The United States Sports Academy is currently studying the MusclePharm Assault supplement and its effects on athletes’ reaction time, endurance and Critical velocity during three-hour workouts in the Human Performance Lab.
Near the end of his three-hour workout in the United States Sports Academy’s Human Performance Lab, Brock Cole admits he has never done a tougher exercise routine.
Cole is no stranger to tough workouts as an offensive lineman in football in the past for Division III Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and for the former semi-pro Alabama Lightning in Orange Beach, Ala.
Out of breath and his gray T-shirt drenched in sweat, he grimaces and grunts his way to one leg press of 495 pounds. Cole did five reps at the start.
“My legs are shot,” says Cole, who earned his master’s in Sports Management from the Academy in 2005 and now manages a Mobile area fitness club. “I didn’t have much push today.”
Academy researchers have purposely put Brock through the ringer. They ran him through four rounds of a series of three tests designed to fatigue him. The regimen includes a Makoto Arena, which is in the shape of a triangle and requires a person to take a step and hit the lighted area on one of the three upright posts as quickly and accurately as possible. It also includes running on a treadmill and doing bench presses and leg presses.
The exercises test reaction time, upper and lower body endurance and Critical velocity as part of an Academy study to see whether the MusclePharm Assault supplement can make athletes leaner, faster and stronger by enhancing their training. Each athlete drinks a powdered mixture when they arrive. They randomly get MusclePharm or a similar-tasting placebo and begin their workout 20 minutes later.
Dr. Jordan Moon, the primary investigator and lab director, says preliminary results of Phase I of the study that tested 12 male athletes show promising results for MusclePharm, which was voted Bodybuilding.com’s New Supplement of the Year in 2011. Moon, who is the Academy’s Department Head of Sports Fitness and Health, is being assisted by two residential teaching assistants, Kristy Crowley and Brandon Spradley as well as a doctoral student doing his mentorship, Chih-Yin “Edison” Tai.
“We are writing up the results and paper right now, but it appears Assault significantly enhanced performance by increasing athletes’ energy, focus, reaction time, and muscular endurance,” Moon says. “The results show what can be done with a single use. We are now looking at longer term use to see if athletes have greater physical changes when taking MusclePharm over the placebo.”
In Phase II, which should conclude around the end of November, about 30 male athletes will be given the placebo or supplement to take for a 28-day period. Subjects are required to consume the product every day and 20-30 minutes before they workout. They are required to exercise at least three times a week.
MusclePharm scientifically tests all of its ingredients to make sure there are no illegal or banned substances by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The Academy’s study is also making sure the supplement is safe for consumption by analyzing a number of health parameters, such as liver and kidney enzymes.
“As an alumnus, it was fun to come back and be a part of this study,” Cole says. “But it was very tiring. It is absolutely the hardest workout I’ve done. I don’t think I’ve ever worked out continuously for three hours.”
In addition, the Academy is currently seeking about 420 male and female athletes between the ages of 14 and 45 who wish to have their body composition assessed using state of the art devices and methods. Specifically, athletes will be provided detailed information about their body fat, muscle mass, as well as segmental fat and muscle mass, such as the amount of muscle in their legs, arms, trunk, etc. In addition, athletes will learn the precise amount of calories they should be eating if they want to gain muscle or lose fat.
If you are interested in being part of this upcoming Academy study, please contact the university at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Human Performance Lab at 251-626-3303, ext. 7183.
Data from both the MusclePharm and the body composition studies are expected to be used to help athletes improve performance and to aid in the development of training programs as well as determine the effectiveness of their training.