When I Tried…Warrior Rage

Welcome to part two of When I Tried, the series that shares with you my experience of a product. Want to hear about when I nearly crapped myself? Then read part one in the series.

Next on the list is another pre-workout supplement, Warrior Rage. Gather round children and let me tell thee a tale of itches, scratches, and rashes.


The main reason I bought Warrior Rage was it’s aggressive name. Yes, I’m sold to that easily. Iโ€™d read plenty of good reviews on it too.

People are sensitive to certain things. For some itโ€™s gluten, or dairy. For others, itโ€™s comments about their terrible haircut. And for me? Itโ€™s niacin. Niacin is a form of vitamin B3 which can be found in a number of foods such as meat, fish, and eggs. It’s also found (in much higher volumes) in pre-workout supplements. Warrior Rage must be laced with the stuff.


Often I would train after work, so would drink a pre-workout supplement at my desk. I remember having it at my desk around 20 minutes before I was due to finish. After about 15 minutes, I start feeling a bit itchy โ€“ nothing massively unusual, itโ€™s the beta alanine tingles which is pretty normal…though you know youโ€™ve had your fair share of supplements when getting tingly and itchy is normal.


Just to confirm, this isn’t actually me.

Next up was blotchy skin, then I became roasting hot, and my eyes were blood shot and watering. This is not a good look.

Desperate to get the F outta dodge, I starting shutting everything down and getting ready to leave. I knew that wasnโ€™t a great sign so I headed for the toilets to assess the situation. By the time I was in there, felt like my face had swollen up and I couldnโ€™t move my mouth. I splashed my face with cold water and went outside for fresh air. About 20 minutes later at the side effects had subsided. By this time, I was more focused on trying to stay alive / out of hospital than I was about working out.

Believe it or not, I did try Rage again, because I’m idiotic. The sensible thing to do would have been to have just got rid of the stuff, but I wanted to see if it was a one off.ย  It wasnโ€™t.

I may be hypersensitive to niacin, or I could’ve got a dodgy batch. Either way I’d be more inclined to repeatedly poke myself in the eye than to buy it again.


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