My Applied Nutrition ABE All Black Everything Pre Workout Review

My Applied Nutrition ABE All Black Everything Pre Workout Review

Applied Nutrition ABE All Black Everything First Look:


Let’s hope this pre workout from Applied Nutrition is effective because 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 a big burger.

Once I returned home it was a quick trip out for a few beers then we had a bottle of wine before falling asleep prior to 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.

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 and back.

I do actually feel strong, however, no amount of Coca Cola can rid me of these 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…

But, this black sachet looks like it could be a ninja, and I like the minimalist design. It kind of looks like  a murdered out truck.

TL:DR – Video

Who are Applied Nutrition?

Applied Nutrition offer a large range of different supplements. This stretched from weight gain products to libido enhancers. And, Applied Nutrition invite us to take our training to the next level.

I hope they can help.

Especially as there is very little about the company on their website. No elevator pitch, no background or anything really.

Just that the products are formulated by experts and trusted by athletes.

What does All Black Everything do?

We are told by Applied Nutrition that this is extremely potent. We are instructed not to take more than one serving at a time.

Obviously we now want to take two servings at once and see if our eyeballs pop out.

The information reliably tells us that this supplement will fight fatigue, increase physical performance and help create new red blood cells.

This sounds quite interesting…


Ingredients: The Science

Caffeine

The most notable effect from caffeine is how alert you feel. This is because it is a central nervous system stimulant.

However, it is proven to improve focus, increase energy levels and aid exercise recovery.

This is why it is so popular the world over.

To add even more to the list of benefits, it is also able to help with fat burning.

This is found in 4 Gauge which is the best pre-workout. [1]

1, 3, 7, 9 Tetramethylpurine (Theacrine / Tetramethyluric acid)

There’s not a great deal of information or proof to suggest that theacrine can offer much in the way of benefit even though it shares many similarities to caffeine, the issue is that it is on a much lower scale.

Therefore the effects are rather diluted and don’t offer too much benefit. [2]

Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)

B12 can help increase energy levels. Not only that, B12 is also able to help treat cellulite.

But in this scenario it does help your body convert food in to glucose which provides the energy top help you smash your workout. [3]

Niacinamide (Vit B3)

It has been said that niacin can help lower blood pressure and help prevent cardiovascular ill health.

Niacin may also help maintain a healthy cholesterol level. [4]

L-Citrulline

Citrulline is found in water melon and can help increase nitric oxide levels in the blood.

It is also better than using arginine to increase blood flow and it can assist with muscle recovery.

This is often found in the best pre workouts.

Just ensure there’s at least 6000mg per serving as this is the dose that is recommended. [5] [6]

Beta-alanine

Finding any reliable and reputable sources about this amino acid is difficult, that is because there is such a formidable sales presence online.

The issue is, that any desktop research means wading through search result after search result trying to find the truth and not just an advert to sell a product.

In fact, it took me to page three of a popular search engine to find anything that was a reputable scientific study.

It is reported to increase power and athletic performance. However, studies at one of the UK’s leading sports universities saw no advantage to taking beta-alanine on performance stats for both elite and non-elite athletes who took part in a trials that replicated intermittent sprinting in a games playing situation. [7]

Salt (sodium)

Around 90% of Americans from the age of 2 and over consume more salt than is recommended.

The fact of the matter is that salt is an essential mineral that can help with fluid balance. And, if we are sweating a lot or urinating a lot we need to replenish these salts.

As a result it does feature in many pre workouts on the proviso that you will be sweating profusely.

However, if you do take in more salt than is required it can harden the arteries and promote cardiovascular disease.

A study that involved monitoring elite and sub-elite Australian football (rugby) players found that each and everyone of them exceeded their requirements for sodium.

Consider that these men are involved in a high intensity and tough sport in hot temperatures which will promote excessive sweating and they still had too much sodium.

It is likely you will be exceeding the limits. [8] [9]

Taurine

You my be interested to hear that taurine may have the ability to decrease inflammation and oxidative stress of the lungs for people who smoke.

And taurine may be able to contribute towards improving cardiovascular health.

It is commonly used to improve physical performance and recovery, it is also said that a minimum of 500mg is required to a maximum of 3000mg daily.

However, there’s not conclusive evidence that it can have any or all of these benefits. [10] [11] [12]

Creatine

Creatine not only increases energy, strength and muscular function it can also increase testosterone levels in high doses.

Overall creatine is seen as one of the safest and most effective supplements with long term use showing very few unwanted side effects. [13] [14]


Dose

1 sachet before training. Applied Nutrition tell us not to take more than one dose.

This is a combined amount of just 10,500mg. Not particularly strong.

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.


Pros

Let’s see what Applied Nutrition have to offer…

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 as most people are.

Sodium then borders on being good and bad. If you are really sweating lots it should be okay, but if your workout doesn’t yield much sweat avoid taking more.


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.


Cons

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.


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.

There is a better product than this that will get you fired up and cause hell in your chosen sport.


References

[1] http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-979-caffeine.aspx?activeingredientid=979

[2] https://examine.com/supplements/theacrine/

[3] http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b12-cobalamin

[4] https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/924.htm

[5] https://examine.com/supplements/citrulline/

[6] http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/l-citrulline-uses-and-risks#1

[7] Effect of beta-alanine supplementation on repeated sprint performance during the Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test. Saunders B, Sale C, Harris RC, Sunderland C. Amino Acids. 2012 Jul;43(1):39-47. doi: 10.1007/s00726-012-1268-0. Epub 2012 Mar 21. PMID:22434182

[8] https://examine.com/nutrition/awful-nutrition-myths/

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30028228

[10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30026134

[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2586397/

[12] https://examine.com/supplements/taurine/

[13] http://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1550-2783-9-33

[14] http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/creatine.html

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Ben [BA(Hons)]

Ben established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. He has always been interested in sport and he started playing rugby at the age of 6 represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of the 150 Regimental Shooting Team.

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