Marc Lobliner and MTS Nutrition have been around for several years now, establishing themselves as one of the louder leaders in transparency and efficaciously dosed products. They’ve also been incredibly innovative too, as we’ve recently seen with their newest natty test booster Insurgent.
Now Marc and MTS have gone back to their original baby — the well-known MTS Clash pre workout, and given it a serious overhaul for 2017.
We’ve got all the info on the new version of Clash ahead, but first, take a moment to check the best deal and sign up for alerts from PricePlow:
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Clash 2017 Formula Ingredients
While the original version of Clash was an incredibly effective, well-dosed product, it seems like a dwarf compared to the giant that is the new revamped version of Clash. This this is a true monster among pre workout with each scoop weighing 22g and containing full clinical doses of many proven ergogenics.
Machine goes BOOM!
How’s a hefty 6g dose of straight and pure L-Citrulline for a leadoff into the new Clash formula?!
Citrulline is one of the premier nitric oxide boosters around that easily surpasses L-Arginine due to its superior bioavailability, leading to significantly greater N.O. production, vasodilation, and best of all, PUMPS!
In addition to giving you monstrous pumps, Citrulline also improves endurance, enhances ATP production, reduces fatigue, and improves lean body mass.[2,3]
No malate for the machine. We got your full dose of L-citrulline here.
Creapure® Creatine Monohydrate (5g)
The tried and true brand of creatine is well established for supporting muscle cell energy and growth. At 5g per scoop, you’re getting a full day’s, which makes life easy.
Too many pre workouts underdose this and then you need to find more creatine somewhere else in your diet — not with CLASH! Lobliner knows what’s good for your muscles, and he’s not going light with even 3g, he’s going with the full 5g of powder.
CarnoSyn® Beta Alanine (3.2g)
Known for the “tingles” many users get, beta alanine’s been proven to boost endurance after using it for a bit of time. Beta alanine binds to histidine in muscle tissue and forms carnosine, a powerful intracellular buffer. Carnosine helps ward off lactic acid accumulation in the muscle, delaying the “burning” sensation that sets in during extended working sets, which ultimately results in premature fatigue.
Beta alanine also boosts power, strength, endurance, and time to exhaustion.[5,6,7]
Just be warned, that if you’re not used to taking the full clinical dose of 3.2g all at once, you may be in store for some paresthesia (ie the “tingles”). But then again, some of us like that!
Betaine Anhydrous, also known as trimethylglycine or TMG, is yet another proven muscle building ergogenic in Clash. Betaine is derived from sugar beets and has been well documented as an effective ingredient to boosting power, strength, and endurance.[8,9,10]
On top of that, betaine also helps reduce soreness and has even been linked to enhancing creatine production in the body. We’ve got a ton of other info on this ergogenic, and you can see it all in our betaine mega-post.
Agmatine Sulfate (1.5g)
A powerful nitric oxide extender, agmatine offers a ton of benefits for the cardiovascular system and central nervous system. As an N.O. booster, Agmatine inhibits arginase, the enzyme that degrades arginine in the body.[x]
Most pre workouts have 250-500mg per scoop… but that’s relatively underdosed compared to the 1.5g in this. You’ll feel this for sure, especially combined wiht the citrulline. Impressive.
N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (500mg)
N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine is the more water soluble, and supposedly more bioavailable, version of L-Tyrosine — an amino acid frequently used to improve focus and cognition.
Tyrosine amplifies production of two big-time neurotransmitters, noradrenaline and dopamine, which does indeed focus, but also lowers stress and anxiety.[12,13]
This may be the one ingredient that is a bit on the lower side, but coupled with the rest of the stims and cognitive boosters in Clash, you won’t notice it at all.
Caffeine Anhydrous (250mg)
The immediate surge in energy that gets you energized to get lifting, caffeine anhydrous makes it presence certainly known with a solid 250mg dose. This is plenty to get you going early in the morning or after a long day of work, but we’ve still got plenty more stims to come!
Teacrine® is a trademarked ingredient that contains 98% concentrated theacrine. Theacrine is chemically similar to our previous ingredient caffeine, and confers many of the same stim-like effects
The difference between theacrine and caffeine is that theacrine doesn’t come with caffeine’s well-known tolerance build up, meaning there’s no need to continually “up the dose” to experience the same noticeable boost in energy. Other research demonstrates that when theacrine is used for at least seven consecutive days, it reduces oxidative stress, and increases dopamine levels, similar to caffeine.
The 100mg dose is the real key here. Other pre workouts include 25 to 50mg of theacrine, and its effects really aren’t noticeable. Including 100mg is definitely the “sweet spot” for the ingredient to get its long-lasting energy.
Theobromine is yet another xanthine-like molecule, except this one’s typically found in Theobroma Cacao. It’s chemically similar to caffeine, but doesn’t give the same energy “spark” that caffeine does.
Theobromine does increase energy levels, but it tends to feel significantly smoother and more sustained than caffeine. Additionally, theobromine also improves focus, vasodilation, and breathing.
We like to think of it as a great “add on” stimulant to have in a pre workout.
Infinergy® Dicaffeine Malate (68mg)
Our second form of caffeine is Infinergy® Dicaffeine Malate, a combination of malic acid (malate) and caffeine. It yields roughly 73% caffeine by mass, which gives approximately 49.64mg additional caffeine to Clash. This brings the total caffeine load of Clash to just under 300mg at 299.65mg.
The benefit of Infinergy is that it provides a more sustained energy release to anhydrous’ “in the face” type of energy boost.
Note: If you’re looking for Infinergy alone, there’s still MTS Ruckus, which provides 300mg total caffeine from 404mg of this longer-lasting but softer spoken dicaffeine malate.
N-Methyl Tyramine (20mg)
N-Methyltyramine (NMT) is a strong beta-2 adrenergic agonist that stimulates the “fight or flight” response. It helps scavenge fatty acids for energy and increases adrenaline production. Research on NMT notes it yields about 1/140th the strength of adrenaline, so don’t be surprised if you feel a little extra “oomph” during your workout!
Last, but not least, we have Hordenine, another beta-receptor agonists except this one’s extracted from Citrus Aurantium. Aside from stimulating lipolysis, hordenine also increases energy expenditure, and functions as a noradrenaline reuptake modulator.[21,22]
In laymen’s terms, it means that hordenine “sustains” or prolongs the life of noradrenaline in the body, leading to greater energy, focus, and alertness!
Well done, Señor Lobliner. This label is no joke.
The new version of Clash is only available in one flavor currently — Fruit Punch. Note to all of you potential consumers out there, TeaCrine® is notoriously difficult to flavor, so it’ll be interesting to see how Clash deals with the “off” notes that this ingredient brings to the product.
Lobliner and MTS have created a certified winner with the newest version of Clash. In the realm of non-exotic stim pre workouts (i.e. no DMAA, DMHA, etc), Clash easily ranks as one of the top pre workouts you can find. Effectiveness of the product won’t be an issue, flavoring, however, may be with the 100mg TeaCrine®. We’ll just have to test it out for ourselves to see how it tastes!
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