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  November 16, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increase Strength
  • Increases Libido
  • Sheds Fat
  • Does Not Convert To Estrogen
  • Non-Methylated
  • Builds Muscle
  • Not Widely Available
  • A Little Pricey
  • Some Lethargy
  • Some High BP

Introduction

What's up SR family! I would like to start by thanking Muscle 1 and for the Trooper program for the opportunity to give Strength 1 a run. As some of may recall, the good old days of PH, before the 2005 ban went into effect, were like Prohibition in the 20s; many powerful and toxic PH to run. Now, here in 2017, some PH have made a comeback, but not as strong as those in the past; based on what I have read and see, some like Strength 1 have received good feedback. When Strength 1 came up for the troopers, I decided to give it a world.

Ingredient Profile

The mai...

Introduction

What's up SR family! I would like to start by thanking Muscle 1 and for the Trooper program for the opportunity to give Strength 1 a run. As some of may recall, the good old days of PH, before the 2005 ban went into effect, were like Prohibition in the 20s; many powerful and toxic PH to run. Now, here in 2017, some PH have made a comeback, but not as strong as those in the past; based on what I have read and see, some like Strength 1 have received good feedback. When Strength 1 came up for the troopers, I decided to give it a world.

Ingredient Profile

The main goodie in Strength 1 is 110 mg of 1-Andro, which is DHEA based. Some maybe thinking, that is a low dose; however, in my opinion, it right about where you want to be, especially if you are following the protocol that Muscle 1 suggest. In addition, one does not have to work about any estrogen conversation of any Liver enzyme elevation, since this no methylated. Furthermore, you get some black pepper extract to help the body absorb better.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Taste - these are capsules so no need to eat something that looks like cat litter; pop the capsule and be done with it.

Mix - Again, it is a capsule, so nothing to mix.

Dosing - Now, this is where I played with; I ran this in an old school some people ran strong PH back in the day; pulse cycling. This is when you run a 30-day cycle in the following manner, 2 weeks on, with one week off, and 2 weeks back. I will explain why I decided to run Strength 1 like this in the side effect section.

Effectiveness

Strength 1 was a nice run, I am sure I may have benefited more than others who are younger; being 48, any boost, my body will take to it very well. On my 1st week, I started to notice an increase in my strength, my bench was up, and bend over rolls were up as well. In addition, Libido was up as well. After the week pause I took, I notice my strength was still up; however, libido was back to normal.

When I started the last 2 weeks of Strength 1, it picks up where I left off, stronger. However, now I started to notice my shoulders and abs to trim down; I was able to see more muscle definition. Furthermore, libido was back up and ready to play. I always looked pumped, which was a nice affect I was not expecting.

In regards to my PCT while on Strength 1, I used an over the counter AI at 75mg of Arimistane to be on the safe side and ran T-Fuel Prime from Lab Tech Nutraceuticals.

Value

Well, Strength 1 is not cheap, at $90.00 a bottle, is on the high side. However, as the only rep has mentioned in the pass, as soon as more retailors are carrying it, the price will drop. You get 30 days if you use 2 capsules a day; however, if you run it on 3 capsules, you will get about 20 days. The way I ran Strength 1, the value went up, since I was able to get 5 weeks out of it.

Side Effects

Strength 1 gave me a couple of sides, which lead me to run Strength 1 in a pulse cycle. On my after 3 servings, I would get a nasty headache, I believe it was increasing my BP. In addition, by the 7th day, I started to get some lethargic feels. When I took a week off and stated up again, headache side was gone and the lethargic feeling was at a minimal.

Conclusion

Strength 1 at the end of the day performed well for me, this as other have mentioned, is a great place to start for anyone looking to try a PH; just be over the age of 25 to avoid any hormonal issues when cycling off. Strength 1 is a PH, which can be stacked with Muscle 1's other PH product or even a SARM, if you can still get your hands on some real ones. I would run Strength 1 again; this time I will add a pre-cycle supplements like Hawthorne Berry to help regulate any BP issues. If you have the extra cash now and really want to give Strength 1 a run, go for it, plus we on SR get a nice Discount code to get another product at 50% off. Keep an eye out for any Black Friday deals for this; jump on it if it is on sale! I would like to thank Muscle 1 again for the opportunity.


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RE1GN (Olympus Labs)

Overall
Overall
6.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
6.0
Value
Value
6.0
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  November 17, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Increased Focus
  • Increased Pump
  • Makes You Feel Sick
  • Too Jittery
  • Cold Sweats

Introduction

A very big thank you shoutout to Olympus Labs for sending me their preworkout to review! I am a 26yo Firefighter from Ohio. My main fitness goals are to increase strength and muscle mass. I also want to sustain a solid shape for my job.

Ingredient Profile

There are 5 different aspects to this label. They are 5 proprietary blends which I dislike because you cannot see the exact amount of each ingredient that you are consuming. To start you have the "Incredible Pump and Endurance Matrix" which consists of 5 grams of L-Citrulline, 1 gram of Agmass Agmatine Sulf...

Introduction

A very big thank you shoutout to Olympus Labs for sending me their preworkout to review! I am a 26yo Firefighter from Ohio. My main fitness goals are to increase strength and muscle mass. I also want to sustain a solid shape for my job.

Ingredient Profile

There are 5 different aspects to this label. They are 5 proprietary blends which I dislike because you cannot see the exact amount of each ingredient that you are consuming. To start you have the "Incredible Pump and Endurance Matrix" which consists of 5 grams of L-Citrulline, 1 gram of Agmass Agmatine Sulfate, 1 gram of Pomegranate Powder Extract, and Vaso6 at 300mg. All of those ingredients are used to give you a pump during a lift. Next up is the "Intense Energy Matrix" which consists of 300mg of Caffeine Anhydrous, Eria Jarensis Extract, Julgans Regia Extract, and STIM-X. Those ingredients are all used to give you a boost of and sustain energy during a lift. Following that we have the "Immaculate Focus Matrix" with its only ingredient being Tasteless Teacrine at 100mg which is for focus and sustained energy. After that we have Kanna Ease at 25mg which is used for stress relief and increased focus / cognition. And last but not least we have the "Maximum Absorption Matrix" which consists of 50mg of Astragin Blend which is used for increased absorption. That is it as far as the label goes. A bit complex but not necessarily bad. I like that tt hey try to hit all aspects of a good preworkout supplement. I do wish that all the ingredient doses were listed and not just most of them.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

The flavor I received was "Dragons Mist" which sounds completely badass and awesome. Before I knew was flavor it actually was I get possibly blue raspberry. It turns out the flavor is actually blue snow cone. It tastes awesome and pretty dang close to the blue portion of a snow cone. Its very fruity and sweet with a light blue color when mixed. It mixed up almost perfectly in a shaker with very minimal settling. It was easy to shake it right back up and not have any clumps. The label states that one serving is actually 2 scoops. I personally thought this supplement was a little too strong for me at 2 scoops. So after the second time I used the 2 scoops I used just one for the rest of the time I had it.

Effectiveness

For what it intended to do it did work. I much preferred it at one scoop rather than 2 because of how intense it was for me. At 2 scoops the energy boost was huge and uncomfortable due to my pulse racing even at rest. At 1 scoop the energy was perfect and not overbearing. The pump aspect of this was much better with 2 scoops but I was happy with what I got at one scoop because I was actually able to lift and see something rather than nothing. I did not notice too much of a difference in focus between 1 and 2 scoops. So yes I did find this product effective but I had to adjust it for myself. It may not effect everyone this way so I suggest starting at 1 scoop a few times and then seeing if your comfortable with 2.

Value

The cheapest I was able to find this product was for 27 dollars at illpumpyouup.com. That breaks down to roughly $1.35 per serving. That is about average for preworkouts. Theres some cheaper and theres definitely a lot more expensive. I basically doubled my servings in this by only using 1 scoop at a time so for me it was decent value as far as servings go but I would rather spend my money on a product that I was more comfortable using and had better results with.

Side Effects

At 2 scoops I experienced very intense cold sweats and some nausea. They would start as me feeling very hot and sweaty and about 10 minutes later I would become very cold and clammy. It was very unpleasant. At 1 scoop it was similar but not as intense and had no nausea. I am not sure which ingredient is responsible for this as this product had a few I never had before.

Conclusion

Overall I would recommend a few preworkouts before this one. I would still recommend this in the hopes that it doesnt have the same negative effects on everyone as it did me. I do think I wouldve like this product a ton more if I didnt have the negative effects. It seems to have potential but I was not able to experience it. Good luck to anyone trying and I wish you a better experience than I had! Thank you again Olympus Labs for allowing to test and review RE1GN!
Flavors:
  • Dragon Mist: 8/10



RPG (Redcon1)

Overall
Overall
8.1
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.4
Value
Value
7.8
  November 17, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • No Tired Or Bloated Feeling After Eating Carbs
  • Makes Carbs Work For You
  • Little Expensive

Introduction

38 years old, active duty army, and I lift 4-5 days a week. I have been running a REDCON1 stack and this will be my third review in that stack. I had never taken a Nutrient Repartitioner before, so was really unsure of what to expect and was not even sure I would notice any benefits this was giving me. I figured since I am running a bunch of REDCON1 products, then this may as well be my first one. Lets see how Regulate & Partition Glucose (RPG) did for me. On a side note I was glad this RPG did not stand for Rocket Propelled Grenade.

Ingredient Profile

...

Introduction

38 years old, active duty army, and I lift 4-5 days a week. I have been running a REDCON1 stack and this will be my third review in that stack. I had never taken a Nutrient Repartitioner before, so was really unsure of what to expect and was not even sure I would notice any benefits this was giving me. I figured since I am running a bunch of REDCON1 products, then this may as well be my first one. Lets see how Regulate & Partition Glucose (RPG) did for me. On a side note I was glad this RPG did not stand for Rocket Propelled Grenade.

