A PERSONAL LETTER FROM THE USP LABS OWNER:Let me begin by saying this is a letter I NEVER thought I'd write... The LAST thing I ever wanted to do was get into the "Pre-Workout Pump" market. After all, it's completely crowded with the same product over and over and again... disguised in different packaging... ...In fact, it's rather nauseating to say the least...I mean, how many times can someone do the same thing? With that said, I like having a ton of energy, strength, stamina & endurance for my workouts...I mean, who doesn't? And there's nothing like the right combination of compounds taken pre-workout to deliver awesome workout after awesome workout. ...After all, if your workouts suck, you can all but forget about making killer progress anytime soon... So for the past 3 years, I've been drinking my own "mad elixir" before each workout. ...And, let me stress again, this was only intended for my own personal use... Before I knew it, I was supplying half the gym, and many of my Internet friends, with my pre-workout concoction... They'd ask me what I was drinking, ask if they could "try it"...then they simply couldn't "train without it."... I didn't have a name for this drink originally, but it quickly became known as "USPlabs Jack3d" because it made everyone dominate the weights and have crazy, lasting energy along with sick, muscle-engorging pumps... ...Because handing out supplements at the gym was not my first priority (and quite frankly, a massive pain in the ass at times), I'd forget to bring some or run out from time to time... Needless to say people were on my case and bugging me to release it. I kept telling them "I want absolutely nothing to do with this."
"Wow, People DO Need This."
...But it wasn't until I started explaining how much better my little concoction was that I realized I probably should bottle this up and let the hardcore guys get their hands on it... But again, I really didn't want to play in the pre-workout game. Just didn't excite me... You might be saying to yourself, "Jacob, why not just use one of the 3,000 pre-workout formulas already on the market?" Excellent question, and that would have been MUCH easier than all of this, but in a nutshell, here's why... A large portion of many pre-workout powders are loaded with nasty, Insulin-soaring, fat-storing fillers! Shocking, but true... ...Kind of defeats the purpose if you ask me... Not only can this be detrimental to your gains, but it shoots prices through the roof. ...After all, it costs big bucks to ship now-a-days. And, larger packaging costs more than smaller packaging. In essence, you're not only paying for fillers, but footing the shipping bill as well! So why do these companies do this? It's simple really... Larger packaging takes up more shelf space. And, the consumer has been trained to think "bigger is better"...so you are fooled into thinking you are getting more active ingredients than you really are. But that’s not all… These fillers mainly consist of evil, fattening maltodextrin, large amounts of magnesium & artificial dyes...Not good to say the least... Here's the breakdown....
MALTODEXTRIN (Worse Than Sugar?)
Maltodextrin can cause insulin to shoot through the roof and put your body into fat storing mode (NOT what you want any time, let alone as you're headed into your workout)... Many of you reading this just got the answer to why your results have come to a dead halt...The supplement promoted to help, is ultimately hindering your goals...I'd be pissed off! I hear all the time about guys flipping out that their protein powder contains a few grams of carbs...so why in the word is it ok for a pre-workout powder to contain a boatload of them? It's not...and USPlabs Jack3d is here to end that... Here's some info about maltodextrin:
- Maltodextrin has a glycemic index of 105 – That's sky-high on the chart - 5 Points higher than Glucose & 44 points higher than sucrose (Yep, that's straight-up table sugar!)
- Maltodextrin is found in large quantities in many of the top selling pre-workout pump products.
- Most products contain between 6 to 11 grams of maltodextrin per scoop - With 2-3 scoops being required for effective dose!
- A "hardcore" dose of some popular powders will yield up to 33 grams of Maltodextrin! That's 72-132 calories super-high GI carbs! About the same as a can of soda!!
- Maltodextrin is simply added as a filler to deceive you into thinking you are getting more for your money.
- And, to make things even more shady, Maltodextrin is often cleverly disguised on the label as "glucose polymers." How do we know they are being deceptive? That's a lot of carbs – why do they try to disguise it?
- High amounts of maltodextrin is what you pay for with those other formulas. Shipping, bigger packages & bottles all cost more. Who do you think is covering these costs?
