The Ultimate Size and Strength Stack Stack: Juggernaut X and MASSPORT
When we created Juggernaut X™, we wanted to create the best pre-workout on the market, with the maximum dose of ingredients but still make it cost affordable. We did not add any ingredient that was not scientifically proven to enhance performance based on peer-reviewed research. The original “Juggernaut” pre-workout formula contained whey protein with maltodextrins, in conjunction with creatine, caffeine, beta alanine, arginine, and other performance enhancing ingredients. One of the biggest requests from consumers was to create a carb free version of Juggernaut so that it could be used by people on low carb diets. So when we designed Juggernaut X™, we created the pre-workout carb free, but as many people know, insulin spikes from carbohydrates can increase vasodilation and enhance muscle pumps. Additionally, insulin is a powerful anti-catabolic hormone that has been shown to reduce muscle tissue breakdown. For those lifters who are not dieting and are looking for a great size and strength stack, try combining Juggernaut X™ and Massport.
Here is a look at the active ingredients in Juggernaut X
Juggernaut X™ has been designed to provide users with a unique, “plasma expanding” pump. With included ingredients such as Agmatine Sulfate, Citrulline, CarnoSyn®, Malic Acid, Caffeine, Tyrosine, and Creapure.
L-Citrulline is an amino acid that supports arginine and nitric oxide concentrations, ultimately assisting in the regulation of blood flow and muscular endurance. A new study recently just reported that 8 grams of citrulline a day increases leg performance in experienced weight lifters. Researchers had experienced weight lifters take citrulline before performing submaximal repeated bouts of multiple lower-body resistance exercises would improve performance. The exercise protocol resulted in significant decrease in the number of repetitions in response to exercise. However, subjects in the citrulline group performed a significantly higher number of repetitions compared with placebo group. In conclusion, results suggest that citrulline supplementation may be beneficial in improving exercise performance during lower-body multiple-bout resistance exercise in advanced resistance-trained men.
Agmatine is a unique supplement capable of providing enormous benefits to anyone looking to improve their mental and physical performance. Agmatine biosynthesis by arginine decarboxylation is well positioned to compete with the principal arginine-dependent pathways, namely: Nitrogen metabolism (urea cycle), polyamine and NO synthesis, as well as protein synthesis. Studies show that agmatine has cardio-protective and supportive benefits through (among other actions) its impact on nitric oxide regulation, neuroprotective benefits through its role as a modulator and supportive agent for neurotransmitters, and cognitive/mood-supporting benefits through its combined influences on nitric oxide synthesis and neurotransmitter modulation.
Creatine may also increase muscle mass by reducing myostatin levels. In a study in the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, researchers examined how creatine impacted myostatin levels in resistance-trained men. In a double-blind design, 27 healthy male subjects were assigned to resistance training and creatine supplementation groups. Amazingly, the study found that creatine supplementation added to a resistance-training program amplifies the training-induced decrease in serum levels of myostatin, increasing the effects of exercise on muscle strength and mass. Other studies have reported that ingestion of creatine enhances muscle IGF-1 responses as well in conjunction with increasing satellite cell activation.
Beta-alanine is an amino acid that, with the help of another amino acid called histidine, helps form a compound called carnosine in muscle. Carnosine, in turn, is one of the most powerful pH (acid) buffers known to operate in muscle during intense exercise. Over the past fourteen years, research from five countries (Japan, the United Kingdom, Korea, Russia, and the United States) has been accumulating on the potential benefits of beta-alanine supplementation in humans. To put it simply, if high-intensity workouts are your thing, beta-alanine will help you reach new levels of performance. For example, a placebo-controlled double-blind study of 33 men was recently undertaken at The College of New Jersey. After being placed into a creatine only (10.5 grams/day), creatine + beta alanine (10.5 grams creatine + 3.2 grams/day beta alanine), or placebo (10.5 grams/day of dextrose) group, subjects underwent 10-weeks of resistance training. Researchers reported that subjects in the creatine + beta-alanine group gained significantly more lean mass (~ 4 lbs.) and lost more body fat than subjects in the other two groups. Also, fatigue rates during training were lowest, and training volume was highest, respectively, in the creatine + beta-alanine group.
Caffeine has also been found to increases repetitions to fatigue during resistance exercise. Researchers examined the impact of acute caffeine ingestion on perceptions of muscle pain following a bout of high-intensity, upper-body resistance exercise to failure. Moderately trained males ingested a dose of caffeine (5 mg · kg-1) or placebo in a randomized and counterbalanced order and 1 hour later completed bench press exercise to failure at an intensity of 60% 1 repetition maximum. At the end of the study, caffeine resulted in improved repetitions to failure, greater peak blood lactate, and lower RPE compared to placebo. Muscle pain perception was also significantly lower in the caffeine condition compared to placebo. Caffeine increased reps to failure by an average of 11.6% on the bench press and 19.1% on the leg press. The results suggest that caffeine ingestion enhances muscular strength performance and reduces upper body muscle pain perception immediately following a bout of high-intensity resistance exercise to failure.
