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BEST NEW REVIEW

RE1GN (Olympus Labs)

Overall
Overall
8.4
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
9.0
Value
Value
7.7
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Olympus Labs for sending it out!
(Show run details )
  December 8, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Pump
  • Increased Focus
  • Increased Endurance
  • Increased Energy
  • -Trucker Meth
  • Too Jittery
  • Bad Taste
  • Had To Go To The Bathroom For Hours
  • Some People May Experience Anxiety

Introduction

Huge thanks to Ray and Layla for shipping it out all the way across the ocean giving me the chance to review this product. About me, I'm a college student (business management and administration) that is currently bulking and getting stronger!

This is how the product worked for me, it may be different for you.

Ingredient Profile

Let's break it down:

- Pump and endurance matrix [L-Citrulline 5g, Pomegranate powder extract 1g, Vaso6 300mg]: VASO6 is an innovative vasodilation and nitric oxide ingredient with a 50% convertibility to nitrix oxide. L-Citru...

Introduction

Huge thanks to Ray and Layla for shipping it out all the way across the ocean giving me the chance to review this product. About me, I'm a college student (business management and administration) that is currently bulking and getting stronger!

This is how the product worked for me, it may be different for you.

Ingredient Profile

Let's break it down:

- Pump and endurance matrix [L-Citrulline 5g, Pomegranate powder extract 1g, Vaso6 300mg]: VASO6 is an innovative vasodilation and nitric oxide ingredient with a 50% convertibility to nitrix oxide. L-Citrulline supplementation results in reduced fatigue and improved endurance for both aerobic and anaerobic prolonged exercise.

- Energy matrix [caff. 300 mg, Eria Jarensis extract (?), Julgans regia extract (?), St1m-X (?)]: Eria Jarensis is a is a potent energy booster, is a standardized extract of the alkaloids of the C.Macroceras plant that Olympus Labs has trademarked and caffeine is a powerful stimulant, and it can be used to improve physical strength and endurance. It is classified as a nootropic because it sensitizes neurons and provides mental stimulation.

- Focus matrix [Theacrine 100mg, KannaEase 25 mg]: KannaEase is an extract of Kanna that Olympus Labs has trademarked and it increases focus and elevates mood, theacrine is like caffeine but without the jitters and without building tolerance to it.

- Absorption matrix [Astragin 50mg]

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

- Flavors available are: Dragons mist, Krusherz, Isee Fury, Lions Blood and Area 51. I have no idea how the majority of them taste like as the name itself isn't very descriptive, I do know that they changed the flavoring system but I don't know if the tub that I got was the last formulation or the new one. The flavor was Area 51, I still have no idea what it tasted like, it was sweet with a weird, vanilla-y aftertaste, it was decent but nothing extraordinary and it had a grainy texture to it.

- It left no residues on my shaker cup so no mixability issues. It does foam a lot.

- The product calls for 6-8 oz of water but you have to use a whole lot more, it regulates and standardizes the flavor.

- Dosing is 1 to 2 scoops 30 min. before training.

Effectiveness

As I said before, a regular dose is 2 scoops, according to the label this product is supposed to give you: Tunnel vision focus, maximum endurance, extreme pumps and insane energy. Let's see how it really performs:

- Energy: God, this and psychotic are the two products that gave me the most intense energy and the feeling of wanting to lift everything. Some days it kicked fast but other days it was an increasing curve of energy, my recommendation is to drink it on your way to the gym, if you drink it at home and then have to drive you may not be able sit straight. The energy is long lasting as well, it feels like it never ends even after hours (I know this can be a problem for some people, specially if training late at night). I had to restrain myself some evenings as I knew I wouldn't be able to fall asleep as easy. The combination of 300 mg of caffeine + Eria jarensis + stim X + 100 mg of teacrine is killer, I'm used to high stim products and I honestly felt it was "too much" some days, I can see some people having a though time with the product if they don't start with 1 scoop. I did NOT experience any crash, no super elevated heart rate either, it was a nice surprise since this thing can melt your cns.

- Pump: They have some trademarked and some less known ingredients in here. The pump was intense even when training fasted, for me it was more of a "full" effect rather than a "veins popping all around" feeling unless I stuffed my face with a carb meal pre training. Pumps did not reach the point of psysically hurting however. Loved training arms and shoulders on this product.

- Endurance: I won't say this product doesn't give you more endurance but I will say it is the "worst" part of the product, compared to energy, pumps and focus it feels a little left out, it was nothing to write home about.

- Focus: Energy and focus are the shining parts of the product, the focus was unreal, I was in the zone the whole time. I like to listen to music when working out and the songs felt more motivating and hyping than they usually do. One of the highlights is that the focus stays with you for a while, I loved taking this and going to class after hitting the gym, it made class more fun and interesting. // The mood aspect is notable as well, nice well-being feeling BUT some people may experience some "depression" post workout that can be attributed to Eria Jarensis.

* I want to make a recommendation to Olympus labs, you guys should release a nootropic/brain booster product, turn down the stimulants and keep the focus ingredients from this one. Now that gaming products like gfuel are selling like crazy it would be a great opportunity to expand the market.

All in all, very good energy and focus product, strong pumps and a somewhat regular endurance.

Value

It costs 50 bucks on Olympus labs website but you can find it for around 29 to 30 dollars in different websites, plus they usually have a BOGO offer around. If you go with 2 scoops (1 dose) the price per serv is $1.5, 0.75 if you only take one. It's not cheap but I strongly believe it is worth every penny.

Side Effects

Stomach discomfort some days, jitters some days.

Conclusion

Great and outstanding product, it was probably one of the best if not the best pre workout I have tried, solid all around product for the stim junkies. I'd love to see Olympus Labs pushing this product on the european market at a reasonable price as it is difficult to import it from the US and it isn't widely available either.

I hope they offer their new products here on Supplement Reviews, I would love to try the new things that they come up with. After seeing a bunch of their new trademarked ingredients on Re1gn I cannot wait to see what the future has in store.

This product is a must try if you need a serious kick in the butt before training.


NEW REVIEWS
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Natural Subsistence for sending it out!
(Show run details )
  December 10, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
    • No Gym Performance Benefits
    • Only 10 Pills
    • Too Expensive

    Introduction

    Alright, so here we go! A huge thank you to Natural Subsistence for providing me the opportunity to try this baby out! And for putting up with my complete lack of tech savvy (massive issues with button clicking I have).

    So, Leyzene, my sexual lean orange friend you've been a bit of a doozy. First a foremost I'm having mixed feelings about how how to rate this products. It labels itself as a performance enhancer that you take before you go lift (whether you're lifting weights or woman). I have found that for THAT purpose, this product comes up short. It does, however, m...

    Introduction

    Alright, so here we go! A huge thank you to Natural Subsistence for providing me the opportunity to try this baby out! And for putting up with my complete lack of tech savvy (massive issues with button clicking I have).

    So, Leyzene, my sexual lean orange friend you've been a bit of a doozy. First a foremost I'm having mixed feelings about how how to rate this products. It labels itself as a performance enhancer that you take before you go lift (whether you're lifting weights or woman). I have found that for THAT purpose, this product comes up short. It does, however, make good on it's promise. It just takes about 5 days to feel it.

    Ingredient Profile

    Horny Goat Weed (400mg) - This herb does....well almost exactly what it sounds like. It's main functions is it increases blood flow making it easier for both your muscles and your long rod to get what they need to get their jobs done. Another neat feature is this herb contains phytoestrogens which help treat/prevent bone loss. Haha, just hit me! This herb helps keep your bones and boners! Hahahah! Haha! Ha...Ha.........ehm...ha

    ...moving on

    Arginine HLC (400mg) - Blow flow increaser, hormone stimulator and organ maximizer. Once again the adventures of Longrodvahnhugendong and the muscles collide. Makes sense though, Longrod is a muscle right? What this guy boils down to is better performance in physical activity.

    Black Pepper Extract (35mg) - Our catalyst of the label. This guys main benefit is to increase the body's ability to absorb nutrients.

    Ginger (20mg) - Boost your blood flow and decrease inflammation.

    Gluconolactone (10mg) - This guy? Why worry about this little guy? The guy that's used mostly in anti aging creams or face moisturizers? What could this possibly offer to us? Something rather infriggincredible. This little metabolizes at the same rate as 1 gram of sugar. During this seeming insignificant process it turbocharges the bodies ability to digest and metabolize carbohydrates. Boom Chaca Laca!

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    Well, you undo pill from packet...you take pill....

    The label tells that 30 minutes before banging out some weight...or banging.... to take 1-2 pills. For the purposes of reviewing this product I opted to take 1 pill for nine days to try and get a long term view of it. On the tenth day I took 2 pills.

    Effectiveness

    This is where my problem is. First and foremost;

    Holy Munchies batman! Took until about day three but my eating game was on point! Wolfe always said eat for the size you want to be, not the size you are. Well thank you Leyzene! I. Ate. So. Much. Food.
    My appetite slimmed down quite quickly after I stopped taking Leyzene despite my workout plan being the same. My eating was clean, I'd be very interested in using this long term to see what kind of growth I could get off it.

    Muscle Madless. I did not notice any increase in strength or endurance when taking this before gym or bedroom. Over the course of 9 days I DID notice SOME growth, mainly in the arms. That could be as much do the the eating as it is this product and it certainly wasn't anything to write home about. But for ten days I suppose it deserves a blurb on here.

    After 9 days I felt better, it was mostly noticeable when I STOPPED taking the product. A slow feeling of Alpha confidence and focus seemed to creep it's way into my every day being. By day 7 or 8 I could feel that difference and if felt good. Not GREAT, but good. Almost like a anti-depressant. Again, I noticed that it actually was a fairly large improvement simply because of the loss of that feeling when I stopped taking Leyzene.

    Value

    $21.00 for 10 pills? IF this product delivered on it's intended purpose I could see it being worth that as a bedroom banging bumper pill. But it didn't do that for me, I felt a product that seems more of a long term type. At $21.00 per 10 pills that would be unsustainable.

