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Axe & Sledge Hydraulic V2: A Great Step Forward

By November 21, 2023April 19th, 2024No Comments
Axe & Sledge Hydraulic V2

Axe & Sledge has really established themselves as a powerhouse of a supplement company. They know their audience, and they certainly have a loyal following. It’s hard to not want to buy from a guy like Seth Feroce. 

For years, their highest selling product was Hydraulic, a non-stim pre-workout. It’s quite rare to see a brand sell a non-stim pre-workout more than a caffeinated one, but Axe & Sledge was able to do so.

While the pre-workout was certainly effective and had a loyal following, there was certainly room for improvement. Well Axe & Sledge recently launched their follow up Hydraulic V2, which we have been using quite regularly here at FI. 

Let’s take a look at each ingredient, and why it has become one of our favorite non-stim pre-workouts. We will be going by the 2 scoop dosage for this article.

Axe & Sledge Hydraulic V2 Supplement Facts

L-Citrulline – 8,000mg

Axe & Sledge Hydraulic V2 SFPCitrulline is the precursor to L-Arginine in the body, which in turn increases nitric oxide levels. What does this all mean in simple terms? You get a bigger, fuller pump. While many companies are using the less expensive Citrulline Malate (that’s another conversation), Axe & Sledge uses pure Citrulline at a dosage that is well above the usual 3g-5g you see most of the time. 

At 8,000mg, you are getting a solid dose in here. 


Beta-Alanine – 3,200mg

Another addition is Beta-Alanine, which is no surprise. Beta-Alanine is pretty much the most common ingredient in pre-workouts these days. While many simply take Beta-Alanine for the paresthesia, it actually has benefits beyond the “tingles”.

Beta-Alanine to put it simply, buffers lactic acid during exercise. This means it may aid in overall endurance. It is a saturation based ingredient, so we recommend supplementing with it on off days as well.  

You get 3,200mg in 2 scoops of Hydraulic V2, which is a clinical dose.

Glycerol Monostearate (Hydromax ®) – 3,000mg

Hydromax® is a trademarked form of Glycerol Monostearate, which is a very popular ingredient in pump products. It also works a bit differently from traditional pump ingredients as well. Where many ingredients focus on vasodilation/vasorelaxation, Glycerol Monostearate works by muscular hydration. It has been shown to help with aerobic and anaerobic performance.

Axe & Sledge uses Hydromax® at 3g,higher than the usual 1g-2g you see in many pre-workouts.

Taurine – 2,000mg

Taurine is the next ingredient in Hydraulic V2, and it should come as no surprise. Taurine is growing in popularity, and for good reason. Taurine is known for its ability to aid with blood flow and hydration. Hydration is very important for pumps, and many already take Taurine for the anti-cramping benefits.

At 2 grams, you are getting a solid dose. 

L-Tyrosine – 1,000mg

We typically see Tyrosine around 1,000mg. More and more companies are using it at higher dosages. Tyrosine can aid with improving clarity and focus. The mind-muscle connection is, in our opinion, one of the most important aspects of a pre-workout supplement, stim or non-stim, that a lot of companies put on the back burner due to the cost of ingredients.

At 1 gram, you should definitely notice a difference!

VasoDrive-AP – 508mg

VasoDrive-AP is a great ingredient to see in here, and it is one with good research behind it. It is actually a derivative of Casein, and has been shown to lower blood pressure, in doses as low as 150mg per day. Certainly a solid and expensive ingredient to add to this.

At 508mg, it is dosed well.

CitraPEAK® – 200mg 

CitraPEAK® is a pump ingredient that has been growing in popularity over the past few years. It is an antioxidant sourced from citrus fruit extract, and may aid with vasodilation. The active ingredient is known as Hesperidin.

You get 200mg in Hydraulic V2, which is a good dose

CognatiQ ® – 100mg

CognatiQ is Coffee Arabica fruit and is actuallyquite popular. Some of you may remember the old name of it (Neurofactor). It can help with BDNF levels, and may help with learning, memory, and higher thinking.

At 100mg, you are getting a good dose.

AstraGin® – 50mg

AstraGin is from NuLiv Science and is a popular bioavailability enhancer. It helps increase the expression of mRNA transporter proteins, which help transport nutrients to the bloodstream. 

At 50mg, you are getting a clinical dose.

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Final Takeaway

Honestly, this has been my go-to for weeks now. Our friend Heather worked quite hard on this one, and it really was worth the wait. Not only is it effective, the flavor is just great.

While I enjoyed the original formula even with some glaring underdosed ingredients, this one is just great and delivers when it comes to pumps. Honestly this along with an energy drink or Caffeine pill has been the only pre-workout I’ve taken over the past month.

Shark Bite is my recommended flavor if you like citrus, smooth and not overpowering. Great every time!

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