Every consumer has an opinion about what makes for a perfect product. Some want nothing other than a cup of coffee, others want a pre workout with 20+ clinically dosed ingredients.
There’s nothing wrong with complex formulas, but there’s something to be said for simple, streamlined formulas that deliver everything you need immediately preceding your workout.
Animal Fury is simplicity defined, and still brings all the pumps, energy, and focus heading into your workout. This is well in line with the “old school mentality” that we love seeing out of Team Animal, one of the longest-lived and most trusted supplement brands alive.
So get ready to feast your eyes on perfection of a different, more “clean” sort, a pre workout done the Animal way.
We’ve got the rundown just ahead, but first, take a moment to check the best deal and sign up for alerts from PricePlow:
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Our Animal Fury Review and Discussion
Mike and CJ explain what’s going on, CJ talks about the energy he gets, and they give green apple a taste-testing:
As we mentioned above, the Animal Fury formula is straight and to the point. There aren’t 20+ ingredients to dig through, just a easy to understand list of proven ergogenics to power you through workouts day in and day out.
Citrulline Malate (6g)
You want pumps? Fury brings ‘em right out the gate with a solid 6g dose of citrulline malate. A combination of L-Citrulline and Malic Acid, Citrulline Malate is a much stronger elevator of nitric oxide (N.O.) L-Arginine due to its enhanced bioavailability in the body.
Higher N.O. levels increase circulation, vasodilation, and best of all PUMPS! Additionally, more blood and nutrients are transported to your muscles, which helps them function at higher outputs as you get deeper into your workout. Perhaps best of all, Citrulline Malate increases ATP production, allowing you to perform more work faster, and accelerates recovery.[2,3,4]
Instant 2:1:1 BCAA Blend (5g)
The next proven commodity in Animal Fury is a hefty 5g dose of 2:1:1 ratio BCAAs. That means each scoop of the new pre workout contains 2.5g Leucine and 1.25g each of Isoleucine and Valine.
BCAAs are definitely something to consider during your pre, intra, or post workout nutrition as they provide both anabolic (elevated protein synthesis) and anti-catabolic (muscle-sparing) benefits.[5,6] Even better, consuming a solid dose of BCAAs speeds recovery and prevents DOMS, delayed onset muscle soreness.[7,8]
If you’re training on an empty stomach or are just one of those kinds of animals that wants any amino acids you can get any time, then this is a great addition to have in your pre workout supplement… especially at this dose.
Beta Alanine (2g)
Up next is the king of endurance boosters, Beta Alanine. This tingle-inducing amino is well known for its ability to increase endurance for athletes of all kinds, from boxers to rowers to tri-athletes.
Once ingested, beta alanine binds to histidine to form carnosine, a powerful intracellular buffer. Carnosine shuttles away lactic acid accumulation in skeletal muscle which staves off the inevitable burning sensation that sets in during extended work sets.
The end result from BA supplementation you’ll experience is greater stamina, prolonged endurance, and greater power and strength output.[10,11,12]
As we always note, it’s best to get ~3.2g per day to hit the clinical studies, but it’s also best to spread those doses out throughout the day. So adding some raw beta alanine (or another supplement that contains it) on the opposite end of the day would be beneficial.
We’re done with the primary ergogenics in Fury for the time being, now it’s time to bring the focus element into the picture with Tyrosine. This non-essential amino acid increases production of two vital neurotransmitters in the body, noradrenaline and dopamine. This dynamic duo of neurotransmitters work together to improve focus, cognition, and overall mood.
Another benefit from increased production of these two powerful neurotransmitters is reduced symptoms of stress and anxiety.[14,15] Not only does this help eliminate the feelings of “edginess” from a tough day at the office, but it also will translate into more focused, productive working sessions.
Caffeine Anhydrous (350mg)
Last, but never least, we have the hallmark of all excellent pre workouts: energy. Too often, modern pre workouts try to produce a rather complicated blend of stimulants that sometimes works, and sometimes doesn’t. Animal isn’t screwing around with fancy beta agonists or trendy new age stims. Fury’s energy comes with a serious 350mg dose of pure caffeine.
You want energy, there it is, in all its unbridled, uncomplicated glory!
Not only is caffeine great for energy, it also helps improve focus, mood, alertness, and performance. 350mg is a little outside of our sweet spot of 250-300mg, so this will be especially interesting for our team to see how they like the higher caffeine dose sans other stims.
What’s interesting is that there are no other stimulants here. Just good ol’ caffeine, for those who want something they can 100% trust and put to the test.
A bit more on the formula…
One thing we saw across the various forums when Fury hit the wire was the amount of kickback it got from some of the public for it’s overly “simplistic, boring” profile. Apparently, some of you out there were hoping for some type of over the top 20+ ingredient profile formula from the guys at Animal.
So, we contacted the bigwigs at Animal HQ to get some insight into the reasoning behind the newest Animal pre workout:
”Animal Fury was formulated based on consumer and retailer feedback that people want a simple formula with proven ingredients in efficacious dosages and a transparent label. This is not replacing Animal Rage XL which is a concentrate with 17 ingredients as opposed to Fury which has 5. We did an extensive Alpha Testing program where we sent the product out to a lot of athletes and consumers to use and give us their feedback. We didn’t rush this to market, we had to make sure that it worked in the real world and tasted great. It’s an effective product without any shady ingredients from a company that people can trust. We don’t play any games, what is on the label is true and accurate.”
— Team Animal (Emphasis ours)
For the time being, Animal Fury is exclusive to Bodybuilding.com in the US (it’s available to everyone internationally). Should you venture to the mothership, you’ll find it available in both 20 and 30 serving sizes. Additionally, you’ll be able to select from two flavors:
- Green Apple
Fury’s formula is simple, potent, and no nonsense. Sometimes “less is more” and a lot can be said of that in today’s age of increasingly more complicated pre workout formulas. In its truest sense, a pre workout should give you what you need going into a workout, not your daily doses of saturation-based ergogenics like creatine, betaine, etc. Fury is exactly that, it supplies what you need, when you need it.
Over time, we expect this to end up at other stores (Bodybuilding seems to get exclusive offers with Team Animal on new supplements), at which point our coupons will take effect and we’ll be beating the price down. So you can grab some now but also sign up for alerts for 2017:
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- Roger C. Harris; et al.; “The effect of a supplement containing β-alanine on muscle carnosine synthesis, ventilatory threshold and exercise capacity in Korean cyclists, during 12 weeks combined endurance and weight training“
- Hill, CA et al.; Amino Acids; “Influence of beta-alanine supplementation on skeletal muscle carnosine concentrations and high intensity cycling capacity ;” February 2007
- Kendrick IP, et al. The effects of 10 weeks of resistance training combined with beta-alanine supplementation on whole body strength, force production, muscular endurance and body composition. Amino Acids. (2008)
- Yeghiayan SK, et al; Tyrosine improves behavioral and neurochemical deficits caused by cold exposure . Physiol Behav. (2001)
- Deijen JB, Orlebeke JF; Effect of tyrosine on cognitive function and blood pressure under stress . Brain Res Bull. (1994)
- Dollins AB, et al; L-tyrosine ameliorates some effects of lower body negative pressure stress . Physiol Behav. (1995)