Some of the leading Pre-workout Pump products are LOADED with Magnesium. Now, we need magnesium for a lot of reasons, but more is NOT better. Here's some magnesium info...
- National Academy of Sciences has set the upper tolerable limit of magnesium for adults at 350mg/day – that's equivalent to just one scoop of most products.
- Some products use Magnesium Glycerophosphate - which is only 10% active. In order for them to get 350mg of active Magnesium per scoop, they must use a whopping 3500mg of Magnesium Gylcerophosphate – That's over 10 grams of magnesium per 3-scoop serving – which is just about the therapeutic dose prescribed by doctors for constipation!
- Magnesium is also used as a filler
- Magnesium at high doses is used therapeutically as a laxative.
- The high Magnesium in these products is the reason people get the runs, not because of the stimulant effect.
Virtually all pre-workout powders contain artificial coloring… The leading pre-workout pump products all contain different mixes of artificial food coloring. ...In fact, some countries have actually banned certain artificial coloring from their food supply. For example, Red #5 cannot be used in Australia because it's deemed as a significant health threat. We choose not to put it in our formula.
I don't understand this, but it seems that people love when there's 500 ingredients in a single product, when it's obvious that the ingredients are added in such miniscule amounts they wouldn't even have an effect on an ant! I guess it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside as it makes you think "Wow, if 2 ingredients are good, 30 must be insane!" Well, the majority of the ingredients listed are there in trace amounts, meaning they won't do a thing for you, except deceive you into thinking you're getting ingredients that will actually help you. I know our customers are intelligent & demand more and do not fall for the fluff, window dressing BS.
Synergistic Combination is KEY
The biggest factor in this is making a synergistic formula. Not just a bunch of ingredients thrown together haphazardly. Combine the correct ingredients in the correct amounts and you truly get 1 + 1 = 5!
USP Labs Jack3d - FORMULA BREAKDOWN
Schizandrol A This compound is an exciting one... It has also been shown to greatly increase the capacity of muscles to perform work, while also increasing physical force. In essence, it is able to provide a stimulating effect to the body and mind. Last, but certainly not least; unlike various stimulants which can increase catabolic hormone levels (i.e. glucocorticoids), this compound has been shown to lower levels of hormones like cortisol in animal models. And, as we all know, cortisol can be dramatically increased during a workout and can stop muscle growth in its tracks. Caffeine Caffeine belongs to the family of methylxanthine compounds. It's able to stimulate the CNS, while also stimulating contractility of skeletal muscle directly and this may partially be due to the release of catecholamines such as norepinephrine. Caffeine has the benefit of fighting fatigue and drowsiness; enhancing the flow of thoughts; increasing alertness and improving intellectual efforts along with producing euphoria or a sense of well-being in some cases. In terms of specifics, at the cortical level, caffeine is also thought to promote increased wakefulness or vigilance, via adenosine receptor antagonism, causing stimulation of cholinergic neurons in the basal forebrain and reinforcing inhibition exerted upon sleep-promoting GABA neurons. The stimulant effects are exerted directly upon the cerebral cortex, medulla oblongata, and spinal cord. ...Most formulas just throw in a ton of caffeine and hope for the best. Jack3d's ingredients are perfectly blended for an awesome synergistic effect... This is one area where USPlabs Jack3d truly separates itself. It's not just a ton of caffeine thrown in so you can "feel it." Beta-alanine Beta-alanine serves as the rate-limiting precursor of carnosine and as such, it has been shown that by supplementing with beta-alanine, you can greatly increase carnosine levels in skeletal muscle tissue. Carnosine is an extremely important dipeptide that is generally present in rather high concentrations in skeletal muscle, though it is also found in nervous tissue and other excitable tissues as well. It is so important because it acts as a buffer of sorts, preventing the increase of acidity or Hydrogen ion accumulation in skeletal muscle; something which is thought to contribute to the fatiguing of muscles. In short, you are able to delay fatigue; allowing you to lift for longer periods. It is no coincidence that the most explosive athletes (e.g. sprinters) in the world have higher carnosine levels in their muscles. Looking to the animals of our world provides us with yet another example; the most explosive animals such as greyhounds and thoroughbred horses also have the highest level of carnosine in their muscle tissue as well. Creatine Monohydrate While we may negate the increase in Hydrogen ion levels in skeletal muscle by increasing carnosine levels, we still