CVol is a Post-Workout Protein Supplement manufactured by AllMax. It is designed to feed the muscles with protein, carbs and amino acids immedaitely following a workout to assist in muscle recovery and growth.
Quick SummaryI am not that easily stunned by creatine. It's an effective supplement for sure but I always believed the difference between creatines were not that big..until I discovered c:vol. Not sure how this stacks up against other post-workouts as it does not contain BCAA's.
Introduction35 years old financial auditor trying to balance life with three kids and a busy job. Trying to get in some quality time at the gym in the meantime. When I manage to squeeze in some gym time I can use all the supplement help that's out there.
First of all thanks to the SR troops and Clipper for the bounty (oldscool). Creatine is one of the supplements on which everybody agrees on the proven effectiveness. Clipper83 sent me C:vol from the oldscool bounty system. I have seen this product before and it looked quite interesting. Never got around to buying it so this bounty was a great opportunity to finally give it a try.
Ingredient ProfileThe ingredient profile is aimed at post workout recovery.
5 g of a Creatine Chelate Complex
Creatine MagnaPower (Ionically-Bund Creatine Magnesium Chelate), 1950mg
Creatine Monohydrate (Highly-pure, Bonded-form), 1850mg, Creatine HCl
750mg, Creatine Anhydrous 450mg
2.5 g Taurine
1 g L-Carnitine L-Tartrate
1 g Betaine and
800 mg Beta-Alanine (Carnosyn);
Some ingredients are added to improve the creatine absorption
Prickly pear extract, bitter melon extract , cinnamon bark extract (84,41,30mg)
Sugar free and carb free
A creatine blend of 5 grams, That's a good amount of creatine with the specific benefits of the various types of creatine. Creatine magnapowder is a patented form of creatine which combines creatine and magnesium chelate for maximum uptake, Monohydrate is the most proven form of creatine, creatine HCI is the most soluble form of creatine and creatine base is the most pure form of creatine. While I think everyone has its own preference, all forms provide some sort of benefit so why not throw them all in one blend. Some people believe creatine has a loading phase in which a greater amount of creatine is consumed to start with, some people use a great amount of creatine every day. For me personally, this blend of 5g a day did the trick and provided some great results.
The other ingredients combined in C:Vol makes this a nicely composed post workout. You are getting a lot more than just creatines. Taurine helps with the cramping., increases blood flow. While I mostly know this from a pre of intra workout it has benefits post workout too. The suggested dose is between 500mg and 2g, the upper limit for toxicity is much higher. One could safely use 3g a day. 2,5 g is in the upper range which is great.
L-Carnitine L-Tartrate is a supposedly potent form of L-carnitine. The standard dose for L-carnitine is between 500-2,000mg. reduces doms ant tons of other proven benefits.
Betaine should increase muscle strength and muscle protein synthesis. Scientific evidence is somewhat ambiguous so the dosage is too. 1g is a fairly common amount|
Beta alanine is mostly used in pre workout products, but usage is actually not dependent on timing. Increases muscular endurance, increases lean mass. Large doses of beta-alanine may result in a (harmless) tingling feeling which I read about a lot on SR. never experienced it before myself. Carnosyn is a patented version. I believe 800mg is a fairly low dose (for a pre workout). Not sure how this would hold in a post workout which C:vol is
Prickly pear extract, bitter melon extract , cinnamon bark extract should all increase absorption of creatine by reducing blood sugar and increase the uptake of nutrients. The optimal dosage is not really clear, as is scientific proof.