May 8, 2013
Ignore the brand name- this product is NOT overhyped.
Aminolast by Gaspari Nutrition doesn't have many reviews yet, and it's been on the market for a little while now. I think a lot of people choose to stick with the well-known staples like Modern BCAA or Purple Wraath. Also, it seems like Gaspari Nutrition gets a bad wrap since they're now such a mainstream supplement company with tons of flashing advertisements in magazines and online. But I must say, ignore the brand name and give Aminolast a try. For the price, it's worth it.
I've heard some people mention that the taste and mixability were average at best, and I would go as far as to say I disagree slightly. I've tried two bottles of the lemon ice flavor and it isn't the best, but it's not bad at all. It's kind of like strong lemonade. That's the best way I can describe it. Concerning mixability, some foam does build up at the top at first, but settles out after a few minutes. I believe Modern BCAA by USP Labs to be the standard for intra-workout aminos. I would say that the taste of Lemon Ice Aminolast is on par with, or slightly better than all of the Modern BCAA flavors (which tend to be a little bitter).
Ingredient Profile: 8/10
Sticking with the theme of comparing Aminolast and Modern BCAA, I give a slight edge to Aminolast. Honestly, I have used Modern BCAA consistently for the past two and a half years when I was running cross country and even when I was following bodybuilding routines. The ingredient profile in Aminolast is pretty simple. Gaspari Nutrition could possibly have considered adding higher quantities of glutamine for added recovery. They added a small amount of electrolytes for hydration and endurance as well, and an effective dose of L-Leucine and Leucine peptides. They also added a compound they call "Ammoject" in the form of L-Ornithine L-Aspartate, which they utilized in other effective products like Size On.
Effectiveness is another area where Aminolast shines. I don't believe there any perfect supplements, so a 9 out of 10 is really top notch. I used Aminolast in the same manner as Modern BCAA, taking 1 scoop during each training session. The good thing about the formula is you can drink it upon waking in the morning, between meals and even later in the day. I would even add a scoop to a large bottle and sip that throughout the day if I needed extra aminos to boost recovery. The recovery and endurance with Aminolast is top notch. Adding electrolytes helps promot hydration and improve endurance during exercise. I implemented this product throughout all types of training programs such as DC Training, powerlifting, high volume training and even with simple cardio. After these training sessions, I experience little-to-no soreness which is always a plus for me. Without an intra-workout amino product like Aminolast or Modern BCAA, I'd feel nearly immobilized for days at a time.
When I first tried Aminolast (in December 2012, I believe), I purchased it for about $22 on amazon. Now, it has risen to $25 for 30 scoops which is still pretty great. I believe this is the best price around for this product. If you only use one scoop during workouts, it can last quite a while. I only train three times per week so I can extract about two and a half months of use from one bottle.
Aminolast by Gaspari Nutrition is a great supplement, plain and simple. Comparing it with Modern BCAA, which in my opinion, is the standard for intra-workout aminos, I would rate Aminolast as an equal or slightly better. Gaspari Nutrition is now an over-hyped mainstream supplement company being pushed by the UFC in tons of ads, but if you ignore the name, they have a really high-quality product in Aminolast. In my honest assessment, it really meets it's claims that say it improves recovery and endurance, while preventing delayed onset muscle soreness. If Aminolast does have a downside, I'd say it's the taste, and probably the name behind it. It is now a staple in my ongoing supplement stack, edging out Modern BCAA as my favorite intra-workout amino supplement.
- Reduces Soreness
- Good Profile
- Could Use More Glutamine