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Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to CSA Nutrition for sending it out!
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Introduction

Thank you to the folks at CSA Nutrition and the SR Troops program for the opportunity to try Podium Gold.

Why I chose this product:

I haven't tried a straight up creatine mono related product in quite some time, possibly over 5 years. I respond well, strength increase, some endurance etc. however, I have had bad issues with bloating on many occasions. My go to creatine of choice is Kre-alkalyn, the buffered form of creatine monohydrate and I love it. Works like a charm and no bloating ever. So I figured I would give this a go.

Ingredient Profile

The ingred...

Introduction

Thank you to the folks at CSA Nutrition and the SR Troops program for the opportunity to try Podium Gold.

Why I chose this product:

I haven't tried a straight up creatine mono related product in quite some time, possibly over 5 years. I respond well, strength increase, some endurance etc. however, I have had bad issues with bloating on many occasions. My go to creatine of choice is Kre-alkalyn, the buffered form of creatine monohydrate and I love it. Works like a charm and no bloating ever. So I figured I would give this a go.

Ingredient Profile

The ingredient 4.5 gram proprietary blend called CarnoForge is trademarked, which is a blend of beta alanine and creatine monohydrate. From what I have read, the ingredients in this product are bonded and buffered.

The company claims that Carnoforge increases exercise capacity and power output by increasing intracellular carnosine levels via fast twitch (Type 2) muscle fibers. The product is free from any banned substances and is touted by a few powerlifters online and in several weight lifting forums.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

Taste:

I received the unflavored powder, which had zero taste to it. I did mix it with powerade zero, and the product had no much effect if any, on the flavor of the powerade zero.

Mixability:

Not the greatest mixing product, I had to stir the product often, especially after drinking half the glass. A ton of settling of the powder at the bottom, and gritty as I got towards the bottom of the glass.

I mixed the product in 12 ounces of beverage, sometimes water, but for the most part powerade zero. When I would take 2 scoops, I went with 6 ounces pre and 1 scoop and 6 ounces post workout with 1 scoop. The goal here was to keep my water/beverage intake the same, and to hopefully minimize water weight.

Dosing:

Directions state, once scoop daily before your workout for people under 200lbs and once scoop daily preworkout and once scoop post workout for people over 200lbs. Pretty straightforward here, no loading etc.

Effectiveness

Appearance Effects:

Based on my starting weight of 233, I started the product as directed at 1 scoop before my workout and 1 scoop after my workout. Now here's where my issue arose. After 4 days of 2 scoops per day, I felt noticeably more swole, heavy and bloated, so I stepped on the scale and whoa, 240 lbs, I gained 7 pounds of water weight in 4 days. So I had to rethink my strategy with product as I didn't want to find out what the scale would read another 4 days from now. So at this point, I scaled back to one scoop preworkout. My weight came back down to 233 after another 4 days at one scoop. In the end I was up about 2 pounds only.

Also, just to note, I didn't increase my water or beverage intake, or change my diet whatsoever, everything was as close to the same as possible.

Physical Effects:

The product worked as a creatine monohydrate product should, some strength gains, but most noticeable endurance. I felt like I could train for hours on end, even with the one scoop. During the tub run, I was craving more weight on my lifts. I would say as opposed to no creatine, I probably increased most of my lifts by about 5% from the start of the tub, to the end of the tub.

The strength gains were positive, but the endurance aspect was tremendous for me. Normally, at the end of a workout, I am spent, nothing left in the tank and I am stumbling out of the gym. With podium gold I was craving more lifting and had so much in the tank. Also, I noticed my recovery post workout was increased, as I didn't feel that afternoon crash at work from training in the am, or the need to take a nap after dinner. I had more energy period. Huge props here, as I don't remember any prior creatine product having this much of a positive endurance effect on me.

Value

The powder version costs $43.99 for 60 servings. If your needing just one scoop (under 200lbs) a day, that's 60 days of product at 73 cents per day, that's really good value. For those over 200lbs, double that cost at 30 days servings, not the best value.

Side Effects

7lbs of water weight gain in just 4 days of use, at 2 scoops per day was just too much for me. Bloating, a sense of heaviness in my muscles.

At 1 scoop I didn't experience any side effects.

Conclusion

An interesting experience to say the least. I was curious how much water weight I would have gained if I continued at 2 scoops. Absolutely loved the endurance aspect of this product.

Personally, I will stick to my Kre-Alkalyn, however, if you are a hard gainer, I feel this product has your name all over it.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Endurance
  • Increased Strength
  • Mixability Needs Improvement
  • Heavy Bloating
  • Excessive Water Weight

Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Strike First Nutrition for sending it out!
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Introduction:

Thank you to the SR Troops program and StrikeFirst Nutrition to try their Sustainall BCAA product. BCAA's are a staple product for me, which I always consume intra workout and once a day on rest days. Some BCAA products I can literally feel working, whether it's an decrease in recovery time or a decrease in muscle soreness. For the one's that I do not noticeably feel, I hope they have some underlying benefit to them.

