MusclePharm Assault in Brief
MusclePharm’s release of their new pre-workout formulation ‘Assault’ is being touted as their most thoroughly researched product yet, being one of the only pre-workout products on the market with certifications from both NSF and Informed Choice as banned substance free. With the already flooded market for pre-workout supplements, how does MusclePharm’s new formulation stack up?
Assault comes with a recommended serving size of 23g (half the provided scoop) with 32 servings in every 736g tub. The packaging has all the standard labelling we’ve come to expect including table of supplement facts, a brief summary of core ingredients, safety guidelines and the aforementioned addition of banned substance free certifications. Everything is laid out clear and succinctly and there is also the addition of a panel for suggested use for both moderate intensity and hardcore training.
MusclePharm Assault – Taste & Mixability
Assault is currently stocked in two flavours (green apple and raspberry lemonade). However the taste and palatability of the two flavours blend quite well with the ingredients as well when mixed in 14-16 oz of water.
MusclePharm Assault – Value
While the serving size is smaller than a lot of other pre-workout supplements, the average cost per serve is still moderate. This is mostly due to the fact that each serve is filled with quality active ingredients as opposed to cheap ‘sugar’ fillers or diluted vitamin and minerals mixes.
MusclePharm Assault – Active Ingredients
- Con-Cret: Assault is the first pre-workout product to include the revolutionary blend of pure creatine hydrochloride.
- Astragin: Shown in cell, animal, and human studies to significantly improve nutrient absorption at a cellular level.
- Cinnulin: Like astragin, cinnulin helps support cellular absorption, so creatine, arginine, vitamins and other proven ingredients in Assault can enter the muscles.
- BCAAs: The BCAAs in the formula are in a patent-pending 3:1:2 ratio which is higher in leucine and valine than isoleucine. The addition of these amino acids promotes recovery and supports lean muscle mass.
- NO 1,3-Dimethylamine: A banned substance notorious in a number of pre-workout supplements. Also know as geranium or geranamine, and DMAA, the compound is usually used as a nasal decongestant. It has stimulatory and thermogenic properties similar to that of caffeine.
- Staple ingredients: 4g beta-alanine, 5g of Con-Cret® & Creapure creatine, 1.5g citrulline malate, 6g BCAA, carbohydrates, vitamins.
MusclePharm Assault – Pros
One of the initial things that always catch the eye first with pre-workout supplements is the carbohydrate (specifically sugar) and caffeine content. With such a large volume of pre-workout products on the market today, new blend additions tend to get muddled with large amounts of caffeine to create a more alert and focused feeling, at the cost of caffeine’s numerous drawbacks (tremors, anxiety etc). At only 125mg of caffeine, the efficacy of the ‘Assault proprietary blend’ really has the chance to stake its claim. Assault welcomes the addition of the relatively new to market product con-cret, a blend of pure creatine hydrochloride which has been shown to limit monohydrate’s often experienced side effects of water bloat, GI issues and cramping. With the addition of familiar ingredients such as l-glutamine, l-aspartic acid, citrulline malate and beta alanine, this product has all the markings of a pre-workout supplement restrictive on ‘filler’ ingredients and instead packed with a set of both tried and true and new and innovative blends growing in scientific backing to provide optimal endurance and focus with a fully primed energy system.
MusclePharm Assault – Cons
Although all the ingredients are listed in the provided supplement facts panel, only certain micronutrients are accounted for in terms of amounts in grams and milligrams. While the values for the assault proprietary blend can be found through accessing the supplement’s lead website, I would have liked to have seen ingredients such as taurine, caffeine, creatine and assorted BCAAs make their way into the upper table of measurements. Similarly, the product also contains creatine monohydrate, so without a clear indication of ratio balance between monohydrate and hydrochloride, it makes it difficult to judge which variety is the predominating creatine.