Performax Labs VasoMax: Rethinking the Pump Formula

Performax Labs VasoMax

Performax Labs continues their re-branding effort by opening up the formula for VasoMax and including an industry-first ingredient in GlycerPump

Performax Labs has been attacking this rebrand seriously, as we saw with the latest version of their energy and pump-fueled pre workout HyperMax. The brand also had plans to upgrade its stim-free pump formula VasoMax, which we got ahead of release and put to the test ourselves (our YouTube VasoMax pre-review is below).

Much like the original version, the new edition of VasoMax is a supreme pump and focus pre workout free of any and all stimulants for the stim-sensitive crowd or those that like to workout late at night. The biggest addition to the formula is an industry-first Glycerpump, a more stable form of glycerol that’s easier to flavor and avoids the nasty gobs on the shaker of HydroMax.

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VasoMax Ingredients

As we saw with HyperMax, the new rendition of VasoMax is 100% transparent label. Get ready for some serious pumps and focus with this one folks!

  • MAX Pumps

    • GlycerPump (3,000mg)

      Performax Labs VasoMax Ingredients

      VasoMax keeps all of the stellar features from the original formula, but now you know exactly what you’re getting in each and every scoop.

      There’s two ways you can start off a great stim free pump pre workout… kicking nitric oxide into high gear with L-Citrulline / Nitrates or super-soak your muscles with extra water via glycerol. The reformulated VasoMax includes both and starts off the pump powerhouse with a strong 3g dose of the brand new, high yield glycerol compound GlycerPump™.

      This form of glycerol is significantly better than any other form of glycerol on the market. Glycerpump mixes seamlessly, is easier to flavor, and won’t clump in your tub after sitting on the shelf for a few months.

      Glycerol basically transforms skeletal muscle into a sponge that absorbs tons of extra water. This in turn creates a state of “hyperhydration” which results in greater endurance[1,2] and fuels those water-based pumps we were alluding to earlier.

      Just be sure to drink plenty of water when using GlycerPump™ (at least 16 oz of water) to get the most from this ingredient.

    • MaxNOx™ (810mg)

      Not familiar with this ingredient? Perhaps not by this trademarked name, but you know this as potassium nitrate (KNO3). That’s right, the nitrate patent wars (which we’ve largely stayed out of) have continued, and ThermoLife’s Ron Kramer has introduced his patented version on this popular ingredient.

      We love nitrates for their ability to significantly increase vasodilation and boost nitric oxide production levels in the body.[3,4] Furthermore, nitrates also reduce blood pressure and protect against endothelial dysfunction thanks to the increased N.O. output.[5,6]

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      VasoMax includes the patented form of Potassium Nitrate in MaxNOx

      One last awesome benefit to nitrate supplementation is its impact on athletic performance. Research has shown that consuming nitrates pre workout reduces the body’s oxygen cost[7] for exercise and increases in energy efficiency.[8] Basically, what we’re getting at is that your body operates more efficiently, thus exercise “costs” less oxygen to perform the same amount of work that you would typically “spend” during high-intensity work!

      The only downside to nitrates is that they need to be dosed roughly 45-60 minutes pre workout so it’s got time to get in your system and work its magic. So take note you’ll need to take this a tad bit earlier than your typical pre workout.

    • Rutaecarpine 98% (40mg)

      Rutaecarpine is an alkaloid taken from the unripe fruit of Evodia rutaecarpa. This marks yet another rarely encountered ingredient in pre workouts, but it’s especially useful in a nitric oxide boosting, pump-focused pre workout.

      Rutaecarpine functions as a vasorelaxant, which supports the other ingredients in VasoMax, such as KNO3 and GSNO, to be far more effective.[9] Furthermore, the potent alkaloid also has been well shown to increase nitric oxide formation as well,[10] providing even more N.O. in the bloodstream making for bigger, badder, bolder pumps!

