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Overall
Overall
7.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.0
Value
Value
7.0
  June 6, 2013

This is my first of many 360Cut product reviews to come. I would like to thank the folks over at 360Cut for providing me with their Pre-Workout Activator. 360Cut has already made a pretty good name for itself here on SR. They have already proven to have some solid products, so let's take a look at the pre-workout.

Profile(7/10).....................................

I wish I could give the profile a better score, as there are many ingredients that I am fond of. However, they are all in an 11 gram proprietary blend. I understand proprietary blends, but I wish this one c...
This is my first of many 360Cut product reviews to come. I would like to thank the folks over at 360Cut for providing me with their Pre-Workout Activator. 360Cut has already made a pretty good name for itself here on SR. They have already proven to have some solid products, so let's take a look at the pre-workout.

Profile(7/10).....................................

I wish I could give the profile a better score, as there are many ingredients that I am fond of. However, they are all in an 11 gram proprietary blend. I understand proprietary blends, but I wish this one could have been broken up into several blends so you can at least venture a guess to the quantities used. The vitamins and minerals are labeled with quantities, but who really cares about that. There are 21 ingredients in the blend, and although many are what you would want to see in your pre-workout, there is absolutely no way of knowing if they are in any way at the effective doses.

The 11 gram blend contains the following:

L-Taurine,L-Glutamine, L-Alanine, Di-Magnesium Malate, Potassium Phosphate

L-Citrulline, L-Carnitine, L-Tartate, L-Ornithine-L-Aspartate, Beet Ext

L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine

Creatine Monohydrate, Magnesium Creatine Chelate, L-Glutathione Reduced

L-Tyrosine, Caffeine, Oxytropis Falcate Ext, Adenosine 5' Triphosphate Disodium, Glucuronolactone

They are all separated as I listed them, but all under the same 11 gram blend. Like I mentioned, many of the ingredients are what I like to see in a pre-workout, but not knowing how much is pretty frustrating. I really would have liked to see Beta-Alanine and Agmatine in this as well. I still give it a 7 because after all, it is a pre-workout, and I'm more concerned about the effectiveness than the label.

A full scoop is 16 grams with 40 scoops per tub.

Taste/Mixing(11/10)...............................

I can't express enough how good this product tastes. The flavor is Watermelon, and it is probably the best Watermelon I've ever had. I think it has been mentioned around the forum, but this tastes just like a Watermelon Jolly Rancher. Just delicious. I looked forward to this every time. I didn't have any issues when mixing the product. I used two full scoops almost every time, but didn't have any out of the ordinary settling or grit. My only complaint would be that with two scoops you have to use a lot of water so it won't be too sweet. Although I loved the taste, I must also point out that there are an extra 4 grams of ingredients other than the prop blend that they had to mix up some flavors and sweeteners.

Effectiveness(8/10)..............................

The pre-workout from 360Cut is nothing spectacular, but it is effective. I used two scoops just about every time and experienced some nice clean energy. This won't get you wired out of your mind, but I don't believe it was designed to do that. This pre-workout could be really versatile. One scoop would probably be enough for cardio or your average gym goer that doesn't have a high stim tolerance, and two scoops will give even the most stim tolerant a nice kick start. If you like those Beta Alanine tingles, then you may be disappointed here, you won't get any. Not a deal breaker for me. This also didn't do much in the way of pumps when taken solo. I noticed a pretty good pump during many of my workouts, but it was actually from the 360Cut Intra product I believe. As far as effectiveness, this ranks pretty close to the middle of the pack in my rankings of pre-workouts. Definitely not to be over looked, but wouldn't be one of my first recommendations. I didn't experience any negative side effects from the 360Cut pre-workout.

Value(7/10).......................................

You can pick up 360Cut's pre-workout on Size Up Supplements for $32.99. Not what I would consider over priced by any means, but I feel most will use two servings at a time bringing this to over $1.50 per workout. Not the best value in my opinion, but not terrible either. Having said that, if you are the kind of person that likes to take a pre-workout before cardio or just don't want too many stims before your workout, then the 40 servings you will get out of this tub are well worth it.

