MusclePharm has been a supplement company that has grown strength to strength since its inception in 2008. In less than 5 years, they’ve build a strong foundation and have just added to this with a brand new supplement series endorsed by the Austrian Oak himself; Arnold Schwarzenegger. One of the supplements from the series will be Iron Pump – a creatine free pre-workout supplement.
The Arnold Series Iron Pump is a concentrated pre-workout supplement that aims to support both pump and vascularity as well as mental performance with a range of active ingredients contained in two proprietary blends including:
Each 180g tub of Arnold Series contains 30 servings of 6g each.
The Arnold Series Iron Pump is a supplement that emphasises improved blood flow, pump, vascularity and mental performance. Arginine Nitrate, a novel new ingredient is being increasingly used in pre-workouts for its ability to affect nitric oxide synthesis and improved blood flow. Similarly, beetroot extract and hawthorn berry are both ingredients which have been shown to support increased blood vessel size and reduced blood pressure. This increased blood flow helps to shuffle in a lot more oxygen to support increased work capacity and also as a way to quickly remove metabolites from exercise and training that may cause fatigue. Ornithine also helps to act as a buffer to reduce ammonia build up, giving it an anti-fatigue role.
Choline, tyrosine, caffeine and vinpocetine are all known as nootropics – assisting with increased blood flow to the brain as well as acting as positive neurotransmitters to support improved mood, attention, focus and concentration, all important aspects in exercise performance.
While most of the ingredients are backed by research for their beneficial and ergogenic effects, due to the use of a proprietary formula, it’s hard to tell whether there is enough of each ingredient to actually support those functions to an adequate level. Proprietary formula’s are slowly being phased out due to customers becoming increasingly knowledgeable, and the Arnold Series Iron Pump will need to follow suit, especially if the product fails to meet expectations.
Iron Pump is currently available in 3 flavours; Fruit Punch, Raspberry Lemonade and Watermelon. The supplement tastes extremely similar to MusclePharm’s signature pre-workout Assault albeit in a smaller serving size. Overall, the powder mixes well with minimal frothing and no residue.
If one were to judge the Arnold Series Iron Pump solely on the ingredients, it definitely has the making’s of a great pre-workout that will get you ‘swole’ or vascular and definitely help give you the pump. In addition, Iron Pump will most likely help to support improved mental performance, focus and attention; all important factors to help you get the most out of your training session. The effects might not be as potent as some of the more stimulant based pre-workouts, but Iron Pump is an excellent beginner supplement for those just using pre-workouts for the first time.