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MTS Nutrition Ruckus - Nitrate Based Pre

“Ruckus was our best-seller. But selling isn’t good enough...

We want the BEST! The new RUCKUS will revolutionize the pre-workout game, and the flavor will have you CRAVING your next workout.

It’s YOUR TIME to Bring Da’ Ruckus!”

-Marc Lobliner, CEO of MTS Nutrition


We brought the RUCKUS back - And it’s back with a vengeance!

MTS Nutrition RUCKUS™ is an all-time best seller on Then we took it away. Why the heck would we do this?

Simple. Even though it was loved and sold extremely well, we could do better… And better we did!

Adding to the NO3T Nitrate-Driven Pump and Extreme Energy formula, we added compounds to ensure maximum ATP-output (elev-ATP®) - without the use of creatine.

Nitrates are one of the most powerful nitric oxide boosters in existence. Naturally occurring in beets, spinach, quinoa, and numerous other plants, nitrates operate as potent vasodilators in the body[3,4] which increases blood flow to your muscles[5], translating to some of the biggest muscle pumps you’ve ever witness! But that’s not all, nitrate supplementation also improves athletic performance and energy efficiency by reducing the oxygen cost during training.[6,7] Essentially, your muscles will become more efficient, allowing you to train at the same intensity you’re used to, but without as much fatigue.

Also added were mental-focus agents in scientifically-validated doses, and a sustained-release energy matrix that combines Infinergy™, VitaShure®, pure caffeine, ultra-pure theobromine, N-Methyltyramine, Hordenine, and L-Tyrosine plus L-Taurine.

This is by far the most complete and hard-hitting creatine and beta-alanine FREE pre-workout ever created! You won’t even need those compounds.


Betaine Nitrate

Betaine nitrate, also known as trimethylglycine (TMG), is a reputable supplement that has been used with excellent results. Naturally occurring in several plants including beets, spinach, and quinoa, this ingredient has shown encouraging results in numerous studies.

Betaine has been shown to have affirmative results by helping to protect proteins, cells, enzymes, and proteins from stresses such as dehydration and extreme temperatures. Betaine nitrate has been shown to have the ability to improve body composition quickly.

A six-week study showed that participants were able to lose 3% body fat while gaining over 5 pounds of lean mass while using betaine nitrate. They also increased bench press power and arm size during the study.

Supplementation with betaine nitrate has increased power, force, and strength in bench press and squats; furthermore the quality of reps performed and endurance with the squat exercise are also amplified with betaine nitrate supplementation.

One reason betaine nitrate is able to help your endurance and extend your workouts is by increasing both aerobic and anaerobic metabolisms. It may also increase performance during workouts by improving fatty acid and lactate metabolism – all while expanding intracellular volume. Cortisol levels have been lowered when using betaine before exercising.

Additionally, betaine nitrate may have multiple mechanisms that increase nitric oxide blood levels to assist in the increase of vascular function.


Taurine is a triple-headed beast of an amino acid. First and foremost, this amino enhances cellular hydration, aiding hydration and endurance while training.[8] It also synergizes with caffeine to promote mental clarity, providing for some of the clearest focus you’ve ever experienced in a pre workout.[9] Finally, taurine also speeds recovery and significantly reduces muscle breakdown induced by intense training.[10]

Simply put, everything from focus to performance to recovery is better with taurine!

Taurine also increases blood flow, an impressive trait that allows more nutrients to reach your muscles as you exercise. This helps increase protein synthesis as you build muscle mass.

Ingesting taurine before exercising can improve performance in trained athletes and research shows that taurine speeds recovery time and helps protect muscle damage caused by exercise, significantly reducing muscle breakdown, increasing the results of your workouts.

Taurine is also well researched as a regulator of cell volume. Taurine regulate fluid balance and helps maximize hydration at the cellular level to optimize muscle function. This strongly suggests taurine is also a cell volumizer to supply another stimulus for anabolism.

Supplementation with taurine has also been shown to increase endurance when running. Taurine has numerous benefits as shown in this previous article on Tiger Fitness.


Focus is a crucial, yet highly underrated, aspect of training. Without it, you might as well not even be at the gym. But when you are focused, the quality and effectiveness of your workouts is amplified 100-fold. That’s where L-Tyrosine comes in.

