With all the new nitrate products out it is hard to assess the individual nitrate active for it's efficacy. In the past I have used a few products that hadas well as and . So being the analytical mind that I am I decided to procure myself some nitrate in the form of food grade potassium nitrate (61% nitrate) in order to conduct myself a little assessment.
Here is my brief review:
I have dosed it incrementally from 500mg, 750mg and 1000mg NO3 without any adverse effects. I do notice a bit of a mild head ache and very light breathlessness later in the day when dosed at 1000mg.
I consume 1000mg of NO3 on an empty stomach about 45 mins before I enter the gym. I dosed it with 25mg E-hcl and 16oz of strong black coffee and 500mg Vit C. I consume 15g of in 24oz of H2O (50% consumed on the 15 min drive to the gym and dilute down the rest intra workout).
In the weight room Pros:
My intra-set recovery is dramatically improved.
My is insane - when performing GVT style workout I simply could not drop a rep, once plateaued, set after set - 10,9,8,7,6,6,6,6,.....
Stamina - I had to force myself to leave the gym - late to work several times over the last few week.
In the weight room Cons:
It needs to be consumed at least an hour before training IMO. I notice the stamina/ hitting me mid workout. For me this is a detriment as I will never get out of there in under 2 hrs
It is not producing a great deal of pump during or after workout but it does produce quite a bit of vascularity. Then again my arms already have some garden hoses so it may just be me getting leaner. I do believe that the creatine in creatine nitrate and/or citrulline malate and/or in some of the other products I have used was responsible for the dramatic pumps IMO.
On the ball field:
I play baseball (hardball) and am a catcher. Just last night I used the same of 1000mg with 12.5mg E-hcl, 500mg Vit. C and 16oz of black coffee a full 1.5 hrs before my game start time. It's very hot in AZ and it is monsoon season.
I was a machine - my stamina and were insane. My previously more winded games were gone and replaced with a dramatic improvement in my cardio/oxygen intake and capacity. It was as if I felt like I had an edge above and beyond my normal more-fit-than-most-47yo-guys shape.
I will definitely use it again before games and when used in the gym I will try to take it at least an hour before training.
Now I'll be back to my analysis with the titrated additions of individual things like citrulline (maybe or maybe not malate) and agmatine etc.
Thanks for the time guys