The launch of the RedCon1 line confirms what many in the industry have been wondering since Aaron’s sudden departure from Blackstone Labs. Aaron is no longer with Blackstone and RedCon1 is an entirely new, independent company which he aims to steer in a different direction.
Redcon 1 claims that Total War will provide the following:
Those may sound like the same list of claims attached to most pre-workout supplements, but let’s take a look at the ingredients and see if Total War is packing anything special…
Total War Ingredients
Total War contains a balanced mix of stimulant and non-stimulant ingredients. Overall, it certainly lands in “high stimulant” territory, but it is extremely well-balanced…
Citrulline Malate is an amino acid that serves as a precursor to Arginine (a precursor to Nitric Oxide). Unlike supplemental Arginine, however, Citrulline is actually an effective way of increasing plasma Arginine levels.
Put simply, Citrulline can provide some serious pumps and will actually allow you to get more reps at a given weight when your well into your workout and fatigue would normally be setting in.
Most of the time, Citrulline is severely under-dosed in pre-workout supplements, but Total War contains a true 6g clinical dose in each serving. That means you’ll actually receive the full benefits that Citrulline has to offer.
Beta-Alanine is a precursor to the dipeptide Carnosine, higher muscular concentrations of which are associated with greater muscular endurance. Although Carnosine is composed of two amino acids, Beta-Alanine and Histidine, Beta-Alanine is the rate limiting factor which means it’s all you need to increase Carnosine levels significantly.
Indeed, research has confirmed that Beta-Alanine supplementation alone can effectively increase muscle Carnosine levels in as little as two weeks, with higher doses acheiving muscle Carnosine saturation more quickly than lower doses.
Total War contains 3.2g of Beta-Alanine, a precise clinical dose which has been used in several studies successfully.
It’s worth mentioning that some people experience a tingling sensation under the skin after taking Beta-Alanine, called Parasthesia. This is simply a harmless side effect but it can catch you off guard if you’re not aware prior.
In theory, Agmatine should boost Nitric Oxide production and lead to better pumps during your workouts, but it hasn’t been studied much in humans. Total War contains 1g of Agmatine per serving which is toward the higher end of the standard range for pre-workout supplements.
Taurine is a unique amino acid which possesses some fairly potent anti-oxidant properties. It has been shown to reduce oxidative damage to muscle tissue resulting from exercise and these same anti-oxidant effects are thought to underlie the performance enhancement benefits noted in some studies.
Taurine isn’t quite as reliable as Citrulline or Beta-Alanine as a performance enhancer, but due to it’s pro-recovery properties, it does serve a purpose in the Total War formula.
Caffeine usually forms the basis for stimulant-oriented pre-workout supplements, but with only 250mg per serving and a bunch of other stims, the Total War formula is by no means Caffeine-dependent.
Caffeine triggers the release of a group of neurotransmitters called Catecholamines (including Dopamine and Noradrenaline) which increase perceived energy levels and improve focus. This generally translates into more intense workouts and is arguably the main reason why pre-workout supplements are so popular.
Caffeine works and is entirely safe! If you like your stimulants, you may be initially disappointed too see only 250mg of Caffeine in each serving of Total War, but don’t be so quick to judge based the psychoactive (energy/focus) effects of Total War on Caffeine alone.
The formula contains some other stimulants which amplify the focus and energy aspect of the formula much further than Caffeine alone.
N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine Citrate
N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine is one of the compounds present in Eria Jarensis, an herbal stimulant that has started to pop up more and more in pre-workout supplement and fat-burners ever since DMAA got banned.
Although this particular molecule doesn’t have much research on it, based on it’s chemical structure it should behave something like DMAA, though probably much weaker. Anecdotal evidence seems to more or less support this so far.
It’s been over a year since companies started using Eria Jarensis and N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine in pre-workouts and none of them are considered “block-buster” products yet…but we’ll see.
N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine definitely helps position Total War as a “high-stim” pre-workout supplement though so, if that’s what you’re looking for, this is an ingredient worth keeping an eye on.
