Advanced Nutrition Systems™ Methyl Pump 3.0 Review


  • Contains Citrulline Malate
  • Beta-Alanine can enhance muscular endurance


  • Beta-Alanine also causes paresthesia (see side effects section for more info)
  • Contains overload of stimulants (increased risk of jitters and energy crashes)
  • Every ingredient inside a HUGE proprietary blend
  • Missing key pre-workout ingredients

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a container of Methyl Pump 3.0, a pre-workout by Advanced Nutrition Systems, for a leanbulking review

About The Product

Methyl Pump 3.0 is a pre-workout supplement made by Advanced Systems Nutrition (ANS), priced at $59.99 for 60 servings. This is quite expensive, but remember this is for 60 servings – but the problem is there are no cheaper options with less servings per container available.

We only found Methyl Pump 3.0 in Rainbow Candy flavor on; it’s good that we’re not usually too concerned about flavor, as this didn’t taste great.

Anyway, we’re more interested in what’s inside – so we’ll analyze Methyl Pump 3.0’s nutrient profile after telling you about the company behind it.

Who are ANS? 

Advanced Systems Nutrition (ANS) are a supplements company that market a range of products – from testosterone boosters to fat burners.

However, we didn’t find any other information about them; ANS’s website was terrible, and they didn’t even have an ‘about us’ section to tell us more about their company (not a good sign).

But as we’ve mentioned, what’s more important is which ingredients are inside Methyl Pump 3.0 (which we’ll reveal below in the next section).

Methyl Pump 3.0 Ingredients Explained

From first glance, we’re not too impressed by the supplement facts of Methyl Pump 3.0; it contains a HUGE proprietary blend, which is something we always try to avoid (we’ll expand on this below)…


Proprietary blends are mixtures of numerous ingredients that’re only shown to you as 1 quantity. As you can see from the ‘Methyl Pump Blend’ on its ingredient list, the overall amount is 3,200mg – but you’re not shown the dosages of each ingredient inside such as Theacrine.

This increases your risk of side effects, and also makes it uncertain whether this pre-workout will work. For this reason, we try to avoid any supplement that contains proprietary blends.

Not only that; Methyl Pump 3.0 also contains numerous sources of stimulants in this proprietary blend (which puts you at risk of suffering from jitters and energy crashes).

Anyway, we’ll take you through each ingredient inside Methyl Pump 3.0 – to show you how effective this pre-workout really is.

the ingredient list (also known as nutrient profile or supplement facts) for Methyl Pump 3.0 for a leanbulking review

Here’s Everything You Need To Know:

Methyl Cut Blend

As we mentioned, this is the proprietary blend that’s inside Methyl Pump 3.0. Remember that no-one knows the exact dosages of ingredients inside here, but we’ll still analyze each one for you below…


Beta-Alanine is one of the most controversial ingredients in pre-workout supplements; simply put, it can enhance muscular endurance. But it can also cause a side effect called paresthesia.

What’s paresthesia? Well, it’s a tingling and itching sensation on the skin of your face and body (we find it very distracting when we’re trying to focus on making gains in the gym).

Anyway, we realize that not everyone finds paresthesia as bad as us, so we’ll never completely criticize a product for containing Beta-Alanine. But personally, we prefer to stay away from this ingredient.

Citrulline Malate 

Citrulline Malate is one of our favorite pre-workout ingredients. Why? Because it’s shown to enhance your muscle pumps by increasing your blood flow.

We believe improved muscle pumps should be a feature of every pre-workout. So we consider Citrulline Malate to be a key pre-workout ingredient.

But there’s a problem; you need at least 6,000mg Citrulline Malate per serving for it to work. As it’s part of a proprietary blend, no-one knows the exact dosage inside (meaning it’s not likely to work in Methyl Pump 3.0).

Ultimately, this is a great example of why we avoid supplements containing proprietary blends.


We have mixed opinions about Taurine; it’s shown to help reduce cramping, but this benefit can also be achieved by keeping yourself hydrated in the gym.

But we’ll clear up a myth here – many believe that Taurine raises your energy levels as it’s found inside energy drinks. However, studies have shown that it has no effect on your energy levels.

For this reason, Taurine isn’t really needed in pre-workout supplements. But as it doesn’t cause any side effects, it’s not a bad thing either.

The only problem would be if Taurine was filling most of the ‘Methyl Cut Blend’; this would mean that most of Methyl Pump 3.0 was ineffective (which clearly displays another reason why proprietary blends are a bad thing).

Caffeine Anhydrous 

Caffeine Anhydrous can be a key pre-workout ingredient when it’s dosed correctly (under 200mg per serving).

Why? Answer: Because it can improve your strength, endurance, focus and energy levels in the gym – which are all great benefits to improve your gym session.

One good thing that ANS has done, is provide the dosage of Caffeine Anhydrous inside Methyl Pump 3.0 (it’s the only ingredient they’ve done this with). But this only allows us to see that Caffeine has been dosed incorrectly.

There’s a HUGE 299mg Caffeine per serving inside Methyl Pump 3.0; this means that most people will be at risk of suffering from jitters and energy crashes. In fact, only those that consume over 4-5 cups of black coffee will be safe here.

