proven thermogenic effects and HMB is unrivaled when it comes to mitigating muscle loss during fasted exercise regimes.
At $50 for a box, Performance Lab Sport Burn is far from the most expensive option. But nobody’s pretending it’s cheap either.
However – fat burners are not a lifestyle product, you don’t use them continuously for prolonged periods. You would generally buy a few months worth, lose the weight in combination with a diet and exercise, and then when you are down to fighting weight again you manage it without fat burning supplements.
Performance Lab offer a 5% discount on two boxes and a 10% discount on three. So buy your three month supply up front and bring the per-unit price down to $45. That’s $1.50 per day.
There’s really nothing which concerns as far as trusting Performance Lab Sport Burn. For a start there are no proprietary blends, as well as a no GMO or additives promise.
Plus the supplement is made on FDA registered, GMP approved premises. Customers are given a 30 day money back guarantee as standard.
Anyone suspicious of the BioGenesis process needn’t be. It’s basically just lab controlled herb growth to ensure the highest potency. So while technically synthetic, there’s no interference with chemicals or anything like that. It’s a similar process to the one used to produce probiotic drinks you find in health food shops.
There are no testimonials on the Performance Lab website, the focus is much more on breaking down the science. As great as it is to be let in on why everything works the way it does, the lack of user reviews is unfortunate. It’s always helpful to hear from other people’s detailed experiences.
It’s especially frustrating given you can only get Performance Lab Sport Burn from the official website. That means no customer feedback from anywhere else either. If you do some online legwork yourself, you will find reports from users which is generally positive, but a strong testimonial section is always preferable.
Performance Lab are owned by London based company Opti-Nutra Ltd, who have been in operation about 4 years. In that time though Performance Lab have produced a huge amount of supplements, designed to tie in together and optimize health. Pre and post workout, testosterone BCAA, nootropics you name it.
We couldn’t find any scams or scandals but we did find plenty of satisfied customers. So we can officially confirm these guys are legit.
How Do I Take It?
We’re advised to take two capsules a day and that’s it. Apparently it’s up to you when you take them, in one sitting or two.
Performance Lab Sport Burn Side Effects?
There’s nothing hear that should cause users any problems. However, Coleus Forskholli can be bad for pregnant women, so if you’ve got a baby on board, give this a miss.
[Editor’s Note: Supplements are never recommended for pregnant women – a) the risk is too great and b) nobody is mad enough to risk their unborn child by testing out supplements whilst pregnant, so they are therefore untested on pregnant women.]
Where Can I Get It?
Burn is only available from the official site, so there’s no shopping around for discounts.
A month’s supply will set you back $50 or £40 and free shipping is available on orders over $200/£150.
It is available worldwide however, and there are expedited shipping options if you really positively have to have it as quickly as possible.
Ingredients – In Detail
Coleus Forskholli (as Forslean®)
Coleus Forskholli has been a staple of traditional medicine for centuries and more recently found a place in modern medicine. It’s useful in supplements like this one as it promotes levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). Studies show higher cAMP in our system is linked to greater fat burning.
Don’t be surprised if you see Forskholli pops up in other kinds of supplement either. Fat burning benefits isn’t all this has to offer. Anti-inflammatory properties, higher testosterone and improved bone health have all been traced back to use of the herb
For all these reasons we’d class 250mg of Forskholli as a good choice. And as you’d expect, they don’t use the standard generic version. This product includes Forslean®, a patented lab standardized verions supplying a minimum of 10% active forskolin.
B-Hydroxy B-Methybutyrate is a product of the amino acid leucine. When taken along with exercise has shown fat burning properties.
Importantly it also seems to prevent protein breakdown, helping us to hold onto muscle mass and improve recovery. This ensures we’re only losing the right kind of weight during a diet.
The first study listed below showed that;
Cayenne Pepper (as Capsimax®)
Cayenne pepper’s key ingredient is capsicum, because it’s active compound providing serious heat. That’s right, the very same thing which burns our mouth if we overdo it in a recipe [Editor: Try again] is what will help us burn fat.
Thermogenesis is the process whereby our body heats up, causing extra calories to melt away. Then, as our system expends energy re-regulating itself, additional calories are shed again. It’s a way of losing weight without doing anything or even really noticing. Although, it’s most effective when paired with sensible workouts, so no slacking.
The variant used here is Capsimax®. A patented version standardized to 2% capsaicinoids, with active ingredients in buffered OmniBead™ microspheres. The microspheres delay the absorption so that they do not impact the orally or gastrically, and are processed by the lower intestine.
Black Pepper Extract (as BioPerine®)
Black pepper doesn’t actually have any direct fat burning qualities of its own, so why is it here? To work those stomach muscles by causing a sneezing fit?
Well no, that would just be daft. In fact black pepper is known to help our bodies more fully absorb the other active nutrients in a formula. That’s why it’s always worthwhile. As a result you’ll see it used in supplements across the board.
BioPerine® is a premium trademarked version from the Sabinsa Corporation, it is standardized for min. 95% piperine meaning that
The absentee that sticks out instantly is caffeine.
However, this is becoming more and more common in 2019. There is a significantly reduced market for high caffeine fat burners. You want caffeine? Have a coffee.
You don’t need to be paying for it in $50 fat burners, the product contains ingredients you can’t easily acquire on every high street.
Performance Lab Sport Burn is a very impressive burner. They haven’t felt the need to cram tons of ingredients into the product. They’ve taken four superstar fat burning ingredients and supercharged them.
It is selective. What is there is there in highly bioavailable form. Premium form. And in safe but effective dosages, with no stimulants.
It’s a well thought out product, and it constitutes excellent value for money. Highly recommended.
Studies Quoted in the Review
- Godard MP, Johnson BA, Richmond SR. Body composition and hormonal adaptations associated with forskolin consumption in overweight and obese men. University of Kansas, Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Applied Physiology Laboratory, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA.(2005)
- Panton LB, Nutritional supplementation of the leucine metabolite beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (hmb) during resistance training. East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee 37614, USA (2014)
- Wilson et al. β-Hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate free acid reduces markers of exercise-induced muscle damage and improves recovery in resistance-trained men. Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL Br J Nutr. 2013 Aug 28;110(3):538-44
- Saito M Capsaicin and Related Food Ingredients Reducing Body Fat Through the Activation of TRP and Brown Fat Thermogenesis. Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan. (2015)