Musclepharm Wreckage Pre Workout is the latest addition to Musclepharm’s product range formulated to improve athletic performance, strength, and health, without the use of banned substances.
One of the reasons I love Musclepharm products is that they’re tested and certified by Informed Choice. This means they're certified and batch tested to contain no banned substances so I can comfortably recommend them to gym goers and competitive athletes alike.
I’ve been enjoying Musclepharm Wreckage Pre Workout for a couple of months now, but what with the end of year silly season I never got around to writing the review!
It takes more than just a hefty dose of caffeine to impress this girl so let’s take a look at the features of Musclepharm Wreckage.
Musclepharm Wreckage Features
- Elite Pre Workout formulated to enhance training performance
- 5g L Citrulline
- 2g CarnoSyn Beta Alanine
- 1g Taurine
- 300mg Caffeine
- Cutting edge ingredients VASO6, NeuroFactor & Alpha GPC
- Available in sour candy and fruit punch
Who is Musclepharm Wreckage for?
Musclepharm have marketed this pre-workout towards the “elite athletes”, however personally I think that’s cutting out a chunk of the market that would definitely enjoy and benefit from this pre-workout. If you’re just looking for a bit of an energy boost to help you through your workout then Wreckage is definitely over the top. But if you’re a gym goer who appreciates a fine pre-workout with serious pumps, focus, and endurance you may appreciate the finer qualities of Wreckage.
In saying that, elite athletes will definitely benefit hugely from supplementing their training with Wreckage as it is formulated to support increased energy, performance, endurance, and recovery. Not just a caffeine hit (or a pretty face). The fact that it is certified by Informed Choice for no banned substances also hugely benefits elite athletes as they can safely take the supplement and comply with their sport’s anti-doping policies. Musclepharm sponsors elite athletes from the Hurricanes, Silver Ferns, and Black Ferns to name a few.
Musclepharm Wreckage Pros
Muscle endurance and pumpsEvery serving of Wreckage contains 2g of Beta-Alanine. Beta-Alanine increases muscular endurance by buffering the lactic acid that builds up during exercise. This delays the onset of fatigue allowing you to push harder and longer with your workout.
Research has shown doses between 2-6g of Beta-Alanine are effective, with 3.2g being the optimal dose. While the dosage of Beta Alanine is at the lower end of the range, Musclepharm have used the highest quality Beta-Alanine available (Carnosyn.)
Musclepharm Wreckage also contains 5 g of pure L-Citrulline – an improvement on the previous pre-workout, Musclepharm Assault. Citrulline has been known to increase muscle contraction efficiency, which means that you will be able to perform more reps later on in the workout. Citrulline also reduces muscle soreness and enhances Nitric Oxide levels for increased blood flow and muscle pumps.
Worried 5g of L-Citrulline won’t be enough to give you those sweet, sweet pumps? Wreckage also includes the patented VASO-6 (Green tea leaf extract) and AstraGin for enhanced nitric oxide levels and pumps.
According to Compound Solutions’ official website (Vaso6’s manufacturer), this “is a natural and patented ingredient for nitric oxide production and blood flow, clinically proven to increase vasodilation by 50 percent.” The company says to produce this effect the required dosage is 300 milligrams – exactly what’s in MusclePharm Wreckage.
The official website also claims Vaso6 has other impressive pre-workout benefits:
- Improved blood flow for shorter muscle recovery time
- Increased nitric oxide production and vasodilation
- Better nutrient delivery to the muscles
- Increased antioxidant protection
Vaso6 has no reported side effects as this is an ingredient derived from green tea extract. So far studies have found no adverse side effects on the body from green tea extract. Interesting fact: Compound Solutions also manufacture TeaCrine, the patent pending form of theacrine!
Explosive energyMusclepharm Wreckage contains 300mg Caffeine so it’s strictly a one scoop only pre-workout. Caffeine is one of the best natural stimulants on the market.
Numerous studies show it can help promote energy, metabolism, focus and even power output.
Want to push harder at the gym to get results? Musclepharm Wreckage will help you do it.