Overall(7/10)....................................

I feel 7 is a pretty average score for a pretty average product. If the pre-workout market weren't so competitive, I could see feeling stronger about this one. The product does what it claims, but probably won't ever be something that get's a lot of buzz. As I mentioned, the taste is pure heaven, which I know some of you care about way too much, so pick this up if that's you. You won't be disappointed. I would recommend trying this product. There are a couple of things I would have like to see added, and it could have been a little stronger, but all in all this is a solid product that I think 360Cut did a good job on.

Thanks For Reading- SoCal




Overall
Overall
7.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
9.0
Value
Value
5.0
  May 31, 2013

First of all I would like to give a big thanks to PharmaFreak for supplying me with one of their 30 serving cans of Flex Freak. This is a multi faceted joint support composed of eight pills per serving. It is meant to be an "all you need" for joint comfort. Now that we have the introductions out of the way let's review this.

Profile(8/10).....................................

This is a hodge podge of many different proven joint medications. I like this due to the fact that it is hard to find a single product that meets your needs. There are only a few popular ingredients th...
First of all I would like to give a big thanks to PharmaFreak for supplying me with one of their 30 serving cans of Flex Freak. This is a multi faceted joint support composed of eight pills per serving. It is meant to be an "all you need" for joint comfort. Now that we have the introductions out of the way let's review this.

Profile(8/10).....................................

This is a hodge podge of many different proven joint medications. I like this due to the fact that it is hard to find a single product that meets your needs. There are only a few popular ingredients that I can think of that are not in this. Cissus Quadrangularis, Chondroitin, and MSM. In my opinion, the addition of Cissus would have made this profile optimal. The profile is as follows:

FLEX FREAKâ„¢ VITAMIN & MINERAL COMPLEX
Vitamin C (As Ascorbic Acid) 100mg 167%
Vitamin D (As Cholecalciferol) 100IU 25%
Vitamin E (As D-Alpha Tocopherol) 30IU 100%
Calcium (As Calcium Carbonate) 250mg 25%
Magnesium (As Magnesium Citrate) 50mg 12.5%
Zinc (As Zinc Acetate) 15mg 100%
Selenium (As Sodium Selenite) 50mcg 71%
Manganese (As Manganese Sulphate) 2mg 100%
FLEX FREAKâ„¢ GLUCOSAMINE COMPLEX 1,500mg *
Glucosamine (As Sulfate)
FLEX FREAKâ„¢ CARTILAGE SUPPORT COMPLEX 500mg *
Rosehip (Rosa Canina) 4:1 Extract
FLEX FREAKâ„¢ FUNCTION SUPPORT COMPLEX 100mg *
Boswellia Serrata Extract Supplying Boswellic Acids
FLEX FREAKâ„¢ COMFORT SUPPORT COMPLEX 100mg *
Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) (Rhizome)
Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum Procumbens)
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa L)
FLEX FREAKâ„¢ LUBRICATION SUPPORT COMPLEX 10mg *
Hyaluronic Acid

The ones I'm most familiar with taking here are the Glucosamine and Hyaluronic Acic.

Taste/Pill Size(9/10).............................

The only reason this doesn't get a 10 is because there are eight pills to choke down. But they are actually easy to swallow and come in a sealed pack and very easy to throw in your pocket when on the go. They had a slightly weird taste going down, but nothing to complain about. The pills never gave me any weird burbs or stomach issues even the few times I took them on an empty stomach.

Effectiveness(9/10)...............................

There's not a whole lot you can say about joint supplements. They either work or they don't. Flex Freak definitely worked. My usual joint supplement is Super Cissus and for me it's hard to compete with, but Flex Freak did a great job replacing it for this run. My joints felt good while taking this. Pretty much as good as they have felt recently. My workout routine has actually gotten a little more physical as I am doing HIIT at least 3 times a week, but I noticed very little pain while taking Flex Freak. Also, I've had an AI in my stack while taking this which are notorious for drying out joints, but I had no problems. I was very happy with the way Flex Freak performed.

Value(5/10)......................................

