Recently we delved into CT Fletcher’s explosive new brand Iron Addicts. On that page, we discuss how the brand was created for all fans of CT, but especially for those addicted to absolutely dominate the weight room.
Unlike many other “celebrity brands”, these products are absolutely LOADED.
So today, we feature Iron Addicts turbocharged pre workout supplement, Sidewalk Kraka. It’ll have you energized and in the zone to crush your workout – and is slanted a bit towards the energy, focus, and endurance side of the game, but still has a couple great pump ingredients to round it out.
We’ve got the breakdown below, but first, take a moment to check the best deal and sign up for alerts from PricePlow and then check out our review on YouTube!
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Sidewalk Kraka Ingredients
Sidewalk Kraka uses a non-proprietary stim blend of caffeine, DMHA, and Eria Jarensis to get you energized and focused for the impending doom you’re about to bring in the gym. Get ready boys and girls this one is going to be fun!
Beta Alanine (3.2g)
Sidewalk Kraka wants to get you tingling from head to toe as it starts off its profile with the full clinical tingle-inducing dose of the carnosine precursor Beta Alanine. Carnosine functions as a powerful intracellular buffer that removes lactic acid accumulation in skeletal muscles.
Removing lactic acid helps offset the burning sensation that develops in the muscle belly during prolonged working sets. BA boosts endurance, as well as increases power, strength, and time to exhaustion.[2,3,4]
3.2g here is the full dose, and you’re getting it here. Good start, CT.
Agmatine Sulfate (1g)
The next well dosed ergogenic up is the powerful N.O. extender Agmatine Sulfate. By “extender” we mean that agmatine helps sustain elevated N.O. levels by inhibiting arginase, the enzyme that breaks down Arginine. Agmatine is there for an indirect booster of nitric oxide, as opposed to say L-Citrulline or Nitrosigine which directly boosts N.O. levels.
Agmatine ultimately helps provide stronger, denser, and longer-lasting pumps that you find from any other ingredient. It’s also worth mentioning that agmatine improves cognition and focus thanks to its role as a neuroregulator / neuromodulator in the brain.
HydroMax® is a high-yield form of glycerol that contains 65% glycerol by mass. It’s the premier choice of glycerol in supplements when compared to Glycerol Monostearate (GMS) which only contains at most 25% glycerol by mass, with the rest being composed of saturated fats.
HydroMax® basically turns your muscles into super absorbent sponges that soak up tons of water. This creates a state of “hyperhydration” in the muscle which results in markedly improved endurance [7,8] and sets the stage for some really nice water-based pumps.
Make sure to drink at least 16 oz of water with HydroMax, otherwise you’re not really getting the most bang for your buck from its water-retaining abilities!
Choline Bitartrate 97% (500mg)
Pumps and endurance boosters taken care of, it’s time to add the focus element into Sidewalk Kraka. Choline is a favorite cognitive booster of the supplement community embraced for its ability to effectively enhance focus and the all-too-important “mind-muscle” connection.
Choline bitartrate is one of the less-expensive forms of choline compared to citicoline or Alpha GPC, so we’re happy to see that there’s 500mg as opposed to the 250mg you see in the competing products. This larger dose can definitely be “felt”.
Caffeine Anhydrous (300mg)
Kicking off Sidewalk Kraka’s potent energy blend is the backbone of every stimulant mixture, caffeine anhydrous. This is powdered energy in its purest form.
Each scoop packs 300mg giving you the immediate kick in the ass you need to get moving in the gym. For those of you a bit sensitive to caffeine, you may want to start with a ½-⅔ scoop since we’ve still got a few other extreme stimulants to go!
However, for most experienced users, 300mg caffeine is about the going rate for a strong pre workout.
Eria Jarensis Extract (200mg)
Following on the heels of caffeine’s energy surge is the “feel good” stimulant of 2016 Eria Jarensis extract. Eria Jarensis is a powerful PEA-like molecule that has an extremely pronounced euphoric effect.
Eria Jarensis is extracted for its N-phenethyldimethylamine content, which is the name of the PEA you feel here. This is one of those ingredients you’ll never hear CT explaining, because the details are a bit “thick” and lengthy, but this is definitely the good mood ingredient you and CT both will feel.
