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