Ghost Legend (V1): The Pre Workout Supplement for Legends (ORIGINAL Version, Discontinued)

NOTE: Legend has been reformulated! See our new Ghost Legend (V2) blog post. The original formula is discussed below, and this article will remain until it is sold out everywhere.

Ghost Legend

Ghost has reformulated their headlining pre workout Legend — it’s now 100% transparent and significantly more powerful.

Last year, Ghost burst onto the scene like a supernova with a sense of style and swag that we’ve never really encountered in this industry. They had it all, slick packaging, a longtime industry big wig calling the shots, and more than one pretty face to show off the brand – all while keeping it real with open formulas.

Sure, they could easily pass as one of those “all show-no go” brands that we see all the time, but as we saw with Ghost Whey, these guys mean business!

In addition to fully opening up their product labels, Ghost recently revamped their popular pre-workout, Legend. The modifications and transparency have significantly elevated the product above its predecessor and make it a top “medium-stim” pre-workout you’ll find in the gym.

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Legend Ingredients

Successful companies rarely grow complacent, as they continuously innovate and improve their product profile. Ghost is a perfect example of this type of a restless brand – not only do they release new products at a rapid rate, but they’re constantly looking at potential reformulations that can further enhance existing products!

As such, their flagship supplement, Legend, has seen a few iterations over the years. Each variation has been influenced by new information, either coming from research or customer feedback. Ghost wants their products to be the best of the best, and when it comes to getting a great workout, you’d be hard-pressed to find something as effective as Legend!

Let’s get into what each 12g scoop of this powerhouse pre-workout delivers!

  • Ghost Legend

    • L-Citrulline – 4000mg

      Ghost Legend Supplement Facts

      Behold – the re-formulated, better version of Ghost Legend!

      You want pumps?! This is how you get MONSTER pumps! As we’ve stated numerous times before, if it’s pure pumps you’re after, L-Citrulline is where it’s at. It’s a superior nitric oxide booster compared to L-Arginine due to its improved bioavailability.[1]

      4g worth of L-Cit will give you significantly increased vasodilation, blood flow, nutrient delivery, energy production, and performance![2,3]

      Dan at Ghost told us that he’s very proud to have gone with straight L-citrulline instead of citrulline malate. The pumps are simply far better, and there’s always just so much malic acid in supplements and you don’t need more from the malate.

      The citrulline is where the pumps are at, after all, and that’s why they went with it solo.

    • CarnoSyn Beta-Alanine – 2000mg

      Beta-alanine is a proven endurance-booster across all sorts of sports. It elevates skeletal muscle concentrations of carnosine, a powerful intracellular buffer that stunts lactic acid accumulation.[4]

      A recent position paper by the International Society of Sports Nutrition noted that BA is particularly effective for increasing strength, endurance, athletic performance, and fatigue resistance.[5]

      A split-dose..

      Ghost has wisely divided the dose of Legend as research indicates that it’s best to split doses of BA during the day to improve nutrient uptake and avoid the tingles.[6]

      This, of course, means you’ll need to get your other dose of beta-alanine in on the opposite end of the day. Maybe Ghost will have a solution to that problem eventually…??

    • Agmatine Sulfate – 500mg

      Agmatine Pathway

      The Agmatine Pathway is complex, but that’s because it’s really more of a neurotransmitter / neuromodulator than just a “nitric oxide booster”

      While L-Citrulline provides the initial surge of nitric oxide to power your pumps, Agmatine Sulfate sustains your elevated N.O. levels by inhibiting arginase.[7] This enzyme is responsible for the degradation of arginine in the body.

      The Agmatine + Citrulline combo is great for powerful, dense, and sustained pumps during your workout. Typically, when running it solo, we prefer to see at least 750mg of Agmatine, but when used alongside all that citrulline and our next ingredient, 500mg will do!

    • L-Norvaline – 100mg

      Doubling down on the arginase inhibitions is our next ingredient — Norvaline, a derivative of the BCAA L-Valine. It supports cardiovascular function and blood flow, as well as pumps.

