Legion Pulse Review
Legion Athletics is a Clearwater, Florida company led by Mike Mathews, a fitness blogger who has written thousands of blog posts about fitness and supplements.
Basically, he is a fitness advocate who puts out A LOT of free, helpful content.
Matthews built his following through his blog, Muscle for Life. This created the platform he needed to launch his supplement company, Legion.
Full Pulse Pre Workout Review
Energy Effects 7.5/10
Energy wise, Pulse pre workout is clean and to the point. Pulse contains a mixture of caffeine anhydrous (350 mg) as well as L-theanine (350 mg). This is a huge caffeine dosage, however the corresponding l-theanine curbs the bluntness of it, making it a more functional experience. Overall, this is a great dosage for stimulating the central nervous system to send stronger impulses.
Strength Effects 7/10
Legion Pulse doesn’t contain creatine, or other direct strength enhancers. However, the caffeine dosage is strong enough to make your nerve impulses deliver stronger reactions.
Endurance Effects 8/10
Pulse doesn’t just contain l-citrulline… It contains l-citrulline malate. That malate component is basically an endurance aid for your muscle cells. Pair this with the beta-alanine and caffeine in Pulse and your endurance will improve. Just make sure to stay hydrated and not rev up your heart-rate too crazy since the caffeine is high.
Since Pulse doesn’t include any grey-area stimulants, the come-down is relatively clean and easy. The l-theanine greatly helps as well, but a 300+ caffeine dosage is never going to be totally graceful. With this in mind, for days that you don’t feel the utmost need to take Pulse, let it slide or only take half a serving.
One thing that separates Pulse pre workout from the pack is their dedication to clean flavoring and sweetening. With that, understand that Pulse isn’t going to taste like candy. However, thanks to the 4 grams of carbs in there- the flavor is definitely doable on a daily basis and not at all a reason to deter from this product.
When Pulse first hit the market in 2015, $40 was an acceptable price-point for a 21 serving formula, however times have changed. There are comparable products on the market that are available at a much lower price. The cost per serving is high at almost $2, but it is a solid product overall.
Pulse isn’t the only value-packed clinically dosed pre workout.
Here are Legion Pulse’s direct competitors:
- Transparent Labs Bulk – Better stimulant matrix and less crash than Pulse. However pulse contains a larger dosage of l-citrulline malate and beta-alanine.
- NutraBio PRE – Pulse tastes better and performs better but NutraBio’s stimulant matrix hits harder in a very aggressive way. NutraBio PRE uses sucralose though.
- Pre-Jym by Jym Supplement Science – Same concept but not as effective, Pulse is like Pre-Jym 2.0. Pre-Jym contains BCAAs and alpha GPC which isn’t present in Pulse.
Review Conclusion 7.2/10 Very Good
From start to finish, Legion Pulse did not let our team down. It did exactly what it said it was meant to do. No faulty advertising.
We’ve been following fitness blogger Mike Mathews for quite some time due to the awesome free content he posts on MuscleForLife.com…
Ingredients in Legion Pulse
- L-citrulline dl-malate 2:1 at 8 grams: This is the l-citrulline form and dosage that has had the greatest number of positive clinical studies.
- Carnosyn beta-alanine at 4.8 grams: This is the largest beta-alanine dosage that we’ve ever taken in a pre-workout, and we’re not really sure why Legion has it this high. There’s no research indicating that this dosage is necessary for optimal results.
- Betaine anhydrous at 2.5 grams: Betaine is less-frequently under-dosed, but a solid ingredient nonetheless.
- L-ornithine HCL at 2.2 grams: Could be replaced as this ingredient is really lacking any notable research.
- Caffeine anhydrous at 350 milligrams: This is a pretty big caffeine dosage, but it works well in this formula.
- L-theanine at 350 milligrams: If we could change anything, it would be to increase this l-theanine dosage to make the caffeine smoother. But regardless, its significantly more than most brands are willing to include.
- Maltodextrin carbohydrates at 4 grams: Likely for natural flavoring.
While taking Legion’s pre workout Pulse, we did both heavy lifting and cardio training. On heavy lifting days, the full serving size was ideal for a solid lift.
However on cardio days, half a serving was plenty.
Despite which training you perform, be sure to take Pulse with a full glass of water and stay hydrated while you lift. This will compliment Pulse’s natural energy promoting formula, as well as ensure the huge raw caffeine dosage doesn’t make you too jittery.
Another big plus for this pre workout is its all-natural flavoring, sweetening, and dyes. You’d be amazed how much artificial garbage some pre workouts contain. Legion on the other hand doesn’t participate in that game, and we appreciate it.
Feel free to send us your feedback or questions regarding pulse. We can’t compliment it enough!