I have been fine with the standard 2:1:1 ratio, however, lately I am noticing more physical effects when the Leucine dosage is at a higher ratio.

Also, I want...
Introduction:

Thank you to the SR Troops program and StrikeFirst Nutrition to try their Sustainall BCAA product. BCAA's are a staple product for me, which I always consume intra workout and once a day on rest days. Some BCAA products I can literally feel working, whether it's an decrease in recovery time or a decrease in muscle soreness. For the one's that I do not noticeably feel, I hope they have some underlying benefit to them.

I have been fine with the standard 2:1:1 ratio, however, lately I am noticing more physical effects when the Leucine dosage is at a higher ratio.

Also, I want a BCAA product that tastes decent, there is nothing worse than busting your butt in the gym and drinking something that tastes horrible

Why I picked this product:

BCAA's are a staple for me and I wanted to try a new brand of BCAA just to mix it up and add to my go to BCAA products.

Ingredient Profile

There's two prop blends in this product. I am on the other side of the coin when it comes to prop blends, as I see no issue with companies protecting their product recipe.

There's 9 grams of the Lean Building & Recovery Blend:

10:1:1 ratio of L-leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine) with L-glutamine

Vitamin & Mineral-Electrolyte & Balance Blend 752 mg:

B12, D, C, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, B6

A little more than what can be found in a standard 2:1:1 BCAA product.

Taste 8/10:

The taste was pretty good. I had the tropical berry flavor. I wouldn't say it tasted like Kool Aid though, it was definitely a tropical berry flavor which wasn't too sweet and was quite enjoyable.

Mixability 8/10:

No issues here when consumed in a shaker. No issues with floaters or residue, it seemed the product fully dissolved.

Dosing:

I mixed one scoop with 24 ounces of water in a shaker and consumed during my workouts, on workout days and once a day on rest days.

Effectiveness 6/10:

The product didn't blow me away, however, there were some noticeable positive effects that I would like to point out.

Hydration 9/10:

While consuming this product, I didn't feel the need to drink what I would normally consume during the day, in terms of powerade zero, water, tea etc. I just felt more hydrated, which was a plus. As compared to other BCAA products, this rated very highly in this category for me, based on my experience.

Muscle Soreness 5/10:

Hit or miss here for me. There was a few leg days where I felt the product had noticeable reduced muscle soreness and a few leg days where I was sore as hell. In general, for 30 days of consumption, muscle soreness reduction varied, about 50/50 in all. I am not sure if this was a result of the BCAA's, sodium, potassium, L-glutamine or the higher ration of L-Leucine.

The product wasn't consistent enough for me in the reduction of muscle soreness category to say this was a solid product.

Recovery 3/10:

I cannot say that I noticed any recovery benefits from this product at all. Each day on the product seemed the same, no increase in endurance while training or increased recovery on a rest day.

Value 5/10:

As of this review, the product is only available on the Strike First Nutrition website at $49.99 a tub. That's $1.66 per serving, which is a bit steep for me to consider, based on the above experience. Thinking the price will drop once it becomes more widely available on other online retailer sites. There are additional ingredients in the product, but not nearly enough to say this is even good value.

Side Effects:

None

Conclusion 6/10:

A decent BCAA, definitely not bad or the worst. A middle of the road product that had one area which shined for me. Hydration was the high point for me, recovery and reduction of muscle soreness were some hit, and miss respectively. The price is very high for what I didn't experience and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't consider buying at $49.99 a pop. Hoping the price comes down.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Hydration
  • Too Expensive
  • Not Widely Available
  • Not Consistent In Reducing Doms

Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
(SR paid for product; Primeval Labs did not participate)
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Introduction:

Thank you to the SR Troops program for the opportunity to try Pyretic by Primeval Labs. This is my second product I have tried from Primeval Labs. This is the replacement product for Super Cardarine, a prior non-stim fat loss product that had many positive reviews throughout the internet.

Why I selected this product:

I have limited experience with fat burners, but as I get older, I am finding it more challenging to keep fat lower and am interested in any product that can assist me.

Ingredient Profile:

There's 7 ingredients in this product, each having some "fat loss" e...
Introduction:

Thank you to the SR Troops program for the opportunity to try Pyretic by Primeval Labs. This is my second product I have tried from Primeval Labs. This is the replacement product for Super Cardarine, a prior non-stim fat loss product that had many positive reviews throughout the internet.

Why I selected this product:

I have limited experience with fat burners, but as I get older, I am finding it more challenging to keep fat lower and am interested in any product that can assist me.

Ingredient Profile:

There's 7 ingredients in this product, each having some "fat loss" effect in theory or scientifically.
C3G or Cyanidin 3-Glucoside is the main fat loss promoter in this product. It's a recomposition ingredient that is found in the skins of dark purple fruits, corn grains and black berries to name a few

The ingredient is suppose to drive nutrients one gets from food (fats and carbs), away from fat storage and sends them to your muscles. There's 125 mg of this ingredient in each serving.

