October 29, 2012
Gaspari Nutrition has been a great supplement company in my past experiences. It seems now they are extremely mainstream/popular and I have personally seen a decline in effectiveness of some of their more recent products. In any case, I loved all of their early products, and Anatropin was a good recent release from Gaspari. I purchased Anatropin (a tesosterone support and estrogen control product) this past summer during a maintenance phase and it worked well for me.
The dosing protocol requires you to take 2 capsules upon waking/before breakfast and an additional capsule 6-8 hours later before a meal. I dosed this as suggested with my first dose right before my morning workouts and the other before dinner or before bed. I took Anatropin on its own by the way.
Ingredient Profile: 7/10
Anatropin contains a proprietary blend in the formula which I dislike. I really like to know exactly what is in every supplement I use. Anatropin contains:
Vitamin D3 1,000 IU
Zinc 10 mg
Anatropin Proprietary blend- velvet bean extract, brassaiopsis, glomerulata extract, anacyclus pyrethrum DC extract.
With a little research I found velvet bean extract (or mucuna pruriens) to be useful as an L-Dopa alternative with some anabolic characteristics. It appears it may also help lower blood sugar and blood pressure to whatever extent. With vitamin D3 and zinc, recent studies have found their applications in bodybuilding to activate genes that increase muscle growth and strength. The other ingredients appear to be aphrodisiac compounds of ayurvedic herbs.
I think herbs that hold anabolic properties often get a bad wrap these days because they aren't proven synthetics or proven minerals, but some herbs really have use in bodybuilding. At a low cost, I think Gaspari Nutrition was justified in using a bunch of herbs in a proprietary blend.
I don't give any product a perfect rating in any category, because if I did it would mean the product would have to be free. In this case, Anatropin was as close to a 10 in value as it could be without actually being a 10. I purchased this on amazon for 15 dollars this summer. This was a steal for me for a month supply. I only bought 1 bottle and I wish I would have bought more because now it looks to be priced around 25 dollars most places.
Effectiveness was the second best part of Anatropin. I only used 1 bottle during this past summer while I was following a maintenance phase and improved my overall body composition. My workout routine included mostly compound exercises (bench press, barbell upright row, military press, etc), bodyweight exercises (dips, pull-ups, chin-ups, push-ups), and cardio 2-3 times per week.
Since I have always been relatively lean and lanky (over 6 feet tall) I haven't ever needed to do much cardio. While using Anatropin I was utilizing long distance jogging 2-3 times per week which isn't abnormal for me but I actually got a lot leaner. My weight usually fluctuates between 208-216 lbs. throughout the year, with my bodyfat somewhere around 9-12 percent.
As far as my eating startegy was concerned, I was working about 45 hours per week in a management position so I couldn't always eat whenever I needed to. I was still able to get above maintenance calories on workout days and less on off days. I believe in keeping protein as high as possible to protect/preserve muscle and rebuild as well, while keeping healthy dietary fats high and carbs low on non-workout days. More or less a carb cycling strategy.
During my 4 week cycle with Anatropin my weight stayed about the same but I looked plenty more "muscular". My results were consistent with a very effective recomp. Endurance was improved (mostly from increased work volume) and strength gains were normal.
Side Effects: 6/10
I have a little bit of experience with natural testosterone boosters and so I can tell when they generally produce the desired effects. I didn't notice any really bad negative side effects except for some oily skin and some slight irritability. I don't ever get very aggressive in my daily life so irritability was unusual. And I didn't ever get much acne growing up so oily skin was also a sign that my testosterone levels were higher than normal.
Gaspari Nutrition definitely didn't travel too far outside the box, instead staying conservative with Anatropin. With that said, I still really liked my 4 week cycle seeing an overall recomposition in my physique. The results were not ground-breaking but I got a lot leaner without really trying too hard. With calories around maintenance to slightly above maintenance, lifting weights 4 times per week and jogging long distance 2-3 times per week, my weight remained mostly unchanged while I looked clearly more muscular. I recommend Anatropin for those looking for a natural testosterone booster to help in recomposition.