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Legion Athletics’s Pulse Natural Pre-Workout might help those looking to boost their workouts. Formulated with natural ingredients, this pre-workout is noted to increase energy, focus and strength during a user’s workout.
Established in 2014, Legion Athletics was formed with the goal of creating all-natural sports supplements using safe and effective ingredients that are supported by extensive, high-quality research, including peer-reviewed scientific studies. While supplements aren’t required to be tested or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Legion utilizes third-party testing to ensure the purity and potency of its ingredients.
Legion offers a full range of products it claims help customers lose fat, build muscle and improve health, such as pre-workouts, protein supplements and more, although these statements are not supported by the FDA. Legion is transparent about what’s in its products—they contain no proprietary blends, artificial sweeteners or food dyes. The company also prides itself on manufacturing its products in U.S.-based facilities that are National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)-certified and FDA-inspected.
For first-time users, Legion recommends mixing one scoop (about 12 grams) of Pulse Pre-Workout powder with 10 to 12 ounces of water. If one scoop is well-tolerated, two scoops (about 24 grams) is then recommended by the company. For optimal results, Legion suggests drinking the pre-workout 15 to 30 minutes prior to exercising.
If you experience any side effects or complications, such as light-headedness, dizziness, rapid heart rate or nausea, as a result of using the product, stop use immediately and contact your health care provider.
See the current prices of Legion’s Pulse Natural Pre-Workout With Caffeine below. For the most up-to-date pricing, including promotions and sales, visit Legion’s website.
Beyond the subscribe-and-save option, Legion offers additional ways to reduce the cost of its pre-workout, such as discounted products and flavors, a rewards program and a referral program.
Legion’s free rewards program allows customers to earn points for their purchases and for showing support in other ways, such as following the company on various social media platforms and submitting reviews of purchased products. Each dollar spent is worth 1 to 1.5 points, with 1 point being worth $.03 toward a Legion product.
The company also has a refer-a-friend program that helps you save when a friend places an order thanks to your recommendation. Your friend gets 20% off their first purchase and you receive $20 in reward points when they place their first order.
Legion also offers free shipping and returns, and the company advertises its “no return necessary” money-back guarantee for first-time customers who don’t love the product they buy. Simply contact the company for a refund within 365 days of your purchase.
According to the company’s website, Legion’s pre-workout contains six active ingredients intended to deliver a variety of benefits, such as reducing stress, improving muscle endurance, reducing exercise-induced fatigue and more. Additional studies are needed to further examine how these results may vary from person to person, and it’s always best to speak with a health care provider who’s familiar with your medical history before starting a new supplement, including a pre-workout. According to the company, active ingredients in Legion’s pre workout include:
Each of these active ingredients appears in what the company claims to be “clinically effective doses” for results and are tested by a third-party lab to ensure potency.
According to Legion, the clinically effective doses are as follows (although more research is needed to verify these amounts).
While most pre-workouts use one-scoop serving sizes, Legion’s Pulse Natural Pre-Workout requires two scoops to get the full dose of active ingredients. The company also notes that all ingredients are lab tested and verified for potency and purity.
“Legion Pulse is a powerful pre-workout product that stands out due to its third-party testing, as well as its use of all-natural ingredients,” says Noah Quezada, a registered dietician nutritionist and CEO of Noah’s Nutrition.
However, the pre-workout may not be right for everyone. “I always encourage my clients to speak with their health care provider before starting any new supplement, especially one that contains caffeine,” he adds. “Caffeine is a stimulant and can have side effects, such as increased heart rate, jitters and insomnia. For some people, these side effects can be uncomfortable and may even lead to discontinuing use of the product.”
While other experts highlight the product’s ingredient list as a benefit, the need for pre-workout overall is still up for debate. “As far as pre-workout products go, this is likely one of the better ones available on the market based on the fact that they use mostly single ingredients and avoid proprietary blends,” says Lon Ben-Asher, a registered dietician and licensed nutritionist at Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida. Ben-Asher also notes the lack of FDA regulations for transparency surrounding ingredients. “Even though this product is highly touted for [the] scientific studies supporting the benefits and effectiveness of its ingredients, I generally encourage people to obtain their energy and the right nutrients for peak performance through whole, mostly plant-based foods.”
I ordered the Legion Pulse Pre-Workout with caffeine in blueberry lemonade—one of the company’s 14 in-stock flavor options.
Initially, I was impressed by Legion’s customer service and quick delivery. I realized shortly after checkout that I had typed my email address incorrectly, and I did not receive an order confirmation or delivery updates. I contacted Legion’s customer service for help and received an automatic reply stating that they would respond within two to three business days. Two business days later, I was contacted by customer service and the matter was resolved—they updated my email address on the order and resent the order confirmation. I received my pre-workout two days after placing my order.
As for the product itself, I was pleased to find the scoop was right on top when I opened the container. I’ve been using the one-scoop serving size due to the higher doses of active ingredients this product contains. Even so, the product packs a punch and improved my focus and endurance during workouts.
The flavor of this pre-workout isn’t the best compared to others I’ve tried, but that’s not a dealbreaker for me. Other customer reviews expressed mixed opinions about the taste, with some noting the strong flavor and bitter aftertaste, which the company claims is due to the strong, bitter taste of the amino acids being hard to mask without the use of artificial sweeteners. While taste was the most common complaint on Legion’s website, other customers claimed to love the taste in their reviews.
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