2-Aminoisoheptane is the second “replacement for DMAA” that’s been introduced since the DMAA ban. It is a psychoactive stimulant, but the effects aren’t necessarily similar to DMAA. When it comes to these type of stimulants, you never know exactly how you’re going to be effected. There isn’t any research on these random chemicals. There’s just chemistry and anecdotal evidence.
If you’re interested in the chemistry, check out this post on PricePlow. They always do a great job of breaking down these new stimulants a presenting what science there is to be presented.
Theobroma Cocao Extract
Theobroma Coacao is generally standardized for Theobromine, a chemical relative of Caffeine which, unlike Caffeine, is not psychoactive.
Theobromine is a cardiac stimulant and may cause you to sweat a bit more during your workout, but it won’t increase perceived energy or focus in the way that other Xanthines like Caffeine will.
Total War contains 50mg of Theobroma Cocao Extract.
Higenamine is a beta-receptor agonist which has been shown to stimulate lipolysis and increase fat-burning. It was on the FDA’s hit list for a little while but those concerns appear to have taken a backseat to more pressing issues, so it’s being used widely in supplements for now.
Studies regarding the psychoactive properties of Higenamine are non-existent so we don’t really know how much of a mental stimulant it is, but it absolutely will increase amount of fat you burn. It’s similar to Synephrine in this regard.
Bioperine is simply an absorption enhancer. It’s a form of Black Pepper Extract which is standardized for the active compound, Piperine. It has been shown to increase the absorption of other nutrients partially by slowing intestinal transport.
Rauwolscine, also known as Alpha-Yohimbine, is a potent alpha-receptor antagonist which, like Yohimbine, can significantly increase the amount of fat you burn during exercise.
It may also improve mood, sexual function, and perceived energy levels.
Rauwolscine is one of those ingredients that takes a pre-workout or fat-burner into “high-stimulant” territory, although given all the other stims in Total War, that isn’t necessarily true here. In the context of Total War, Rauwolscine rounds out the already powerful stimulant complex and provides a means for facilitating fat-loss as well.
Total War Ingredient Takeaway
The Total War formula is one of the most well-balanced pre-workouts we’ve seen in a while. It is one of the few pre-workout supplements that is equal parts performance and stimulants. Typically, we see pre-workout supplements go one way or the other.
This makes Total War ideal for those who want physical performance enhancement as well as high levels of stimulation.
Is Total War Safe?
As with all high-stimulant pre-workout supplements, users should exercise a bit of caution when determining how much Total War to take. Given that each serving contains clinical doses of the performance enhancing ingredients, there is no need to take more than that.
If you’re particularly sensitive to stimulants, you may want to try half a serving first, just to be sure…
RedCon1 And Prime Now Under Same Management
In addition to starting an entirely new company, Aaron has acquired control of Prime Nutrition. With the help, expertise, and guidance of Jared Wheat of Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Aaron plans to “make Prime Nutrition great again”. In the video posted on Prime Nutrition’s Facebook Page, he briefly mentions why he left Blackstone Labs, and it’s basically the answer we would have guessed…
He just didn’t agree with where the brand was headed. Based on the video, the Prime acquisition seems like something that kind of just popped up, but regardless, both brands appear to be aligned at this point.
A Focus On Content
One of the most innovative, unique aspects of RedCon1 is the emphasis placed on providing content. Supplements are what they sell, but they share plenty of great content for free. Check out RedCon1Online.com to keep up with the brand and maybe learn and thing or two.
Where To Buy
Total War is available at quite a wide range of retailers. The list is practically endless, but the major retailers include:
So you should have no problem getting your hands on some Total War, should you decide to give it a try.
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for an all-around effective pre-workout supplement that will not only provide some serious pumps and endurance, but will also give you the energy and focus you need to crush your workout every time, then Total War is worth a shot.
There aren’t that many pre-workout supplements out there that pull off the best of both worlds approach, but Total War is one of them.
If you’re still not sure which pre-workout is right for you, check out our Top 10 Pre-Workout Supplements List. Or, if high amounts of stimulants are your thing, take a look at our Best Pre-Workout Supplements For Stimulant Lovers list.