This appears to be a recurring problem with PharmaFreak. They have some solid products but thay are just a little to much pain in the pocketbook. Although I thoroughly enjoyed how the product worked, I doubt I will purchase it at the current price. The cheapest I've seen it is $40 for the 30 servings. Personally, there are other products that deliver the same results for less money. At $30 or less, this would probably be a green light for me.

Overall(7/10).....................................

An overall 7 is maybe a little generous for Flex Freak. It's a solid product with too high of a price tag. If you can get this during a good sale, pick it up. At the moment, I would recommend it for results, but not for value.

Thanks For Reading- SoCal



Overall
Overall
9.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
9.0
Value
Value
8.0
  May 13, 2013

Here's a review for Enhanced. A pre-workout from PES. I would like to thank PES for the opportunity to give this product a try. I was excited to get this because of PES's reputation for quality products. I was supplied with the 40 serving container of the Blue Razz flavor. It's a product that I really enjoyed, so let's get to the review.

Profile (8/10)......................................

Enhanced is an ultra concentrated pre-workout that is advertised as having a "new stimulant feel", and the profile would suggest that it is a bit different from other pre-workouts on the...
Here's a review for Enhanced. A pre-workout from PES. I would like to thank PES for the opportunity to give this product a try. I was excited to get this because of PES's reputation for quality products. I was supplied with the 40 serving container of the Blue Razz flavor. It's a product that I really enjoyed, so let's get to the review.

Profile (8/10)......................................

Enhanced is an ultra concentrated pre-workout that is advertised as having a "new stimulant feel", and the profile would suggest that it is a bit different from other pre-workouts on the market. It's a proprietary blend for the most part, but what stood out was the L-Leucine Nitrate and Agmatine for pumps. The Norcoclaurine that helps with bronchodilation is a pretty cool addition as well. Then to round it out you have a couple of the usual suspects in the stim department, Caffeine at 125mg and Yohimbe. There are some other herbal ingredients that may help with the overall effect of this, but they aren't anything I'm familiar with, and found limited info on, so I won't speculate as to what each does. The full profile is as follows:

Serving Size 1 Scoop (3.7 g)
Servings Per Container 40

Serving % DV
Enhanced HPW Proprietary Blend
1300mg -
Superior Pump System
L-Leucine Nitrate, Cytidine 5'-diphosphocholine, Pomegranate Fruit Extract

Motivation Stimulant System
Choline Bitartrate, Pausinystalia Johibe Bark Extract (nPYE), Norcoclaurine HCI,

N-[2-hydroxy-2(4-methoxyphenyl) ethyl]-3-phenyl-2-propenamide, Swertia

Chirayita (Whole Plant) Extract (standardized for Xanthones)

Agmatine Sulfate 500mg -
Calcium Carbonate 375mg 15%
Caffeine Anhydrous 125mg -
Vitamin C 50mg 84%

Taste/Mixing (7/10)...............................

As I mentioned, I had the Blue Razz flavor, and pretty much thought it was just okay. It kind of has that blue cotton candy flavor. I've never been in love with a blue raspberry flavor in other supplements, but I don't mind it too much. Enhanced being an ultra concentrate makes it easy to add other flavored products like BCAA's if you like or just mix it with a few ounces of water and chug it down. So while I wasn't thrilled with the flavor, it really wasn't bad. Enhanced mixed just fine. No complaints there.

Effectiveness(9/10)...............................

I really enjoyed the energy from Enhanced. I would usually take it about 20 minutes before my workout and would feel it start working just as I was getting to the gym. The energy was really clean with one scoop. Not overpowering with stims, but some of those other ingredients that I'm not familiar with must be working because even one scoop was pretty sufficient for the first couple weeks of using it. The pumps with one scoop were noticeable but not too impressive. Around week two I bumped up to about a scoop and a half. This was my favorite dosing. I got a little more energy out of it, but more importantly the focus was really what made the difference. The focus was one of my favorite aspects of Enhanced. I like pre-workouts that get you really jacked up to workout, but those are also the ones that many times don't give too much focus. Enhanced has a really good balance of both. A good consistent energy with a great feeling of focus. The pumps were quite nice with one and a half scoops as well. I'm usually not too worried about the pump aspect of a pre-workout because usually it means the product lacks somewhere else. Enhanced however gives a really nice pump. Not as good as an N.O. product, but better than you would expect.