Ingredient Profile

As with all their other products I have seen and tried, REDCON1 provides a fully disclosed label. Since this is a new supplement for me, I will lay out the ingredients and their use as a nutritent partitioner. These are all based off one dose (4 pills).

Chromium (300mcg):This is an essential mineral. It regulates glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity. Supplementing more than the body needs does not give reliable results. Typical doses are 1,000mcg taken twice a day, so here the dose is a bit low, but you can also find Chromium in food.

Biotin 99% (5mg):Biotin is one of the essential B vitamins used by the body primarily as an enzymatic cofactor. While it is popular as a beauty supplement for hair, skin, and nails and very preliminary evidence suggests it may have a role in these uses, its role is not well supported. Biotin's general role as an enzymatic cofactor has also led to some research suggesting it may interact with glucose metabolism in the human body. Not much is really known however beyond its role as a beauty supplement.

Gymnema Sylvestre Powder (1g): This is a woody climbing shrub native to India and Africa. The leaves are used to make medicine and the hindi name for this, gurmar, means "destroyer of sugar." Gymnema contains substances that decrease the absorption of sugar from the intestine, and may also increase the amount of insulin in the body and increase the growth of cells in the pancreas. As usual there is insufficient evidence to support this and no information on proper doses.

Bitter Melon Powder (500mg):: Bitter melon contains a chemical that acts like insulin to help reduce blood sugar levels. Again proper dosing here is unknown.

Cinnamon Bark Extract (500mg): We all know what cinnamon is and it may increase blood flow and contains a chemical that might work like insulin to lower blood sugar. However, these effects are thought to be fairly weak. Proper dosing is unknown.

Berbeine HCI 95% (300mg): This is a compound extracted from a variety of herbs. It is supplemented for its anti-diabetic effects, which rival the potency of some pharmaceuticals. Standard dose here is 900 - 2,000mg daily divided into three to four doses. High doses of this can cause an upset stomach, cramping, and diarrhea, so I am glad that its dosed a bit low. This is one of the few supplement ingredients out there that has proven to be effective according to Examine.com.

R-Alpha Lipoic Acid (100mg) / R-Alpha Lipoic Acid Sodium (100mg): ALA is a fatty acid present in the mitochondria. It is involved in energy metabolism and may decrease blood glucose acutely. It is commonly taken with L-Carnitine supplements, as they are related in mechanisms. ALA provides a short but potent reduction of oxidation by increasing anti-oxidant enzymes. Standard doses here are 300-600mg and if you take this twice a day as directed then you are getting 400mg of ALA total.

Banaba Leaf Extract (60mg): Lagerstroemia, also known as Banaba, is a plant whose leaves have been used for anti-diabetic purposes. It contains a variety of molecules such as corosolic acid which may confer benefit to glucose control. It can inhibit uptake (digestion and absorption) of carbohydrates to a degree, and can also aid in their deposition into cells from the blood stream (resulting in a reduction in blood sugar). Recommended dose here is 3,000mg but research is unsure at this point if that truly is the optimal dose. If the standard dose holds true then this is dosed low in my opinion.

Paradoxine (25mg): Known as Grains of Paradise, not much information is even known about this if it works or not. It is taken as a stimulant. I could not find much on this ingredient.

Overall, the ingredients here all serve a purpose and I really do not see any filler ingredients. Sure some may be under dosed, but all in all its not a bad profile for a Nutrient Repartitioner. I have included a picture of the label so you can get the exact details on the specifics of each ingredient as well.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Taste/Mixability: These are pills so there is nothing to it. The pills did not have a weird taste or anything and I swallowed them just fine.

Dosing: The directions call for taking 4 pills with high carb meals, twice a day. Do not exceed 8 pills a day. I took this during breakfast and lunch, since I do not have any carbs (mostly) after lunch. I would only dose this when I did have a meal with carbs, as I did not want to waste my time taking this if I was not eating any carbs, so at times the time of day varied when I took it.

Effectiveness

So this is a tough one to gauge the effectiveness since I really cannot see whats going on inside my body. I cannot say that my more leaner look nor my muscle fullness is from RPG, as I took creatine and Halo (Laxogenin) with this in a stack. What I can say is that taking RPG prior to a high carb meal, I would not feel bloated and have that "Oh I must lay down" tired feeling after carbs. Typically for lunch I will eat a rice a roni to go bowl, and I tend to get tired beyond that, but with RPG carbs never slowed me down. So yes, I can say that it did work for me, as it at least felt as if the carbs were being converted into energy versus fat storage. I did not gain any extra fat or anything crazy while on this, so I do believe it did its job.

This is obviously not as sexy as a PWO or something along those lines, but I can see the benefit now of having a nutrient repartitioner in your stack. Especially if you are like me and love your carbs, they are not the enemy, don't always believe the mainstream diet hype.

Value

I bought this from REDCON1's website for $59.99 for 240 capsules or 60 servings. This can last you either 30 or 60 days depending on how you dose it and how many carbs you eat. This boils down to 1 dollar per use. REDCON1 tends to have quite a bit of sales, just the other day I got an email for 30% off RPG for one day only. I'll pump you up.com has this currently for $49.95 and Amazon for $51.95, so you really don't have to pay as much as I did for this. Searching around at other nutrient repartitioners this is a little bit higher in price, but if you snag it on sale or don't eat 2 carb meals a day then the value increases. I thought the value was pretty decent here as the product works, and appears to have a unique set of ingredients in the profile versus other nutrient repartitioners.

Side Effects

None at all. I never took this without eating some sort of carbs in my meal, so unsure what would happen if you did, but I am guessing nothing.

Conclusion

Overall, I am happy with running RPG as my first nutrient repartitioner. That is one of the reasons I chose to do a REDCON1 stack (9 supplements total) so I could branch out from some of the more common supplements I take to see the benefits. I would highly recommend this product for anyone in the market, especially if you can grab it on sale! Also I like the mini tub the pills come in, makes it easier to reach in and grab pills as needed. Well done here REDCON1.



Orange Oximega Reds (Controlled Labs)

Overall
Overall
9.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
9.0
Value
Value
9.0
  November 17, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Taste Tolarable
  • Increased Energy
  • Good Value
  • No Dyes
  • Decent Ingredient Profile
  • Immunity Support
  • Easy Bowel Movements
  • Feeling Of Wellbeing
  • Texture Is A Bit Off

Introduction

I was looking for a Greens product which is focused only or mainly on Veggies/Fruits....I don't want a blend based on some roots, with main ingredient soy with virtually no Fruits...

Ingredient Profile

Pretty Straightforward. You get a 4379mg blend (yeah i counted them one by one...) which is disclosed consisting of totally 42 ingredients (mostly Fruits and Veggies). Next we have Two Blend Complexes, a Probiotic and Enzyme for improved digestion... I like the fact that it contains relatively low amount of Soy Lecithin (62mg) and the absence of Dyes...Overall a ...

Introduction

I was looking for a Greens product which is focused only or mainly on Veggies/Fruits....I don't want a blend based on some roots, with main ingredient soy with virtually no Fruits...

Ingredient Profile

Pretty Straightforward. You get a 4379mg blend (yeah i counted them one by one...) which is disclosed consisting of totally 42 ingredients (mostly Fruits and Veggies). Next we have Two Blend Complexes, a Probiotic and Enzyme for improved digestion... I like the fact that it contains relatively low amount of Soy Lecithin (62mg) and the absence of Dyes...Overall a decent profile. You can check the label on the bottom of this review and see the amount of each ingredient.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

When we are dealing with products that are being marketed as "Antioxidants" probably the taste won't be smooth. Orange Oximega Reds has only got the Orange flavor which was better than i expected...Yes it will take some days to get used to it on it's own but it's not that terrible. It's drinkable not the best but not the worst flavor i have tasted. Still I prefer to mix it with Blackberry juice or with Electric Lemonade from Green Magnitude...The taste gets much better. Mixability and texture is not the greatest which is expected... I consumed usually 2 scoops up to 4 scoops per day with food.

Effectiveness

First of all i didn't get sick which is great especially when you consider that these months i usually get sick and i feel somewhat better (more "healthy") as without it...I think it definitely helped me with my immune system...Secondly my regular bathroom "trips" become more regulated (almost every morning i visit the bathroom to take a poo)...It become easier pooing without much struggle and somewhat easier than i used to which again is appreciated.
Not much energy from 2 scoops but a slight pick-up in the afternoon does it's job. One last thing, if i took 4 scoops at once at the night i would feel too energized and sometimes i would have insomnia for a couple hours...Nothing terrible but noticeable.

Value

For someone that uses mostly 2 servings per day like me, 60 Servings for 19 Dollars is a good price.

Conclusion

If you want to increase your veggies intake Orange Oximega Reds is definetely a solid choice. Immunity Support, Easy Bowel Movements, Feeling Of Wellbeing plus Some Energy at a Good price.
Flavors:
  • Orange: 5/10


Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Olympus Labs for sending it out!
(Show run details )
  November 17, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Makes You Feel Sick
  • Lack Of Endurance
  • Lack Of Pump

Introduction

Hey SR, back at it again today to review Olympus Labs' preworkout called Re1gn. Since I took a new position, my workout schedule has changed and I have been working out at 5 am before work. I have always used preworkouts, but they are much more appreciated now as I am not a morning person and I need that extra boost in the morning. I had a great experience with Olympus Labs' old preworkout called Conquer Unleashed so I was excited to give this a try. I have to say it was a little disappointing. On to the review.

Ingredient Profile

Overall, the profile ...

