CT Fletcher Sidewalk Kraka Review
If CT Fletcher designed a pre workout, you’d expect it to blow your head off with as much subtlety as an angry oompa-loompa with a sawn-off shotgun.
Well, now he has.
But does the appropriately named Sidewalk Kraka deliver?
Today, it becomes the latest product to go through my deliberately harsh supplement rating system.
As a guide, most pre workouts finish with 2 or 3 stars, and no supplement has ever achieved the golden 5 star review (yet).
Let’s see how good Sidewalk Kraka really is.
Cometh The Hour
Not all pre workouts are created equal.
It’s an industry packed with below-par supplements, and dominated by manufacturers who hide their ingredients behind proprietary formulas.
I have always maintained the belief that if a company has a strong pre workout formula, they will not hide it behind a proprietary blend. Because in an overcrowded industry, a strong formula is the best possible marketing tool a company can have.
And cometh the hour, cometh the man.
CT Fletcher has arrived on the supplement scene with a bang, his Iron Addicts supplement line landing in the USA this month and better still, it taking a very open and transparent route regarding ingredient disclosure.
This means when reviewing a supplement, I can tell you absolutely everything you need to know.
Props has to be given to Iron Addicts for this, because even though we’ve seen some positive changes in the last few years thanks to the likes of Jim Stoppani, Adapt Nutrition and Grenade taking a more direct “full disclosure” approach to their marketing, it still goes against the grain in the supplement world.
So not only are you getting a product which has quite possibly the coolest name I’ve ever heard, but you’ll know exactly what is inside the tub, including the dosages. This is great news. Now, let’s see how effective it is…
Sidewalk Kraka Review
If you were one of the people who tried CT Fletcher’s ISYMFS pre workout (released through iSatori last year), you’ll know that CT likes his pre workouts to have as much punch as his motivational speeches.
With it’s 2.4g beta-alanine, ISYMFS was designed to send you into the gym like Rambo in a field of Vietcong.
One look at the formula for his new product, however, and something becomes clear – Sidewalk Kraka is stronger.
And not just in terms of the beta-alanine. It is stronger all round. In fact, if we were to pit Sidewalk Kraka vs ISYMFS, we’d have a no contest on our hands.
As you can see, the label is now much clearer (no proprietary blends) and contains a far more potent list of ingredients at full clinical doses.
Here is a rundown of all the key ingredients in Sidewalk Kraka, and what you can expect from each of them.
- 3.2g Beta-Alanine
This is one of the key players in Sidewalk Kraka.
Beta-alanine is best-known for the tingly, skin-crawling sensation it creates when used before exercise. It is one of a few ingredients you can actually feel working once ingested, and it is included in most pre workout supplements these days.
The main benefit of beta-alanine supplementation is that it can help to buffer your muscle cells against lactic acid build-up (a.k.a. “the burn”), helping you to train harder as you reach the normal point of muscle failure.
A 2007 study from researchers at the University of Oklahoma discovered that supplementing with beta-alanine for a four week period was associated with lower fatigue and a greater workout at peak exhaustion, while a 2010 study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology confirmed that using beta-alanine led to a 2.5% improvement in muscular endurance levels for a trial group of elite rowers. (1, 2)
Interestingly enough, it was also shown to boost the performance of boxers in the later stages of 3 minute rounds, adding more fuel to the fire that beta-alanine is a great substance for improving performance against the insane burn of a tough workout. (3)
Taking those ideas into a gym context, researchers from the College of New Jersey discovered that using beta-alanine before workouts resulted in subjects being able to perform 25% more reps with a given weight during a barbell squat workout. (4)
So, it’s easy to see why it’s often included in pre workouts, right?
The problem with most pre workouts is that the tingling sensation of beta-alanine (a harmless yet fascinating side effect known as parasthesia) is largely subjective to the individual’s tolerance level, meaning someone who regularly uses beta-alanine can’t feel it as much as a newcomer, despite still seeing the positive training benefits.
However, with it’s sky-high dosage of 3.2 grams per serving, even those who are usually exempt from the fire ants should expect to feel this one.
- 1g Agmatine
Agmatine is typically used to increase nitric oxide levels, and has been linked with boosting pain tolerance. (5)
However, more research is needed before it can live up to the hype it’s been given in the bodybuilding world.
You see, most of the available body of research uses agmatine via injection as opposed to oral ingestion. And a 2014 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food concluded confirmed this, arriving at the conclusion “that agmatine is touted for bodybuilding purposes, is completely unsubstantiated and backed by outright false claims.” (10)
Given these factors, the inclusion of agmatine is a puzzling choice because, by using agmatine, Iron Addicts are unable to use citrulline malate. Citrulline malate is a great substance for boosting endurance, but the two substances don’t combine well so CT & Co decided to add citrulline malate into their stim-free pre workout (Sleeve Buster) instead.
The two products can be combined, of course, but that’d make for a very expensive pre workout!
Unfortunately, there’s the first red flag.
- 500mg Choline
Choline can be used to boost the nerve signals to muscles, which many believe can lead to greater muscle contractions when training with weights.
Is it going to make or break your workout? Hell no, but it’s a useful substance and it certainly doesn’t harm your training. An interesting study from the University of Granada also found that supplementing with choline can lead to greater brain function. (6)
- 1g Hydromax
Hydromax, otherwise known as glycerol, is included to improve your pump.
It is often touted for it’s ability to provide greater hydration to muscle cells during training, but it is incredibly difficult to experience these gains without a massive serving. In fact, a 2012 study showed us we’d need a huge 80 grams of glycerol per day in order to see it’s hydration benefits, which is ridiculous. (12)
However, a secondary benefit to glycerol supplementation is a great pump. (13)
This may be superficial from a training performance standpoint, but it’s something many bodybuilders consider important when buying a new pre workout.