    Side Effects

    Munchies...Munchies...and....Munchies

    Conclusion

    I want to give this product a higher score, I really really do. The thing is where I felt this product excelled, what I felt this product do and what I think it COULD do...it's not a pre-hit product.
    It claims to be pre-hit, take your dose and either gear up for the gym or give Longrodvahnhugendong a good looking trim. There were no instant effects for me at all. Longrod didn't even stand up to see what was happening on this.
    It functioned more like a long term "test booster" like product for me. With a little re-dosing and a lot of price trimming I think this product would be a very effect growth enhancer for hard gainers just based on the ten days I had it.

    As a pre-work out or pre-bedroom....I'm sorry, this product doesn't deliver.



    AMINO RECOVERY (International Protein)

    Overall
    Overall
    6.5
    Effectiveness
    Effectiveness
    7.5
    Value
    Value
    5.0
    Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
    Thanks to International Protein for sending it out!
    (Show run details )
      December 10, 2017

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Builds Muscle
    • Reduced Muscle Soreness
    • Recovery
    • Transparent Label
    • Too Expensive
    • Not Widely Available

    Introduction

    I want to thank International Protein for participating in the SR TROOP Program. This was the first time I've heard of them, part of this reasoning could be that they are an Australian company. They seem to have an impressive list of products out so I decided to try a few. One of these products is Amino Recovery...I've been supplementing additional amino acids during my training sessions for added hydration & recovery.

    Claims from packaging:
    - Rapid Delivery Amino Acids & Peptides
    - Supports Fast Recovery
    - Supports Muscle Synthesis
    - During & Post Workout Formulation...

    Introduction

    I want to thank International Protein for participating in the SR TROOP Program. This was the first time I've heard of them, part of this reasoning could be that they are an Australian company. They seem to have an impressive list of products out so I decided to try a few. One of these products is Amino Recovery...I've been supplementing additional amino acids during my training sessions for added hydration & recovery.

    Claims from packaging:
    - Rapid Delivery Amino Acids & Peptides
    - Supports Fast Recovery
    - Supports Muscle Synthesis
    - During & Post Workout Formulation

    Ingredient Profile

    The ingredient profile is quite interesting when compared to other amino acid supplements.

    Per serving: 1 scoop 10.6g
    35 Calories
    1g Carbohydrates
    8g Protein from PeptoPro Hydrolyzed Casein
    3g Glutamine
    2g BCAAs (.9g L-Leucine, .6g L-Valine, .5g L-Isoleucine)
    17 Total Essential/Non-Essential Amino Acids

    As you can tell this is a pretty interesting profile that looks eye popping. Your getting 8g Protein from pre-digested protein peptides (di/tri peptides), "17" total essential/non-essential amino acids & 3g Glutamine. However its a bit disappointing to only see 2 total Grams of BCAAs per serving.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    Taste - I received the Watermelon flavor for this review which is one of five flavors currently available. The taste was really sweet tasting, you can definitely tell its sweetened with sucralose. Overall I give taste a 7/10.

    Mixability - There were no issues in regards to mixability.... No clumping or settlement.

    Dosing- I used this as an intra-workout mixing one scoop with 8-10 oz of water. The bag suggests using Amino Recovery during intra & post workout however that only gives you only 15 total training days worth.

    Effectiveness

    Overall I found the effectiveness of Amino Recovery to be moderate. There was enough things that got noticed but nothing over the top. This product is based on recovery and it did help reduce soreness & doms. I can say Amino Recovery helped me gain lean muscle by fueling my muscles allowing me to train harder. So in all, it did the job in terms of helping me recover - nothing over the top but a noticeable difference.

    Value

    The cheapest value I could find was on the International Protein website for $40. With 30 servings per package your paying around $1.33 per serving. This is just way way to much in general especially if you take servings during intra/post workout ($2.66 per day). There are some comparable products to this and this is by far one of the most expensive.

    Side Effects

    None

    Conclusion

    In conclusion is a good recovery product to help you get through tough training sessions. However I'd like to see a better BCAA ratio (0.9/0.6/0.5) and the price will drain your bank account. Once again I want to thank International Protein for giving me the opportunity to review Amino Recovery.
    Flavors:
    • Watermelon: 7/10


      December 10, 2017

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Pretty Good Pumps
    • Increased Strength
    • Transparent Label
    • Bad Value For The International Version
    • Possible Filler Ingredients
    • No Bcaa
    • Expensive For What It Is
    • Surprisingly Low Energy
    • Shaky Endurance
    • International Version Only 15 Servings In Max Dose
    • Bad Taste

    Introduction

    Hello SR nation, Redweilerfan here with another preworkout review for you guys to enjoy. This time we will have a go with a pre that one accurately could describe as a mainstream one; BSN N.O Xplode 3.0, or as it is known here in Europe: "BSN N.O Xplode Re-engineered" or simply N.O Xplode 3.0. If I'm not mistaken this first came out in its original version in about 2004 and quickly achieved widespread usage. Now, this is the third reformulation of the same pre and it is still a popular one among the fitness and bodybuilding crowd. I had heard both positive and negative ...

    Introduction

    Hello SR nation, Redweilerfan here with another preworkout review for you guys to enjoy. This time we will have a go with a pre that one accurately could describe as a mainstream one; BSN N.O Xplode 3.0, or as it is known here in Europe: "BSN N.O Xplode Re-engineered" or simply N.O Xplode 3.0. If I'm not mistaken this first came out in its original version in about 2004 and quickly achieved widespread usage. Now, this is the third reformulation of the same pre and it is still a popular one among the fitness and bodybuilding crowd. I had heard both positive and negative comments about it, so I decided to give it a go myself. A few words on me; I'm working out 4 times a week and currently is in a bulking phase. Preworkouts are necessities for me so that I can perform as much as I possibly can. So, let's go IN DEPTH with this popular pre and see if it holds up to scrutiny. Buckle up!

    Ingredient Profile

    Right off the bat, I want to say that this is the international (European) version and this will impact my review, with value for one thing. There are some differences in ingredients, but the main obstacle is that the international version is a 2 scoop serving size for optimal dosages, whereas the U.S version is a 1 scooper serving size. But we will discuss this further below. With 2 scoops, then, we get;

    Energy: 63 calories
    Vitamin C 150 mg (187 % of your daily allowance)
    Vitamin D 4.6 mcg (92 % of your daily allowance)
    Vitamin B1 3.5 mg (319 % of your daily allowance)
    Vitamin B3 14 mg (86 % of your daily allowance)
    Vitamin B6 3.5 mg (251 % of your daily allowance)
    Folic acid 336 mcg (168 % of your daily allowance)
    Vitamin B12 2.1 mcg (83 % of your daily allowance)
    Pantothenic acid 11 mg (178 % of your daily allowance)
    Magnesium 247 mg (66 % of your daily allowance)

    L-Arginine 6 g
    L-Lysine 1.9 g
    Glycine 1 g
    N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (NALT) 1 g
    Taurine 1 g
    L-Phenylalanine 160 mcg
    Creatine Monohydrate 3.4 g
    Beta alanine (CarnoSyn) 2.5 g
    Inositol 1.9 g
    Choline 400 mg
    Betaine (Trimethylglycine) 1.5 g
    Caffeine anhydrous 300 mg
    Grapefruit bioflavonoids 50 mg
    Grape seed extract 50 mg
    Amalaki extract 75 mg
    Black Pepper extract 10 mg

    So, on paper it seems to be a nicely put together formula and BSN boasts that this is a complete pre. Alright, let's take a look at the ingredients and what they can do to benefit us. It also has a transparent label (international version), which is a plus.

    B-C-D vitamins/magnesium: these vitamins are essential for energy production by converting carbohydrates to glucose and they lend themselves to some recovery as well. Vitamin D is a well-known pre-condition for hormonal balance, especially testosterone, bone density and for an effective immune system. Vitamins C and D are also involved in protein synthesis, working from different aspects, they provide antioxidative effects, and are overall necessary for life itself basically. Vitamin C partakes in absorption as well. B-vitamins are often used in preworkouts to balance out the effects of stims, thus reducing risks for post workout crashes. In my opinion, 300 mg of caffeine does not warrant high dosages of B-vitamins, but rather dosages up to 400 mg. Many companies also put a lot of vitamins in their products so that the labels are looking good basically (the more the better aspect). But sometimes, as we all know, less is more. With a good and balanced diet, vitamins are not really necessary in a pre.

    L-arginine: this amino acid is essential for nitric oxide increase in your body, which in turn causes increased blood flow, nutrient availability (so the theory goes) and muscle volume. In short, we take it for the pumps! Well, l-arginine is a somewhat controversial supplement, partly due to new effective supplements such as citrulline and agmatine having replaced it, and in part due to indications of it having bad bio availability. There are indications of poor bio availability, yes, but further research needs to be done in this area. However, it is a fact that l-arginine has been more or less abandoned as a stand alone supplementation in preworkouts, so it is both interesting and odd to see it here in N.O Xplode as a pump ingredient. Takes me back to the old days The U.S version has citrulline malate instead, superior to l-arginine, but severely under dosed there, hidden behind a prop blend (with a bunch of other ingredients adding up to only 1 g). Therefore I prefer l-arginine which here comes in an optimal dosage 6 g (3-6 g usually is regarded as clinical dose, Examine.com).

    L-lysine & Glycine: glycine is a non essential amino acid responsible for energy production and oxygen supply on a cellular level and it appears to be necessary for a vital immune system. L-lysine is an essential amino acid needed for keeping bone structure intact and for maintaining adequate absorption of calcium. It seems to be effective in the treatment of herpes. The question we have to ask ourselves is this; are these amino acids needed in a preworkout or are they just filler ingredients?

    NALT: l-tyrosine in a more highly soluble form. It crosses the blood-brain barrier and has a more direct effect on the brain. It is taken for mental focus and for well-being, and if you are lucky it can participate in producing euphoria during workouts. 1 g is a good dose of this highly soluble version.

    Taurine: a proven ingredient which is responsible for increased power output and for muscle volumization. As with NALT, 1 g is a pretty good dose, although I have seen double that dose in other pres. It also has some energizing properties, although this is of a more secondary character. Taurine and l-tyrosine taken together is a good combination overall.

    L-phenylalanine: an essential amino acid and a precursor to l-tyrosine which is involved in the production of l-dopa. The dose of 160 mcg seems to be severely under dosed. Is it a filler?