The other ingredients that are geared toward fat loss are in the ingredient label picture below.

Based on Jerry Ward's youtube video, these ingredients are synergistically suppose to hit different pathways to reduce fat. He labeled it as Super Cardarine's replacement.

Taste N/A:

The product comes in capsule form and has no taste. Directions are to swallow the capsules, not break them open.

Mixability N/A:

Product is in capsule form, thus no mixing is required.

Dosing:

Pretty straightforward 2 capsules, once in the AM and 2 capsules once in the PM, that's it. 60 capsules in the bottle, 4 per day, will last you 15 days.

Effectiveness 2/10:

I kept my diet the same, water intake the same and added no additional cardio. I wanted the product to work for me. I'm sure people will differ, but based on the marketing of the product, I should see results based on the above.
I rated this a 2, mainly because the product did have an effect on me and I will dive right into it. Then I will delve into the effects that I did not notice or experience.

First off, a little about my bathroom history. I am very regular with poops, once a day first thing in the morning, I have been like this for 5 plus years. When I have introduced new supplements that have had an effect on this, its noticeable.
From day one of taking this product, my bathroom trips increased from 2 per day to 4 per day. One upon waking, then another about an hour of ingesting the first AM dose. Then in the PM, one about an hour after the 2nd dose and another about several hours later. The 4 per day was occurring the final week of the product.

Needless to say this was rather irritating and my toilet paper reserves were depleted quickly. There was nothing different about the poops or unusual. They seemed regular.

Now what I didn't experience:

My weight was within .2 pounds over the course of this bottle. So no huge weight loss. I checked the mirror often and experienced no leaning out. There was no increased desire to do cardio.
All in all zero noticeable fat loss or weight loss effects.

Value 2/10:

As of this review, A1 supplements has the product as a bogo at 49.99. That will last you 1 month, which is great, if the product worked.

Side Effects:

Please refer to the effectiveness section above for all the details.

Conclusion:

Pyretic was a total bust for me, with a side effect that was rather irritating. The 15 days on this product had me rather drained physically as a result. Maybe something internally was going on, however, it did not translate to any noticeable effects physically, not even weight wise.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • None
  • Excessive Bathroom Trips
  • Expensive
  • No Fat Loss
  • No Weight Loss
  • Not Effective

Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Crusader Supplements for sending it out!
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Introduction:

Thank you to the SR Troops program and the folks at Crusader Supplements, for the opportunity to try their pre-workout Calvary.

Why I selected this product:

Pre-workouts are a staple for me, as I train 4-5 days per week just before 5am. As an aging 42 year old male, I require that extra energy to get me going for a workout.

At 2 servings Calvary was at 300mg of caffeine, just a tad higher than I like to go at 275mg for a pre-workout. Plus it had several forms of creatine, and citrulline malate.

Ingredient Profile:

This isn't a requirement for me, but the product has a ...
Introduction:

Thank you to the SR Troops program and the folks at Crusader Supplements, for the opportunity to try their pre-workout Calvary.

Why I selected this product:

Pre-workouts are a staple for me, as I train 4-5 days per week just before 5am. As an aging 42 year old male, I require that extra energy to get me going for a workout.

At 2 servings Calvary was at 300mg of caffeine, just a tad higher than I like to go at 275mg for a pre-workout. Plus it had several forms of creatine, and citrulline malate.

Ingredient Profile:

This isn't a requirement for me, but the product has a fully disclosed profile. I am ok with companies protecting their formulas. Going to discuss some of the main ingredients that are important to me.

L-Citruline- under dosed her for me at 3.25 grams- I have had no benefit with less than 6 grams

3 forms of creatine- I guess the goal here is to mix the creatine via various forms, for results

Agmatine Sulfate 750mg- I am good to go with 1.5 grams, slightly under dosed for me

Taste 7/10:

The product is sold in one flavor at this time, which is Black Ice, a berry and pomegranate flavor. It was a decent flavor, not the best. No dyes which is a plus. I found the flavor itself a little tart.

Mixability 9/10:

I started out taking 1.5 scoops, mixed on 10 ounces of water, 2 ounces less than the directions suggested, which was stirred in a glass with a spoon. I had no issues with mixing, floaters, clumping or residue of any kind.

Dosing:

Pretty straightforward here, I started out with 1.5 scoops 30 min before my workout, on an empty stomach. I gradually worked up to 2 scoops after several weeks.

Packaging:

I would agree with another reviewer here, this product was packed to the gills in this tub. The first week was a challenge, as not to spill out any product all over the counter. And I found myself wiping product back into the container several times. Also, I has to insert the scooper, handle in for the first week of use, which was rather annoying

Effectiveness 7.5/10:

Cavalry was a pretty effective pre-workout for me. Stim junkies will not be fond of the product, so I think its geared toward the mid-tier stim user. Starting out at 1.5 scoops was effective, and after a few weeks at this dosage, I was inclined to go to a full 2 scoops. I did develop a tolerance to the product.