This amino acid enhances production of the dopamine, adrenaline (epinephrine), and noradrenaline (norepinephrine), three important neurotransmitters key to focus, attention, and alertness.[1,2] Tyrosine also exerts some anti-stress benefits when consumed prior to training, helping you stay in the zone no matter how long you’re battling the iron.

Infinergy (DiCaffeine Malate)

Developed by Creative Compounds, Infinergy is a form of slow-release caffeine that provides a longer, smooth infusion of energy into your central nervous system than caffeine anhydrous. Formed from caffeine and malic acid, Infinergy ensures long-lasting energy that won’t bottom you out or leave you feeling jittery. In essence, Infinergy is the slow burn that keeps your engine running through the longest training sessions you’ll face.

Almost everyone in the gym has taken advantage of this glorious substance to assist us at one time or another. Caffeine is a staple in numerous pre-workouts, but Ruckus doesn’t use your typical caffeine.

Creative Compounds developed and produces a specialized form of caffeine named Infinergy, an ionic bond of caffeine and malic acid to increase energy and mental focus. Infinergy may also be easier on sensitive stomachs and is an excellent way to increase mental focus while supplying a surge of energy.


elevATP® is a revolutionary compound developed by FutureCeuticals. Comprised of “ancient peat” (fossilized plants) and apple extracts, elevATP is a highly bioavailable form of exogenous ATP shown to increase intracellular ATP in blood cells.[11] This makes for better energy production while training and improved recovery between sets, yielding improved performance and superior gains.

In fact, a 2016 study using 150mg dose of elevATP (the same dose included in Ruckus), found the novel ingredient improved strength and power output in resistance-trained men[12], meaning its beneficial for the grizzled vets of the iron, and not just gym newbies.

Manufactured with a well-researched combination of “ancient peat” and apple extract, elevATP was developed and produced by Futureceuticals. A recent study has shown promising results with increased muscle hypertrophy when supplementing with elevATP.

N-methyltyramine HCl

N-Methyl Tyramine (NMT) is found naturally PEA alkaloid readily found in a number of plants including bitter orange, barley, and acacia. It stimulates the release of the potent catecholamine noradrenaline (norepinephrine) which bolsters focus, energy, alertness and motivation.[14] NMT also enhances serotonergic and adrenergic neurotransmitter release, leading to heightened mood and sense of well-being.

This ingredient helps to keep you focused on the task at hand.

PURE Caffeine Anhydrous

Known far and wide for its ability to instantaneously ignite the sense and shock you into action, caffeine anhydrous is the perfect complement to the slow-acting energy of Infinergy. Combining these two forms of the world’s oldest and most popular stimulant creates an unbeatable combination of immediate and long-lasting energy that brings you up and never lets you down.

VitaShure Caffeine SR

Rounding out the trifecta of caffeine forms present in Ruckus is VitaShure, an advanced sustained-release form of the stimulant that ensures you never run out of energy during or after your training is over. VitaShure’s unique encapsulation process creates a smooth and consistent release of caffeine that makes for a steady high and gentle come down after the ride is over.


A relative of caffeine, theobromine is another slow-acting stimulant that helps provide smooth, sustained energy, offsetting any possible “crash” that’s notorious with other high stim pre workouts. Theobromine also aids cognitive function, blood flow, and pumps while training due to its ability to function as a vasodilator.[13]

Better energy and pumps from one ingredient? We’ll take that hand over fist!

Theobromine can aid in fat loss and provide that extra blood flow and PUMP. Theobromine has even been linked to having an aphrodisiac effect!

All of this alongside a smooth, controlled stimulant release like caffeine make it a must!

1. Fernstrom JD, Fernstrom MH. Tyrosine, phenylalanine, and catecholamine synthesis and function in the brain. J Nutr. 2007;137(6 Suppl 1):1539S-1547S; discussion 1548S.

2. Deijen JB, Wientjes CJ, Vullinghs HF, Cloin PA, Langefeld JJ. Tyrosine improves cognitive performance and reduces blood pressure in cadets after one week of a combat training course. Brain Res Bull. 1999;48(2):203-209.