Introduction

Hey SR, back at it again today to review Olympus Labs' preworkout called Re1gn. Since I took a new position, my workout schedule has changed and I have been working out at 5 am before work. I have always used preworkouts, but they are much more appreciated now as I am not a morning person and I need that extra boost in the morning. I had a great experience with Olympus Labs' old preworkout called Conquer Unleashed so I was excited to give this a try. I have to say it was a little disappointing. On to the review.

Ingredient Profile

Overall, the profile looks great. Fully disclosed (except for the energy??) and a lot of high quality and interesting ingredients. For pump we get 5 g of citrulline, 1g of AgMASS, pomengranate extract, and a new designer ingredient called Vaso6. The research Olympus labs shows a big increase in blood flow, strength, etc. I like these ingredients as I'm not a great responder to citrulline so I was definitely down to try these other three ingredients. For Focus we have KannaEase and Theacrine, two trademarked ingredients on their own designed to support focus and mood. We get a 50 mg dose of Astragin for absorption as well which is always a welcome addition. I purposely left the Energy matrix for last, because it's massive. We have a 678 mg blend of caffeine (300 mg) and then unknown doses of Eria J. Julgans Regia, and Stim X alkaloids. These are forms of DMHA and other stims, so this is EXTREMELY high on the stim side, so if you're not stim tolerant be aware. I am a self admitted stim junkie and have used 3 of the four stims included in other preworkouts for success (Stim X is new). Notably missing are some preworkout staples such as Beta Alanine, Tyrosine, etc. Concerning, but I'm always down to try new things. Overall, a pretty stim heavy unique ingredient profile with trademarked ingredients and some new guys to the show.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Dosing is standard, 20-30 in preworkout. Mixability was fine, mixed well right away. The flavor, Dragons Mist, left a lot to be desired. Can pinpoit any specific flavors, a tropical punch type but with a chemical taste to it. I've had worse, but it's a preworkout and chugged anyways.

Effectiveness

So do the stims work? Yes, yes they do. It definitely helped me w up in the early morning.This does provide instantaneous energy that does last a long time. I definitely the stims throughout my hour-hour and a half workouts without fail. Definitely got the heart beating for the cardio too. All of these are really good things, and I never crashed afterwards. However, I just thought this wasn't a very complete or well rounded preworkout that I have come to enjoy. I didn't get any type of pump from the ingredients, which isn't a deal breaker for me as I view it as a "bonus." There is a difference between energy and endurance, and even though I had great energy I didn't feel the endurance aspect. I think I definitely missed the beta alanine, especially near the end of the tub. So, overall, this was pretty disappointing, I'm not sure I would have had much difference than just taking a ton of caffeine. I had MUCH better workouts with their old preworkout Conquer Unleashed.

Value

$27 for 20 servings, it's pretty expensive for the amount of servings you receive. I get it, they have a lot of trademarked ingredients and some exotic ingredients, but considering the effectiveness for me the value is just too high for me to buy again.

Side Effects

Since this is very stim heavy and I took on an empty stomach, I did get a feeling of nausea not long after taking. It did pass I never hurled, but was uncomfortable for awhile at the gym.

Conclusion

This preworkout was just too one dimensional for me which is disappointing as I have had success with Olympus Labs products including their old preworkout. If you're looking for some hardcore stims this might be for you, but if you're looking for a more complete preworkout experience you may need to look elsewhere.



Antidote (Outbreak Nutrition)

Overall
Overall
8.1
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.5
Value
Value
7.6
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Outbreak Nutrition for sending it out!
(Show run details )
  November 17, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Better Recovery
  • Decreased DOMS
  • Retains Muscle Mass
  • Versatile
  • Could Use Higher BCAA Dosing
  • Not Widely Available

Introduction

Hey SR, here today to review a muscle recovery product called Antidote by Outbreak Nutrition. If you have read my reviews for the past year, you know aminos are a staple of mine and I have been cutting for awhile since my ACL reconstruction last year. I have had great experiences with Outbreak Nutrition in the past, but was hesitant to use this because of the dextrose and I have a ketosis diet. Luckily, this turned out to be a plus instead of a negative. Details below!

Ingredient Profile

First off, props for the fully disclosed label, you know exactly h...

Introduction

Hey SR, here today to review a muscle recovery product called Antidote by Outbreak Nutrition. If you have read my reviews for the past year, you know aminos are a staple of mine and I have been cutting for awhile since my ACL reconstruction last year. I have had great experiences with Outbreak Nutrition in the past, but was hesitant to use this because of the dextrose and I have a ketosis diet. Luckily, this turned out to be a plus instead of a negative. Details below!

Ingredient Profile

First off, props for the fully disclosed label, you know exactly how much you're getting here. We start off with 5 grams of BCAAs in a 2:1:1 ratio. I'd say this is average, personally I prefer a little more in the 7 gram range. This we get some EAAs which I really like. Amino supplements that have EAAs have always worked better for me and my recovery all the way back to Amino IV glory days. We also get 50 mg of Actigin for better endurance, replenishing glycogen, and recovery. Then, we have 6 of dextrose. A lot of recovery products include very simple carbs like this because insulin spikes help flood the nutrients into muscles. Being in a ketosis diet trying to stay under 25 g of carbs this worried me a little, but I know most aren't in this category so it shouldn't be an issue for most. Overall, a simple yet solid profile for a recovery product.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Mixability was good, a little foaming but nothing out of control. Dosing is postworkout. I usually take aminos as an intra, but in this case I went with the protocol and just waited to take it afterwards. I had the grape flavor. I've always wanted a supplement with a fantastic grape flavor, and while this isn't bad, I'm still in search. Since it's not an intra per se flavor matters less as I took it down pretty fast postworkout.

Effectiveness

This was a very effective product for me not only alone, but also stacked with creatine. I'll explain. For the first two weeks or so I took this as a standalone product. My DOMS was decreased substantially and helped me recover quicker as I switched back to a strength routine. I would rank this well above average in terms of amino recovery products I have taken as most of my DOMS by day 2. As I have mentioned, I was a little worried about the dextrose. It did take a little extra planning/meal prep to stay under the 25 g with the added 6 g here but it was overall pretty easy. I do feel the benefits outweighed the planning as the recovery was very nice. As a bonus, after about week 2, I added creatine (unflavored) to this. I have cycled off creatine for a long time, and decided to just dump it in with this as the old school method you would dump some creatine in with a juice for the sugars and enhanced absorption. I think this helped as I cycled back on creatine as the benefits of the creatine were instantaneous. Muscle fullness, some regained strength, etc. Although loading phases are becoming less popular, with the absorption ingredients and dextrose in this I definitely didn't feel the need for a loading phase on this so it saved me servings. Overall, I think this product worked great on it's own and helped with the creatine cycle to help recovery and improve my workouts. Very happy with this product.

Value

I was sent the 30 serving tub, but I currently cant find that online. They have a 60 serving tub however for $45. For two months, less than a dollar a serving, and getting BCAAs, EAAs, and absorption I think it's a very good deal.

Side Effects

None.

Conclusion

If you're in the market for a nice recovery product, give this a shot. I have been impressed with most of Outbreak's line of supplements, definitely made well.



POSTLIFT (Nutrex)

Overall
Overall
8.6
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.4
Value
Value
8.8
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Nutrex for sending it out!
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  November 17, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Better Recovery
  • Increased Energy
  • Reduced DOMs
  • Good Value
  • Overpowering Flavor

Introduction

What's up guys? I've always had a special place in my heart for post-workout supplements. I don't know how to really explain it, I just like the idea of flooding the system with a ton of recovery ingredients after a hard workout. Needless to say, when PostLift showed up on the Troop dashboard, I had to try it! I tried it in a couple different scenarios, so let's take a look at how it performed.

Ingredient Profile

One scoop of PostLift is 54.5g. With one scoop, you get 100 calories, consisting of 25g of Carbohydrates in the form of cluster dextrin, or HBCD. N...

Introduction

What's up guys? I've always had a special place in my heart for post-workout supplements. I don't know how to really explain it, I just like the idea of flooding the system with a ton of recovery ingredients after a hard workout. Needless to say, when PostLift showed up on the Troop dashboard, I had to try it! I tried it in a couple different scenarios, so let's take a look at how it performed.

Ingredient Profile

One scoop of PostLift is 54.5g. With one scoop, you get 100 calories, consisting of 25g of Carbohydrates in the form of cluster dextrin, or HBCD. Nutrex chose to be fully transparent with the label, which is always a big plus for me. Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium head up the ingredient label. The rest of the label is the "PostLift clinically dosed post workout powerhouse." That sounds pretty legit to me. The first ingredient in it is the Cluster Dextrin, or HBCD. HBCD has a fast gastric emptying rate, but without a huge blood sugar spike. What this means is that it moves through the GI at the rate of a carbohydrate like sugar, but impacts blood glucose similar to brown rice for example. You get both benefits without the upset stomach or the feeling that you're going to pass out from your blood sugar levels spiking and dropping quickly. (That quote is from elitefts.com).

Next up are amino acids. Leucine at 5g, glutamine at 5g, isoleucine and valine at 2.5g each. I like the inclusion of amino acids in almost any product, especially glutamine. This aids in recovery and obviously adds usefulness to the product because you could use it intra or post.

Next is Betaine Anhydrous at 2.5g. This is a clinical dose in my opinion. Betaine originally came from Beets, and has become a pretty hot ingredient lately. It supposedly helps the body make more creatine and process it, which leads to strength and performance gains. Examine.com says there hasn't been much solid evidence to support the claim.

HICA is the next ingredient dosed at 2g. HICA is supposed to help reduce acid buildup in the muscles and promote lean mass by assisting in the protein synthesis process.

L-Carnitine L-Tartrate and Taurine are the final two ingredients, both dosed at 2g. Taurine has a ton of uses and is found in almost all energy drinks these days. Helps mental focus and increases energy. LCLT is in here to help reduce muscle damage from high intensity workouts.

