Bodyforge Ultra: Recover w/ Your Pre Workout’s Other Half

Neogenix Bodyforge Ultra

Bodyforge Ultra is a new stimulant free pre workout from Neogenix that uses some great ingredients but misses on the dosing for a single scoop product.

Last time we talked about Neogenix, we discussed Velocity Ultra, their new pre workout / fat burner replacing both Neurosurge 3.0 and Velocity 3.0. In that same blog, we also mentioned the Ultra Series, a new line that would replace these existing products.

Today’s post is the other new addition — Bodyforge Ultra is a low-cost stim-free athletic performance enhancer and recovery supplement that can be used in conjunction with Velocity Ultra. As you can surmise, this will replace the current Bodyforge 2.1.

The ingredient we’re excited for here is HICA, which you can read about below.

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Bodyforge Ultra Ingredients

Neogenix has always embraced an open label policy in regard to their supplements, and the same trend continues with the Ultra Series. Bodyforge Ultra is a simple combination of 6 proven ingredients that will speed your recovery and enhance your overall performance.

The ingredient in here that most other supplement companies ignore is HICA, so read on to find it:

  • Beta Alanine (1.6g)

    Neogenix Bodyforge Ultra Ingredients

    Bodyforge Ultra contains plenty of great ingredients, but we’re not fans of the 1/2 dosing.

    Beta Alanine is known as the ultimate endurance maximizer. This is because it acts as a powerful intracellular buffer helping to remove the buildup of lactic acid in the muscle belly. Too much lactic acid leads to that quintessential “burning” sensation and leads to premature fatigue and decreased performance.[1,2]

    Once ingested, beta alanine binds to histidine and forms carnosine, the intracellular buffer we just described. Beta Alanine also supports muscle growth[3] and reduce fatigue.[4]

    The dose needed to reap the full benefits of BA’s magic is 3.2g according to the clinical studies, so to get that, you’ll need at least 2 scoops of Bodyforge Ultra, or add some bulk Beta Alanine on top of this.

  • Creatine Anhydrous (1.5g)

    Creatine supplements are nothing new to the fitness industry, but creatine anhydrous is a form most of you probably haven’t seen. Simply put, this is creatine without the water molecule attached, creatine monohydrate has ONE water molecule attached.

    Why does this matter? Well, creatine anhydrous contains 12% more creatine by weight than creatine mono does.[5] You can also expect to get all the same great muscle-building benefits for creatine anhydrous as you can from the monohydrate variety including:

    • Increased power & strength[6,7]
    • Greater lean mass & body composition[8,9,10]
    • Reduced fatigue.[11]

    Again, you only get part of the daily recommended 3-5 of creatine in Bodyforge Ultra. So you’ll inevitably need to 2 scoop the product or add some bulk monohydrate on top.

  • L-Citrulline (1g)

    The Citrulline Pathway

    The Citrulline Pathway

    L-Citrulline is a non-essential amino acid widely used for its superiority as a nitric oxide (N.O.) booster. This is mostly attributed to the fact that L-Citrulline is much more bioavailable in the body than Arginine.[12,13,14]

    Basically, citrulline is much better than L-Arginine at increasing plasma arginine levels, which ultimately drives N.O. production.Increased nitric oxide levels enhance blood flow to your muscles, and help get some pretty pronounced pumps going.

    Furthermore, citrulline can also improve endurance due it plays a prominent role in the Krebs Cycle, which helps remove ammonia from muscles. Accumulation of ammonia in the muscle negatively impacts athletic performance and stamina.

    Lastly, citrulline enhances endurance and overall ATP production leading to greater “staying power” throughout your workouts.[15,16]

  • L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (1g)

    L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (LCLT) is a more bioavailable of the the amino acid L-Carnitine. Now, L-Carnitine supplements are nothing new, as they’ve been used for years and years. However, the problem with L-Carnitine is that it really shows no results unless you’re carnitine deficient, i.e. the elderly and vegetarians.[17,18]

    LCLT on the other hand has solid research showing it’s incredibly effective for a wider population. LCLT increases endurance and blood flow while limiting damage to muscle fibers from exercise and reducing muscle soreness.[19,20,21]

    Additionally, LCLT increases the density of androgen receptors in muscle cells[22,23], which means your anabolic hormones (i.e. testosterone) work more efficiently which will help you get more out of your workouts.

  • HICA (750mg)

    HICA, a.k.a. Leucic Acid, is a metabolite of the BCAA Leucine.  As most of you may know, Leucine is the most prominent and well-studied of the BCAAs and provides the stimulus needed to kickstart the mTOR pathway in the body.

    HICA Study Graph

    This graph from the ground-breaking HICA study shows the clear differences adding HICA can have on your overall lean mass after only 4 weeks of use![24]

    Remember that the mTOR pathway drives muscle protein synthesis, so… if you’re not getting in adequate leucine, you’re not going to build much muscle. There’s also a few other reasons you want to include leucine as part of your supplementation regimen. HICA will:

    • Improve performance[24]
    • Increase lean mass[24]
    • Decrease fat mass[24]
    • Reduce soreness[24]

    The HICA study: An Underrated Ingredient!

    This is the ingredient that most supplement companies seem to ignore, and we like seeing it in products like Bodyforge Ultra.

    In the study cited above, they had fifteen healthy soccer players doing intense training. Those who used 500mg HICA (three times per day) had far better body composition gains than the ones who received placebo. The lean body mass in their legs went up (ie muscle gains), whereas placebo went down due to the extreme training!

    There is no better way of showing that an ingredient can prevent DOMS than showing it kept muscle mass itself up, not down! So why isn’t it in more supplements? We don’t know – probably because it’s expensive – but we love seeing it here.

  • 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”

    Agmatine is an awesome ingredient that functions as a neuroregulator / neuromodulator in the body. Due to this dual nature, it enhances a couple great functions in the body.

    First, agmatine inhibits arginase, the enzyme responsible for arginine’s degradation in the body.[25] This prolongs or extends arginine’s life in the body and has a number of pronounced effects including better endurance, improved circulation, increased vasodilation, and most importantly, bigger pumps!

    Second, Agmatine also provides cognitive benefits, due to its role as a neuroregulator / neuromodulator. Some of the notable effects include greater focus and better memory formation.[26]

    Now, the standard dose of Agmatine is 500mg, which is fine and will help get some decent pumps, but to really see this ingredient shine, you’ll need to use 2 scoops of Bodyforge Ultra to get 1000mg and see some serious benefits.

Flavors Available

Neogenix Supplements

Also out from Neogenix: Velocity Ultra! Click the image to read our post on it!

Bodyforge Ultra so far only has one flavor: Lemonade.

Users of Bodyforge 2.1 will remember that it had two flavors: Lemonade and Orange Citrus, so maybe more will come in due time.

Takeaway

Bodyforge Ultra certainly makes use of some of the most prominent and effective ingredients available for the avid fitness enthusiast looking to get the most out of the natural means of supplementation. As you can tell, we love the inclusion of HICA, and think that extreme athletes should give it a shot.

However, to get full doses of everything, you’re going to need to pair it with a similarly-half-dosed pre workout, or double scoop it. Since most pre workouts contain such doses of beta alanine, there are plenty of consumers who can make good use of Bodyforge Ultra.

When used properly – as a stim-free booster for your current low-cost pre workout, or a post-workout that finishes the job on the other end of the workout – we’re on board. But it’s going to come down to the prices, which you can see on PricePlow below. Can we get this one under $20?!

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