Let's talk about catching the sickest pump and what ingredients to look for in your pre workout & pump products in 2019! As most of all you already know, there is no better feeling than hitting the gym and coping a pretty sick pump. Like the great Arnold Schwarzenegger said:

"The greatest feeling you can get in a gym or the most satisfying feeling you can get in the gym is the pump. Let's say you train your biceps, blood is rushing in to your muscles and that's what we call the pump. Your muscles get a really tight feeling like your skin is going to explode any minute and its really tight and its like someone is blowing air into your muscle and it just blows up and it feels different, it feels fantastic. It's as satisfying to me as cumming is, you know, as in having sex with a woman and cumming. So can you believe how much I am in heaven? I am like getting the feeling of cumming in the gym; I'm getting the feeling of cumming at home; I'm getting the feeling of cumming backstage; when I pump up, when I pose out in front of 5000 people I get the same feeling, so I am cumming day and night. It's terrific, right? So you know, I am in heaven." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

It's pretty safe to say that no matter who you are, or what style of lifting you do. We all have one thing in common.. We love pumps!

Let's kick it off with the first ingredient:


Hands down 2018 was the year for L-Citrulline. I don't think I have ever seen a year like last, when companies were going above and beyond clinical dosages of a single ingredient like this one.

What is it?

Well, to start L-Citrulline is naturally found inside the body. However, when taken as a supplement L-Citrulline can give off pretty significant performance benefits. It is most commonly known for boosting nitric-oxide levels, which dilates your blood vessels. Basically meaning you can boost your nitric-oxide levels up, deliver more blood into the muscle, catch a sick pump, and deliver more nutrients into muscle cells for enhanced recovery. L-Citrulline can act as an ammonia scavenger, which will aid in reductions of muscle fatigue. Allow you to go much longer, and stronger! Disclaimer, if you are a cross fit, or endurance athlete most likely you will not see huge benefits from this.

How to dose L-Citrulline:

Dosing L-Citrulline is quite simple. Most pre workout supplements like Duality have ideal amounts of it inside them already. Generally you want to shoot for anywhere from 2.4g - 6g of it a day, for at least 7 days straight before all the major benefits start to kick in. So if you have day's off from the gym, make sure you find a way to keep it inside your blood stream for maximum effects!


Now, I must say... L-Norvaline has to be my favorite N.O Boosting ingredient out there. It carries so many awesome benefits it's unreal! To start, the biggest benefit you will see from it is, the ability to inhibit nitric oxide production. Meaning, it stops and pro-longs the body's ability to break down nitric oxide for a extended period of time.. What this means for you and your biceps is, you're going to walk around longer holding a gnarly pump that you caught at the gym!

Issue... L-Norvaline is very expensive. So most companies can't give you the full dosing you need to really see these benefits. Make sure that you always have no less than 200mg of L-Norvaline per serving! 

Betaine Anhydrous:

Okay, here's the deal. Most of you have never heard of Betaine before and you may have no clue what it even does or why I am recommending it over something like Agmatine. Well, to start: It helps protect your body against dehydration. Why is that important? Because it can help reduce side effects of dehydration like breaking down glycogen rapidly, and increased hear rate.

Betaine is believed to help the muscle fiber to well, reduce protein breakdown and aid in muscle growth. Several studies in fact suggest that can boost intramuscular creatine levels. AKA boost power and strength! 


Wrap it all up:

So if you ask me, what I personally think are going to be the top 3 ingredients for N.O Boosting. These are them! Moving through out the year, I predict the consumer market will cause more brands to use higher amounts of ingredients like these, and ultimately weed out the companies who are pixie dusting their products... If you are interested in any products that have huge dosages of each ingredient check out any of our pre workouts here!



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