Supplement Review: Animal PM
You don’t grow in the gym. You don’t get big when you’re lifting. That’s when you destroy. No, you grow when you rest, when you recover. And no time is better for that than shuteye. And no supp is better for that than Animal PM.
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“What else can I saybutthe factthatUniversal/Animal hitanother oneout of thepark. Thisproduct fully worksand deliversthe results you want. After the product fully worked its way into my system, it was game on. I never felt better after training then I did when using this product. Since I have been off of the product, my soreness levels have def. increased. I train hard all the time, and to have such a solid product that can help with my recovery, I couldn’t be happier. This product delivers results, but as I have said many, many times before, could you expect anything less from such a great company. Animal PM will def. be in my supplement arsenal from here on out. Hands down, Animal PM has myfull on approval.” -Anthony S.,Middlesex,NJ Training, nutrition and supplementation are all the subject matter of lengthy tomes, journals, technical discussions and scientific studies, each with their own gurus and practitioners spouting on about the latest, greatest theory or technique. No doubt these are absolutely crucial cornerstones of the bodybuilding lifestyle, but none of them are exclusively the final word.
Rest and recovery. That old R&R is perhaps the most overlooked and least considered element of the mass building equation. But without it, you’re cooked. Serious training leaves you wasted and as we’ve all come to understand over the years, you’re only as good as you can recover. Supplements and macronutrients play a critical role in accelerating healing. But with the crushing stresses of heavy iron and the toxic environment that surrounds us in this crazy world, eating right and doing your due diligence with your Pak and protein powder only go so far.
If you can’t sleep properly and maximize the recuperation opportunities that come with your down time, you’ll never build the physique you desire. Period. You can train like a maniac, but the growth you seek happens outside the gym. Sleep time, put quite simply, equals growth time. With the busiest of schedules strained by work, family, training and commuting–the first thing to get cast to the side is adequate sleep. This is an unacceptable fact if your training goals are a top priority.
Problem is, few of us reside in a perfect world, living a utopian existence simply predicated on optimizing our growth as bodybuilders. Our resources, be they monetary or time-related, are finite. As such we’ve got to get all we can while the getting is good and above all else be efficient. Efficient in our training, efficient financially and efficient with our time. For the busiest among us, we must manage our time to in all things get the best bang for our hard-earned buck. This is the case when it comes to muscle recovery. If all we can manage to allot for is six hours of sleep, bet your ass it needs to be the best six hours humanly possible. If quantity can’t always be within grasp, our quest for quality must take on even greater significance.
It was in the pursuit for optimizing rest to promote maximum recovery that the hard training fellas in Animal R&D decided to push the envelope, searching for any void in what is the most hardcore and comprehensive line in the game. What did they come up with? Only the most complete, ideal nighttime recovery supplement, something to lend that elusive edge to the most serious brothers in the game-those that regularly toe that fine line between training intensity and insanity. For them, no element of the recovery equation can be left to chance. For them, there is Animal PM.
Loaded with relaxation and sleep enhancers, immune support, essential aminos and patented recovery agents, a single pack of Animal PM taken prior to bedtime delivers a potent dose of nutrients designed to lock you in to the muscle building zone during slumber. Promoting tranquility, deeper sleep, enhanced protein synthesis and robust immune function, the Animal PM formula is designed to make more efficient recovery use of your nightly periods of shuteye. To reduce soreness, facilitate healing and generate fresh growth during typical “down time” hours of rest and repose-this is the express intent of Animal PM.
Upon popping your pre-bed pack, the first portion of the Animal PM formula to kick in is its Sleep & Relaxation Complex. Hectic personal lives, work stress, relationships, worries and other shit can weigh heavily on your brain right when you want to get your Z’s in. You definitely don’t want to spend your valuable sleep time wrestling with life’s great questions. Couple this with the extreme physical demands of your hard training routine, and it means you really need to find the time to rest and recuperate so that you can tap into your body’s full potential. If your mind is keeping you up at night, the key is to find a way to reduce the outside forces and stresses that are making you restless.
