So I was recently sent a pre-workout supplement to try out and give my honest review on.
“Wild Thing” by Assault labs is definitely a good pre-workout supplement that is put together in a more complete manner than a lot of other pre-workouts.
I think the biggest issue with a lot of pre-workout formulas is that most research has yet to find the best ratio/synergism of each individual ingredient to make the supplement as effective as it could be.
Thus the feelings of feeling awake and alive for an hour, but then feeling like total shit afterwards, or feeling like you want to vomit.
Most of these supplements won't even give you the individual breakdown of the ingredients, it's so bad they cannot even tell you the amount of caffeine the product contains.
It's all part of the “total proprietary blend” which I think is absolute bullshit.
You could be drinking the equivalent of 4 cups of coffee, and have no idea, or maybe you aren't even a coffee drinker to begin with!!
Sure, it all seems great at first, but the issue is we never want to believe that the money we spent was a bad choice. There has never been a pre-workout this complete….UNTIL NOW!!
“Wild Thing” contains just the right amount/combination of amino acids to prove to be much more effective than any other pre-workout I've ever taken, and I do not bullshit my readers!!
Every ingredient is broken down and it's packed with just the right amounts of each ingredient to be extremely effective for improved workouts and overall health.
The product contains 40mg of Niacin which is shown to be an effective cholesterol reducer and reduce chances of a cardiovascular event (AKA heart attack). Niacin also improves blood flow and brings out vascularity which is why bodybuilders often take it backstage before a competition.
The caffeine amount is 300mg which is the equivalent of a strong cup of coffee, but certainly not overkill like other products can be.
One of the other key ingredients in Wild Thing is L-Tyrosine, which has been shown to improve protein synthesis and release more dopamine in the brain (you know that “feel good” chemical you get when you work out or a “runner's high”).
This product is pretty damn complete if you ask me. It comes equipped with a small amount of creatine and L-glutamine as well. I have found that I feel pretty good using this and I do not get a crash after my workouts.
THE ROLE OF PRE-WORKOUTS WHEN COMBINED WITH CARBOHYDRATE TIMING
One of the key issues with training hard and getting results is nutrient timing.
Diet plays 90% of the results in any training regimen and I don't care what powders you take or how many pills you pop.
One of the key issues with dieting at any given point of my workout regimen throughout the year is nutrient timing. Something that I've found that is highly beneficial to me is timing my carbohydrate intake around the workout time.
What I'm speaking of here is finding a way to improve strength and definition without necessarily always adding in “more and more.”
I find it extremely beneficial to place the bulk of my carbohydrate intake pre-workout and post-workout.
With that being said, I don't believe our bodies are set up to operate on a day-to-day basis. What I mean by that is this: your body doesn't get ready to go to sleep and say to itself, “Well, that's it for today, he did everything right!!”
The body operates on a continuum throughout the days, weeks, months, and years!!
Therefore, while adding in the bulk of daily carbohydrate intake pre-workout and post-workout can certainly help, over a long period of time we can still get run down.
Don't forget that calories in vs. calories out plays the biggest role in physique transformation.
This is where I feel pre-workout supplements work their best. It's a good boost to bust through a workout while otherwise you would feel more fatigued from the day-to-day stress of LIMITING certain nutrients or changing macros in order to achieve a harder and more well defined physique.
This is where I truly place the emphasis on pre-workout energy.
It has taken me a long time to figure this out, but I have found a way to continue to make strength gains and refine my body without necessarily just packing in more and more food to the point that I gain any major significant increase in body fat levels.
This form of dieting would certainly be a good route to go for either
A. an older gym veteran who has gained mostly everything he will gain in terms of “new mass” or
B. someone who is not strong but not lean either.
Whichever is your case….train hard and bust ass!!