Legion Pulse – The Best Pre-Workout Supplement?
In this article I’d like to share with you my experience with pre-workout supplements and more importantly my Legion Pulse review.
Another Shady Supplement?!
There’s a plethora of pre-workout supplements out there, with more and more coming out every single day, all of which make wild promises of skin ripping pumps and personal records in the gym while the product is promoted by competitive bodybuilders and authorities in the fitness industry.
The problem here is you’re forking over your hard-earned cash for a heavily marketed supplement that often you have no idea what the shiny little tub actually contains. The majority of pre-workout supplements out there will contain the same ingredients such as caffeine, beta alanine etc. however the dosage provided in this shiny pre-workout supplement is more often than not masked by a proprietary matrix with names like the ‘energy pump focus matrix’.
The primary reason WHY these pre-workout supplement companies place a proprietary matrix on their pre-workout supplements is to under dose the ingredients that count and to ‘pad’ the formula with minute doses of additional ingredients (for example, olive leaf extract).
This one supplement I’m reviewing today is a breath of fresh air.
Mike Matthews, best selling author, founder of MuscleForLife.com and Legion Athletics was sick of all these horrendously over-priced, under dosed supplements and decided to create his own with 100% transparency.
No proprietary blends (all ingredients and dosages divulged)
“While everyone claims to have the best pre-workout supplement on the market, we can actually back up such claim with real science, and real numbers.”
First, every ingredient in PULSE has been proven effective in well-designed, well-executed peer-reviewed research conducted with healthy adults. Furthermore, each ingredient is included at the clinically effective dosages used in the studies, which means you can actually expect to receive the benefits demonstrated.
Second, PULSE doesn’t rely on a concoction of cheap and potentially dangerous stimulants to improve performance, like many other pre-workout supplements on the market. In fact, the only stimulant is caffeine and it’s combined with theanine, which means a smooth energy curve with no jitters or crash.”
No nasty artificial colours or sweeteners
“PULSE is naturally sweetened. Artificial sweeteners may not be as dangerous as some people claim, studies suggest that regular consumption of artificial sweeteners may indeed be harmful to our health, and that more research is needed.”
Clinically affective dosages of all ingredients (Yes, science with studies to back up the dosages, not an individuals’ broscience)
“We have a simple standard that we live by: every active ingredient used in LEGION products must be backed by published scientific literature and must be integrated at clinically effective dosages”
No overhyped marketing campaigns or false promises
The Legion Pulse pre-workout formula is as follows:
- Caffeine Anhydrous – 350mg
- L-Theanine – 350mg
- L-Citrulline, DL-malate – 8g
- Beta Alanine – 4.8g
- Betaine Anhydrous – 2.5g
- L-Ornithine HCL – 2.2g
This is per serve (2 scoops). Most supplement companies will do the dodgy on the servings per container label and state that a pre-workout supplement has 30 servings per container, little does it mention that this is at a half dosage – e.g. by consuming the recommend amount of 2 scoops you’re instantly brought down to 15 actual servings per workout.
Pulse by Legion Athletics clearly states that at the full serving size in order to get those scientifically backed doses of ingredients you’ll get 21 serves per tub.
My Legion Pulse Review (My Experience Using Pulse)
Here’s my complete experience using several tubs of Pulse.
Pulse gave me fantastic focus, instead of an under dosed stimulant stack the full 2 scoops of Pulse (I recommend starting with one scoop to assess your tolerance) gave me an immense level of focus. I don’t get that ‘wired’ feeling that previous pre-workout supplements like 1MR or Craze provided which I found to be distracting and counterproductive to my workouts. Pulse provides me with a clean, intense feeling of focus.
Productivity is key for me. I cannot afford to take a supplement that will have me crashing shortly after my workout. Pulse does not contain any nasty ingredients as I mentioned earlier Mike is completely transparent and does not use a proprietary matrix.
I can say without a doubt in my mind that I have never seen a supplement with the ease of mixability that Legion Pulse has. In the past I’ve been left frantically shaking my shaker in an attempt to get out a ridiculous amount of clumps in the powder. With Pulse I can easily mix it in a regular glass with a few twirls of a teaspoon. Quite impressive!
I’m not a fan of the taste of supplements in general with the exception of protein. Tropical and fruity based flavours which are generally artificially flavoured exude a chemical taste. I’ve been using the Grape flavour of Pulse and admittedly it isn’t that bad! Containing no artificial flavouring I find the taste to be quite mild in comparison, making it completely drinkable.
The number one point I’ve heard when Pulse is discussed is the price, you’re paying a slight premium for Legion Pulse over the other pre-workout supplements you’ll commonly find on the shelves of your local supplement store.
That’s right, and there’s a reason for it.
Would you rather pay slightly less and get under dosed ingredients, wild claims and a supplement that masks what is actually in it?
“No, that’s rubbish!”
For that ‘premium’ you’re getting a 100% transparent supplement formulated by a man of integrity with proven clinically affective dosages of ingredients to help you kill it in the gym.
That’s the rap for my Legion Pulse review! If there’s any other specific supplements you’d like reviewed be sure to let me know.
On A Budget? Learn To Make Your Own Pre-Workout Supplement At Home!
Simply purchase the essential ingredients listed below, add in the optional ingredients if you wish (like I said, these are nice but not necessary) and mix them together in water. Consume 20 – 30 minutes before your workout.
200 – 350mg
Caffeine is a stimulant that increases muscle endurance & improves mental focus.
Beta Alanine is a naturally occurring amino acid that reduces fatigue and induces a ‘tinging’ feeling.
Creatine Monohydrate is one of the most well researched and documented supplements on the planet, creatine is an amino acid that can assist us in increasing lean muscle mass and gaining strength.
Citrulline is an amino acid used to stimulate the production of Nitric Oxide which increases blood flow to the muscles resulting in that full, pumped feeling when lifting. Citrulline also has been proven to relieve muscular soreness and increase endurance.
The Optional Ingredients To Optimize Your Home Made Pre Workout Supplements
The below additions are not necessary, however may suit you!
Brain Chain Amino Acids assist in preventing the breakdown of muscle when training fasted, if you’re performing cardio first thing in the morning (provided you haven’t eaten for 6~ hours prior) you’ll be in an optimal zone to burn fat, however you run the risk of muscle breakdown too.
Supplementing with Brain Chain Amino Acids such as these are the solution for your fasted cardio.
This comes down to personal preference, add in some calorie free flavouring or mix your pre workout supplement ingredients in a calorie free beverage.