Overall I think this is a very good, thorough profile with full transparency.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

I received the strawberry flavor and found it to be really nice for the most part. My only complaint would be the sweetness. Even with 16-20oz of water it was still on the sweet side. Good flavor though. Mixability was great. This stuff is super-fine so it mixes pretty quick and easy. I chose to use this product post-workout, usually within 20 minutes of finishing. Several times I worked out at 5am on an empty stomach and had it after. The other times were afternoon workout.

Effectiveness

I can safely say that the effects of PostLift were very obvious. I used it as a post-workout supplement, and the recovery feeling it provided me with was awesome. The HBCD provides a smooth insulin spike that helped keep my energy up after an hour+ workout without any type of crash. I found this especially useful on those days that I worked out at 5am and then went straight to work. I was wide awake the rest of the day and felt great. The recovery aspect of this product was very noticeable as well. Doms were hardly ever present the next day and it was not long after a workout that I felt like I could go at it again. I did not use PostLift for 20 workouts in a row, as I wanted to try and really understand its effects versus when I didn't use it with similar workouts. The energy boost using it after a workout was great, and the days I didn't use it, I really wanted to. I could definitely see using this as an intra-workout product as well. I should have tried it to see, but I am pretty sure I will be buying some in the near future so I will be able to find out. Also, in terms of strength gains, they were definitely there. But that's a simple equation because better recovery = better next workout.

Value

PostLift is normally kind of expensive, but at the time of this review, it can be had on Amazon for around 27 bucks. At 20 servings, this comes out to about 1.35 per serving. Go buy it at this price.

Side Effects

Nothing bad, although I found myself having to pee A LOT during the hour after taking PostLift.

Conclusion

I really think this product does exactly what it is supposed to do. My recommendations if you ever give it a try would be to try it out as an intra-workout product, and mix it with a lot of water so it doesn't end up so sweet. If you have a sweet tooth, then you will probably like it as is. Thank you very much to Nutrex for participating in the TROOP program. Looking at their website, they have a ton of awesome looking products that I look forward to trying in the future. Thanks guys.
Flavors:
  • Strawberry: 8/10



Mugen ENDO (Mugen Holdings)

Overall
Overall
6.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
6.0
Value
Value
5.0
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Mugen Holdings for sending it out!
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  November 17, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Did Not Get Sick
  • Dosing
  • Ingredient Profile
  • Too Expensive
Good day. I haven't been using a multivitamin for a while now before I started taking this. I workout pretty regularly, and I know it should be a staple but I just don't. Mostly because it is hard to tell if multi's are working or not. I realize all the studies, but if I can't tell then I feel like I could be wasting my money. When I saw an opportunity to try a new multi I hadn't heard of I thought let me see if this can help change my mind...

Ingredient Profile

It's a pretty basic ingredient profile. To go into detail and break down every ingredient would take me far longer tha...
Good day. I haven't been using a multivitamin for a while now before I started taking this. I workout pretty regularly, and I know it should be a staple but I just don't. Mostly because it is hard to tell if multi's are working or not. I realize all the studies, but if I can't tell then I feel like I could be wasting my money. When I saw an opportunity to try a new multi I hadn't heard of I thought let me see if this can help change my mind...

Ingredient Profile

It's a pretty basic ingredient profile. To go into detail and break down every ingredient would take me far longer than it should. Therefore, I will tell you that is has your daily dosage or more of many vitamins your body needs in order to recover from the daily grind your body puts it through. I have attached a picture of the label if you want to see a breakdown. There were a couple of added surprises though that you don't see in some multi's. First one was CoQ10 (10mg). If you aren't familiar with CoQ10, It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. It is said to help heart failure, as well as cancer, muscular dystrophy, and periodontal disease. It is also said to boost energy and speed recovery from exercise. Some people take it to help reduce the effects certain medicines can have on the heart, muscles, and other organs. Piperine (Black powder) is supposed to help the other vitamins and minerals in it become more effective. Who knows if it works but that's what they say. Those two kind of stood out to me. If you are looking for a basic ingredient profile for your multi then checkout the label I attached. It lists them all.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Taste- There was no taste to me because they are pills. You don't "mix" them with anything. The label recommends taking two pills for the full dosage. That is a plus for me. I like not popping pills all day everyday. On workout days I would take one in the morning and one after my workout. Call it a mental thing but I felt like that was when I needed the vitamins the most. Off days I just took two in the morning.

Effectiveness

Did it work? I couldn't really tell. I'm always sore from workouts. I use recovery products, I drink plenty of protein, and I used this vitamin regularly and still no difference for me. That's just me. When I take multi's I don't expect to be able to tell if it is working. That's just me. The energy some talk about I didn't witness, per say... Do I think it gives you energy? Absolutely... with 500mcg's of B12 how could it not? I just couldn't tell any difference.

Value

Found Endo for $25 on Amazon. For me, $25 is expensive for a 30 days supply of multivitamins. Compare the labels to other name brand multi's and you will might agree that for the money it is no different than some of the others. In my humble opinion, adding something for joints for the same price and upping the servings to 45ish would make it a lot more valuable and appealing to me. I've seen vitamins for roughly the same price that include a lot more in their ingredient list.

Side Effects

Bright yellow pee..... Not a negative side effect, but if you have never taken multi's you might be a little uneasy when your pee is bright yellow.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Endo is a basic, but solid, multivitamin for a more than normal price. I wasn't looking for a homerun muilti because I do know the meaning behind them, but I'd be hard-pressed to recommend it to anyone for that reason alone. In my experience, basic supplements should have a basic price. I do want to say thank you to sr.com and Mugen Holdings for partnering in this program. It's appreciated.


  November 17, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Good Placebo
  • Cheap Price
  • Almost No Discernible Effect

Introduction

I've been going to the gym 9 years, I made significant gains in both strength and size.. Never used steroids.. mainly only used creatine, whey protein, beta alanine, pre workouts, and some over the counter test boosters a few times.

Ingredient Profile

D-aspartic Acid 3.1 Grams. Serving size is 1 scoop, taken once daily.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Unflavored, however it has a bit of a sweet taste to it... mixes very easy and very good.. If you put it in a flavored drink such as gatorade it will just make it taste sweeter.. Very easy to drink.. dose is...

Introduction

I've been going to the gym 9 years, I made significant gains in both strength and size.. Never used steroids.. mainly only used creatine, whey protein, beta alanine, pre workouts, and some over the counter test boosters a few times.

Ingredient Profile

D-aspartic Acid 3.1 Grams. Serving size is 1 scoop, taken once daily.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Unflavored, however it has a bit of a sweet taste to it... mixes very easy and very good.. If you put it in a flavored drink such as gatorade it will just make it taste sweeter.. Very easy to drink.. dose is 1 scoop, which is 3.1 G.

Effectiveness

Good as a placebo.. The internet says it is clinically proven to work, felt I'm on a test booster so why not attempt heavier lifts that I didnt feel confident enough to try last week when I wasn't on the stuff. But does it actually work and increase your testosterone?? No... No it doesn't... I've used this stuff in the past, and had gains while on it, but never actually had my blood test while on it.. I had my blood tested months after taking it, to find out my testosterone was on the low side. I'm now using this product again, and have been on it for 4 weeks. I just had blood work done, and found out, that while using this stuff, my testosterone is still low, and in fact lower than it was prior to using this.

So is it effective? no. Did I get gains while on it? yes - from my regular routine that's been working before I used this stuff, and maybe from the creatine and pre workout.. but not from this stuff.

This stuff claims to raise testosterone, which in turn is good for gym performance.. But I had actual blood work performed, that PROVED, this stuff did not do that. It's that simple and cut and dry. Test results showed it does not work. And unless someone else posts a review in which they have blood labs proving it's effectiveness, then you can't really certify any credibility to it. When my bench was going up last year while using this with creatine and a pre workout, I would of gave this stuff good reviews and recommended it. In fact, up until today, I would of recommended it, because numerous internet sources claim there's clinical studies that prove DAA is effective. I have been stronger lately, and have had that placebo effect of "I'm on a test booster, add an extra 5-10 pounds to the bar this week.... I got an extra rep this week? must be thanks to the DAA"... But despite feeling better lately and seeing some slow gradual progress, once again, as i've said, my lab results came back today showing lower than ever testosterone levels, 4 weeks on this stuff.. i'm going to credit my routine, and creatine, which has given me success before I even used this stuff.

Value

Great value. 60 servings - so 60 days worth for a grand total of $13.76 on bodybuilding.com... and even better, I called bodybuilding.com today, and told them of my lab results, proving this product is inn effective, and they gave me a full refund no problems or questions asked, and I dont even have to ship this back, I can just throw it out which I did.

Side Effects

None.

Conclusion

In effective product, is a total fraud. Good placebo, you take it, and think you're on something and feel that false confidence, kind of like "mike's magic stuff" in space jam... but in reality, it DOES NOT raise your testosterone. I'm a healthy late 20's male, no health issues.. just had testosterone that was a bit on the low side. Took this stuff, as directed, and had blood labs PROVE it does not work. Price is a good price to get fooled on however. $13.76 for 60 servings.. so it didnt cost me alot of money to buy a useless product, and I got the money refunded.



Intra Blast (NutraBio)

Overall
Overall
7.9
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.3
Value
Value
7.2
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to NutraBio for sending it out!
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  November 16, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Helps With Recovery
  • Increases Hydration
  • Increased Energy
  • Great Taste
  • A Little Expensive
  • Stains Shakers

Introduction

(About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
I'm a natural bodybuilder who is attending the University of Arizona, I run a fitness page on instagram @ boonbrandon, and I have been fascinated by supplementation for quite awhile and have put hours and hours into reading sports medicine journals and research papers testing how effective supplements/individual ingredients are.

