MusclePharm’s Harcore Series is finally out! This advanced supplement line from the industry leader has been teased for months, so we’re excited to see the full list and ingredients.

Wreckage is the pre-workout option, and MusclePharm claims it is a back-to-basics product without proprietary blends or artificial dyes.

I got my hands on some MusclePharm Wreckage and was impressed. Let’s take a look at what makes this product unique.

What’s In It?

The foundation for most pre-workouts is caffeine, and Wreckage is no different. It contains 350 mg of caffeine anhydrous to help you power through fatigue and start your workouts with a boost of energy. [1]

The next thing you want in a pre-workout is some sort of science-backed strength-enhancing blend.

Wreckage has Citrulline Malate and Agmatine Sulfate to increase N.O. and workout pumps and Beta Alanine to increase exercise performance. [2] [3] [4]

Huperzine A and Tyrosine gives you the mental clarity to focus on your workout. [5] [6]

Rounding out the ingredient blend are well-established compounds like DAA for testosterone support, Leucine to kick-start protein synthesis, and Creatine for energy and muscle growth. [7] [8] [9]

Of course, we can’t forget the B Vitamins for optimal metabolism and Black Pepper Extract to improve overall ingredient absorption. [10] [11]

On the whole, I really like the ingredient in Wreckage. There aren’t any shady proprietary blends with weird ingredients, just clinically-backed, natural compounds in large amounts.

How Does It Taste?

While I got raspberry, MusclePharm Wreckage is also available in watermelon flavor.

I thought Wreckage tasted good. It wasn’t overpowering and didn’t have any funky aftertaste, which is surprising given how much caffeine it has.

The dosage isn’t large, 20 grams, so mixing it in a glass of water wasn’t a problem.

How Much Does It Cost?

Currently, the entire Hardcore Series is only available at I found a Coming Soon page on eSupplements, but there isn’t any option to buy yet.

A 20-serving container costs $35, or $1.75/serving. That’s a bit more expensive than MusclePharm’s previous pre-workout, Assault, but I would expect to pay more for an advanced supplement, especially if it’s new.

I imagine the price will go down to about $30 upon wider release. eSupplements almost always has lower prices, and it looks like they’re already preparing to stock the Hardcore Series.

Who Can Use It?

The high caffeine content could be a problem for anyone venturing into pre-workouts for the first time or who are sensitive to stimulants.

Because of the large ingredient doses, Wreckage should only be used by athletes looking for a more advanced pre-workout or know exactly what they want.

Should I Try It?

I really liked MusclePharm Wreckage. The ingredients are solid, it tastes good, and the price is reasonable. I had a smooth boost of energy and felt focused and pumped during my workout.

Unlike other pre-workouts, I knew exactly what I was getting and was able to plan according.

With the exception for new athletes or those with caffeine sensitivity, I highly recommend MusclePharm Wreckage.

Have you tried it yet? Let me know what you thought in the comments!


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[3] Morrissey JJ, Klahr S. “Agmatine activation of nitric oxide synthase in endothelial cells.” Proceedings of the Association of American Physicians. 1997 Jan;109(1):51-7.

[4] Hobson RM, et al. “Effects of β-alanine supplementation on exercise performance: a meta-analysis.” Amino Acids. 2012 July; 43(1): 25–37.

[5] Sun QQ, et al. “Huperzine-A capsules enhance memory and learning performance in 34 pairs of matched adolescent students.” Acta Pharmacologica. 1999 Jul;20(7):601-3.

[6] “N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine.” PubChem. U.S. National Library of Medicine.

[7] D’Aniello, et al. “Involvement of D-aspartic acid in the synthesis of testosterone in rat testes.” Life Sciences. 1996;59(2):97-104.

[8] Norton LE, Layman DK. “Leucine regulates translation initiation of protein synthesis in skeletal muscle after exercise.” The Journal of Nutrition. 2006 Feb;136(2):533S-537S.

[9] Odland, L. Maureen et al. “Effect of oral creatine supplementation on muscle [PCr] and short-term maximum power output.“ Medicine &Science in Sports & Exercise. (1997). 29(2):216-219.

[10] “B Vitamins.” Medline Plus – National Institutes of Health.

[11] McNamara FN, et al. “Effects of piperine, the pungent component of black pepper, at the human vanilloid receptor (TRPV1).” British Journal of Pharmacology. 2005 March; 144(6): 781–790.

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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