Apollon’s Hooligan Bare Knuckle: Attack the Gym Stim-Free

Apollon Hooligan Bare Knuckle

Hard-hitting brand Apollon Nutrition is back with a stim free version of their 600mg caffeine pre workout with Hooligan Bare Knuckle.

It’s been quite a while since we’ve talked about Apollon Nutrition on the PricePlow blog (save for how we recently added their Chaos fat burner to our Top 10 Fat Burners list!)… but the hardcore brand caught the attention of many with their 600mg pre workout Hooligan!

But not everyone wants such insane energy in a pre workout… or some people want to get jacked up while on the aforementioned Chaos fat burner, which is strong in its own right. Where do the Apollon fans get their stim-free juice?

Well, the edgy brand has been up to quite a lot since we last discussed them, secretly working on some new products as well as a few updates to their current best-sellers. Today, we feature one of the newest products from Apollon in Hooligan Bare Knuckle – the stim free brother to the energy-surging pre workout.

This can be used solo, alongside the stim-based Hooligan, or as we sometimes like – alongside a thermogenic like Chaos!

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Hooligan Bare Knuckle Ingredients

Hooligan Bare Knuckle takes all the great pump, focus, and performance aspects of the original stimulant-fueled Hooligan and adds in a few extra compounds to further push your athletic performance to the edge without sending your heart rate there as well.

  • Citrulline Malate (6g)

    Apollon Hooligan Bare Knuckle Ingredients

    Hooligan is fully decked out with all sorts of performance enhancers and focus boosters.

    Just as we saw with the stim-based version of Hooligan, the Bare Knuckle version comes out swinging with a stout 6g “punch” of Citrulline Malate. A superior nitric oxide booster to L-Arginine[1], citrulline malate improves blood flow, nutrient delivery, endurance, energy production, and performance.[2,3] At a ratio of 1:1 citrulline to malic acid, you’re getting 3g of pure L-Citrulline in every dose.

  • CarnoSyn® Beta Alanine (3g)

    Combat athletes represent a sizeable portion of the Apollon Nutrition userbase, and as you might know (or not), fighters need to go for several minutes without stopping. They’re not like lifters, who typically only need their muscles to last 40-60 seconds under load. Fighters go for a minimum of 3 minutes on before getting a break.

    With that in mind, you’re going to need a lot of endurance, and that’s exactly why beta alanine is included. It’s an incredibly effective endurance-boosting compound that improves skeletal muscles ability to buffer acid accumulation, leading to longer “on” time before succumbing to fatigue.[4] Beta alanine is also beneficial outside of the octagon for athletes looking to improve strength, power, and time to exhaustion.[5]

  • HydroMax (2g)

    HydroMax

    HydroMax is a high-yield glycerol that improves cellular hydration, endurance, and water-based pumps.

    Hydration is a crucial factor for any hard-training athlete, especially combat athletes like Apollon Nutrition founder, Robert Samborsky. In line with that, it stands to reason that fighters and lifters alike would benefit from the hydration-enhancing benefits of HydroMax. This high-yield form of glycerol encourages wells to soak up extra water leading to better hydration and greater endurance.[6]

  • Creatine HCl (2g)

    Creatine HCl is an alternative form of creatine that offers improved solubility over monohydrate, which many incorrectly think means it’s superior to monohydrate, but there’s not much research to back those claims up.[7]

    Anyway, with the hydrochloride form of creatine, you should experience less bloating, if that’s been an issue, but you still need to get in your daily 5g worth of creatine. Since you’re getting roughly half of your daily dose here, you can get the other half in Apollon’s well-dosed post workout formula Enigma.

  • Betaine (1.5g)

    Apollon Nutrition Chainsaw Closeup

    Grab a scoop of Apollon’s Chainsaw for some intra workout fuel and hydration support.

    Often found alongside creatine in muscle-building supplements, betaine is a choline metabolite that performs several functions in the body, including methylation, cellular hydration, and creatine production. Betaine is well-known to enhance strength and power, and it’s believed this is related to the compound’s ability to support endogenous creatine production.[8]

    You’re getting a little more than half your daily dose (2.5g) here, and you’ll get another 1.5g worth in Enigma, Apollon’s post workout supplement.

  • L-Tyrosine (1.5g)

    Nice!

    L-Tyrosine is PricePlow’s preferred form of tyrosine due to its improved utilization and uptake in the body. This amino acid enhances focus by elevating levels of dopamine, noradrenaline, and adrenaline.[9]

    The dose here is way more than you’ll find in most other supplements, save a few nootropics on the market, which bodes well for getting some strong tunnel-vision focus going during your workout.