Wreckage also contains 100mg alpha GPC (glycerylphosphorylcholine) per serving. This is a less common ingredient, although we have seen it used in the recent Cellucor C4 Ultimate pre-workout. Alpha GPC is a source of choline. This acts as a precursor of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which plays a vital role in muscle contractions.
It’s also believed that higher acetylcholine levels in the brain result in increased focus. Alpha GPC may also help increase human growth hormone (HGH) levels.
The third component of MusclePharm Wreckage’s Neuro Focus blend is 100mg of l-theanine per serving. This amino acid is a natural ingredient found in green tea and helps to manage the intense rush that you get from stimulants to allow you more of a high energy focus.
L-Theanine has also been linked to promoting the feel good hormones in your body like GABA and dopamine.
MusclePharm Wreckage’s final cutting-edge ingredient is 100mg of NeuroFactor (whole coffee fruit concentrate)(Coffee arabica) per serving. Simply put, this is Arabic coffee. It has similar benefits to caffeine anhydrous. The additional caffeine hit gives you another energy hit, but neuroFactor also works synergistically with Caffeine and L-theanine to sustain the effects of caffeine and enhance focus.
Mind, body and focus
Research suggests that workouts cause stress on the body, not only on the muscles but on the cognitive functions as well. Musclepharm Wreckage contains adequate quantities of L-Tyrosine to ensure that this won’t happen.
According to Dr. Simon N. Young of the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (via NCBI.NLM.NIH.gov), “L-tyrosine prevents some of the cognitive decline in response to physical stressors.”
L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that can help to lessen the levels of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is the stress hormone which your body produces in response to external or internal stressors. Elevated cortisol may help your body in those fight or flight scenarios but it can also cause catabolism and prevent adequate recovery.
L-Tyrosine supports your body to regulate your cortisol levels so you feel less stressed and more focused. This can allow you to concentrate for longer in the gym, and stay motivated to keep going.
FlavoursDid you say sour candy? There’s been a recent influx of sour flavoured pre-workouts hitting the market and I have to say I haven’t been impressed… Until now! Musclepharm Wreckage Pre Workout in Sour Candy flavour gives you an extra wake up with the perfect amount of sourness that I feel it’s actually justified in calling itself “Sour Candy”.
It is also available in a less intense Fruit Punch flavour.
Musclepharm Wreckage Cons
Musclepharm have left creatine out of this pre-workout. Pre workout formulas usually contain creatine to support However creatine is often only added in small doses to pre-workouts anyway, meaning athletes need to supplement with extra creatine to make up to the recommended clinical dose of 5g. So no biggie.
Hefty scoop size
Each tub contains only 25 serves which makes it a higher price-per-serve product. One could say it is one of the new “top shelf” pre-workouts that are being formulated focusing on performance and quality over price. Like most top shelf products for a higher price you get a higher quality product, but if you’re using it every day the price soon adds up.
Large caffeine dose may be too high for some users
This isn't an entry level or even mid level pre-workout. I'd only recommend this to experienced pre-workout users or people who know they can tolerate high amounts of caffeine. It's also probably a bit over the top for lower intensity workouts and should be reserved for those sessions you really want to kick some @ss!
Musclepharm Wreckage Side Effects
Some individuals may experience side-effects due to the rather high level of caffeine in Musclepharm Wreckage. Side effects may include headaches, nausea or vomiting, restlessness, insomnia, increased heart rate, to name a few. Always start with half a scoop to assess your tolerance and limit or exclude caffeine from other sources.
This ingredient can cause a harmless tingling sensation known as Parasthesia. This can vary in intensity between users and some may not experience this at all. At a 2g dose this side effect will be less intense than at the higher doses.
Verdict on Musclepharm WreckageMusclepharm Wreckage is definitely worth the investment if you’re serious about smashing your training or workouts. With performance enhancing ingredients to increase energy, muscle endurance, vasodilation, cognition and focus, the only thing it’s really missing is creatine. No banned substances certified means that athletes can use this pre-workout without risk, but it even puts the average gym goers mind at ease. If you appreciate the art of a good pre-workout make sure you check out Musclepharm Wreckage.
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