When we last discussed RedCon1 we had just been privy to the label for their stimulant-free pump pre workout, Big Noise. Now, Aaron Singerman and company are back with a jam packed total package pre workout that’s sure to get a fire lit under your ass – and for all the right reasons!
The aptly-named Total War is RedCon1’s new transparently dosed monster of a pre workout supplement that will have you ready to wage some serious war against the iron.
And the flavors have just kept coming and coming here, so you’re never bored with this stuff!
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Total War Ingredients
True to his word, Singerman has made Total war 100% transparently dosed and included the full clinically studied doses of the various ergogenics included in Total War.
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We’re always on the lookout for well-balanced pre workouts that are loaded with energy, pumps, and endurance support. And we got just that. This is one powerful pre workout you won’t want to miss!
Citrulline Malate (6g)
What better way to start off a pre workout to get you prepped for battle than the king of nitric oxide boosters, Citrulline Malate. Out with the old, in with the new: This powerful combination of L-Citrulline and Malic Acid is a much more potent N.O. booster and performance maximizer than L-Arginine due to its enhanced bioavailability in the body.
Increased N.O. levels lead to better circulation, vasodilation, best of all PUMPS! Additionally, more blood and nutrients are transported to your muscles enabling them to function at peak output for longer periods of time. Best of all, Citrulline Malate increases ATP production, due to Citrulline’s role in the Krebs Cycle, and accelerates recovery.[2,3,4]
Good start so far… and there’s still more pump ingredients to come!
Beta Alanine (3.2g)
Another excellent performance enhancer is the tingle inducing beta-alanine. Known as the king of endurance boosters, Beta Alanine has been shown to be effective for athletes of all kinds, from rowers to boxers to endurance athletes.
In the body, beta alanine binds to histidine to form carnosine, a powerful intracellular buffer. Carnosine helps shuttle away lactic acid buildup thereby preventing its accumulation and the inevitable burning sensation that happens during longer working sets.
Noticeable effects you’ll see from BA supplementation include significant improvements in time to exhaustion, strength, and power.[6,7,8]
The tingles are your war siren – get ready to BE ready
Just be wary though, that if you’re not used to the full clinical dose of Beta Alanine at one time, you’ll be getting some serious tingling sensations in your fingers, lips and ears! This can be blunted by adding carbs to the pre workout, but we prefer to use the tingling as a war siren that your pre workout is kicking in and it’s time to go to battle in the gym.
Agmatine Sulfate (1g)
As mentioned, Citrulline Malate was just the start. To further ramp up nitric oxide levels, Total War includes everyone’s favorite N.O. extender, Agmatine Sulfate. This ingredient was also featured in RedCon1’s stim-free pump pre workout Big Noise.
Agmatine is more of an indirect booster of N.O., compared to Citrulline Malate which directly boost nitric oxide levels. What we mean is that agmatine prevents the breakdown of arginine by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for arginine’s breakdown, arginase.
This prolongs N.O. effects in the body, leading to longer lasting, more dense pumps. Most other pre workouts are OK just putting in 500mg worth of Agmatine, but this ingredient really shines at the 1g dose, and that’s exactly what you get here in Total War.
And if you need more… then check out Big Noise and get ready to rumble.
Taurine is a multi-faceted ingredient that can serve as either a pump/hydration aid or as a mental boosting nootropic. The reason for this is that large reserves of Taurine reside in the brain, along with the heart and skeletal muscle. Based on this, it’s comes as no surprise that taurine enhances mental focus.
Moreover, taurine also functions as a cell volumizer in skeletal muscle where it helps draw in extra water to the working muscles. This creates cellular swelling and leads to what we call “water-based” pumps.
So, not only do we have N.O.-based pumps in Total War, we also have a little side dish of water-based pumps to complement!
As always, make sure you get plenty of water in along with Total War and during your workout to take advantage of this ingredient.
Caffeine Anhydrous (250mg)
No stimulant based pre workout is complete without the granddaddy of all stimulants, good old caffeine anhydrous. It’s been around in pre workouts and fat burners forever, because it flat out works.
It’s not just great for energy either, caffeine also helps improve focus, alertness, mood, and athletic performance. In an age of ever-escalating caffeine doses, RedCon1 shows a modicum of restraint and includes a more than adequate 250mg.
This is right in our “sweet spot” of medium-high caffeine doses and should go very well alongside our next two stimulants, beginning with…
This complicated sounding ingredient is none other that the new age stimulant Eria Jarensis Extract. Heralded as the next greatest stimulant since DMAA, we can confirm that this ingredient does feel very, VERY good. This is attributed to the PEA-like actions of Eria Jarensis. But this ingredient, unlike standard PEA, crosses the blood-brain barrier translating into a longer-lasting “euphoric” sensation typically attributed to the catecholamine release caused by PEA. We’ve done a LOT more research on this ingredient, which is also labeled as “Eria Jarensis Extract”. You can read the updates on our post titled Eria Jarensis Extract / N-phenethyl dimethylamine: The Next Big Thing?