Energy was probably a 7.5/10:

I found this satisfied my pre 5am energy needs to get through my workout. The product did not increase my sweating, but provided a nice jolt to power through my workout.

Focus was a 7.5/10 as well, nothing mind blowing. The product did the job in this area. Slight tunnel vision that made me concentrate on the task at hand, as opposed to taking nothing.

Pumps 4/10:

The pumps were just normal as if I didn't take anything. I feel the under dosing of agmatine sulfate and citrulline malate caused this for me. The ingredient label is marketed as an energy, strength and pump product based on the ingredients. I feel the lack of a noticeable pump is a negative here, however, I am not going to harp on it, as I am on the heavier side and the energy/focus delivered for me.

Strength 3/10:

With the blend of 3 different creatines, I noticed no added strength gains or water retention.

Value 5/10:

As of this review, the products are only found on Crusader's website, because it's a relatively new company. Totally understandable, until they can get into the online community of stores.
The product is listed for $59.99, but a 20% coupon code exists for first time orders. This knocks it down to just under $48. Tough to penalize a new company trying to get their product out there to the masses.
If 1.5 scoops are effective for you, that provides some value for you.

Side Effects:
I experienced no side effects for the duration of this product

Conclusion:

Cavalry was an effective product for me in the energy and focus department. I like to see new companies succeed in a cut throat market, and I wish Crusader the best. I would suggest to add higher dosages to your pump ingredients for noticeable results. Your existing pump ingredients are simply under dosed. I am looking forward to any new products that come out in the future.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Fully Disclosed Label
  • Increased Energy
  • Quality Ingredients
  • Not Widely Available
  • No Pumps
  • Underdosed Pump Ingredients

Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Ripped Labs for sending it out!
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Introduction:

First off, thank you to the SR Troops program and the folks at Ripped Labs for the opportunity to try their Multi Muscle product. I have tried various types of vitamins over the years from powders, capsules, caplets etc. This was my first experience with a concentrated liquid form of vitamin. Vitamins are a daily staple for me.

Why I chose this product:
I have never tried a concentrated multi-vitamin in liquid form. Also, there are some claims by Ripped Labs, that liquid supplements achieve a 98% absorption level (Physician's Desk Reference) as opposed to pills only achievin...
Introduction:

First off, thank you to the SR Troops program and the folks at Ripped Labs for the opportunity to try their Multi Muscle product. I have tried various types of vitamins over the years from powders, capsules, caplets etc. This was my first experience with a concentrated liquid form of vitamin. Vitamins are a daily staple for me.

Why I chose this product:
I have never tried a concentrated multi-vitamin in liquid form. Also, there are some claims by Ripped Labs, that liquid supplements achieve a 98% absorption level (Physician's Desk Reference) as opposed to pills only achieving a 10-20% absorption rate (Physician's Desk Reference).

Ingredients:

This product has several dozen ingredients in it ranging from A to Z. I am not going to get into every one, will just provide a recap of the key aspects.
Fulvic Acid is a promoted ingredient by the company which is suppose to make the ingredients more bioavailable in terms of absorption.

Main profiles of ingredients:

Vitamin and Mineral
Amplified Cellular Uptake
Metabolic Stimulation
Absolute Energy Formula
Lean Mass Amino Complex
Complete Recovery Compound
Pure Focus/Anti-Mental Fatigue
Anabolic Nutrient Optimizer
Frame Density/Skeletal Concentration Catalyst
Waste Removal and Liver Detox

There's a lot jammed into this product and just because you have 750mg of Citruline in it, doesn't result in any effectiveness just because it's present. So I'm not sure several of the profile groups above, have any effect whatsoever because of the severely under dosed ingredients.

Taste-2 types of ingesting

Straight up liquid 1/10:

Ok, the product is "Citrus" flavored and I will use that flavor loosely. It doesn't taste anything like Citrus and I'm sure to have all those ingredients in there, the product was doomed as far as taste goes. As is the liquid is downright gross and I really had to work my way up to taking it this way. Thankfully, I only took the product for 3 days straight up and went with the other choice, mentioned on the label.

Mixed with juice or powerade zero 6/10:

This was my preferred way to take the product. The "Citrus" flavor was minimized and the overall experience of ingesting the product was more appealing to me this way.

Mixability:

N/A- For the days I took the product, other than shaking the bottle as directed, there was no mixability issues apparent

9/10- mixing the product with powerade zero or juice with a spoon, provided no challenges

Dosing:

I mixed it up here. For about half the bottle I took 1 capful before my work out on an empty stomach
For the remainder of the bottle I took 1 capful pre-workout and another sometimes after my workout, or later in the day.

Effectiveness:

1 capful (2 table spoons) per day 4.5/10:
With one capful per day, I honestly felt no positive physical effect from the product, based on the labels claims Energy-Strength-Recovery. I felt none of these via one capful.

