Mass Gainer Extreme XXXX Reviews
Mass Gainer Extreme XXXX is a Weight Gainer manufactured by MuscleTech. It is a protein based supplement that has additional calories from carbohydrates and fats. It is meant to add additional calories for the body in order to assist with weight and muscle mass gain.
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Quick SummaryWhile Using Triple Chocolate Brownie Mass Gainer Extreme XXXX (2000), I was able to make slow and steady gains. I usually struggle with getting enough calories to gain from whole-foods alone, due to appetite and work habits. It started off as a great experience and turned into a chore simply because of the nature of the product and some short-comings on flavor character. While the product itself held water, the typical MuscleTech marketing strategy and traditional MuscleTech claims made are deceptive and take serious points away from the product as a whole.
IntroductionAs I may have mentioned in previous reviews, I'm a work-a-holic. The pace rises in sync with opportunities. Let's just say, I've pulled the trigger a lot of opportunities lately. I used XXXX steadily for a while, taking half-doses to fill in my caloric holes. As time went on, the taste and ritual involved became monotonous and eventually ponderous. I tried a few recipes, none that were worth repeating. I did not have a bad experience with it, I just wanted it to end way sooner. For my next bounty, I believe I'll try something that has a much smaller container lol.
Ingredient ProfileWho'd have guessed that MuscleTech's claims were inflated? Basically all of us. I've seen some products come from their Platinum Series that were clean and at least honest about their nutrition (although still embellishing the potential results). I'm honestly just tired with a lack of transparency, I don't want to know how much protein there is after milk is added. I don't want to see that number in big print on the packaging with a tiny disclaimer on the back to explain your claim. I want to see exactly how much protein is in the scoop/serving with nothing else added. I want to know what your product is providing, not it's potential after I add my own mediums to it. This may not be a big deal to some, but it's leaving such a bad taste in my mouth to see this still happening when transparency is becoming the standard. Rant over. Here's what you get.
Calories from Fat 45 8%
Total Fat 5g 15%
Cholesterol 195mg 65% (yikes!)
Total Carbohydrate 384g 128%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Vitamin A (Vitamin A Palmitate) 2450iu 272%
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 30mg 50%
Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol) 198iu 50%
Vitamin K (phytonadione) 15mcg 19%
Thiamin (Thiamin Mononitrate) 1.5mg 100%
Riboflavin 1.5mg 88%
Niacin (Niacinamide) 10.5mg 52%
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) 1.5 mg 75%
Folic Acid 198mcg 50%
Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) 3 mcg 50%
Biotin 158 mcg 53%
Pantothenic Acid (Calcium d-Pantothenate) 4.5mg 45%
Calcium 330mg 33%
Iron 15mg 83% Ya eat beef? Haven't already ditched iron multi's? Do so when using this.
Iodine (Potassium Iodide) 79.5mcg 53% Same thing as the iron, but with fish and iodine
Zinc (Zinc Oxide) 5.85mg 39%
Copper (Copper Sulfate) 1.5mg 75%
Chromium (Chromium Chloride) 156mcg 130%
Sodium 540mg 22%
Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopheryl acetate) 16iu **%
Selenium (selenomethionine) 15mcg **%
L-glutamine and glutamic acid 10.4 g **%
Creatine Monohydrate 10 g **%
L-Leucine (whey protein and L-leucine) 6.6 g **%
L-Isoleucine (whey protein and L-isoleucine) 4.1 g **%
L-Valine (whey protein and L-valine) 3.4 g **%
Multi-Phase Carb Complex (Glucose Polymers, Oat Bran [as Avena sativa], Isomaltulose)
100% Whey Protein Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey protein Isolate 97%, Whey Protein Isolate, Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate),
Natural and Artificial Flavors
Soy or Sunflower Lecithin
Ferric Orthophosphate Source of the excess iron, unnecessary product.
Medium Chain Triglycerides
It would be nice to see the amounts used in "other ingredients", but that's kind of far-fetched.
Taste/Mixability/DosingThere are 2 distinct tastes, and a third subtle taste. The first one to hit the edges tongue is fudge, and its great. The next flavor that sits in the middle of the tongue is of malt chocolate, very rich. It overpowers the fudge taste and lingers for a while. I don't quite like it as much as I like the fudge taste, which is disappointing since it's the most prominent. The third taste I notice is of dark chocolate. It covers the palate as soon as the malt taste diminishes but soon loses character to the maltiness. I'd really like if this flavor were more dominant.
Mixability is great when following direction. The label states to use a blender, and when doing so, mixability is fine. It still can be a little sandy if your fluid is too low. Easy fix. I can, however, tell you that there is no chance of shaking this product into something you want to drink. Do not try. It will not work. It is not designed to. Follow directions. Having clearly stated this on the container, I say mixability gets a passing grade.
Dosing this product is where the work comes in. For a full dose, you have to mix 6 of these huge scoops in your blender. Rounded scoops, at that. My blender isn't even big enough to contain that much, which was fine because a 1/2 scoop was usually all I needed. One scoop mixes in with a serving of Jello chocolate pudding for a dirty high-calorie snack as long as you don't mind slight grittiness. I made pancakes with it, but I honestly prefer plain flap-jacks instead.
For a bulk, I think the macros are a solid addition to a clean diet. Just keep an eye on cholesterol, iron, and sodium.
EffectivenessI put on 4 pounds in the first month of using 1/2 serving daily. After that I stayed between 4 and 5 pounds above my starting point, maintaining but not gaining. Work put itself first and caused some difficulty in the gym, so I dropped my calories, which explains the plateau. I say it's very effective as a gainer. I was extremely pleased to see a pound per-week when I used this, went hard on the iron, and maintained a clean surplus.
ValueI see where Muscle and Strength have it for $62 for 22lbs. That's great for a gainer at 50 cents per gram of protein from good sources, as well as decent carbohydrates.
Side EffectsI experienced none.
ConclusionXXXX is a solid gainer that can definitely get the job done. I deduct points for misleading labeling in frickin' 2018. Up until they listed the other sizes and flavors last week, they even claimed that it gave 63 grams of protein per scoop, wish is outrageous. Otherwise, I woudn't have taken off so much from the overall. I really hope MuscleTech cleans up their act and just starts selling product. The veil is thin and we can all see the truth by just looking in the nutrition panel. You may disagree with my reasoning, but once I saw that claim, I was filled with resent for the company and was unable to enjoy the product as I had before.