  • Agmatine (1g)

    Apollon Nutrition Chaos Fire

    Stack Hooligan Bare Knuckle with Apollon Chaos for an intense thermogenic pre workout experience.

    Just like its stim-fueled brother, the Bare Knuckle edition of Hooligan contains a full gram of Agmatine to fuel long-lasting pumps for hours after your workout. Agmatine inhibits arginase[10], the enzyme that degrades arginine, which synergizes with the enhanced NO production from Citrulline Malate to provide a pump-tastic 1-2 punch for stronger, longer-lasting, pumps during and after your training.

  • Choline Bitartrate (1g)

    Choline is an essential nutrient in the body used for all sorts of things, but it’s most well-known for increasing levels of acetylcholine (the “learning neurotransmitter”). With greater acetylcholine, you’ll experience heightened focus and concentration as well as a more solidified “mind-muscle” connection.[11]

    The bitartrate form is definitely not our favorite form, but the 1g dose is more than you’ll get in other pre workouts and will work in tandem with another ingredient (huperzine) to promote greater acetylcholine levels in the body.

  • Beta Vulgaris (500mg)

    L-Norvaline Molecule

    L-Norvaline is a potent Arginase inhibitor that indirectly boosts NO levels in the body.

    Beta Vulgaris (“beet root”) is a vegetable rich in nitrates — powerful nitric oxide boosting compounds that stimulate the nitrate-nitrite-nitric oxide pathway in the body (a different one from the citrulline-arginine pathway activated by citrulline malate). NItrates are proven performance enhancers that, in addition to boosting NO production, also reduce oxygen cost of exercise and increase stamina.[12,13]

    The issue here is that we don’t know the standardization here, so we’re not sure how much nitrate we’re actually getting from the 500mg dose.

  • L-Norvaline (250mg)

    L-Norvaline is a derivative of the branched-chain amino acid Valine that functions similarly to Agmatine in that it also inhibits arginase activity in the body.[14] Here again we’ve got a secondary NO-boosting compound that synergizes with citrulline malate to promote longer-lasting, more powerful muscle pumps.

    Norvaline is a supporting ingredient we enjoy seeing in nitric oxide supplements, especially when dosed well like it is here.

  • BioPerine® (5mg)

    Curcumin with Bioperine

    Bioperine is the trusted, trademarked form of black pepper extract that promises 95% or greater piperine, which boosts the bioavailability of all the other compounds in Hooligan Bare Knuckle.

    As you can see, there’s a LOT of active ingredients in Hooligan Bare Knuckle. To help insure you absorb every last milligram of performance powering powder, Apollon Nutrition has included 5mg of BioPerine, the industry-leading black pepper extract that enhances absorption by inhibiting enzymes that could degrade the other compounds in Hooligan Bare Knuckle.

  • Huperzine A (50mcg)

    Finally, we have the choline counterpart, Huperzine A. This potent nootropic indirectly supports acetylcholine production by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme that degrades acetylcholine.[15] But that’s not all for this ingredient.

    Huperzine also exerts some neuroprotective and neurogenerative benefits by defending against glutamate and supports the synthesis of new brain cells.[16,17]

On the Formula

”While Hooligan is arguably the strongest pre workout on the market, the hefty 600mg Caffeine in addition to a fully stacked ingredients, was both welcomed by “hardcore” fans, it also received a little “heat” from those that are either not fans of stims or prefer lower dosages.

So, we listened and we paid attention and decided that before the end of 2018, we will release a STRONGER version of Hooligan that will combine both best performance/pump/focus ingredients as well as high stimulants. But, we are equally excited to announce the release in February of our NON STIM version of Hooligan, called HOOLIGAN – BARE KNUCKLE!

This preworkout will have everything (and more) that the original Hooligan has, except the stimulants. This will be pure performance/pump/focus, that those that don’t want stimulants in their pre workout or train late at night and don’t want to take a pre workout that will mess up their sleep.”

— Robert Samborsky, Apollon Nutrition

Flavors Available

Robert Samborsky

Meet Robert Samborsky, Formulator and Founder of Apollon Nutrition. By the way, he’s also a champion MMA fighter!

Apollon is launching Hooligan Bare Knuckle in one flavor — Strawberry Mango. Speaking with the brand, they’ve hinted at two other possibilities for the next flavor to be released… strawberry margarita and apple martini.

Make sure to stay tuned for new flavor releases from the heavy-hitting brand.

Takeaway

The Hooligans are back at it!

Apollon emerges from its brief period of silence with another monster formulation. Stim-free pre workouts have definitely seen an uptick in popularity in use lately within the industry, and Hooligan Bare Knuckle is a worthy addition to the category that can compete with the very best stimulant-deficient pre workouts when it comes to enhancing performance, focus, and endurance.

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