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Legion Athletics Pulse Review

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Legion Pulse Pre-Workout

8.7

Quality

9.0/10

Ingredients

9.0/10

Price

8.0/10

Pros

  • Short and simple formula
  • Generous dosages
  • Proven ingredients
  • High quality fillers

Cons

  • A bit pricey
  • No creatine
  • Not-so-new formula

Legion Athletics Pulse Formula FAQ

  • One container: 21
  • Price: $40.00
  • Serving size: 23.76 g
  • Serving Suggestion: If this is your first time using PULSE, assess your individual tolerance by mixing 1 scoop with 10-12 ounces of water and consuming 15-30 minutes prior to exercise. If you experience any non-optimum effects, stop and consult your doctor. We recommend using 1 scoop 15-30 minutes prior to weight training or intense cardio, or 2 scoops (full clinical doses) for intense weight training or cardio lasting longer than 45 minutes.
  • Refund Policy: If you order any of our supplements for the first time and don’t like it, you can keep it. Just notify them and they’ll give you a full refund on the spot. No complicated forms and no return necessary. However, the It’s-On-Us guarantee is only valid for first-time purchases of a product and redeemable up to three months after purchase.

When it comes to supplements, most of the companies in the industry think of supplements as glorified and much more profitable multivitamins. So, they try to cram as many ingredients as possible if only for commercials to show the audience that Brand X is “more complete” than the competitors.

Legion begs to differ when it produced Pulse.

Pulse does not have any prop blends, made use of recognizable and high-quality ingredients, and totally improved even the quality of the “other ingredients.”

So far, so good. Here’s to hoping that once we dissect Pulse, we’re more impressed than disappointed.

Is Legion Pulse a bonafide pre-workout or is it just another company that tries to sell itself as science-based when it’s just marketing doing the work? Let’s go find out!

Who Makes It?

Pulse is sold by Legion, a Virginia-based supplement company. They’ve had a solid reputation as a trusted and transparent supplement seller for years now. They’re proud to always showcase their formula and their result-oriented science-based dosing and formulation [1].

On the Legion Pulse page, they also mentioned why they didn’t add creatine, and that’s based on two studies that say creatine and caffeine are antagonistic and caffeine could reduce creatine absorption and efficacy.

So they offer the pre-workout in two forms: with caffeine, and without.

Marketing Claims Made

The following claims were made about Legion’s Pulse:

  • Smooth Surge of Energy: The 1:1 theanine-caffeine ratio is a bonus considering so few companies even bother to research this critical aspect of theanine’s calming benefits. There’s still a chance you might feel a little bit on the edge, but the theanine should help mitigate that or at least reduce the time you feel like that.
  • Powerful Performance: A fair claim. The strong dosage for their key ingredients would help even a lightweight give a heavier barbell size a try.
  • Superhuman Endurance: The endurance benefit is dependent on beta-alanine and betaine, and those two are neatly dosed for the job.

What’s in it?

Now, let’s take a closer look at what’s inside the Pulse Pre-Workout:

  • L-Citrulline Malate: When it comes to maximizing your pumps, you have to get the best ingredient for nitric oxide production. And for that function, nothing beats good old fashioned citrulline malate. Citrulline malate is the best form of citrulline for efficiency and bioavailability[2]. More pumps equal more lifts and better reps and sets. The 8-gram dosage is really more than enough to get you pumped up and lifting on the spot!
  • Beta-Alanine as CarnoSyn: One of the main staples in any pre-workout powder, beta-alanine has been in pre-workout formulas for decades and it doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. This awesome ingredient helps mainly with fatigue and recovery. It will give you the endurance you need to last a full gym session and the recovery perks to help you get back inside the gym as soon as possible[3]. CarnoSyn is a premium brand known to maximize purity as well as reduce the itching sensation caused by beta-alanine consumption. The 3.6-gram dose is really strong.
  • Betaine Anhydrous: Betaine works on both muscle pump and endurance, plus a side benefit for muscle growth [4].
  • Caffeine Anhydrous: Almost everyone knows what caffeine is, what it can do, as well as how it can make you feel with each lift [5]. The 350 mg is really, really high. We only recommend a max of 250 mg, but the presence of the same dosage of theanine should help with this problem. If not, you might end up having a really bad headache.
  • Theanine: Theanine acts as the anti-thesis to caffeine. In place of wreaking havoc in your head, theanine functions as a brain calming ingredient [6]. Many state theanine should have the same dosage as caffeine for maximum effect, and Legion definitely made sure to do just that.
  • Alpha GPC as AlphaSize: Alpha GPC is first and foremost a nootropic. A nootropic is a compound specifically designed to augment brain function, particularly memory, focus, and cognition. Alpha GPC is one of the best in the business when it comes to improving brain function [7]. The 300 mg dosage is actually quite decent, given it’s not in a nootropic product.

