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"Craze" workout supplement pulled from shelves after meth-like chemical found in ingredients

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'Craze,' the popular workout supplement is being taken off the shelves after research shows it contains a chemical similar to meth. 'Craze,' the popular workout supplement is being taken off the shelves after research shows it contains a chemical similar to meth.

A popular workout supplement is being taken off the shelves after research shows it contains a chemical similar to meth.

The supplement 'Craze,' has been flying off the shelf at local GMC stores. The workout supplement advertises to users that they will have the ability to train beyond their limits with endless energy.

13 News visited Anytime Fitness to see if the gym's trainers or those working out in the gym have tried Craze or similar supplements.

For those running, lifting or hitting the gym hard, sometimes a little endurance or extra energy is needed. Pre-workout supplement powders and pills provide such help for many.

"Workout supplements enhance the workout. You take them before the workout and they'll give you a little bit of energy," said Jameson Landers, a trainer at Anytime Fitness.

However, one pre-workout supplement is causing concern. The supplement is called Craze and like many other workout supplements, it promises a high-energy, lazer-focused workout.

"You take it and you know, you start feeling fire on your skin and you're ready to go," said Travis Bradford, a gym-goer. Bradford has not tried Craze but has used other supplements with similar chemical makeups.

With Craze, there's a catch. The supplement contains a chemical similar to methamphetamine and subsequently causes users to fail drug tests.

"People take it because they don't think it's steroid. So they don't think there's nothing wrong with it," Bradford said.

Yet it's not what's on the outside that matters. It's the chemicals in the powders and pills that matter most. It's important to read the labels of supplements before working out. Many of these supplements are not FDA approved, meaning they are not subjected to rigorous testing.

"Some of them have chemicals found in ecstasy," said Landers. "It's labs out there making the pre-workout for hardcore body builders who want to take the risk."

"They have testosterone boosters, they have everything out there so people are just trying it all, trying to really get the ultimate body," said Bradford.

The company producing 'Craze' recently announced it will suspend all production in light of the negative reports. Most nutrition stores have already stopped selling the supplement.