For this reason, we always advise you to choose pre-workouts containing under 200mg Caffeine per serving – to stay safe from side effects, while enjoying the benefits that this stimulant can deliver.


Arginine HCL & L-Arginine AKG

If you’re wondering what this is, it’s basically Arginine Hydrochloride.

But here’s the bad news; Arginine is always ineffective in pre-workouts, as studies have shown it has a poor absorption rate (meaning it’s ineffective when orally supplemented).

This is why Citrulline Malate is better – it converts into Arginine in your kidneys, and has a great absorption rate. As Methyl Pump 3.0 already contains Citrulline Malate, there’s simply no need for Arginine HCL here.

ANS should’ve simply added an optimal dosage of Citrulline Malate (6,000mg per serving) instead. But of course, they’ve hidden it in a proprietary blend…

Anyway, we’ve also grouped L-Arginine AKG here too – this is because Arginine AKG is ineffective when orally supplemented for the same reason. So these are 2 useless ingredients in Methyl Pump 3.0.


Theacrine is another stimulant that’s believed to offer similar benefits to Caffeine. But this is a bad thing; as Methyl Pump 3.0 already contains an overload of Caffeine, the addition of Theacrine only increases your risk of jitters and energy crashes.

We always recommend you to avoid pre-workouts containing more than 1 stimulant for this reason. In fact, we believe the only stimulant that should be used in gym supplements is Caffeine (as Caffeine has proven to be both safe and effective when dosed under 200mg per serving).


Also known as Avodia Rutaecarpa; this is believed to offer thermogenic benefits (which would promote fat loss).

However, fat loss isn’t a direct benefit of pre-workout supplements. If you want this benefit, then you should be looking at fat burner supplements instead.

Anyway, all you need to know about Rutaecarpine, is that it’s not necessary in Methyl Pump 3.0.

Agmatine Sulfate 

This is extracted from Arginine, and is also ineffective due to having a poor absorption rate. The worrying thing is, as it’s part of a proprietary blend, Agmatine Sulfate might be taking up most of the blend (which would make most of Methyl Pump 3.0 useless).

By now, you should be starting to realize why we don’t like proprietary blends. Honest supplements that show you the exact dosages of each ingredient are always the better options.

DiCaffeine Malate 

DiCaffeine Malate is another stimulant. But as you know, Methyl Pump 3.0 already contains HUGE amounts with Caffeine Anhydrous and Theacrine already being contained here.

For this reason, DiCaffeine Malate is simply ensuring that you’ll suffer from jitters and energy crashes after taking this pre-workout. We’ll repeat this; we recommend avoiding supplements containing more than 1 source of stimulant.


While L-Tyrosine has shown to improve your cognition, it’s not proven to deliver any other benefit to improve your gym session. As Methyl Pump 3.0 already contains Caffeine, which has proven to enhance your focus in the gym – there’s no need to L-Tyrosine in Methyl Pump 3.0.

However, we consider L-Tyrosine as a key ingredient when added to Nootropic supplements.

Phosphatidyl Serine

Also known simply as PS; this is another ingredient that’s believed to improve your cognition. For this reason, Phospatidylserine is another ingredient better suited to Nootropic Supplements.

Huperzine A 

This is another ingredient that’s a cognitive booster. However, this is also one of the worst ingredients you can find in supplements (as it can cause numerous side effects).

We’ll expand on this below in the side effects section.


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Side Effects

There are 3 things inside Methyl Pump 3.0 that can cause side effects; Beta-Alanine, the overload of stimulants and Huperzine A.

In a quick summary – Beta-Alanine has shown to cause paresthesia, which is a tingling and itching sensation on the skin of your face and body. As Methyl Pump 3.0 contains over 200mg Caffeine per serving (along with DiCaffeine Malate and Theacrine, which are also stimulants), you’re almost certain to suffer jitters and energy crashes here.

Finally, Huperzine A has been reported to cause a whole bunch of side effects, which we’ll bullet point below.

Here’s the potential side effects from taking Methyl Pump 3.0: 

  • Jitters (Overload of stimulants)
  • Energy Crashes (Overload of stimulants)
  • Paresthesia (Beta-Alanine)
  • Nausea (Huperzine A)
  • Diarrhea (Huperzine A)
  • Cramping (Huperzine A)

Methyl Pump 3.0 Review Conclusion

As you can see from the list of potential side effects above, we won’t be recommending Methyl Pump 3.0 to you (our readers).

In fact, this pre-workout by Advanced Nutrition Systems (ANS) sets off many alarm bells; the worst thing is, every ingredient is part of a proprieatry blend, so you don’t know the exact dosages of each ingredient inside (apart from Caffeine, which ANS has provided the dosage for).

Not only that, Methyl Pump 3.0 contains 3 sources of stimulants – we advise that you choose pre-workouts only containing Caffeine as the only source of stimulant (as it’s proven to be safe and effective in dosages under 200mg per serving). Ultimately Theacrine and DiCaffeine Malate haven’t shown to be safe or effective in studies, making them unreliable stimulants putting your health at risk.


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