Redcon1 Total War (pre workout) Full Review

Redcon1 is a Florida based supplements company that has become really popular recently. They sell a number of really well designed supplements covering fat burners, protein shakes, sleep aids, and pre workouts.

It is this last one that we will be looking at today. Their pre workout is called Total war, and we will go through its ingredients and assess how effective the shake is from that.

Total War Ingredients List

There are a lot of ingredients contained within Total War, this isn’t always a good sign as some supplements companies tend to throw in a lot of low dosed ineffective ingredients.

Rather than using a small list of highly dosed ingredients. But Redcon1 have published the dosages of each ingredient which is always a good sign.

Citrulline Malate (6g) – Included to increase nitric oxide for a really good pump, Citrulline Malate also reduces fatigue, reduces muscle soreness, and increases training volume [1]. You want about 6-8g of Citrulline Malate to get results in the gym, so the dosage is pretty spot on.

Beta Alanine (3.2g)Beta Alanine is a great supplement for boosting muscular endurance, reducing fatigue and increasing power output [2]. Again, the dosage is just right, with the recommended dosage being between 2 and 5g.

Agmatine Sulfate (1g) – Used to increase nitric oxide, it can also reduce pain – which can come in handy during a workout.

Taurine (1g) – Mainly added to increase blood flow, it may also reduce muscle damage, and improve your focus during a workout.

Caffeine (250mg) – No pre workout is complete without caffeine, it is the ultimate ingredient. Not only does it increase power, reduce RPE (rate of perceived exertion), reduce pain, reduce fatigue, and it also helps boost your metabolism, and increase fat burning during a workout [3].

Low Dosage

The dosage is a little on the low side compared to some pre workouts, but probably too high for a double scoop as that would be 500mg!

N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine Citrate (125mg) – Thought of as a new replacement for DMAA (now banned) but the effects only last for 5 to 10 minutes [4].

This doesn’t make it great for a pre workout unless you’re taking it immediately before a highly intense, and very short exercise like a 100m sprint.

Apparently the euphoric effect is excellent, which might explain why it is present.

2-Aminoisoheptane (100mg) – Similar to the previous ingredient, it is seen as a legal replacement for DMAA but probably more effective. The dosage is fine, and you should get a decent workout out of it.

Theobroma Cocao extract (50mg) – Improves blood flow, improves focus, and may improve cardio performance. You can get it from dark chocolate, the dosage is quite small but you should still get some benefits from them.

Higenamine HCL (25mg) – Similar to ephedrine in theory (used in natural medicine for asthma in a similar way to ephedrine) so added in the hope that it works as a fat burner.

At present there are no studies to show this, but it could be effective.

Rauwolscine (2mg) – Added due to its similarity to perennial pre workout ingredient Yohimbine.

Theoretically Rauwolscine may be more effective but again there is currently not enough evidence to support its use.

Final Thoughts

This is a decent pre workout product that maybe contains a few more ingredients than necessary.

There is a good dosage of caffeine, beta Alanine, and Citrulline, but the very low levels of Rauwolscine, Higenamine, and Theobroma Cocao make them pointless.


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[1] Perez-Guisado, J., Jakeman, P. 2010. Citrulline malate enhances athletic anaerobic performance and relieves muscle soreness. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 24(5): 1215-22


[2] Baquet, A., Bourgois, J., Vanhee, L., Achten, E., Derave, W. 1985. Important role of muscle Carnosine in rowing performance. Journal of Applied Physiology 109(4): 1096-101


[3] Astrup, A., Toubro, S., Cannon, S., Hein, P., Breum, L., Madsen, J. 1990. Caffeine: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of its thermogenic, metabolic, and cardiovascular effects in healthy volunteers. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition51(5): 759-67




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