Image Sports Alarm Ultra

Image Sports Alarm Ultra Review

By: puplabour

Alarm Ultra by Image Sports is a pre-workout formula designed to optimize athletic performance by enhancing alertness.

An advertisement of an alarm clock with grenades for bells insinuates this supplement is explosive and intense. “If you are going to train, do it right, and make it count,” it says.

I looked closer at the ingredients in Alarm Ultra’s formula to determine whether it is an effective pre-workout supplement.

Are The Ingredients Effective?

Alarm Ultra’s ingredients are featured in a 1,710 mg proprietary blend. The manufacturer doesn’t provide individual ingredient amounts. Consequently, it is impossible to gauge whether each ingredient is effective.

There are too many ingredients to list. Here is a closer look at some key ingredients:

Caffeine Anhydrous
This caffeine powder form enhances mental alertness and weightlifting performance in a dose-dependent manner.

Caffeine administered in 250 mg per day ameliorates headaches and improves alertness. [1]

Another study shows when 5 mg/kg caffeine was given to athletes undergoing anaerobic exercise, total weight lifted during the chest press increased. [2]

Depending on users’ weight, there may be enough caffeine in Alarm Ultra to produce ergogenic and mental benefits.

Creatine Monohydrate
Creatine monohydrate enhances ATP production during short intensive bouts of resistance exercise. A typical creatine dose includes a 20 g per day loading phase for 5 days followed by a subsequent 2 g (or more) maintenance daily dose. [3]

While there may not be enough for a loading phase, creatine amounts in Alarm Ultra may produce benefits with continual use, but I can’t be sure.

Yohimbe (Pausinystalia Yohimbe) (Bark)
Yohimbe is shown to ameliorate fat mass in 40 mg doses administered over a 21-day period to professional soccer players. [4]

There might be enough yohimbe in Alarm Ultra’s proprietary blend to reduce fat mass in users considering its smaller clinically-effective dose.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine
This is an acetylated carnitine form. Carnitine enhances fat oxidation when administered in 3 g. [5]

According to the National Institutes of Health, “Researchers prefer to use acetyl-L-carnitine in research studies because it is better absorbed from the small intestine than L-carnitine and more efficiently crosses the blood-brain barrier.” [6]

Although the clinical carnitine amount is large, perhaps the acetyl-l-carnitine amounts in Alarm Ultra may produce benefits in smaller amounts due to its higher absorption rates.

Is Image Sports Alarm Ultra Safe?

Depending on amounts included in Alarm Ultra, caffeine may cause nausea, diarrhea, muscle cramping, and stomach pain. [1]

Also, there are side effects associated with creatine use. These side effects include nausea, diarrhea, and muscle cramping. [3]

Users may want to try Alarm Ultra in smaller amounts at the beginning to assess tolerance. If users respond favorably, increase the dose to the recommended daily amount.

What Is the Supplement Community Saying?

Alarm Ultra is reviewed favorably by several users on a well-known weight-training website BodyBuilding.com, where it received an overall 9 out of 10 rating. It is also reviewed by some users on YouTube.com. Here is a look at what users are saying:

“Flavor was raspberry lemonade, which by the way was absolutely delicious. There was no strange after taste. It tastes like gummy worms,” says SwoleDaddyVideos on YouTube.com. “Felt really good while I was working out. Didn’t get the tingles… Just a lot of good clean energy in the gym.”

Converst says, “This is one of my favorite PWO’s!! I take it in the morning before work and have energy the whole day! A little bit jittery but nothing too bad. I get home 10 hours later and don’t have to take a PWO and still have energy to go through my workout!”

However, one user, Neudeckerpr, isn’t too fond of the flavors. “The watermelon ice was pretty bad I thought. Had to choke it down every day. Gave me pretty good energy and focus, but its on to try a different product for me…”

What Is the Best Way to Use Alarm Ultra?

Users are instructed to take Alarm Ultra only on training days. Users should take 1 scoop with 6-8 oz. water around 15-30 minute before training.

Users may want to experiment with how much water is used to achieve personal taste preference.

Also, depending on user tolerance, Alarm Ultra may take effect quicker in some users than others. So, adjust ingestion time prior to working out to achieve best results.

Is Alarm Ultra Affordable?

Alarm Ultra is available for purchase on third party websites like GNC.com and BodyBuilding.com. Also, Alarm Ultra is sold through the official website, ImageSportsDirect.com.

One Alarm Ultra container retails around $29.00-$69.99 and provides 28 servings. Depending on how often it is used, one container lasts roughly 1 month.

I found the best deals on BodyBuilding.com. For a limited time, when users purchase Alarm Ultra they receive VEIN (30 servings) by Image Sports for free. Vein is a muscle-building supplement that features acetyl-L-carnitine as a main ingredient.

Alarm Ultra comes in 3 flavors: Watermelon Ice, Raspberry Lemonade, and Berry Blast.

Is the Company Reliable?

Image Sports was established in February 2012 with headquarters in Florida.

Despite its short time in operation, the company has already released several well-received products on GNC.com and BodyBuilding.com. Popular products by Image Sports include Image Sports 4d Pump, Image Sports SAAs, Dexyfen, and Cycle 7.

I was unable to find information about its Better Business Bureau rating.

The Final Verdict On Alarm Ultra

This pre-workout supplement is promising. Its ingredients are clinically proven to enhance mental and physical performance.

One bummer is the unlisted ingredient amounts. For those that like to know how much of each ingredient they are ingesting per serving, this may not ideal.

However, its modest price, servings per container, and favorable user reviews convince me it is something to try. If you are interested, I suggest taking advantage of BodyBuilding.com’s offer. Let us know about your Image Sports Alarm Ultra experience in the comments below.

References

[1] “Caffeine.” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-979-CAFFEINE.aspx?activeIngredientId=979&activeIngredientName=CAFFEINE

[2] Woolf K, Bidwell WK, Carlson AG. “The effect of caffeine as an ergogenic aid in anaerobic exercise.” Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2008 Aug;18(4):412-29. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18708685

[3] “Creatine.” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-873-CREATINE.aspx?activeIngredientId=873&activeIngredientName=CREATINE

[4] Ostojic SM. “Yohimbine: the effects on body composition and exercise performance in soccer players.” Res Sports Med. 2006 Oct-Dec;14(4):289-99. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17214405

[5] Klaus D. Wutzke, Henrik Lorenz. “The effect of L-carnitine on fat oxidation, protein turnover, and body composition in slightly overweight subjects.” Metabolism Volume 53, Issue 8, August 2004, Pages 1002-1006. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0026049504001647

[6] “Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Carnitine.” Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health. Available from: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Carnitine-HealthProfessional/

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