Ingredient Profile

The ingredient profile is one of the more comprehensive formulas I have seen in the aminos market, with around 3 grams of Essential Amino Acids to accompany the 7.2 gram BCAA mat...

Introduction

(About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
I'm a natural bodybuilder who is attending the University of Arizona, I run a fitness page on instagram @ boonbrandon, and I have been fascinated by supplementation for quite awhile and have put hours and hours into reading sports medicine journals and research papers testing how effective supplements/individual ingredients are.

Ingredient Profile

The ingredient profile is one of the more comprehensive formulas I have seen in the aminos market, with around 3 grams of Essential Amino Acids to accompany the 7.2 gram BCAA matrix (with an efficacious dose of Leucine, which isn't found in some BCAA supps per 1 serving). On top of this, there's 5 grams of glutamine, 2 grams of betaine (one of my favorite ingredients - stacks nicely with the betaine in my pre workout), a gram of ornithine in the form of OKG, and Taurine, Calcium/Sodium Phosphate/Magnesium Malate (electrolytes and for hydration support)

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

I'll start with taste: I received the Sweet Tea flavor and at first was slightly disappointed since I was hoping for a fruit flavor like passion fruit or orange mango. The first day that I used it, I didn't really like it and it kind of reminded me of what "diet" sweetened iced tea/green tea tastes like. For some reason though, every day it tasted better and better to me and as I just finished the container and had to go to the gym with just water, I was a little disappointed. I will say, it was in its sweet spot when I used lots of ice or really cold water, and over 20 ounces of water per scoop.

Mixability: I saw a couple people mention foam in their reviews but I really didn't see this as an issue. If you use a solid amount of water like >20oz and then shake it up, it will be slightly foamy at the top for a minute or two but then it goes away and is perfectly normal consistency for the rest of your workout

Dosing: I think the dosing on this supplement is pretty close to perfect. The BCAAs are all dosed pretty generously, passing the 3 gram baseline level of Leucine to be truly effective in a pre. the 5 grams of Kyowa glutamine surpasses pretty much all other supplements containing it, the 2 grams of betaine is impressive considering many other companies would only use 1-1.25 grams of it. All of this is very convenient because it truly is a 1 scoop formula, it's not like many other amino supps where you need to use 2 servings to get the clinical, truly effective dosages you want.

Effectiveness

Effectiveness is a hard one for me to tell with BCAAs. I personally amino supplements are far more important to take when you're cutting compared to bulking, and I took this while bulking. I ESPECIALLY become weary over just how useful bcaas are while looking at recent studies (https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12970-017-0184-9) .... however this supplement does contain more than simply the 3 BCAAs so that is something to definitely consider.

HAVING SAID THIS: whether placebo or not (I don't think it was because I never really had insanely high hopes) I do feel as though my endurance/hydration during exercise was slightly prolonged, and my recovery positively benefited from taking this. It's hard to quantify how effective it was and try to value it, but I could tell that it definitely had SOME sort of positive impact on my training. If I was in a deficit, I would DEFINITELY want to utilize this product

Value

Most places I have seen for this sold for around 40 dollars per 30 servings which makes it around $1.33 per serving. While this isn't necessarily super expensive, many BCAA supplements can be found at around $.70-$1.00 per serving, even as low as 60 cents per serving for Xtend (I think Intra Blast is better than Xtend and more comprehensive of a formula, but it IS double the price per serving). I would definitely buy this if it was on sale or if there was a deal along the lines of "Buy one get one 50% off" etc.

Side Effects

I'm happy to say this is the first BCAA supplement that's caused no sort of heartburn or stomach discomfort even a single time across the whole tub's usage. I've experienced this in the past with several amino supps. Good job NutraBio!

Conclusion

Overall, this is the first amino supplement I have actually "clicked" with and truly felt confident taking/felt a benefit from. The only drawback that I can really think of is the price is a lot higher than many competitors' amino products BUT you do get what you pay for and I find this to be a superior product to those! Will definitely consider buying in the future
Flavors:
  • Sweet Tea: 8/10


Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to NutraBio for sending it out!
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  November 16, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Helps With Recovery
  • Enhanced Performance
  • Good Formula
  • Strength Maintenance
  • Nice Name
  • Great Taste
  • Builds Muscle
  • Superb Taste
  • Rehydrates
  • Bad Value
  • Too Expensive
  • Sticky Foam
  • Useless Tryptophan

INTRODUCTION

What's up SupplementReviews. It's time to review NutraBio Intra Blast. Thank you to NutraBio and to SupplementReviews for making the connection possible and trusting us to write a review about your products. NutraBio is one of our favorite companies because they don't hide the amounts of each ingredient, they put each amount of milligrams on the label, including the flavoring! That's great. They also make top quality products with high clinical doses. Before taking them, I used to think they were just some greedy people trying to make the most amount of money with their...

INTRODUCTION

What's up SupplementReviews. It's time to review NutraBio Intra Blast. Thank you to NutraBio and to SupplementReviews for making the connection possible and trusting us to write a review about your products. NutraBio is one of our favorite companies because they don't hide the amounts of each ingredient, they put each amount of milligrams on the label, including the flavoring! That's great. They also make top quality products with high clinical doses. Before taking them, I used to think they were just some greedy people trying to make the most amount of money with their overrated supplements, that was just a perception, a wrong one.

But now that I've tried them, I can see why their price is high, sometimes it's justified, sometimes it's not. In order not to sound bias, let me remind you I made a review of their Casein, you can read it here if you haven't and if you want: https://supplementreviews.com/nutrabio/100-micellar-casein/review/hey-honey-look-beautiful-car-ask-seller-much-53808#toprev I put that Casein in the "not justified" category. I also made a review of NutraBio Reload and PRE-Extreme and I loved them, especially PRE-Extreme. So I think I'm unbiased towards them.

Let's see where Intra Blast fits. Btw, before starting, thank you Nutrabio for the water bottle and the samples! Considering you added the samples, I feel it's necessary to talk about the taste of them. The sample of NutraBio Classic Whey Cookies & Cream flavor was very delicious! One of the best Cookies & Cream flavors I've had, maybe the best. The sample of Intra Blast Fruit Punch was alright, it was a different fruit punch taste. Sweet Tea (the one I got to review) is way better though.

Don't forget to check the Value section, I think it's the most relevant section in this product.

INGREDIENT PROFILE

The main ingredient are the BCAA. 7.4 grams of naturally fermented BCAA. That's great! The average is 4g so good job here. Then they add 6 aminoacids. Lysine helps with Calcium absorption, cold sores, genital herpes, some sources say it can help with performance but I'm not convinced with this last one. SR says it helps to maintain nitrogen balance and preserve lean body mass during times of stress. I read it helps to deal with anxiety and stress but I couldn't find too much info about performance benefits nor muscular benefits. Doses range from 800mg to 3g so with 850mg it's fine I guess. L-Threonine is transformed in the body into Glycine which helps to prevent unwanted muscle contractions. I don't know if 850mg is enough for that benefit though. Then it comes 450mg of Histidine. This is a very important addition IMO because Histidine interacts with Beta Alanine to form Carnosine but considering we don't know if our Histidine levels are ok or not, then having some in a supplement is positive, even more considering it interacts with Beta Alanine, a popular preworkout ingredient. So considering this, I would have liked to see a higher dose of Histidine, maybe 1 gram or the same 850mg of the previous 2 aminos.

We continue with 300mg of DL-Methionine. I could only find 1 source saying it can help with bone strength. I imagine they added Methionine because of Creatine. Same thing with the L-Threonine (although if it helps to prevent unwanted contractions it's cool). Creatine is made up of Arginine, Methionine and Glycine. So I guess the inclusion of these 2 aminos is to help with the natural production of Creatine. If that was the goal, then good. I just don't know if 300mg is enough. DL-Phenylalanine might reduce the perception of pain, might help with depression (so yes, if you lift and your gf cheated on you, don't worry, your mood will be covered! hahaha). I read doses are recommended between 100-500mg so 300mg is good enough! Tryptophan might help increase tolerance to pain during intense exercise but the dose is so low (55mg) that I highly doubt this will have any benefit, I'm surprised NutraBio added an ingredient with a dose that I think it's too low to feel any benefit.

Overall, I think I would have been happier if they added more Histidine. More investigation is needed to find if the dose for L-Threonine and DL-Methionine are good enough to get the benefits I mentioned. So until we can find those doses, I'm not convinced with the addition of most of these secondaryaminos.

5 grams of patented Glutamine Kyowa Quality in the category called "Muscle Growth Accelerator". Accelerate what? 2g of Betaine Anhydrous for strength, great. 1g of OKG to reduce Ammonia which should make your performance better. 2g of Taurine. Taurine has plenty of benefits at high doses so I'm happy this has 2 grams. It can help to prevent cramps, helps with hydration, performance, etc. And finally, patented electrolytes.

Overall, a good formula, except for the 55mg of Tryptophan and maybe some of the aminos included.

TASTE/MIXABILITY/DOSING

I put as Flavor Preference: Passion Fruit but I received Sweet Tea. I usually drink tea so no problem with me here. This is a new flavor launched in August so that's why we probably were all sent this new flavor. NutraBio usually makes delicious flavors and this wasn't the exception. Consuming this flavor with cold water feels great! It tastes exactly like the word says: "Sweet Tea" with a strong taste.

MIXABILITY: This is the part I didn't like. This is the part where the Avalanche comes. This flavor creates A LOT of Foaming, and a sticky foaming, the one that never dissapears even if you leave it for 1 hour without moving. They need to fix this issue. Apparently it's only with this flavor because when I used the sample of Fruit Punch they gave me, it didn't create foam. There's an ingredient in another amino (CytoSport Monster Amino) called "Dimethylpolysiloxane" that is used to prevent foaming. It works with that amino and that amino uses a 6:1:1 ratio. The foaming dissapears rapidly. Maybe Nutrabio should use that for this product (flavor) because it's annoying and I think it reduces effectiveness.

