February 23, 2013
A huge shout out is in order for my original idol of the iron, Mr. Olympia himself, Ronnie Coleman. He and all of the gracious folks who take of his Signature Series supplement line were kind enough to hook up 5 members of the ER team with their ENTIRE product line. We’re talking upwards of $300+ dollars worth of supplements in exchange for some damn good objective reviews.
So for the first review in what will end up being a series of five total, let’s take a look at Myo-Blitz, a concentrated preworkout.
The approach to Myo Blitz was to try to make a hybrid between the old school, fully loaded, non-concentrated preworkouts and the new-aged, ultra-concentrated preworkouts. In essence, trying to put a lot of active ingredients in a small serving size.
Myo-Blitz also boasts the ability to amplify N.O. production, be DMAA free, provide fat burning support, and spur new muscle growth.
Based on my observations and the product label, I can say that all of these claims were met by Myo-Blitz. It’s nice to see a company make REASONABLE label claims, and it’s even nicer to see them back it up.
The ingredient profile itself was a bit odd. There were some names and bonds in the prop blends that I’ve never seen before. And having prop blends at all is a bit sketchy.
Even though the label says not to (sorry guys over at RCSS), I took 2 scoops before every workout, stacked with Testogen-XR and Stacked N.O. I’ll list the one scoop serving profile, but keep in mind that I was getting double of everything. Let’s get technical!
Serving Size: 8 grams
Carbs: 2g (Sugar: 0g)
Myo-Blitz Proprietary Blend (6,117mg)
3X-Treme Energy Shock: L-Phenylalanine, L-Taurine, L-Tyrosine, Glucuronolactone, Caffeine Anhydrous, Citrus Aurantium Extract, Schizandra Extract, SensaCool Flavoring
3X-Pansion & Recovery Matrix: Creatine (L-Creatine & Creatine Gluconate), L-Citrulline, HICA, AstraGin (Astragalus membrenaceus) (root)
The first three ingredients in the 3X-Treme Energy Shock blend are amino acids. Studies suggest they can all play a role in improving mental acuity, focus, mood, and athletic performance.
Glucuronolactone increases perceived energy and alertness, which is why it’s found in common energy drinks like Red Bull. Caffeine also works synergistically with Glucunolactone, and we all know what caffeine can do on its own for energy and pain reduction purposes.
Citrus aurantium extract, aka bitter orange, increases resting BMR and thermogenisis without spiking your heart rate. Schizandra Extract supports “vitality”, memory, and reduces stress.
SensaCool is a type of flavoring system that makes everything have a minty aftertaste and makes your mouth feel like you’ve been sucking on a mint for a while. Mint aftertaste on a fruit punch supplement? Not the best combo. More on this later.
This part of the blend worked PHENOMENALLY. Remember, I was taking double the dose of this because I’m tolerant to stimulants. But I have to say the energy and focus I got from Myo Blitz was probably the third best I’ve experienced next to Anabolic Kreations G33k3d and Purus Muscle Marinade.
I could also kind of tell my mood was improving. It cleared my mind of all of the extra clutter that is constantly going on. It’s a zen-like focus, and it’s more of a “feel good” energy spike than most preworkouts.
The energy increase is quick and I was in the zone following my full body warmup, before I even touched a weight. There weren’t any jitters, even at two scoops. And I did notice my body temperature go up more than normal, almost like when I take a thermo. Nothing uncomfortable though.
That said, I did crash more often than not from this. But I rolled with the punches.
The 3X-Pansion blend is a little more straight forward. Creatine is basically a must for any pre if you want added muscular energy and strength. I’m assuming L-Creatine is regular old mono, but creatine gluconate is a much more stable than regular creatine. Apparently, it doesn’t convert to creatinine in the gut and absorbs more rapidly and completely.
Honestly, I couldn’t tell any difference in added strength from most pres that include Creapure. But I can live with this creatine blend, and if the claims are true, less is needed to be just as effective as Creapure.
L-Citrulline is my vasodilator of choice, so bravo, RCSS. It converts to l-arginine in the body, which produces nitric oxide. But I don’t respond to anything less than 6g of citrulline at a time. Even 2 scoops of Myo Blitz probably won’t deliver that much seeing how low it is in the blend. But remember, I was stacking this with Testogen-XR and Stacked N.O., so the pump was there in a big way because each product has N.O. producing ingredients.
