Lights On, Lights Off: DynaMAXX Review

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We all want to have better focus, sleep better and work out better in the gym. Clearly, all three of those things rock. And while normally we don’t review this kind of stuff—too much supplement stuff beyond the basics makes us a bit wary—we got this really convincing email from a reader saying that we had to try some of DynaMAXX’s products. That it was pretty much life-changing, or health-changing. And so, as we FBGs always do, we became a guinea pig for you!

Up first, we tried Lights On and Lights Off, two complementary products—one to light your brain up with more clarity and focus and another to help you chillax and get a good night’s sleep. Lights On, which doesn’t have any caffeine in it, has a mix of vitamins C and B, plus ginseng, resveratrol, maca root, goji and acai Berries, among other things. One packet of the stuff does have 28 calories. With no artificial flavors and sweetened with a little stevia, you mix a packet in 12 to 14 ounces of water and down the hatch it goes. The Natural Berry flavor wasn’t too bad (kind of reminds me of a less intense flavor of this), and while I can’t say that after drinking it I felt my “lights turn on” or my clarity or focus really kick into super drive, I felt good after drinking it. I especially noticed that when I drank it around that usual 3 p.m. slump that I didn’t have quite my normal lull in energy.

Then there’s the Lights Off. With 12 calories a serving, you mix a packet into just two ounces of water and drink it about an hour before bedtime. Each packet has a proprietary blend of calm-inducing supplements like chamomile, 5-HTP and melatonin. I one of these before bed one night and found that it did seem to relax me quite nicely. I didn’t get super drowsy, but I did feel chill. And I slept well.

The final one we tried was the DynaMAXX B4. Designed for sports performance, you fill one of these plastic expand-o pouches with 12 ounces of water and then shake and drink before working out. With 15 calories, there’s B and C vitamins, along with amino acids, caffeine and some other multi-syllable stuff. The drink is said to “enhance muscle oxygenation at the cellular level, and its proprietary blend of ingredients promote strength, energy, power and stamina.” My husband and I both tried one of these before a recent Fit Pit workout and while I did have a great workout—it was a long one (a little more than an hour) and I had plenty of energy, strength and endurance—toward the end of it, we both had a slight bit of nausea. I also had extra air in my belly and kept burping. So while it did do some good, for me, it also had some drawbacks.

The products are pretty pricey (about $60 for a 30-count box of Lights On or Lights Off and $70 for a box of B4)—and the business is set up with “associates” to buy from, although you don’t have to know someone to enter the store. So there’s that. And it goes without saying, but of course, we prefer whole nutrition, rest and taking care of yourself above any supplementation. But if you need a little help with focus, relaxation or a slight edge when you work out, this stuff might be worth trying.

So tell us, would you try something like this? Have you? Share your thoughts! —Jenn



Comments

  1. Dr. Cassie Lewallen says

    Thanks so much Jenn for taking time with the products that have made such an impact for me (and pilates rehab clients of mine). I’d love to answer any questions Fit Bottomed readers may have.

    Dr. Cassie Lewallen, DPT and STOTT Pilates Rehab Certified
    dr.cassie.dpt (at) gmail.com

  2. Joan Hayden says

    Yeah, I’m not sure how I feel about stuff like this. I would much rather go the whole foods route and get my vitamins and such naturally.

  3. B Clanchy says

    Hi, I was looking at becoming an associate of this company so was doing a bit of research and came across your review. Your statement that Lights On contains no caffeine is misleading, as the 3rd ingredient (3rd most amount by labelling laws) is guarana seed which contains 3 to 4 times the amount of caffeine as coffee beans.
    Also, though the products are sweetened with stevia, listed under the Supplement Facts, all three also list crystallized fructose as the first ingredient in the ‘Other Ingredients’ list: fructose being a form of sugar. This makes the biggest impact in ‘Lights On’ where 5 grams of the 9 gram single serve package is sugar.
    I am not saying this is necessarily a negative for all your readers, but if you are going to write a review it is good for it to be accurate. Easy to miss these facts, I had to use a magnifying glass to read the information!