DOSING: I did 1 scoop daily and tried it several ways: Sometimes Post-Workout, sometimes Pre-workout, sometimes Intra-Workout. I usually used 12oz to feel the taste stronger. Taste starts to vanish after 16oz.

EFFECTIVENESS

Post-Workout: Sometimes worked great and sometimes it worked average like a 5g BCAA.

Intra-Workout: I'm not a fan of taking intra workouts because I think I take a preworkout for a reason. But it doesn't mean I don't believe intra-workouts can work well. I just consider them a luxury and prefer to take my aminos in another moment. But Intra-Blast did a good job, I usually drank the liquid fast to get the most amount of benefits from those 7g BCAA, 5g Glutamine ,etc. The foaming stopped me several times though. And if you do this with cold water when you're thirsty from your sets, then the taste will be almost orgasmic!

Pre-Workout: I love my preworkouts with aminos so combining Intra-Blast with my preworkouts was the most effective way of taking this. I think it's because it gives the body enough time to absorb and digest the aminos. When my preworkout ended (Outbreak Pathogen), I used Intra Blast, DMHA and Dioxyme MPO and it worked great, I felt IntraBlast was leading this group effectively.

I took it like 2 times during my off days when I was sweating a lot and this is where I saw the Hydration part working the best. Good job.

Benefits: Train for longer time, strength maintenance, faster recovery, more hydration, less sweat, tasty.

The reason I didn't give it an 8 is because of my expectations regarding the formula. I expected more from Intra Blast. I could tell it was working and got good results (which is an 8) but looking at the formula, I expected elite level results and I've had better results with aminos that have less dose of each ingredient added here. That's why I gave it a 7.5. It's not a bad score and I think the problem here was the foaming. I don't know if it's mental or not but I think the foam made me feel the effects less. I've read that when products create lot of foam, it's because of the Leucine. And if the Leucine is not ingested adequately because instead of interacting with the other ingredients, it's staying in my shaker bottle, then that will probably reduce the effects because Leucine = King of BCAA. It's not the same or atleast I don't see it as being the same entering the body in liquid form than gas form.

VALUE

So Value is probably the most important section in this supplement. Many of the last reviews of Intra Blast have said this has a price of $39.99 and that they consider it fair. They said it was fair because it was effective and especially because you're basically getting 2 or 3 products in 1 (High BCAA dose, patented 5g Glutamine, High Betaine, patented electrolytes, extra aminoacids, high dose of Taurine). I used to think like them, I used to agree with their words.

Until one day, drinking this delicious Intra Blast Sweet Tea post-workout, I start to think about the Value. As I continue thinking, I remembered I also consumed NutraBio Reload Recovery Matrix some months ago. I checked my review to see the price of Reload and it was $39.99. I checked the current price of Reload and it's still $39.99 (cool). So considering they both had the same price, I wanted to see what made them different and here's one of the keys. Long story short: Reload has more amount of top quality ingredients and also higher doses but they have the same price!

Reload has 8g BCAA, IntraBlast has 7.4g BCAA (600mg less) || Reload has 5g of Kyowa Glutamine, IntraBlast has the same || Reload has 2.5g Betaine Anhydrous, IntraBlast has 2g (500mg less) || Reload has 500mg of OKG, IntraBlast has 1g (500mg more) || Reload has 1.5g Taurine, IntraBlast has 2g (500mg more) || Reload has 3 electrolytes not patented, IntraBlast also has 3 electrolytes and 2 of them are patented.

So those are the ingredients that they share. But Reload still has plenty of more ingredients left: Reload has 1.5g of patented Carnitine Tartrate, IntraBlast has none || Reload has 2.5g of patented Creatine Monohydrate, IntraBlast has none || Reload has 1.6g of patented Beta Alanine, IntraBlast has none || Reload has 1.1g of DL Malic Acid, IntraBlast has none || Reload has 500mg of patented Creatine Magnapower, IntraBlast has none || Reload has a high dose of Vitamin C, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B5... guess what vitamins IntraBlast has... NONE!

I'll tell you what IntraBlast has that Reload doesn't have: Lysine, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Methionine, Tryptophan.

So who wins? Who has a much better formula? Obviously Reload does and by far. And they cost the same according to NutraBio and the retailers selling this. This has an explanation: April 2016 IntraBlast had a price between $30 and $32. What does that tells me? That $30 max $32 is the correct fair price of Intra Blast. Again, for an unjustified reason, this was increased to $39.99, same thing happened with their Casein supplement that I made a review some months ago (check the Value of that review too). A justification might be that considering they decided to sell their products to other retailers, then it's normal they had to increase the prices in their website. Cool, I understand, but if that means increase the price to the product everywhere, then it's not cool.

Reload's price is fair ($39.99). IntraBlast price is NOT fair ($39.99). Not fair because you want the same amount of money for a product who has a weaker formula than Reload. IntraBlast fair price was the one it had before ($30-$32). I would say maybe a maximum of $35, no more than that, not $35.01 (I wouldn't pay $35 though). That's why IntraBlast has earned a dissapointing score in Value of 6, because I would prefer to buy Reload and because IntraBlast price is not fair and you know it. What I think Nutrabio is going to do about this? Guess what? *5 seconds pass* They will increase Reload's price, just wait and see. They already increased NutraBio PRE Extreme. It's great to know the exact dose of the ingredients but now it will be good to know what exactly is happening with the prices.

SIDE EFFECTS

Foaming was annoying. Fix this issue, I suggested using "Dimethylpolysiloxane", if you can find a better solution, then use it.

CONCLUSION

Great formula. Delicious new taste. Sometimes worked great, other times average (which is why I gave it a 7.5). Foaming was annoying, it was sticky. Maybe it's something related to the new flavor because the sample of Fruit Punch I received didn't create any foaming. If IntraBlast's price can go down to something between $30 and $35, it would be great because that's its fair price. If it stays with $39.99, I prefer getting Reload whose formula is way better as I've already explained above.

SUGGESTIONS FOR THE COMPANY

1. Fix the foaming issue with Sweet Tea flavor (I gave a suggestion above to fix it).
2. Bring the price down.
3. Maybe put more Histidine in the formula.
Flavors:
  • Sweet Tea: 9/10



Isotropic Max (Ronnie Coleman Signature Series)

Overall
Overall
8.3
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.5
Value
Value
8.1
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Ronnie Coleman Signature Series for sending it out!
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  November 16, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Rapid Digestion
  • Zero Fat Or Carbs
  • Fits Any Diet
  • Great Taste
  • Good Value For The More Expensive Forms Of Protein
  • 50 Servings Per Container
  • Not Widely Available
  • Limited Flavors

Introduction

38 years old, active duty army, and I lift 4-5 days a week. I have a high protein diet, and at 242 pounds I tend to require quite a bit of protein a day. I always have a Protein supplement in my stack to help with this goal. Isotropic Max was one of my "I want to try this" requests here on SR, so when the opportunity came to try it out I jumped at it! Thank you to Ronnie Coleman and SR for making this review possible and allowing me the opportunity to test and review this product. Lets see how this protein fit into my daily regimen.

Ingredient Profile

Th...

Introduction

38 years old, active duty army, and I lift 4-5 days a week. I have a high protein diet, and at 242 pounds I tend to require quite a bit of protein a day. I always have a Protein supplement in my stack to help with this goal. Isotropic Max was one of my "I want to try this" requests here on SR, so when the opportunity came to try it out I jumped at it! Thank you to Ronnie Coleman and SR for making this review possible and allowing me the opportunity to test and review this product. Lets see how this protein fit into my daily regimen.

Ingredient Profile

This is a pretty clean profile and a I thought it had some nice protein content for an Isolate. Each 30g scoop nets you 110 calories, ZERO fat and sugar, 2g Carbs, and 25g Protein. The protein source is all Whey Protein Isolate here, just as you would expect, so RCSS did not try and sneak in some other protein types to up the content. Here we get a fully disclosed label which I have included a picture of below. This profile fits daily macro's for just about anyone, whether you are cutting, bulking, or recomping. Also of note this product does contain milk and soy, so stay away if you have any of those allergies.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Taste: I received the German Chocolate flavor and it was pretty good. It was not too sweet which is what I fear in chocolate flavored protein, it was just right. It tasted fine with water, but somedays I would mix this with milk, and man oh man, it was like drinking a chocolate shake. It truly was a treat.

Mixability: I would typically mix this is my shaker with 8-10oz of water or milk. It mixes well and I had no weird residue or anything left over on the bottom. However, if I did not immediately wash the shaker out on consumption then for whatever reason I would have small clumps to have to wipe out. I think it may be the addition of cocoa or something, but it was a minor issue, but thought I would mention it anyways. I did find my shaker a bit stained with the chocolate over time as well, but nothing a good cleaning could not fix, and lets be honest I probably don't clean out my shakers enough as it is!

Dosing: I would take 2 scoops a day. I wake up and workout early in the morning, and I like to have some fuel in me before the gym (more than the PWO) but 4am is just too early in the morning for me to eat. I would always drink a scoop of Protein about an hour before the gym to get me going. I would also take a scoop post gym, as most people do. So no difference here than any other protein, take it as needed.

