Old School Meets New School.
Old School Dedication. Modern Science. This is the tagline Arms Race Nutrition have chosen to identify their brand and we are big fans. With the one and only, Julian Smith, being the face of the brand this tagline is no surprise, given his old school, no-BS dedication to training, with the modern science of dietary supplements. The real question is, how does the old school meet the new school in the formula of Daily Pump?
L-Citrulline is a non-essential amino acid that gets converted into the amino acid L-Arginine by the kidneys. Once converted into L-Arginine which then goes on to increase nitric oxide (NO) levels in the blood. Increased nitric oxide has a vasodilation effect on blood vessels, allowing them to relax and open up which results in increased blood flow. Increased blood flow then results in increased oxygen and nutrient delivery within the blood to the working muscles which can improve endurance, power and recovery.
Dose p/serve: 5,000 mg of L-Citrulline
Recommended dosage: 3,000 – 4,000 mg of L-Citrulline per serve
GlycerSize (65% Glycerol)
GlycerSize is a glycerol powder standardized to yield 65% glycerol from each dose. Glycerol is referred to as a cell volumizer, which is actually a superficial benefit of increased water retention providing incredible pumps and fuller muscles. Glycerol, when consumed, is distributed throughout the body into various fluid compartments. When consumed with adequate fluids, glycerol will increase osmotic pressure which allows the body to retain more fluids and will lead to the expansion of various fluid compartments, a state referred to as hyperhydration. From a physiological and performance this hyperhydration, caused by glycerol, can result in greater endurance, longer time to exhaustion, reduced HR while exercising, improved aerobic and anaerobic performance and improved recovery from training.
Dose p/serve: 3,000 mg of GlycerSize
Recommended dosage: 2,000 – 5,000 mg of GlycerSize per serve
Betaine Nitrate (as NO3-T®)
Betaine Nitrate is the combination of Betaine Anhydrous, also known as Trimethylglycine (TMG), and Nitric Acid. Betaine plays a few roles in the body but is most known for providing similar benefits to Creatine. Muscular Power and Energy have been studied benefits of Betaine Anhydrous. On top of this, Betaine is known for its ability to reduce homocysteine levels dramatically, even from a single serve. High levels of homocysteine have been linked to cardiovascular and other health complications. Nitrates are the most effective way to increase nitric oxide levels, therefore, increasing vasodilation and blood flow to the working muscles. Increased blood flow results in increased oxygen and nutrient delivery within the body which can improve endurance, power and recovery. Typically speaking 1 gram of Betaine Nitrate will yield 654mg of betaine and 346mg of nitrates.
Dose p/serve: 2,500 mg of Betaine Nitrate (as NO3-T®)
Recommended dosage: 1,950 – 3,900 mg Betaine Nitrate (as NO3-T®) per day
ViNitrox [Grape (Vitis vinifera) and Apple (Malus pumila) Extracts]
ViNitrox is a trademarked ingredient that is made up of unique apple and grape extracts. These apple and grape extracts have been specifically selected and utilised for their polyphenol content. Polyphenols are compounds we get through certain foods in our diet and, of course, through supplements. They are packed with antioxidants and are always associated with providing general health benefits to humans. The polyphenols contained ViNitrox have been chosen for their ability to increase blood flow, enhance nutrient and oxygen delivery through the blood. A 500 mg dose of ViNitrox pre-exercise found a 13% increase in physical training time with a 10% boost in time before athletes reached their fatigue barrier.
Dose p/serve: 500 mg of ViNitrox
Recommended dosage: 500 mg of ViNitrox per day
Daily Pump a Stim-Free Pre-Workout or a Pump Formula? According to the tub itself, Daily Pump is a Stim-Free Pre-Workout that will provide us with Pump, Volume, Endurance & Strength. Lets see how it all checks out.
