Performix Pump is a pump-based pre-workout by Performix, makers of Super T and Ion, which contains a variety of pump-inducing (blood flow increasing) ingredients…
Citrulline is a precursor to the amino acid Arginine (which is a precursor to Nitric Oxide), but is actually much more effective at raising plasma Arginine levels than supplemental Arginine, making it a much better pump-inducer.
Although relatively low doses of Citrulline have demonstrated some biological activity with regards to influencing N.O., studies demonstrating performance enhancement benefits (better muscular endurance, recovery, etc.) have used doses of 6-9g. Needless to say, Performix Pump contains far less than that, so it’s tough to determine with any certainty the magnitude of the benefit (if any).
Agmatine Sulfate is a relatively new entrant in the pre-workout world but preliminary evidence indicates it can increase the activity of Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase (the “good” Nitric Oxide that increase blood flow) and may also have some nutrient partitioning benefits. However, Agmatine has yet to be studied directly as a performance enhancement agent in humans, so for now it remains somewhat speculative (though potentially quite effective).
Performix Pump contains an undislosed dose of Agmatine.
Nitrosigine (Arginine Salicate)
Nitrosigine is a patented form of Arginine Salicate which consists of Arginine bonded with Silicon. This novel form of Arginine has demonstrated superior absorption when compared to standard Arginine, but studies have yet to prove that it is superior to Citrulline. It probably isn’t and we kind of expect the hype to die down a little bit with this ingredient.
Norvaline is an analogue of the amino acid Valine which has demonstrated Arginase inhibiting properties in vitro and in mice. Arginase is the enzyme responsible for the degradation of Arginine and is actually the reason why supplemental Arginine is more or less ineffective as a Nitric Oxide booster (at least at realistic doses). Theoretically, by inhibiting Arginine, Norvaline may increase the effectiveness of Arginine-increasing supplements like Citrulline and Nitrosigine, but there is currently no scientific research in humans to go by.
In the context of Performix Pump, we wouldn’t consider Norvaline a particularly important ingredient, but it is possible that it contributes to the efficacy of the formula as a whole.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb with an increasingly wide array of research demonstrating various health benefits, mostly relating to reducing stress (both physical and mental). Ashwagandha has been shown to increase VO2 Max in trained cyclists, but not much more performance enhancement research has been conducted at this time.
In the context of Performix Pump, Ashwagandha may subtly improve the performance enhancement, but we have absolutely no idea how much is present in the formula. This makes it extremely difficult to determine its relative efficacy.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape Seed Extract contains molecules called Proanthocyanidins which have bene shown to exert certain cardiovascular benefits and may positively influence Nitric Oxide production. Like Norvaline and Ashwagandha, Grape Seed Extract probably doesn’t improve the efficacy of the Performix Pump formula by leaps and bounds, but it may serve a purpose afterall.
Unfortunately, it’s anyone’s guess how much Performix has elected to use in the Pump formula.
BioPerine is a standardized (and patented) form of Black Pepper Extract, normally used to increase the absorption of other nutrients. Studies have confirmed that the active component, Piperine, can indeed enhance absorption of a vast array of other ingredients. So, in the context of Performix Pump, BioPerine may enhance the efficacy of the formula, especially since most of the ingredients are possibly severely under-dosed.
Performix Pump Ingredient Takeaway
Performix Pump contains several of the usual pump-enhancers (Citrulline, Agmatine, etc.) but at questionable doses. It’s pretty clear that not all the ingredients are clinically dosed, or even close to clinically dosed on a per serving basis. Of course, if you believe in Performix’s magical delivery technology, that’s not an issue, but we’ve never seen any data on how this technology makes under-dosed products as effective as clinically dosed products. Seems like marketing hype to us…
What To Expect With Performix Pump
At one serving, you may feel a little more blood in the muscle and get some decent pumps. At two servings, it’ll be a lot better, but of course, much more expensive as well. The truth is, there are better pump pre-workouts out there. The low doses just hold this formula back too much.
The Bottom Line
Like most Performix products, some of the ingredients in the Performix Pump formula rare under-dosed with the brand touting its “Terra Intelligent Technology” that allegedly enhances the absorption of all the ingredients. We’re skeptical of any brand that uses sub-clinical doses of key ingredients and claims they have some technology that makes it okay. Where are the studies Performix? Until we see them, we’ll pass on Performix Pump and the other Performix products.
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