must overcome one more obstacle in order to allow us to prevent fatigue while working out. In this case, we must use a compound which can ultimately increase the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) levels in muscle. ATP, as we all know, is a high energy nucleotide which acts as the major energy carrying molecule in our bodies. Consequently, muscle fatigue is also related to energy loss in skeletal muscle, specifically, ATP being converted to adenosine diphosphate (ADP). In effect, one phosphate group is lost and must be replenished in order for the muscle cell to continue on working. By supplementing with creatine, we are able to increase the levels of phosphocreatine in muscle. Phosphocreatine is a high energy buffering compound which is able to donate a phosphate group to ADP, allowing the formation of ATP once again. In short, we can prevent or reduce fatigue from occurring by increasing phosphocreatine levels, which in turn will allow for the regeneration of ATP from ADP. By addressing both the regeneration of ATP, while also limiting Hydrogen ion accumulation, we are able to provide a one-two combination that effectively reduces fatigue to an amazing degree. While creatine monohydrate isn't new or ground-breaking, it's scientifically sound, proven millions of times over in the real-world and an absolute must in any pre-workout formula.
The "Best" Creatine?
It seems there have been a myriad of creatine products on the market in recent years; each and every one of them claim to improve upon the original creatine monohydrate. Yet, not one of them has ever been able to do so. Though, should this really be a surprise? It has been known for some time now that creatine monohydrate's bioavailability is nearly 100%, despite many marketing attempts to make you believe otherwise. Yet, each one of these products has claimed that they could improve the product in some way. The reason for the stomach issues associated with creatine was the loading phase that was promoted when creatine first came out. This has since been disproven & NOT needed to achieve desired results... First it was the effervescent formulations, claiming that the buffered product could resist acidic degradation of creatine to creatinine in the stomach, while at the same time, decreasing the transit time for the creatine to enter the small intestine from the stomach, again, hypothetically reducing the amount of creatine degradation. Last, it was supposed to improve solubility of the creatine in solution, hypothetically resulting in improved absorption. Yet, scientific studies showed no improvement in absorption or bioavailability with these formulations. The next attempt was to improve creatine absorption with various salts, the latest of which appear to be tri-creatine citrate and creatine pyruvate. Yet again, as you would expect, studies have shown no significant increase in bioavailability over regular creatine monohydrate. Don't be fooled by slick marketing; some manufacturers may cite a study which had shown slightly greater (although not statistically significant and hence not accepted as likely being unique) plasma concentrations of creatine with the pyruvate salt in particular. However, they will most certainly and conveniently leave out the scientists' own conclusions, "The higher plasma concentration with Creatine Pyruvate is unlikely to have been due to greater bioavailability, since the bioavailability of Creatine Monohydrate is known to be close to 100%" and "It is questionable if the small differences observed in the plasma concentrations with the three treatments would have any effect on the increase in creatine in muscle." Yet another example of these futile attempts includes the creatine ethyl ester. This particular product also boasted claims of improved bioavailability by preventing the degradation of creatine to creatinine in the stomach, while also improving physiochemical properties conducive of improved bioavailability. Yet again, the product failed to do so. In fact, not only did the addition of the ethyl ester not help, it actually was shown to accelerate the degradation of creatine to creatinine in an acidic solution. It can be estimated from such studies that the bioavailability of the creatine ethyl ester is actually far less than regular creatine monohydrate, which again, is already nearly 100% to begin with. Perhaps other manufacturers will finally get the hint that creatine monohydrate isn't going to be improved upon as there is virtually no room for improvement. Yet, that won't stop them as history has shown. Creatine monohydrate after all is an effective product. In fact, it's probably one of, if not the most scientifically validated dietary supplement in existence and it delivers real world results as well. But remember, the marketing arm of these companies are banking on the fact that creatine is such a great supplement; a supplement that has become a staple for nearly all athletes and weightlifters, that they want to create their own unique version, touting some supposed added benefits. But as you've learned, there is no such thing.
