Hello and thanks everyone for checking out my review. Today it’s BPI’s Pump-HD. There’s been much controversy recently having to do with BPI. Many of their products like Blox, A-HD, and Solid have received either bad or really mediocre reviews and if you’ve perused many boards or forums you’ll know that there’s a good deal of people who have lost faith in this company entirely. Is this another stinker? Well read on.
Ingredients/ Dosing: 6/10
Serving Size: 1 Scoop(11g)
Servings Per Container: 30
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calcium (As Calcium Carbonate) 30mg 3%
Magnesium (As Magnesium Hydroxide) 12mg 3%
Manganese (As Manganese Gluconate) 2mg 100%
Potassium (As Potassium Bicarbonate) 99mg 3%
Creatine (As Creatine Monohydrate) 2000mg **
Aspartic Acid (As L-Aspartic Acid) 1000mg **
Beet Root (Root) 1000mg **
Beta-Alanine (As CarnoSyn®) 1000mg **
Glycerol (As Glycerol Monosterate) 1000mg **
Glycine 1000mg **
L-Leucine 1000mg **
PROFESSIONAL ENDURANCE AND RECOVERY BLEND (Proprietary) 1230mg
L-Carnitine (As Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCl) **
L-Tyrosine (As Acetyl-L-Tyrosine) **
Caffeine (As Caffeine Anhydrous) **
Psoralea Corylifolia (Seed) **
Pausinystalia Yohimbe (Bark) **
L-Ornithine (As L-Ornithine Alpha Ketoglutarate) **
What I like about this stack is that BPI had a clear goal in mind and set out to give you the ingredients that make a difference. Glycerol is great because it is known to push water and nutrition into your muscles, and provides the electrolytes, calcium, and aminos needed to help your muscles rebuild and work at their peak. Yohimbine ,Caffeine, and Taurine are great for boosting energy. What I don’t like is that for all the good things that are in here, there’s a lot that’s missing. Where is the agmatine, citrulline, or any of the other products you would expect here? They’re missing, and it doesn’t bode well for this product. The usual ingredients are also here like beta-alanine and creatine monohydrate which is good, but they’re nothing special in comparison to some other pre-workouts. I also like that at least some of the ingredients aren't under a proprietary blend, but it's too bad most of the important ones are.
The taste of this product pretty much blew me away. Pump-HD has a lightly chalky taste, but the flavor is never overpowering and it isn’t cheaply trying to cover over the nasty taste of some products. I bought the watermelon flavor, but I had a couple chances to try the Fruit Punch flavor as well. Both are good, and the taste isn’t ever overpowering. The fruit punch has a slightly more intense flavor so roll with that one if it’s what you’re looking for. This product produces next to no grit, doesn’t clump up, have any floaters, and no aftertaste whatsoever. Upon drinking it the only sensation you’re left with afterwards is a minor pectin-like feeling/taste on your teeth. It’s tough to describe, but it’s almost like an easier version of the feeling that waxy maize leaves in one’s mouth. The dose is just one modest scoop, but advanced trainees are going to want to use two or three to really get things going.
Here’s the important part. Pump-HD gets to work quickly and is especially noticeable when taken on upper body days -specifically arms or shoulders. When I used this on my leg days, I didn’t get much of a sense of anything. No pump in my calves, hamstrings, or quads, and no visible pump. I suppose this is to be expected, in my experience I don’t often get much of a “leg pump”.
Arm and shoulder days were quite a different story though. The pumps were almost immediate. I was barely halfway through my warm=up sets and the veins along my shoulders and biceps were already popping up pretty visibly. This increased vascularity stayed with me for the entirety of my workouts, and by the end my arms were noticeably bigger (as well they should be) as opposed to me not using a pre-workout at all.
That being said, I’ve heard several people tell me that their pumps actually hurt when they took this product. I call bull poo. While the pump comes on quickly, it’s pretty average and overall nothing to write home about.
This flat out stunk. I suppose it did it’s job by getting me to the gym, but this product is low in stimulants so any Craze, Jack3d, or Mr. Hyde fans might as well ignore this product. Any sort of energy I had was quickly swept away and I know that if I had tried for longer workouts I would have burnt out. The energy generally doesn’t last very long either, roughly 45 minutes maximum. I didn’t crash, but I didn’t exactly “get wings” either. Looking back at it, this was really disappointing for me, but anyone sensitive to stims could make good use of this product.
I also didn't notice any boost in focus at all, which makes sense since there's very little in order to provoke such a response. This is disappointing since many of today's best pre-workouts make this a priority to maximize the mind-muscle connection among athletes.
This product usually runs around 30 bones. That’s pretty normal nowadays since pre-workouts have taken off the way they have, but I don’t think it’s really worth it. This pre has some basic energy boosters and is promising the world as far as a pump. I figure if this were five bucks cheaper, it’d sell significantly more. What’s worse, there’s 30 servings, and if you’re taking at least a couple scoops like I am, that’s 15 servings or less which is crap.
Side Effects: 10/10 (higher being better)
Nothing. No runs, nausea, jitters, stomach pains, gas, or burp-back. For some this is commonplace, but I often react poorly to most pre-workouts, so I certainly appreciated this fact. Even when taking more than one scoop, I didn’t see any bad sides.
I had high hopes for this product and I actually wanted BPI to pull itself up by its britches to bring about a good product. What I got was an over-priced, over-advertised pump product that promised much and delivered about a third of that. It’s a real shame because this product could have been much better since many of the positives are undercut by the fact that this product is in many ways under-dosed and under-researched. In the end, it could have been really unique, but instead it’s about as middle of the road as they come. It’s a disservice to us lifters that BPI has gone the route that it has, and a shame this product did absolutely nothing to try to win me back into the company’s good graces.