    Creatine monohydrate: perhaps the best scientifically validated supplement on the market. It is involved in energy production in the muscles, resulting in increased endurance especially during short burst high intensity training. 3.4 g or thereabouts is kind of the industry standard in preworkouts today, but research indicates that 5 g is the optimal dose in order to reap the benefits of creatine mono fully. Most people active in training supplement with this everyday so maybe these 3.4 g aren't so important after all if you add your own creatine mono on a daily basis as I do for example.

    Beta alanine: here in the highly reputable patented CarnoSyn version. Optimal dose is 3.2 g, so 2.5 g are under dosed, but should be adequate for getting some effects at least. Beta alanine impacts the production of lactic acid and hydrogen ions in the working muscles, thereby delaying that unavoidable effect somewhat, resulting in less fatigue. Time to rest between sets can also decrease. B.A can cause those tingles some people love and some people hate.

    Inositol: is chemically related to alcohol and sugars and is broken down in the body to energy. It cooperates with vitamin B6, choline and taurine and it has lipotropic properties. It is included in energy drinks and some pres for added energy.

    Choline: an old school ingredient taken for mental focus. The 400 mg dose is a clinical dose; however it is in the lower end of the spectrum for clinical effects (300-1000 mg). Some research indicates that choline needs to be taken in high dosages for it to have proper effects.

    Betaine: some research indicates that betaine is useful for muscle power output and increased strength, but since nothing is conclusive scientifically, this means that the dose of 1.5 g is debatable here (some say 2-4 g daily is needed for producing those effects).

    Caffeine anhydrous: our old stim friend, which is found in almost all pres nowadays. It promotes both physical and mental stimulation and energy. Caffeine is regarded as perhaps the safest stim ingredient in the world. 300 mg is a good dose here, but may be a bit high for people sensitive to stims and a bit low for hardcore stim junkies. This is also the only stimulant in BSN N.O Xplode 3.0.

    Grapefruit bioflavonoids & grape seed extract: compounds that are saturated with antioxidants that protects our cells from different forms of damage, be they exogenous or endogenous. There is research indicating that these ingredients can improve blood circulation and having anti inflammatory properties, but more research needs to be done to validate this. The dosages of 50 mg for both seem to be in the lower end of "clinical dosages" (50-100 mg). The question again arises: do we need it in a pre?
    (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263332.php

    Amalaki extract: an old herbal ingredient used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It has been used as an anti inflammatory agent and in the treatment of diverse diseases. It appears to have antioxidant properties. Again; do you need this in a pre? The dose of 75 mg is hard to evaluate since there exists no information on what "clinical dosages" should be and for what purposes.

    Black pepper extract: a useful ingredient which increases absorption of abovementioned ingredients. 10 mg is a solid dose.

    So, on paper we have a bunch of ingredients that seems to point to a really nice pre. Let's see how that went.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    N.O Xplode 3.0 comes in blue raspberry, green apple, fruit punch, watermelon, cherry limeade and grape. I bought the green apple flavor and it was a major disappointment. The taste is hard hitting, pungent and harsh. It is a synthetic mix of green apples and super sour and at the same time super sweet candy. Does it sound nice? Well, it wasn't. It really was one of the worst tasting pres I have tried and it destroyed the green apple flavor in my view. Mixability was okay, it was pretty foamy and fizzy, so don't shake it in your shaker bottle too hard. The lid might just (e)xplode in your head. Dosing is a big issue here and it relates as I said in the beginning of the review to the international version. You have to take this in 2 scoops (most people anyways) and that gives you only 15 servings in reality, not 30 as the tub states. This of course decreases value and effectiveness too if you should opt for 1 scoop. But if you are lucky enough to buy the U.S version, then you have a whole other value and effectiveness since you are getting 30 servings there (275 mg of caffeine per scoop, but only 1.8 g of beta alanine).

    Effectiveness

    I have a good deal of things to say here. Let's start out with the positives:

    Positives: what I did like about N.O Xplode is the fact that it did work for me pump wise. Just by doing a set of pull ups made the pumps appear in no time. Vascularity increased as well and I felt that I had good blood flow to my working muscles. Tied to this was the strength aspect as well, I felt a solid increase in strength which resulted in a few lbs of increase benching and chest press. However, the effects were a bit short lived, up to an hour, maybe an hour and a half. That could be the effects of bad bio availability of l-arginine, or the result of rapid deterioration of l-arginine levels in the blood serum. So, the positives are limited basically to overall pump and vascularity, short lived as they may be. On to the negatives.

    Negatives: For me, the negatives outweighed the positives, thus resulting in a meh-status for this pre. First off, let's look at mental focus. That's easy; I had almost none. Strange, since we have here 1 g of NALT and 400 mg of Choline to boot I missed solid mental focus and I never got in "the zone" with this at all. I don't know what that was about Hey! Maybe it's me! Maybe I'm missing the big picture here! Again, jokes aside, it really didn't work for me in this area. Second, let's talk energy. 300 mg of caffeine ought to do it right? Yes, I'm pretty tolerant to caffeine, but still, 300 mg should give me plenty of energy. Well, it didn't really Yes, there was some basic energy present, but never that amount that I usually want when working out. After my workouts I could easily consume energy drinks or a couple of cups of coffee without issues. How about that? So, energy was a bummer here as well. Wait a second; we must not forget the endurance aspect. That was lacking as well, yes I had strength increase but that is not the same as endurance. To be honest, endurance was basically okay, but nothing more than that. But I was a bit disappointed there, because 1.5 g of Betaine and 3.4 g of creatine mono should provide a bit more boost in that department. Well, we can't win em all can we? So overall then, the negatives were greater than the positives, although there were positives present as well.

    Value

    I bought the international version for about $ 34, and since I used the max 2 scoop serving providing me only with 15 servings in total, I feel that the value is very low here. That amounts to about $ 2.27 per serving, an outrageous price for a pre such as this. Someone might ask: "Hey Redweilerfan, why don't you just go for 1 scoop which would give you a value of about $ 1.13 per serving?" Okay, so 150 mg of caffeine, 1.25 mg of beta alanine, 1.7 g of creatine mono, 200 mg of choline, 3 g of l-arginine would give me a solid workout? "Are you kidding me?! Jokes aside, 1 serving won't do much for me, but maybe for a newbie. If you are a newbie or sensitive to caffeine, then buy this one. You can find this on BodyBuilding.com for $ 29.99, which comes down to about $ 1 per serving, which is a good value. But that requires that you buy the U.S version. So my value rating will be accordingly, had I reviewed the U.S version it would have been completely different. There is also a 60 serving tub available for $ 46.98 at Muscle and Strength which comes down to about 78 cents per serving. That's nice.

    Side Effects

    A high dose of l-arginine (6 g) might give some people an upset stomach, so that is something to have in mind if you are sensitive to gut related issues. I personally didn't have any issues with this at all.

    Conclusion

    To conclude; BSN N.O Xplode 3.0 is a meh preworkout for me. It had more negatives than positives and the value (international version reviewed here) was disappointing to say the least. Will I buy it again? Not the international version! But a good price for the U.S version perhaps could persuade me to try that one Anyways, BSNs claims of this being a complete pre are somewhat muddy I think. There seem to be a good deal of fillers in here and we have no BCAAs either (a necessity in complete pre I would contend). Some ingredients are clinically dosed and correct on paper, but unfortunately didn't give me what I expected from them. We are all different, some may have great workouts with this one, and others may have the worst of their life time. At the end of the day, we can only rate something based on our own subjective experiences and honesty based on those experiences must be the guiding light. For me, this was a meh experience and with a flooded market for preworkouts where competition is brutal, BSN N.O Xplode 3.0 does not cut it.
    Flavors:
    • Green Apple : 3/10



    Refuge (Outbreak Nutrition)

    Overall
    Overall
    7.6
    Effectiveness
    Effectiveness
    7.6
    Value
    Value
    7.8
    Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
    Thanks to Outbreak Nutrition for sending it out!
    (Show run details )
      December 9, 2017

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • No Proprietary Blends
    • Good Taste
    • Fall To Sleep Sooner
    • Unique Potent Formula
    • Deeper Rest
    • Vivid Dreams
    • Withdrawls
    • Habit Forming
    • Vivid Dreams
    • Mixes Poorly
    • Grogginess
    • Intense Sleep Hangovers

    Introduction

    Outbreak Nutrition has been making some noise here on SR in the recent months. Seems like all of their products have been getting positive reviews, with Refuge being the one people are torn on. I kind of like Outbreak's marketing. Instead of a bunch of steroid infused models, they have these cool videos on their website... Just check them out in your spare time. Insane Labz kind of does the same thing as far as avoiding fitness models, but at least Outbreak has some good products that don't hide behind prop. blends.

    Ingredient Profile

    To start, props for th...

    Introduction

    Outbreak Nutrition has been making some noise here on SR in the recent months. Seems like all of their products have been getting positive reviews, with Refuge being the one people are torn on. I kind of like Outbreak's marketing. Instead of a bunch of steroid infused models, they have these cool videos on their website... Just check them out in your spare time. Insane Labz kind of does the same thing as far as avoiding fitness models, but at least Outbreak has some good products that don't hide behind prop. blends.

    Ingredient Profile

    To start, props for the lack of a proprietary blend.

    Outbreak includes 3 separate vitamins in here. Vitamin D(400iU), Zinc, and Magnesium. That's a ZMA+D product right there. Magnesium is one of those ingredients that I feel is very underrated, especially with its ability to relax muscles. They use magnesium citrate, which has a high bio-availability.

    Phenibut at 1 full gram... Phenibut is basically GABA that can cross the blood-brain barrier very effectively. This is very hard-hitting and can cause some dependence. I would call this too controversial of an ingredient, but I know some people that avoid it due to its strength.

    Ashwaganda in it's KSM-66 form is nice to see. You actually see this ingredient used quite a bit these days, and for good reason. It's a great adaptogen and it actually has several studies behind it.

    I like Tryptophan, however I'd personally like to see 5HTP. Very similar ingredients, however, I find that 5-HTP works a bit faster. An easy description would be that this is a precursor to serotonin.

