MAN Sports Game Day New Formula: It’s GAME TIME!

MAN Sports Game Day v2

MAN Sports has revamped their energy and focus-centric pre workout Game Day to now include the new wonder stim DMHA.

MAN Sports is firing on all cylinders right now, and has been since their candy-flavored ISO-AMINO product launched a while back. But this one is taking them to newer levels. The product to talk about this year is the newest version of the energy-centric pre workout supplement, Game Day.

If you were infatuated with the OG version for its great stim profile and excellent focus aspect, you’re in for quite a treat as the newest edition of Game Day comes with the headline-grabbing stimulant of 2016, DMHA!

But that’s not the only stimulant inside. At 300mg caffeine per scoop, you’re in for a fantastic workout here, and if you haven’t tried it yet, you need to get it on your wish list ASAP!

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Game Day Ingredients (V2 / 2016 Version Updates!)

In a time when more companies are beginning to disclose their products and embrace transparency, MAN has still chosen to keep GameDay a proprietary blend. While we understand the reasoning of “protecting your investment,” we are glad they at least disclose the amount of caffeine in each serving (300mg).

  • Instant N.O. Stimulator Blend (2,635mg)

    • Glycerol Monostearate

      MAN Sports Game Day v2 Ingredients

      The newest version of Game Day includes the breakout stim of 2016 DMHA which brings unparalleled focus and mood elevation.

      For those of you that remember our recent confusion with MAN Sports over the glycerol component of their new Pump Powder stim-free supplement, you can bet they were keen to make sure this ingredient was labeled properly on the new Game Day.

      Glycerol Monostearate (GMS) used to be the preferred form of glycerol in pump blends; however, for quite some time, HydroMax™ has taken over as top dog in the glycerol world. Glycerol also acts as a cell volumizer in the body, which attract additional water into muscle cells. In addition to “water-based” pumps, glycerol also improves endurance and hydration levels in the body.[1,2]

      This is mostly attributed to GMS containing only between 10-25% glycerol, with the rest coming from saturated fats, while HydroMax™ contains 65% glycerol.[3] The higher glycerol concentration gives better mixability in solution as well as greater water-absorbing properties for your muscles.

      In the end though, glycerol still performs the same functions, you just need more GMS to accomplish the same as with a lesser amount of HydroMax™.

    • GlycoCarn®

      GlycoCarn is a patented form of carnitine that improves pumps and endurance.

      GlycoCarn is a patented form of carnitine (GPLC) that improves pumps and endurance.

      Developed by Sigma-Tau HealthScience, GlycoCarn® is a specialized, patented form of carnitine. GlycoCarn® itself is Glycine Propionyl-L-Carnitine HCl, also referred to as GPLC.

      Clinical trials involving this novel form of carnitine demonstrate it increases vasodilation and endurance, while also reduces lactic acid accumulation.[4,5] The amounts used in these studies were 3-4g, which you’re not going to get here. Still though, along with the other N.O. boosting ingredients in Game Day is should help improve pumps.

    • PF5 (Serum Protein Concentrate)

      Fans of the original Game Day may remember this ingredient’s predecessor PF3, which was another serum protein. For the new version of Game Day, MAN Sports has “upgraded” to PF5 which is thought to to mimic the effects of actual protein at a much lower dose.

      No real studies or literature exist for this ingredient that we could find, so you may just have to take MAN’s word on its actual effects and benefits for inclusion in Game Day. For peace of mind though, we’d like to see some actual research on this ingredient…

    • L-Norvaline

      MAN Sports Pre Workout Stack

      Looking to really amp up your workouts with energy AND pumps? Stack the newest version of Game Day with MAN’s new stim-free PUMP powder for a delicious combination.

      A derivative of the BCAA L-Valine, Norvaline is thought to be an indirect N.O. booster due to its ability to “extend” the life of Arginine in the body, similar to the way agmatine also functions.

      Norvaline inhibits the enzyme responsible for Arginine’s breakdown, Arginase.[6] The longer Arginine levels remain elevated in the bloodstream, the more nitric oxide is generated resulting in greater blood flow, nutrient delivery, and most important of all, PUMPS!

      Norvaline is a great “tagalong” ingredient to have in a pump blend, so long as it’s not the sole ingredient in a pump blend.

    • Rutaecarpine

      Rutaecarpine is an alkaloid extracted from the unripe fruit of Evodia rutaecarpa. Another rarely incorporated ingredient in pre workouts, Rutaecarpine helps “clear” the body of caffeine by increasing the rate the body metabolizes it and other xanthines like theophylline and theobromine.[7,8]

      This helps decrease caffeine’s effects in the body and ultimately is a great ingredient for those that are sensitive to stimulant and get the “jitters” when taking in larger doses of caffeine in a single sitting, such as with a pre workout.

  • IR Energy Blend (2,298mg)

    • L-Tyrosine

      2-Amino-6-Methylheptane

      Motor Activity of Rats. A is control. B and C are after amphetamine. D, E, and F are after 2-amino-6-methylheptane administration intraperitoneally (injected into the body). G is after 150mgm orally – an extremely high dose for a mouse. The main point is that DMHA did not affect the rats nearly as much as amphetamine.

      Leading off the energy blend of Game Day V2, is the well known focus booster, L-Tyrosine. This non-essential amino acid increases the production of two critically important neurotransmitters in the body, dopamine and noradrenaline. These two neurotransmitters work together to improve cognition, focus, and overall mood. Plus, they also aid in alleviating symptoms of stress and anxiety[9,10], which help set the stage for an intensely focused and worry-free workout environment!

