If you have been following me here on muscles.zone lately, you will know that I really enjoyed the popular pre workout supplement Assault from MusclePharm. You can read my first look at the supplement here.Later in the year, I decided to get a jar and give it a go. I followed this cycle up with a complete review: Assault from MusclePharm.
Because of this, I was pleased to see a new version coming to the market named Assault Black. My first impression was that this would be something like the C4 4th Gen. Vs. C4 50X where the supplement facts are the same, just stronger in the latter version. This however, turned out, not to be the case. There are actually very few of the same substances used in Assault and Assault Black.
Below you will see a table listing supplement facts from the two supplements.
|Vitamin E (as Alpha Acetate)||200 IU||200 IU|
|Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid)||500 mg||300 mg|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)||15 mg||20 mg|
|Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin)||90 mcg||500 mcg|
|Red Beet Extract High in Nitrates||prop. blend|
|PurEnergy Matrix (Pterostilbene-Caffeine)||prop. blend|
|L-Citrulline DL-Malate 2:1||3 g|
|L-Aspartic Acid||prop. blend|
|Huperzine A||prop. blend||100 mcg|
|Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) Berry||200 mg|
|Creatine Hydrochloride (HCL)||1.50 g|
|Coconut Water Powder||prop. blend|
|Cinnulin PF® (Cinnamomum burmannii) Bark Extract||prop. blend|
|Choline Bitartrate||prop. blend|
|CarnoSyn® Beta Alanine||2000 mg||2000 mg|
|Calcium (as Calcium Silicate)||153 mg||72 mg|
|Caffeine Anhydrous||300 mg|
|Beet (Beta Vulgaris) Root Extract||200 mg|
|BCAAs 3:1:2 (L-Leucine L-Isoleucine L-Valine)||1.50 g|
|BCAA Nitrate 3:1:2 Ratio (L-Leucine L-Valine L-Isoleucine)||prop. blend|
|Agmatine Sulfate||750 mg|
|(DMG) Dimethylglycine||prop. blend|
As you can see from the table above, both pre workout supplements contain same vitamins, and the same amount of beta-alanine but thats pretty much it. Here is a breakdown of the exact differences and similarities:
Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid): Assault black contains a total of 300mg and the original Assault contains 500mg.
Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride): 20 mg in Assault Black and 15 in the original Assault.
Vitamin E (as Alpha Acetate): 200 IU in Assault Black and the same in the original Assault.
Calcium (as Calcium Silicate): Assault black contains 72mg calcium and the original Assault contains 153mg.
Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin): 500mcg in Assault Black vs. 90 mcg. in the original Assault.
Carnosyn® Patented Beta-Alanine: Both Assault and Assault Black contain 2,000 mg beta-alanine. The right dose of brilliant substances.
Huperzine A: Both PWO’s also contain Huperzine A. In Assault Black we get a total of 100 mcg. In the original Assault we dont know how much we get as this is part of a 1,750 mg prop. blend.
In addition to these ingredients. Assault and Assault Black have a couple of closely related substances, although with minor differences. The first one of these is creatine; in Assault Black we get 1.5 grams of Creatine Hydrochloride (HCL) and in Assault we probably get around the same dosage but of creatine nitrate. Just as with everything else in Assault, we wont know for sure due to the use of a prop. blend. What we do know here is that we get 1.5 grams in the new Assault Black, and in the original Assault we get less than 2 grams as this is the weight of the partial prop. blend – which in both cases isn’t getting anywhere close to the clinical tested dosage for monohydrate. It might be that creatine nitrate and creatine HCL are more effective than monohydrate, but we also get less creatine as it’s mixed with other substances.
The second closely related ingridient used in both pre workouts is BCAAs. In Assault Black we get 1.5 grams of BCAAs 3:1:2 (L-Leucine L-Isoleucine L-Valine). In Assault we get an unknown dose of BCAA Nitrate 3:1:2 Ratio (L-Leucine L-Valine L-Isoleucine).
That’s it for the similarities between Assault and Assault Black. Besides from the above mentioned substances the two pre workouts also contain the following:
Assault:Sodium 50 mgPotassium 40 mgNiacin 25 mgL-Tyrosine prob. BlendL-Aspartic Acid prob. BlendRed Beet Extract High in Nitrates prob. Blend(DMG) Dimethylglycine prob. BlendDextrose prob. BlendL-Glycine prob. BlendRibose prob. BlendCinnulin PF® (Cinnamomum burmannii) Bark Extract prob. BlendArgNitrate prob. BlendCholine Bitartrate prob. BlendGlucuronolactone prob. BlendPurEnergy Matrix (Pterostilbene-Caffeine)Taurine prob. BlendCoconut Water Powder. prob. BlendL-Glutamine prob. Blend
Assault Black:L-Citrulline DL-Malate 2:1 3 gAgmatine Sulfate 750 mgBeet (Beta Vulgaris) Root Extract 200 mgHawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) Berry 200 mgBioPerine 10 mgelevATP 100 mgCaffeine Anhydrous 300 mg
There is definitely some good additional substances used in Assault Black, but in my opinion, the two supplements cannot really be compared as they are simple too different from a supplement facts perspective. I really like the original Assault so I am kind of keen on giving Assault Black a go, but that more because of the name than based on the profile of the supplement.
I plan on covering Assault Black and the supplement facts in further details, one of the upcoming days.
If you have tested the new Assault Black from MusclePharm, I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Just drop a comment below.
You can read my full review of the original Assault here: Assault Pre workout.