Effectiveness

Never an easy thing to judge since you don't exactly get in your face results like a PWO, but I judge protein based off digestion and if it made me full or not. Digestion wise this product did great, being an Isolate you would expect easy digestion, and here we are not dissapointed. This never sat like a rock in my gut after taking this and it felt as if it digested pretty quick into my system. I never try to get wrapped around the axel on different Whey protein types (regular Whey, Blend, Isolate, Hydrolized etc..), but here I could feel the difference between a normal Whey and an Isolate. So thats always a nice thing, actually feeling what your supposed to! I see in the past reviews from 2015 here on SR that Astra Gin used to be included, which appears not to be the case anymore. With or without it this appears to digest and absorb just fine, so maybe thats why it is no longer included.

Of course I do not expect to feel truly full from an Isolate, but I like for my protein shake to keep me full enough from post workout to the point where I finally eat breakfast (typically 1-2 hours). This would tide me over for about half an hour to an hour so it did what I needed it too. I believe I write this statement on every protein review I do, so here it goes again; remember this is a protein supplement not a meal replacement, so you should only be supplementing your daily diet with added protein as needed. I say that to show that IsoTropic does its job when it comes to that full feeling.

Value

Right now you can find this on sale on the RCSS website for $50.99 for 50 servings. That comes out to $1.02 a serving. This is a bit expensive compared to other Isolates, even on sale, and its about the same price as regular RCSS Whey protein. I think the 1 dollar price point per serving for an isolate is fine as long as you know you are getting 100% Whey Isolate. Could it be cheaper, yes of course, but so goes life. Since I thought the product was effective, I think the price is justifiable, and there are sales all the time on the RCSS site, so you are bound to find a better deal if you keep your eyes peeled.

Side Effects

None, no weird GI issues or anything which is always appreciated from a protein.

Conclusion

Overall, I enjoyed my run of this product. Isotropic Max absorbed and digested quickly into my system has a clean profile, and just felt clean in general when drinking it. This is great for anyone no matter what you daily nutrition goals are. I highly recommend this product, and I can chalk this up to yet again another product from Big Ron himself that I have truly enjoyed! Thanks again for the opportunity! Below there is a picture of the label included, as the picture of the label on the RCSS site seems to be wrong, so here is what it is now, I am thinking the formula may have been adjusted over the years.
Flavors:
  • German Chocolate: 8/10


Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Mugen Holdings for sending it out!
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  November 16, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Dosing
  • Ingredient Profile
  • Too Expensive

Introduction

Mugen Endo from Mugen Holdings is a multivitamin product marketed toward maintaining a healthy body and having an "insurance policy" on your health, as described by the manufacturer. While taking Mugen Endo, I was hitting the gym 6 times a week utilizing a powerbuilding approach to lifting. Heavy weights mixed in with high volume.

Ingredient Profile

Several reviewers have broken down this profile in depth so I will not hit every single ingredient. It is a multi, so there a lot of them. Endo has an abundance of Vitamin B's, which did seem effective which I wi...

Introduction

Mugen Endo from Mugen Holdings is a multivitamin product marketed toward maintaining a healthy body and having an "insurance policy" on your health, as described by the manufacturer. While taking Mugen Endo, I was hitting the gym 6 times a week utilizing a powerbuilding approach to lifting. Heavy weights mixed in with high volume.

Ingredient Profile

Several reviewers have broken down this profile in depth so I will not hit every single ingredient. It is a multi, so there a lot of them. Endo has an abundance of Vitamin B's, which did seem effective which I will talk about in a bit. All the other basic ingredients seem to be dosed similarly to other multis like Optimen and Orange Triad. One ingredient included in Endo that seems somewhat unique is CoQ10. Over the years this has become a relatively popular ingredient that supposedly helps everything from heart failure to cancer. None of that has really been proven, and its main attribute seems to be an increase in energy and recovery. Overall, I like the addition of CoQ10. There is also some Piperine, which is basically Black Pepper, which may help increase the effectiveness of other ingredients. One thing that seems underdosed, as noted by other reviewers, is the Vitamin K. It is listed in Endo at .8 mcg. Orange Triad has 120mcg. Endo has it listed specifically at K2 though, and orange triad just lists Vitamin K, which could be K1 or K2. It is speculated that K2 is much easier absorbed by the body, so maybe that evens out the field, I am not sure because I am not a vitamin expert.

What Endo provides is a very basic approach to a multi. The ingredient profile provides everything I think a multi should, with no addition of a bunch of garbage fillers used to help market it. The profile is extremely similar to that of Orange Triad by Controlled Labs, minus the joint and flex complexes. This becomes important when we get to value.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

There was no taste or mixability issues since Endo comes in capsules. Dosing was extremely easy, 2 pills a day with water. I dosed this at different times throughout my run, but mostly tried to use it in the morning.

Effectiveness

I gave Endo a good effectiveness rating because, well, I could tell it was working. The main thing I noticed was the increase in energy, especially when I took it in the morning. I have tried a lot of multis in the past that I know were pretty solid products, but didn't have something solid to tell it was working. Endo provided me with an awesome energy boost in the morning. On the other side of this, I took it a couple times around dinner time, and was then unable to get to sleep at night. That being said, I would recommend taking it in the morning. Other than the energy boost, its pretty hard to pick out anything else from a multi when it comes to effectiveness. My pee was not as yellow as some other multis make it, but that doesn't really have anything do with effectiveness. I did not notice any other effects when compared to other multis I have taken.

Value

This is the category that caused my overall rating of the product to fall. Endo is showing up on Amazon now for 25 bucks for a 30 day supply. As I have said, I enjoy the basic approach to ingredients, but I think that needs to be reflected in price. For about the same price, I can get 50 servings of Orange Triad, which has basically the same profile, plus a whole joint complex, which I think is legit. If I have to chose between these two, I am going to take the 50 servings of Orange Triad 100 out of 100 times. They need to bring the price point down a bit on Endo.

Side Effects

No negative side effects.

Conclusion

I appreciated the opportunity to try Endo from Mugen Holdings. My review pretty much says it all. I like the basic approach but I don't like the price. My advice, keep the profile and lower the price. Good value would bring the rating up tremendously. I did appreciate that energy boost, which is definitely worth something. But due to my overall rating, I had to give it the orange crooked face rating and was unable to give it my full recommendation. Thanks for reading!


Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to NutraBio for sending it out!
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  November 16, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Builds Muscle
  • Good Value
  • Increased Energy
  • No Side Effects
  • Helps Recovery
  • Slight Occasional Bloating

Introduction

A special thanks to Nutrabio for their continued support here on SR.com. Today, I discuss their creatine monohydrate (creapure) product. Creatine is one of the more popular sport supplements on today's market. It's no surprise considering that creatine monohydrate's benefits have been proven and supported in numerous studies. When used in conjunction with intensive training and proper diet, creatine can help increase energy, power output, endurance, muscle mass, and improve recovery. I've been a firm believer and avid user of good quality creapure and myself and p...

Introduction

A special thanks to Nutrabio for their continued support here on SR.com. Today, I discuss their creatine monohydrate (creapure) product. Creatine is one of the more popular sport supplements on today's market. It's no surprise considering that creatine monohydrate's benefits have been proven and supported in numerous studies. When used in conjunction with intensive training and proper diet, creatine can help increase energy, power output, endurance, muscle mass, and improve recovery. I've been a firm believer and avid user of good quality creapure and myself and provided my training, diet, and rest are all in check, the benefits are well apparent.

Ingredient Profile

Nutrabio has always prided themselves in delivering high quality products of the highest standards of purity, without any of the added extra "stuff" that we don't need nor want.

As you may have already guessed, Nutrabio's 100% Pure Creatine Monohydrate contains one ingredient:

100% Pure Micronized Creatine Monohydrate at 5g per serving.

I don't think I need to explain creatine's specific mechanism of action is complete detail since I am sure by now most, if not all, are already familiar with it. Creatine works by enhancing the generation of ATP in muscle cells, resulting in a replenishment of energy source levels. Furthermore, creatine causes super volumization of muscle cells, which in return trigger protein synthesis. Lastly, some studies have shown creatine to inhibit the muscle growth limiting factor known as myostatin. Inhibiting myostatin, can lead to more efficient muscle growth.

In all, these effects all potentially translate into increased size, strength, energy, and endurance.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

The powder is unflavored and doesn't add any notable taste or texture to any flavored liquid you may use. I do recommend using this with a non-acidic carb containing beverage as insulin is known to play a role in creatine's absorption. If you do add it to plain water, you may possibly get a slight, bitter taste, but I don't recommend using just water alone.

The powder mixes thoroughly and completely in any liquid you use.

The effective dosage range of creatine monohydrate is 5-10g for most users. Many advocate the recommendation for a "loading" phase in which for a short period at the beginning of a cycle, saturating the muscles with creatine by using upwards of 15-20mg a day for about 1.5-2 weeks would help the effects come more quickly and be more noticeable.

However, many (including myself) will also advocate that this "loading" phase is not necessary as one can still reap the benefits of creatine monohydrate by following the standard dosage protocol of 5-10g a day. Though I will say from my experience, the loading phase is really up to the user as to whether or not he/she believes they do see a benefit to it.

The way I use creatine, including Nutrabio's, I used 20g a day for one full week at the beginning of my run and then taper to a maintenance dosage to 10g a day for the remainder of the cycle. During the loading phase on training days, I take 10g pre workout, and 10g post workout. During the remainder maintenance portion of the cycle, I take 5g pre and 5g post workout. On non-training days in both instances I will often simply spread the dosages throughout the day. I always ensure to mix the servings in a carb containing liquid which can include, grape juice, a sports drink, or as an addition to a protein shake. Micronized creatine tends to absorp more efficiently, so it can compliment shakes quite nicely.

Effectiveness

As with most bulk creapure products I've used, Nutrabio's was no exception when it came to giving all the goodness of creatine's benefits in the gym.

I had a more pronounced pump and swole feeling throughout my body as well as improved vascularity. My entire body felt fuller and trained muscles in each workout felt more and more volumized with each movement.

