Just want to start off by thanking Cellucor
and Clausen. As I’m sure most of you aIready know, I had the privilage of beta testing Cellucor
’s newest pump product: NO3 Black Chrome. I was excited to try another Arginine
Nitrate based pump product after the release of Yok3d
and its subsequent dosing and effectiveness issues. I will be drawing some direct comparisons from Yok3d
to NO3 BC because they are the only two Aginine Nitrate based supplements I have tried.
Sure NO3 BC is similar to Yok3d
in that it has Arginine
Nitrate as a base ingredient, however it has many more inclusions that Yok3d
does not have.
NO3’s profile: 10/10
You’ll notice it has no proprietary blend(except for the ‘Extreme Vascularity Complex‘), which is always nice. It also has some nice inclusions, such as Citrulline, Norvaline, and Pycnogenol.
Serving Size: 3 caps
Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate) 83mg
Calcium (as calcium ascorbate) 10mg
Extreme Vascularity Complex 655mg
*L-Citrulline Malate, Grape Seed extract(95%OPC), Pycnogenol*
Simple white caps, no taste or smell
worked, which was about 75% of the time for myself, it was very good. However, that being said, I felt that NO3 BC was more effective overall and definitely much more consistent.. I only had one day where NO3 was a dud, but that was mainly due to some outside factors that I did not initially consider. Anyways, at the 5cap dosage, NO3 produced some very impressive, dense pumps and prominent vascularity. Secondary pumps in the auxiliary muscles were also very noticeable. The pumps on bicep and tricep days were especially ridiculous, almost to the point where I had to stop because it was too much. Id say the only issue with NO3 was that sometimes the pumps in the larger muscle groups were not as huge/intense, but they still were pretty damn amazing. Additionally, the few times I took it in conjunction with a PWO, I had some mind blowing results. I feel as though the further along I got into the bottle, the better the effects got. Not sure but maybe this is from the nitrates building up in my system.
**On a side note, I did empty the caps one time and it worked just as well, but the effects faded quicker**
I really cant comment much about actual performance enhancements from NO3, because that’s tough to quantify, but I will say that seeing such a ridiculous pump and vascularity definitely makes you want to lift longer and harder. All in all, I don’t believe pumps can get much bigger or better than these, and vascularity was absolutely insane, nuff’ said.
This is where Yok3d
had some serious downfalls, as many people, including myself had a hard time finding the correct dosage and timing and even when I did find my ‘sweetspot‘ it did not always produce. NO3 BC on the other hand, made the dosing process much simpler. No need to try 10 different timing protocols and go thru half the frickin bottle before you figure out what works best.
Initially I dosed it at 60minutes preworkout
with 3caps, to assess my tolerance. I did not get too much out of the 3caps so I upped it to 4caps and saw some better results. However, I did not see NO3’s full effects until I dosed it at 5caps. Initially I had to slightly adjust the timing from 60minutes pre to about 75minutes pre, but that was no big deal. After that adjustment I had no issues with dosing or timing. Additionally, I found no difference whatsoever from taking it with an empty or full stomach, which is always nice. Consistency was very good, as the effects never seemed to wear off as I got deeper into the bottle, and the pumps were always there at a similar level.
Here is where things get a little ugly. Depending on how may caps you have to take, NO3 can get pretty pricey. I believe it will be around $45 for the 90count bottle. If you are taking 5caps like I was, that breaks down to 18 workouts per bottle at about $2.56 per workout. Not absolutely horrible considering the results it produces, but definitely pricey.
I think NO3 is an absolutely top notch pump product. Its consistency and ease of use makes it the top choice for me in terms of Arginine
Nitrate products. The price is the only thing that will keep me from using it on a consistent basis, but I will still be using it simply because of the results it produces. All in all, there really is not anything that compares to NO3 on the market IMO. Sure Yok3d
is great, when it works, and NitroxII is absolutely fantastic, but it really cant be compared to NO3, because they produce totally different types of pumps (but I still love me some NitroxII regardless). NO3 is a very solid product and despite the price everyone should at least give it a try.
**If you want a more detailed/comprehensive analysis of NO3 BC just check out my log/journal**