PepTEST™ Bulk by MAN Sports is Just About Here

Releasing another round of products to their arsenal, MAN Sports® confirmed that the New PepTEST™ Bulk has been released to distribution and will be available this week! The hype has been built and with very good reasons.

PepTEST™ Bulk contains 450mg of caffeine with additional pump (Agmatine Sulfate), testosterone (D Aspartic Acid), and endurance ingredients. It also comes in the amazing new flavor Sour Batch Kids™ that has been the lead flavor in their new candy flavor series. Maybe the additional flavors will follow suit with the ISO-AMINO™ flavors, Skiddles.

MAN Sports PepTEST Bulk

Back-to-Back, MAN Sports building yet another potent product

Yet another unique product in production from MAN Sports, PEPTEST™ BULK 35 servings. It appears the SOUR BATCH flavor by MAN Sports has really taken off since the release of the ISO-AMINO’s. It has been said this flavoring is the BEST to date from consumers. Back to PEPTEST™ BULK…

A few days ago MAN Sports has put out a teaser ad showing a few main bulletins to this product and what it is geared towards. It is labeled to be a “compounded testosterone pre-workout”. From the label, it states that will have explosive energy, skin bursting pumps (bandaids not included, an increase in strength and endurance. It has been said that this formula will use 450mg of 2 forms of caffeine! Things could get interesting with this compounded formula.

The preworkout category has really increased in size and use, with other companies like Lecheek Nutrition putting out Speed X3 TEST. We will have to put PEPTEST™ BULK to the test! This product has been said it is in the final stages of being release. We will be receiving a bottle of it to try out and will post our review on it!

Animal Rage Review and Bench + Delt Training!

Hey everyone! Here today to finally drop my thoughts on the pre-workout, RAGE, by Animal. I had used this before at an Animal Barbell Club event during the Arnold Classic and had a freakishly good leg session, but I wasn’t positive if it was from the Rage or simply from having the opportunity to train next to powerlifter and bodybuilders from the Animal and Universal teams that I have the utmost respect for. Moving on, below I am basically going to run through my day, the training we did, how I feel the product worked for me and my overall thoughts. To get right to the product review you can skip right to the bottom, but COME ON, I took the time to write this so read it and leave me some feedback.

Most, if not all, take the precious pre-workout for an extra boost of energy and intensity to blast through a grueling workout. Some people work long hours or demanding jobs but still have that motivation and inner desire to improve their overall health and physique in the gym at the end of the day and rely on this boost to get them there. Saturday was no different for my boy Chris and I. Chris was generous enough to assist me in moving my belonging to a new house which you know is never easy and always involves lifting heavy, awkward items up and down flights of steps. It was also about 90 degrees that day. I promised him we’d get a sick training session in at the famous Exercise Warehouse following the move. After everything was settled the first drink mixed at the sink was RAGE “Slaughtermelon,”(find the taste and mixability test here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJONyThmCng) I have used basically just pill pak’s from Animal and Universal so I wasn’t sure what to expect taste wise, but it was BOMB. Loved the watermelon flavor. No residue at the bottom of the shaker either, so you know you’re taking in all the contents. But, how did I feel throughout training?

Warehouse is your typical old school, bodybuilding and powerlifting gym. No AC, that’s not going to get you bigger or stronger, just all of the iron and equipment you need to become better than you were yesterday. Our workout went even longer than expected, finished up around the 2 hour mark and I felt like I could’ve went even longer. You can find the training below but it started out with Brandon Lilly’s Cube Method for Bench (Heavy Day) with some additional bodybuilding accessory work/modifications, followed by a full variance delt day and capped off with some abdominal work. Throughout the entire session I felt fully charged, which I would  have to give credit to Animal’s “Sustained Energy Complex” which is designed to give you the initial jolt you need to get started, as well as carry through and not fade out leaving you feeling fatigued at the midway point. I must say that I keep referring to getting “energy” for your workout but this is not the correct term. Your body get energy from calories and macronutrients, carbohydrates and fat, so without these your actually not getting energy moreso just drive, focus and the boost from caffeine. The pump I felt in my arms and chest was second to none, that skin splitting feeling that we all are looking for throughout every workout.

Truly, there was nothing I did not like about RAGE. I will say that I am not a fan of proprietary blends as you don’t know how much of each ingredient is included and if it is enough to give you the benefits of clinically studied doses, but being that Universal is a company I trust and they have been around since 1977, I don’t see them trying to pull the wool over our eyes. A huge benefit, as I mentioned in my first pre-workout article, is that it does NOT contain creatine. As we know, caffeine negates the positive effects of creatine so it is pointless to take simultaneously. There also is no shady mixtures or unknown fillers in Rage. Animal has an awesome testing program that they open up to their FORVM members and when they see an ingredient that isn’t worth the risk, they remove it. Which is why there was never any 1-3 dimethylamylamine in Rage. They initially tested two versions, one with and one without. The group taking it with saw no greater benefit and some negative side effects, so they cut it out before the study was finished.

All in all, I give RAGE a 8.5 out of 10. Reason being, rarely(never) do I give 10’s because nothing is perfect, and the proprietary blend’s drop it .5 points.

Final recommendation, supplement it with 2-3g pure Beta-Alanine in your post workout shake when you are consuming your creatine. Beta-Alanine has shown to work well with creatine and since it is part of a blend, you may not be getting the required 3.2g-6.4g as studied for the ergogenic benefit.

