Legend Pro is a pre-workout by Cutler Nutrition, the brand headed by bodybuilding icon Jay Cutler which contains some pretty speculative/unique ingredients, most of which are meant to enhance energy and focus…FIND IT HERE
Nootropic & Neurocognitive Blend
Legend Pro’s Nootropic & Neurocognitive Blend contains three ingredients, two if which we understand and one which seems quite random…
CDP Choline, also known as Citicoline, is a highly bioavailable precursor the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine, capable of increasing levels and supporting cognitive function.
Like most Nootropic supplements, most of the studies have involved certain cognitive disorders such as Alzheimers, but unlike most nootropics, CDP Choline has actually proven effective for enhancing focus and attention in healthy individuals.
Unfortunately, we have no idea how much CDP Choline is present in each serving of Legend Pro. All we know is that, based on a 175mg proprietary blend, there is undoubtedly less than a clinical dose (possibly much less).
Lycoris radiata is an herb used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat cognitive disorders. The active compound, Galantamine, has been studied relatively extensively in individuals suffering from cognitive decline (Alzheimer’s, Dementia, etc.), but how it effects healthy individuals remains unclear.
Furthermore, Cutler Nutrition doesn’t say anything specifically about the Galantamine content of the Lycoris Radiata used in Legend Pro, making it that much more difficult to gauge the benefits.
Realistically, there probably isn’t much Galantamine in the formula, and even if there was, Galantamine isn’t some miracle cognitive enhancement agent.
To learn more about that, check out this article, but as for why it is being used a pre-workout supplement…we have no idea!
Cutler Nutrition has never been one to help users understand why they use particular ingredients, but with GABA we can’t even begin to guess. GABA makes most people drowsy, not energetic.
The most important ingredients to be aware of in the Lipotropic Blend are Caffeine, Synephrine, and Yohimbe. The other ingredients are unnecessary or, as is the case with solanum tuberosum (Potatoe), just completely random.
Still, the combination of Caffeine, Yohimbe, and Synephrine is enough to the average user some pretty noticeable focus and energy…We just wish we knew the doses!
Legendary Pump Blend
Yet another pretty standard array of ingredients, but atleast they all have an actual mechanism of action that makes them effective.
Most notably, Glycerol and Taurine are capable of regulating the fluid balance of cells, meaning if you drink a ton of water and then hit the gym, they will induce some noticeable pumps.
Lean Muscle & Training Matrix Blend
Legend Pro’s “Lean Muscle & Training Matrix Blend” contains two ingredients, Carnitine and gamma-butyrobetaine. Carnitine, as our readers may be aware, is actually not an effective fat-burner but may be useful for recovery.
Gamma-butyrobetaine is simply a precursor to Carnitine and there is really no reason to suspect that it is helpful in anyway, other than in instances of Carnitine deficiency (rare in people who eat protein).
The Bottom Line
It’s not surprising that the Legend Pro formula is packed with speculative, questionable ingredients. This is what Cutler Nutrition has shown us in the past. We were hoping the brand would move away from proprietary blends but it looks like Cutler Nutrition isn’t ready to stop misleading customers. Perhaps that’s because this is a brand that sells based on Jay Cutler’s reputation as a bodybuilder, not great formulas.
If you’re looking for a mostly stim-powered pre-workout, Legend Pro may get the job done, but there are also plenty of effective, well-dosed, transparent stim-powered pre-workout supplements out there that are superior.
Check out our Best Pre-Workouts For Stimulant Lovers List for some recommendations.