Supplement Facts Label

Legion Athletics Pulse Supplement Facts Label

Benefits

Despite the simplicity of the formula, Legion Pulse manages to prove that it does pack a punch in terms of performance, energy, and recovery. The addition of a 1:1 caffeine and theanine ratio is also a sign of quality investment, research, and attention to detail.

Precautions

While Legion Pulse does have Theanine to help combat stimulant-related side effects (jitters, palpitations, nausea, and the crash), 350 mg is still a lot of caffeine. That’s equivalent to almost four cups of coffee, and you’re going to be taking it in one gulp. So tread carefully, with a big gulp of common sense!

We always recommend you speak with your doctor before taking any supplements featured on this site.

How to Take It

Legion says that first-timers should first assess individual tolerance by mixing 1 scoop with 10-12 ounces of water and consuming 15-30 minutes prior to exercise. If they experience any non-optimum effects, they should stop and consult their doctor.

They also recommend 1 scoop for the typical weight training or cardio (15-30 minutes before), and going full strength at 2 scoops for intense weight training or cardio lasting longer than 45 minutes.

Taste/Flavors

Currently, Legion Pulse has nine flavors to choose from:

  • Fruit Punch
  • Grape
  • Green Apple
  • Watermelon
  • Blue Raspberry
  • Cherry Limeade
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Tropical Punch
  • Sour Candy

Fruit punch seems to be their best seller based on some verified reviews on their website.

Number of Servings

One container has 21 servings. This is actually quite an odd number of servings. They don’t recommend taking Legion Pulse every day (mostly due to lack of creatine), so the 21 servings could last more than a month potentially.

Top Alternative to This Product

Legion Pulse vs Jacked Factory Altius

If you compared Legion Pulse’s and Jacked Factory Altius’ supplement facts, you’d think they were one and the same. They do have similar dosages and ingredients, but the key difference lies in the creatine content, which Legion Pulse doesn’t have.

Below are ingredients of Altius which parallel that of Legion Pulse:

  • Citrulline malate, 8000 mg
  • Beta-Alanine, 3200 mg
  • Betaine, 2500 mg
  • Caffeine, 350 mg
  • Alpha GPC, 150 mg

The actual dosing for each is also similar for the two supplements.

Even though Altius has creatine on its side, we like to think Legion’s angle on not including Creatine in a pre-workout (due to potential conflicts with caffeine) is smarter. Not to mention creatine does work best as a post-workout ingredient than a pre-workout one.

So between two almost identical supplements, we see Legion Pulse as the better option. But it’s very close!

Customer Feedback

Legion is a really reputable company, it would seem. On their website, they have over 1,300 reviews, but they average a 4.6 rating. Most users compliment the taste of the product, the focused feeling, and the large energy dosage. Some even state they didn’t experience a crash or jitters.

Outside their website, Legion Pulse still garnered largely positive reviews, getting more than a 4.3 rating as an across the board average. Most had the same praises as that of the people on their official website, and the bulk of the criticism would stem from bitterness in some of the powders. Others also noted the itchy and tingly sensation which would have to come from beta-alanine.

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Bottom Line

Legion Pulse is a short, yet smartly formulated pre-workout that does away with unnecessary additions and novel ingredients to focus on a blend that works.

The most polarizing aspect of the formula is the fact that while the key ingredients are indeed generously dosed, the presence of theanine should also act as a safety net for those who aren’t fond of caffeine or any stimulant use.

The real criticisms we’ve seen are on its palatability, lack of creatine, some minor side effects, and the price.

Overall, Legion Pulse deserves all the praise it got and will get in the future. It’s a bonafide pre-workout that is well thought out and has attention to detail. We recommend this to consumers who have a bit of extra cash lying around.

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