Marc “The Machine” Lobliner is certainly living up to his name.
He and MTS Nutrition haven’t shown one inkling of slowing down. Over the past few years, the brand has been steadily releasing new and intriguing formulas as well as revamping some of their older, more popular products, as we’ve recently seen with MTS Clash. Well, the crew at MTS is back at it again, this time taking their tinkering to the brand’s best-selling high stim pre workout MTS Ruckus.
We’ve got all the details ahead on the new even higher powered formula, but first, take a moment to check the best deal and sign up for alerts from PricePlow:
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MTS Ruckus Ingredients
The 2017 edition of Ruckus isn’t all that different from the original version released almost two years ago. Most notably, the brand completely revamped its caffeine delivery system, shifting from solely using infinergy to a combination of Infinergy, caffeine anhydrous, and a new sustained-released form of caffeine called VitaShure.
Overall, this yields a total of 480mg caffeine!
Second, MTS has replaced N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine for pure L-Tyrosine, something we’re in favor of. Let’s see what Marc’s got in store:
L-Tyrosine increases the production of noradrenaline and dopamine in the body, two big time neurotransmitters. This will help improve your overall mood and focus, in addition to reducing signs of anxiety and stress.[13,14]
One thing we have to comment on is the dosage. This is a HUGE amount compared to nearly all other pre workouts that either include only a little bit of NALT (i.e. 250mg) or a decent amount (i.e. 500mg) of regular Tyrosine. This really should help you feel in the zone during your workouts almost to where you won’t want to get out of the gym.
Betaine Nitrate NO-3T® (1.5g)
Ruckus gets rolling with an explosively incredible hybrid ingredient that combines the power boosting benefits of betaine with the nitric oxide spiking properties of nitrates. Typically in a pre workout, you will have these two ingredients as separate entities (betaine anhydrous and potassium nitrate for example).
But two separate ingredients isn’t good enough for Marc and MTS Nutrition. Betaine is a metabolite of choline that has experienced a surge in popularity in nearly all new pre workouts coming out. It increases power output, endurance, and even supports creatine production in the body while reducing muscular soreness.[1,2,3,4]
Nitrates act as potent vasodilators in the body[5,6] which help to lower blood pressure and increase blood flow to your muscles. Additionally, nitrate supplementation lowers the body’s consumption of oxygen during intense exercise, which leads to increased athletic performance and improved energy efficiency.[8,9]
Our take: This ingredient is beyond awesome. Very few products use it, and definitely not in this dose, but one of which was Dedicated Nutrition’s first version of Unstoppable, which was never available in the US but certainly lived up to its name. It had more serious pumps than any concentrate we ever tried. So we cannot wait to get this ingredient available to users.
Taurine is a non-essential amino acid and favorite of Lobliner who also includes it in MTS’ Vasky. It’s one of the most abundant amino acids in the body with large stores in the brain, muscles, and heart of the body.
Taurine functions as a cell volumizer in skeletal muscles by pulling in water and nutrients into its muscle cells. This should help to increase endurance and aid in some “water-based” pumps.
You’ll also notice a little improvement in focus since such large amounts of taurine reside in the brain and some reduction in muscle soreness while exercising.[11,12]
Overall good ingredient – Lobliner seems to love it more than most.
Infinergy Dicaffeine Malate (274mg)
Dicaffeine Malate is the first of three caffeine forms providing the high energy kick in Ruckus. It’s a combination of caffeine anhydrous and malic acid that produces the same results as caffeine but doesn’t hit quite as harsh.
Additionally, the inclusion of malic acid helps to buffer some of the GI upset some will experience when traditionally taking large doses of caffeine in a short amount of time.
This amount of Infingergy delivers 200mg of total caffeine, but we’re not quite done, as MTS has added in two other caffeine forms which help to give this version of Ruckus significantly more “pop”.
Caffeine Anhydrous (250mg)
Apparently, the original version of Ruckus, which contained only 400mg Infinergy, didn’t have enough up front hit for users, so MTS went back to the drawing board and decided to up the ante by adding in 250mg of caffeine anhydrous. This will deliver a more aggressive energy rush on the front end to balance out the smooth, long-lasting energy of Infinergy and our third caffeine form which we’ll get to a little bit further down.
By the way, for those keeping score at home, MTS Ruckus is now at 450mg caffeine per scoop, but we’re not done!
elevATP® is a patented, proprietary combination of a water extract of “ancient peat” (fossilized plants) and apple extract created by FutureCeuticals. It increases ATP production in the body, helping to increase energy without the inclusion of stimulants.
One study on elevATP® found that 150mg dose of increased “intracellular ATP in blood cells” which just so happens to be the exact dosage included in Ruckus. While we haven’t tried any products with this ingredient as of yet, we are huge fans of the 200-400mg of Peak ATP in other products. Hopefully this compound functions similarly.
A great “add-on” stimulant to any energy blend, theobromine is another xanthine-like molecule, similar to caffeine, but varies a little bit on its energy kick. While theobromine does increase energy levels like caffeine, it feels much, much smoother and more sustained than caffeine.
Theobromine isn’t just for energy though, it’s also been found to improve focus, breathing, and even vasodilation, for even more pumps!
VitaShure Caffeine SR (50mg)
VitaShure is another sustained-release (SR) caffeine similar to Infinergy that contains 60% caffeine by mass. That means we’re getting another 30mg of caffeine bringing the total caffeine load of Ruckus to a whopping 480mg caffeine — whoa baby!
N-Methyltyramine HCl (50mg)
N-Methyltyramine (NMT) acts as a mild beta-2 agonist in the body. Beta agonists stimulate the “flight or fight” response that provides a mild boost in adrenaline and also utilizes fatty acids for energy. Studies show that NMT is approximately 1/140th as potent as adrenaline, which will help to increase the initial energy hit in Ruckus.
Hordenine HCl (50mg)
Our third stimulant, and final ingredient is the Citrus Aurantium constituent, Hordenine. Much like NMT, Hordenine is a beta-2 adrenergic agonist, which boosts the production of adrenaline and noradrenaline. This will raise both heart rate and breathing rate during your workout.
Hordenine also functions as a noradrenaline reuptake modulator[19,20], ensuring noradrenaline hangs around your system longer. The end result in increased, and longer lasting, focus, energy, and alertness.
On the New Formula
We reached out to the Machine himself for comment on what was the intention behind the new formula and what he expects from it:
”The original RUCKUS hit, but we wanted it to hit ALL WORKOUT LONG! The simple yet brilliant combination of varied-release points with pure caffeine, Infinergy for its sustained release and Vitashure, a novel, encapsulated caffeine allows for the burst to sustain through the longest, most intense workouts. Alongside the other energy and focus amplifying compounds, including Theobromine for its sustained sensation and vasodilation effect….RUCKUS is clearly the new leader in hard-hittin, vein-popping preworkouts.”
— Marc Lobliner
The new version of Ruckus won’t feature the extensive five flavor lineup of its original debut, but it will launch with at least two flavor options in blue raspberry and pineapple. Hopefully, as the new product continues to take off, we’ll see more flavors roll out in the coming months.
MTS Ruckus boasts an impressive profile of ingredients that should deliver everything you need for long lasting energy in your workout. There’s no question that we’re salivating over getting the betaine nitrate pumps back. That alone is going to make this worth a try for anyone who hasn’t had this.
On top of that, the revamped energy profile gives this product immediate “get up and go” energy to match its prolonged energy high. This is a must-try pre workout for the high stim / high caffeine crowd out there.
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