Just know that it provides a prominent boost in mood. However, if you are interested in getting up close and personal with Eria, checkout our in depth write up: Eria Jarensis Extract / N-phenethyl dimethylamine: The Next Big Thing?
Be aware that we’ve tried this ingredient in several of our other top pre workouts, and we are HUGE FANS – especially when it’s combined with the next ingredient:
Also known as DMHA and found naturally in Kigelia Africana fruit, 2-Aminoisoheptane has been the standout stimulant of 2016, even more so than Eria Jarensis. As an aliphatic amine, DMHA acts extremely similar to DMAA. The difference between the two is that we feel DMAA packs unparalleled focus and drive, while DMHA imparts more of an uplifting, euphoric feeling.
If you’re still a bit weary of this “next gen” stims, don’t worry, they weren’t cooked up in some shady laboratory. They’re actually found in nature!
If you’re interested, check out a little research paper titled Metabolic Profiling of Kigelia africana Extracts with Anti-Cancer Activity by High Resolution Tandem Mass Spectroscopy. In it, you’ll learn where DMHA was extracted from as well as some other applications where it’s previously been used as an antibacterial, anti-cancer, and analgesic (pain relieving) agent.
This is the stimulant that’s doing most of the long-lasting, focus-based work, and alongside the eria jarensis extract, caffeine, and next two stimulants, you’re going to feel freakin awesome with the Sidewalk Kraka.
Theobromine 99% (100mg)
Theobromine is extracted from Theobroma Cacao plant, and possesses a very similar structure to that of caffeine. It also exerts many of the same effects, though not quite as potent. Basically, it’s a great “add on” energy booster to caffeine’s immediate surge of energy.
Theobromine does indeed act as a stimulant, but the real benefit it has over it’s better known big brother is that it lasts longer and has a smoother “coming down” than caffeine.
But if you really want a solid “caffeine add-on”, it’s really the next ingredient that mixes in fantastically well:
TeaCrine® is the long-lasting counterpunch to caffeine’s fast acting opening salvo. It’s the trademarked extract of theacrine that contains a 98% concentrated dose of the xanthine-like molecule.
Theacrine is molecularly similar to caffeine and possesses many of the same benefits, such as increased locomotion. The big difference between the two is that theacrine doesn’t come with the tolerance build up that caffeine does — meaning, you don’t need to continually up the dose to feel the same effects!
Additionally, theacrine has also been shown to limit oxidative stress in the body when used for seven consecutive days, and boost dopamine levels in the brain, similar to caffeine.
Naringin 98% (25mg)
Naringin is a polyphenol found in a variety of citrus fruits, notably grapefruits. If it sounds familiar in the least bit, it’s the compound responsible for all the hype over those “grapefruit weight loss diets” you’ve heard about.
Research on Naringin demonstrates it does exert some very moderate weight loss effects, but more than anything it’s a fairly potent energy booster. Naringin inhibits phosphodiesterase (PDE) enzymes in the body which themselves function as natural energy inhibitors.
So, by inhibiting the enzymes that inhibit energy production you ultimately end up with greater energy and an elevated metabolic rate.
Rauwolfia Vomitoria (2mg)
Rauwolfia vomitoria is a plant species in the Rauwolfia family. Sidewalk Kraka’s extract has been standardized for 90% Alpha-Yohimbine. This botanical was traditionally prescribed in African medicine as a remedy for potential mental disorders due to its mood-elevating qualities. Modern studies show that Rauwolfia assists with lowering body weight and decreasing pain sensitivity. Additionally, it’s also been used in the treatment of assorted mental diseases.
That is an impressive ingredient list, and it could even be used as a fat burning powder even if not training!!
As you know, CT is a bit outrageous and we expected nothing else when found out the flavors for the line up which are:
- Blue Mutherfuckin’ Raspberry
- Fruit Fuckin’ Punch
- MuthFuckin’ Watermelon
Expect no less than flavor names like these from CT!
To wreak havoc on the weights like CT, you’ve got to use a pre workout that only CT would use. With Sidewalk Kraka, you’ll finally experience what a “true fuckin pre workout should do for your results.” If it’s good enough for CT, it’s sure good enough for you!
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