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Advertisements for pre-workout products are some of the most exaggerated in the industry.

Take 10 – 20 grams of powder and you’ll experience “highly explosive energy,” “maximum anabolic activation,” and “extreme training endurance,” they say.

Are these products actually worth it, or are you better off popping a couple caffeine pills or drinking an espresso instead?

PRE-WORKOUT PROFITS:
THE BIG SCAM

Pre-workout products are notorious for a few deceitful practices:

Why do these things? Because it’s extremely profitable.

What most consumers don’t know is supplement companies make very little money on certain products, like protein powder, and need to make up for that by making exorbitant profits on others. The pre-workout drink is one of them.

Let’s look at how the game works.

ENTER SHADY SUPPLEMENTS, INC.

Shady Supplements, Inc. is looking to create a pre-workout product, and they believe two things are key for sales:

  1. Including ingredients that have been clinically proven as safe and effective, so bold marketing claims can be made and defended.
  2. Including a bunch of other junk that sounds impressive, but which has no science to back it up. This is done to pad the ingredients list, making you feel like you’re getting a lot for your money.

There’s a problem, though.

Cost.

The junk is cheap, but using clinically effective dosages of good ingredients gets really expensive, really fast. Shady Supplements doesn’t want to spend a lot on the manufacturing, however. They want to spend a fortune on marketing to drive sales and make big profits, so they decide to do something else.

They use small amounts of the good, expensive ingredients, and combine it with the junk to create their own “proprietary blend.” For good measure, they also include a bunch of caffeine and a gob of carbohydrate powder so you have a spike of energy during your workout. (Which will be followed by a big crash, unfortunately.)

Why the proprietary blend? Well, by doing that, they only have to tell you the total weight of the blend, not the dosages of each ingredient in the blend. You get ripped off without ever realizing it.

Another little trick of the proprietary blend is the fact that ingredients are listed in descending order according to predominance by weight.[2] That is, the blend contains more of the first ingredient than the second, more of the second than the third, and so forth.

When the first ingredient in a blend is something cheap, let’s say maltodextrin or creatine monohydrate, it can be (and often is) 90%+ of the whole blend. No matter how many other ingredients are listed after the first, they can altogether only constitute a very small percentage of the actual blend.

Yes, there are $50 tubs of 90%+ maltodextrin powder out there that are marketed as effective pre- or post-workout drinks.

So, Shady Supplements has their fraudulent pre-workout formulation ready to go. It’s time to move to the next phase of the scam.

THE MARKETERS WILL MAKE IT SELL

The marketing department gets ahold of the product, and know their game.

Unfortunately, it works all too well.

People wind up rushing to the stores to pay $50 for a product that cost Shady, Inc. $3 to manufacture, and that would’ve cost $20 to create if the junk were dropped and clinically effective dosages were used.

WE CAN CHANGE THIS

The first thing you should demand as a consumer is no proprietary blends. There’s absolutely no reason to use them for anything other than deception and fraud.

All the science behind effective ingredients and dosages is publicly available. Everyone knows what works and doesn’t, and in what amounts. Claims of “trade secrets” are bogus.

If a company isn’t willing to tell you what you’re actually buying, it’s because they don’t want you to know. Don’t support them. Force them to change their ways.

The second thing to know is that more ingredients doesn’t mean a better product. In fact, you won’t find a legitimate pre-workout, fat burner, or anything else really with 15+ ingredients because it’s financially impossible to use clinically effective dosages of that many.

Here at Legion, we’re willing to spend a lot  more on manufacturing than most companies. But because we will only use clinically effective dosages, we still have to be very picky with what we include in our final formulations.

By voting with your dollars and choosing wisely, you can force the changes that need to happen:

Don’t ever forget that you, as the consumer, have the power to influence the marketplace. With your money, you can choose to help maintain the status quo–the dishonest shenanigans–or help bring about meaningful change in the industry.

WHY BOTHER WITH A PRE-WORKOUT?

This brings us back to the original question: pre-workout or caffeine pills?

Well, caffeine is a useful pre-workout stimulant that can increase muscle endurance and strength.[3][4][5][6][7] It’s probably the simplest, cheapest way to get more out of your training.

But the fact is there are quite a few safe, natural substances that can further improve your performance…if they’re dosed properly.

INTRODUCING LEGION PULSE
THE GOLD STANDARD OF PRE-WORKOUT DRINKS

When we set out to create our pre-workout formulation, we wanted to focus on several primary benefits:

To accomplish this, we scoured scientific literature and isolated natural, safe compounds that have been proven to deliver the results we want, and with clinical dosages that we can viably use.

Let’s take a look at the exact formulation.

CAFFEINE

Caffeine is a useful pre-workout stimulant that can increase muscle endurance and strength.[8][9][10][11][12] Clinically effective dosages vary between 3 – 6 mg per kg of bodyweight.[13]
PULSE contains 350 mg caffeine per two servings, or about one Starbucks Grande coffee. Considering the average adult male’s weight is about 180 pounds, this is right in the middle of the clinically effective range.[14]

THEANINE

Theanine is an amino acid found primarily in tea that, when paired with caffeine, provides several cognitive benefits.[15][16]

Research has shown that supplementation with theanine and caffeine can:

PULSE contains 600 mg of L-theanine per two servings. The clinically effective dosages of L-theanine range between 100 – 250 mg.