3. Kukovetz WR, Holzmann S, Romanin C. Mechanism of vasodilation by nitrates: role of cyclic GMP. Cardiology. 1987;74 Suppl 1:12-19.

4. Cosby K, Partovi KS, Crawford JH, et al. Nitrite reduction to nitric oxide by deoxyhemoglobin vasodilates the human circulation. Nat Med. 2003;9(12):1498-1505. doi:10.1038/nm954.

5. Coles LT, Clifton PM. Effect of beetroot juice on lowering blood pressure in free-living, disease-free adults: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Nutrition Journal. 2012;11:106. doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-106.

6. Larsen FJ, Weitzberg E, Lundberg JO, Ekblom B. Effects of dietary nitrate on oxygen cost during exercise. Acta Physiol (Oxf). 2007;191(1):59-66. doi:10.1111/j.1748-1716.2007.01713.x

7. Lansley KE, Winyard PG, Fulford J, et al. Dietary nitrate supplementation reduces the O2 cost of walking and running: a placebo-controlled study. J Appl Physiol. 2011;110(3):591-600. doi:10.1152/japplphysiol.01070.2010.

8. Pasantes-Morales H, Quesada O, Morán J. Taurine: An Osmolyte in Mammalian Tissues. In: Shaffer S, Lombardini JB, Huxtable RJ, eds. Taurine 3: Cellular and Regulatory Mechanisms. Boston, MA: Springer US; 1998:209-217. doi:10.1007/978-1-4899-0117-0_27.

9. Warburton DM, Bersellini E, Sweeney E. An evaluation of a caffeinated taurine drink on mood, memory and information processing in healthy volunteers without caffeine abstinence. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2001;158(3):322-328. doi:10.1007/s002130100884.

10. da Silva LA, Tromm CB, Bom KF, et al. Effects of taurine supplementation following eccentric exercise in young adults. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab = Physiol Appl Nutr Metab. 2014;39(1):101-104. doi:10.1139/apnm-2012-0229.

11. Reyes T, Shu C, Argumedo R, Nemzer B, Pietrzkowski Z. The Effect of ElevATP on Whole Blood ATP Levels: A Single Dose, Cross over Clinical Study. Vol 1.; 2014.

12. Joy JM, Vogel RM, Moon JR, et al. Ancient peat and apple extracts supplementation may improve strength and power adaptations in resistance trained men. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016;16(1):224. doi:10.1186/s12906-016-1222-x

13. McGovern T, McDevitt E, Wright IS. THEOBROMINE SODIUM SALICYLATE AS A VASODILATOR . Journal of Clinical Investigation. 1936;15(1):11-16.

14. Evans CS, Bell EA, Johnson ES. N-methyltyramine, a biologically active amine in Acacia seeds. Phytochemistry. 1979;18(12):2022-2023. doi:

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The Hype is real guys!!!
Ruckus is the awesome!! i personally 2 scooped it as i have a high tolerance for stimulants. so all in all i experienced amazing energy and skin shplitting pumps! i stacked ruckus with MTS Vasky and i had veins and vascularity no one at my body fat percentage should have (around 17% lol). its great sutff guys. because of the caffein source, its a time release, which means instead of shooting out of a rocket then crashing hard (like i do with prosupps Hyde), you have steady energy throughout your workout. it feels absolutely amazing. and i will buy again!

also to add in my personal OPINION of the common question "ruckus versus clash"....So clash is your clincially dosed preworkout, meaning, it has all the goodies. it has your caffeine, creatine mono, agmatine sulfate, beta alanine, etc. the difference for me with clash and ruckus, is that clash is the full spectrum of all the quality ingredients for a preworkout. ruckus on the other hand is just energy and pumps, literally thats all. side note guys. ruckus does NOT have beta alanine, or any form of creatine. the lack of beta alanine is a bummer (for those of you who dont know, beta alanine is responsible for the tingly feeling) which can be good if you dont like beta alanine, but i am personally a fan of it and what it does for my muscle endurance and strength. it also lacks creatine but because of some of the ingredients you dont need to add creatine. if you must add them, beta alanine and creatine mono are super cheap supps when sold on their own and easily added to ruckus!