2 capfuls (4 table spoons total) 8/10:

Now with two capfuls per day, based on the above dosing, I did in fact feel an energy shot, and a sense of increased well-being. This occurred after taking the second capful, either post workout or later in the day. It was very noticeable and welcomed.

Value 4/10:

As of this review, the product is selling for $39.95 for 1 bottle. That is 1.33 per serving (2 table spoons or 1 capful). Which maybe it had some underlying positive benefit, but no strength, recovery or energy aspects for me at this dosage.

At 2 capfuls, which I experienced the positive benefits stated above, would be rather pricy and doubling the per serving intake to $2.33 per day.

Side Effects:

Be prepared for the taste of this product, its rough

Conclusion 4.5/10:

2 capfuls was the sweet spot for me, but at what cost? I am not paying $80 for a multi-vitamin at two servings per day, when I have tried lower cost multi's that were as effective and noticeable physically. I have a hard time buying the absorption pitch they are selling with this product, as I felt no noticeable physical benefit from taking this liquid multi-vitamin.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Effective At 2 Servings
  • Bad Taste
  • Some Underdosed Ingredients
  • Ineffective At 1 Serving

Introduction:

Multi-Vitamins are a staple for me. I do not go a day without one. Whether its a single caplet/capsule/powder/liquid/pack etc., I'm downing one daily. Some I can feel working, in terms of better overall mood, energy, focus etc. Others I do not, however, hopefully those have an underlying benefit to my overall health.

Animal Pak has been around for 30 plus years. It's a well recognized brand and one of the first multi packs I tried way back when. My experience with this pak is extensive via the 44 pak container tub. I probably have gone through a dozen or so in my lifetime. ...
Introduction:

Multi-Vitamins are a staple for me. I do not go a day without one. Whether its a single caplet/capsule/powder/liquid/pack etc., I'm downing one daily. Some I can feel working, in terms of better overall mood, energy, focus etc. Others I do not, however, hopefully those have an underlying benefit to my overall health.

Animal Pak has been around for 30 plus years. It's a well recognized brand and one of the first multi packs I tried way back when. My experience with this pak is extensive via the 44 pak container tub. I probably have gone through a dozen or so in my lifetime.

This is my first try of the Animal Pak in powder form.

Ingredient Profile:

Ok, lots to list here, so for your reading pleasure, I included a basic spreadsheet comparing the Animal Pak vs Animal Powder ingredients, I think I got all of them via copy and paste from labels listed on bb.com (my disclosure reference of information).

Please note Animal Pak Powder Ingredients are on the LEFT. Animal Pak on the RIGHT-I had to make my spreadsheet a JPEG to upload

I think my v-lookups were good to go, however, I will not say that I made any mistakes in copying and pasting.

Animal Pak Powder is broken down into 5 categories:

Vitamin Complex
Amino Acid Complex
Performance Complex
Antioxidant Complex
Digestive Enzyme Complex

Quick Summary of the differences, these ingredients are NOT in Animal Pak Powder(refer to spreadsheet picture):

B6
Uni-Liver Complex
Oriental Ginseng

Included in Animal Pak Powder NOT in Animal Pak:

Uni-Pro Blend- whey isolate-yes there's about 3 grams of whey isolate in this product, not much but an added ingredient

Other than the above which they removed most of the liver complex and was replaced with a Protein complex, there are a several ingredients that vary in dosage. Please refer to spreadsheet below.

Taste 8/10:

I purchased the orange flavor and if you don't like swallowing 11 pills/caplets, this if for you. The flavor was strong but quite good. I enjoyed it as it had an orangey tangy taste to it.

Mixability 8/10:

I would strongly suggest you mix the product in a shaker cup, not a glass. Found that stirring with a spoon gave me a lot of product on the sides of the glass, which I had to continually add water and capture the residue.

The shaker is your best bet here as if any is on the sides just shake it up and your good to go. Very little if any residue remaining.

Dosing:

I took 2 scoops in 12 ounces of water, in a shaker was the preferred method. Drank it on the way to work on an empty stomach. Please note, the directions say to have it with a meal. I had no side effects and felt absorption would be immediate, hence I ran with the above.

I didn't split the scoops up and maybe I could have messed with that dosing based on the below effectiveness.

Effectiveness 8.5/10:

The effects were similar to the original, regardless that the ginseng was not present in this product. Within 15-20 minutes of finishing the product, I felt more alert, my mood was increased and seemed to have more energy as opposed to other multi's I have had in the past. These positive effects lasted a good 4 hours.

Now when I would use the paks, I would split them up and the above positive effects lasted throughout the day or at least 8 hours. I didn't even think of splitting the scoops up here

My value based on purchase 10/10:

Ok, I bought this off of the daily deal site Pharma Soup and the price was $8.99, it doesn't get better than that. The only downside is I was limited to one. Whoever posted that Pharma Soup site, I love you bro !!!!

