MusclePharm Assault has been an industry-leading pre-workout supplement for years, and their latest version, Assault Sport, has now hit the market. This will be the third generation of Assault from the Colorado-based supplement company. The product promises increased strength and endurance, lesser fatigue, a higher mental focus, and it is a defense against muscle breakdown after strenuous exercise. It is tailored for athletes, allowing for optimal strength and performance to be achieved.
Here's all you need to know about the effectiveness of the new version, and whether you should have it in your arsenal.
WHATS IN IT
The main ingredients in Assault Sport are creatine monohydrate, beta-alanine and betaine anhydrous. Other side ingredients include caffeine, taurine, L-Glycine, and TeaCrine.
Creatine monohydrate is a common substance used to energise and fuel your muscles to increase your energy output during your workout, giving your muscles a much needed boost to achieve your goals in lesser time. It also hydrates your muscles, preventing an onslaught of lactic acid or fatigue which could hamper your workout. You get a full 5 grams of creatine instead of a usual dusting, proving MusclePharm's commitment to distancing itself from prop blending.
The inclusion of Beta-Alanine infuses your muscles with power and added endurance, improving your stamina as you train. It becomes a cellular buffer that restricts lactic acid from hindering your session, keeping the annoyance of an uncomfortable muscle burn far away.
Betaine anhydrous is tailored to improve your muscle protein synthesis, which means you'll be able to reap increased gains through regular use of this product. You also get an increase of creatine production from this ingredient.
As for the ingredients that to increase focus, you get caffeine and taurine. Caffeine is a common focus booster, and you get 250g of it in the Assault Sport, which is an adequate amount to receive energy stimulation without bordering into the unhealthy range. Caffeine works hand in hand with taurine, which is an endurance booster that decreases fatigue.
TeaCrine is molecularly similar to caffeine and exerts many of the same effects in the body. The difference, however, is that theacrine doesn’t have a tolerance buildup like caffeine does. Basically, you won’t need to continually up the dose of theacrine to get the same energy boosting effects like most do with caffeine. This hopefully keeps Assault users to a single scoop serving at a time. Aside from energy, theacrine also reduces oxidative stress in the body when used for at least seven consecutive days, and increases dopamine levels in the brain.
THE NEW FORMULA
Previously, MusclePharm's Assault formulation had a nutritional label that featured undisclosed amounts of key ingredients like creatine and caffeine. With the company moving toward anti-doping conformity and greater trust amongst athletes, their latest formulation has total transparency in both the exact quantities and ingredients within the pre-workout. It has also gone through rigorous testing, and is certified free of nitric oxide ingredients and superfluous focus boosters.
FLAVOURS AND TASTE
Assault Sport is a real concoction of different ingredients so MusclePharm has done a great job of blending the taste of the various substances. The general consistency of the mixed drink is very dilute and clear, so you can tell that it will go through your gut very easily and with little digestive upset.
There are four flavours available, namely Blue Raspberry, Fruit Punch, Green Apple, and Strawberry Ice. Each is fruit-focused and a decent combination of sweet and tangy.
HOW YOU SHOULD TAKE IT
As with pre-workout supplements you should only take Assault Sport on your training days, about 30 minutes before actually hitting the gym, by mixing it with water. You know this supplement is about to hit you when you start to get that tingling sensation (which is caused by the beta-alanine); when this happens you know it’s time to get physical!
You’re definitely going to need some kind of pre-workout supplement if you are serious about your training, and if you’re not quite ready to begin putting together your own blend of barebones ingredients then Assault Sport is well worth the money.
At just $49 for 30 servings, the price is very reasonable for what you’re getting, and many of the ingredients would cost far more if you purchased them separately.
WHO SHOULD TAKE IT
This pre-workout powder tastes amazing and definitely delivers on its promises, so anyone looking for an all-round improved performance both inside and outside of the gym should definitely try this. You can expect insane pumps, enhanced mental focus, and to rid yourself of fatigue in the gym. MusclePharm Assault Sport is a world class supplement brought to you by a world class brand, and it definitely receives a very strong recommendation!
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