Value (8/10)......................................

The value of Enhanced is really good. You can get a tub for less than $30 and easily get 30 workouts out of it. A buck a serving is pretty sweet for a pre-workout that delivers energy, focus, and pump.

Overall (9/10)

I would definitely recommend giving Enhanced a try. Maybe get the Fruit Punch flavor as most of the guys who have tried it seem to enjoy it more than myself and others liked the Blue Razz. PES is a quality company, and this is the exactly the kind of pre-workout I would have expected from them. Now, go grab some up!

Thanks for Reading- SoCal


  May 2, 2013

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
    Alright, here's a review for a relatively new and unique product from Top Secret Nutrition. It's called Energizing Whey and it's basically a whey protein energy drink. Before I get into the review I would like to thank the ER program exclusively for providing this product. Top Secret had nothing to do with this. Tom and Petey have provided some products to the ER team that really haven't gotten attention as of yet on SR. It's really appreciated and proves how committed SR is to providing all of us members with the most diverse and accurate product reviews anywhere. Now, on to the revi...
    Alright, here's a review for a relatively new and unique product from Top Secret Nutrition. It's called Energizing Whey and it's basically a whey protein energy drink. Before I get into the review I would like to thank the ER program exclusively for providing this product. Top Secret had nothing to do with this. Tom and Petey have provided some products to the ER team that really haven't gotten attention as of yet on SR. It's really appreciated and proves how committed SR is to providing all of us members with the most diverse and accurate product reviews anywhere. Now, on to the review.

    Profile(8/10)................................

    Since Top Secret is not a well known brand around here and specifically this product is largely unknown, I will give all the details of the profile.

    2 lb Tub Serving Size (42g)(1 scoop)
    Servings per container 22

    Calories 190
    Cals from fat 50
    Total fat 6g
    Total carbs 8g
    Dietary fiber 1g
    Sugars 4g
    Protein 26g
    Calcium 123mg
    Iron 2mg
    Sodium 180mg

    Proprietary Energy Blend 4240mg

    Taurine, Caffiene(200mg), Ginseng Root Extract, Green Tea Extract, L-Tyrosine, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract

    Protein blend used: WPC, WPI, MPI

    The profile is pretty good here. The protein blend is pretty average but it's is propped up by a pretty sweet energy blend. I was surprised that only one scoop had 200mg of caffeine. Some might say that the fat content is a little high, but 6g doesn't bother me too much.

    Taste/Flavor/Mixing(9/10)....................

    This product only comes in one flavor. It's called Mocha Boost and as the name suggests it tastes just like a mocha coffee drink. I can imagine the flavor being really hit or miss for people. If you don't like a little coffee flavoring, then you are probably not going to like this. I personally really enjoy coffee, and although I never drink mocha's or cold coffee drinks, this tasted really good. I usually mixed this with vanilla almond milk and had no problems with mixing. Even the couple of times I used 2 servings, the shake got thicker, but still mixed okay. Top Secret did a nice job producing what I believe they wanted. A pre-workout protein for the morning gym goer.

    Effectiveness (8/10).........................

    Okay, this is usually where we insert the line "protein products are hard to judge effectiveness" in these protein reviews, BUT, this one has some goodies in it that gave me the ability to really judge if it was working. It was 2 lbs, so I can't say I made gains as a result of Energizing Whey. I also can't say that I had any noticeable increased recovery from it. What I can say is that I had some pretty good workouts as a direct result of this product.

    My usual experience was one scoop by itself about 45 minutes pre-workout. The energy from this was very noticeable. It doesn't compare to some of the better pre-workouts on the market, but it's a real nice clean energy that doesn't hit you like a sledge hammer. One of the things I liked about this was the energy gradually built and gradually faded. A couple of times I used 2 scoops just to see what it would be like, and the product ended up sitting pretty heavy in my gut for most of the workout. This is probably just a personal issue, as I don't digest some proteins all that great. The energy with 2 scoops was pretty nice. Right up there with a max dose of your average pre-workouts. I wish I could have taken advantage of the energy from two scoops, but the digestion issues all but killed that.

