Mixability 8
  • Works well for morning cardio or as an afternoon energy boost
  • Shouldn't be marketed as a pre-workout.
  • Only available at and not affordable
  • Lists proprietary blend instead of specific ingredient amounts
7.5Overall Score

The Gift, Mr. Olympia, Number 13, Phil Heath─ no matter which name you prefer to call him by, it’s the same guy. Recently, Phil Heath made the huge announcement that he was parting ways with his sponsor MuscleTech, and starting his own supplement line called Gifted Nutrition.

I’ve had the chance to try out the new pre-workout Accelerate. Here’s everything you need to know.

What Is Accelerate?

Gifted Nutrition Accelerate
I’m not sure how I feel about Accelerate being labeled as a “pre-workout.” According to the ingredients, it’s basically an amino energy supplement along the lines of Amino Energy from Optimum Nutrition or Amino Lift from USPlabs.

As SportsCenter anchor Stephen A. Smith is frequently attributed with saying, “If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it ain’t a damn mongoose.” While it’s not necessarily disingenuous to label Accelerate as a pre-workout, I’m surprised by the narrow scope of the formula.

Ingredient Breakdown

Four of the main ingredients you’ll find in Accelerate are beta alanine, BCAA’s, l-glutamine and l-arginine:

Beta Alanine- Beta alanine delays muscle fatigue by saturating muscles with carnosine. This helps balance the body’s ph levels, allowing you to get more reps before that burning sensation builds up in your muscles.[1]

BCAA’s- Supplementing with BCAA’s around workout time is shown to prevent excessive muscle damage and promote better growth, faster recovery, and better protein synthesis by driving amino acids into muscle cells.[2]

L-Glutamine- L-glutamine helps boost the immune system and also promotes faster recovery by reducing the effects delayed onset muscle soreness.[3]

L-Arginine- Arginine is a vasodilator that increases blood flow and improves nitric oxide production for better pumps.[4]

My Workout With Accelerate

I’m a big fan of Phil Heath, and had really high hopes for Accelerate. Unfortunately, it failed to deliver. Aside from the energy boost I got from the caffeine in here, it didn’t do much for me. As I mentioned above, this essentially a glorified amino acid product.

To be fair, the beta alanine will likely help with reducing muscle fatigue, but since the blend is proprietary, it’s hard to tell how much is in here. Standard dosage recommendations for beta alanine are between 1.5-3 g, and the entire blend is only 3.87 g.
Gifted Nutrition Accelerate Nutrition Panel

Price, Availability, Mixability, and Flavor

Accelerate is only available through the Gifted Nutrition website. A 30 serving container is $39.99, which breaks down to around $1.30 a serving.

The fruit punch isn’t bad. If you’ve read my other reviews for fruit punch supplements you’ll know I’m not a big fan of fruit punch in general. It does mix well though, and overall the taste isn’t bad.

Final Verdict On Gifted Nutrition’s Accelerate

I can’t in good conscious recommend this as a pre-workout supplement, but if you’re looking for something to help with morning cardio, or an afternoon pick-me-up, you could do worse than Accelerate.

[1]Quesnele JJ1, Laframboise MA, Wong JJ, Kim P, Wells GD. The effects of beta-alanine supplementation on performance: a systematic review of the literature Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2014 Feb;24(1):14-27. doi: 10.1123/ijsnem.2013-0007. Epub 2013 Aug 5.
[2] Yoshiharu Shimomura, Taro Murakami, Naoya Nakai, Masaru Nagasaki, and Robert A. Harris Exercise Promotes BCAA Catabolism: Effects of BCAA Supplementation on Skeletal Muscle during Exercise”. J. Nutr. 134 (6): 1583S–1587S. 2004. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
[3] Somayeh Namdar Tajari, Mona Rezaee, Naghme Gheidi Assessment of the effect of L-glutamine supplementation on DOMS Br J Sports Med 2010;44:i43 doi:10.1136/bjsm.2010.078725.143
[4] Stefanie M. Bode-Böger, MD; Rainer H. Böger, Heiko Alfke, MD, et. al., L-Arginine Induces Nitric Oxide–Dependent Vasodilation in Patients With Critical Limb Ischemia. Circulation. 1996; 93: 85-90 doi: 10.1161/01.CIR.93.1.85

About The Author

Brian E. is from southern California and has worked for names like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe as a supplement expert and consultant. He currently lives in Utah and is studying marketing.

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