Magnum Nutraceuticals has been on quite the hot streak lately. With each monthly turn of the calendar, it seems fans are rewarded with a new product or two from the Canadian supplement giant.
But what about the stuff before we talked about Magnum on the regular? Can’t overlook Volume, a capsule-based stimulant-free pump pre workout that’s ideal to stack with their focus-centered stim pre Limitless.
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As we’ve seen with all of Magnum’s products recently, we get a completely open label breaking down exactly how much of each ingredient you’ll be ingesting. Volume has some familiar faces as well as some rather uncommon ones for this capsule-based pump-centered pre workout.
Note: Doses listed below are based on 1 serving (4 capsules)
L-Arginine Pyroglutamate (1,000mg)
Arginine is the well-known precursor to Nitric Oxide (N.O.) production in the body. L-Arginine Pyroglutamate is a combination of the free form amino acid arginine with a molecule of pyroglutamate. The pairing of these two is done to improve bioavailability of L-Arginine, which is poorly bioavailable on its own.
Consuming a more stable form of L-Arginine should help prevent its premature breakdown in the stomach and thereby improve its bioavailability, all culminating in elevated NO levels. The overall verdict on Arginine is somewhat mixed as it has shown success in some instances, but others not so much.[3,4]
In the end, it’s a nice “add-on” for a pump product, but never the soles means of improving pumps.
L-Citrulline Malate (900g)
When it comes to proven N.O. boosters, there’s no better option than Citrulline Malate. This potent combination of L-Citrulline and Malic Acid not only has greater bioavailability than L-Arginine, it’s also a more effective stimulator of N.O. production.
Aside from the improved pumps and vascularity, Citrulline malate is also a strong fatigue fighter. As an intermediate in the Krebs Cycle, Citrulline helps buffer the accumulation of metabolic waste products that would otherwise impair your performance and decrease your stamina. Supplementing with CitMal results in greater ATP production, heightened endurance, and reduced fatigue,[6,7,8,9] all of which result in better workouts and better gains!
Typically we want to see 6-8g of Citrulline Malate though to get the full benefits. Having only 900mg in Volume makes us wonder if Magnum is onto something along the lines of “the sum is greater than the parts” where the cumulative effect of all of these ingredients will not necessitate incorporating full dosages.
There’s only so much you can fit into capsules, after all, and we’re not done yet!
Beet Root Extract (700mg)
Beta Vulgaris, a.k.a. beet root, is an earthy vegetable that contains a rich supply of nitrates for the body. It is yet another nitric oxide boosting compound in Volume.
Benefits of nitrate supplementation include increased nitric oxide production, vasodilation, and blood flow in the body.[11,12,13] Combined with Citrulline Malate, Agmatine (our next ingredient), and the rest, Volume is incorporating just about every facet of N.O. production possible.
This is actually a well above-average dose of beet root. Normally we see 300-500mg, this is over twice what we usually get. This more than makes up for the smaller citrulline malate dose, in our opinions, since nitrates are so potent. We’ll take more of the strong stuff that actually fits in capsules!
Agmatine Sulfate (500mg)
Agmatine is the ultimate pump-extender. As opposed to CitMal or Beet Root which directly enhance N.O. levels, agmatine actually prevents its breakdown. See, agmatine inhibits arginase, the enzyme responsible for nitric oxide’s degradation. The longer we keep arginine, and nitric oxide levels high, the more prolonged, and stronger the pumps will be.
Additionally, agmatine is also a powerful neurotransmitter and neuromodulator in the body. To go along with the increased pumps, you can expect heightened cognition and memory formation, which help bolster focus focus during your workouts.
French Pine Bark Extract (120mg)
Those familiar with Magnum’s Limitless pre workout have encountered this ingredient before. Pine bark extract has been shown the ability to elevate plasma levels of nitric oxide in the body, thereby increasing blood flow to muscles. Improved blood flow brings a fresh supply of oxygen and nutrients to the working muscles. Ultimately, this allows them to operate at peak output for greater lengths of time.
Norvaline is a derivative of the branched-chain amino acid L-Valine. Similar to Agmatine, this ingredient helps sustain nitric oxide levels and pumps by inhibiting Arginase. Norvaline also supports optimal overall cardiovascular function and improves blood flow.
Consume 4 capsules (1 serving) 20 – 30 minutes prior to training.
As Arnold famously said, the pump is everything in bodybuilding. It’s chased by many, and obtained by few. One way to insure that we all obtain this sought after phenomenon is to make use of a quality Nitric Oxide boosting supplement.
Magnum’s Volume aims to do just that. The unique combination of proven N.O. boosters and extenders ensures that even those who have never experienced a pump before can achieve one now. The doses may seem questionable, but ultimately, it comes down to how does it actually perform.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to test this in the near future and report back on our results…. or maybe… you’ll be able to test it in one of our upcoming free sample giveaways!
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- Acute L-arginine supplementation reduces the O2 cost of moderate-intensity exercise and enhances high-intensity exercise tolerance
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- Tang JE, et al. Bolus arginine supplementation affects neither muscle blood flow nor muscle protein synthesis in young men at rest or after resistance exercise . J Nutr. (2011)
- Curis E., et. al; “Citrulline and the gut;”; Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care; September 2007
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