    Nelumbo is something I had never heard of, until I read that it is another name for Sacred Lotus. There aren't too many studies on this ingredient as far as I could see. Supposedly good at lowering stress levels.

    Finally we have phosphatidylserine 20% at 50mg. Not a huge dose, but PS is expensive and I'd usually just recommend people take that on its own. PS is usually good for cortisol levels, and actually when I worked at Sprouts, we had them in the brain health section(think nootropics) as it has a proven effect on mental health as well. It's a great ingredient actually, but finding a product with a high dose usually means paying a premium.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    I had the strawberry kiwi flavor. It is pretty good compared to other products I have tried. Fairly smooth and not too sweet. I wouldn't call it the best tasting sleep aid I've ever tried though.

    It mixes quite well, there was a little bit of grit at the bottom of my shaker however. I did dry scoop it from time to time, which was not the most pleasant thing. I don't recommend it...

    They recommend one scoop before bed. I took either one scoop on weekends, or half-scoops on some workdays due to the strength of this product.

    Effectiveness

    I'll break this up into categories.

    Getting to sleep:(7.5/10)
    This product was alright at putting me in the mood to sleep. It didn't seem to have a huge effect on making me get to sleep faster, but it put me in the "alright you better get get bed because tomorrow is going to be busy" type mood. Honestly if this had valerian in it, I'd probably be saying something else right now.

    Quality of Sleep:(9/10)
    This is where the product shines. I received some very vivid dreams and deep sleep. The dreams were the kind you wake up to and think "wth is wrong with me?". On par with other awesome sleep aids I've used such as Noxitropin from CTD Labs and Anesthetized from BlackStone Labs. Those are phenibut based as well. I had plenty of nights of uninterrupted sleep. I don't have much trouble with sleeping in general, but this just made that deep sleep very consistent.

    Waking up:(5.5/10)
    This is pretty much the only thing I didn't like about Refuge. The sleep hangovers were a bit too hard to look past. Even when I took a half-serving, I still had a bit of trouble getting out of bed. This wasn't too bad on weekends, where I have no problem laying in bed a bit longer. Still, there is something off-putting when you don't feel like getting out of bed until noon after you go to sleep at 10:30-11pm and actually woke up at 8am-9am.

    I'd feel pretty tired on the way to work(1.5 hours each way), so this just made me hate mornings on weekdays I took it.

    Value

    You can get this for $35 usually, so about $1.16 per recommended serving. It's not bad at this price considering some other products I have paid the same price or higher for, which were also phenibut based.

    A lot of the value depends on how you use it. Due to the strength, most would find that this may be better run at either a half-scoop or one full scoop on days they can sleep in.

    Side Effects

    Sleep hangovers and vivid dreams. The latter is expected with sleep aids, however, it is still worth mentioning as some people don't like that.

    The sleep hangovers were too intense for me to use it at a full serving on workdays, and they were still there(slightly less) when I took half-servings. This is why it took me so long to get through this product actually.

    Conclusion

    While Refuge was fun to some degree as far as hardcore sleeping and vivid dreams go, I feel it can actually hinder you when it comes to getting your day going. Sleep hangovers and laying in bed well after I wake up are only doable on weekends for me, so I'd avoid this product if you're looking for something to get yourself feeling refreshed after I night of great sleep.

    The great sleep will be there, the productive morning... not so much.
    Flavors:
    • Strawberry Kiwi: 8/10



    Total War (Redcon1)
      December 9, 2017

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Increased Energy
    • No Proprietary Blends
    • Great Dosages
    • Great Pump
    • Good Taste
    • Great Value
    • Can Become Tolerant
    • You Must Cycle

    Introduction

    38 years old, 18.5 years active duty Army, and I workout 4 days a week. I have been running a REDCON1 stack, and of course that stack would not have been complete without Total War. I have read so much about this PWO I was excited to give it a try. i believe this is review 7 of 9 for my REDCON1 stack.

    Ingredient Profile

    Bctuthill did a real nice job in his review at breaking down the ingredients in great detail, so I will just cover the wavetops here instead of doing my usual descriptive breakdown. This product has also been reviewed many many times this ...

    Introduction

    38 years old, 18.5 years active duty Army, and I workout 4 days a week. I have been running a REDCON1 stack, and of course that stack would not have been complete without Total War. I have read so much about this PWO I was excited to give it a try. i believe this is review 7 of 9 for my REDCON1 stack.

    Ingredient Profile

    Bctuthill did a real nice job in his review at breaking down the ingredients in great detail, so I will just cover the wavetops here instead of doing my usual descriptive breakdown. This product has also been reviewed many many times this year. Of course we get a fully transparent profile from REDCON1, which I love to have in a PWO especially.

    This contains 6g of Citrulline Malate, 3.2g Beta Alanine, 1g Taurine, and 1g of Agmatine Sulfate. Citrulline is an amino acid that turns into Arginine in the kidneys after supplementation. Citrulline raises NO levels in the body, dosage to enhance sports performance are 6-8g an hour prior to exercise, here we get 6g so well dosed. Beta Alanine aids in recovery and endurance and gives you those magical Tingles. Typically 2-5g daily is what you want and the dosage here hits that magical 3.2g mark that people have considered the standard. Taurine increases blood flow, and recommended dosage is 500mg - 2g; it is also said to never exceed 3g a day, as it may be toxic to the body at those levels, so this dosage is good to go. Agmatine Sulfate lowers pain and depression and typically does not go well with Citrulline (according to examine.com).

    Lets talk stimulants, cause this product is full of them. We get 250mg Caffeine Anhydrous, 100mg Di-Caffeine Malate, 125mg N-phenethyl Dimethylamine Citrate (Eria Jarensis Extract), and 100mg 2 Aminoisoheptaine (DMHA). Of the caffiene types, anhydrous the standard of the Caffiene world and is commonly known as "pure caffeine", while Di caffeine Malate is two caffeine molecules bonded to a malic acid. Supposedly this does not cause stomach discomfort or a need to use the bathroom like most caffeine's do. N-phenethyl Dimethylamine Citrate is a Performance Enhancement Agent like molecule that has a very nice euphoric effect and is said to go great with DMHA. There is no known dosage but 125mg is what supplements have been sticking with since its emergence in 2015. One thing to note, is that since it is listed as a PEA, it may be banned in competitions, but I could not confirm this 100%, but if your a competition lifter, I would find out about this before taking this. DMHA is the successor to the now banned DMAA and is a mostly synthetic compound that boosts energy levels, focus, concentration, and appetite suppression. Best dosage to take is 1mg per bodyweight up to 160mg, so the 100mg is a nice dose for everyone! Unfortunately with the recent drama of DMHA, this has not been third party tested and we have no idea if this is actual DMHA in here or not.

    Finally we have 50mg Theobroma Cocao extract, 25mg Higenamine HCL, and 10mg Bioperine. Bioperine is there for the absorption while I believe theobroma increases blood flow. Higenamine is a fat burner that not much information is known about.

    So we have some exotic stimulants in here to be aware of and everything here is dosed well. Its unclear if Eria Jarensis Extract is banned by the WADA, granted I do not compete, but do not like to see banned substances in supplements. End of the day though its a nice profile here that appears to be fairly unique to me. Obviously you will not see any Focus type ingredients, REDCON1 leaves that for Big Noise.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    Taste: I bought the Sour Gummy Bear Flavor and did enjoy it. After a while the taste lost its luster a bit, but no matter what it still was a decent tasting PWO that was super easy to drink. I am normally skeptical about unique flavors, but this did just fine for me, it really tasted like a Gummy Sour Worm to me.

    Mixability: It dissolved fine and mixed well with 8-10oz of water in my shaker. Like all REDCON1 powders I have tried (almost all of them at this point), there seems to always be a very fine and gritty residue left at the bottom. No big deal, I just wash it out quickly afterwards.

    Dosing: I took one scoop 30 minutes prior to my workout. With the amount of Stims here, I would never exceed 1 scoop, you are asking for serious health trouble if you do!

    Effectiveness

    Before we discuss the effectiveness, to let you know my tolerance and what I like in a PWO, the best PWO I have had so far in my life is Pre-Jym with Micronamin's 12 Gauge a close second. Well, I am here to tell you that this is by far the most effective PWO I have ever tried. From start to finish Total War got me motivated to get to the gym, get fired up, and lift well. I hit PR's in all of my major lifts (Bench, Squat, OHP, Deads), mostly attributed to my workout plans, but a nice push in energy from Total War. I tried this for about 1.5 weeks alone, and the rest stacked with Big Noise. Lets break this down by weeks and stacked vs unstacked with Big Noise.

    Doses 1-4: So for whatever reason this PWO is low key at first. It gives you the energy to get up and go, you get those nice Beta-Alanine tingles, but it just feels like an average PWO at this point. The energy is long lasting however, and you can get through a 60 minute workout with no issues at all. At this point i was taking this alone to see the effects, and it does give you a nice pump on its own thanks to the Citrulline Malate.

    Doses 5-20: Right around the 5th dose, Total War just kicks in like crazy!! I almost felt like SuperMan, and wanted to crush the weights like the hulk. Energy levels were off the charts here, and my workouts would just zip on by. I would have that feeling of sadness because my workout was done, and I had so much more energy left. Around Dose 6 I started to stack Big Noise with this, so the pumps were great here due to the combination. This was the best workout feeling I have experienced in a long long time. I would take this and within minutes be amped up for the gym, even on my drive in.

    Doses 20 - Finish: The effects start to taper off here a little bit, but you still have that energy and motivation to get you to the gym. It maintains its effectiveness, it just appears that your body adapts to all the stimulants at this point. Still more effects than the first four doses, so the nice thing is Total War does not taper off that much towards the end.

    Overall Alone: Total War is fine on its own, you do not have any focus ingredients in here without Big Noise, but you get plenty of energy and some decent pumps out of it.

    Overall Stacked with Big Noise: Total Focus, Complete Energy, and Insane Pumps. Great combination, I highly recommend stacking these together, and as I said in my Big Noise review, they truly are designed to compliment one another.

