My Applied Nutrition ABE All Black Everything Pre Workout Review
My Applied Nutrition ABE All Black Everything Pre Workout Review First Look:
I am not feeling my best today.
Saturday night saw me drinking more prosecco and quicker than I care to remember or even try to imagine.
Either way I had a fuzzy head yesterday that was only slightly relieved by the sight of my gorgeous girlfriend and a big burger.
Once we returned home it was a quick trip out for a few beers then we had a bottle of wine between us before falling asleep before 11pm.
However, I didn’t have then best nights sleep. So I woke up early and decided the best thing to do was make a bit of breakfast and a cup of tea for us both.
All day at work has been a struggle. Not helped by the resignation of one member of our team plus a client seemingly having a heart attack in front of me.
Then I found out I had forgotten to bring the keys to unlock my bike from the store at work which meant I had to catch the bus home rather than cycle like a madman for 40 minutes.
I have had better Monday’s.
So, having devoured a meat pie with peas and heading out to the grocery store to grab the ingredients for a dinner I am going to cook for this week I will, eventually get some exercise in.
Yes, the weights beckon me. I will hit shoulders ad back.
I do actually feel strong, however, no amount of Coca Cola can rid me of the boozy blues.
However, a strong pre workout may just hit the parts most others cannot reach, therefore I am optimistic that not only will this supplement from Applied Nutrition help me smash up the gym, it may help me get over my hangover…
Maybe it is just wishful thinking…
Caffeine – It stimulates the central nervous system (CNS), heart, muscles, and the centers that control blood pressure to give you an extra boost and hit that PB.
Caffeine Anhydrous is the purest form of caffeine so always look out for it.
This is found in 4 Gauge which is the best pre-workout.
It is also found in Instant Knockout which is the best fat burner available at present.
1, 3, 7, 9 Tetramethylpurine (Theacrine / Tetramethyluric acid) – An alkaloid molecule which can be seen as a structurally modified version of caffeine.
However, although it is similar to caffeine whereby it has a sedative effect at relatively low doses, but where this sedative effect with caffeine is at an impractically low dose with theacrine it is the dose normally consumed by tea.
Research on Theacrine is really too sparse though to cast any real assertions.
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) – Gives you more energy and boost your metabolism, helping you shed unwanted pounds. Ensure you are not deficient in Vitamin B12 so you can do that quick 10 miler at 5am…
Niacinamide (Vit B3) – Higher amounts of niacin can improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks and maybe symptoms for Alzheimer’s . However, the jury is out on these real benefits.
L-Citrulline – This is used as a sports performance and cardiovascular health supplement. L-Citrulline supplementation results in reduced fatigue and improved endurance for both aerobic and anaerobic prolonged exercise.
An increase in growth hormone has been noted with exercise, but not at rest.
L-citrulline boosts nitric oxide production in the body. Nitric oxide helps your arteries relax and work better, which improves blood flow throughout your body.
Supplementing can help lower blood pressure in people with pre-hypertension.
This is often found in the best pre workouts.
To supplement L-citrulline to enhance sports performance, take 6,000 – 8,000 mg of citrulline malate about an hour before exercise.
Beta-alanine – Supplementation of this non essential amino acid aids the production of carnosine. That’s a compound that plays a role in muscle endurance in high-intensity exercise.
That said, studies have not exactly been positive nor entirely conclusive.
Salt (sodium) – An essential mineral; its consumption is critical to our health. However, Americans plus a lot of Western countries do consume double the recommended daily intake.
Excess sodium may not raise blood pressure, but it is associated with other health issues, such as kidney damage and an increased risk of cognitive decline.
Taurine – It has been touted that Taurine can help mental performance.
Early clinical research suggested that taurine, in combination with caffeine, glucuronolactone, and B vitamins, can improve attention and reasoning in adolescents, but does not improve memory.
However, there is insufficient evidence to prove this is always the case.
Creatine – A well regarded supplement overall!
Supplementation increases creatine storage and promotes a faster regeneration of adenosine triphosphate between high intensity exercises.
These improved outcomes will increase performance and promote greater training adaptations.
1 sachet before training.
This is a combined amount of just 10,500mg.
This does not compare well to many of the best pre workout supplements which will offer over 15,000mg.
It did taste very nice, the consistency was right but I did feel a little bloated from it.
Benefits & Effects:
Caffeine is a great stimulant that can effect the CNS which controls muscle and heart stimulation.
Theacrine has extremely mild effects which are not really worth mentioning. It is also worth saying that research is limited too.
B12 can increase energy and boost the metabolism.
Citrulline offers some great benefits from reducing blood pressure to increasing growth hormone when you are exercising to increasing nitric oxide and overall athletic performance.
However, Citrulline is highly dose dependent.
Creatine is great for strength and muscle development, however, it needs to be taken often and in doses of around 5-10g per day this offers a shade over 3g.
Sodium is essential for our body.
If you are heavily sweating you will need to replace lost salts, however, if you are not you probably exceed your required Sodium levels from your diet.
How Did It Feel?
I felt the tingling sensation of the Beta-Alanine and I felt more awake, especially after a long, arduous day at work.
However, that’s where it ended.
I didn’t really feel any other benefits or a surge of energy.
I did feel bloated though and still do. I don’t feel like having a protein shake.
B3 is not proven to offer the benefits that it is touted for.
Theacrine offers limited benefits too, it is very weak and with little research behind it.
Citrulline is a great ingredient but it is not dosed adequately in this supplement to offer any positive effects.
Beta-Alanine and Taurine is not proven to offer any benefits either.
Then Creatine is under dosed to be particularly helpful.
I did feel a little bloated too which is never helpful when you are about to workout 30 minutes after taking it.
Overall it is just a little bit under dosed, especially when compared to other pre workouts.
My Applied Nutrition ABE All Black Everything Pre Workout Review Conclusion:
This makes your lips and face tingle, it will also make you feel a bit more awake while giving you a bit of stomach bloat, or for me it did anyway.
It does not offer any real performance enhancement apart from the stimulus from Caffeine.
Decent ingredients such as Citrulline and Creatine are under dosed to be beneficial.
it is missing a number of vital ingredients that will help give you more focus, aggression and power.
It won’t even really help you re-hydrate either.
Therefore, as it is missing the following ingredients I would not really bother with this pre workout from Applied Nutrition.
- Coconut water
There is a better product than this that will get you fired up and cause hell in your chosen sport.