My first experience with an intra-workout supplement came in the form of Purple Wraath
. I was as excited as everyone else when USP Labs
announced their new Modern BCAA
product, and I was even more eager when I found out about the ‘members only’ launch that got me 3 tubs of Modern BCAA
(plus a tub of Jack3d
) for only $50. Of course I immediately Crack
ed open the tub of White Blue Raspberry and set aside my half-finished tub of Wraath upon receiving the shipment.
TASTE & MIXABLITY: 9/10
The WBR flavor of Modern BCAA
is exactly what one would hope for in a blue raspberry flavored product. It has been my experience that blue raspberry flavored products are a bit of a gamble and usually are either extremely tasty or absolutely horrendous. Luckily the WBR Modern BCAA
is crisp and clean, with a nice tart flavor and a smooth finish. There’s no strange aftertaste, nor does the product have that off-putting medicinal flavor of other intra-workouts (referring to Purple Wraath
). I have not yet tried the other two flavors that were included in the shipment (Grape and Unflavored).
My preferred method of dosing Modern BCAA
was two scoops poured directly into a ‘sports top’ bottle of water (I used a funnel to get the powder into the bottle). After a vigorous thirty seconds of shaking, nearly all of the powder had dissolved quite nicely, and I did not experience any powdery residue at the bottom of the bottle. I know a few users complained about the frothy build-up of the product, which I found did happen when I used cold bottles of water. Even so, the L-Leucine build-up didn’t bother me at all and was almost completely avoided so long as I used warm water.
The ingredient profile for Modern BCAA
is about as plain and clean as you get in this sort of product. There are no added fillers or buffers, no artificial colors or flavors which I greatly prefer. I found Modern BCAA
’s to provide solid energy, especially during cardio sessions. I do feel that this product helped improve the overall quality of my workouts by keeping me hydrated and helping fight intra-workout fatigue.
I liked the effects of Modern BCAA
’s so much that I often added a few scoops to my water bottle and drank it over the course of the day to sustain my energy levels and keep me in a positive state of mind.
Obviously if you were in on the private release of this product, the value was astonishing. Three 35 serving tubs for $50? Now that is an incredible deal. Right now this product is retailing for $28.99 on BB.com, which equates to a per-serving cost of $0.82. Conversely, a 45 serving tub of Purple Wraath
will cost you $0.75 per-serving, while 30 servings of Xtend
costs a meager $0.65 per-serving. As you can see, Modern BCAA
is a bit more expensive than some of its competitors. While you are getting a higher dosage of a proprietary blend of BCAAs
through Modern BCAA
(10 grams per serving) than through Xtend
(~9.5 grams) or Purple Wraath
(~7 grams), you’re also missing out on some of the ancillary benefits offered by the two aforementioned competitors, such as Beta Alanine
, Citrulline Malate
There’s not a whole lot else you could expect from such a product. It gives you exactly what’s been promised – a high clean dose of BCAA
’s, nothing else. I personally love this product and feel that with a slightly more competitive price point, it could gain a very strong foothold in the world of intra-workout supplements. Once again, USP Labs
delivers a promising product that illustrates the company’s commitment to both its customers and the world of personal fitness.