Xtend: One of the worst named supplements on the market today. Honestly, this product sounds like a medication for ED. Regardless of its horrific name however, I decided to give this popular intra-workout supplement a try as I was in need of a 0 calorie source of BCAAs
during my Fastin
g period. To date I have finished off a 30 serving tub of Orange and half of a 90 serving tub of the same flavor.
Simply put, Xtend
is one of the best tasting supplements I have come across. Personally I need my BCAA
source / intra-workout product to be enjoyable and tasty, as I often sip on the product throughout the day. Xtend
fits this bill perfectly. I have actually tried 4 different flavors of this product (Muscle and Strength
has a deal where you can buy 3-30 serving tubs for the same price as a 90 serving tub). Here are my rankings for each flavor I’ve tried:
Orange: 10 – Absolutely fantastic. Tastes like an orange creamsicle. I’ve gone through roughly 60 servings of this flavor and I’m nowhere near tired of it.
Watermelon: 10 – Unique, refreshing, and just plain awesome. Everyone raves about this flavor for a reason as it truly is unlike any other supplement on the market.
Grape: 8 – Nice and smooth but nothing special. The grape tastes exactly like you would expect from a grape-flavored supplement. I haven’t had much of the grape flavor but I don’t think it will stay as refreshing to my taste buds as orange and watermelon.
Apple: 7.5 – Ehhhh. If you like green apple Jolly Ranchers, then you’ll love this flavor. It’s a bit different yes, but personally not my favorite. Sometimes has a weird smell to it. Regardless, it’s still enjoyable. I have this container at work.
As with most other BCAA
is also a bit stubborn when it comes to fully dissolving. Often there will be a slight film on the top of the water and BCAA
flakes in my shaker bottle even after a full 30 seconds of shaking. Personally this doesn’t bother me in the slightest, and on the whole I found Xtend
to mix a bit better than MBCAA
but not quite as well as Purple Wraath
or Amin.O Energy.
As mentioned above, I used Xtend
as an “anytime” supplement as well as during my workouts. Although it’s not necessary when doing Intermittent Fastin
g, I have found that sipping a flavored BCAA
supplement throughout the morning helps me feel fuller and further decreases my level of soreness. Xtend
really shines in this capacity as its ingredient profile is clean and calorie free. A single serving (2 scoops) delivers 9.6g’s of BCAAs
as well as 10mg’s of vitamin B6 and 1g of Citrulline Malate
. Of course, the flavors of this product also play a heavy role, and the wide variety of Xtend
flavors scores it another point in this category.
As an intra-workout product, Xtend
is solid but not necessarily a stand out. I did notice a slight decrease in soreness post-workout, but I felt that both Purple Wraath
had a positive impact on my between-set recovery
time, where as Xtend
did not. I also like PW better in terms of energy, as the Beta Alanine
and Niacin included in each dosing provide for a nice kick. Personally I added Beta Alanine
for my workout for this very reason.
This is my only real gripe with Xtend
. A 90 serving tub costs $50, which breaks down to a per serving cost of .55c. Purple Wraath
costs almost the exact same for the same amount ($1 more), while 35 servings of MBCAA
will run you around $29 and a higher per serving cost of .82c. Finally, Amin.O Energy, which is a bit tougher to price out as there seems to always be a special on BB.com, costs the same as Xtend
for a 30 serving tub, but breaks down to a slightly less .50c per serving cost when you go with the “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” deal.
By and large, Xtend
competes in its price point with other similar intra-workout products; however I feel that it should be slightly less for what it offers. I love this product and I FLY through it (I use roughly 3-4 servings per day), but it doesn’t offer some of the bonuses included in PW (mentioned above) or Amin.O Energy (which includes caffeine, Green Tea Extract
, and is in somewhat of a different category altogether), nor does Xtend
offer the 10g’s of “highly micronized” BCAA
’s that does Modern BCAA
Xtend is a great tasting and versatile supplement that can be a solid addition to any stack. For me, a BCAA
supplement ranks high on my list of supplement priorities, and Xtend
currently occupies the top spot on the list of intra-workout products that I’ve tried. Although not packed with some of the goodies of other products, Xtend
still delivers everything you need and a little bit more. The wide variety of flavors and the fact that it’s one of the best tasting supplements on the market make Xtend
an excellent product and one of my personal favorites.