Real Value 8/10:

A1 Supplements has this for $26.98 as of this review. That's $1.22 a serving (2 scoops) for 22 days. based on the above, that's solid value.

Side Effects:

I experienced no side effects with this product

Conclusion 8.5/10:

I loved this product hand downs. The variances between the two Animal Paks vs Powder were minimal for me at best, yet the results were the same. This is one of the best vitamin powders out there, if you are in the market. I am definitely buying this again based on the above results.

Most likely I will split up the scoops to one in the morning, one in the afternoon.
 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Mood And Focus
  • Taste
  • Very Good Value
  • Similar To The Paks
  • Increased Energy

    Introduction:

    Who doesn't like pancakes!!!

    Personally, I eat pancakes at least once a week and have about 3 go to product brands that I enjoy (Krusteaz, TendABake Maple Burst and the basic Bisquik). I have read the pancake recipes, which you add a scoop of whey here and a scoop of whey there. But with this product you get 14 grams of protein per serving, pretty good and much more than the average pancake mix only, which will give you 3-4 grams of protein per serving.

    The owners of the product were actually on Shark Tank. Also, thank you to Tommy (admin) for adding this product based on...
    Introduction:

    Who doesn't like pancakes!!!

    Personally, I eat pancakes at least once a week and have about 3 go to product brands that I enjoy (Krusteaz, TendABake Maple Burst and the basic Bisquik). I have read the pancake recipes, which you add a scoop of whey here and a scoop of whey there. But with this product you get 14 grams of protein per serving, pretty good and much more than the average pancake mix only, which will give you 3-4 grams of protein per serving.

    The owners of the product were actually on Shark Tank. Also, thank you to Tommy (admin) for adding this product based on a forum post of mine.

    This review is for the Dark Chocolate Protein Packed Mix Only

    Ingredient Profile:

    Please note, there's several different products for the pancake/waffle mix line. In turn the ingredients are different, as well as the protein content/sources. For example, if you get the peanut crunch flavor, a protein is peanut flour, so they vary product to product. Plus, they make regular pancake mix that has 7 grams of protein.

    Label Picture Below......

    190 calories per serving
    4 grams total fat
    14 grams protein
    28 grams of carbs

    3 types of protein
    Wheat (yes Wheat) Protein Isolate
    Whey Protein Concentrate
    Whey Protein Milk Isolate

    Now clearly the interest here is these are high in protein.

    Taste:

    I made the product two different ways. Pancakes and Muffins.

    Pancakes taste: 4/10 -this is with water only

    My expectations were very high here, very high based on what I have read online. Clearly, anything will taste better with some type of syrup. This is for tasting the pancake only, no syrup.

    These were not even average at best in terms of taste. Dry texture and the dark chocolate flavor was not strong at all. I don't understand all the rave reviews with taste. Bisquik pancakes are better and if I throw in 1/2 scoop of whey protein, I am golden.

    Muffins: 7/10- I believe one egg was added here, with some milk

    The muffins has more of a dark chocolate flavor. They came out moist, noticeably than the pancakes.

    Mixability: 8/10

    These mixed very well and poured a thickish pancake. The dark chocolate mix had small dark chocolate chips, which I got excited about, because I am thinking flavorful !!! But that fell well short.

    Now you can add eggs and milk to the batter, but for the pancakes I did not.

    Dosing: 1/10

    Ok, the rating is extremely low here, because the label states about 10 servings (1/2 cup) or 5 cups.....now measuring is pretty straight forward and after keeping track, I barely got 4 cups out of this product or 8 servings. That's very disappointing.

    Effectiveness: 5/10

    Tough to gauge here. The product makes a high protein pancake or muffins, in my experience. I had zero digestive issues with the product and 14 grams of protein for a pancake, is pretty cool. Didn't have to add any whey protein to it etc.

    Value: 5/10

    I bought these at Target for I believe 4.99. Now I only got 4 cups, which equates to $1.24 per cup based on one box. My expectations were super high for this product, but due to the less than average taste, I can't give this a good value.

    Side Effects:

    No side effects experienced

    Conclusion: 5/10

    I had the highest expectations for this product, in terms of taste and it basically fell flat for me. Greatly disappointed and not happy that I got less than advertised with the servings. The reason I tried the product, was to find a versatile pancake mix, which I didn't have to add a scoop of whey protein too.

    Probably will not be buying the product again and will stick to my go to's above and add my old trusty whey protein for a protein boost.
     Pros:
     Cons:
    • High Protein
    • Taste
    • Servings Not As Advertised

    Introduction:

    As a morning lifter and a 40+ year old male, I require that pre-workout boost to get going. Some days a 12 ounce coffee does the trick, other days I need more. Pre-workouts are a weekly staple for me supplement wise. Over the years, I have tried dozens of pre-workout supplements from various brands. Yes I have my go to pwo's and I have tried one and done brands/products as well.

