By: Robert A. Schinetsky
Apollon Nutrition is known for creating the best hardcore training supplements on the market. Ones that deliver extreme energy and focus to match the extreme performance requirements of high level athletes.
But, deciding which Apollon Nutrition pre-workout is the best one for you is a bit more difficult to decide.
Given the choice between two elite pre-workouts, how is an athlete supposed to decide which one is right for his or her training needs?
That’s where this guide comes in.
Ahead, we’ll discuss the differences between Apollon Nutrition’s and its sister company Anarchy Labs’ hardcore pre workouts -- Hooligan and Assassin -- and help you decide on the perfect pre workout for your training needs.
But first, let’s briefly discuss why these two products are heads and shoulders above other self-proclaimed “hardcore pre-workouts”.
Why Assassin and Hooligan are Superior
Hardcore pre workouts have been around a long time in the supplement industry, going all the way back to the days of ephedrine and the OG Craze pre workout. And, since that time, hardcore pre workouts have been synonymous with providing an infusion of amphetamine-like energy, focus, and motivation.
In other words, hardcore pre-workouts were great for providing an over-the-counter way to feel “cracked out”, but did very little to improve your actual performance during a workout, which completely negates the purpose for taking a supplement pre workout in the first place.
Pre-workouts were created to enhance your performance during training. If it doesn’t do that, it’s not worth your money. Period.
Apollon Nutrition and its sister company Anarchy Labs set out to redefine the hardcore pre-workout -- creating formulas that delivered performance, stamina, and pumps to match the other worldly energy that hardcore pre workouts were known for.
As we like to say, we didn’t invent hardcore pre-workouts, we just made them better.
Apollon Nutrition Hooligan and Anarchy Labs Assassin are high energy, hardcore pre workouts that boost performance as much as energy and focus. These products not only infuse your CNS with energy and ignite your senses, but they also provide a slew of other ergogenics that can help you bang out more sets and more reps, getting bigger, better gains in the end.
HOOLIGAN vs ASSASSIN
Up to this point, we’ve talked about about both Hooligan and Assassin are a cut above all other hardcore pre workouts, but we haven’t addressed how to differentiate between the two, and thus help you decide which one is right for you.
So, let’s do that now.
First off, let’s start with the main stimulant in each one -- caffeine, glorious caffeine.
- 600mg pure caffeine anhydrous
- 100mg of caffeine di-malate
- And you get extra 20mg from Theobromine
For a total of 720mg caffeine!
This as about as “straight to the dome” as you can get when you’re looking for intense, fast & long acting energy. People love their morning cup of coffee primarily for the caffeine it delivers, and the subsequent awakening of the senses that accompanies it.
Well, Hooligan is the equivalent of about 7 of your morning cups of coffee. That’s a hell of a lot of energy if you ask us.
When looking at Assassin, you’ll quickly notice that the stimulant profile is much more diverse than Hooligan, and there’s a touch less caffeine. Assassin includes 500mg of caffeine anhydrous for an immediate burst of energy along with 100mg of di-caffeine malate for sustained, long-lasting energy.
There’s also a number of “supporting” stimulants in Assassin to up the ante on your motivation, mood, and focus. Headlining the supporting cast of stimulants 300mg of eria jarensis, a form of PEA that provides smooth, long-lasting energy with a profound euphoria. The combination of these two stimulants results in not only long sustained energy but also a sense of improved mood that lasts for hours on end.
There’s also Hordenine, Isopropylnorsynephrine, B-Phenylethylamine, TeaCrine, Alpha Yohimbine, Tyrosine, Lion’s Mane and DMAE to further heighten energy, focus, and mood -- creating a blend of stimulants that are intense but never so much that you feel out of control or headed for the dreaded crash.
Fans of the old Assassin will notice that there is no DMAA in this version of Assassin, and while that might give a few of you hardcore stim-heads pause. Trust us, there is no drop off in energy whatsoever with the new version of Assassin.
Quite the opposite in fact.
Anarchy Labs has upped the energy experience of Assassin considerably.
If you want intense, limitless energy, you want Assassin.
PUMPS & PERFORMANCE
Every lifter loves getting a rolling muscle pump during training. It fuels the ego and helps you to keep training, even though the burn is serious.
Comparing Assassin and Hooligan, you’ll notice that they both contain 1 gram of Agmatine, but differ in their citrulline content. Hooligan uses 6g of Citrulline, while Assassin includes 4g Citrulline.
Both of these will provide outstanding muscle pumps.
When looking beyond pumps and into more of the “performance” ingredients, both contain the “king” of endurance maximizers in beta alanine, but Hooligan has a slight advantage to Assassin in that it also includes 150mg of elevATP.
The final area to look at between these two hard-hitting pre workouts is the area of focus. Assassin, as you can see, relies on a bevy of stimulants including two forms of Caffeine, Eria Jarensis, Lion’s Mane, Tyrosine , Isopropylnorsynephrine, Alpha Yohimbine, and to provide intense, tunnel-vision focus.
Hooligan takes a bit of a different approach, instead calling upon the powerful brain boosters, known as nootropicsto provide a “more refined” type of focus that’s a little bit more controlled than the raw, animalistic focus of Assassin. Including Tyrosine and Alpha GPC, Hooligan helps dial-in your concentration so that you can stay on point no matter how long or intense your workout is.
How to Choose Which One is Right for Me
- If your sole reason for choosing a pre workout is getting the ultimate high stim energy experience, the choice is clear -- Assassin.
- If, however, you prefer to keep your stimulant use more straightforward, but still like a lot -- go for Hooligan.
- If you’re looking for outstanding muscle pumps and performance -- slight edge to Hooligan.
- If you like creatine in your pre-workout -- Hooligan
In the end, you can’t go wrong with either Hooligan or Assassin. Both are outstanding, full spectrum hardcore pre-workouts that address all four pillars of pre workout perfection (energy, pumps, focus, and performance). Deciding between these two is no easy task, and who says you have to choose only one?
Try both and decide for yourself which one is best for you, or even better, rotate between the two to take advantage of the unique opportunities each of these hardcore pre workouts supplements has to offer!