    I would have liked to experiment more with Energizing Whey. I think if you were to add some beta alanine and maybe some agmatine to a scoop of Energizing Whey before a workout, the results would be pretty sweet. I didn't have bulk tubs of either, so the product was a stand alone for the most part during my use. Overall, I really liked the effectiveness. It was a different kind of energy that is really welcomed some days.

    Value (7/10).................................

    At first look, the price doesn't look too appealing for Energizing Whey. It's just shy of $30 for the 2 lb tub. As a protein blend, that's not a good deal. But as a protein/pre-workout hybrid, it's not too shabby, and I would go as far as saying it's a good, not great value.

    Overall (8/10)...............................

    Overall I felt that this was a pretty solid offering from Top Secret. Energizing Whey has a good taste, and does it's job well in the energizing department. I would recommend giving this a try, especially if you can get it on sale.

    Thanks for Reading- SoCal


      April 30, 2013

     Pros:
     Cons:
      • Too Expensive
      Alright everyone, this is going to be a somewhat short and to the point review for NewJoint. First of all, I would like to thank NewJoint for supplying me with one bottle(30 day supply) of their product that's intended to relieve joint pain and help with mobility and flexibility.

      Profile (7/10).................................

      At first glance, NewJoint looks like your basic Cissus quadrangularis supplement along the lines of USP Labs Super Cissus, which is primarily what I will be comparing NewJoint to, due to it's popularity. The similar profile gave me high hopes for Ne...
      Alright everyone, this is going to be a somewhat short and to the point review for NewJoint. First of all, I would like to thank NewJoint for supplying me with one bottle(30 day supply) of their product that's intended to relieve joint pain and help with mobility and flexibility.

      Profile (7/10).................................

      At first glance, NewJoint looks like your basic Cissus quadrangularis supplement along the lines of USP Labs Super Cissus, which is primarily what I will be comparing NewJoint to, due to it's popularity. The similar profile gave me high hopes for NewJoint since I'm a huge fan of Super Cissus. New Joint is a proprietary blend of 1300mg that includes the aforementioned Cissus and Avovida which is basically extracts of Avocado and Soy. I'm going to take an educated guess and say there is probably 1000mg of Cissus and 300mg of Avovida. Although 1000mg is 600mg short of what Super Cissus delivers, I won't be too critical considering I've read quite a few times that 1000mg is the effective dose. I don't have any previous experience with Avovida but have come to the conclusion that it is probably a decent complimentary joint supplement, but by itself, comes up a little short.

      Effectiveness (7/10).........................

      My effectiveness rating is based on a direct comparison to Super Cissus, seeing as it's the closest(in profile) joint product that I have extensive experience taking. I was a little disappointed when I experienced a slight regression in the overall health of my joints. I started taking NewJoint immediately after finishing a bottle of Super Cissus and noticed a slight increase in aches and pains. I won't label NewJoint as not effective, because I could definitely tell I was taking something for my joints, however it fell short of my expectations. Keep in mind, the product I am comparing NewJoint to is what I consider the best joint product on the market, so the bar is set very high. So I feel rating this a 7 was fair because it was not a junk product by any means. I also experienced no negative side effects while taking NewJoint.

      Value (3/10).................................

      This is where NewJoint takes a real nose dive in my review. As far as I can see the only way to purchase NewJoint is direct from the company at buynewjoint.com. The price for one 30 day supply bottle is $69.95. That's right, $70 for this product. I don't know what I can really say about this price without circumventing the curse sensor, but you guys get the idea. Had I purchased this, I would be extremely upset with the value of NewJoint.

      Overall (5/10)...............................

      The price of NewJoint is mostly responsible for such a poor rating. I would not even consider buying this product unless it was a third of the current price. I don't like giving products poor reviews, but for $70, this would have had to really deliver big to get a nod from me. Sorry to say, but steer clear of this one ladies and gents.