Pump – L-Citrulline, GlycerSize, ViNitrox & Betaine Nitrate (as NO3-T®)
Volume – GlycerSize
Endurance – ViNitrox & GlycerSize
Strength – Betaine Nitrate (as NO3-T®)
Its no surprise Daily Pump can deliver on what it promises from the label. All the ingredients will contribute to muscle pumps. The same can be said for muscle volume but the key player for cell volumizing is the GlycerSize. As for endurance, this is where ViNitrox can step up with its studied improvements in endurance performance but we also cannot forget the hyperhydration effect we get from the GlycerSize and that improvement on endurance. Finally, we have strength, while we can also argue that increase blood flow with help assist strength, therefore making all ingredients contribute to this benefit. Its the Betaine as part of the Betaine Nitrate (as NO3-T®) that is the main contributor here.
For us, a Complete Stim-Free Pre-Workout needs to cover these effects: Muscular Endurance, Muscular Power, Muscle Pumps, Improved Mood, Mental Focus, Stimulant-Free Energy. Lets see how Daily Pump stacks up against our criteria…
Muscular Endurance – ViNitrox & GlycerSize
Muscular Power – Betaine Nitrate (as NO3-T®)
Muscle Pumps – All 4 ingredients
Improved Mood – Nothing
Mental Focus – Nothing
Stimulant-Free Energy – Nothing
No sugar coating here, Daily Pump is not a Complete Stim-Free Pre-Workout. Can it be used as a stand-alone stimulant-free pre? Absolutely it can! But you will be lacking those last 3 effects we look for in a complete formula. To us, Arms Race Daily Pump is, simply put, a pump formula. And on paper it is a bloody good pump formula.
The L-Citrulline is above clinical dose, the GlycerSize is in one of the largest doses weve seen, Betaine Nitrate (as NO3-T®) is sitting at the higher end of doses and finally, the ViNitrox is in at a studied clinical dose! Well done Arms Race, well done.
Taste & Consumability:
Youve got 3 flavours to pick & play with here:
Tart Candy Strings
No wasting time here because we all know the effects are what you want to know about. The flavours of Daily Pump are good, like really good! You can’t go wrong with either of the options. The only thing you have to consider is what flavour will stack best with your pre-workout, should you be wanting to stack it. The missing option of unflavoured will hopefully be something Arms Race may look at in the future but for now, lets hope your chosen pre-workout is a good match for any of these options.
And here we are, effects time! We are going to talk about nothing other than the pumps you get from Daily Pump. So, how good are the pumps?
The pumps are quite literally ridiculous!
So ridiculous we found ourselves opting for a single scoop of even half scoop on days where we were afraid of having too much pump! I know, I know too much pump? As ridiculous as it sounds that was the situation we found ourselves in. And really, we werent surprised. The formula has, almost, all elements of pump covered! You have nitric oxide precursors, you have cell volumizers, you have nitrates and you have vasodilators to round out the formula. This all angles approach provides muscle pumps and fullness that even the biggest bro would say are too much.
However. We did say the formula has almost every element covered. The human body is nothing short of impressive when someone is increased above what it considers normal levels it will do what is needed to bring us back to that normal level. Increased nitric oxide levels are no different. While this formula is amazing at increasing nitric oxide levels in the body, it is missing something to stop, or at least slow, the breakdown of nitric oxide. Agmatine & Norvaline are two common ingredients we see in pump formulas that are always associated with slowing down the breakdown of nitric oxide in the body.
The slower nitric oxide is broken down, the longer levels stay elevated and the longer we will hold the muscle pumps we have worked so hard to get. What does this mean? It means while the pumps from Daily Pump our ridiculous, yeah that word again, they dont hang around forever. We typically found we would blow up within the first 15 minutes of training but once we hit that 1 hour mark the body was doing it’s thing to breakdown this increased nitric oxide and the pumps would start to diminish.
So if you are someone who loves a post-workout gym selfie with the filthiest pump you may want to change that for a mid-session gym selfie when they are at their peak. And trust us, you will not be disappointed with the results!
What’s The Verdict?
Daily Pump, as a pump product, provides the most ridiculous pumps we have ever felt! Used as a stand-alone or paired with your favourite stims, it will leave you feeling fuller than you ever have before. Doses above what they need to be with a simple but well thought out formula. If you truly appreciate the benefits of increased blood flow or whether youre just keen for some filthy pumps, Arms Race Daily Pump is for you!