IntroductionI'm a pump-chaser, plain and simple... nitric oxide, vascularity and hard body fullness. I enjoy that feeling and look for it in my pre-workout nutrition, even on the daily. Retailers were running a promotion that included this bottle with the DMAA free Mesomorph. It was a nice opportunity to stack this with a pre-workout that I favor but also lacks this ingredient on its own in Mesomorph.
Ingredient Profile1 serving / 3 tablets / 60 servings total
HydroMax Glycerol Powder 2g
Taste/Mixability/DosingThere is a slight neutral taste given them being white capsule. You'll only encounter it if you leave it on your tongue for a lil while, without liquid to wash down.
The dosage is three tablets to get 2g grams of HydroMax. However there's nothing wrong with scaling that up or down based on whatever it is you're pairing it with, as well as your weight and workout purpose. Plenty of room to have fun with your dosing.
EffectivenessIf you've been around the block with pre-workouts, you develop an understand of nitric oxide pump / vascularity and water-based pump. HydroMax form glycerol is now the standard of comparison for achieving a water-based pump. What will take work on is getting the timing down. These are tablets and not powder... so the absorption may take a few ticks longer.
As can be expected, the cell swelling does occur consistently as long as your water intake is fine. The fun always comes along when you're doing more pump-inducing work on the bro muscles like biceps, pecs, etc. The pump does stay with you for up to a few hours post, but remain encouraged to continue your hydration.
ValueAt this time, APS HydroMax can be found at most retailers for $30. This is why 1) It's not selling... and 2) It's being offered as a free item with the likes of Mesomorph (which doesn't have glycerol). It's more beneficial and/or more cost effective to get this same dose in other stim-free pump additives.
Side EffectsSweating will be a lot more difficult having a lot of water pulled into the muscle cell.
ConclusionIt was great being able to pair this with a couple of pre-workouts that didn't have glycerol at all in Mesomorph and Purus Labs' Muscle Marinade. Did a solid job in rounding out the pump profile.
Muscle Marinade already has a heavy taurine dose. But in my review for Muscle Marinade, I touted how you get a rock solid pump from the full creatine paired with betaine and taurine. Once you add the glycerol, you can feel the growth and swell that you didn't know could otherwise be there.
The downside is that there are better options for the wallet. Assuming you don't want to add something like MTS Vasky, NutraKey Hydro Pump, etc to your pre... there's still a cheap bulk powder option from True Nutrition that cuts the cost in half compared to APS' tablet form here.
It doesn't come down to whether or not this works for you. But you can make better choices for the dollar amount. If you get this for a free add-on, definitely worth taking advantage of.
Thanks for your time
As usual: Thoughts, comments, questions and critique are all welcome
March 11, 2018 - Last Edited: 2018-03-11 12:33:04
aw man that's the question
I'd have to give the edge to nitric oxide. As much as I enjoy feeling swole on water pump, it's harder to sweat in a commercial gym setting. Plus that's easier to achieve with glycerol and taurine.
I love to see, feel and know that my blood is flowing. That type of vascular pump is harder to come by for someone as lanky as me. So i try to pay attention to those little ingredients that sneak into the market geared towards that kind of pump.