Some people live for the gym.
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Working out gives you a pump, exhausts you in a satisfying way, and leads to better-looking muscles.
Other people find it hard to exercise.
Sometimes there seems to be a roadblock before you can buckle down and get to it.
Pre-workout supplements are for both types of people.
Using them after a pre-workout meal can get you pumped up for the workout and can help you power through all of those reps.
Bucked Up is a pre-workout by DAS Labs. DAS claims that it will increase your focus, pump, and strength.
Is this pre-workout supplement all it claims to be?
- Beta Alanine
- Citrulline Malate
- Himalayan Rock Salt
- Vitamin B12
The first thing you may notice about Bucked Up is that the logo is a male deer’s head.
Deer aren’t known for being symbols of strength, but if you have ever seen two bucks fight, you know that they are stronger than they look.
Also, a friend of mine got beat up by a deer he tried to pet.
There’s not much fat on those animals. Even a doe has a surprising amount of muscle mass!
Just like the deer, Bucked Up aims to make you stronger, naturally.
All of the ingredients have research behind them for some sort of benefit.
AlphaSize, for example, is a simple name for a complex chemical: L-Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine.
That may sound scary, but it’s naturally found in your brain.
It’s one of the chemicals that gets your neurotransmitters transmitting.
It can help people with Alzheimer’s, and it can help you focus on your workout.
AstraGin is a blend of herbs that helps your body absorb and use proteins and vitamins.
Beta Alanine and Citrulline are amino acids that pump up your muscles for better performance. We talked about them here.
Caffeine, Taurine, and Vitamin B12 are for energy.
The Himalayan Rock Salt provides trace minerals.
Those trace minerals are helpful for many little biological processes and sometimes you can’t get them all in food.
So, those ingredients are all good, but what makes Bucked Up special?
Well, there are no fillers. So you get 30 servings from each container.
There are also no proprietary blends.
Some of them are trademarked but you can look ’em up and see what’s inside.
Also, Bucked Up is made in the USA and contains no GMO ingredients.
Finally, none of the ingredients are derived from animals.
It’s not certified vegan, but it’s all plant-based.
What I Liked
Proprietary blends make me cautious, so I appreciate how you see every single ingredient.
I also like how those ingredients are all high-quality.
You can tell that they didn’t seek out basement bargain suppliers.
It also blends really easily.
Plus, it works!
Taking Bucked Up will leave you more pumped up, more focused, more energized, and you may find yourself adding on another set to your routine because you’ll be fatigued less easily.
Don’t take that to mean that you’ll immediately feel like picking up and throwing buildings around after taking a sip.
The effects are noticeable but aren’t earth-shattering.
Lastly, for the most part, I like the taste.
It’s not your typical chocolate/vanilla/banana fare, like you get with certain protein powders.
However, Bucked Up contains…
What I Didn’t Like
I’m not a fan of sucralose as a sweetener.
For me, it has a mild yet lingering aftertaste.
There’s also some evidence that it can mess around with the gut biome of some people.
If you keep your gut bugs happy through other means and don’t use lots of sucralose then you should be fine, though.
However, I would have preferred it if they would have sweetened the supplement with Stevia or Xylitol.
It’s also on the more expensive side.
But, you do get what you pay for…
First of all, Bucked Up contains caffeine.
If you’re caffeine sensitive, do not use Bucked Up.
Even if you aren’t, it’s a good idea not to use it late in the day.
For the rest of you, it’s a good supplement.
The ingredients are effective and quality.
Bucked Up can help people new to exercise feel the gains more quickly.
It can make people who dread workouts look forward to the workouts instead.
And it can help veteran gym rats hit their next one rep max!
Finally, I have a sneaky use for it.
Studying can leave you exhausted and caffeinated drinks like coffee tend to lead to crashes.
Bucked Up contains caffeine in addition to nootropic ingredients.
Those can help you focus and, perhaps, learn your material more quickly than you thought possible!
Sometimes you need to work out your brain, after all.
By the way, everyone reacts to pre-workouts differently.
Don’t dive into a full dose right off the bat. Your body may prefer a lesser dose.
Also, some pre-workouts just don’t work for some people.
Thankfully, there are other choices.
Cellucor C4 is a classic pre-workout supplement that is less expensive than Bucked Up while containing more ingredients.
Some of those include creatine and vitamins C and B6.
However, it doesn’t have the focus-boosting bits, and some people have reported that the powder can clump up soon after opening.
Another alternative is Legion Pulse.
Like Bucked Up, Legion Pulse has a focus on high-quality ingredients.
It’s flavored with Stevia and Erythritol, and so tastes better to me.
However, it lacks the focus-enhancing properties of Bucked Up.
Legion Pulse also has fewer servings per container than either Bucked Up or Cellucor C4.
Not every pre-workout powder works for everyone.
Does Bucked Up not do anything for you?
Or does it make you jittery?
If so, don’t give up!
Gift it to a friend and try another supplement.
One of the alternatives may be perfect for you!