Monster Pump is an all new pre-workout supplement from CytoSport, and the latest addition to CytoSport’s “Monster” family. This product is brand new, only just hitting the shelves last week. There are no reviews around online yet, so I thought I’d take a look at the new Monster Pump’s ingredients and give you my take on this new pre-workout supplement!
The first thing I noticed when looking at the Monster Pump label is that CytoSport have put carbohydrates (Waxy maize Starch) in a NO2 pre-workout product. Typically, pre-workout supplements contain NO2 promoting ingredients, stimulants and sometimes vitamins and aminos. This is a step in the right direction as the carbohydrates will help fuel muscles and replace lost glycogen while you train. I’m actually surprised that other companies have not gone this route.
Secondly, Monster Pump is high in BCAAs and Glutamine. This is no doubt that BCAAs play a huge role in muscle growth, as they’re the building blocks of protein, which is the essential foundation for lean muscle growth. Glutamine has been proven to help post workout recovery and reduce muscle catabolism (breakdown).
The stimulants, nothing special here. 200mg of caffeine is supplied per serving, which is considered the “normal” amount for pre-workout supplements. How much the caffeine effects you will depend on your sensitivity to stimulants. A heavy coffee drinker might need to take extra, which someone who has never sampled the dark brew might find that one scoop is plenty. As with all supplements that contain stimulants, make sure you assess your tolerance.
So how about the taste? Monster Pump has been released in 4 flavors. Sour Grape, Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry and Orange. I tried two of these flavors, sour grape and blue raspberry. Both mixed easily in a shake with about half a dozen shakes with 10oz of water (I like them thick!). Sour grape was, well, sour. I did not like the taste at all, and I think if I had a whole tub of this there’s no way I’d make it through it. Blue Raspberry on the other hand tasted great. One thing you’ll notice if you try Monster Pump is that it will make you feel “fuller” than other pre-workout supplements. This is due to the carbohydrate content I’m guessing. I think if you mix it with a lot of water you might feel bloated while you train. My recommendation is to mix it with a smaller amount of water, and drink it about 30 mins pre workout.
Overall, I like it. I like it because it’s different, and in my honest opinion, better than a lot of pre-workout powders. The added carbohydrates is a real step in the right direction. Caffeine is great for energy and focus, and NO2 increasing compounds like arginine are also great, but carbohydrates are the #1 source of fuel for the body and I think adding carbohydrates to a pre workout formula like Monster Pump will really get great results. I think we’re going to be seeing some good reviews and reports from Monster Pump around the web in coming months.