      Similar to Agmatine, Norvaline indirectly increases N.O. production via arginase inhibition.[8] Norvaline helps sustain arginine levels in the body, which is vital to ensuring longer-lasting N.O. production.

  • Ghost Smart Energy

    • Taurine – 1000mg

      Ghost Legend Scoop

      Ghost employs a rather unique scoop-lock system with their tubs, so that there is never any digging or hunting for it.

      To further pumps and endurance, Ghost includes a full gram of Taurine, a conditionally essential amino acid stored in vast amounts in the heart, brain, and skeletal muscle. Taurine is an osmolyte, which is a fancy way of saying it helps draw water into muscle cells.

      Additional water in the muscle improves hydration and provides some nice “water-based” pumps.[9] On top of that, since taurine is stored in large amounts in the brain, it also boosts focus and cognition.[10]

    • Caffeine – 202mg

      Ghost uses a two-step caffeine matrix, optimized to deliver a sustainable energy boost to your workout. The first source of caffeine hits quick and gets you going, while the second dose follows up with additional energy to keep you going!

    • Caffeine Anhydrous – 165mg

      The primary stimulant driving Legend’s energy matrix is 165mg of caffeine anhydrous. While this may seem “tame” to some of you high stim fiends out there, don’t rush to any conclusions. We’ve still got a dash more caffeine coming ahead plus another stim at the end.

      But know this, Ghost isn’t some “hardcore stim-addict’s” pre-workout. It’s a well-rounded pre-workout that provides a solid energy boost for your workout without sending you overboard.

    • Dicaffeine Malate – 50mg (delivering 37mg of caffeine)

      Our second form of caffeine, dicaffeine malate is a combination of malic acid (malate) and caffeine. It yields roughly 73% caffeine, which adds an additional 37mg caffeine according to Legend’s facts panel.

      This brings the total caffeine content of Legend to 202mg by our math. The benefit to dicaffeine malate is that it provides a long-lasting, sustained release of energy to balance out the initial surge from the 165mg of anhydrous we discussed above.

    • Alpha-GPC (Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline 50%) – 150mg

      Ghost Legend Ocean

      Even in the setting sun, Ghost’s packaging looks stellar.

      One of the premier focus boosters on the market, alpha-GPC is a choline-containing compound that increases levels of the “learning neurotransmitter” acetylcholine.[11]

      Aside from elevating focus, alpha-GPC also improves power output (when dosed at 600mg), endurance, and post-workout growth hormone (GH) levels.[12,13,14]

      Note: The Alpha-GPC here is at 50% ‘strength’ (it’s often bound to silica so that it makes a nice powder). That means each serving of Ghost Legend provides 75mg Alpha GPC (50% of 150 equals 75).

    • Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) Root extract – 50mg

      Here’s an ingredient that’s starting to show up more and more in pre-workouts recently, the powerful adaptogen, Rhodiola rosea. This herb helps the body deal with various emotional, psychological, and physical stressors. Adaptogens like rhodiola also enhance endurance and alertness while decreasing mental fatigue from stressful situations.[15]

      Other research indicates that rhodiola may even enhance cognitive function and memory due to its interactions with the dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin and acetylcholine neurotransmitter production systems.[16]

    • Theobromine (50mg)

      Ghost Legend Warheads

      Warheads is the newest flavor of Legend, and it’s AWESOME!

      A lesser-known member of the xanthine family, theobromine is found in cocoa and tea and actions similar to caffeine, although to a much lesser extent. Aside from CNS stimulation, theobromine also supports respiratory function and fight inflammation[17], as well as improves energy, focus, vasodilation, and, breathing.[18]

      This is a great “add-on” stim to have that provides sustained energy along with dicaffeine malate.

    • Olive (Olea europaea) Leaf extract (40% Oleuropein) – 50mg

      While many understand the health benefits of olive oil, most overlook the nutrition packed into the plant’s leaves! Olive leaf extract is quite potent itself, thanks to its concentration of oleuropein, a key driving force behind the powers of the extract!

