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Axe & Sledge Intake Pre-Workout: An All-In-One Pre-Workout Supplement

By February 3, 2024February 6th, 2024No Comments
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Axe & Sledge Intake

Axe & Sledge is back at the innovation table and it includes massive updates to their pre-workout lineup of supplements. Axe & Sledge has been known for their stim-based pre-workout Ignition Switch, but the "switch" is officially on with the announcement of Intake, an all-in-one pre-workout supplement from Axe & Sledge.

Intake will be a fully disclosed pre-workout supplement launching in two flavors. The flavors are Island Breeze and Fruit Kaboom. These are going to be 40/20 servings.

Intake will be a giant upgrade from Ignition Switch as it is fully loaded and truly an all-in-one experience.

Axe & Sledge Intake Pre-Workout Supplement Facts

Hearing about new launches and flavors is fun, but at the end of the day we want to know what is in these supplements and, most important, will it work for you and me? Axe & Sledge all-in-one pre-workout powder Intake is the best work that the brand has done in the stimulant based pre-workout category since the brand’s inception. We take a look at the supplement facts panel on the two scoop serving size.

Axe & Sledge Intake SFPL-Citrulline – 8g

The ongoing trend in sports nutrition is massive dosages of Citrulline. That continues in Intake from Axe & Sledge with a massive dose of 8g of pure L-Citrulline. Axe & Sledge is no stranger to big doses of Citrulline. They also included 8g in their Hydraulic V2, their non-stimulant pre-workout powder. Citrulline is converted the Arginine in the body which improve Nitric Oxide, thus improving blood flow for better pump and endurance. Citrulline’s positive impact starts to work as little as 4g, so the 8g serving size is more than enough.

Beta-Alanine – 3.2g

Beta-Alanine is one of the most widely used ingredients in pre-workout powders. The most common feedback on Beta-Alanine is the tingles. The body does require Beta-Alanine daily for it to work effectively, but at 3.2g a day this will help improve muscular endurance, thus leading to better workouts. We want to see 3.2g-6.4g.

Betaine Anhydrous – 2,500mg

Betaine Anhydrous has a plethora of benefits. It can aid with strength and power output. It can also help with recovery and endurance too. In the past brands would dose this at 1-1.5g, but in the modern times we are seeing more doses around 2,500mg which is great.

elevATP – 150mg

elevATP increases levels of endogenous ATP which can lead to increased strength, power and performance in resistance-trained athletes. This ingredient, a branded (not cheap) ingredient is gaining more traction in the pre-workout category for it’s proven ability to improve workouts.

elevATP is unique in that it naturally helps ourselves produce our own ATP the way nature intended. elevATP is NOT exogenous ATP, but an ingredient that helps our bodies provide higher levels of ATP via its own internal mechanisms. Due to this, elevATP promotes non-stimulatory energy from our body’s own mitochondria. 

The 150mg dosage is what we’d want to see for a full positive impact. 

Senactiv – 50mg

Senactiv from Nuliv is a great ingredient as it has shown to increase endurance during high intensity interval training, increase ATP production and improve recovery by reducing inflammation and increasing muscle glycogen levels. The accepted dosage of Senactiv is 50mg. Overall, supplementing with Senactiv will lead to better workouts.

Caffeine Anhydrous – 250mg

Caffeine is a constant in the pre-workout category. Axe & Sledge has elected to go with two types of caffeine. The first being the fast acting, harder hitting, caffeine anhydrous at 250mg. We like this dosage as it is between that sweet spot of 200-300mg.

Theobromine – 100mg

Theobromine is a metabolite of caffeine. It can aid in energy production as well as thermogenesis. The 100mg dosage is typical of what we see. It is a compliment to stimulant s in pre-workouts.

zumXR – 50mg

zumXR is an extended release caffeine. Unlike Caffeine Anhydrous, zumXR takes more time to engage, which is beneficial combining with Caffeine Anhydrous. The Caffeine Anhydrous can hit first, then zumXR can start to hit over an extended period of time allowing you to sustain healthy energy levels throughout your lift, but equally as important, avoiding the awful post workout caffeine crash. The 50mg dosage is good.

L-Tyrosine – 2,000mg

Tyrosine is an ingredient added to aid with focus. This ingredient is becoming more and more popular among formulators, and rightfully so as it has been proven to aid in mental clarity and concentration. We love the 2,000mg dosage of this great ingredient to work alongside caffeine.

CDP Choline – 250mg

CDP Choline is a preferred choice of choline because it has a high bioavailability. If you look at another form of Choline like Choline Bitartrate, CDP Choline will work better at lower doses. 

CDP Choline has been shown in studies to improve attention and memory. Improving the mind-muscle connection is a huge benefit to a lot of pre-workouts. Combined with Tyrosine, CDP Choline is a solid choice to use. We like to see a minimum of 250mg used.

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Final Takeaway

I have always been honest, Ignition Switch was never my favorite pre-workout. I really like the changes made and the big upgrades here by Axe & Sledge on their new Intake pre-workout. I would imagine over time we will get more flavors, but for now I am going to be happy with this formula. 

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