MusclePharm has finally released a new version of the incredibly popular pre-workout supplement Assault. While trying to read more about the new formula, I began to notice that there is a lot of speculation about how the “new” the formula actually is without much for actual information. So I took it upon myself to do a bit of research on it and share my findings with you.
Firstly, the amount of caffeine per serving has been increased to 200mg compared to the original 150mg. This can be a bit confusing, so let me clarify it for you now. The new version has a total of 200 mg per 1 full scoop, and the old one had 150mg per 1/2 scoop (which was 1 full serving). The new Assault also includes a new form of caffeine called PurEnergy which has been shown to prolong the effects of caffeine in our bodies – and because it is absorbed more slowly by the body it helps to reduce or eliminate any after-crash effects. While this does sound very appealing to anyone who has experienced the caffeine crash from other pre-workouts, you may want to be wary how late into the day you drink it.
Second is the increase in nitrates from a variety of sources. Nitrates have been shown to be one of the most effective ingredients at producing more Nitric Oxide in the blood stream and increasing vasodilation, which in turn improves blood flow and nutrient delivery to the muscles. Though the research on this is still a bit debatable, nitrates have been shown on multiple occasions to produce this effect. Where the old formula didn’t have any Nitrates to offer, the new one contains Red Beet Extract, CreNitrate, ArgNitrate, and BCAANitrate.
One of the more debatable changes to the formula is the amount of Creatine. I have been told by MusclePharm reps that the new Assault contains approximately 1 gram of Creatine (CreNitrate) compared to the old Assault’s 5 grams of Creatine. The reps are saying that they have to determined the 1 gram pre-workout combined with the high levels of nitrates creates the most effective balance for your workout. One of them also stated that you’re welcome to follow-up your workout with a regular dose of Creatine mono. So for those who depended on Assault as their sole source of Creatine, may have to spend an extra dollar for Creatine separately.
They also increased the amount of Beta Alanine by 500mg per serving. Beta Alanine is the ingredient responsible for creating the tingling sensation on your skin as well as improving your muscular endurance by delaying lactic acid build up (which makes your muscle feel sore). The rest of the changes are not as significant, but includes the addition of Vitamin C, a slight increase in B Vitamin quantities and so on. All around, the new Assault formula is certainly more scientifically advanced and one of the better pre-workout supplement options available today. Though some people may not be pleased with the new amount of Creatine, Assault will surely stay among the most popular and most effective pre-workout supplements for some time.