Core ABC Bomb Pop: Boost Your Workout with a Bomb

In the hype of the refreshed ‘Merica Energy cans, we almost missed on an update from one of Doug Miller’s other brands. ‘Merica Energy no doubt got the spotlight for the 2021 4th of July, but Doug and team also have something for you flavor junkies out there who love his original brand, Core Nutritionals:

Core Nutritionals ABC Bomb Pop

In case you missed it on the 4th of July, Core Nutritionals put out a Core ABC Bomb Pop flavor that is fantastic!

Core ABC now in Bomb Pop!

It wouldn’t be a proper 4th of July without at least a few “Bomb Pop” or “Rocket Pop” flavor launches, and in 2021, we got two from the same team. To top off the updated Freedom flavor of ‘Merica Energy, Core Nutritionals also made a Bomb Pop flavor of Core ABC, their “BCAA-plus” supplement.

Word is, this flavor is incredible.

Most of you Bomb Pop flavor aficionados know that it’s generally a mix of cherry, lemon lime, and blue raspberry, but every brand brings their own style to the table (and it often depends on the ingredients mixed in).

We get into the flavor’s details below, and briefly discuss Core ABC in general. Just “after a word from our sponsors” where you can check our PricePlow-powered deals and sign up for Core Nutritionals news alerts:

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Core Nutritionals’ take on Bomb Pop

Core ABC Bomb Pop

Awesome flavor system here

There are a few ways to play Bomb Pop, but here’s what we got from the new Core ABC:

  1. Cherry and lemon-lime hits on the front, while blue raspberry sticks on the back-end for a delicious aftertaste.
  2. The lemon-lime is split 50/50 between lemon and lime. Not too much of one or the other.
  3. The ratio would be cherry at 40%, lemon lime at 40%, and blue raspberry at 20%. The up front-hit brings most of the flavor.

This is generally how we personally like it, although some like more lime, while some like more blue raspberry.

What is Core ABC?

Core ABC is a BCAA supplement with a few add-on ingredients. It’s generally used as an intra workout supplement, especially with cardio. Over the years, we’ve come to agree that standalone BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) have some anti-catabolic[1-3] and fatigue-fighting[4-6] benefits, but if looking to build new muscle, they alone won’t be enough.

As long as that’s understood and we’re not relying on them for our dietary protein (this is where fish, steak, chicken, and eggs come in), then we’re all for drinking some BCAAs when training or doing cardio. Especially when there are other add-ons to amplify your pre workout, like we have below in this 50 serving tub:

  • Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) – 10g

    Core Nutritionals ABC Ingredients

    Not just a BCAA supplement… an advanced BCAA supplement. With large doses and a lot of them!

    • L-Leucine – 5.0g

    • L-Isoleucine – 2.5g

    • L-Valine – 2.5g

    Discussed above, BCAAs are three of the nine essential amino acids that bring us some anti-catabolic, fatigue-fighting properties.[1-6] Leucine is the primary BCAA, activating mTOR to initiate muscle protein synthesis.[7-9] Make no mistake, we still want complete proteins, but these are great to have around and in the bloodstream during a rough workout.

  • L-Glutamine – 2.5g

    Glutamine is an amino acid that’s abundant in muscle tissue, and ingesting more may help with endurance in some users,[10] recovery and soreness,[11] as well as some gut health improvements in others.[12]

    Glutamine has gone by the wayside in recent years, but some users still swear by it for endurance and immunity.[13] For those still looking for the amino, Core ABC has it — it’s inexpensive and helps the flavor profile, so why not?

  • Beta-Alanine – 2.5g

    Core Nutritionals Sangria

    Core FURY does not have beta alanine inside!

    We’ve written about beta alanine ad nauseum, as the endurance-boosting amino acid helps our bodies create more carnosine in order to help flush lactic acid out.[14,15]

    There are a few key meta-analyses showing how beta alanine safely[16] improves endurance in numerous activities ranging from 30 seconds to 10 minutes long,[17,18] but it’s worth noting that it’s generally dosed at 3.2 grams per day or greater.

    Stacking and scooping considerations

    This is fine, as we’re already close here, and the purpose of beta alanine is to boost your existing regimen. Most pre workout supplements already have it, and if you want to get to the clinical dose, you can either heap the scoop, add a single beta alanine capsule, or just take a pre workout with nearly any amount of the ingredient inside.

    Note, however, that Core Fury does not contain beta alanine, so if you’re doing the Fury / ABC stack, we do recommend the heaping scoop of ABC… which won’t be a problem with this Bomb Pop flavor!

  • Citrulline Malate – 2.5g

    With citrulline malate, we have a similar story to beta alanine – a great ingredient here to help your pre workout keep kicking. However, it’s not clinically-dosed, so we can’t solely rely on it.

    At larger doses, citrulline malate has been shown to reduce fatigue and soreness,[19,20] generally through citrulline’s nitric oxide boosting abilities.[21,22] If your pre workout has L-citrulline (Core Fury has six grams in two scoops), then this is just icing on the cake for your pumps.

Overall, this is what we call a “BCAA+” style supplement. If you want to take it to the next level, then check out the more intensely-formulated Core Intra, but Core ABC is definitely more than just a BCAA.

All Core ABC Flavors:

There are a lot of them!

Core ABC Bomb Pop

We don’t know much about the rest of them, but this one is for real

    A Bomb Pop you can drink anytime

    Core Nutritionals Blaze

    Tired of the same old fat burner over and over? Then Core Nutritionals BLAZE has something incredibly new for you!

    Don’t get us wrong, we’re extremely excited for the Freedom flavor of Merica Energy that was relaunched on the 4th. But despite how we all gloat on social media, we can’t always drink that — especially during a workout when we just had 375 milligrams of caffeine from two scoops of Core Fury.

    So sometimes you want the flavor system without the stims… and if you’re going to drink it, you might as well boost your beta alanine intake to get carnosine saturation up, and snag a touch more nitric oxide from the citrulline.

    This is a well-dosed BCAA supplement, but it’s still a BCAA. If you need more, Core Intra will be here for you. Until then, enjoy the Bomb Pop and the extra endurance it brings.

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