After a stint using HappyWay’s natural fatburner / pre workout and having the remaining portion of the container turn to concrete thanks to the ever hotter Queensland Australia weather, I decided that it was time to move off fat burners and begin bulking again, so a new pre-workout was in order. Out of curiosity I stopped into a Nutrition Warehouse and browsed the plethora of pre-workouts, fat burners and thermogenics. So many options and no real stand out options. I asked one of the experts for some advice on trying something new and without hesitation he took me to the counter to show me the new pre-workout from ANABOLIX. The product, LOAD3D, was an all in one pre-workout designed to give you maximum pump at clinical levels. The employee got so excited that I was amped up to give it a go, only to find out it’s sold out, like everywhere.
Fast forward a couple of days and a store close by had a couple in stock and supplies weren’t due until after the new year. At only 20 scoops per container I was silly to risk only buying one, so just in case, I got another for safe measure. Here is my first impressions review of this product.
Like most ANABOLIX products, the labeling is easily distinguished as a ANABOLIX Nutrition supplement with the oversized lettering and plain packaging, which surprisingly makes it stand out. Black with grey block lettering, it shouts out that this product means business. The only flavour on show is Rainbow Sherbet (more on that later) but obviously its straight into the goodies located on the nutritional panel.
0 Fat, 0 Sugar, 0 Carbs and 0 Protein.
6500mg Citrulline Malate (Amino Acid which transfers amonia by turning it into urea for excretion – Some believe the next big thing in athletic performance and recovery)
4000 mg Beta Alanine (Non essential Amino Acid which provides increased carnosine in muscles. This assits in slowing or ridding muscle fatigue for high output lifting – It’s that tingly feeling you get after absorption)
2000mg BCAA 2:1:1 Instantised (Branched Chain Amino Acids, designed to help in muscle protein synthesis)
1500mg Betaine Anhydrous (Assists in keeping muscle water retention, keeps you hydrated)
1000mg Disodium Creatine (Assists in protein synthesis)
1000mg Argenine Alphaketoglutarate (Studies are still out on this, supposed to assist in muscle development and synthesis but no studies have confirmed a direct positive outcome yet)
750mg Agmatine Sulfate (Sort of affects multiple parts of the cardiovascular and nervous system, has been shown to prevent tolerance to chronic morphine effects but increase relapse to opoid dependency on lab rats)
500mg Coconut Water Extract (full of the real good fatty fats our body needs)
300mg Caffeine Anhydrous (Stimulant containing dehydrated caffeine. Average coffee probably has 40 to 180mg depending on brew, this packs 300mg per serving)
260g Vitamin C (As Ascorbic) (Assists in metabolism and weight loss)
150mg Alpha GPC 50% (enhances power output for athletes)
100mg Cat’s Claw (Helps the immune system, is also antiviral and anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant properties)
50mg Theophylline (Found in Tea, assists in caffeine metabolic processing in the liver)
50mg Theacrine (as TeaCrine) (Stimulant like caffeine, doesn’t raise blood pressure)
50mg Magnesium Glycinate (Regulates amount of Magnesium in the blood)
40mg Isopropylnorsynephrine (Say that three times fast: promotes weightloss in the body)
30mg Niacinamide (Found naturally in nuts, fish and mushrooms, is a part of the Vitamin B family)
800mcg Folic Acid (Range of benefits, see here)
300mcg Huperzine A (cognitive enhancer for memory and concentration)
vitamine B12 (as Methylcobalamin) (Immune system regulation and prevention/treatment of anemia)
You’d be hard pressed to find a pre-workout which contains as much of a punch as this. The only thing I would have liked to see included is L-Glutamine.
Flavour and effect:
The flavour, like most pre-workouts, isn’t something I’d casually sip on, as my palette isn’t fond. But it is easily consumed and will mix with water with ease. It’s certainly better then the Peach & Mango flavour from the Thermogenics range. It’s better tasting that anything else I’ve had and at this stage is the only flavour available. I suggest having a taste of the powder itself as the Sherbet really pops in your mouth and reminds me of lollies from when I was just a kid.
Also be sure to take this with some food lining your stomach. Like most pre-workouts, especially thermogenics and supplements with high caffeine concentrations, you will feel ill if you take it on an empty stomach regardless of whether you workout or not. I had to learn this the hard way taking it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
The actual feeling is quite strong the first couple of times you take this product. After the initial period of your body getting used to it, you will find that your levels of concentration will be hypersensitive, meaning you will have a lot of focus. I usually listen to music when I workout but I found even without music destroying my eardrums I was so focused on my workout I didn’t even care I wasn’t listening to anything. The pump is amazing with LOAD3D, my muscles physically felt like and looked like they were about to bust out of my damn arms so much so it felt like I couldn’t bend my arms while performing standing curls.
The caffeine is going to keep you going for your whole workout, as someone who supersets everything, I found that I had energy from start to finish with little fatigue feeling. More so after going to the gym after working all day and still finishing a workout feeling ready to tackle the night. The other ingredients in LOAD3D are going to assist in that focus despite the massive caffeine hit.
Nutrition Warehouse currently have it advertised for $69.95 down from $89.95 and other retailers were advertising similar pricing. After visiting a couple of Nutrition Warehouse stores and noticing the lack of LOAD3D on shelves to keep up with demand, I’d suggest pre-ordering it and grabbing yourself a couple as you only get 20 scoops per container.
As far as pre-workouts go, this has to take the proverbial cake. It has a list of ingredients longer than trumps proposed wall and packs an almighty punch. It will give you insane focus and pump and the taste isn’t horrible. I’d suggest going half a serving to start and increase the serving as you get acustomed to taking it, especially if you aren’t familiar with taking Beta Alanine, as the effects can be quite different if not predisposed. The price is good despite the lack of servings and availability is dependent on locale. Give it a go and tell us what you think. I’d say ANABOLIX has spent time formulating something quite amazing and it’s sales are reflecting on that.