so if you already have clash, i say give ruckus a shot you wont regret it :) and by the way, the fruit punch flavor is the AMAZING!!! hope this helps guys! stay swoll :)
November 9, 2015
Age: 25-44
Soild Pre-workout!!
Going to the gym, after long days of college and working late nights was starting to take a toll on my gym performance. I have tried an abundance of pre-workouts and most were similar in having tons of energy, but sometimes almost too much energy, which was leading to me not being able to sleep. So, I decided to give MTS Ruckus a try, and I was honestly quite satisfied with it. The energy I get from it is nice and steady and gives me the focus factor. The pumps were really insane as well, it also mixes and tastes great! But, probably the best thing about it was the effect went away steadily after getting home from the gym so I have been getting to sleep fairly quick, when I get home from the gym. The price is in the ball park which is great for us college students. Overall it is a really solid product!
September 18, 2016
Age: 15-24
Clash + Ruckus + Vasky
WOW....That's all I can say. I did a little digging and found out that you can indeed stack this product with clash (although I wouldn't recommend if you have a very low caffeine tolerance and would not recommend taking the full doses of both together). IT IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE BEST PREWORKOUT STACK I HAVE EVER TRIED. The clash will give you the initial burst of energy coupled with some powerful muscle building ingredients, while the timed release caffeine of ruckus will keep you going for hours. Top that off with some vasky and you can obtain some STUPID PUMPS and train like an animal for hours on end.
March 12, 2016
Stop reading and buy it.
Clean energy and vein popping pumps! I always switch between this and Clash!
February 5, 2017
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A Pre-Workout that is Good to Go
Rukus will help you get after it long after your body would have normally would have been ready to quit. The shipping on this order was paramount I truly do feel like my small order was more than just a number.
February 10, 2017
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Great bang for the buck!
I purchased the pineapple flavor & the flavor is very strong. There's no doubting what flavor it is when you take that first sip. Love it! I also appreciate that it doesn't make you want to scratch your face off. It gives great energy and focus throughout the entire workout with energy left for cardio. I highly recommend!!
October 2, 2017
Age: 25-44
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Fitness Goal:
Fat Loss
This stuff is legit.
I ordered this in a stack. I tried the sample first grape flavor is good and expect a solid workout.
August 7, 2016
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Clean energy with no crashing . 1 scoop is enough for me so I get 40 servings for 24.99. Can't beat that for a quality product .
February 13, 2017
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My new pre workout.
Switched from Jym. The flavor is much better!
March 22, 2018
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Amazing flavor with a great kick. To top it off to crash. It's perfect.
December 4, 2017
Age: 25-44
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Build Muscle
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What the difference between ruckus and clash?
A shopper on Nov 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They both have different ingredients. Ruckus is a High Stimulant product.
When will you have ruckus back in stock?
A shopper on Dec 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Ruckus is in stock now!
hey marc or anyone i was wondering when it will be in stick again hoping to make all kinds of gainz?
A shopper on Dec 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: ruckus is in stock now!
Should you cycle ruckus?
Justin F on Dec 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I personally don't cycle my Ruckus, but you need to listen to your body. If you get to the point of not feeling anything, take a couple weeks off from it and then get back on it.
Stacking creatine hcl with rukus, yay or nay?
A shopper on Dec 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I added creature and beta alanine along with CN3 for now. With vasky too of course
When will you have ruckus in stock?
A shopper on Aug 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Customer service told me early fall. I would recommend clicking on the "e-mail me when in-stock" button below the "add to cart" button. They are currently reformulating Ruckus to make it even better!
How come my three star review isn't showing? I support Tiger Fitness, but if my review of three stars isn't going to show, then I certainly question these reviews if you don't allow the critical ones.... Can you please let me know what's up with that?
Beastly57 on Aug 4, 2016
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How many servings are in it?
A shopper on Nov 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 20 if U take full 2 scoops it calls for.
Would stacking ruckus and clash together be beneficial?
A shopper on Nov 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: i dont know if beneficial is the right word for that combo, nor do i think they were meant to be stacked together, but it seems like an amazing combo and im sure your not the only one who thought about trying them together! but If your balling out enough to have both preworkouts on deck, id try a scoop of each!! Enjoy the combo :) and youll have to write a review about it!!
Besides the caffeine, are the ingredient dosages sufficient at 1 scoop? 400mg is on par with Mr. Hyde and Idk if I'm ready for that.
A shopper on Nov 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Also realize the caffeine types are different. Hyde and Ruckus have similar amounts yes, but Hyde's caffeine source will shoot you out like a rocket and leave you crashing like one too lol. Ruckus has a time released caffeine that will supply your body with steady energy leaving you with no crash. I switched from Hyde to Ruckus and could not be happier. Dont get me wrong, i love me some Hyde! BUT i love me some Ruckus even more! Hope this helped!
My wife and I are transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. Are ruckus and Vasky vegan?
A shopper on Jan 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: YES, they are!
I'm aware of stacking this product with Vasky but is it also possible to throw in the drop factor?
A shopper on Aug 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: TOO MANY STIMS! If you do take Ruckus and Drop Factor, keep them 4-5 hours apart. Vasky can be take with anything at anytime
would stacking this with vasky be beneficial?
kendall m on Nov 22, 2015
MTS Vasky
MTS Vasky
BEST ANSWER: Stacking ruckus with vasky is one of the best combos for a great pre workout drink. Since vasky is non stim (glycerol based) and ruckus contains stimulants and is nitrate based, you are getting the best of both worlds! Go for it! BOOM!
Can you stack with Insurgent?
A shopper on Oct 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: In my opinion there shouldn't be anything stopping you from stacking this with Insurgent.
should I cycle ruckus ?
A shopper on Mar 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You should always cycle on and off any preworkout you take. Your body remembers what you're putting in it and if you put too much in for too long it'll be tough to operate without. I typically recommend 3 weeks on 1 week off but a lot of people often do month on month off.
Would it be too much caffeine if I took ThermoPump in the am and the pre workout Rukus 3 hours later?
A shopper on Feb 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I dont think so... i would definitely stink to the recommended dose if not slight less. You know your body best !
Does the elevatp replace daily creative use or should I continue daily dosage of creative with ruckus?
A shopper on Jan 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My experience was to continue my Creatine usage with the same dosage.
I take my preworkouts fasted. While I’m good with the half scoop, the full dose seems to be causing bowel movements. Would taking some protein prior to taking the full rukus dose help this issue?
eric m on Jun 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is a higher stim pre, so that's the issue. Stimulants in general can cause bowel activation, so this is the cause. Either lower the dose or just let it out!
Has Hordenine hcl been removed ?
A shopper on Apr 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It hasn't, there was a typo on the page and it is being fixed.
Is Citrulline safe to add to Ruckus? If so, how many grams would you recommend?
A shopper on Apr 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: YOU CAN! Go with 6 grams!
How long before my workout starts should I take this ?
A shopper on Mar 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Take this product 15-20 minutes before your workout.
Why was mts ruckus reformulated?
A shopper on Oct 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We kept the base in there and made it even better! I am always looking to IMPROVE when I can--never settle!

