HAKNutrition PostHAK – Better Recovery is Here

HAKNutrition PostHAK

PostHAK from HAKNutrition complements all of the ergogenics in PreHAK as well as supplies everything needed for superior recovery.

We recently introduced you to HAKNutrition and their clinically dosed pre workout PreHAK — a clinically dosed pre workout that supplies everything you need heading into your workout.

As expected, the product was very well-received on social media, so it looks like HAK is on to something here.

So today, we’re back with another HAK feature, only this time we’re covering their hack for improved recovery and better post workout gainsPostHAK.

Just like PreHAK, PostHAK is incredibly well-dosed, but currently, isn’t carried in any of PricePlow’s stores – so you’ll have to check it out directly on their site to find deals:

For a limited time (1/3/16 – 1/13/16), you can use the code PRICEPLOW for 15% off at HakNutrition.com.

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PostHAK Ingredients

Where PreHAK provided everything you needed to dominate your workout, PostHAK includes a precise combination of ingredients to jumpstart the rebuilding and recovery process as well as ignite  additional muscle growth.

  • Size and Strength Growth

    • Citrulline Malate 2:1 (3g)

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      PostHAK includes key recovery agents like citrulline malate, CherryPURE, and LCLT to crush DOMS and get you feeling better faster.

      If you remember from our PreHAK blog, it included a hefty 6g dose of Citrulline Malate to generate some monster pumps and endurance for your workout. But did you know that consuming Citrulline Malate post workout also supports muscle protein synthesis (MPS) and reduces soreness.[1,2]

      Additionally, in case you happen to be cutting, citrulline may support maintaining higher levels of MPS, not the easiest thing to do while in mid-cut — meaning you’ll be able to retain all those gains from the long winter bulk even while dining on “poverty calories.”[3]

      While 6g of CM was required to see the nitric oxide and performance increases, research documents that only about 3-4g is required for accelerating recovery and improving MPS.[4,5]

      If you’ve never consumed citrulline malate following a grueling workout, give it a shot. It feels awesome!

    • Betaine Anhydrous (2.5g)

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      We’ve see 2 products thus far from HAKNutrition and we love their direction and formulation thus far.

      Another carryover from PreHAK, here again we have the full clinical dose of 2.5g betaine anhydrous, otherwise known trimethylglycine or TMG for short. Betaine is routinely supplemented for increasing strength, power, and endurance.[6,7,8] But more importantly, it’s also been shown to help alleviate soreness and the dreaded DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).

      Having the full dose included again in PostHAK is great “insurance” for those who may not be able to handle the full 275mg caffeine in a full scoop of PreHAK to get the full amount of betaine pre workout. Including it here ensures you get your daily 2.5g and then some, just to be on the safe side.

      Why the double dose of Betaine?

      Both PreHAK and PostHAK include the full clinical dose of betaine. Typically, when brands make a pre and post workout supplement, they only include half the dose for a given ergogenic, so we asked the guys at HAKNutrition their reasoning for including the full dose in both places, to which they replied:

      ”We want our products to be synergistic with each other but also allow them to stand alone by themselves. Betaine is a great compound that can be moved in and out of a cell due to its property of being an osmolyte compound. With this ability betaine can control hydration of the cell and cell size. After an intense workout we felt it was important to support cellular hydration.

      Also, Betaine donates a methyl group to reduce homocysteine into L-methionine or increases levels of S-Adenosyl Methionine (SAMe) in the body. This is important as L-methionine helps with synthesis of creatine in the body, increasing the production of creatine. It also aids in “translation” a form of protein synthesis, going along well with our other compounds that aid in protein synthesis such as citrulline and leucine.”

      You thought 5g creatine per day were great? Maybe it’s time to try 5g betaine then!

    • L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (2g)

      L-Carnitine L-Tartrate

      LCLT is the form of L-Carnitine that you want if you’re into building muscle

      L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (LCLT) is one of the premier recovery agents on the market reknowned for its ability to reduce soreness and improve muscle growth. LCLT does a bang up job of decreasing DOMS and increasing the density of androgen receptors in skeletal muscle cells.[9,10] In laymen’s terms, this means that anabolic hormones (i.e. testosterone) operate more efficiently in the body, enabling you to get more work accomplished in your workouts, ultimately yielding more gains!

      Lastly, some LCLT studies even show in can enhance body composition (greater lean body mass), but it’s important to note that this study was done on an elderly population, so the results may not quite be the same for you younger lifters.[11]

    • Creatine HCl (2g)

      As we saw with betaine, we get another helping of Creatine HCl (2g were also in PreHAK) to complete our daily 3-5g dose of the all-time muscle builder creatine. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a company split creatine doses between pre and post workout supplements, but we still can’t figure out why they do it when there hasn’t been any research to date proving that divvying up creatine doses improves bioavailability, uptake or effectiveness. So, we decided to ask HAKNutrition for their reasoning:

      ”The research on Creatine timing is very mixed. There are not a lot of studies, if any, that show a benefit of taking creatine post workout vs pre-workout. One of the reasons that we felt creatine would be beneficial to take post workout is due to the increased blood and ultimately nutrient flow to the muscle, following exercise. Specially the mechanisms by GLUT4 translocation. We also felt that it made sense to include an extra dose of creatine in our post workout due to an insulin spike from your post workout meal or even the acute level of insulin that Leucine can release. Leucine can release insulin from the pancreas leading to a glucose uptake into the cell. An increase in overall insulin may aid in absorption of creatine.

      Another reason for the split of creatine between the pre and post workout is due to the acidity of creatine HCL. Although this does help with the solubility, it can cause clumping of the product in higher doses.”