      Thanks for reading- SoCal




      Overall
      Overall
      9.0
      Effectiveness
      Effectiveness
      9.0
      Value
      Value
      10.0
        April 9, 2013

       Pros:
       Cons:
      • Intense Energy
      • Excellent Value
      • Superior Taste & Mixability
      • Clean Energy
        Lecheek's Speed X3. A big thank you to Lecheek and the ER program for the opportunity to give this a try. This review is for the newest formula and flavor of Speed X3. The fellas over at Lecheek took out the DAA and came up with a new flavor called Exotic Punch. So let's talk a little about this little product that packs a big punch.

        Profile (9/10).................................

        So, I've found pre-workouts aren't something where you can read the profile and judge if you're going to like it or not. The right or wrong combination of ingredients can make all the difference...
        Lecheek's Speed X3. A big thank you to Lecheek and the ER program for the opportunity to give this a try. This review is for the newest formula and flavor of Speed X3. The fellas over at Lecheek took out the DAA and came up with a new flavor called Exotic Punch. So let's talk a little about this little product that packs a big punch.

        Profile (9/10).................................

        So, I've found pre-workouts aren't something where you can read the profile and judge if you're going to like it or not. The right or wrong combination of ingredients can make all the difference in the world, and with most pre-workouts being proprietary blends, you pretty much always just have to try it to see if you like it.

        The profile here has some of the usual suspects of pre-workouts. Caffeine, yohimbine, agmatine, and beta alanine. Hard to know exactly how much of each. This also has synephrine, which is a pretty interesting addition. I found this makes you feel as though you could do cardio for hours, but at the same time because of the other stims at work, you feel that you want to keep your heart rate well managed. It's an odd feeling sometimes. Like I mentioned above, Lecheek dropped the DAA, which I felt was a negligible addition in the old formula due to it being under dosed, so no gripes from me on that move. This is also free of creatine, which is pretty nice in my opinion. It's an ultra concentrate, so it's only about a 3 gram scoop with very few fillers and flavorings. A big plus there. All in all it's a solid profile.

        Taste/Mixability (9/10)......................

        The new Exotic Punch flavor tastes pretty good. Tastes exactly how it sounds. I would say it's perfect for fans of fruit punch, but are tired of that traditional, boring fruit punch flavor. I like that you can mix it with a small amount of water and down it in a couple of gulps. Mixes up nice, not perfect, but the small amount of sediment at the end is far from offensive.

        Effectiveness (9/10).........................

        Let's face it, these pre-workout reviews can get pretty long winded, so I hope you are one the people that skipped right to this section because this is really the one you need to read. How does it work?

        If you want raw, clean energy, then this is your product. I don't care how tolerant you are to stims, if you can't get a buzz off of this, then Hi Charlie Sheen, thanks for reading my review. I found Speed X3 to be very strong, but good, clean energy. I usually only needed one heaping scoop to do the job, but towards the end of the tub, I could do two, but didn't really need that much. X3 gave me some good focus, not the best of any pre-workout, but the amount of energy this gives you almost translates to focus. As I mentioned above, this pre-workout really makes you feel like cardio would be a breeze. I would do some light cardio sometimes and Speed X3 really helped my breathing, but the increased heart rate can make you a little apprehensive, so I could maybe see doing cardio with a smaller dose, but multiple scoops and some HIIT probably would not be wise.

        Didn't notice much of anything in the pump/vascularity department. I know some guys care about that, but I don't really at all, so this wasn't a negative for me.

        I found mixing this pre-workout with some BCAA's was a great combination. If Lecheek make a product that mixed X3 with about 5-7 grams of BCAA's, it would fly off shelves faster than X3 already does. The energy lasted about 1.5 hours and I never noticed much of a crash, but I found if I didn't have a good post-workout carb and protein, then I was pretty drained. I think using this in addition to an intra-workout really helps to combat any crash as well.

        If I left any questions on how this works, simple answer, it does.

        Value (10/10)................................

        I gave this the best rating possible for very easy reasons. It lasted me around 8 weeks, and it costs in the low twenty dollar range. It's hard to even give a second look at pre-workouts over thirty bucks after using this.