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Chasing The Pump (Check Your Pre-Workout)

We ALL love that feeling, the PUMP. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, your training is most likely sub par. Anyway, the pump is that feeling you get when it feels like the muscle your training is about to burst through the skin. Remember Arnold’s famous quote? If you don’t, stop reading this and go watch “Pumping Iron.” Arnold stated, “The greatest feeling you can get in a gym, or the most satisfying feeling you can get in the gym is… The Pump. Let’s say you train your biceps. Blood is rushing into your muscles and that’s what we call The Pump. You muscles get a really tight feeling, like your skin is going to explode any minute, and it’s really tight – it’s like somebody blowing air into it, into your muscle. It just blows up, and it feels really different. It feels fantastic.” Funny, yet true. The pump is probably the best feeling you get in the gym next to a PR (personal record) but I would argue that is more mental than physiological.

A solid pre workout formula can aid you in achieving that lovely pump, which quite honestly is the main reason I supplement with a pre-workout. Granted, the research is there to demonstrate that ingredients making up most of the pre-workout blends on the shelf have proven benefits on strength, endurance, and hypertrophy, I enjoy feeling and seeing it goto work even if that pump fades two-hours later(there’s my bro-esque line of the blog) Before we dig any deeper I am going to be completely honest with you, as all of my articles will be, NO ONE ever got huge off of a pre-workout supplement. So don’t ask if this one works or that one works. I am not going to sell you snake oil, because quite frankly, I’m not getting paid for pushing supplements, rather giving you the knowledge to make the correct choice for your needs. You need to evaluate the ingredients and determine if it contains the ingredients I will talk about below at the the recommended dosage. Sure, you can have all the right ingredients, but if it is not dosed properly, you’re probably not going to see a benefit. This can be difficult as most companies use a proprietary blend to avoid giving out their formula, since this is the case I recommend sticking with a reputable company that has been in the game and proven to produce a quality product time and time again. Beyond the ingredients you have to test what works for you. Many friends of mine have raved about a particular brand but when I tried it I thought it was a dud. Similar to diet, diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks. Again, I’ve never heard of anyone getting huge off of a pre-workout, but I have witnessed many grueling workouts get completed that may not have without the extra boost and ergogenic aid provided by the mythical pre-workout solution. Below I will briefly run through some key ingredients that should be part of your pre-workout and one surprise powerhouse that you may wish to avoid. Later this week I will be reviewing Animal RAGE and demonstrating it’s mixability, taste, as well as go through a training session that I will post for you to give a try.

Proven ingredients have been scientifically shown to improve performance in endurance and strength as well as gains in muscle mass. Caffeine and Creatine are undoubtably ergogenic aids. Both of these have been studied more than anything else and as long as the subjects were given the proper dose both have come out on top time and time again. As for creatine (monohydrate) a 20g loading phase for 1 week followed by 5-10g per day is recommended.This dosage has been shown to increase size and strength in multiple studies, just goto www.pubmed.com and search creatine and hypertrophy and you will find thousands of results for research studies.

Caffeine is really individualized in the amount an individual can handle. Some do not do well with stimulants and require a caffeine free pre-workout, others, like myself, have a high tolerance and can handle upwards of 600-800mG (about 4-5 Tall Starbucks coffees). Caffeine has shown to be beneficial at different dosages and is generally studied by weight of the subject. A 2008 study demonstrated participants to lift significantly more repetitions on the bench press as opposed to those consuming a placebo. The dosage provided in this study was 5mG/kG body weight, which would be the equivalent of 500mG for a 200 pound individual. Assess your tolerance and see what you can handle.

Before we go into the next two. Caffeine actually counteracts the benefit of creatine loading in muscle when combined(2). This is the reason I solely take creatine post workout along with a carbohydrate, which has shown to increase its benefit. By consuming creatine pre workout along with caffeine you are not doing any harm, but you also may be wasting your money.

Beta-Alanine (CarnoSyn) is what gives you that tingling sensation that usually hits about 15-30 minutes after consumption. This should be dosed at 3.2g/day to see an ergogenic effect. This does not all have to be consumed at once and has actually shown benefits to be broken up into two 1.6g doses (you will most likely avoid the tingly feeling). If your pre workout does not contain 3.2g you can purchase this in the raw form, http://www.supplementcentral.com/index.php?filter_name=beta+alanine&route=product%2Fisearch&limit=10, and add it to your post workout shake as it has shown benefits when combined with creatine.

Citrulline-Malate has been around but is starting to generate more buzz for its benefits of reducing muscle fatigue and increasing endurance (53% more repetitions on bench compared to placebo)(4). These studies have provided subjects with 6-8g of Citrulline-Malate prior to working out. Again if your favorite pre-workout doesn’t currently have this in or you are unsure of the dosage, you can purchase it in the raw form and add it in if you wish.

There are definitely more ingredients you will find on the label of your pre-workout but these are some of the main ingredients with evidence to back them up. If you have any questions about additional ingredients feel free to contact me on twitter @LuKKoV or facebook, www.facebook.com/lukekovalfitness

Remember to check back for the Animal Rage review and an accompanying training session.

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1. Woolf K, Bidwell WK, Carlson AG. The effect of caffeine as an ergogenic aid in anaerobic exercise. Int J of Sport Nutr Exerc Meta. 2008;18:412–29.

2. K. Vandenberghe, N. Gillis, M. Van Leemputte, P. Van Hecke, F. Vanstapel, P. Hespel  counteracts the ergogenic action of muscle creatine loading. Journal of Applied Physiology February 1, 1996 vol. 80 no. 2452-457

3. Hobson RM, Saunders B, Ball G, Harris RC, Sale C. Effects of beta-alanine supplementation on exercise performance: a meta-analysis. Amino Acids. 2012;43:25–37. doi: 10.1007/s00726-011-1200-z

4. Perez-Guisado J, Jakeman PM. Citrulline malate enhances athletic anaerobic performance and relieves muscle soreness. J Strength Cond Res. 2010;24:1215–1222. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181cb28e0.