    Overall, I was very happy and this is by far the best PWO I have taken that I can remember. With so much stims in it though, I recommend cycling this one tub at a time, then taking at least a month break. Luckily I switched to working out 4 days a week on this, so that was not too taxing on my adrenal glands as if I would workout 5-6 days a week. I did not experience any crashes after my workouts, which surprised me with so much caffiene. Good stuff!

    Value

    I got this on a Labor Day discount (30% off) for $33.99 with shipping for 30 servings. That comes out to $1.13 per serving. Sure thats a bit high since we like to see PWO's around the 1 dollar mark, but considering all the exotic stims in here and the near perfect dosages, you are getting some great value in this. There are a lot of great deals on this constantly, today (9 Dec 17) you can buy this for $9.95 on E-Bay, or $25 on Day 1 Nutrition for 30 servings, which are phenomenal deals. It looks like the average price is between 30-40 dollars without a deal. Its worth the money regardless, but I would say use your Google skills for a good deal, because they are out there. REDCON1 also offers 25% discount daily to Active Duty Military and First Responders.

    Side Effects

    None. Usually with that much caffiene I have to visit the bathroom, but not at all here.

    Conclusion

    As you have read, I was very happy with this run, and this ranks as my current #1 PWO. Yes, we cannot be sure if it is in fact DMHA in it (I wish they would do a third party test), but other than that its a solid PWO. If you have never tried this, go find yourself a special deal and run this bad boy, you will not be sorry you did. I highly recommend this product. I was on the fence before trying this, and am really glad I pulled the trigger and did.
    Flavors:
    • Sour Gummy Bear: 7/10



    Q//AMINO (Quantified Nutrition)

    Overall
    Overall
    8.2
    Effectiveness
    Effectiveness
    8.0
    Value
    Value
    6.9
    Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
    Thanks to Quantified Nutrition for sending it out!
    (Show run details )
      December 9, 2017

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Taste Great
    • Aids Recovery
    • Versatile
    • Boosts Endurance
    • Reduces Fatigue
    • Builds Muscle
    • A Bit Pricey

    Introduction

    What is up guys?? I'm bringing you a BCAA review today and would like to give a big thanks to Quantified Nutrition for putting their product up for review. As always I'd like to give a big shoutout to everyone at SR for making this review possible. I was beyond excited to do a test run of this product when I read the Ingredient label. Let's dive right in.

    Ingredient Profile

    6 grams L-Citrulline Malate
    3g of beta alanine
    5 g of L-Leucine
    2.5g of L-Isoleucine
    1.5g of L-Valine.

    For starters, this product contains 9 grams of your traditional BCAA's with 5 of th...

    Introduction

    What is up guys?? I'm bringing you a BCAA review today and would like to give a big thanks to Quantified Nutrition for putting their product up for review. As always I'd like to give a big shoutout to everyone at SR for making this review possible. I was beyond excited to do a test run of this product when I read the Ingredient label. Let's dive right in.

    Ingredient Profile

    6 grams L-Citrulline Malate
    3g of beta alanine
    5 g of L-Leucine
    2.5g of L-Isoleucine
    1.5g of L-Valine.

    For starters, this product contains 9 grams of your traditional BCAA's with 5 of that being a hefty amount of Leucine. I love this. As a whole, your 'run of the mill' BCAA products contains 3000mg-5000mg TOTAL of all 3 amino acids. Q// Amino gives you 5g of Leucine PLUS 2.5g of Isoleucine PLUS 1.5g of Valine. Go to GNC and look at their traditional amino products to compare. This alone would make it an above average BCAA product in terms of its label, but wait there's more! (lol) They add 6g of Citrulline Malate and 3g of Beta-Alanine for added pump and endurance benefits that your average run of the mill BCAA product can't give you. These 2 added ingredients give the pump and tingly sensations that pre-workouts can give you. Phenomenal label on paper, but let's see it in application.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    Taste: Pineapple Mango was a very solid flavor. It wasn't overpowering, but it was still very pleasant to drink.

    Mixibility: I never had any issues with mixing or clumping while using this product.

    Dosage: Depending on if I was working out twice that day or not, I would use this intra-workout or pre-workout. I found that I preferred using this as an Intra-workout with the recommended one scoop serving size.

    Effectiveness

    The first thing I think about when using any BCAA product is, "Did this reduce my DOMs?" Yes, yes it did. Try not using a BCAA product for a while and then come back and try to workout at the same intensity and frequency as before (I can already tell you that it sucks). So I was very happy with that portion of the product. My endurance and pumps also improved because of this product. The added Beta-A and Citrulline really makes this product stand out for me and it proved itself time and time again. If your used to doing heavy volume filled workouts then the Beta-Alanine will really allow you to dig deep in those late sets.

    Value

    $36.00 for 30 servings comes out to $1.20 per serving and for what you're getting it makes sense. However, as a college student thats ALWAYS looking to save a buck I can't say that this is a 'great deal/value.'

    Side Effects

    NO NEGATIVES (If you are sensitive to Beta-Alanine then you'll probably experience some face tingles)

    Conclusion

    A very interesting option for those that want a little bit more out of their daily BCAA's. I would definitely recommend it ESPECIALLY for anyone that doesn't use stim-pre workout supplements because this could be a great alternative to other non-stem options.


    Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
    Thanks to International Protein for sending it out!
    (Show run details )
      December 9, 2017

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Aids Recovery
    • 5 Different Protein Sources
    • Taste Great
    • Builds Muscle
    • Too Expensive
    • Not Widely Available

    Introduction

    A special thanks to International Protein for their participation here on SR.com. Today, I discuss my experience with their protein supplement Synergy 5. Protein supplements.....for many of us, protein products were probably the first ever thing to enter our supplement regimens as we began to evolve into the fitness enthusiasts we are today. There are more than one can even begin to count, so there isn't much reason not to have one in your regimen. Usually, the options involve an individual's personal preference of protein sources such as traditional whey, egg, soy,...

    Introduction

    A special thanks to International Protein for their participation here on SR.com. Today, I discuss my experience with their protein supplement Synergy 5. Protein supplements.....for many of us, protein products were probably the first ever thing to enter our supplement regimens as we began to evolve into the fitness enthusiasts we are today. There are more than one can even begin to count, so there isn't much reason not to have one in your regimen. Usually, the options involve an individual's personal preference of protein sources such as traditional whey, egg, soy, casein, or other plant derived base proteins like pea or hemp. Regardless, protein products can easily fit into anyone's supplement stockpile of all fitness goals.

    Ingredient Profile

    As the name indicates, Synergy 5 is a blend protein product containing protein of 5 different forms. These include whey concentrate, whey isolate hydrolysed whey isolate, egg white albumin, and micellar casein. Considering all these protein forms have their own unique characteristics in terms of absorption, digestion rates, and amino acid bioavailability, you're essentially taking a protein supplement that combines the best of multiple protein worlds.

    Each scoop provides 33g of protein as source blended from all of the aforementioned forms. Each serving also provides 160 calories, 2g of fat, 3g of carbs, 1g of sugar, and specific amount of various amino acids. Refer to the image for the specific amino acid quantities.

    There is also no added sugars or use of aspartame.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    I received the cookies and cream flavor and was satisfied quite well with it. I mixed it with water, milk, chocolate milk, and occassionally almond milk. It was surprisingly best tasting in chocolate milk, but was great overall in all liquids I used.

    The mixability was good, but I do recommend using a blender if you wan to use milk as it can get a little thick.

    I stuck to using only one scoop through most of my run with Synergy 5 and used two servings only twice. Since it had more slowly digesting proteins I preferred to take my serving sometime in the evening to keep me in a more anabolic state post workout. A few times I took the serving in the morning, but this was only on non-training days.

    A side note, the scoop is rather odd looking. Instead of the traditional narrow handle with wide mouth circular scoop, it was a long thinner oval shaped scoop with a regular sized handle. This is not a complaint, just a side note.

    Effectiveness

    Synergy 5's efficient and effective blend of 5 different proteins was an excellent way to meet my macro needs as well as aid my recovery.

    My recovery was much improved thanks to each individual protein form's unique characteristics. I had reduced soreness, DOMS, and post workout lethargy/exhaustion. I also had less of a "next morning hangover" or in other words, the tired lagging feeling I often get from intensive evening workouts the day before. This is a much needed benefit especially since I've had to schedule my workouts in the later evenings as of late.

    The extra helping of protein whether days or nights helped meet my macros efficiently. The idea of having 5 different forms of protein was a welcoming assurance since I am on a leaner bulk phase right now and combining the best of multiple protein worlds does help to keep dietary goals in the macro department in check. The fact that it wasn't adding unnecessary fats, sugars, or low quality carbs was also reassuring.

    Value

    This where the value loses critical points. A 2 pound bag containing about 23 servings goes for about 51 dollars. Considering that you can purchase 5 lbs tubs of other protein supplements for either the same or even 5-15 dollars less, that is not at all the best of values. Now I do understand you are getting a blend of 5 different proteins and that being that the product is made internationally and that these factors do in fact equate to higher price. However, for 51 dollars for barely a month's worth (if run at only one serving a day) I would look to more value efficient options. If the price were to remain, I would expect a larger bag with much more servings.

    Side Effects

    none

    Conclusion

    Synergy 5 is a fantastic protein that has remarkable potential to help anyone reach their fitness goals. It will aid recovery and keep macro quotas in check. The only major discouraging factor is the price. If the price were to be lower or the bag bigger with more servings, the protein would be a more worth investment. I'd say, try to catch it on sales and look out for coupon deals.

    WARMACHINE OUT!!!

    GO PATS!!!
    Flavors:
    • Cookies and Cream: 8/10



    Overall
    Overall
    9.0
    Effectiveness
    Effectiveness
    8.0
    Value
    Value
    8.5
      December 8, 2017

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Builds Muscle
    • Great Taste
    • Great For Meal Replacement
    • Good Before Bed
    • Unbelievable Taste
    • Good In The Morning
    • Good Value
    • Ridiculous Taste Sooo Goood
    • Good Anytime

      Introduction

      I've been using this as part of my bulk and have used it to effectively put on a fairly lean 20lbs in 3 months. My exercise is limited because I
      m currently a shift worker at a hospital. I workout 5-6 days a week. I've been lifting seriously for 3 years.

