The Assault pre workout formula has taken a few formulation changes since Musclepharm’s climb to the industry high tower. These changes are both good and bad.
Good, in the sense that they are now disclosing ingredient labels and dosages. Bad, in realization that they’ve made formulas leaner and less effective (since they are already a top brand, what else do they need to prove?).
So here, we are going to give you our 2017 review and comparison of both Assault and Assault Black. This is an update review on Musclepharm assault that we are stacking on top of our 2013 review, which you can check out at the very bottom.
Really, this review is for all you guys that used to take Assault back in the day, and are wondering how the new versions compare. For all you pre workout rookies who are taking assault as your first pre workout… You’re probably going to love this stuff regardless of where it started!
For Starters: How Does the New Assault Compare to the old?
Above we said that Musclepharm has made their assault pre workout formula much leaner. We weren’t kidding, the formula has been drastically cut. Here is the old assault formula versus the new regular assault.
As you can see, quite a few ingredient cuts have been made. The old assault had a 23 gram serving size containing 28 different active ingredients. The new Assault formula has an 11.5 gram serving size and only 11 active ingredients…
So, why did they do this?
We’ve made the assumption that Musclepharm decided to cut their formulas in order to increase revenue. Musclepharm is a publicly traded company, and therefor is influenced by profit seeking investors. Or, maybe they found that those 17 cut ingredients really weren’t doing anything. Either way it’s for them to know, and us to make educated guesses upon.
Is the new MP Assault better?
This is the worst part… No, it’s not. In our opinion, the older version of Assault was a superior product (despite containing 9 grams of carbohydrates in it).
But now, we have the new Assault an Assault Black to lift with… How do they stack up? We’ll cover that for you here.
Musclepharm Assault Vs Assault Black Review
As you can see, the primary ingredients in the new assault are: Creatine monohydrate, beta-alanine, betaine, taurine, glycine, caffeine, and acetyl l-carnitine. That’s it.
So, for the standard assault pre workout, the effects are going to revolve around 1) the caffeine energy, and 2) the creatine power.
Assault Black on the other hand adds pump and BCAAs into the equation. The Assault Black formula contains: L-Citrulline DL Malate, Agmatine, Beet root, Hawthorne, Bioperine, Creatine HCL, BCAAs (3:1:2), Beta-alanine, ElevATP, Caffeine, and Huperzine A.
So, Assault Black gives you pump, some BCAAS, and a bit more caffeine for energy.
The only downside is that the Citrulline, beta-alanine, and BCAAs are a bit underdosed based on clinical standards.
How Assault and Assault Black Compare in the Gym
In the gym, both of these pre workouts will give you substantial energy to workout as long as you’re not accustomed to crazy high stimulant pre workouts. Assault is really a creatine based pre workout, and you will notice a progressive increase in strength while you take it if you haven’t been taking creatine supplements already.
Assault Black on the other hand will offer creatine power as well thanks to its creatine HCL, but it will also have more energy from 50 mg more caffeine, as well as some pump from the 3 g citrulline malate and 750 mg Agmatine sulfate.
Making a direct comparison between the two, we believe that they both fulfill the same purpose as energy and creatine providing pre workout supplements. One isn’t 100% distinctly better than the other.
Conclusion on MP Assault and Assault Black Pre Workouts
Overall, these are great entry level pre workout supplements. They aren’t ‘extra special’ by any means. But for the masses, this is all someone really wants or needs – so we won’t bash it too much with our crazy high standards. Overall we were pleased with both assault pre workouts, even though they are not as good as the original formulas. Currently, Assault is ranked on our best reviewed pre workout supplements.
P.S Comment below what you thought if you’ve taken any of these assault formulas. Likewise, let us know if you felt any stomach discomfort or nausea from them. This is something we are exploring.
Old Musclepharm Assault Pre Workout Review
Assault by Musclepharm has proven itself to be one of the best pre workout supplements on the market in both the view of the industry as a whole and the view of our dedicated bodybuilders. Initially we were skeptical about Assault, considering all of the hype going around and its affiliation with MMA which we considered to be a potential marketing ploy. However, you guys kept raving about how effective and strong this stuff is, so we gave it a try and were very satisfied.
See Where Assault Ranks on the Best 10 Pre Workout Reviews
Musclepharm Assault Content (caffeine, etc.)
Assaults formula is loaded to the teeth with performance enhancing ingredients. For someone used to taking C4 or Jack3d, you will be surprised by the size of each serving of assault. In the mix, you’ll find a range of ingredients that we’ve come to expect in a quality pre workout such as beta-alanine, BCAAs, caffeine, and a pump matrix. For those of you that are sensitive to caffeine, or have never experimented with pre workouts; Assault contains roughly 300 milligrams of caffeine which is the equivalent of 3 cups of coffee. This can be too intense for a small portion of weight trainers; however for the majority of bodybuilders that are familiar with pre workouts – this dose is just right.
Lifting Weights with Assault Pre Workout Review
We had a great time in the gym with Assault to say the least. We began taking the pre workout 3 weeks ago and our timing was scheduled perfect. We ate our pre workout meal at least two hours before hitting the gym, and then took assault exactly 30 minutes before lifting on the way to the gym. Within about 10 minutes, the energy from assault begins to appear along with the beta alanine tingle sensation. Upon beginning the lift, energy levels were very high and confidence was up.
Chest Day – Taking assault on chest day was quite an experience. Muscle pump was noticeably improved, but the main benefit was additional creatine strength and power that both increased maxes for the day while increasing endurance.
Recovery – Assault did not necessarily reduce the soreness after the gym, however muscle growth and strength increases were way up. We attribute this to the amino acids promoting additional muscle growth while the extra force exerted during our workouts led to more muscle damage.
What’s in Assault Pre Workout
Like mentioned above, assault contains a lot of ingredients in effective dosages! Here is the what’s-what regarding the ingredients that we find important and attribute assaults superior performance to.
BCAA complex: Assault contains a branch chain amino acid complex rich in leucine. This is a personal requirement for myself when choosing a good pre workout, because leucine in particular is the most important amino acid to take during your workout to trigger muscle growth.
Nitrate Transported Pump and Creatine Matrix: Linking hard to absorb creatine and pump ingredients such as arginine with a nitrate (soluble) molecule greatly improves bodily absorption and cellular uptake of these performance enhancing compounds. Very few pre workouts contain this mechanism!
Cinnamon Extract: Cinnamon extract has been found to balance blood sugar which can be directly related to growth hormone production, and increasing endurance and power during your lift. For those that have a rough diet, or consume too much sugar and simple carbs, this can be a real game changer.
Choline: Part of the energy complex in Musclepharm assault is Choline Bitrate. Choline increases mental clarity and alertness which in the gym translates into increased focus and ‘mind power’. A large part of the stimulant complexes in pre workout supplements are based upon increasing your mind power in the mind over matter model.
Musclepharm Assault Reviews and Comments
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