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Jack’d UP from Hi-tech pharmaceuticals – an introduction
In the last post I covered the details of Conquer from iForce. Now it’s time for another PWO review. Jack’d Up from Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals is a pre-workout supplement and although it’s one of the newer pwo’s on the market, its already very popular, and for a good reason, which you might already have guessed (simply from the name of the supplement.)
If you loved the original Jack3d from USP labs, you will probably want to get yourself a jar of this stuff.
What sets Jack’d apart from the majority of other pre workout supplemenets on the market today is the addition of DMAA – the substance that made the original Jack3d so popular. In addition to this, it comes with some caffeine, creatine, beta alanine and some other stuff. But before we get to the details, lets see what the company behind the supplement has to say about Jack’d.
What hi-tech pharmaceuticals has to say about jack’d up
Below is the text posted on Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals website about Jackd’ Up.
Jack’D Up™ – The Most Intense Pre Workout Powder Ever Created!†Jack’D Up™ is the Ultimate Pre-Workout formula and can be compared to a new and improved version of the original Jack 3D by USP Labs. USP Labs as most people know reformulated their product due to pressure from the FDA. Hi-Tech has created a similar product, but Hi-Tech improved upon their original formula in a few ways. There’s nothing like the right combination of compounds taken pre-workout to deliver consistently mind-blowing workouts to help you achieve your goals. After all, if your workouts are lacking, you can all but forget about making the type of progress you are looking for anytime soon. Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Jack’D Up™ gives you all the aggression you desire and ability to lift more weight, pump out more reps and have incredible and long-lasting energy, along with enormous muscle-engorging pumps. Jack’D Up™ is the most intense pre-workout product you will ever want to use again. The amount of energy and focus is perfect, pumps and vascularity are out of this world, but most importantly you will feel great throughout your entire workout. No crash, no bloat, no headaches, no disappointing workouts.
You will immediately feel an intense sensation of energy to help you beast through your workouts. This Product is known to boost Nitric Oxide Levels which promote muscle pumps and vascularity. This advanced pre-workout blend contains 4 different forms of creatine to aid in muscle growth and muscle fullness…. Creatine Nitrate, Creatine HCL, Disodium Creatine Phosphate, and Creatine Monohydrate are the most POTENT combination of creatine series compounds you will have ever taken! Take your gains and lifts to another planet and get Jack’D with Jack’D Up™ by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals.
Supplement Facts of jack’dup
So far things look good. But the description from the manufactures always sounds pretty good, right. So with that being said, let’s take a closer look at the supplement facts
Supplement Facts – jack’d up
Serving Size: 1 Scoop (5.55 grams)
Servings Per Container: 45
Proprietary Blend 4145mg
- L-Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate
- Creatine Nitrate
- Creatine HCL
- Disodium Creatine Phosphate
- Creatine Monohydrate
- Beta Alanine (CarnoSyn®)
- 1,3 Dimethylamylamine HCL
- Schisandra Chinensis (Berry) Extract
- Agmatine Sulphate
Supplement Facts In Details
The substances used in Jack’d Up have been listed above. Unfortunately, everything in Jack’d Up comes in one big prop. blend so we don’t know how much of what we get. However, we do know that one scoop is a total of 5.55 grams. Interestingly, the prop. blend is listed as a total of 4,145 mg. so I wonder what the rest is. That question will be left unanswered. Now with the list above, let’s take a closer look at the substances in details. Here goes.
L-Arginine AKG: L-Arginine is a non-essential amino acid that, among others, is involved in the production of nitric oxide. L-Arginine has demonstrated its ability to increase the NO (nitric oxide) production in blood vessels in several different studies. L-Arginine AKG should be superior to L-Arginine from a delivery and absorption perspective, giving the user longer and better “pumps”.
creatine nitrate is creatine bound to a nitrate salt, often listed as CreNitrate.I have covered Nitrates before here on muscles.zone. It’s a chemical compound which, when ingested, is converted nitrite which is then converted into Nitric Oxide. Nitric Oxide has been studied heavily from a bodybuilding perspective, and is loved by anyone looking for a better pump. The idea with creatine nitrate is that the nitrate will enhances the absorption of the Creatine portion, which has some truth to it. However, I think the true benefit of creatine nitrate is that you get creatine and nitrates.