      Ingredient Profile

      I am a fan of the array of different protein types included in this product. It's not a whey isolate, so don't expect it to act like one. The protein profile consists of whey isolate, calcium caseinate, micellar casein, milk protein isolate, and egg albumen. It's an anytime protein shake in...

      Introduction

      I've been using this as part of my bulk and have used it to effectively put on a fairly lean 20lbs in 3 months. My exercise is limited because I
      m currently a shift worker at a hospital. I workout 5-6 days a week. I've been lifting seriously for 3 years.

      Ingredient Profile

      I am a fan of the array of different protein types included in this product. It's not a whey isolate, so don't expect it to act like one. The protein profile consists of whey isolate, calcium caseinate, micellar casein, milk protein isolate, and egg albumen. It's an anytime protein shake including pre and post workout, morning and night consumption or a snack. The EAA's and added carbs make this great for me. They allow you to build on mass and the carbs help shuttle the protein as opposed to a strict whey isolate.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      The taste is better than any other brands I've tried. I'm basing this off of Optimum Nutrition Whey, Isopure, Animal,Rekaged and a few others. It mixes immaculately. The flavors taste like they actually say they are. Chocolate cake batter means it will actually taste like chocolate cake batter, unlike other brands which claim it tastes like chocolate sunshine but actually tastes like gym shorts.

      Effectiveness

      I used this while doing a bulk over the past few months and it's helped me put on fairly lean mass. I've used about 3-4 servings throughout the day on both training and non training days and always post workout. My strength and size has gone up while using this and I accredit this to my weight training of course, and this product which I've included in my diet. I felt that the EAA's contributed to my recovery and the shakes were filling so I was able to stave off some of my mid-day hunger.

      Value

      There's always deals on this product, my last order was 10lbs for $66. Bodybuilding.com has an offer of buy 1 get 1 50% off.

      Side Effects

      Some minor gastrointestinal distress (gas). Nothing too crazy or abnormal but notable.

      Conclusion

      For most people trying to gain muscle this is for you! I've been very impressed with the flavors above everything else and I always look forward to my next shake.
      Flavors:
      • Chocolate Peanut Butter: 9/10
      • Vanilla: 8/10
      • Chocolate Cake batter: 9/10



      International Protein AMINO CHARGED WPI (International Protein)

      Overall
      Overall
      9.0
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      9.0
      Value
      Value
      7.0
      Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
      Thanks to International Protein for sending it out!
      (Show run details )
        December 8, 2017

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Increased Energy
      • Builds Muscle
      • Good Value
      • A Little High

      Introduction

      Thank you to the people at International Protein for letting me try your product. I am always looking to try different protein and this is one that is not made in the USA. The International Protein product is brought in from Australia.

      Ingredient Profile

      The container has 31 total servings per package. The serving size is 1 1/3 scoop or 40g.

      Per 40g serving
      Protein 35.3 g
      Carbohydrate 1.4 g
      Sugar 0.5 g
      Fibre 0.1 g
      Fat 0.3 g
      Saturated Fat 0.1 g
      Potassium 406 mg
      Sodium 100 mg

      The ingredients are Whey Protein Isolate, Hydrolysed Whey Protein Isolate (...

      Introduction

      Thank you to the people at International Protein for letting me try your product. I am always looking to try different protein and this is one that is not made in the USA. The International Protein product is brought in from Australia.

      Ingredient Profile

      The container has 31 total servings per package. The serving size is 1 1/3 scoop or 40g.

      Per 40g serving
      Protein 35.3 g
      Carbohydrate 1.4 g
      Sugar 0.5 g
      Fibre 0.1 g
      Fat 0.3 g
      Saturated Fat 0.1 g
      Potassium 406 mg
      Sodium 100 mg

      The ingredients are Whey Protein Isolate, Hydrolysed Whey Protein Isolate (Whey Peptides), L-Glutamine, and L-Arginine. It does have Sweetener (Sucralose) and Soy Lecithin. The container does not break down the exact amounts of the proteins so it would be nice to know how much hydrolyzed. The amino listed is long and International Protein says the mix contains the largest amount of amino. The amino includes Isoleucine, Lysine, Methionine, Tryptophan, Valine, Histidine, Alanine, Threonine, Leucine, Glycine, Phenylalanine, Serine, Tyrosine, Glutamine, Cysteine, and Proline. This protein mix has a lot of good ingredients and I find no faults with the ingredients.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      I got the chocolate flavor but other flavors are available in banana, strawberry, cookies and cream, Turkish delight, and vanilla. For me, it tasted like a typical chocolate protein mix. This product mixed well with any milk-based products or water. I was able to shake and stir with no issues. The ingredients say that one serving is 1 1/3 scoop that would give you 33g of protein. The protein mix is in a Ziploc bag so I found it hard to scoop but that is a minor issue. I did not have any problems with mixability, taste, or dosing. The only thing I would change is to have the scoop be the full serving instead of getting an extra scoop of 1/3.

      Effectiveness

      As with most protein products, hard to do the effectiveness because not something that is always measurable. With recovery, I was able to get good results. I take a scoop before a workout and a scoop after a workout. Using the Amino Charged PWI before and after the work out did not give me any problems. I was able to get the results I look for from my protein mix. The effectiveness was as good or better than the other protein shakes out there on the market.

      Value

      A little hard to find online until I searched it as Amino Charged PWI. I was able to find it on the normal supplement websites, Amazon, and the International Protein website. I was able to find the 2-pound bag on Amazon for $50 (there is a banana flavored 2lb bag for $22). Other websites had it as high as $75. The $22 bag of 2 lbs is good. Since most listings are at $50 for 2lbs bag, I will use that to configure cost. The cost for a $50 bag with 31 servings works out to $1.61 per serving. This amount is higher than my normal $1-$1.25 per serving. The question here is value, not just cost. This protein mix has a high amount of amino so how much is that worth to you. I usually take my amino in pill form so I did enjoy it being in my protein mix. I usually spend $15 for a month worth of amino pills so I can get my normal protein and amino at about $1 to $1.25 per serving so the Amino Charged PWI is higher than my normal amount. Given the ingredients and the flavor, I would say that it has a good value but not a great value. Value wise, in the middle for me.

      Side Effects

      No side effects

      Conclusion

      I'm giving this a higher rating because the mixability and taste was good. I also thought the ingredients were excellent. This is one of the better proteins that I have had. They have several other protein options to choose from as well as flavors. This is one that I will definitely use in the future and would recommend.
      Flavors:
      • Chocolate : 9/10



      ALP SPORT (ALP Nutrition)

      Overall
      Overall
      7.4
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      7.5
      Value
      Value
      3.4
      Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
      Thanks to ALP Nutrition for sending it out!
      (Show run details )
        December 8, 2017

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Ingredients
      • On The Go Capsules
      • Decent Flavor
      • Too Expensive

      Introduction

      Thank you, ALP nutrition for a sample of one of your products. I was not for sure exactly what this product was but thought it was worth a try. What is the ALP nutrition sport?

      Ingredient Profile

      ALP nutrition sport is loaded with vitamins and even breaks the vitamins down to specifics. ALP nutrition sport has Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B9 (folic acid), Vitamin B12, Biotin, or Vitamin B, Magnesium, and Zinc. These vitamins are well-known so I will not get into all the vitamin benefits. I would...

      Introduction

      Thank you, ALP nutrition for a sample of one of your products. I was not for sure exactly what this product was but thought it was worth a try. What is the ALP nutrition sport?

      Ingredient Profile

      ALP nutrition sport is loaded with vitamins and even breaks the vitamins down to specifics. ALP nutrition sport has Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B9 (folic acid), Vitamin B12, Biotin, or Vitamin B, Magnesium, and Zinc. These vitamins are well-known so I will not get into all the vitamin benefits. I would like to highlight the following vitamin and other items. The ALP nutrition sport has Selenium, CoEnzyme Q10 and Alpine herbal extract. Selenium is a vitamin shown to support the other vitamins found in ALP nutrition sport. Selenium can help with aging, support the immune system and preventing colon and prostate cancer. CoEnzyme Q10 is a compound made in the body which may be low. The benefits of CoEnzyme Q10 are long and they include helping with cancer, headaches, heart failure and fertility. This is a compound that is definitely beneficial. The last ingredient is Alpine herbal extract. Alpine herbal was hard to find and the ALP nutrition did not list exactly what this ingredient is and its benefits. The only information I could find was skin health. This was the only ingredient that I question. What is its purpose and what exactly is in it?

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      As far as it goes with mixability and dosing, it is already mixed. You would just consume it like a shot at a bar. The taste is good with a citric or an orange kind of flavor. It came in a container with only 15 shots that you take daily. I was only able to get 15 days of this product. It did not give specifics on when to take it so I just took it after lunch which is before my workout.

      Effectiveness

      The effectiveness appeared fine. Like a multivitamin with a bit of energy. I cannot say that this was something that helped me with weight loss or more power when working out. It did give me a bit more energy but not something that you would find in a pre-workout so I would not treat it like a pre-workout. This is something that could be effective if in addition to some other supplements you might be using. It did leave me feeling like I had high immunity to a sickness that comes along in the winter. I definitely felt healthier. I could not say that ALP nutrition sport was medically helping me as I did not get scientific evidence. In order to get that information, you will need full blood work done.

      Value

      I was able to find a 15 day supply on the ALP nutrition website at a cost of $40 (or 30 English pounds). Amazon had it at a higher price for a 15 day supply at $51. This works out to around $3 a day. This is high for me so the value was low ranking because more than I would be willing to pay. Even if I had extra money, I would still not get it due to the high price.

      Side Effects

      No side effects.

      Conclusion

      For the most part, it did what it said it could do. Loaded with healthy and good vitamins needed for the body. I had high immunity while using ALP nutrition sport but nothing that could not be found in a good multivitamin. I did get an increase in health energy without a stimulant or thermogenic ingredient. A good product just high in price and due to price, I would not buy in the future.
      Flavors:
      • Citric or orange: 8/10


        December 8, 2017

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Above Average Taste
      • Possibly Inferior Source Of Ingredients
      • Under Dosed
      • No Glutamine

      Introduction

      I've been going to the gym for over 9 years now. I started off the weakest skinniest kid, and have gained a lot of size and strength over the years, and am now putting up some pretty solid numbers in the gym. My workouts consist of lifting heavy weights, that's close to my 1RM for around 5 reps, for 5 sets on compound movements and 2-3 sets on isolation movements with good full form. I push myself to the limits in the gym. following weights I'll do 10-15 minutes of good cardio. This product is the first BCAA product I started using intra workout, and I've moved on to b...