    Disclosure- I am by no means stim tolerant. In fact I am good to go with 200-250 mg of caffeine or 340 mg of caffeine malate, which to me is more clean energy (equal to 238 mg of caffeine).

    Prior t...
    Introduction:

    As a morning lifter and a 40+ year old male, I require that pre-workout boost to get going. Some days a 12 ounce coffee does the trick, other days I need more. Pre-workouts are a weekly staple for me supplement wise. Over the years, I have tried dozens of pre-workout supplements from various brands. Yes I have my go to pwo's and I have tried one and done brands/products as well.

    Disclosure- I am by no means stim tolerant. In fact I am good to go with 200-250 mg of caffeine or 340 mg of caffeine malate, which to me is more clean energy (equal to 238 mg of caffeine).

    Prior to starting this product I was having some coffee 6-10 ounces pwo for about 3 weeks.

    Product Claims:

    -Dialed in Focus
    -Explosive Energy
    -Ultra-Powerful Pumps
    -Experience The Ultimate Mind-Muscle Connection

    Ingredient Profile:

    Going to focus on just a few ingredients here from the label because they are the main ingredients that would drive the pump, focus and energy, based on the dosage amounts. The below is based at 2 scoops:

    Pump-L-Citruline 6 grams
    Energy-320 grams Caffeine (Caffeine Anhydrous and Dicaffeine malate-Infinergy)*not sure what the % is here

    Caffeine Malate is about 70% the strength of caffeine Anhydrous. In my opinion I feel that's the problem here, which I will explain in detail below.

    They have other focus ingredients in here as well

    Taste: 7.5/10

    I bought the raspberry lemonade flavor. It was good, not the best tasting pre-workout I have had to date. Honestly, I rather chug down 6 ounces of garbage tasting product that works, as opposed to a great tasting pwo that doesn't do jack.

    The taste was more on the tart side, not necessarily a bad thing. It did taste like raspberry/lemonade.

    Mixability: 8/10

    No mixing issues here. I mixed up to 2 scoops in 8 ounces of water, it dissolved well, with minimal to no residue at the bottom of the glass.

    Dosing: 5/10

    I rated the dosing here low, due to the ineffectiveness. Although the label states do not exceed 2 scoops per day, I personally think that may be incorrect, especially due to the caffeine blend above.

    Started out with 1 scoop and quickly went to 2 scoops within days

    Effectiveness: 5/10

    Now I am rating this a 5/10 because I cannot say the product was a total flop, albeit it was not as promised per the label.

    Pump: 8/10

    Pumps were very good with this product. Excellent secondary pumps in less involved muscles. It was a nice dense and vascular pump. I cannot complain about this aspect of the product. The pump was very noticeable.

    Energy + Focus: 1/10

    Total flop for me here. I noticed zero difference in taking 2 scoops as opposed to taking nothing, not even coffee. I noticed none of the above product claims when it came to energy and focus.

    I would like to know the % breakdown of the caffeine anhydrous vs di-caffeine malate. Even if it were 50/50, me being not a stim tolerant person, this dosage should have been effective for me and unfortunately it was not.

    Value: 4/10

    Tough to give a higher rating here when only the pump aspect worked, based PES's label claims. I bought this via a deal from PES and received their Amino IV as well. Review coming soon for that.....

    I have seen this on EBAY for $29.95. Not a good value at all based on my non-existent energy and focus.

    Side Effects:

    N/A

    Conclusion: 4.5/10

    Pumps were very good, however, this is not marketed as a pump product only. This is PES's relatively new pre-workout and they market it heavily as the ultimate mind-muscle connection, which was non-existent for me.

    I am not buying this product again based on my above experience.
     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Very Good Pumps
    • No Energy
    • No Focus
    • No Mind Muscle Connection
    • Not Effective

    Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
    Thanks to Symbolic Muscle for sending it out!
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    Introduction:

    First off, thank you to the folks at Symbolic Muscle and the SR Troops program for the opportunity to try Symbolic Muscle's Hydro Conductor. BCAA/Amino powders are a daily supplement that I take intra-workout and once a day on rest days. I have had a few products that I felt a noticeable decrease in DOMS and/or recovery, and the rest hopefully have some underlying benefit.

    Apologies for the late review.

    Ingredient Profile:

    This is a standard/basic amino acid profile that includes the basic BCAA's, along with some add ins.

    A 2:1:1 ratio consisting of 2.5g Leucine
    ...
    Introduction:

    First off, thank you to the folks at Symbolic Muscle and the SR Troops program for the opportunity to try Symbolic Muscle's Hydro Conductor. BCAA/Amino powders are a daily supplement that I take intra-workout and once a day on rest days. I have had a few products that I felt a noticeable decrease in DOMS and/or recovery, and the rest hopefully have some underlying benefit.

    Apologies for the late review.

    Ingredient Profile:

    This is a standard/basic amino acid profile that includes the basic BCAA's, along with some add ins.

