Trainer Tested: ALLMAX Nutrition IMPACT Pump Pre-Workout
Take an inside look at a great tasting caffeine-free pre-workout supplement
THE STIM-FREE SOLUTION
Here’s how you know you’ve been taking supplements for nearly 15 years. You have one “crazy, out of body” caffeinated pre-workout, one pre-workout with a moderate amount of caffeine and another stimulant-free pre-workout. You also usually have two types of amino acid powders: one with caffeine and one without. By having these supplement variations on deck, you can choose just the right amount of kick you need depending on time of day, how much coffee/tea you’ve drank and how much sleep you’ve gotten. I’m a coffee lover. But I also like pre-workouts and bodybuilding. As I’ve gotten older, I realized that coffee and pre-workouts don’t mix. For me personally, it’s not safe to mix these substances on the same day. However, what I have found to be side-effect free is drinking a stimulant-free pre-workout and coffee on the same day.
I know what you’re thinking. “I NEED CAFFEINE IN MY PRE-WORKOUT!!” Hear me out. No, you don’t. Because I’ve tried dozens of highly caffeinated pre-workouts and Allmax Impact Pump does the trick for getting you into “tunnel vision.” I’m also a fan of natural nootropics, chemicals that enhance cognitive function which this product has too. Combining my favorite performance and brain-boosting ingredients resulted is a no-brainer supplement to add to my pantry. Impact Pump is definitely compatible with my busy, coffee-filled lifestyle. In this article, I will provide a description of the supplement’s popular ingredients, what they have been shown to do and provide some sample workouts that I did after taking Impact Pump. As for taste, the Blue Raspberry has a smooth consistency, doesn’t provide “beads” or “clumps” even with two scoops mixed with 10-12 oz of water.
Stay focused in the gym without being a caffeine zombie with Impact Pump.
ALLMAX IMPACT PUMP INGREDIENTS
L-Citrulline Malate: 6,000 mg
Citrulline is an amino acid that improves lower body strength in females, according to a recent European Journal of Nutrition study. Citrulline has also been shown in a 2016 Journal of Dietary Supplements study (1) to improve upper body strength in males. Citrulline can also reduce arterial stiffness, according to a study published in the International Journal of Cardiology. With age, arteries lose elasticity increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke, dementia, and death. In the study, men who took 5-6 g of L-citrulline daily showed improvements in their arteries in seven days. This is due to the fact that citrulline aids in nitric oxide production by dilating blood vessels.
Agmatine Sulfate: 1000 mg
Agmatine (4-aminobutylguanidine) is a natural chemical substance derived from the nonessential amino acid arginine. When arginine releases carbon dioxide, agmatine is created and animal studies show it’s found in various body parts including the brain, spine, and stomach.
Arginine is a neuromodulator of mental stress, so the little research that’s been done has primarily centered around the effects of agmatine on mood. A 2016 European Neuropsychopharmacology review (2) concluded that agmatine is a potentially novel therapy for depression. In addition to the mood benefits, agmatine also regulates nitric oxide (NO) activity which may result in optimal circulation, waste removal, wound healing, lower blood pressure and muscle growth.
N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC): 500 mg
NAC is an expectorant medicine commonly prescribed to people with respiratory diseases that result in the formation of a lot of thick mucus. The NAC helps loosen up this mucus and clear nasal/respiratory passages. Furthermore, a 2016 BMC microbiology study (3) found that NAC may actually serve as a direct antimicrobial against bacterial infection. For exercise performance, NAC is best used in endurance athletes, where runners/cyclists/swimmers get in their breathing groove over time. At a certain point during a long run/endurance event, the nitrate in the arginine-nitrate and the NAC may combine to provide a better overall respiratory experience.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom: 300 mg
Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) looks very different than your typical shitake or reishi mushroom. Lion’s mane is made of several white strands rather than a smooth cap and stem. Lion’s mane has been studied (4) to help improve cognitive function. The mechanism is the ability to repair and regenerate neurons. Our bodies contain nerve growth factors (NGF), proteins that protect neurons (the basic working cell of the brain) and stimulate new neuron growth. Researchers think lion’s mane stimulates the synthesis of NGF.
Alpha GPC: 150 mg
Alpha GPC is a little-researched compound but one small study (5) found an acute increase in growth hormone levels and bench press power following a 600mg dose of Alpha GPC. Growth hormone helps men and women build muscle at a faster rate while recovering the body from tough workouts. Alpha GPC is a staple of many nootropic supplements for its purported cognitive effects but it’s a relatively new chemical so time will tell if the research supports its use a brain-enhancer.
Overall, Impact Pump is ideal for the fitness enthusiast who doesn’t like jitters, tingles or crashing. Since there’s no beta-alanine, there are no typical “numb fingers face” feeling.
Strength, endurance and even yoga athletes alike should give stimulant-free pre-workouts a chance since they provide energy and mental clarity boost without the hours-long come down.
WORKOUTS COMPLETED AFTER IMPACT PUMP
Incline Barbell Bench
Weight: 45, 95, 135, 135, 135
DB Bench Press
Weight: 35, 50, 50, 55
20 Slam Ball Russians Twist
10 Slam Ball V-up
20 KB Side Bend
20 KB Snatch
Finisher: 30 Burpee Box Jump
Weight: 135, 185, 225, 275, 315, 335
Incline DB Curl
Lying Triceps Extension
- Jr., Nicole E. Moyen. Acute citrulline malate supplementation improves upper- and lower-body submaximal weightlifting exercise performance in resistance-trained females. European Journal of Nutrition. Volume 56, Issue 2, pp 775–784 Michelle Gray, Lauren N. Wethington, Matthew S. Stone, Rodger W. Stewart
- December 2016, Agmatine, a potential novel therapeutic strategy for depression. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
- October 2016, N-acetyl-cysteine exhibits potent anti-mycobacterial activity in addition to its known anti-oxidative functions. bmcmicrobiol.biomedcentral.com/articles
- March 2019, Improving effects of the mushroom Yamabushitake (Hericium erinaceus) on mild cognitive impairment: a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
- September 2008, Acute supplementation with alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine augments growth hormone response to, and peak force production during, resistance exercise. jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles
- November 2010, Apro, W., et al. Influence of supplementation with branched-chain amino acids in combination with resistance exercise on p70S6 kinase phosphorylation in resting and exercising human skeletal muscle. Acta Physiol (Oxf). (3):237-48