      Introduction

      I've been going to the gym for over 9 years now. I started off the weakest skinniest kid, and have gained a lot of size and strength over the years, and am now putting up some pretty solid numbers in the gym. My workouts consist of lifting heavy weights, that's close to my 1RM for around 5 reps, for 5 sets on compound movements and 2-3 sets on isolation movements with good full form. I push myself to the limits in the gym. following weights I'll do 10-15 minutes of good cardio. This product is the first BCAA product I started using intra workout, and I've moved on to better products since this one. Prior to using this, I would just drink alittle bit of Gatorade mixed in water as an intra workout, and I have to say, this was really nothing better than that.

      Ingredient Profile

      Glycyl-Alanyl-Lysine-L-Leucine (as Oligiopeptide-Enzymatic Technology Glycyl-Alanyl-Lysine-L-Leucine) 2.5g
      Glycyl-Alanyl-Lysine-L-Isoleucine (as Oligiopeptide-Enzymatic Technology Glycyl-Alanyl-Lysine-L-Isoleucine) 1.25g
      Glycyl-Alanyl-Lysine-L-Valine (as Oligiopeptide-Enzymatic Technology Glycyl-Alanyl-Lysine-L-Valine) 1.25g

      CLA MATRIX (Proprietary blend) 1g

      Safflower Oil (seed), Avocado Oil (fruit), Coconut Oil (fruit), CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)

      Agmatine (as Oligiopeptide-Enzymatic Technology Agmatine Sulfate) 250mg

      As you can see this product is under dosed, there's also NO Glutamine in this product, no citrulline malate, and CLA proprietary blend? Pointless. CLA has very weak claims that if used over a long period it may help burn tiny amounts of fat, other studies show it's useless. I don't really have a lot of fat to burn, and wasn't really looking to burn much fat, but I did use 3 bottles of this stuff, and at the time seeing CLA in there I hoped it would help me lower body fat atleast alittle and become more lean, but that didn't happen at all.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      I had the watermelon flavor and it tasted great. This product also mixed great no issues there.

      Dosing is 1 (10G) scoop in 8 oz of water pre, intra, or post workout. I mixed this product in probably 20 oz of water and brought it to the gym and had it as an intra workout.

      Effectiveness

      It was about as effective as when I would drink Gatorade diluted in a lot of water as an intra workout before I began using this product. This product didn't stop me from making the progress that I did make while on it, and didn't exactly speed up my progress. I'd say this product is about as effective as being just better than drinking water during your workouts. And this is the only BCAA I've used that has CLA in it, but the CLA was absolutely pointless and had no purpose or effects here.

      Value

      At the time I paid $30 for 30 servings, bought this at the vitamin shoppe. I ignorantly thought this was a good price at the time, because $30 didn't seem like much. I haven't been using bodybuilding.com much at the time, so really had nothing else to compare it to, and I was new to using BCAA's intra workout. But $30 is not a great value for this product at all. It's under dosed, and if you compare it to other BCAA's like Muscletech's "Aminogen" which is only $25 or 2 for $33, you're getting much less in this product, and for more money than "Aminogen" which is also not the best BCAA out there, but much more than this. $33 gets you 2 bottles of "Aminogen" on bodybuilding.com and that product is superior to this one. And not to mention "Extend" by Scivation which is better than both BCAAs I just mentioned.

      Side Effects

      None.

      Conclusion

      this was the 1st out of 3 BCAA's I've used in recent times as an intra workout, and this is the worst of the 3. This product is under dosed, and has a lot of nerve putting the word "Best" in their title, or even anywhere on the bottle that it comes in.

      Water is free, and since this product is not much more than drinking water intra workout, it shouldn't cost $30.

      If this product was given to me for free i'd use it, or if it cost $10 or less maybe I'd buy it.. But not going to pay $30 for this product ever again, this product is not worth that price, and there are easily better BCAA's out there for the same price or less.

      "Best" BCAA's? nope, not even close. More like "Decent" BCAAs, and that's me being generous!
      Flavors:
      • Watermelon Ice: 10/10



      Torque (Barbender Nutrition)

      Overall
      Overall
      8.5
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      8.0
      Value
      Value
      8.7
      Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
      Thanks to Barbender Nutrition for sending it out!
      (Show run details )
        December 8, 2017

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Good Taste
      • Good Value
      • Increased Energy
      • Sustained Energy
      • Red Dye

      Introduction

      Before I start I want to thank Barbender Nutrition for giving me the opportunity to review Torque Pre-workout. I've used a lot of different pre-workout supplements in the past and always on the lookout for a new one. After checking out the ingredient profile and dosages I decided to give Torque a chance. This was the first time I've heard of this company, from what I could tell this is their only product out right now. One of the things that I like about Barbender Nutrition is that they don't use claims or gimmicks.... just solid ingredients to boost exercise performanc...

      Introduction

      Before I start I want to thank Barbender Nutrition for giving me the opportunity to review Torque Pre-workout. I've used a lot of different pre-workout supplements in the past and always on the lookout for a new one. After checking out the ingredient profile and dosages I decided to give Torque a chance. This was the first time I've heard of this company, from what I could tell this is their only product out right now. One of the things that I like about Barbender Nutrition is that they don't use claims or gimmicks.... just solid ingredients to boost exercise performance.

      Ingredient Profile

      The ingredient profile is fully transparent and features 7 "main" ingredients and at solid dosages. First ingredient is 3g Beta-Alanine which is a non-essential amino acid (carnosine) which helps increase exercise performance. Second listed ingredient is 3g L-Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate otherwise known as AAKG - increases N.O. production. The following 5 ingredients are commonly found in other pre-workout supplements: They include.... 3g L-Citrulline Malate, 1.25g Betaine Anhydrous, 500mg N Acetyl L-Tyrosine, 280mg Caffeine Anhydrous and 5mg BioPerine. As you can see the profile of ingredients is dosed pretty good, caffeine may be a little low for some who are high stim users but it did the trick for me.

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      Taste- For this review I received the Watermelon flavor which is one of two current flavors available. The flavor has a very sweet watermelon jelly rancher taste which I thought was good. Not too sour or sweet but pretty much spot on.

      Mixability- Really no big issues in regards to mixability, there was no settling or clumping at any time. The only thing for me, might not be a big deal to others is the use of Red 40 Dye. It has the tendency to stain shaker cups and mine had a reddish tint after use.

      Dosing- Basically I mixed one scoop with 6oz of water about 20 min before training. I recall using 1.5 scoops twice when I really needed it after a long day.

      Effectiveness

      After using some high stim preworkouts before trying Torque.... to be honest I wasn't expecting much but I was wrong. Sometimes all it takes is a simple scientifically researched back formula at good dosages to help improve performance. The biggest thing I noticed was the all around clean energy that lasted all through my workout. With high stim pre-workouts you notice it wearing off toward the end of training. There were some nice pump sessions associated with Torque. I can't say my strength was increased just from Torque but it did help give me the extra energy and focus needed to finish some hard reps.

      Value

      The cheapest value I could find for a 30 serving tub of Torque was on Amazon. Currently the tubs cost $26.86 or .90 cents per serving, this is a great deal. Most new products usually have a ridiculous price but this is not the case with Barbender Nutrition. At this price point I'm tempted while typing this to buy a tub to try out the other flavor (fruit punch).

      Side Effects

      None

      Conclusion

      In conclusion this is a winner if your looking for an effective pre-workout product at a great price. The ingredients are research backed and common so you don't have to wonder what your taking. I definitely recommend giving Torque a shot. I'm looking forward to seeing if they come out with any thing new in the near future. Thanks again to Barbender Nutrition for participating in the SR TROOP Program.
      Flavors:
      • Watermelon: 9/10



      Strength1 (Muscle1, Inc.)

      Overall
      Overall
      7.0
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      8.0
      Value
      Value
      6.0
      Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
      Thanks to Muscle1, Inc. for sending it out!
      (Show run details )
        December 8, 2017

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Increase Strength
      • Builds Muscle
      • Non-Methylated
      • Increases Libido
      • A Little Pricey

      Introduction

      I want to give a big thank you shoutout to Muscle 1 for participating in the TROOPS and allowing me to use and review their Strength 1 product! I am a 26 year old firefighter from Ohio. My main fitness goals are to maintain a solid shape for my job and to build muscle mass / strength.

      Ingredient Profile

      Like their Mass 4 and P Cycle products this is a very small, simple, and straightforward ingredient label. First up on the label is 1-Androstene-3b-ol,17-one at 110mg per serving. This is an prohormone that will convert into testosterone inside the body during...

      Introduction

      I want to give a big thank you shoutout to Muscle 1 for participating in the TROOPS and allowing me to use and review their Strength 1 product! I am a 26 year old firefighter from Ohio. My main fitness goals are to maintain a solid shape for my job and to build muscle mass / strength.

      Ingredient Profile

      Like their Mass 4 and P Cycle products this is a very small, simple, and straightforward ingredient label. First up on the label is 1-Androstene-3b-ol,17-one at 110mg per serving. This is an prohormone that will convert into testosterone inside the body during a 2 step conversion process. The company claims this ingredient is much more potent than normal testosterone. This ingredient is also non methylated which means it is safer on the liver than previous prohormones. It also means there is less to almost no side effects during your use. Next up on the label is their "EPIC" Elite peak intake complex at 600mg per serving. ''Tis complex contains grapefruit extract 10:1, 6',7'-Dihydroxybergamottin, and black pepper extract. All of the ingredients in this complex are meant to increase absorption in the body. That is is for the label and ingredients!

      Taste/Mixability/Dosing

      This supplement comes in capsule form so there is no taste or mixability to review. The capsules are average size compared to most other supplements. They do have a funky kind of off putting smell to them but it didn't bother me during my use. The dosing for the prohormone is 110mg per pill and most of the research I did before starting this said that 330mg a day is the sweet spot for a beginner to prohormones. I stuck with 330mg a day throughout my entire usage.

