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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Product Review - MyProtein Pulse : Gel

Hey Guys,

Today I am reviewing MyProteins Pulse : Gel.


Pulse is a Pre workout Gel that is designed to enhance your focus, performance and pump if that's what you're chasing.

Here is what MyProtein has to say about it.

What are Pulse:Gels?

Pulse:Gels are a unique pre-workout gel which can be conveniently consumed straight from the sachet without the need of mixing it with water. It is Myprotein's most convenient pre-workout and comes in two great tasting flavours; Berry Blast and Tropical Storm.

Pulse:Gel Benefits

Pulse:Gels contain 1500mg of Citrulline Malate, 1000mg of Taurine, 1500mg of Beta Alanine, 200mg of Caffeine and 750mg of Acetyl-L-Carnitine per sachet.

Key Benefits

  • Convenient pre-workout supplement 
  • Contains 200mg caffeine per serving 
  • Two great tasting flavours
Here is the nutritional information,

Contains Per Serving:
Beta-Alanine: 1500mg 
Citrulline Malate: 1500mg 
Taurine: 1000mg 
Acetyl-L-Carnitine: 750mg 
Arginine AKG: 750mg 
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine: 300mg 
Caffeine: 221mg 
Guarana Extract: 150mg 
L-Norvaline: 50mg 
B Vitamins 1,2,3,6,12: 100% RDA 

Nutrional Information: Per 100g
Energy (kJ): 275
Energy (kcal): 65
Fat (g): 0
of which saturates (g): 0
Carbohydrate (g): 4.5
of which sugars (g): 0
Protein (g): 7.8
Salt (g): 0.04

Nutritional Information: Per 50g Sachet
Energy (kJ): 138
Energy (kcal): 32
Fat (g): 0
of which saturates (g): 0
Carbohydrate (g): 2.3
of which sugars (g): 0
Protein (g): 3.9
Salt (g): 0.02

Here is the ingredients list,

Tropical
Water, Tapioca Starch, Beta Alanine, Citrulline Malate, Taurine, Acetyl L Carnitine, Arginine Alpha Ketogluterate, Gellin Agent (Hydroxpropyl Methyl Cellulose), N Acetyl L Tyrosine, Caffeine, Guarana Extract, Natural Flavour, L Novaline, Sweetener (Sucralose), Preservatives (Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate), Niacin, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Vitamin B12.
Berry
Water, Tapioca Starch, Beta Alanine, Citrulline Malate, Taurine, Acetyl L Carnitine, Arginine Alpha Ketogluterate, Gellin Agent (Hydroxpropyl Methyl Cellulose), N Acetyl L Tyrosine, Caffeine, Guarana Extract, Natural Flavour, Natural Colour (Anthocyanin), L Novaline, Sweetener (Sucralose), Preservatives (Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate), Niacin, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Vitamin B12.
I tested the Tropical flavour.
First things first, taste. The taste of the supplement is a bit like a dillutable drink that you have made to strong. This isn't unpleasant if you down it in one go, but is a bit much if you have just a little bit at a time.
As far as performance, I tried the Gel before normal weights, sparring and when testing my max lifts. I would say that it was exactly what you would expect from a caffeine based pre workout. I am quite caffeine sensitive so I always got a hot tingling feeling that contributed to a feeling of focus and made me sweat quite a bit more (this was great for warm ups lately as my gym is pretty cold).
The Gel didn't give me an edge when it came to normal training sessions or sparring as being in an overly heightened state doesn't do anything for me in those situations. I would also not recommend it for competition, simply because as you are already nervous and pumped with adrenaline, adding a caffeine heavy supplement is probably not the best idea.
Where the supplement did come into its own is when I was testing my maxes. As most trainers will tell you, there are a few things that must be considered before making a heavy lift (technique, mental state, physical ability and preparedness). Simply put, if you're not mentally ready and hyped to lift something, you're going to miss the lift and possibly get hurt. The Gel was great in getting me in the zone and helped keep my focus on the bar.
I would definitely recommend this supplement but only to be used when you need a little edge, rather than a staple you use on a weekly basis.
Stay Healthy,
Mike