Animal PM contains powerful herbs like valerian root and chamomile which have been used for centuries because of their ability to naturally promote relaxation, reduce anxiety and help to combat insomnia. Coupled with L-Theanine, an amino acid that is found naturally in green tea and is known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety while also improving sleep quality and enhanced mental acuity, and humulus lupulus, also known as hops, which has been used traditionally for nervous disorders as well as helping to reduce anxiety and enhance overall sleep quality.
Mucuna pruriens is then added for its ability to promote deep sleep by elevating the production of l-dopa, an amino acid that converts into dopamine. Dopamine is an essential component of our body and it’s required for proper functioning of the brain. The blood carries dopamine into the brain, where it naturally increases HGH production from the pituitary gland, important for recovery and well being. What Animal PM works to do is facilitate a calming state of being prior to bed so that you can more easily fall asleep and stay in deep sleep.
Next up in Animal PM is the GH Boosting Complex. This complex consists of specialized natural growth hormone (GH) boosters. What is growth hormone? Growth hormone is a protein-based polypeptide hormone made up 191 amino acids that is synthesized and secreted by cells in the anterior pituitary called somatotropes. GH plays a vital role in several complex physiological processes, including growth and metabolism. How does GH benefit athletes? GH is a highly coveted anabolic hormone that stimulates growth in most body tissues, including skeletal muscle tissue, primarily due to increasing total cell numbers. Protein synthesis and the transport of amino acids are increased when GH is naturally increased. These effects are mediated by insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), another highly anabolic hormone produced in the liver and other tissues in response to GH increase. Growth hormone also helps to increase the use of fat as a primary fuel source, which in turn, helps build a more lean physique. GH has also been shown in a number of studies to increase mood, memory, immune health, increase cardiac function, better sleep and increase oxygen uptake. Being able to naturally tap into the effects of GH can be a major key to maximizing recovery and muscle repair during the nighttime recovery period.
In terms of GH support, Animal PM contains a key support blend of the following amino acids-Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), arginine alpha-ketoglutarate (AKG), ornithine HCl, l-tryptophan-and the phospholipid, alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine (alpha-GPC). GABA is main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. It aids in helping the brain to relax as well as balance excitation with inhibition. In addition to GABA’s relaxation effects, studies have shown that it also stimulates the natural production of GH.
Arginine and ornithine are two other well studied and highly touted aminos that can increase the release of GH. Arginine, in particular, also has potent modulating effects on the immune system, improving immunologic responses, accelerating recovery and reducing the chance for infection. So not only are these ingredients helping to boost natural GH levels, which has its own set of benefits, the secondary anti-catabolic benefits are very helpful to bodybuilders and strength athletes as well.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that has a role in increasing natural GH production and decreasing cortisol (stress) levels. It is a precursor for serotonin, an intermediary to the synthesis of melatonin, which plays a key role in the regulation of mood and sleep patterns. The complex is then rounded out by the patented alpha-GPC, a naturally occurring phospholipid precursor and metabolite derived from lecithin. Alpha-GPC has been shown to potentiate the effects of growth hormone releasing hormone and increase growth hormone secretion. Other benefits of alpha-GPC include improved metal focus and liver health, no doubt functions of value to the bodybuilder set.
Last but not least is the Immune and Recovery Complex, also bolstered by robust doses of potent and versatile aminos. What does immune health have to do with recovery? For starters, if you’re sick or your health is compromised in any way, you can’t expect to recover and grow, let alone train at the intensity needed for gains in strength and performance. Suppressed immune function can basically bring your gains to a complete halt, preventing an iron athlete from ever performing optimally or achieving peak condition.
