Awarded New Supplement of the Year for 2011 by Bodybuilding.com, Assault by MusclePharm continues to gain popularity, and for good reason. This powerful pre-workout formula contains everything you need for big-time energy, pumps, endurance, focus, strength and overall gains. Today I’m going to provide a breakdown of exactly what’s in Assault and why it makes an effective pre-workout formula. After reading this review you’ll be able to decide whether this supplement is something you want to try.
Assault is more than just a regular pre-workout supplement for two main reasons:
1. It contains a significant amount of BCAAs per scoop(6 grams)
2. It contains a significant amount of creatine per scoop(5 grams)
For these two reasons I would call Musclepharm Assault more of an all-in-one supplement than just a pre-wrokout supplement. The amounts of BCAAs and creatine are significant enough that it can eliminate the need to supplement them separately (particularly creatine). Most pre-workout supplements contain about 1 gram of creatine per serving, just as a booster of sorts, to improve your overall results.
Assault however went all out and loaded 5 full grams of creatine into every serving. 5 grams of creatine is typically whats used in a creatine cycle. BCAAs should be supplemented throughout the day, however they provide the most benefit when used during or immediately before workouts. Therefore it is acceptable to replace both creatine and BCAA supplements with Assault. Although Assault does contain glutamine as well they do not specify the amount so I can’t say that it can replace the need to supplement glutamine as well. But just the fact that it contains glutamine is a plus.
What Kind of Creatine Does it Contain?
Assault contains a blend of both Creapure creatine monohydrate and Con-crete. Creapure is the most pure form of pharmaceutical grade creatine monohydrate available and Con-crete is the latest and greatest development in creatine. It seems as though MusclePharm’s aim in making Assault was to produce a “super supplement” that contains all of the very best ingredients is every category.
Nitric Oxide Booster
As with any pre-workout it contains an arginine blend to increase pumps and nutrient delivery. One of my only complaints with this supplement is that they don’t tell us how much arginine it includes.
With 4 grams of beta alanine per serving, don’t be surprised if you experience an intense tingling sensation after consuming Assault. 4 grams is more than enough beta alanine so you definitely don’t need to add any more to your supplement stack. Although I don’t consider beta alanine a “must have” supplement it does rank as a top bodybuilding supplement and many bodybuilders swear by its effectiveness.
Beta alanine is a beta amino acid whose main function is to delay muscle fatigue so you can pump out a few extra reps. It does this by increasing carnosine levels, which in turn, absorbs positivity charged hydrogen ions, which stops lactic acid buildup and the burning sensation that it comes with. I can’t argue with the addition of beta alanine, as it only adds to this supplements effectiveness. 1.5 grams of citruline malate is also included along with the beta alanine in the “anti fatigue adaption matrix” – another nice addition.
Assault contains a massive amount of vitamin B-12 (also by the name Methylcobalamin) which I believe is a crucial part of a pre-workout supplement because of its ability to provide sustained energy with no side effects.
Two ingredients that Assault flaunts as being breakthrough pre-workout ingredients are Cinnulin and Astragin.
Cinnulin is a cinnamon extract that is used as a treatment for diabetes because it can help regulate insulin levels. MusclePharm claims it improves absorption of their formula. Theoretically, since it increases glucose uptake it may provide this benefit, but at this point there’s not any hard evidence that it can improve a pre-workout formula.
Astragin is a ginseng extract that they claim has the same benefit of improving absorption. This one actually has a little more data backing up what they’re using it for. They don’t, however say how much Cinnulin or Astragin they include in the formula. So here we have two ingredients whose purpose is to improve the absorption of all of the other ingredients. Sounds like a good idea to me. Whether they actually make a significant difference in this supplement is questionable, however, they are both safe ingredients and you can’t knock them for being creative and trying something new. Who knows, we may come to find everybody putting these two ingredients in their blends a year or two from now.
The Energy Blend
The energy blend in Assault is atypical in that it doesn’t include a large variety of herbal extracts, however it does contain caffeine, just like every other pre-workout I know of (with the one exception being the caffeine free version of N.O. Xplode, which is a great option for those who don’t like caffeine).
The energy blend contains the amino acid taurine, which you will see in most energy drinks. Taurine is one of the most abundant amino acids in the body. It won’t stimulate you the way caffeine does by any means, however significant amounts of it are necessary for sustained energy.
Tyrosine is another amino acid included that can improve alertness and energy. It also includes white tea extract. Tea extracts usually contains caffeine in small amounts. This energy blend is kept very simple, probably for the purposes of being more universal (and increasing sales). Some pre-workout supplements have ingredients in their energy blend which can cause jitters, sleeplessness or other side effects for some people. I suspect they were trying to avoid that issue by including only one strong stimulant; caffeine. They even make a point of saying, on their sales page, that they don’t include 1,3 Dimethylamylamine, as if it were a bad thing. I personally find 1,3 Dimethylamylamine to be a highly effective energy supplement but it is true that not everybody can handle its intensity.
This pre-workout supplement is, by no means, the cheapest one out there, but when you consider the range of quality ingredients you’re getting, all for the price of one, you can justify the cost. It’s priced at a little over a dollar per serving, however one serving is only listed as half a scoop, so if you want the full 5 grams of creatine and 6 grams of BCAAs, you need to take a full scoop, which brings the cost up to about $2/serving; Still not bad for an all-in-one supplement. The directions say only to use a full scoop for hardcore training sessions and half a scoop for moderate training sessions. Even with half a scoop you’re still getting 2.5 grams of creatine and 3 grams of BCAAs, which is considerably more than most pre-workouts.
Does it Taste Good?
In general, I think most pre-workouts taste pretty good and assault is no exception. Most users rate it a perfect 10 out of 10 for taste. With five delicious flavors; blue arctic raspberry, fruit punch, green apple, orange mango and raspberry lemonade, you’re bound to find at least one that you love.
What do the Users Say?
Out of 2212 reviews on Bodybuilding.com Assault received a very impressive 8.9 out of 10, making it one of the highest rated and best selling supplements on the entire site. Despite being a new supplement it has already outsold some of the industries top sellers.
This all-in-one super supplement is a great way to simply your life with less supplements to take. You could seriously just take Assault and a good protein complex like Optimum’s Pro Complex and get serious results. While it is true that there’s no special or magic ingredients in Assault that we don’t already know about (besides Cinnulin and Astragin), they did take just about all of the highest quality and most effective bodybuilding supplements and included them in a single blend, in more than sufficient amounts. It is easy to see why this supplement was picked as Bodybuilding.com’s new supplement of the year.