The amino acid tyrosine is the precursor to the catecholamine neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. In fact, the hydroxylation of tyrosine by the enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase is the rate-limiting step in the synthesis of the catecholamines. Increasing tyrosine uptake may positively influence catecholamine-related psychological functioning. This amino acid has been administered to depressed patients to improve their mood, but although catecholamine production was enhanced, the treatment did not elevate mood. There is evidence that tyrosine may benefit healthy individuals exposed to demanding situational conditions. Some have suggested that inadequate production of these hormones or transmitters could compromise optimal physical performance. For example, tyrosine administration appears to improve cognition and performance in soldiers under stressful conditions.
What Massport Adds to Juggernaut X
MASSPORT™ contains a few ingredients that work synergistically with Juggernaut X™. Specifically, Massport adds a precise blend of carbohydrates, betaine, glycerol and BCAAs, and glutamine to enhance muscle pumps in conjunction with the citrulline in Juggernaut X™. The combination of Massport™ will assist in your overall recovery recuperation process which Juggernaut X™ does not have.
Here is a list of ingredients that will add to the effects of Juggernaut X™ from Massport.
Glyco-Anabolic Carbon Polymer Component – This complex contains two sources of carbohydrates (i.e. maltodextrin and waxy maize) as well as ingredients to increase insulin response to help those carbs get into your bloodstream faster. Waxy maize starch appears to provide slow, sustained delivery of energy to the body, whereas maltodextrin provides a fast acting response. By combining both types of carbohydrates, your going to get a rapid and slow, sustained levels of glucose for muscle recuperation and energy. Waxy maize is known to give its user a quick recovery without raising blood-sugar levels. MASSPORT™ contains a mixture of carbohydrates and essential amino acids to enhance muscle glycogen. Glycogen recuperation is essential for muscle recovery and enhanced performance the next day. Back in 1992, researchers examined the effects of protein, and carbohydrate and protein supplements on muscle glycogen storage during recovery from prolonged, exhaustive exercise. The researchers found that postexercise muscle glycogen storage was enhanced with a carbohydrate-protein supplement as a result of the interaction of carbohydrate and protein on insulin secretion. Another study found that when subjects were given carbohydrates + BCAA or only carbohydrates during exercise. When carbohydrates + BCAA was supplied the plasma and muscle concentrations of BCAA increased during exercise by 120% compared to 35% for carbohydrates only. So a combination of carbohydrates and BCAAs are essential for muscle recuperation and recovery.
Osmotically-Active Tissue Expansion Component – This component contains taurine, betaine, mannitol, and glycerol. These ingredients have been known to increase cellular water into muscles, which gives the muscle a fuller look.
Taurine– Taurine is a conditionally essential, sulfur-containing amino acid that is the most abundant free amino acid in many tissues. Taurine is different than most other amino acids because it is not incorporated into proteins, but it does play many roles in the body, including cell volume (osmoregulation), detoxification, membrane stabilization, and modulation of excitatory neurotransmission and intracellular calcium levels. Taurine is included in this formula to increase physical endurance and reaction speed, increase concentration and mental alertness, improve the overall feeling of well-being, enhance water balance and nutrient uptake in muscle cells, and aid in restoring hydration status.
Betaine– Betaine is an anti-oxidant and has also been found to stimulate IGF-1 release and insulin receptor signaling pathways. Betaine has also been found enhance stimulation of growth hormone secretion, increase creatine synthesis, and increases in protein synthesis via intracellular hyper-hydration.
Glycerol: Glycerol has been added to this formula to enhance hydration status, increase nutrient delivery, and potentiate the muscle pump associated with resistance exercise. Ingested glycerol increases blood osmolality and draws water into all tissues of the body. Athletes have been experimenting with glycerol ingestion for years, and several studies have been published on the potential benefits of glycerol on endurance performance. A recent meta-analysis concluded that glycerol ingestion increased fluid retention better than water (which is rapidly filtered and cleared by the kidneys) and improved endurance performance by an average of 2.62%.Anabolic Signal Extension & Reinforcement Component – This complex contains branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) and glutamine to help kickstart protein synthesis.
Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA)
The branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) consist of the essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine. BCAA account for approximately 35% of the essential amino acids in muscle. In contrast to most essential amino acids that are metabolized in the liver, BCAA are unique because they are metabolized in skeletal muscle. Numerous studies have demonstrated the anti-catabolic effects of BCAA administration, i.e., a reduction in muscle protein breakdown during clinical conditions of wasting (e.g., starvation, post-surgery, burns, liver disease, etc.). BCAA act as signaling molecules to stimulate muscle protein synthesis as well as insulin release from the pancreas. Of the three BCAA, leucine is by far the most important amino acid in this regard. BCAA have been added to this formula to reduce post-exercise fatigue, decrease muscle protein breakdown, and increase muscle protein synthesis.
Glutamine– L-glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the bloodstream, and it makes up 30-35% of the amino acid nitrogen in your blood. Skeletal muscle is the major tissue involved in glutamine synthesis and is known to release glutamine into the circulation. Its alleged effects can be classified as anabolic and immunostimulatory. Glutamine plays a crucial role in cellular hydration and leucine uptake, and glycogen replenishment. One study reported that ingestion of glutamine alone appeared to promote muscle glycogen resynthesis during recovery from exhaustive exercise. However, the addition of glutamine to the glucose polymer drink resulted in a greater storage of carbohydrate.
• Muscle mass and strength.
• Plasma volume, vascularity & fullness.
• Blood glucose recovery & glycogen repletion.
• Protein anabolism
You can buy Massport and Juggernaut at: BB.com and other retailers.