 

CITRULLINE MALATE

Citrulline malate is the amino acid citrulline, bound with malic acid.

We chose to use citrulline malate over its often-used counterpart, L-arginine, because it’s better absorbed, and results in a higher plasma level of arginine than supplementation with L-arginine itself.[26]

Research has shown that supplementation with citrulline can…

PULSE contains 8 grams of citrulline malate per serving. Clinically effective dosages range from 4 – 10 grams per day.[33]

BETA-ALANINE

Beta-alanine is a naturally occurring amino acid that limits the amount of carnosine, another amino acid, stored in the muscles. As beta-alanine levels increase, so do intramuscular carnosine levels, and this provides various performance benefits.

Research has shown that supplementation with beta-alanine can…

PRIME PULSE contains 4.8 grams of beta-alanine per two servings. A meta-analysis of 23 studies of beta-alanine supplementation that showed that clinically effective doses ranged between 2.6 and 6.4 grams per day, with a median effective dose of just over 5 grams per day.[47]

It’s worth noting that a common harmless side effect of beta-alanine supplementation is a mild prickling, itching, or tingling of the skin.[48] Due to the proper dosing of beta-alanine in PULSE, you’re likely to experience this.

ORNITHINE

Ornithine is an amino acid that, along with arginine and citrulline, plays a key role in a metabolic cycle known as the “Urea cycle.” This is the process by which the liver converts ammonia into urea, which is expelled through the urine, and it relates to physical performance capacity.

Research has shown that supplementation with ornithine can:

PULSE contains 2.2 grams of ornithine per two servings. The clinically effective dosages in the studies cited above were 2, and 2.2 grams per day.

BETAINE

Betaine, also known as trimethylglycine, is a compound found in plants like beets.

Research has shown that supplementation with betaine can:

PULSE contains 1.25 grams of betaine per two servings. The clinically effective dosages in the studies cited above range between 1.25-2.5 grams in the studies cited above.

 

DELICOIUS FLAVOR, AND NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, DYES, OR FILLERS

While the clinically effective dosages of active ingredients alone puts PULSE light years ahead of other pre-workouts on the market, there’s still more that sets it apart.

PULSE is naturally sweetened. While artificial sweeteners may not be as dangerous as some people claim, studies suggest that regular consumption of these chemicals may indeed be harmful to our health, and that more research is needed.[57][58][59][60][61][62]

We’ve chosen to stay on the safe side and use the natural sweetener stevia, instead.

Stevia is a plant with sweet leaves, and research has shown that it increases insulin sensitivity, helps regulate blood glucose levels, has anti-carcinogenic properties, decreases oxidative stress associated with eating large amounts of carbohydrates, reduces blood pressure and inflammation in the body, lowers bad cholesterol levels, and protects the kidneys.[63][64][65][66]

And in case you’re worried that naturally sweetened means “horrible tasting,” you can rest easy. We’ve taken special care to ensure that PULSE tastes delicious, mixes well, and goes down easy.

We don’t use artificial food dyes in any of our products. Many pre-workout drinks contain artificial dyes, known as “azo dyes,” such as FD&C Yellow #5 (also known as tartrazine), FD&C Blue #1 (also known as Brilliant Blue), FD&C Red No. 40 (also known as Allura Red AC), and others.

Like artificial sweeteners, consumption of azo dyes might not be as harmful as some claim, but there is evidence that these chemicals can cause various negative effects in the body.[67][68][69][70][71][72][73][74][75][76][77]

PULSE contains absolutely no “label filler” ingredients. We have a simple standard that we live by: every ingredient we use must be backed by peer-reviewed, published science, and must be at clinically effective dosages.

PULSE isn’t full of cheap carbohydrate powder to give you a kick of energy. While eating carbohydrate before training is an easy way to increase your performance, a pre-workout drink shouldn’t rely on this. You’re not looking to buy overpriced carbohydrate powder.

And that’s why PULSE contains only the bare minimum of maltodextrin necessary for mixability and anti-clumping–about X grams per serving. Compare this to the nearly 20 grams of effective ingredients you’re getting per serving, and you can see how little maltodextrin is actually needed in a properly dosed pre-workout product.

GREAT VALUE

When you start comparing actual numbers, you quickly see that one serving of PULSE–which provides with you ½ of clinically effective dosages–contains about double the effective ingredients of our best competitors. And two servings, which gives you full clinically effective dosages, is double even that.

Well, every bottle of PULSE contains X servings, which means you get Y days of supplementation at clinically effective dosages.

Due to the potency of this product, many people like to use two scoops before their more intense workouts, and one scoop before their others.

THE BOTTOM LINE

While everyone claims to have the best products on the market, we believe we can actually back up such claim with real science, and real numbers. Compare the PULSE formulation to any other pre-workout drink on the market, and you’ll quickly see how inferior our competitors’ products truly are.

If you want to know what a pre-workout is supposed to feel like…if you want to experience the type of energy rush and performance boost that only clinically effective dosages of scientifically validated ingredients can deliver…and if you want to avoid any potential issues arising from regular intake of artificial sweeteners and food dyes…then you want to try PULSE.

 

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