  4. Victoria says

    I think that this company is a scam – I have been selling the product and every time I have a good month Dynamaxx finds some reason to take my profit. If any of you decide to sell this be careful!!

  5. brenda says

    A friend of mine is trying to set me up in this “unique opportunity”, she says this product is new in Canada only since October 2013, Im skeptical as don’t really like the pyramid thing, does anyone have any info to help me decide either way?

  6. Sherry says

    I tried the b4 and had a terrible reaction. My tongue, gums, hand, and feet swelled. My muscles got week and I felt like I was suffocating. I was not asked if I have any allergies. I have malignant hypothermia . I would never promote this product.

  7. Emilie says

    I’ve tried this stuff before and I really liked it. I had lots of energy throughout a day that would have normally been very stressful and busy but I found I just sort of breezed right through it. That being said, I would like to actually purchase some of the stuff but I can’t seem to figure out how. The Dynamaxx website is less than helpful. I felt like I was just going in circles there. I read that you have to join as some kind of salesperson in order to get it? I do NOT want to do that. I just want to order the stuff WITHOUT a recurring subscription. Soooo, anyone know how I can just straight out buy it?
    (If you have a good product, it doesn’t make sense to make it so difficult to find out how to order it. Maybe the company needs to change this?)

  8. Terry says

    I have heard of this company for a few years now and have friends actually involved with the company and they are very happy with all aspects of it. I do’t want to be involved in the sales but I finally decided to try all of the products to see for myself. This is my 5th day using them faithfully and I can honestly say that I am very surprised at how well I do like them. As others who have responded I am not much for supplements but I am getting older and my Dr. says I should take them. I start with the Lights On in the morning before taking my kids to school. I can definately feel my energy boost and it does not give me the shakes like products I tried in the past do. It is a bit sweet tasting but I expect to adjust to this. I then take the B4 and head to the gym. I go 3 times a week for 60-90 minutes. I found myself with a bit more endurance and not wanting to quit so easily when I usually get a bit tired after a while. Now the Lights Off..YEAH!!!! I have taken it as directed 30 minutes before bed and I have slept so soundly its incredible. I am normally up 2-4 times a night. I am also trying the Whey Protein shake. I am drinking it after my workout. It is pretty bland so you can add whatever you want to the vanilla flavor it has. I add a banana and peanut butter and love it.

  9. Graywriter says

    A friend gave us three samples of Lights Off and DynaMAXX B4.

    My wife took the Lights Off and said it had no effect whatsoever (I can vouch for that; she was up in the night just as often with as without the product.

    So far, I’m reluctant to try the B4 because I’m suspicious of any product that throws around such grandiose claims and such pseudo-scientific gobbledegook. I googled the product and can find no definitive information about its effects. There are a few vague subjective anecdotal accounts such as the ones in this blog, and a lot of obviously biased testimonials on the corporate website. The best info would be the results of an independent double-blind study using physical metrics as the outcome variable, but I doubt that will ever be carried out.

    I also checked the DynaMAXX site, and it’s strictly MLM. The corporate leadership is a dynamic team of entrepreneurs with expertise in multi-level marketing (now called “network sales” or “direct sales”), financial management, advertising and promotion. Not a health professional in the list.

    Among the company’s three “life coaches”, though, is a Dr. Carrie Carda. An Ob/Gyn, she has “a Masters degree from the University of South Florida in Nutrition”. The other two “life coaches” are Bryan Dodge, a saleman/public speaker/sales trainer; and Rhonda Boyer, a woman who “has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology and is an AFAA certified Personal Trainer with association education in Nutritional Fundamentals”. There is no indication that Carda and/or Boyer had any involvement with the development or formulation of the products nor that they have in any way assessed or tested them.

    As with any supplement, CLAIMS ARE NOT SUPPORTED BY THE FDA “due to inadequate studies”.

  10. Ermin Pettiford says

    I am so happy for these comments especially Graywriter. People forget about the scientific method of research before diving head first into these nutritional supplement scemes, I almost did. I went to one of the meetings where I was the only male in a room of nine women. I hope everyone does their research before signing up.

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