        Overall (9/10)...............................

        It's pretty simple to see my opinion of Speed X3. This is one of the strongest pre-workouts you'll find today, and without a doubt, the best "bang for your buck" pre-workout I have experienced. Lecheek nailed this one. I would definitely recommend giving this a shot if you haven't yet. I doubt you will regret it, but if you do, you can send me a strongly worded letter...in a box with the rest of your tub :)

        Thanks for reading- SoCal




        Overall
        Overall
        8.0
        Effectiveness
        Effectiveness
        8.0
        Value
        Value
        7.0
          March 25, 2013

         Pros:
         Cons:
        • Low Calories
        • No Carbs
        • Confusing Labeling
        This is a review for AMS Body Mortar, *Carb Free* Formula. I would like to thank AMS and the ER program for the opportunity to use this. I've always thought AMS was a quality company with a great selection of innovative products. So let's talk a little about Body Mortar Carb Free.

        ProductInfo/Profile(8/10)....................

        The profile of Body Mortar is solid but nothing to get too excited about. It has a 5.25 gram 4:1:1 ratio BCAA mix, 1.25 grams of Glutamine, and a 330 mg electrolyte mix. A simple profile with no proprietary blends. And a no carb formula with only...
        This is a review for AMS Body Mortar, *Carb Free* Formula. I would like to thank AMS and the ER program for the opportunity to use this. I've always thought AMS was a quality company with a great selection of innovative products. So let's talk a little about Body Mortar Carb Free.

        ProductInfo/Profile(8/10)....................

        The profile of Body Mortar is solid but nothing to get too excited about. It has a 5.25 gram 4:1:1 ratio BCAA mix, 1.25 grams of Glutamine, and a 330 mg electrolyte mix. A simple profile with no proprietary blends. And a no carb formula with only 60 calories isn't too shabby if your on a diet where this option might be beneficial. I did have some issues/complaints with their packaging and labeling. I'm not letting it affect my rating, but I am going to outline the problems to make others aware in the event they purchase this. This is sold as a "30 serving" container, with a serving size being stated as "1 scoop (8.11 grams)". One problem was that this came with a 4 gram scooper (ironic considering Cray's unconditional scooper love). So you actually need 2 scoops to equal the profile listed. I caught this almost right away and weighed a single scoop to confirm. So this didn't turn out to be a big deal for me, but I could see someone unexpectedly using only 1 scoop of this for quite a while until they figured out that they are using half the dose as they originally thought. The other problem is with the "suggested use" portion of the label. It instructs someone to "consume one serving(23 grams) before training and one serving during training". So is one serving 4 grams, 8.11 grams, or 23 grams? Depending on whether you trust the scooper, the profile, or the suggested use, this could range from a 10 serving tub, to a 60 serving tub. AMS really needs to work out these problems, and hopefully at the time of this review, they have been addressed.

        Mixability/Flavor (9/10).....................

        The flavor I got was lemonade. It tasted great and the best part about it was that it had a nice taste whether I had it really watered down or really concentrated. They have the flavor nailed on this. It mixed up as good as any BCAA product I've used. It took 5-10 minutes to fully dissolve, which is pretty standard with these products. No complaints in this department.

        Effectiveness (8/10).........................

        I wasn't on a cut or calorie deficient diet per say while using this, so while I may not have been benefiting from the carb free formula, I was eating clean, and have no doubt about how this was working. I'm not going to go into crazy detail about how effective this stuff was. I've used BCAA products that did nothing, and one's that took training to a different level. Body Mortar fell somewhere in the middle. It absolutely helped me with recovery when I was using even only one scoop. When I upped it to two scoops, taking one scoop pre workout with Speed X3 and one scoop during my workout the Body Mortar would noticeably increase my endurance and bump recovery even a little more. Were the recovery and endurance outstanding? No. But I didn't expect outstanding. I'm not someone who believes BCAA supplements are a must have, but a product like this really does it's job. I was the most pleased by the fact that I found this carb free formula to be just as effective as I would expect the original formula to be. If you have a good diet this stuff could really give you a slight edge in the gym and help you push yourself a little more. Especially if you are on a calorie deficient diet and want a BCAA product without all the extra calories.