    A 2:1:1 ratio consisting of 2.5g Leucine
    1.3g Isoleucine
    1.3g Valine

    Some additional ingredients added to this profile are potassium, chloride, sodium and some B vitamins (B3, B6 and B12)

    Taste: 5/10

    I always want a good tasting product, especially if I am going to sip it during my workout. The last thing I want is a poor tasting product that I have to sip for 45 minutes and dread.

    The flavor I received was cotton candy. I was so pumped to try this, it just looked and sounds tasty. However, first sip for me, and every one has different taste buds, this tasted chemically to me. Needless to say I didn't enjoy it as all.

    It wasn't the worst tasting product I have had, but it wasn't good for me either.

    Mixability: 8/10

    I mixed the product in 24 ounces of water, in a shaker with some ice. Experienced no mixing issues with this powder. It mixed very well.

    Dosing:

    Pretty straightforward here. I scoop per the above and I drank it during my workout.

    Effectiveness: 6/10

    Unfortunately, I didn't have any noticeable physical benefits from this product. No reduced DOMs, no increased recovery and no increased hydration. That's not to say the product is a bust. Hopefully it had some underlying positive benefits for my muscles, I just didn't notice any physical effects from the products and I just wasn't a fan of the taste.

    Value: 6.5/10

    As of this review, the product can be purchased for $24.95 at TF Supplements. Not a bad price for what you are getting, it's less than $1 per day. I have seen similar products with a 2:1:1 bcaa ratio and some added goodies in the $30 range.

    Side Effects:

    N/A-no side effects experienced during the use of this product

    Conclusion:

    I wasn't a fan of this flavor, it was rather chemically tasting to me. Not a flavor I would purchase. The BCAA profile is a standard 2:1:1 with some added ingredients. It's worth a try for the $$. Just not a product I would put on my buy list.
     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Mixes Well
    • Poor Taste
    • No Recovery
    • No DOMS Reduction

    Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
    Thanks to MAXLER for sending it out!
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    Introduction:

    Thank you to the folks at Maxler and the SR Troops program for the opportunity to try Maxler's Omega 3 Gold product. Fish oils are a staple for me on a daily basis. For the most part I can notice several physical effects when using fish oil, as opposed to not using a fish oil. I have tried several of Maxler's products before.

    Apologies for the late review.

    Ingredient Profile:

    1 capsule provides 1 gram of Fish oil, 180mg EPA and 120mg of DHA-which are two of the most important Omega 3 Fatty Acids

    Not a huge dose of each, its quite low.

    Fish oil is approved by the FDA to...
    Introduction:

    Thank you to the folks at Maxler and the SR Troops program for the opportunity to try Maxler's Omega 3 Gold product. Fish oils are a staple for me on a daily basis. For the most part I can notice several physical effects when using fish oil, as opposed to not using a fish oil. I have tried several of Maxler's products before.

    Apologies for the late review.

    Ingredient Profile:

    1 capsule provides 1 gram of Fish oil, 180mg EPA and 120mg of DHA-which are two of the most important Omega 3 Fatty Acids

    Not a huge dose of each, its quite low.

    Fish oil is approved by the FDA to lower Triglyceride levels, there's some other potential benefits as well. Some other potential benefits include, lowering cholesterol, preventing heart disease, stroke, just to name a few

    Taste:

    N/A as these are in capsule form, thus no taste

    Mixability:

    N/A as these are in capsules form, there is nothing to mix

    Dosing:

    I followed the instructions through completion for the bottle. 1 capsule 3 times per day with a meal. The bottle will last you 40 days with this dosage.

    Effectiveness 7.5/10:

    I did not get any blood testing at the beginning of the bottle and end of the bottle, so I cannot comment on any positive effect on Triglyceride levels. However, there's a few noticeable physical effects I noticed after a week, which lasted through the end of the bottle.

    Hair- My hair is normally on the dry side. After about 2 weeks of use, I noticed my hair more shiny and manageable without any hair product. This was noticeable by others as well

    Skin- Specifically my face was a bit more oily than normal. Again, this was noticeable by myself, as well as others commenting on my face.

    I did not notice any joint benefit from this particular product. I do lift heavier with low reps and do have joint pain as a result. Unfortunately, I did not have any positive physical benefit in this area.

    Value 8/10:

    You get what you pay for, as of this review, you can get a 120 count bottle for $9.49 via Amazon. That's just under 24 cents per day for 3 capsules. Please note, this a lower dose of DHA and EPA, compared to other products. It's very good value for the dosage, but again, you are getting what you pay for, not necessarily a bad thing.

    Side Effects:

    No side effects noticed-no fish burps for me

    Conclusion 7.5/10:

    If your looking for a low cost fish oil, with a lower concentration of DHA/EPA mgs, this is for you. Honestly, if you don't take a fish oil currently, my mindset is its better to be taking some than none at all.
     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Healthier Skin And Hair
    • No Fish Burps
    • Very Good Value
    • Low EPADHA Count

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