Muscle Pharm Assault has made one of the best preworkout supplements on the market, and despite all the hype surrounding this product, it actually works!
Ideally we'd go into every training session with high energy levels and the willpower to try to rip the bar in half. Realistically, however, that isn't the case, and that's why one company has decided to bless us with their pre-workout supplement, Muscle Pharm's Assault.
Okay, so it's not the end-all-be-all of pre-workout supplements, but's it's pretty damn good!
This statistically proven supplement has been studied by top scientists at the United States Sports Academy (USSA). It's shown to increase energy, endurance, and overall strength while reducing overall fatigue (the goal of any pre-workout supplement). The contents found within Assault are some of the best ingredients an athlete could ask for, and is why BodyBuilding.com names it their 2011 Supplement of the Year.
Jordan Moon, Ph. D, lead the investigation at USSA to determine the short and long term effects of Muscle Pharm Assault on performance increases and overall health. His study showed that Assault was a safe for long-term use, and "appears to enhance a single performance session by helping increase energy and focus and overall strength."
The participants were male athletes from a variety of sport backgrounds including both traditional and combat sports. Short term studies showed a little more than an 18% increase in lower body endurance. Long term studies, which lasted a little over a month and tested the blood of the athletes, showed no effect on resting heart rate or blood pressure.
Next, let's look at what Muscle Pharm decided to include in their pre-workout supplement. Note that MP doesn't use any banned supplements and all ingredients are passed by Informed-Choice.
Stating to be the first to offer this popular stand-alone supplement into a pre-workout supplement, Muscle Pharm's Assault provides Con-Cret ("micro-concentrated" creatine hydrochloride) on top of CreaPure (creatine monohydrate). Con-Cret allegedly causes zero of the side effects found in other forms of creatine, and although I haven't personally tried this specific form of creatine, the overwhelmingly positive reviews are hard to ignore.
If you've read through the amino acid index, you'll know that beta alanine is a superstar supplement for athletes. It's basic function is to decrease fatigue by delaying the lactic acid buildup in our muscles. This is specifically important for high repetition training sessions and high intensity interval training.
DMG (Dimethylglycine) has similar effects as Beta Alanine. It also reduces the production of lactic acid, which increases stamina and strength endurance. Other benefits include the increase of Glycogen reserves in muscle tissue, joint pain relief, and further increases in endurance and strength by facilitating the delivery of oxygen to muscles through the bloodstream.
Most supplements that include BCAAs have them in a 2:1:1 ratio, with Leucine making up most of the complex. Interesting enough, MP decided to make up their BCAAs in a 3:1:2 ratio, increasing the amount of Leucine and Valine. These are essential for building muscle, specifically in the recovery phase.
Other amino acids include Glycine and Arginine. Glycine has shown to increase energy levels by converting glucose, as well as promoting the development of muscle tissue. As discussed in the amino acid index, Arganine promotes blood flow to the muscles and increased absorption of other nutrients (such as the others included in Assault).
These two ingredients may be some of the keys to the success of Assault. According to NuLivLifestyle.com, AstraGin, like Aganine, helps your body absorb nutrients up to 66% more efficiently. Taken with Aganine and Citrulline (both present), these results increase. Cinnulin PF, according to cinnulin.com, increases healthy levels of glucose and glucose transport.
Muscle Pharm's Assault has been my go-to pre-workout supplement for about a year now. Other supplements, such as Jack3d, worked well for awhile, but the effects began to fade. I have had no trouble of that with Assault.
Despite the positive results of long term studies on Assault, I recommend rotating pre-workouts every bottle. Although it's hard to go to what may seem like an inferior product after one cycle, it will prevent your body from burning out on one supplement. Better yet, only use it when needed! In other words, there's no need to take any pre-workout supplement if you're already feeling primed.
When taste is concerned, Assault is full of flavor! I've only tried Blue Arctic Raspberry and Orange Mango (both are excellent in lemon-lime Gaterade), but I'm sure the other flavors are just as nice.
Suggested serving is 1/2 scoop or 1 full scoop for "intense" training sessions. I've never had to take more than 1/2 a scoop, and I've always felt the product working during my training. The only downside is that sometimes I experience a crash, which may either be due to the caffeine. Unfortunately I have no idea how many mg of caffein is actually present, because Assault is a proprietary blend.
As with any pre-workout, I've come to adopt the philosophy of "if you don't need it, don't take it". So remember, if you wake up feeling great and motivated to punch the day right in the mouth, you probably don't need a pre-workout. Reserve your pre-workout supplements for those rainy days and you'll not only be doing yourself a favor by decreasing your training's dependency on a supplement, but you'll also save money by making your product last longer.
Overall Score: 9/10
Value: $0.83/serving (1/2 scoop)
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