"Jacob, doesn't creatine need a delivery system?"
Delivery Systems? Delivery Systems? You Talkin' Bout Delivery Systems? The lack of bio-availability is NOT what causes the side effects from creatine. It's the "loading phase" (20-30 grams per day!) that was initially touted (and still used by some today) when creatine first hit the shelves in the 90's... Absolutely "genius" in marketing, as the "loading phase" quadrupled initial sales and caused an almost instant water weight gain so users were thrilled... However, it wasn't all sunshine... Peak creatine concentration in the body has a ceiling. Meaning, when peak concentration is reached, the body has no more room for the extra creatine... So, it "flushes" it out...And this is why creatine got a bad rap for not "absorbing" when, in essence, it was poor application... You only need a few grams of creatine per day, that's it... After 7-14 days, whether you take 30 grams of creatine a day or 2 grams of creatine a day, your blood concentration levels of creatine will be exactly the same... Geranium (1,3-Dimethylamylamine) Geranium has a long history of being used for many purposes in the food supply. It contains a constituent that may provide a boost to your workouts & help you power through tough set after tough set - always ready to take on the next challenge. L-arginine alpha-ketoglutarate (AAKG) This particular compound was included in the formula as it may also increase strength and peak power performance. Yet as an added benefit, by including a very precise amount, in combination with other ingredients, one can also experience an increase in vasodilation, which can potentially increase the flow of nutrients to skeletal muscle. In addition, this vasodilation may result in increased glycogen storage, which in turn may increase cellular swelling of skeletal muscle. Based on animal models, this cellular swelling is hypothetically capable of producing anabolic effects in skeletal muscle, while at the same time, producing an increased "pumped" sensation in muscle, making your workouts all the more pleasing.
You may have noticed the ultra-concentration trend over the last few years that virtually every major corporation has used to conserve energy, reduce waste and lower costs. From cars to food to even household items like dish detergent... With the way our environment & economy is, we simply cannot afford any waste whatsoever. The price is just too high. The supplement industry is no different... As mentioned above, USPlabs Jack3d contains as many servings, and is more potent, than products three or four times its size. I mean, who the heck wants to pay for unnecessary fillers? USPlabs Jack3d is ultra-concentrated with only the highest quality ingredients available.
How Does It Taste?
In a word...AMAZING! Sure, you'll hear that from most companies, yet virtually all of the pre-workout drinks on the market are, at best, tolerable. And, let's be honest, most taste like crap... ...In addition, most drinks require 16-20oz of water (hey, all those fillers have to dissolve somehow!), leaving you bloated & sluggish...NOT the best environment for attacking the weights. USPlabs Jack3d requires only 4-8oz and is probably the best tasting pre-workout drink... ever! With pleasant Tropical Fruit Punch , Lemon-Lime, Raspberry Lemonade & Grape Bubblegum flavors that goes down smooth and refreshing, you'll be shocked it's as good as it is - it's simply a joy to drink!
Quick USP Labs Jack3d RECAP
- Key Ingredients may support intensity, strength, energy, power, endurance & pumps.
- No sugars
- No calories
- No Maltodextrin
- No More Monster Doses Of Magnesium
- No artificial dyes
- You are not paying for 2 base ingredients and 20 filler ingredients
- Augmenting 3 systems to work together so they can keep up with each other during the workout. This is TRUE synergism.
- GREAT taste!
- Ultra-concentrated – needs only 4-8 ounces of water per serving!
- The BEST value you’ll ever find in a pre-workout product.
Directions for taking Jack3dStir 3 Ultra-Concentrated scoops with 4-8 ounces of cold water and consume 30-45 minutes before beginning activity. Due to extreme potency, it's highly recommended to assess tolerance by using a 1.5 scoop serving before consuming full dose, especially if you are sensitive to stimulants. Some individuals may find 1, 1.5 or 2 scoops per serving is the ideal dose for workout domination. DO NOT EXCEED 3 SCOOPS IN ANY 24 HOUR PERIOD.
USP Labs Jack3d Nutrition Facts
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