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Overview of Legion Athletics Pulse
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Legion Pulse is a comprehensive preworkout that covers all the corners. While we do have a pretty basic formula, the ingredients included have extensive science detailing their functionality and providing proof for their ability to enhance your workout.
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Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed Legion Athletics Pulse on five categories. We first start by looking at it’s ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at the different ingredients used in the pre-workout supplement, what their intention is and how effectively dosed are each ingredient.
We then look at effectiveness. An effective pre-workout product will use high quality, proven ingredients, at clinically backed dosages. This is generally an extension of the profile section. The higher quality ingredients used at proper dosages, the more effective that pre-workout will be.
Then we move into the taste of the different flavors we’ve tried. We grade each flavor separately and average the scores for their overall taste rating. We were able to test out the following flavors: Fruit Punch.
Mixability refers to how well the powder mixes in 6-8oz of water. We use the shaker bottle test. This would be your typical Blender Bottle with the spiral chrome ball.
Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, effectiveness, taste and mixability in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of pre-workout products on the market.
Legion Athletics gives us a pretty standard formula here with Pulse. They were sure to cover all the bases, and included good dosages of all the ingredients included. We will take a deeper look at this profile and break everything down for you.
We start off with 8 grams of L-Citrulline Malate. This ingredient is simply the amino acid L-citrulline, bound to malic acid. We are getting a 2:1 ratio here, meaning for every 2 grams of citrulline we have 1 gram of malic acid. Citrulline is used to improve blood flow in the body. Since we have a 2:1 ratio we are getting just over 5 grams of pure citrulline, which puts us at a reasonable dose of this ingredient. We have a branded version of beta-alanine up next. At 3.6 grams, this ingredient will work to improve exercise capacity and reduce muscle fatigue when used daily. Remember, this is an ingredient that requires a “loading” phase. This is a great dose of beta-alanine.
Betaine Anhydrous is included at 2.5 grams for its ability to increase muscular endurance, strength and power. We like seeing betaine at this dose, so we are happy here. We have a fast-acting form of Caffeine at 350mg. This is a pretty hefty dose, and also seemed to cause a bit of an energy crash post-workout. However, it surely gives enough energy to adequately fuel your workout.
We have 350mg of L-theanine to help provide a calming effect without sedation, as well as helping with some of the nervousness and jittery side effects that may accompany the hefty dose of caffeine. This is a great dose of L-theanine. Finally, we have AlphaSize® Alpha-GPC. This is one of our favorite ingredients here at FI for its ability to improve overall brain function and mental focus. We are getting a total of 150mg with the 2-scoop serving size, which is lower than the clinically supported dose of 300mg.
If you are looking for a simple but effective preworkout, Pulse would be worth a try. We had the energy we needed alongside a few other ingredients to add to the mix.
The energy portion of this product is good, but it is very simple. The best way to describe it is simple, but effective. There is a pretty harsh energy crash afterwards, but that is expected with a 350mg dose of caffeine and no other ingredients to help combat the sudden come-down.
Alpha-GPC carries the weight in the focus category. While it does aid in focus, it is a little under dosed. We feel like Alpha-GPC has the potential to make a huge impact in this formula if it was dosed higher. The pump component is fueled by Citrulline malate. We achieved good pumps and maintained them for our workout, but it wasn’t anything crazy.
We have two main ingredients that fuel the endurance, strength and power aspects of Pulse. Betaine and beta-alanine work together to give us the potential for increased work capacity and explosiveness.
Just to reiterate, we are getting a pretty basic formula here with Pulse. We have a few of the essentials and a little bit of innovation with Alpha-GPC. We would like to see some more ingredients included, especially at a $40 price point.
We got to use the fruit punch flavor during our trial run. We can say it’s definitely not a bad flavor, but not the best fruit punch we have had. However, we feel like it just gives a bit too much of a bitter aftertaste. This one wouldn’t be a bad choice, but we hope to try some of the others in the near future (they have 11 different flavors).
Legion Pulse mixes pretty well. You will have some grit in the bottom, but it isn’t very detectable when you drink. One big thing you will notice is how much it foams up while you shake it. This isn’t too much of a concern since it goes away after about a minute and doesn’t disrupt the mixability aspect.
Pulse retails on Legion Athletics website at 40$ for a 21-serving tub. When we look at this in terms of price per serving, we are getting right at $2 per serving. We would like to see this a bit lower given the basic profile, but we are getting a few brand name ingredients that are dosed correctly. This is a reasonable price point and shouldn’t deter you from picking up this product.
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