Bulk Pre-Workout review: Bulk’s caffeinated pre-workout contains six active ingredients and gets the taste spot-on…
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Bulk Complete Pre-Workout
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£49.99 for 720g bag (30 servings), bulk.com (not yet available in the US)
- Contains caffeine to aid concentration
- No unpleasant aftertaste
- A good blend of active ingredients
- You’ll need to take some ingredients daily for them to be effective
- Only available online
- Some of the doses are not enough to be effective
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Bulk’s Comprehensive Pre-Workout is available in 720g bags and comes in four flavours – apple & raspberry, lemon & lime, cola and watermelon. It contains 84 calories per 24g serving, as well as 8.8g protein and 12g of carbohydrates in the form of maltodextrin.
It’s loaded with more than 12g of active ingredients per serving, including 5g of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which help decrease exercise-induced muscle damage and promote muscle protein synthesis.
Each serving also has 3g of arginine alpha-ketoglutarate, 400mg of L-tyrosine and 2.5g of citrulline malate.
Bulk Complete Pre-Workout benefits
Bulk adds L-tyrosine as it’s a precursor to the hormone adrenaline and is supposed to improve cognition. However, research around this is limited and mostly focused around cognition under extreme heat or cold environments. So the jury’s out on whether it’s effective over normal conditions
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There’s around two strong cups of coffee worth of caffeine (200mg) in each dose, which will help improve alertness and concentration. There’s beta-alanine, too, which is used to increase levels of carnosine in the muscles, helping to buffer hydrogen ions which cause acidity during short bursts of high-intensity exercise.
The amount needed will depend on your body weight, and must be taken daily for a prolonged period to be effective. However, the amount here (1.7g) is not likely to be effective as a daily dose, but it may still cause a tingling sensation at this dosage.
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There’s also 2.5g citrulline malate, which acts as a vasodilator, helping to improve the flow of blood and hence oxygen to muscles. According to research, citrulline and malate may work synergistically to increase the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP, the principal molecule of storing and transferring energy in cells), which is why this is used over L-citrulline.
The amount in a serving of Bulk Complete Pre-Workout is lower than the efficacious dose of 6-8g suggested by research, through so we doubt this will have much effect. Bulk also adds arginine as a vasodilator, although it’s not as effective as citrulline malate.
Bulk Complete Pre-Workout taste
We tested the cola flavour, and enjoyed the taste. The aftertaste is quite pleasant too, and not as much of an issue as it can be with a lot of pre-workout powders. The powder mixes well with water, but it does take a while to get it to fully dissolve.
At £1.67 per serving, the price of Bulk Complete Workout is on a par with most of the best pre-workouts. It’s only available online, with free delivery if bought directly from bulk.com.
We’d advise sticking to the recommended dose, especially if you’re sensitive to caffeine. Overall, Bulk is a good pre-workout choice with a pleasant taste. However, some of the active ingredients may not be effective in these doses.