What is AAKG?
Arginine alpha-ketoglutarate (AAKG) is a salt of the amino acid arginine and alpha-ketoglutaric acid. It is marketed as a body building supplement. Nitric oxide supplements usually contain arginine alpha-ketoglutarate, which purportedly increases and maintains a high level of nitric oxide in muscles. In theory, the production of nitric oxide from the supplemental arginine promotes vasodilation (dilation of blood vessels, which in theory may make you look vascular [veiny]), which increases blood flow, oxygen transport, and delivery of nutrients to skeletal muscle during resistance training. This purportedly results in dramatic increases in muscle size and strength.
No scientific research I am aware of exists that supports the assertion that AAKG will increase muscle definition or lean body mass. There is however a scientific study about 35 resistance trained males taking 12 grams of AAKG for 8-weeks. "The researchers found no significant differences between the groups in changes in body mass, fat free mass, fat mass, or percent body fat. Changes in bench press 1RM, sprint peak power, time to peak power, and rate to fatigue were significantly greater in the AAKG"
I bought Higher Power AAKG and started taking it earlier this week. I am generally extremely skeptical when it comes to supplements. However, I can vouch that this stuff works. I have had my chest day today. I generally do 225 x 10 for my first set on the bench, with the last rep being almost to failure. After doing 10 reps earlier today, I put the bar down and thought to myself, "that's weird, I think I can do more." I put on 20 more pounds for my second set (10s on each side) and knocked out 9 reps. I've experienced the ability to do more weight on every single thing I did today. The pump at the end was unbelievable.
This stuff works in increasing strength. I may just be one of the lucky few who responds very well to it, but it definitely worked for me. Companies claim that it also promotes vascularity. Honestly, I haven't really noticed much difference, if any (yet). I am pretty vascular at the moment because I've gotten leaner than I've ever been over the summer, but I wouldn't attribute it to four days of AAKG use. Nevertheless, at about $.30 per day (6 grams recommended dose), it is well worth the cost
I've been "going to the gym" for several years, but it wasn't until February of this year that I got serious about bodybuilding. I've been taking 3 pills of Velocity XT (for the caffeine effect mostly) and two teaspoons of creatine before each workout since February.
Any questions, just ask. I've scheduled a reminder on my calendar to update this thread after three weeks of using AAKG
08-21-2009, 12:06 AM #1
AAKG Review - Science & Experience
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08-28-2009, 06:09 AM #3
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I don't know if I just never noticed or was not looking at the right Pre-WO products, but lately it seems more companys are putting AAKG in their Pre-WO products.
I decided to pick up some, made by NOW and used it last night for the first time...through 3 gms of AAKG in my Ultima. It's too early to see an strength increase, but I did experience a big increase in muscle pump.
I am currently using White Flood as my Pre-WO, which contains 2.2 gms of AAKG, but I don't feel it is enough cause I haven't felt an real pumps from it. I plan on adding a 2-3 gms of my NOW AAKG to the WF to see what happens."I'm not afraid of dying...I just don't want to be there when it happens." - Woody Allen
09-10-2009, 07:33 PM #4
I was taking 3 teaspoons of AAKG prior to every workout. I’m hitting the gym 5-6 days a week.
This stuff works, no doubt about it. I don't fully understand the science behind it, but here's what I noticed over the last three weeks:
-More vascularity. It might sound rediculous, but I can actually see more defined veins within about an hour of taking this stuff.
-Size. I've put on 3-5 pounds of lean body mass in 3 weeks. I will not attribute this entirely to AAKG since my diet and work-outs have been better than ever however.
-Strength. Well, I went up in strength in ever body group by a little bit, but I've just been lifting heavy, so that might not be AAKG.
-Pump. Perhaps the craziest difference I've noticed with this thing is the "pump" you get in the gym. I read about this before taking AAKG and figured that it was a bunch of baloney. I'm happy to report that it is most definitely real. When I'm reaching the end of my set, I just feel like forcing myself to push out some extra reps. I just don't want to stop at all because it feels like my arms/chest are about to explode.
Bottom line: I'm hooked on this stuff.
11-02-2009, 01:01 PM #5
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03-06-2010, 04:15 PM #9
Just thought I'd do a quick update on this since I've been consistently taking AAKG for a little over 6 months now.
-Just one con really. AAKG gives me very spontaneously explosive and nasty smelling farts, the aroma of which I have finally grown accustomed to and, with some therapy, I've learned to embrace.
-The pumps are unreal. I feel like whatever muscle group I am training is about to explode by the end of the workout, giving me an inflated sense of my appearance when walking out of the gym. I've been known to stare down some of the other guys in the gym after my workouts, only to be reminded by my training partner that those guys have about 50 lbs on me.
-When taking this stuff, it gives me a noticeable motivation in the gym. I virtually do not have the feeling of 'fatigue.' When I take AAKG before working out, I've never wanted to leave the gym earlier, even if this means missing an intriguing episode of Desperate Housewives.
-Vascularity. No question about it, AAKG has added more to my vascularity than any other supplement. No longer do I have to tie a rope around my arm to cut blood circulation and create a short-lived artificial vascular look in my arms prior to going out.
-I feel like AAKG gave me psychokinetic abilities. I have never used these however as I am too afraid of unleashing something that cannot be stopped.
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07-28-2016, 11:03 PM #13
Dear First of all thanks for your review and product guidence. Kindly guide me
First day i have tried AAKG with my pre workout.
I am 32 years old hvng 5 feet and 8 inch of height and weight 72.5. and have a body fat of 15%.
I do my workout every day except sunday. My workout time is 6.00 am before i drink my preworkout and today i mix with AAKG one spoon and hit the gym hard after excercise i drink my on gold isolate whey protein on scoop. and after that in brkfst i eat cheese arrnd 100Gm or someday with peanut butter.
I have seen some reviews that AAKG if mix with cretaine then results are too good. But my coach suggest me to retain water level first coz creataine will maximize water level in body.
Kindly guide me that should i take one spoon more with preworkout to get better result or during the day.
I am waiting your respond.
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