The energy is great with this stim, but what we love is the mood support from it. But don’t worry, if you need more focus then see the next one:
Our next wild ride stimulant, is the breakout stim of 2016 2-aminoisoheptane, also known as DMHA. Also dubbed as a DMAA-replacement, we like to think of this more as DMAA-lite.
DMHA is molecularly similar to DMAA and AMP Citrate (DMBA), all of which are classified as “psychostimulants.”
DMHA has been shown to increase levels of various monoamines in the body, most notably dopamine and norepinephrine.[14,15] Increased levels of these two neurotransmitters results in significantly greater alertness, mood, and energy without feeling overly stimmed.
More than anything, this ingredient just makes you feel really, really good, as compared to DMAA which has a bit more intensity than some want. But they both provide great amounts of focus, which will excite anyone who needs to get into “Readiness Condition 1” – the state of mind that RedCon1 was named after.>
Theobroma Cacao Seed Extract (50mg)
Also making an appearance in Total War is caffeine’s little brother Theobromine. Derived from the theobroma cacao seed, this stimulant is structurally similar to caffeine and exerts many of the same effects, though not quite to the same potent extent as caffeine.
However, while caffeine may be harder hitting and more intense, theobromine provides for a much smoother, less jittery form of energy that is also longer lasting as well.
Higenamine is a naturally-occurring alkaloid extracted from lotus seeds and a select group of other plants and fruits, often referred to as a “weaker ephedrine.” In the body, higenamine agonizes both the beta-1 and the beta-2 adrenergic receptors which result in increased heart rate and the release of adrenaline. Additionally, the activation of beta receptors helps mobilize stored body fat for use as fuel. However, when used alongside caffeine, as it is here, the whole process is amped up, cultivating even higher amounts of stored fat.[18,19]
Don’t be scared off of higenamine being nicknamed the “weaker ephedrine,” it carries none of the dangerous side effects, and is backed by research showing it’s incredibly safe.[20,21]
BioPerine® is the immensely popular black pepper extract used in all kinds of dietary supplements to enhance the bioavailability and absorption of the other ingredients. It’s able to do this by inhibiting their breakdown in the body. This ultimately extends the life of the active compounds in the body and helps ensure the body makes the most every last gram of ergogenic.
Also of note is the compound inside black pepper (piperine) that gives it its power. This compound can increase epinephrine (adrenaline) levels, as documented by research where it has a positive effect on elevating adrenaline levels resulting in greater energy and drive in your workouts.
Also known as alpha-yohimbine, rauwolscine is another powerful stimulant that’s usually best used in smaller doses due to its potency, as it is here. Alpha-Y, as it’s sometimes called, is a strong alpha-2 antagonist that helps prevent fat storage in the body.
This is one ingredient you will feel if you’ve never had it in a pre workout before. Typically we’ve seen it in doses of 1.5-2mg, so having it here on the upper end should be great for energy, but not too much!
Given the stimulants here, TOTAL WAR nearly qualifies for a stimulant-free fat burner – so if you’re in bulking mode, make sure you keep the food regimen high – you might find yourself burning more calories than you’d expect after using this one.
RedCon1 initially launched with three standard flavors, but they’ve been out of control with new ones — this means the product is selling well and doing great, and that makes sense because it’s absolutely awesome.
Here’s the list as of June 2017:
- Blue Lemonade
- Blue Raspberry
- Bubble Gum
- Fruit Punch
- Pineapple Juice
- Rock Candy
- Root Beer
- Sour Gummy Bear
- Strawberry Kiwi
- Tiger’s Blood
Need more focus? Get the BIG NOISE stacked in
While many of the ingredients in Total War provide focus through their sheer stimulant-factor, they are not necessarily “nootropics” in the direct sense.
So if you’re the kind of athlete who wants to enhance the “mind-muscle connection”, perhaps by increasing your acetylcholine levels (acetylcholine is the learning neurotransmitter), then add in the stimulant-free pre workout, BIG NOISE, for some absolute insanity.
BIG NOISE is a bit different than most stim-free pre workouts because it enhances focus and strength as well as the pumps. It picks up right where Total War leaves off, and is going to be a scary stack to deal with.
In fact, Aaron Singerman went on the record saying this about the stack:
“Lemme tell you this: when you combine Total War & Big Noise – it’s the best preworkout I’ve ever taken in my entire life. Better than anything, ever. And I’ve tried them all. From Ultimate Orange to Jack3d.”
— Aaron Singerman, Founder of RedCon1
Two pre workouts in, and the special forces inspired RedCon1 is on a definite roll like we’ve yet to see with any up-and-coming brand. Clinical doses, transparent labels, and cutting edge stimulants have given the brand a decided leg up on all new comers (and some established vets) in the business.
But of course, this isn’t just some ‘new’ brand off the streets. This is industry veteran Aaron Singerman’s latest brainchild, and his latest spin on supplements has the competition on edge.
Total War takes the bull by its horns and will have you ready to demolish the weights like you’ve never felt before. It’s available now for order, so don’t delay if you’re ready to kick some serious brass and takes some names along the way!
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