Creatine HCL, short for creatine hydrochloride is made by attaching a hydrochloride group to creatine. The idea here is that by attaching a hydrochloride group to creatine we enhance its stability and solubility. Unfortunately there isnt a whole lot of studies on this stuff, but its debated heavily on various bodybuilding and supplement sites. Jim S. for one, is a true fan of creatine hydrochloride.
DISODIUM creatine phosphate
Yet another creatine variation (which is new to me). There really isnt a whole lot of information out there on this stuff, but I assume the idea here is that Disodium Creatine Phosphate will be more stable in water than normal creatine monohydrate with a slower degradation.
The standard stuff thats been on the market for years. It’s been proven time and time again to be beneficial for anyone looking to gain strength and muscle mass. Creatine Monohydrate is cheap and you can be sure they carry it in your local supplement store. Results from a cycle with creatine monohydrate are good and side-effects are minimal.
Beta Alanine: Its a brilliant substance from a bodybuilding perspective and one of my personal favorites. 2,000 mg is the sweet spot for me, which is probably more than what we are getting here. See this post or more information on Beta Alanine, and this post if you ever had any doubts on the effects from Beta Alanine.
We all know what this is and what it does. There is some synergy from this when combined with DMAA.
1,3 Dimethylamylamine HCL (DMAA)
DMAA (which is also known as 1,3 dimethylamylamine, methylhaxaneamine, 4-methyl-2-hexaneamine, 2-amino-4-methylhexane, geranium extract, Geranamine and geranium oil) is a substance that was used heavily in supplements in recent years (less so now though, due to the famous ban (which wasn’t really a ban). The effects from this substance is very similar to that of ephedrine. It was first seen in the supplement world in energizing supplement AMP from ErgoPharm by Patrick Arnold, years ago. It really caught people’s attention when Jack3d was released – a supplement that got extremely popular, specially due to DMAA. Jack3d was discontinue and this supplement is clearly an attempt to catch the attention of the same fans – the name of the supplement is almost identical, and it contains DMAA. Short version here is that DMAA works very well, but there are very mixed feelings about the potential side-effects from it.
Schisandra is an ingredient that supports cognitive functions of the body. It reduces inflammation in the brain and enhances the synaptic transmissions.
Agmatine Sulfate (which occasionally is listed a AgmaPure – but not in Conquer) acts as an anti-oxidant, appears to help regulate the levels of Nitric Oxide and should allegedly be able to give the user a focus boost. The most interesting aspect of agmatine sulfate is it’s effect on hyperemia (pump); typically NO related substances are used with the intention of increasing the NO levels. Agmatine sulfate however, works as a pump amplifier by prolonging its lifespan by preventing NO breakdown. I have no complaints here; good stuff.
Pump, Energy, Focus & Endurance
You are clearly going to get a good bump of energy going with a scoop of Jack’d due to DMAA combined with a bunch of caffeine and a bit of Schisandra. Needless to say that energy and focus are the key effects from this supplement. We do have a bit of beta alanine for better pumps, along with creatine nitrate where the nitrate will add to the pump, and of course the L-Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate will do its job here too. Creatine wise, I think it’s underdosed, and in my opinion, better suited for a post workout supplement.
There is potential for side-effects here with the addition of DMAA (and the combination of this with caffeine). There is a reason to think twice about using this supplement. If you plan to do so, make sure to stay within the recommended dose.
Price Per Serving and Ratings
Jack’d Up will cost you a total of $31 for a jar with 45 servings meaning that the price per serving comes out at $0.68 which seems to be very fair. Jack’d Up has not been rated on supplementreviews and the supplement is not even listed on bodybuilding.com. There is however, a lot of talk about the supplement on various forums, so do a search for it, if you want to read more experiences people have had with this stuff.
Verdict of Jack’d Up
It’s already a popular supplement, and I think its fair to say that this is mostly because it contains DMAA. The rest of the stuff isn’t groundbreaking. The dosage seems to be slightly underdosed, at least from a creatine and beta-alanine perspective, but this is difficult to say for sure, both since creatine variations have been used, and the whole thing is listed as one big prop. blend. If you need energy, this is going to work. But DMAA is not completely safe! Everything is listed in a prop. blend and besides from DMAA, the mix is not that interesting. But DMAA sure makes it stand out from the crowd today.