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An excellent pre-workout option

I really like MusclePharm Hardcore Wreckage. The ingredients are solid, it tastes good, there aren’t any proprietary blends, and the price isn’t too restrictive.

While I highly recommend MusclePharm Wreckage, keep in mind that it is an advanced supplements. It should not be used by those sensitive to caffeine or athletes looking into their first pre-workout.

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After much anticipation, the newest line of products from MusclePharm have been released: MusclePharm Hardcore Series.

Wreckage is the pre-workout offering in the Hardcore line, and it’s claimed to be an advanced, hard-hitting supplement that helps you push limits.

These are pretty standard pre-workout claims, but a one things immediately caught my attention about Wreckage: It has no proprietary blends and lists exact amounts of every ingredients.

Given MusclePharm’s reputation and my excitement to try a new pre-workout, I took a closer look at Wreckage.

The Ingredients

Energy

Caffeine is the foundation for any pre-workout, and Wreckage includes 350 mg in every serving. That’s quite a bit of caffeine and will give you a huge boost of energy. [1]

Workout Pumps

Citrulline malate and agmatine sulfate work together to increase nitric oxide production. These amino acid derivatives relax blood vessels and allow for greater blood flow, commonly called the workout “pump.” [2] [3]

Getting a bigger pump means more blood, oxygen, and nutrients are delivered to muscles, allowing for more power and recovery.

Another amino acid, beta alanine, boosts intra-exercise performance and strength. [4]

Mental Focus

I was glad to see Wreckage includes ingredients to improve focus and mental clarity. Both huperzine A, and tyrosine increase neurotransmitters that signal muscle contraction and give focus. [5] [6]

Muscle Growth

A great pre-workout provides post-exercise benefits as well as immediate energy and performance. Wreckage includes large amounts of the BCAA leucine to kick-start protein synthesis and muscle growth. [7]

D-aspartic acid supports healthy testosterone levels, and creatine monohydrate decreases soreness and improves muscle growth ability. [8] [9]

Overall, I’m impressed with the ingredients in Wreckage. Each compound works toward a specific purpose, and there aren’t wasted fillers or blends.

Taste And Dosage

There are two flavors available: raspberry and watermelon. User reviews report both flavors are decent. I only tried the watermelon, but it was good, without any nasty aftertaste.

The powder mixes well in a cup of water or shaker cup with protein.

Dosage is pretty simple, as you would expect for a pre-workout product. Just take a scoop half an hour before working out.

Price And Availability

Unfortunately, MusclePharm Wreckage is only available through BodyBuilding.com. A 20-serving container will run you about $38 after shipping.

I expect to pay a premium for a new, advanced product, but I’ll be glad to see the price drop after a wider release.

eSupplements already has a “Coming Soon” page for the Hardcore Series, so we’ll most likely see other stores offering Wreckage soon.

The Verdict

I really like MusclePharm Hardcore Wreckage. The ingredients are solid, it tastes good, there aren’t any proprietary blends, and the price isn’t too restrictive.

While I highly recommend MusclePharm Wreckage, keep in mind that it is an advanced supplements. It should not be used by those sensitive to caffeine or athletes looking into their first pre-workout.

What do you think about MusclePharm Wreckage? Let us know in the comments.

References

[1] Goldstein Erica, et al. “International society of sports nutrition position stand: caffeine and performance.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2010, 7:5

[2] Pérez-Guisado J, Jakeman PM. “Citrulline malate enhances athletic anaerobic performance and relieves muscle soreness.” Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2010 May;24(5):1215-22.

[3] Morrissey JJ, Klahr S. “Agmatine activation of nitric oxide synthase in endothelial cells.” Proceedings of the Association of American Physicians. 1997 Jan;109(1):51-7.

[4] Hobson RM, et al. “Effects of β-alanine supplementation on exercise performance: a meta-analysis.” Amino Acids. 2012 July; 43(1): 25–37.

[5] Sun QQ, et al. “Huperzine-A capsules enhance memory and learning performance in 34 pairs of matched adolescent students.” Acta Pharmacologica. 1999 Jul;20(7):601-3.

[6] “N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine.” PubChem. U.S. National Library of Medicine.

[7] D’Aniello, et al. “Involvement of D-aspartic acid in the synthesis of testosterone in rat testes.” Life Sciences. 1996;59(2):97-104.

[8] Norton LE, Layman DK. “Leucine regulates translation initiation of protein synthesis in skeletal muscle after exercise.” The Journal of Nutrition. 2006 Feb;136(2):533S-537S.

[9] Odland, L. Maureen et al. “Effect of oral creatine supplementation on muscle [PCr] and short-term maximum power output.“ Medicine &Science in Sports & Exercise. (1997). 29(2):216-219.