HICA, or Leucic Acid, is a metabolite of Leucine. It increases protein synthesis while reducing muscle breakdown, and it can reduce DOMs. HICA worked well for me when I was cutting and was trying to maintain muscle mass when it was included in PES Alphamine, and it worked well again here.
AstraGin is something I’ve never seen before. It’s a natural compound that has been shown (in 12 studies) to significantly improve absorption of nutrients in humans. It improves amino absorption by 67%, vitamin absorption by 50%, and ATP production by 18%.
Given its benefits, I’m surprised I’m not seeing AstraGin in more products, especially amino acid mixes. I have no way of scientifically proving this, and I’m not sure what absorbing more nutrients would “feel like”, but the studies and numbers are there to back it up.
I always knock some points for prop blends, since there’s no way to be exactly sure what you’re getting. Also a minor gripe with the 8 calories and 2g carbs (16 and 4g for me), I like my pres to be zeroed out.
But all told, I think the profile deserves an 8. It covers all the bases in terms of pump, strength, energy, focus, and even a little bit of fat burning.
Given that I was running this as a part of the entire RCSS Stack, I’m going to try my best to isolate Myo-Blitz effectiveness, but just keep in mind that other products were aiding my progress as well. I also switched up my workout routine to an upper/lower body split, so the new frequency to my workouts may be helping as well.
In 4 weeks (most notable improvements):
Weight: 176 to 174 (-2 lbs)
Waist: 33 3/8 to 33 1/8 (-1/4 inch)
Chest: 40 1/8 to 40 3/4 (+5/8 inch)
Bench Press: 195 x 9 to 200 x 10
Barbell Rows: 195 x 7 to 200 x 9
Romanian Deadlifts: 225 x 12 to 245 x 14
Leg Press: 380 x 13 to 405 x 13
Pullups: 6 to 9
Squats: 280 x 8 to 285 x 8
Most other lifts in between rose slightly too in either reps or weight. The progress wasn’t anything astonishing, but I’d consider it slightly above average. What sets it apart for me was that I got stronger while losing weight and tightening my waistline. This speaks to the fat burning aspect of MB.
Also, the pump is undeniable, but that’s also while taking Testogen-XR and Stacked N.O. However, I do consider this to be the main contributor, then TXR, and finally the SNO.
Taste/Side Effects: 4
No bueno. First off, the taste. Remember I said minty fruit punch? Now add cough syrup. Not so good, but it does grow on you a bit. It actually reminded me a lot of Beast Nutrition Beast Mode, for anyone who’s had that. No mixing problems to report.
And for side effects… let’s just say Myo-Blitz may also be a description of what you will be doing to your toilet when you’re done working out. I think this is why the label says limit to one scoop.
I had TERRIBLE stomach pains and multiple long stays in the bathroom on more than one occasion near the end of my cycle with this. But I figured the positives outweighed the negatives, so I kept doing 2 scoops. I’m one a dem dere “ignorant youths”.
A word to the wise: IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH, MYO-BLITZ IS NOT FOR YOU.
Myo-Blitz comes in 10 and 30 serving tubs. No clue why anyone would buy 10 servings. But the 30 serving tub is a decent value. Muscleandstrength.com has it listed for $38, which would mean about $1.27 per scoop, or $2.54 per 2 scoops (before tax and shipping).
One scoop value is decent, 2 scoop value isn’t all that great. Together that gives Myo an average 7 for value.
As long as your stomach and tastebuds allow it, I say give Myo-Blitz a try. The energy and focus you get are top notch, and I’m willing to say that this will give a pretty good pump as a standalone. You also get a nice bump in strength and even fat loss, which is rare/weird/pleasing in a pre.
And don't take the "maybe" recommendation negatively, I only put that to note the people who will be turned away from this by the stomach issues. For everyone else who can handle it, two thumbs up.
1 down, 4 more RCSS products to go!
LIGHT WEIGHT BABY!
- Burns Fat
- Increased Focus
- Yeah Buddy
- Increased Energy
- Improves Pump
- Improves Strength
- Improves Mood
- A Little Expensive
- Prop Blend!
- Stomach Issues
- Weird Taste
- Minor Crash