      Research from 2014 showed that olive leaf extract may be capable of inducing thermogenesis within the body, effectively helping convert fat stores into energy.[23] While Legend isn’t necessarily a fat-burning product, this effect works synergistically with caffeine, as the stimulant also generates a similar thermogenic reaction. The two, working together, can provide quite the uptick in energy, which of course, is what Legend is trying to accomplish!

      Olive leaf extract also helps regulate blood pressure by encouraging proper blood flow.[24] In aiding circulation, this ingredient helps deliver oxygen and other key nutrients to the parts of the body that needs them – this is incredibly useful in the realm of exercise, as keeping oxygenated blood flowing is crucial to your performance!

      While research may be relatively new in this regard, olive leaf extract also shows potential in improving insulin sensitivity.[25] Granted, this has truly only been shown in diabetics with issues secreting insulin, but it’s an effect worth noting. If it carries over to all individuals, it can prime your body for post-workout nutrition, which is essential to proper recovery and muscle growth!

      Legend packs 50mg of olive leaf extract, which yields 20mg of oleuropein. That’s right in line with the industry standard and ensures you’ll be getting all the benefits discussed above. While olive leaf extract is a bit of a unique inclusion in a pre-workout, it seems that Ghost might be onto something here, and we’re all for it!

    • NADH 10% – 2.5mg

      NADH is the active form of Vitamin B3 (Niacin) in the body. B Vitamins in general are necessary for natural energy production by helping convert the food we eat into useable fuel (i.e. glucose) for our muscles.

      Supplementation with NADH has been noted to improve energy levels by combatting fatigue and improving mental function.[19,20] This is an ingredient we rarely see in this form in supplements. Typically, you’ll get pure Niacin or Niacinamide in your pre-workout, which when dosed too high at once results in the rather irritating Niacin flush — making you feel all hot and itchy all over.

      Thankfully, with NADH you don’t have those problems!

    • Rauwolfia (Rauwolfia vomitoria) Root extract – 1mg

      Traditionally used in the treatment of hypertension and mental disorders[21], rauwolfia vomitoria is a plant that in today’s day and age is typically standardized for Alpha-Yohimbine, a.k.a. rauwolscine, a very powerful alpha receptor agonist.

      Alpha-Yohimbine is frequently used as a “finishing touch” to the stim component of pre-workouts and fat burners for its ability to enhance energy and mood, while also supporting weight loss[22] and lowering pain sensitivity.

On a Mission

We’ve had some very detailed discussion with Ghost about the brand’s launch and development within its first few months. While they may seem like a lot of flash and pizzazz, these guys are, at their core, about providing quality products backed by 100% transparent labels:

”My biggest goal is to show, via education… Yeah we’ve created a lot of buzz, yeah we’re design savvy and take good pictures and have some friends who do their thing on youtube but at the core is a great, fully disclosed product.”

Flavors Available

Ghost Legend Grapefruit

Add a little citrus to your workout stack with the newest Legend flavor, grapefruit!

When Legend originally launched, it was only available in two flavors; however, with new formulations comes new flavors! They’re all unique, as well, especially the new Grapefruit variation! Here are the flavors you can get your hands on right now:

    Our Ghost Legend Review

    We’ve had the privilege of tryingall of the Legend flavors (even the Warheads variations!), and they’re all downright delicious. Each one delivers the precise flavor the label promises – for example, the Warheads flavors remind you exactly of the super-sour Warheads candy from childhood!

    Check out our review of the Sour Green Apple Warhead flavor of Ghost Legend here:

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    Ghost Legend Amino

    Ghost Legend allows you to round out your supplement stack with a solid pre-workout!

    Legend’s overhauled formula is a significant step up in quality and transparency over the v1 version we say last year when the brand launched. Those interested in a moderately stimmed, pump-enhancing pre-workout will surely want to take a look at Legend.

    It’s got the substance to match the style – but the crack addicts out there are gonna end up spending a lot of money if they need to two-scoop it, so make sure that this one is right for you!

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    About the Author: Mike Roberto

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