For many, exercise and training is simply stepping into gym shorts and tank tops and lifting some weight, doing some cardio, rinse and repeat for an hour or so and go home. For others, going to the gym is a lot like preparing for battle, and the enemy is weakness and body fat. Treating exercise as if it was war may sound extreme, but that’s exactly what the folks at Anabolic Warfare wants their clients to think with their Nuclear Armageddon pre workout.
With a name like Nuclear Armageddon, it’s safe to assume that Anabolic Warfare wants you to bet it all on this pre workout. Can it actually help you win the battle of the bulge? Read our Nuclear Armageddon Pre Workout review to find out!
About Nuclear Armageddon Pre-Workout
This product is sold by Anabolic Warfare, a Texas-based supplement company that also sells apparel on top of a robust selection of BCAAs, protein powders, and other anabolic products.
- Semi transparent label. We have reservations when it comes to supplements that don’t want to reveal the entire list.
- Decent dosages. From what we can see, we’re satisfied with the dosages of their ingredients.
- Potentially high caffeine dose. This is just a guess, but we think Nuclear Armageddon sports 400 mg of caffeine per serving.
- Small serving size. 14 grams powder per scoop is kinda on the lean side.
Other Ingredients: Maltodextrin, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Silicon Dioxide, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Sucralose, Salt.
Mix 1 scoop of Nuclear Armageddon, with 6-8 oz of water, 15 minutes prior to workout. To customize Nuclear Armageddon, increase or decrease the liquid level to your liking. Do not take within 4 hours of going to bed.
The ingredient list looks simple enough. The first part are ingredients we’ve come to know and love in our pre workouts, the second one is a proprietary blend that we think we can guesstimate when it comes to dosages for each of the four ingredients listed.
- Citrulline Malate. We get a decent serving of 3,000 mg of citrulline malate, the number one ingredient when it comes to massive pumps and better lifting power.
- Betaine anhydrous. Betaine is prized for its pump and strength enhancing properties. In a way, it’s a two-in-one combo of an ingredient, but it’s not the best as a standalone. However, betaine does well in a blend like the one Nuclear Armageddon has.
- Beta alanine. Beta alanine is considered a staple ingredient when it comes to pre workouts and even recovery supplements because it helps to naturally delay fatigue as well as optimize muscle repair. Because it delays fatigue, beta alanine can also act as a performance enhancing ingredient.
- Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin. Some users call this the ultimate carb ingredient. It’s really new, and admittedly it’s also the first time we’ve seen it in the reviews we write here. Based on our research, it’s a form of maltodextrin that is designed to be more soluble and therefore a faster-acting carb nutrient to help restock glycogen stores in the muscles. The 1,000 mg dosage seems to be on the small side, though.
- L-Arginine Pyroglutamate. Arginine is known to help with nitric oxide production, enabling the body to feel more pumped than usual. The molecule of pyroglutamate acts as a cognitive enhancer.
- L-Citrulline. Quite odd seeing two citrulline forms in one formula. This form is the “generic” version which means it has a lower bioavailability than citrulline malate.
- Nitrosigine Arginine Silicate Inositol. This form of arginine is said to act on increasing blood flow, and the added mineral silicon helps in making it much more bioavailable than standard arginine.
- Caffeine. Caffeine anhydrous is either a top favorite or one of the most hated ingredients in the world. It can instantly act on your energy and focus, but it also makes you jittery and can cause a crash. We can only make a smart guess on the exact dosage of caffeine, and we’re going with 400 mg, which is equivalent to four cups of coffee. That is definitely too strong even for stim enthusiasts. Why did we go for 400 mg? Because the next ingredients are not allowed to have doses higher than 25 or 30 mg.
- Hordenine HCl. This neat little nootropic stimulates the brain’s processes involved in concentration and brain energy.
- Rauwolscine. Rauwolscine is yohimbine’s cousin. Chemically speaking, yohimbine and rauwolscine aren’t that different, but it’s been called a milder form of yohimbine. It doesn’t normally cause palpitations and a spike in blood pressure like yohimbine does. The working dosage for rauwolscine tends to be in the 5-15 mg range.
- Huperzine A. This is another nootropic for focus. It works in amazingly small dosages of upto 200 mcg or 0.2 mg.
Who is Nuclear Armageddon made for?
Nuclear Armageddon feels like it’s for the kind of user who likes to feel like he’s going to war every time he trains. It’s definitely for stim fanatics, since the 400 mg caffeine isn’t something any new or average user is willing to take on.
Nuclear Armageddon Pre-Workout Benefits
The immediate effect would be a high dose of energy. Then, you would experience a hot sensation due to the combination of caffeine and rauwolscine, which may give you sweats. The pumps will happen too, but gradually and perhaps in a sustainable manner.
Nuclear Armageddon Pre-Workout Side Effects
Beta alanine is a given which may cause you to itch a little. However, the dosage is quite mild so we wouldn’t think of this itch as nothing more than a tiny ant crawling on your arms or legs.
For caffeine, the possible 400 mg dosage is indeed worrisome. With no theanine to counter the side effects, you might be in for quite a wild ride of jitters, nausea, and the crash.
Nuclear Armageddon Pros and Cons
- Decent dosages. Not bad, but we’ve seen better.
- Tried and tested formula. It’s complex, but it’s just a pump and energy blend with a dash of focus.
- Carb ready. So few pre workouts add carbs nowadays.
- Redundant ingredients. Why not just bet all the pump on citrulline malate?
- No counter to caffeine. The explosive energy has a price.
- Pricey. It's practically $40 a can. Other pre-workouts can be found at better prices.
- 1 Can (30 servings): $39.99
- Available online and in retail stores
- Flavors: Fruit Explosion, Ballistic Berry Lemonade
Nuclear Armageddon wants you to be ready for battle. High energy, great pumps, and with a good enough focus to get you doing nothing but lift, Nuclear Armageddon definitely earned its name. There are some things we noticed that the brand can improve on, but apart from them, we think Nuclear Armageddon is, at the very least, a good pre workout.