--Marc Lobliner
CEO, MTS Nutrition
how many carbs are in new ruckus? doesnt seem to have the nutrition facts on the website
achmed1337 on Oct 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There are no nutrition facts because there are no calories or macronutrients and it is a "supplement" hence the "supplement facts" panel. There are zero carbs and zero calories in ruckus
how many calories ?
A shopper on Sep 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Ruckus has ZERO calories
WHeb is Rukus going to be back once sock? It's been months!
A shopper on Aug 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Ruckus has been IMPROVED and we expect it in about a week!
can i take rukus if i have high blood pressure?
A shopper on Nov 28, 2016
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BEST ANSWER: I would stay away from stimulants if you have high blood pressure.
How is this considered a pre workout with no creatine, citrulline, beta alanine, BCAA's etc? It's pretty much just a ton of caffeine with a little bit of betaine.
A shopper on Sep 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is a high stim prroduct. Look at MTS CLASH for a clinically dosed pre workout.
Is this product okay to take if competing in An OCB Natural competition?
A shopper on May 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would check the list of ingredients and see if any of them are on the banned list for OCB
18 to take this?
A shopper on Apr 21, 2016
What's the best flavor for ruckus and vasky/clash?
A shopper on Mar 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: taste is subjective to each person. I like the green apple ruckus and for clash apple mango and blue razz

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