You’ll need to drink plenty of water to accommodate the additional pump effect, but it’s pleasing on the eye, that’s for sure.
- 100mg Theobromine
Theobromine yields a lighter version of many of the same effects you’d expect from caffeine.
The main difference between the two being the fact that theobromine will last slightly longer. (11)
- 125mg DMHA
Remember the “I want to headbutt a wall!” feeling you used to get from any supplement containing DMAA?
Well, DMHA is the supplement industry’s current answer to the ban on DMAA.
It’s a similar ingredient, albeit a watered-down version, and acts as a very strong stimulant (seriously, don’t use this if you’re also using prescription drugs) designed to power you through a tough training session.
It also throws Sidewalk Kraka into a grey area when it comes to consumption by athletes.
If you want to use this product for your sport, it’s best to consult with your regulatory body rather than risk a red flag, as stimulants are notorious for being hit and miss regarding whether they are deemed legal or illegal as far as sporting performance goes. Case in point, elite sprinter Usain Bolt famously had a gold medal stripped after a teammate used DMAA (DMHA’s now banned predecessor) during a relay race.
Or play it safe by avoiding exotic simulants, and opt for something like AML Pre Workout instead.
- 300mg Caffeine
Other than happiness, caffeine is the world’s most popular drug.
It’s ability to give us a wake up call is second-to-none, and it has been used by athletes for decades to boost mental focus and energy before a grueling workout.
300mg is quite high, putting Sidewalk Kraka at the top end of pre workouts in terms of stimulants, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend you take this product after 6pm unless you want to lie in bed doing an impression of a pneumatic drill.
- 50mg Theacrine
The biggest problem with caffeine is that the effects depend largely on the individual’s tolerance levels. (7)
Meaning if you are someone who drinks 10 cups of black per day, you’re not going to feel that “kick” as easily as someone who only ever uses caffeine in their pre workout supplement.
And once your body adapts to the effects of caffeine, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever be able to experience them again no matter how big the dose may be. This is why we typically adapt to a pre workout supplement within 2-3 weeks.
Why am I telling you this in the theacrine segment?
Well, most people get hyped up by the caffeine, beta-alanine and DMHA servings included in Sidewalk Kraka, but (trust me) theacrine is the one which excites me the most!
You see, theacrine (a.k.a. TeaCrine) is an altered form of caffeine and one interesting study (more are needed) suggested that it was basically caffeine supplementation without the body’s adaptations taking place. (8)
In many ways, theacrine is potentially superior to caffeine, given that it can also reduce inflammation, too. (9)
- 200mg N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine Citrate
This substance is often referred to as Eria Jarensis, and is currently hyped as “the next big thing” in the supplement industry.
By mimicking the brain’s neurotransmitters, Eria Jarensis is a stimulant which sees an increase in dopamine, creating a euphoric-like effect during exercise.
Again, it’s going to draw comparisons to DMAA, as this was one of the main features of DMAA before it was banned, but before supplement companies throw a ton of hype at you about the new kid on the block, allow me to save you some trouble by confirming that Eria Jarensis is not as strong.
That doesn’t mean it’s useless as a stimulant, by any means.
After all, there was a reason DMAA got f**king banned.
Sidewalk Kraka – The Final Verdict
For many gym goers, the worry would have possibly been that Iron Addicts may produce a regular, run-of-the-mill supplement to cash in on the CT Fletcher name.
Instead, they have produced a supplement which is based on CT Fletcher’s reputation.
Make no mistake, Sidewalk Kraka is as hard as they come.
It’s heavy on stimulants, loud, angry and everything else you’d want from CT Fletcher.
From the transparency of the label, to the potency of the ingredients contained within the tub, Sidewalk Kraka is a resounding triumph and I gladly award it 4 stars.
It’ll power you through your workout like very few other supplements on the market can, and it delivers on all the promises you’d expect if you have ever uttered the line “If CT Fletcher could bottle one of his motivational speeches as a pre workout, I’d buy that.”
Where To Buy Sidewalk Kraka
You can pic up Sidewalk Kraka directly from CT Fletcher here.
For maximum effectiveness, try combining this product with Sleeve Buster (from the same brand).
An update from the big guy himself:
I JUST SHOT A VIDEO ENTITLED “I’M NOT THAT GUY” DEALING WITH THE SCIENCE BEHIND MY PRODUCTS. RUSS YOU “ARE” THAT GUY, THANK YOU
— C.T. Fletcher (@CTFletcherISYMF) December 15, 2016
2019 Update: Sidewalk Kraka Is No Longer Available
Unfortunately, you’re out of luck if you want to buy some Sidewalk Kraka!
Earlier this year, CT Fletcher announced his Iron Addicts Brand of supplements is no more.
CT uploaded a couple of videos to his YouTube channel (which have since been deleted) explaining that he’d gone into this venture with some partners, felt like he’d been misled and ultimately taken advantage, and then left hanging out to dry as his now ex-partners cleaned the company out and moved on to new projects of their own.
Awful news, right?
Despite it’s short lifespan, Iron Addicts Brand was a quite remarkable supplement company with some truly great products, Sidewalk Kraka being one of them.
However, it’s not all bad news…
With Iron Addicts Brand going out of business in early 2018, CT Fletcher was quick to announce a new line of Iron Addicts supplements, stating he was now the sole owner of the company and that his Iron Addicts Brand would “rise like a motherf**king Phoenix!”.
He also hinted at a new pre workout, called simply Swoliosis, which is yet to see the light of day.
I’ll update this page with a link to my official review of Swoliosis and updates on the development of a new Iron Addicts supplement line when further news is released.
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