MAX'S – BETAPUMP BLACK
I think the team at MAX's came up with the 'Lab Series' branding because 'Mad Scientist Division' is too accurate. Wow! Max's BetaPump Black definitely delivers as far as a pre workout, pump intensifier goes!
Taste and Solubility –
So for the test, we were using the 'Green Apple' flavour. Taste is on point with this. I want to say, long gone are the days of horrible tasting pre-workouts. Having a tasty pre-workout is great. Having one that mixes well is better. Have both? Winning! That's exactly what we've got here.
Ok, so first glance at the packaging and you've got two options, single or double scoop. With an abbreviated breakdown of both choices, handy right?
I like that MAX's have put this on their label as they have addressed the fact that some (most) of us double scoop our pre-workout. Also having the option of low and high stim saves the consumer from buying two different pre-workouts.
For the breakdown I'm just going to address some key ingredients here.
The start of most pre workouts begins with good ol' caffeine. With a single scoop equivalent to 2 cups of coffee this is great for those who are caffeine sensitive. Whereas the double scoop has the equivalent to being a university student with an assignment due the next day. 325mg will be enough to wake up your average gym goer.
Citrulline Malate (1000mg), L-Arginine HCL (750 mg) & Agmatine Sulfate (400mg)
Now I've grouped these three together as they are the main antagonist in giving you that skin splitting pump you're chasing everyday in the gym. With a generous dosing of each, this tri-fecta will widen your veins (vasodialate), getting more blood & oxygen into your muscles. Also carrying essential nutrients for muscle growth, these 3 will have you leaving the gym with a sense of accomplishment & the almighty pump!
In the body, Tyrosine is converted into L-DOPA, which is then converted into noradrenaline & adrenaline (norepiniphren & epinephren respectively).
BASICALLY what this means is that these two hormones are released when your body is in a 'fight or flight' situation. Which translates into, it should make you more focused & responsive while you're training.
Another staple in every pre-workout & the culprit behind that 'tingly' feeling you either hate or love. With the dosing of this, you definitely feel the tingles within about 5-10 minutes of taking Betapump. Supplementation of beta-alanine is supposedly beneficial in decreasing fatigue in athletes and increasing overall work done.
For me personally, on paper, 325mg of caffeine seemed like a decent amount. However while training, I never really got the feeling that I had just taken in so much of it. Although I was able to get through multiple training sessions, I still felt as if I was missing the intensity. Now I do recognise that this could have been from me as well, which is why I used BetaPump as my sole PWO for an entire training week.
Value For Money –
For a popular, well known and well respected brand such as MAX's, they have made Betapump surprisingly affordable. Sitting well under a dollar p/scoop (30 serve), this is a great PWO for a younger lifter who is new to the gym, or anyone who is money conscious looking for great value!
Overall, BetaPump did deliver great results, time after time. Although it was lacking what can only be described as 'pushing the nitrous button' level of intensity, there was still a high level of focus & drive to each workout. For me, BetaPump is a great weekday PWO where you can scoop it at night and still get to bed without staring at your ceiling.
If you're keen on trying it out for yourself (and I recommend it), head on over to the Max's BetaPump Black page.