My strength and mass did see some improvement as I did see a slight uptick in my numbers, particularly from volume standpoint but also in resistance level. For example, mid cycle I was able to put up 315 lbs for one rep on the front squat and banged out a higher range of reps on isolation movements as well as military press, bench press, and deadlifts with higher levels of resistance. The numbers were not record breaking or phenomenal in any way, but increases of any kind are always welcomed. My muscles also looked slightly larger, particularly in my pecs, arms, legs, and back.

My endurance saw improvement mostly in my boxing and HIIT cardio intervals. Furthermore, I did notice some reduction in fatigue and DOMS both during my workouts and within post workout recovery periods.

Value

The lowest price I've seen for Nutrabio's Creatine Monohydrate is 13.99 for 100 servings, totaling 500g of creatine with each container. Given the quality, purity, efficacy, and highly efficient micronized form of creatine used in Nutrabio's product, I think this is a great value, especially if you are a frequent user of creatine.

Side Effects

As with most creatine products, some occasional minor bloat is possible due to creatine's water retention effects. However, maintaining adequate hydration will help to easily reduce and prevent exacerbation of this issue. So just be sure, you're drinking plenty of water.

Conclusion

Plain and simple....if you knowingly respond well to creatine and know you benefits from it's use, Nutrabio's creatine is definitely a product to consider. All the goodness of creatine without added unnecessary filler ingredients, in the form of a high quality, superb purity ensured, and effective form of creatine monohydrate, is what easily personifies what Nutrabio's 100% Creatine Monohydrate truly is. Just be sure your training is intensive and efficient, diet is clean and up to par, you're getting good rest, and you are drinking plentiful quantities of water to ensure max benefits.

WARMACHINE OUT!!!

GO PATS!!!



ENDUR3 BCAA EDITION (Olympus Labs)

Overall
Overall
9.3
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
9.0
Value
Value
9.2
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Olympus Labs for sending it out!
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  November 15, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Good Hydration
  • Better Endurance
  • Good Recovery
  • More Hydrated
  • Reduces DOMS And Muscle Fatigue
  • Slight Chemical Taste
Endur3

Introduction

(About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
I mostly resistance train, from 4 to 6 days a week and often like to include an intra workout product to help keep me going throughout longer sessions. Lately I have been only using electrolytes and hydration drinks but was really interested in the combination of hydration, protein synthesis and recovery offered by Endur3.

Ingredient Profile

Calcium (from Dicalcium Phosphate): 57mg
Magnesium (from Magnesium Aspartate): 16mg
Chromium (asHistidinate And Picolinate): 1,000mcg
Sodium (from Sodium Citrate): 65mg
Pota...
Endur3

Introduction

(About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
I mostly resistance train, from 4 to 6 days a week and often like to include an intra workout product to help keep me going throughout longer sessions. Lately I have been only using electrolytes and hydration drinks but was really interested in the combination of hydration, protein synthesis and recovery offered by Endur3.

Ingredient Profile

Calcium (from Dicalcium Phosphate): 57mg
Magnesium (from Magnesium Aspartate): 16mg
Chromium (asHistidinate And Picolinate): 1,000mcg
Sodium (from Sodium Citrate): 65mg
Potassium (from Potassium Citrate): 150mg
This electrolyte blend is very nice to have intra workout as opposed to a simple amino formula. I love electrolyte and was happy to see these here, and at there dosages with the form of each provided as well. There is also another blend listed below.

InstAminos (Instantized BCAAs 4:1:1): 7.5g
L-Leucine, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine
-BCAAs can be controversial. Either you like them or you don't. They are said to increase protein synthesis and are also muscle sparing, especially during a fasted state. They help reach levels of amino acids in an otherwise unbalanced diet of amino. A 4:1:1 ratio is the most commonly used as it is the most research backed. 7.5g is a pretty hefty dose.

Velositol: 2g
Amylopectin Chromium Complex(Providing 2g of high amylopectin starch(waxy Maize)
and 1,000mcg Chromium comprised of histidinate and picolinate))
-Increases muscle protein synthesis, regardless of the protein source. It even works m with Branch Chain Amino Acids.

L-Glutamine: 2g
-enhances the ability of the immune system to deal with high stress workouts. It also helps in recovery.

L-Taurine: 1g
-Can help increase focus, increase muscular strength, increase muscle endurance, optimize cellular hydration and reduce muscle breakdown.

Electrolyte Matrix: 980mg
Potassium Citrate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Magnesium Aspartate
-Helps to keep a positive balance of electrolytes that are lost during strenuous training.

VitaCherry/Sport: 480mg
(Whole Tart Cherry) Standardized to total and type 1,2 anthocyanins:
-Used as a recovery aid by relieving post exercise muscle and joint soreness.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Taste: I had the Snake Venom flavour. It's not bad. I definitely prefer it over the flavour of the pre workout Re1gn. It almost tastes like a sour cherry/lemon. It has only a slight chemical taste, but not too bad at all. I'd rate it about a 7 out of 10.

Mixability: This mixed as expected. Being as the aminos are instantized, a couple of shakes usually worked well every time. I never had any real problems with settling, but I do usually shake before drinking as a habit.

Dosing: I found the dosing to be pretty accurate. 1 level scoop would usually provide around 26 g. The label states 16.3 so I'll take it. I was able to get the full 30 servings from the tub.

Effectiveness

In terms of effectiveness, it does what it is intended to do. My workouts always felt energized and I had the energy to get through. I never felt dehydrated or flat. The electrolytes were a welcome addition and aided in keeping me fuelled. I usually only use electrolytes intra workout, so having the added BCAAs and other goodies were only positives, wether you believe in them or not. Either way, there was no down side.

Value

At the time of writing this review, it can be found for $34.99. It is not the cheapest intra workout on the market, but then again, it also has quality ingredients and many extras. I would say that with everything added, it is a pretty good value. I usually look for intra workout at 30 servings around the $30 mark. This is pretty close and has added benefits. I wouldn't have any issue paying that price for this product.

Side Effects

I did not experience any side effects from Endur3.

Conclusion

I think that OL has put together a pretty good intra workout competitor. There are many extras that set it apart from others in this category and the electrolytes are a great addition. I really don't think you can go wrong here, even at it's full list price.
Flavors:
  • Snake Venom: 7/10



100% Pure Creatine Monohydrate (NutraBio)

Overall
Overall
8.5
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.5
Value
Value
8.5
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to NutraBio for sending it out!
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  November 15, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Builds Muscle
  • Good Value
  • Increased Energy
  • No Side Effects
  • Helps Recovery
  • Slight Bloating

Introduction

First of all, I want to thank NutraBio for supporting the TROOPs. This is one of the few companies that go into great detail as to what's in their products. Their quality is always top notch, and they have a legion of fans everywhere. The good folks at NutraBio gave me some good old creatine monohydrate to review. Creatine is something I really haven't supplemented with since the early 2000s, and during that span, we've seen a lot of fads, gimmicks, and now banned substances. Through it all, creatine has remained the same, tried and true with hundreds of scientific repo...

Introduction

First of all, I want to thank NutraBio for supporting the TROOPs. This is one of the few companies that go into great detail as to what's in their products. Their quality is always top notch, and they have a legion of fans everywhere. The good folks at NutraBio gave me some good old creatine monohydrate to review. Creatine is something I really haven't supplemented with since the early 2000s, and during that span, we've seen a lot of fads, gimmicks, and now banned substances. Through it all, creatine has remained the same, tried and true with hundreds of scientific reports attesting to its muscle building effectiveness.

Ingredient Profile

This is probably the easiest ingredient profile I've ever had to explain. 100% pure micronized creatine monohydrate--that's it! There are no fillers, carbs, flavors, fancy transport systems, just CREATINE.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Each 500 gram tub contains 5 grams of creatine per serving. For added convenience, NutraBio included a 5 gram scoop...nice touch. Mixability and taste were never really issues for me. Some people have complained that the taste is somewhat bitter, which is why I mixed it with a carb powder or protein powder. I work out early in the morning, so I took one scoop mixed with either protein or carbs immediately following my workout, and then another serving about 6 hours later.

Effectiveness

Creatine has been on the market as a supplement since 1993. It's obvious why--it's safe and it's effective. From my dosing protocol, I was able to add on about 6 pounds (from 215 to 221). I'm pretty sure that much of is was water weight from intramuscular hydration because I lost a little definition. My abs were blurred ever so slightly. No matter though; it positively affected my strength, endurance, and recovery. I was easily able to increase my weights 10-15 pounds for the same number of reps (8-10). I was also a lot less sore, which is a good thing, because I had just started a German Volume Training routine in which I did 10 sets of specific exercises for 10 reps. Other "natural" muscle builders, e.g. laxogenin and epicatechin are largely unproven and there really isn't a definitive verdict on either one. Some swear by them, and others claim that they are totally worthless. The general consensus on creatine, however, is that it is the most effective legal muscle builder, and has been for more than 20 years.

Value

Oh, how the times have changed! I remember when I was a scrawny kid trying to build muscle, a 500 gram tub of EAS Phosphagen was 63 bucks, Muscletech's Cell Tech was about 70 bucks, and the best value was Pro Lab's Creapure creatine, where you could get a 2 pack of 300 grams for $33.99 (Yes, I'm showing my age).

NutraBio's creatine can be found just about everywhere for less than 16 bucks for a 500 gram tub. If other companies sold creatine for free, then I'd say the price sucks, but companies aren't giving it away, and 15 dollars and some change for a safe, proven muscle, strength, and endurance enhancer is a bargain in my book.

Side Effects

None

Conclusion

Sometimes you have to go back to the basic, no-frills approach to get results, whether it's through training or through supplementation. NutraBio's creatine is about as no-frills as you can get, but that's the beauty of it. It works, and ultimately, isn't that what we want from our supplements?



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