      Effectiveness

      Between using this and their MASS4 supplement I found them to be very effective at what they intended to do. I gained about 9-12 pounds by the time I finished and it all felt and looked like lean muscle. I noticed I did get fairly lean and my diet didn't change much if at all. In fact I probably ate a bit more. I did notice an increase in strength but it wasn't as successful as my muscle increase. All of my lifts went up slightly but where I noticed it most was my reps at the current weights I used increased quite a bit. It was definitely nice to see a difference in shape and strength. I started noticing changes and results when I was about 1/3 my way into the supplement. I already consider my Libido to be pretty good so I didn't notice too much of a difference there.

      Value

      Here's my only downfall to this product. It's not widely available at all and it's fairly pricy. The companies website is the only place online I was able to find it. The site has it listed at originally $110 a bottle but currently on sale at $90. This company is rather new so I'm hoping once they get their name out there a bit more they will be able to lower their prices.

      Side Effects

      I experienced no negative side effects during my usage of this product. I know a lot of people experienced lethargy but that did not effect me at all.

      Conclusion

      Overall I was very pleased by this product. I saw and felt great results. I definitely would recommend this to anyone who has been lifting awhile and is stuck at a plateau or is a hard gainer. Only problem is you'll have to be willing to shell out a bunch of cash in order to get this. I would definitely love to try this again in the future if I ever found it cheaper. Thanks again to Muscle1 for allowing me to use and review their STRENGTH1 supplement!



      Zero Carb IsoPro (USN)
        December 8, 2017

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Recovery
      • 90% Protein
      • No Bloating
      • No Indigestion
      • Mixes Well
      • Fantastic Texture
      • Great Taste
      • Lean Muscle Mass
      • Carb And Fat Free
      • Not Widely Available
      • Tub Sizes Are Country Specific It Seems
      • Too Expensive

      Introduction

      Who in their right mind doesn't love a pure Whey Isolate? Where its more than marketing mumbo jumbo but an actual fact?
      Hey guys, well now that I have your attention I am pleased to bring you this review on a product that has definitely impressed me more than any zero carber protein out there, by a long shot (And no I do not plan on winning the olympia next year due to rating effectiveness 10, LOL (well not next year atleast hahaha))

      Ingredient Profile

      Flawless in more than one way (zero fat and carbs) I couldn't ask a company for any more. Sweeteners do phase...

      Introduction

      Who in their right mind doesn't love a pure Whey Isolate? Where its more than marketing mumbo jumbo but an actual fact?
      Hey guys, well now that I have your attention I am pleased to bring you this review on a product that has definitely impressed me more than any zero carber protein out there, by a long shot (And no I do not plan on winning the olympia next year due to rating effectiveness 10, LOL (well not next year atleast hahaha))

      Ingredient Profile

      Flawless in more than one way (zero fat and carbs) I couldn't ask a company for any more. Sweeteners do phase me in a way but sometimes it is unavoidable especially keeping a product carb and fat free - but is also needed in the make or break taste category. Just Whey isolate in the front thats the way I like it.

      Taste

      Apple pie A very very pleasing and near perfect apple pie taste, it was more tart than sweet which was obviously a surprise as purer whey protein seem to taste either too sweet or just bland AF, Its like they spent extra time in perfecting this flavor which must have been tricky, it is definitely worth a try and my favorite tasting one (haven't tried Chocolate yet)
      Berry blast Sorbet Very sweet but at the same time rather enjoyable, it tasted alot like strawberry yogurt in some ways but I would have preferred something a bit more tart tasting, but nonetheless very impressive and still amazed this is carb and fat free, it definitely tastes alot better than some of the other carbalicious whey protein blends out there. Let me not forgot it really has a decent texture not watery like other zero carb proteins or isolates I have used which is hard to believe.

      Mixability

      9/10
      A very mixble isolate, to my surprise comparing it to the likes of Ultimate Nutritions IsoCool which was a nightmare to mix and always clumpy. It does foam alot so extra vigorous shakes or needed (sometimes violent lol). Overall it mixed really easy just use a larger shaker if your using 2 scoops or its pretty rough when foamy.

      Dosing

      IsoPro first thing in the AM after cardio or directly after my workout where to me it was most beneficial. I normally single scooped it because its not cheap.

      Effectiveness

      10/10
      Now I know giving anything a 10/10 is bonkers in alot of ways but hear me out.
      Its hard to assess any protein powder as its not something one can gauge like a preworkout, but luckily I took up jogging around the town and I need to say without isoPro as my post KNOW I would have been alot sorer- it definitely was a factor in improved recovery and lean muscle mass(as my wife did point out). I don't generally run so to be stiff the next day and not unable to walk was a clear give away that it is actually helping. Throw in no digestion issues and you have a winner. Generally I find some whey proteins to cause some kind of stomach issues - whether its gas or aches. But I can assure you on IsoPro there was no issue at all, and I was able to eat my meal a jiffy 20/30 mins later and not feel like a stuffed pig. This stuff is rather rapid and this show as I was not bloated, its pure and I found this to be the most comprehensive and effective Zero Carb Protein I have ever used and it can be versatile too - depending on your goals which I loved because I used it in conjunction with a post carb/creatine blend and it kept me where I wanted to be.

      Value

      5/10
      Now here is it's Achilles heel, although its perfect in almost every way its very very costly. For a local product in essence its still heavily priced at around $50 for a 750g (25 serv tub) which equates to a ridiculous cost per scoop. ($2 a scoop) Now another very annoying and frustrating issue is that here it was only available in a 750g tub yet on bb.com its available in a 60 serv 1.5kg tub for only $70 which is annoying and more annoying is that its not available on the local USN site anymore for some reason. All in all it is worth it yes, but make sure you utilize it for a purpose with cutting down or lean bulking, I would simply skip to their blue lab whey as a cheaper less pure daily.

      Side Effects

      N/A

      Conclusion

      If USN can just sort out these issues where sizes and prices seem to be odd and insensitive to some degree then this would be so much more attractive to anyone in that respect. It did help me with building lean muscle mass, improved recovery and digested like a mofo, but is it worth losing $50 over a small 750g tub? Probably not unless your prepping for a show or photoshoot, to use it daily offseason or for fun is ludicrous. But lets say money wasn't an issue this would be the one product I would without a doubt permanently use. I would like to see more flavors and larger/smaller sizes available to all local and abroad (share the love/gainz).The excellent taste and zero bloating/stomach issues makes me still consider it, it is definitely worth a go when you got that extra dough!

      Cheers
      Fridge
      Flavors:
      • Apple pie: 9/10
      • Berry blast sorbet: 8/10


        December 7, 2017

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Increased Energy
      • Builds Muscle
      • Good Value
      • Mixes Well
      • Light But Filling
      • Improved Strength
      • Lots Of Flavours
      • Taste A Bit Too Sweet
      Protein powders are pretty essential to me as I lead a very busy lifestyle. I practice calisthenics at home, and I am currently cycling over 20 hours a week. I unfortunately don't eat as much as I should, so I depend on protein shakes to increase my protein and calorie intake.

      Ingredient Profile

      Stevia Chocolate Flavour: Whey Protein Concentrate (Milk) (91%), Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Cocoa Powder, Flavouring, Sweetener (Steviol Glycosides)

      Stevia Vanilla Flavour: Whey Protein Concentrate (Milk) (96%), Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Natural Flavouring, Sweetener (Steviol Glycosides...
      Protein powders are pretty essential to me as I lead a very busy lifestyle. I practice calisthenics at home, and I am currently cycling over 20 hours a week. I unfortunately don't eat as much as I should, so I depend on protein shakes to increase my protein and calorie intake.

      Ingredient Profile

      Stevia Chocolate Flavour: Whey Protein Concentrate (Milk) (91%), Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Cocoa Powder, Flavouring, Sweetener (Steviol Glycosides)

      Stevia Vanilla Flavour: Whey Protein Concentrate (Milk) (96%), Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Natural Flavouring, Sweetener (Steviol Glycosides)

      The main protein source is Protein Concentrate, and it comes to 21g in a scoop which is average for most whey powders.

      The ingredients list is very easy to understand which is a big plus for me (protein, flavour, Emulsifier and Sweetener) that's it!

      mixability/Dosing

      The product mixes very well using a shaker and blends well in smoothies too. Texture is not thick at all unlike most powders. Some protein powders tend to be a bit grity but this one is very smooth.

      I use a scoop and a half in one shake, so it comes to about 30g of protein. I'll have one on a quiet day with no activity, two if I am working out.

      I have tried two stevia flavours so far. Vanilla and chocolate.

      Vanilla stevia flavour: in my opinion, the taste was unbearable without any added fruit to mask the flavour. I eventually used it in my pancake mix, and it worked wonderfully. It even improved the texture of the pancakes.

      Chocolate stevia flavour: it used to be one of the best tasting shakes I have ever had. Tasted like a real fresh healthy chocolate milkshake which was a treat. Lately however, they have changed something in the recipe as it tastes very artificial, very sweet tasting. Still mixes the same, but taste is slightly different.

      According to Myprotein website: It provides you with all the essential amino acids, including 4.5g of BCAAs providing the building blocks for new protein - before, during, and after workouts - as well as 3.6g of glutamine, which helps muscular development.

      With just 1.9g of fat and 1g of carbs, and 21g of protein in a scoop.

      Effectiveness

      I have definitely noticed an improvement in strength and energy levels within 2-3 weeks. Very light on the digestive system which is what I always look for as whey products tend to be heavy at times.

      Value

      Myprotein discounts their products constantly and so, I am always buying discounted protein. Recently prices increased ever so slightly but I still think it is value for money.

      You do however pay for delivery, unless you spend over a certain amount.

      Side Effects

      I haven't had any side effects with this protein powder.

      Conclusion

      Overall, I recommend Myprotein Stevia protein powder as it is light on the stomach, filling, low on calories, high protein and value for money. Taste is a bit sweet but still good and better than most shakes.

      The seal on the pouch also works like magic!
      Flavors:
      • Stevia Chocolate Flavour : 8/10
      • Stevia Vanilla Flavour: 6/10



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