Supplements have been around longer than many of us alive today. Technology has progressed in a way that allowed supplement sellers to make really good pre workouts, adding all sorts of new ingredients and formulating strategies. However, sometimes being old-school works just as well too.
That is what Vintage Blast wants to prove with its traditional take on weight lifting and bodybuilding.
Is Vintage Blast an effective pre workout powder or is going old-school something only old people should do? Let’s find out!
Vintage Blast is sold by Old School Labs, which is quite a fitting brand for the products they offer. However, the way Vintage Labs was designed looks anything but old school. It boasts of an innovative formula strategy despite the rather “common” ingredients used. Here’s what we noticed:
Two-stage blend. We’re not sure how “staging” works in a powder, but we’ll take it.
Microencapsulated caffeine. We have no idea what this is, but we’re assuming it’s awesome because of the “smart” naming.
Clean formula. Few fillers and additives, no weird herbs or extracts.
Other Ingredients: Stevia, Natural Pineapple Juice Powder, Silicon Dioxide, Calcium Silicate, Natural Flavors, Natural Fruit and Vegetable Juice (Color), DiCalcium Phosphate (from Vitamin B12).
For use as a dietary supplement. Assess your tolerance with one-half scoop mixed with 14-16 oz. water, 15 to 30 minutes before your workout. Then continue with 1 scoop 15 to 30 minutes before workouts. Accustomed athletes can take up to 2 scoops before competitive events. Due to its potency, do not exceed the recommended dosage and avoid taking before bedtime. Do not consume on non-workout days.
Most supplement review sites will just blow past the vitamins and minerals blends in any product. While they can be literally an annoying box of text in every review, when there’s something special in an otherwise boring part of the ingredient list, we think it’s worth noting them.
Just like what we have here in Vintage Blast. Not only did they add vitamins and minerals, they actually added them in good dosages and relevant to the function of the overall pre workout.
We have Vitamin C, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B5, Magnesium, Sodium, and Potassium. Naturally, the bulk of the dosages go to B-vitamins because:
B Vitamins are water soluble. It’s almost impossible to overdose on them (please don’t try)
B vitamins are the first to be depleted when you start lifting.
We also have a decent mix of minerals for electrolyte purposes and vitamin C to prevent what some people refer to as the gym flu - when you experience a fever or a little cold a day after a workout.
Citrulline malate. Citrulline malate will always be a favorite muscle-pump ingredient. With 5 g per serving, it shouldn’t be a problem to start strong by going for the heavy lifts earlier during your training day.
Beta alanine. Beta alanine delays fatigue and boosts workout endurance. It causes some really tiny, yet annoying itching as a side effect, but some welcome it as a sign of the ingredient working. The 1 g dosage looks really weak though, if we’re to be honest.
Arginine AKG. This is a really efficient form of Arginine for that extra delivery of nitric oxide and pump performance. It’s much more bioavailable and supports the already hefty dosed citrulline malate, making each pumps stronger and more sustainable.
L-Carnitine. This should be a familiar face. L-Carnitine was the face of fat burning powders and beverages way back in the day. What it does is funnel fatty acids into our cells so they can be used as cellular energy.
Caffeine. The dose of a popular gym supplement staple is surprisingly small at 150 mg. That’s not even two cups of coffee.
D-Aspartic Acid. Also known as DAA, this ingredient is one of the finest testosterone boosters in the industry today. It promotes androgen production and translates to better endurance, muscle development (aka gains), and of course recovery. The 2000 mg dose is pretty good.
N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine. Tyrosine helps with stress and focus. N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (also known as NALT) is tyrosine’s more efficient form as it has an enhanced bioavailability.
Micro-Encapsulated Caffeine. Based on what we found, being micro encapsulated means it will have a “delayed release” type of effect. This delayed release should work two ways: It reduces the intensity of side effects (jitters and crash) as well as provide a “second wind” type of energy.
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Vintage Labs may look and sound like it’s designed for old people, but the reality is it’s more innovative than it appears. We’d argue that the supplement was meant to cater to a crowd of traditional lifters, but not necessarily old-school or old-fashioned.
Based on the stimulants we found, it may also cater to those who don’t like the idea of having too much caffeine in one gulp.
Vintage Blast offers a mad pump boost paired with some really good testosterone boosting goodness. Top it all off with a not-so-intense caffeine dosage (now with microencapsulation technology!), and you should really have a nice workout day at the gym.
The side effects associated with caffeine shouldn’t be that worrisome given that the dose is not only capped at 250 mg (which is our personal caffeine limit for a balance of benefits and drawbacks), but also separates caffeine into two doses: One instant, one delayed.
Decent dosing overall. Nice pumps, good for testosterone.
Sustainable pumps. AAKG and Citrulline Malate working together.
DAA. An actual good testosterone booster in a pre workout.
Reduced stimulant side effects. Again, microencapsulated caffeine.
Generic. We’ve seen far too many similar formulas.
A bit pricey. Maybe $5 more than we’d pay for.
Where’s the creatine? This would have been perfect in this blend.
1 bottle (20 servings): $39.50
Available online and in retail stores
Vintage Blast pre workout is a pre workout that tries to be as old-school as possible, but with a twist. A really subtle, yet nice twist. True enough, the ingredients are mostly found in other formulas already, but Vintage Blast surprised us with a good dose of DAA and microencapsulated stimulant technology. For the name it bears, they are ironically modern and innovative.
Big pumps, big focus, good testosterone boosting, nice angle on energy. The only fail we have to nitpick is the dose on beta alanine. Beta alanine needs more than 1 gram to function, especially since it has to pass through our digestive acids before circulating in our system.
Should you take Vintage Blast? If you don’t mind the lack of beta alanine dosing, it's complicated simplicity, and the slightly higher than preferred price, we have no reason to not recommend it.
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