In the last post I wrote about the 11 most underrated ab-traning ideas. I also recently shared my thoughts on the new pre-workout supplement GameDay from Man Sports. In this post, I will take a look at one of the most popular pre-workout supplements on the market at the moment.
Mesomorph from APS has been on the market for a while now. It quickly moved from being yet another pre-workout supplement, to now being one of the most popular pre-workout supplements on the market. There are two good reasons for this. It contains a brilliant mix of substances and; one of them is DMAA. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find supplements containing DMAA. Because of this, any supplements that does contain this substance, immediately gets a lot of attention. Mesomorph is one of them. But there is more to mesomorph than just DMAA; it does contain a brilliant combination of substances which I will get to shortly. But let’s start out by seeing what APS has to say about MesoMorph. Here goes:
MESOMORPH™ PRE-WORKOUT COMPLEX!
APS Mesomorph™ is the KING of pre-workout powders! Mesomorph™, the complete pre-workout powder that is the only product on the market to deliver FULL CLINICAL DOSAGE AMOUNTS of its state-of-the-art ingredient! No fillers and no crash!
Mesomorph™ was the first to deliver full doses of its key active ingredients, not half doses typically seen in these types of formulas. Mesomorph™ also contains 388 grams per jug not the pint-sized products being put out now to maximize profits! APS Nutrition’s Mesomorph™ is an extreme energy igniting, vein blasting, and fatigue fighting power formula. Mesomorph™ represents one of the most advanced, all-purpose energy, focus, hydration and exercise performance drinks ever created. If you’re looking for one incredible all-purpose training formula then Mesomorph™ is guaranteed to deliver eye opening energy, focus, and stamina like nothing you’ve ever experienced before!
Mesomorph™ Pre-Workout Complex Will Help Athletes with the Following:
Supercharged Energy Formula with DMAA!
Ultimate Preworkout Complex with Creatine Nitrate!
Unleash Your True Genetic Potential!
Greater Muscle Gains and Enhanced Athletic Performance!
Let’s continue with the supplement facts. Here is what you will find in a jar of MesoMorph:
- Serving Size: 15.5 grams
- Servings Per Container: 25
- Ingredient Amount % Daily Value**
- Beta alanine
- L-citrulline DL-malate 2:1
- arginine alpha ketoglutarate
- Di-creatine malate
- creatine nitrate
- ascorbic acid
- agmatine sulfate
- Methylxanthine anhydrous
- 3,7-dihydro-3,7-dimethyl-1H-purine-2-6-dione (Theobromine)
- Geranaburn (geranium oil extract)
SYNTHENOX-CARNOSINE/NITRIC OXIDE COMPLEX 6500mg
MESOSWELL-CELL VOLUMIZING ATP MATRIX 4500mg
NEUROMORPH-NEURO ENERGIZED STIMULANT MATRIX 1870mg
The good old Beta-Alanine. One of my favorite substances, and a good dose of it. We don’t know how much we get here, but being the first substance of the list of the prop. blen means that we get more beta-alanine than any of the ones listed below it, so I think it’s fair to say that we should get a good amount that should give you a good pump and a bit of the famous tingling sensation. It has been proven beneficial from a bodybuilding perspective, over and over again. I have posted more details about beta-alanine here and here. The short version is that supplementing with beta alanine will improve endurance, performance and strength, and combat fatigue.
L-citrulline DL-malate 2:1
This is a cardiovascular supplement that greatly enhances performance. It increases muscle endurance enabling the body to push harder and for longer. Studies on athletes have shown a very significant boost in nitric oxide which helped them perform better.
arginine alpha ketoglutarate
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”.
Di-creatine malate is an alternate form in which two molecules of creatine are bound to one molecule of malic acid (malate). Just like all the other alternatives to normal creatine monohydrate, Di-Creatine Malate is promoted as a more soluble and absorbent, less side-effects than monohydrate (no upset stomach, less water retention, etc.) and less fatigue during workout. There is a lack of scientific studies on this stuff, but from a personal perspective, I do think there are benefits to Tri and Di Creatine Malate over normal Creatine Monohydrate. For those of you who have been following me here on muscles.zone for a while will know that V-12 Turbo from Sann was one of my first and favorite pre workout supplements; this stuff contained Tri and Di Creatine and my results was nothing short of amazing. Sure this is years ago, but thats how I recall things. I loved it.
