In recent weeks, I have covered several different PWO’s including an n.o. xplode review, a 1mr vortex review, details on cellucor no3, the latest on vpx redline, and added more weight gainers to the best weight gainer list. I also shared my thoughts on Speed Xtreme Ultra Concentrated, NITROX II from SCIFIT and Pre JYM from Jim Stoppani. Today I will be looking closer and the popular and well-known Animal Pump from Universal.
Looking to pack on some serious mass? A pre-workout vitamin stack can help you do exactly that. The result? A more effective workout that will blast your muscles and provide you with a much-needed energy boost. Here is a review of the pre-workout supplement Animal Pump from Universal, with focus on the ingredients included in the product.
Animal Pump – Universal
Animal Pump is a pre-workout vitamin stack that has been developed by the company Universal Nutrition. The product has been popular for over eight years now, and was launched in June 2006.
Universal claims that Animal Pump can be used to optimize the “pump” – that satisfying feeling that many bodybuilders try to achieve during training when blood flows into their muscles. The product can be used by off-season bodybuilders looking to gain mass and size, as well as athletes wanting to prolong the pump. Now, let’s look at the ingredients you can find in Animal Pump.
One serving (1 packet) of Animal Pump contains 60 mg of Vitamin C, 100 mcg of Selenium, as well as several blends (Foundational Creatine Matrix, No Blast Complex, Energy Rush Complex, Antioxidant Complex, and Pump Transport Complex). These blends contain different creatines, antioxidants, stimulants (like caffeine), and other natural supplements to provide your body with more energy during exercise. Let’s look at some of these ingredients in further detail:
Beta Alanine: Contained in the No Blast Complex, this ingredient works to increase carnosine concentration in your body, providing you with greater strength, power and endurance in the gym.
Caffeine: A powerful stimulant that blocks the neurotransmitter adenosine – giving you a boost of energy when you most need it.
Creatine Monohydrate (and other creatines): Draws water into the muscle, creating a cell-volumizing look. When taken over time, can increase endurance during training, as well as creating the appearance of fuller, bigger muscles.
Animal Pump also combines Magnesium Creatine Chelate, Creatine Ethyl Ester, and Tri-Creatine Matrix for maximum results. The combination of these creatines help to prevent any unwanted side-effects that are commonly found when taking a creatine product, such as water bloat.
The ingredients included in Animal Pump are found in other pre-workout supplements and are safe to consume prior to training.
Flavors, jar sizes and price per serving
Animal Pump comes in one flavor, and Universal Nutrition recommend that you take a single packet 30-45 minutes before training, as well as the same time on non-training days. The list price of the product is approximately $65.00 (for 30 packets), which equates to a price of approximately $2.16 per serving.
The product currently holds a rating of 8.7 out of 10 on Bodybuilding.com, which has been deemed as “excellent” by the website. Animal Pump also has a rating of 8.6 out of 10 on SupplementReviews.com, and is ranked as the third best pre-workout stimulant product in the company’s database (out of 166 products).
Although I have not tried the product and I am only basing my review of Animal Pump by examining the ingredients, Animal Pump is jam-packed with useful ingredients to provide you with the energy you need when working out. The ingredients are safe to consume, and include plenty of creatine – one of the building blocks for increasing endurance during training.