      What’s interesting here is that if you take either (or both) HAK products, you’ll get more betaine than creatine! This is a first time seeing this, so it’s clear that HAK is betting big on betaine.

      We don’t have any research to suggest that 5g/day is better than 2.5g/day, but we wouldn’t be surprised if there were additional benefits either.

  • Recovery Agents

    • BCAA 3:1:1 (6g)

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      PreHAK and PostHAK supply everything needed to crush the workout and recovery!

      HAKNutrition isn’t messing around with their BCAA doses as here again, just like PreHAK, we get another whopping 6g dose of BCAAs! Now, the PreHAK dose was included for the reason of stimulating muscle protein synthesis[12,13], but that’s not the main reason they’re included here.

      In addition to their muscle-building potential, BCAAs also speed recovery and delay the onset of muscle soreness, a.ka. DOMS.[14,15] Having such a hefty dose of these potent aminos not only ensures muscle growth and repair, but it also helps you feel better faster, so you can keep crushing it in the gym, day after day!

      If you don’t think this is too impressive, go check out some other “post workout supplements” and you’ll sadly realize the vast majority of  them don’t even have this much per serving!

      Why use the 3:1:1 ratio in PostHAK?

      If you remember from our PreHAK blog, HAKNutrition utilized the 2:1:1 ratio pre workout, and here, they’re employing the 3:1:1 ratio of BCAAs. We were curious as to why they used the two different ratios, so we reached out to the brand and asked, and they gladly responded with the following:

      ”Pre HAK contains BCAAs (specifically the 2:1:1 ratio) because valine is often overlooked for performance prior to an extraneous activity (i.e. weight training). During exercise tryptophan is taken up by the brain and then converted into serotonin. High serotonin levels results leads to fatigue which is the last thing you want during your workout. Valine and tryptophan compete for uptake in the body, so the valine in these BCAA’s can block/slow tryptophan uptake thus slowing the onset of fatigue.

      The 3:1:1 BCAA ratio in Post HAK is for the added leucine to activate mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). When (mTOR) is activated there is an increase in protein synthesis. mTOR also activates a ribosomal protein known as S6, which allows for a greater amount of synthesis to occur. We wanted to make sure you weren’t being shorted on protein synthesis to the muscle fibers in which you just created micro tears in during intense exercise, allowing for optimal hypertrophy.”

    • L-Glutamine (3g)

      HAKNutrition PostHAK Watermelon

      PostHAK comes in two delicious flavors: Watermelon and Peach Mango

      If you’re getting after your workouts like you should, you’re going to be tired and all kinds of sore. Glutamine is one of those age-old “good bro” ingredients that’s supposed to facilitate greater recovery in the aftermath of a weight room beatdown.[16]

      However, our stomachs are greedy SOBs and usually gobble up glutamine before it gets to our muscles and hastens the repair process. Including L-Alanine is usually a way around this conundrum, since there is research documenting that consuming both ensures glutamine gets to the muscles and isn’t prematurely broken down.[17]

      The 3g dose  ofL-Glutamine is commendable, and may indeed help somewhat with recovery, but given what we know about the stomach, we’re not sure how much bang for our buck we’re getting with this particular ingredient.

    • CherryPURE® Whole Tart Cherry Powder (480mg)

      Our last ingredient is another standout for improving post workout recovery. Tart cherry has been well documented to reduce muscle pain brought on by rigorous exercise. Additionally, tart cherry has also been shown to improve strength recovery in the hours following a workout.[18]

      CherryPURE® is jam-packed with antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, which help combat inflammation. The high dose of antioxidants also help reduce muscular damage and hasten recovery from your weight room thrashing.[19]

    • TRAACSⓇ Magnesium Glycinate Glutamine Chelate (400mg)

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      PreHAK and PostHAK supply everything needed to crush the workout and recovery!

      Here’s our second form of Glutamine in PostHAK. This may help explain the 3g dose included earlier, as a 2009 study showed that this particular form of glutamine is stable in the body and can be absorbed by the muscles.[20] In fact, the study even goes so far as to say that “not only is the glutamine stabilized and thus remains active, but it also becomes an essential part of a totally functional molecule that has been demonstrated in clinical tests to be superior to supplemented anabolic steroids without the side effects of the steroids.”

      Now, we don’t know if this form of glutamine really does ensure steroid-like gains, but it most certainly may help boost muscle gains and accelerate recovery a whole lot better than standard glutamine.

  • Absorption Matrix

    • BioPerine® (5mg)

      There’s an awful lot of actives included in PostHAK and that means you’re going to need some extra insurance to ensure your body in absorbing all of the goodies packed in here. As such, HAKNutrition has included 5mg worth of the patent black pepper extract BioPerine® to improve the bioavailability and absorption of all the ergogenics and recovery aids we’ve just finished discussing.

Flavors Available

HAKNutrition PostHAK Peach Mango

The peach mango flavor is very strong on the peach flavoring, and lighter on the mango.

PostHAK is currently available in two flavors:

  • Watermelon
  • Peach Mango

We’ve tried both flavors out, and our favorite is Peach Mango by a landslide. Something about those tropical flavors…

Takeaway

We’ve seen two products so far from HAKNutrition, and all we can say is “wow!” Welcome to the game, boys.

These guys maybe one of the newer faces in the room, but they’re not messing around by any stretch of the imagination. Both useful and unique, and if you’re into the betaine bet, you should give the stack a go. One their own PreHAK and PostHAK can fit easily into any person’s supplement regimen, but combined they make for one truly dynamic duo.

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