Ahh the good ol’e taurine . You will find it in almost every single energy drink on the market, and yet few people tend to know what it does. Taurine is actually an amino acid – a conditionally essential amino acid meaning that it’s synthesis can be limited under special pathophysiological conditions.
It acts as a cell hydration agent by pulling water into the cells. In addition to hydration, this also gives the user what some will consider a benefit – a water-based pump. Opinions on this matter are very shattered. Some likes it while others don’t. It’s kind of the creatine bloat talk all over again. Finally, it has been shown to enhance endurance, focus and reduce soreness.
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.
You probably supplement with vitamin C when you have a cold or are about to get one. Vitamine C is also a strong antioxidant, and it comes with several benefits; Vitamin C is required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. The vitamin is essential for producing collagen, a protein needed to make skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. It is important for the healing of wounds, and for the restoration and maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. But there is more the vitamin C than this. I am sure you have probably noticed that Vitamin C is a very common substance in pre-workout supplements, but what is the reason for this? The short version is that Vitamin C has NO-Boosting qualities. – You can read more about it here. here. (http://www.jbc.org/content/276/1/40.full)
Creatinol-O-Phosphate (COP) sounds a bit like some creatine variation, but then again, not really. What exactly is this stuff? Well first of all, it’s not a creatine variation. Secondly, this is a fairly new, and because of this, not very well studied substance. With that being said, it is believed to act somewhat similar to that of beta-alanine, where the most interesting part is it’s ability to counter fatigue by increasing cellular glycolysis, in the presence of latic acid (buffer latic acid) which ultimately mean that you will be able to maintain a high workload performance for a longer period than you would without this substance.
As mentioned above, there isn’t a lot of studies on this stuff, unfortunately, but the short version here is, I love beta-alanine, and I think there is a lot of potential in Creatinol-O-Phosphate. We are seeing this substance being used in more and more pre-workout supplements, and the dose does vary quite a bit; typically in the range of 500 mg to 2,000 mg. In MesoMorph, we don’t know how much we get. There is a good read on nutrientjournal.com on this substance if you want to know more (read it here)(http://nutrientjournal.com/creatinol-o-phosphate-may-serve-as-source-of-creatine/)
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.
Glucuronolactone has also been covered earlier here on muscles.zone. This is a substance that is produced when glucose is converted in the liver. Glucuronolactone should supposedly be able to increase physical and mental performance, and have a synergy effect when combined with caffeine.
The good old caffeine and at a decent dosage. We all know what this stuff does, but just in case you have been you have been living under a rock, here is the short version: It will give you a physical and mental energy boost. 300 mg might be a bit too much for some people. The typical dosage tends to be closer to 200 mg and that is my personal sweet spot. 300 mg will typically make me jittery, but it depends on how much coffee I had beforehand.
This is done in different ways, for one by boosting the effects of serotonin, acetylcholine and dopamine. It also blocks adenosine receptors and increase the release of catecholamines. All in all this allows your body to send more blood to your muscles, release sugar for energy and make your heart beat faster. We often see the caffeine amount disclosed, even in prop. blends. But with MesoMorph, this isn’t the case, unfortunately.
Theobromine is a substance found in a number of natural substances, including cocoa. It’s similar to caffeine, although it is weaker. It has a stronger effect on the heart, though. It boosts endurance and supports recovery. Scientists now think that it is responsible for the aphrodisiac effects of chocolate.
Naringin is the chemical compound in grapefruit that is responsible for its bitter taste. It is classified as a phytochemical, which is a naturally occurring plant compound with potential nutritional benefits. Allegedly, Naringin has antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and cholesterol lowering effects.
Geranaburn (geranium oil extract)
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.
Verdict on MesoMorph from APS
MesoMorph from APS is definitely a powerful pre-workout that will give you lots and lots of energy, pump and focus. Needless to say that with DMAA, this surely isn’t for everyone, and if you dose chose to use this pre-workout, you should start out slow and build your way up to the recommend dose. It is a shame that everything is listed in prop. blends as we won’t know how much of what we get. With that being said, the partial prop. blends does have good sizes, but this doesn’t necessarily equate to a good proportional mix. I could have done without the creatine, as I prefer to see this as a post-workout substance, although the nitrates is a good addition Finally, this might not be around on the market for long, due to the whole DMAA issue.