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Amino 3 Pre-Workout Supplement Review

By November 16, 2012 22 Comments
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COMPANY Apollo Nutraceutical
RRP $39.95 USD
GENRE Pre-Workout
RELEASE DATE Unknown
SIDE EFFECTS Potential headaches, nausea
EASE OF USE
FLAVOR
EFFECTIVENESS
VALUE
RESULTS
RATING 8/10

What is Amino 3

It’s a pre-workout supplement that’s designed to increase endurance, strength, power, agility and to help fight mental fatigue. One of the claims, is that it will help improve oxygen uptake in the long-term helping you ‘get fitter, faster’.

Being that I’ve only tested this product for a week, I cannot offer an opinion on that statement.

First impressions…

This category is completely flooded with products that vary substantially in price. Amino 3 is priced at the ‘higher’ end of the market, and possibly with good reason.

Let’s take a look…

The ingredients in Amino 3

Vitamin B6/B12, Calcium, Maltodextrin, Creapure, Beta Alanine, Taurine, L-Glutamine, Di-Creatine Malate, Sodium (sodium Citrate), Di ArginineTyrosine, Citruline Malate, Kre-Alklyn Suma Root Extract, Papain, L-Arginine AKG, Suma Root, Creatine Ethyl Ester, Malate, Arginine Ethyl Ester, Arginine Orotate, Caffeine, Potassium Assulfame, Potassium (potassium citrate) Citric Acid.

Proprietary blend

As you can see, there’s practically half a science lab in there (which can be either either good or bad depending on your point of view). Unfortunately being a proprietary blend, you won’t know how much of each of those ingredients are going into each scoop.

Caffeine is the only stimulant…

One of the immediate things I noticed about the product, is it’s lack of any form of ‘stimulant’ other than caffeine (that means no ephedrine or yohimbine ephedra (ma huang)).

Why is that good?

In regards to ‘hard crashing’ or ‘come downs’ that are so prevalent in this pre-workout supplement category, Amino 3 seems to look the goods.

That being said though, I’m a heavy coffee drinker and was interested in finding out whether the product would have any effect at all (in regards to training intensity or ‘buzz’).

My results

I’ve been privy to a bunch of these products in my time, and they all walk a fine line between offering a significant ‘boost’, and having you crash towards the pits of hell as the product wears off over subsequent hours.

It makes complete sense – the higher up the mountain you climb, the more it will hurt when you fall and hit the ground right?

What I did enjoy about Amino 3

Was the fact that the come-down was relatively unnoticeable. I found my training intensity to be stepped up a notch, and I found the onset of fatigue to be delayed during my longer 10-15 rep sets.

The ‘buzz’ I found in other products on the market such as Jack3d and NoXplod, is at a lower intensity in Amino 3, but then again, it doesn’t have the serious crash associated with it either. The one significant plus I noticed from the product, was that I could train even when I wasn’t feeling up to the task.

Amino 3 seems to walk the previously mentioned ‘fine line’ pretty darn effectively and possibly has a lot to do with it’s 2 years of research and testing (which may also have a minor bearing on it’s price-point).

Pros

Some of the great things that I personally experienced…

  • Improved focus/concentration
  • Improved recovery between sets
  • Increased training intensity and endurance
  • Great taste and mixes well
  • Effects are noticeable within a 30minute time frame and last for the entire hour of a workout
  • Risk-Free 60 day trial
  • 2 years of product testing

Cons

  • Possibly the price point (expensive compared to others)
  • Contains some ingredients that may not be 100% necessary (such as the various forms of creatine).
  • Nausea for those that are sensitive to caffeine
  • Unknown quantities of ingredients in each serving

Would I use it again?

At the time of writing, I’ve trialled the product a total of 5 times. It’s easy to take and the effects are great enough to offer an improved training experience without the significant down-sides that so many of it’s competitors have.

I reckon, if I was in the market to buy, it’d be either this product or Tier 1 from Citadel Nutrition that would get my vote.

In conclusion

Whilst on the pricier side, Amino 3 is pretty darn good. It’s backed by solid research and it’s positives outweigh it’s negatives.

However, I’m always skeptical with these kinds of products (especially when they are proprietary blends), so I tend to tread carefully with them at all times. If this isn’t a concern for you, then it’s definitely worth taking a look at.

Note

Sample was provided by Apollo Nutraceutical for review, but was not paid for in any way. This is a completely impartial and unbiased review.

RATING 8/10 Interested in purchasing? $39.95 USD

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WIN A TUB OF AMINO 3!

I’m giving away 2 tubs of Amino 3 to the most CREATIVE responses in the comments section of this post.

You have until Tuesday the 20th November to leave your responses below, with the winners being contacted by email.

All you need to do is finish this sentence:

“I don’t always workout, but when I do _____”

Good luck…

Clint Nielsen

Author Clint Nielsen

Clint is a dad and husband trying to stay in shape. He's also a highly opinionated fitness enthusiast and author of Reveal The Steel. Follow him on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google+

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