    • GSNO (10mg)

      GSNO Flowchart

      It’s pretty complicated to explain how GSNO fits into the Nitric Oxide production process, but this flowchart may help sort things out.[11]

      Thrown off by this acronym as well? This ingredient is a newcomer to the stim-free pump world. GSNO stands for S-Nitrosoglutathione. It’s a derivative of super-antioxiant glutathione and theorized to be a mediator of nitric oxide in the body.[11]

      Performax Labs brings yet another new ingredient to the world of nitric oxide enhancing supplements. Basically, GSNO is one of the many compounds involved in the body’s generation of nitric oxide. It would take an entire separate article to explain how this one compound fits into the overall chain of reactions involved in N.O. production in the body, but check out the flowchart to the right and you’ll see how GSNO is involved.[12]

  • MAX Focus

    • Alpha GPC (300mg)

      VasoMax’s focus blend starts off with the most effective and bioavailable form of choline for the body, Alpha GPC. Clinical trials using this high quality form of choline noted significantly improved focus and mood, in addition to noticeably stronger “mind-muscle connection.” Furthermore, supplementing with Alpha-GPC has been shown to increase power output, improve endurance and elevate post-workout Growth Hormone (GH) level.[13,14,15]

      We love this form of choline for focus while training, and if you want even more info about the various forms of choline on the market, check out our mega post: Choline Supplements: What’s the Best Form for Focus?

    • Sceletium Tortuosum (25mg)

      Performax Labs HyperMax Hand

      Want even more pumps and a whole truckload of energy while you train? Stack VasoMax with Performax Labs HyperMax for the ultimate 1-2 pre workout punch.

      Also featured in Performax Labs brain-boosting nootropic Nootropimax, Sceletium Tortuosum an herbal medicine traditionally used to relieve stress and anxiety. Sceletium is able to increase energy and focus by primarily acting as a selective PDE-4 inhibition and 5-HT reuptake inhibitor, making it extremely useful for treating anxiety disorders or depression.[16]

      There’s one other cool thing about this herb — it increases executive function and cognitive flexibility of the brain![17] Using VasoMax, you’ll not only be in the zone while training, but also feel fantastic!

    • Huperzine A 1% (10mg)

      Choline supplements such as Alpha GPC or Citicoline work by directly increasing production of neurotransmitter acetylcholine, Huperzine A is a different breed of nootropic though as it indirectly increases acetylcholine levels by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme responsible for the breakdown the acetylcholine.[18] Stopping acetylcholinesterase dead in its tracks ultimately means more acetylcholine is available which yields better focus.

      Another interesting trait about huperzine is that it is also neuroprotective in that it guards the brain against the “neuron death molecule” glutamate[19], and it may even help foster the creation of new brain cells, a process called neurogeneration.[20]

  • Vitamin C (250mg)

    Performax Labs Tiger Fitness

    Set yourself up for some monstrous pumps with VasoMax and maybe you’ll achieve the same vascularity and definition as these greats..

    It may seem to include a powerful antioxidant such as Vitamin C in a pre workout since they’ve been shown to be somewhat detrimental pre workout[21], but it’s included for a very specific purpose.

    See one of the drawbacks of nitrate use is that eventually, the body can build up a tolerance to their effects, meaning less nitric oxide production from the same amount of nitrates over time. However, consuming Vitamin C alongside nitrates prevents tolerance build up[22,23,24], allowing you to continually reap the same benefit from the same dose time and time again.

Although we’re not the kind of guys who say “you gotta get all these supplements!” because it would cost a lot, we truly do believe that any supplement user needs to check out at least one of these Performax Labs products. They are absolutely a company worth checking out!

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Flavors Available

Tropical Flavors

Tropical Splash…what could it be? Mango? Pineapple?

As part of the rebranding, Performax is also revamping the flavoring systems on their products, and if you weren’t crazy about the flavors before, you will when you try the new version.

We tested the Tropical Splash flavor and it’s incredibly refreshing, lemony, and tropical. Performax is also releasing a Raspberry Lemonade flavor which we’ll have to try soon too!

Takeaway

Yet another cool product from Performax Labs with a couple new ingredients any pump junkie should consider trying this year!

From a pure pump standpoint, VasoMax definitely stands to deliver from the huge dose of GlycerPump combined with those costly nitrates we love. Overall, it should do what it promises in that it BRINGS THE PUMPS and FOCUS, and that’s what we’re really after here anyway.

Stacked with Performax’s HyperMax, your arms should turn into giant helium balloons before you’re even done with your warm up sets. As far as all-around stacks go, the Performax family has one of the better ones in 2017, and that’s why you’re going to start seeing them in our best pre workout buyer’s guide. The rest is up to you!

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