On the recovery side, if your body isn’t recovering from the constant stresses being placed on it-weight lifting, dieting, work, etc, you just can’t expect your body to progress further. Animal PM takes this into account with its unique Animal Nitro EAA Blend, a combo of the 100%pure uncoupled essential amino acid (EAA) blend found in the popular and effective post-workout amino acid recovery supplement, Animal Nitro. This blend supplies the body with only the purest amino acids needed for recovery-the EAAs. To enhance and maximize recovery, supplementations with the right form of amino acids are a must for hard training athletes. The targeted use of EAAs can heighten the anabolic process and hasten muscular repair.
Another highly esteemed critical amino acid, l-glutamine, is added to the mix. L-glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the plasma, constituting over 60% of the total intramuscular amino acids. Glutamine is a precursor to glutathione and has antioxidant effects by increasing intracellular glutathione content. Glutamine is used at a high rate by a number of cells of the immune system-neutrophils, lymphocytes and macrophages-and is essential for the viability and normal functioning of these important cells. Glutamine may also be an important modulator of growth hormone, increases protein synthesis and is highly anti-catabolic amongst other things.
The final two parts of this complex are two, unique patented compounds-Immunolin® and HumanofortTM. The premium shit that pushes what is already a powerful rest and recovery formula in the stratosphere-but that is what you’ve come to expect from Animal. Immunolin® is a purified immunoglobulin isolate that contains beneficial growth factors, immune-regulating cytokines as well as other immuno-proteins. These proteins, or antibodies, are naturally produced by the immune system and are key for preventing illness and infection. Think of it this way… Immunolin® provides the immune system with more of its own natural resources to defend itself. Last but not least in this complex is a very unique ingredient called Humanofort™. Humanofort™ is a proprietary embryonic peptide matrix yielding naturally occurring IGF-1, IGF-2, FGF (Fibroblast Growth Factors), NGF (Nerve Growth Factors), EGF (Epidermal Growth Factors) and CTGF (Connective Tissue Growth Factor). Humanofort is a native oligopeptide extract containing naturally occurring growth factors .These oligopeptides (essential amino and short amino acid chains) assist the body in normalizing numerous cellular processes by activating important cellular receptors. When this occurs, healing is accelerated and a variety of cellular processes are stabilized. Humanofort™ may help the body increase natural testosterone levels, heighten libido, boost endocrine function, raise adrenal hormone levels, combat cortisol, decrease recovery time and promote deep sleep. This single ingredient so clearly touches on several of the core intents behind the Animal PM formulation.
All in all, Animal PM is the most complete sleep product on the market, and the only one tailored specifically to the unique needs of balls-to-the-wall training bodybuilders. It’s not a relaxation product. It’s not an anti-catabolic supplement. It’s not a GH booster. It’s not an immune support supplement. It’s not a recovery product. It’s all of these products, efficaciously dosed and wrapped up into one convenient, pre-dosed pack. It’s complete sleep support for the hard training athlete. Add Animal PM to your nighttime repertoire and reap the results. Rest, recover and grow, with Animal PM. required for • Athletes who have trouble falling asleep • More efficient recovery • Better quality sleep • Decreased muscle soreness back to top daily dose Take a single pack 30-45 minutes before bed. For best results, take on an empty stomach. If you use an evening protein shake allow 30 minutes for digestion before taking Animal PM. Animal PM can be stacked with any other product in the Animal line, including foundational staples like Pak, Flex and Omega and cycled products such as Stak or Test. For more stacking information, go to http://www.animalpak.com. back to top recommended stacks Animal PM is a staple supplement that can be taken year round to promote optimum recovery. To take full advantage, try using it as part of “The Ultimate Recovery Stack.” Pair it up with other staples, Animal Pak and Animal Nitro to maximize your body’s ability to recover. Take Pak with breakfast, Nitro immediately post workout and PM right before bed. Remember to take in the necessary whole food calories and protein to support such a hardcore stack, and be sure to put an emphasis on sleep. Train hard and sleep hard and you’ll be on your way to making serious gains in strength, performance and size in no time.
**Update** January 13th 2014
I like them, but have since stopped using due to the sheer amount of pills and the stress it will put on my liver to digest! I wish they could combine their products to one pill or at the most 2