Applied Nutrition ABE Review

While All Black Everything by Applied Nutrition isn’t a particularly new product, it is my newfound favourite stimulant based pre-workout. And as they have recently released two new flavours to the range: Bubblegum Crush and Candy Ice Blast (and I’m weak for a flavour name related to sweets) it seems a great time to give them a feature!

What's In It?

Firstly, my favourite thing about ABE is the no frills formula. The ingredients feature some of my personal favourites, including creatine and teacrine (read more on this one, here). I find that many popular ingredients feature incredibly high amounts of caffeine and beta alanine, with a poor profile otherwise, leading people to rate them highly simply because of the massive high and ‘tingles’ they give immediately.

Ingredients: Citrulline Malate, Tri Creatine Blend (Creatine Monohydrate (3g per serving), Creatine Ethyl Ester, Creatine HCL), Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Taurine, Caffeine, TeaCrine®, Sucralose, Niacinamide, Vitamin B12, Colour Turmeric Extract.

Rather than overloading your system with a huge stimulant rush, which risks a crash later in the session, ABE is much more intelligently formulated.

Citrulline Malate (4g) - Citrulline malate is an amino acid which is popular with trainees for its valuable part in reducing muscular fatigue and increasing pump. Citrulline increases levels of another amino acid, l-arginine, which is needed for the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide allows more blood to enter the muscle being trained for a fuller, harder look, or ‘pump’. The increase in blood flow also delivers nutrients and removes the waste products of training, to support muscular endurance.

Taurine (200mg) - Taurine is an amino acid naturally found in skeletal muscle and the brain. Supplementation is thought to increase the amount of stress that can be handled on muscle fibres, which in application, means that we can perform more reps. Furthermore, as well as muscular endurance, it may assist recovery by reducing exercise-induced muscle damage and fatigue.

Final note- one serving contains just 1 calorie!

Taste and Review

Of the range, I have tried three flavours; Candy Ice Blast, Cherry Cola and Energy (think Red Bull). My favourite, by far, has been the Cherry Cola. Despite having a negative view on flat cola flavours in the past, this is truly delicious and something I wouldn’t get bored of.

The Ice Blast version differs slightly as it has the added ‘breathe easy’ ingredient. The idea of this is to allow for greater oxygen intake prior to exercise for greater performance. While this does make a lot of sense in theory, the menthol effect it has is quite overpowering, so do prepare yourself for it! While ABE gets away with this as you tend to consume such a small amount of liquid with a pre, I would like to see it toned down without detracting from the benefits, if possible.

This pre-workout gives me great energy and focus in the gym which wears off subtly, making it suitable for before work or other errands where you can’t afford to crash for the rest of the day! The cherry cola is very tasty and I would love to try the Bubblegum variation next. One I will continue to use long term!


10/10 (based on Cherry Cola)

About the Author

Savannah Westerby, BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition. IG:@savannahwesterby
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