Overview of KA-POW PUMPED!
Hero Supplements is a fairly new brand with only three products, as of this review, under their supplement line. They have a pre-workout, a testosterone booster and this pump product.
KA-POW! PUMPED is the first product under this brand I have ever tried. It is a a decent value pump product that can help you increase your blood flow and improve your overall pump in the gym. It’s label is not overly complicated but your required serving for an optimal pump may vary depending on your weight and tolerance. Overall this product is mediocre and would be an OK starter pump product for anyone.
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed KA-POW! PUMPED 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 pump supplement, what their intention is and how effectively dosed are each ingredient.
We then look at effectiveness. An effective pre-workout 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 product 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: Hawaiian Pump.
Mixability refers to how well the powder mixes in 12oz 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 pump products on the market.
KA-POW! PUMPED, like most pump igniters contains very typical pump ingredients like L-Citrulline, Agmatine Sulfate and L-Norvaline. The combination of L-Citrullline (which promotes the production of nitric oxide (NO) in your blood stream by converting to arginine in the kidneys which increases NO levels) and L-Norvaline (when your body creates NO from arginine it also creates an enzyme putting a ceiling on the amount of NO produced – L-Norvaline inhibits this ceiling) allows for amazing pumps when dosed correctly. This product is dosed fairly well so it can be used by a multitude of lifters.
The L-Citrulline is at 2g which optimal levels, per studies, may be around 6g per day, so getting 2g at once is 33% of your intake.
L-Norvaline, per studies, should be supplemented between 100-200mg – this product has 100mg.
The 500mg of Agmatine Sulfate is on the lower side, but Agmatine Sulfate allows for you to push through pain thresholds and helps the production of NO in your blood stream.
KA-POW! PUMPED also include Hydromax which allows your muscles to store water and promote blood flow. This is typically dosed at a 1:1 ratio so it actually comes in 1,000mg less than L-Citrulline but I wouldn’t be too worried about that. This is an added bonus to have this ingredient in this product.
I have never experienced increased vascularity from any pump product, this one included. However my muscles were more “full” after lifts which does translate into this product being productive. In full transparency I did end up having to use two scoops of this to get a really good pump. This allowed me to get 1g of Agmatine Sulfate which improved my pumps.
I believe someone who has not dabbled in some hardcore pre-workouts and pump products that one scoop would be plenty. It is important to note that this is not a pre-workout, it is a pump igniter meaning it should be taken with a pre-workout. Overall the effectiveness of the product was good for producing a sizable pump with two scoops for me. One scoop did product a pump, just not as nicely as two scoops.
KA-POW! PUMPED is flavorless. Typically when a company says their product is flavorless there is still a “poor” taste to the product. Not with KA-POW PUMPED. Although I do not recommend taking this as a standalone product, as it should be mixed with a pre-workout, there really is no taste to it. I would just mix it with my morning pre-workout and it never had an effect on the taste of the pre-workout. With no artificial flavoring or colors this really is a true flavorless product.
KA-POW! PUMPED mixes very easily. I would mix KA-POW! PUMPED with my pre-workout drink. No clumps or residue left over after shaking it up in a Blender Bottle.
KA-POW! PUMPED is a good value pump ignitor supplement. Typically pump ignitors run around $30 (or more) for 30 servings but this product comes in around $25 for 30 servings. It is a straight shooting, transparent product that gets you what you need at a good price. No proprietary blends so you know exactly what you’re paying for.