    • Caffeine (300mg)

      We’ve still got many more interesting ingredients to go in this new version of Game Day, so we won’t waste too much time extolling the multitude of virtues that caffeine possesses. It’s great for energy, focus, motivation, and endurance, provided you can handle the higher stim load.

      For those of you who are stim-sensitive, you may want to start off your Game Day V2 experience with ½-¾ scoop.

    • Cymbidium Goeringii Extract

      Cymbidium Goeringii Extract, is a relative newcomer to the ever-expanding realm of stimulants that comes from orchid flower extract. It’s previously been marketed in other formulas as “Orchilean”, which is hyped to be roughly 3x as powerful as DMAA, though we honestly don’t believe that for a second.

      Research is rather thin on this extract, but the one study we could find demonstrates it can increase stamina, endurance, and nitric oxide production as well as significantly boosting energy levels.[11] At best, we think that this may provide some nootropic or mood-enhancing effects – but not insane amounts of energy (we leave that for the DMHA and Caffeine!)

      MAN Sports has seemingly replaced their Dendrobium component from the original Game Day Formula with this orchid extract instead.

    • 2-Amino-6-Methylheptane

      Here’s the real magic behind Game Day’s reformulation, the breakout stimulant of 2016: 2-amino-6-methylheptane, a.k.a. DMHA. It’s found under a few other names as well, which you can read about in our in-depth DMHA write up.

      GAME DAY

      THIS is the real reason why we’re here… DMHA makes for some fantastic focus without feeling too overwhelmed

      DMHA belongs to a familiar class of ingredients known as aliphatic amines,[12] amongst which DMAA is the most well known. The most noticeable impact from this ingredient is the significant uplift in mood that’s unlike anything out there, even DMAA, which is a more “zoned in” feel.

      Additionally, DMHA significantly increases energy and focus leading to some of the most fun (and effective) workouts you’ll ever experience. If you’re new to the realm of aliphatic amines, you’re going to be in for quite a treat!

      As a bonus, DMHA has also been found useful for lowering cholesterol and lipid levels, as well as treating diabetes.[13,14]

    • Lean Green™ Green Tea SE

      Lean Green is a trademarked green tea extract that is standardized for 90% catechins and 60% EGCG. The health benefits of green tea hardly need any explanation as the research proving the fat loss and heart health benefits of regular tea consumption is pretty cut and dry.[15,16] That of course is mostly attributed to EGCG’s role as a potent lipolytic agent in the body.

      Additionally, tea leaves do contain caffeine, in addition to a huge serving of polyphenols. Although we don’t believe the green tea extract here is contributing any additional caffeine to the 300mg already listed above.

    • Cocoa Plant Extract

      MAN Sports Game Day v2 Sour Batch

      MAN is known for their unique candy flavors, and one of the newest favorites is Sour Batch.

      Also found in MAN’s Lean Ph.D., cocoa plant is the basis of all things that are chocolate and wonderful in life.  Why is it included in a pre workout? If we had to venture a guess, it’s most likely included for its theobromine content, but it’s also possible that it contains anabolic-boosting epicatechin.

      Theobromine is another xanthine molecule, like caffeine, which actually interacts with caffeine to enhance its effects on energy and cognition.[17] Again, this is a guess as MAN doesn’t state on the label exactly what they’re standardizing for.

    • Yohimbine HCl

      No surprise here that the last ingredient of the energy blend is a stimulant! Yohimbine is a naturally occurring alkaloid present in the Pausinystalia yohimbe tree and the Rauwolfia Serpentina plant.

      Yohimbine helps enhance focus and cognition, in addition to giving a solid energy boost.[18,19,20] We’re not quite sure how much yohimbine is actually in the new version of GameDay, but we’d probably venture a guess it’s between 2-4mg.

      This is a potent stimulant that is a “make or break” ingredient for many users. If you can handle it, then you should enjoy the focus and energy it gives you. If you’re one of those who gets “twitchy” at the slightest hint of Y in any supplement, you may want to steer clear of this one unfortunately.

Flavors Available

As you’ve come to know and love MAN’s unique candy-inspired flavoring system, you can rest assured the reformulated Game Day is absolutely going to deliver. To ring in the new version, MAN has five different flavors to whet your appetite including:

  • Blue Bombsicle (Rocket Pop flavor)
  • Dorks (Nerds candy flavor)
  • Sour Batch (Sour Patch Kids candy flavor)
  • Fruit Punch
  • Strawberry Kiwi

No artificial colors!

Just like in MAN Sports’ ISO-Amino supplement, as well as all of their new supplements, there are no artificial colors in the new Game Day. The color will be a dull yellowish tone, but don’t let that fool you – the candy flavors above are awesomely fun!

The PricePlow GAME DAY Review

If you have fifteen minutes to kill, you can watch Mike and CJ talk about it on YouTube:

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It’s tough to get these guys to simmer down and stop talking when they’re excited about a new stim, but overall, they love the pre workout and it’s been a huge hit at CJ’s FTA Gym in Pflugerville, TX.

Takeaway

The original Game Day was a true energy bomb of a pre workout that also carried some amazing focus and decent pumps. With the addition of DMHA, Game Day is again elevated into a special class of pre workout that in addition to endless energy and focus, also provides some incredible mood elevating effects.

If you were a fan of the OG Game Day, then you’ll definitely be an even bigger fan of the new and improved formula. If you haven’t tried Game Day yet, all we can say is, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

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