        Value (7/10).................................

        I'm fairly certain you can find Body Mortar for around $20 if you shop around. This falls right in line with other BCAA products that are in it's class. I prefer to use two servings a day, so 15 trianing days worth of product isn't ideal for me, but it's not bad either. Most BCAA products are a 15 day supply for me, so I gave Body Mortar a pretty average value rating.

        Overall (8/10)...............................

        I was happy to find a carb free product was basically just as effective as it's counterpart's with more calories which is the main reason why I would suggest this. It tasted good. It was effective. And the price isn't too bad. I say if you have a summer cut coming up, give it a shot.

        Thanks for reading- SoCal



        Overall
        Overall
        8.0
        Effectiveness
        Effectiveness
        9.0
        Value
        Value
        7.0
          February 8, 2013

         Pros:
         Cons:
        • Great Recovery
        • Great Taste
          iSatori Restoraid. iSatori have been primarily known on this site for their Isa-Test GF and PWR products, which are both very good. About 6 weeks ago I was searching BB.com for BCAA recovery products when I happened to stumble upon this. It's relatively new and I had never seen or heard anything about it. Although, I checked and Steelforce posted an intro to it a while back but I must have missed it. The profile looked interesting and the price was decent so I decided to give it a try and in the end I was glad I did. Here is my experience:

          Product Intro----------------------------...
          iSatori Restoraid. iSatori have been primarily known on this site for their Isa-Test GF and PWR products, which are both very good. About 6 weeks ago I was searching BB.com for BCAA recovery products when I happened to stumble upon this. It's relatively new and I had never seen or heard anything about it. Although, I checked and Steelforce posted an intro to it a while back but I must have missed it. The profile looked interesting and the price was decent so I decided to give it a try and in the end I was glad I did. Here is my experience:

          Product Intro--------------------------------

          iSatori brands this product as a "full spectrum recovery system". Sounds like fancy marketing talk that could describe just about any BCAA product, but they actually added some things to really make it unique and somewhat set it apart from a lot of the others. There are four aspects to this product that are combined to make it complete. There is an 8:1:1 BCAA profile, waxy maize as a transport agent, an electrolyte complex for hydration, and an "enzyme therapy" to help combat DOMS. A tub of this contains 30 servings at approximately 15 g per serving. The directions instruct you to take one serving immediately following your workout and/or anytime of day including pre and during workouts. I bought this for $30 on BB.com and I believe that is their everyday price. Ends up $35+ after shipping. The flavor is citrus punch which is the only available flavor.

          Profile(7/10)--------------------------------

          Although I really liked this product, I could only give the profile a 7. The reason for this is that while I like everything in it, I feel it is a tad under dosed at one serving and the whole thing is a prop blend. Had one serving contained even 25% more of the product in the same ratio I could have easily given this profile a 9. Might be a little nit picky, but hey, this is a BCAA product, so there's no reason that it shouldn't be loaded up.

          The profile is as follows:
          BCAA/Transport Matrix 12.5 g
          8:1:1 Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine
          L-Glutamine
          Sustamine
          Citrulline Malate
          Waxy-Maize
          ---------------------------------------------
          Anti DOMS Enzyme Therapy 555 mg
          Bromelain
          N-Acetyl Cysteine
          Boswellia Seratta extract
          Gardenia Jasimoides extract
          Olive Leaf extract
          Red Beet Root
          ---------------------------------------------
          Electrolyte Complex 451 mg
          Di-potassium phosphate
          Di-sodium phosphate
          Magnesium

          Like I stated, all prop blends. I really only care that the BCAA/Transport Matrix is a prop blend. I figure there is roughly 5 g of Waxy Maize due to there being 5 g of carbs per serving. The other 7.5 g is anyone's guess, but from what it consists of, should be at least 10 g in my opinion.

          Mixability/Taste(9/10)-----------------------

          Restoraid mixed up as well as you can expect a BCAA product to. One scoop added to a full shaker cup of water takes about 10 min to dissolve without too much sediment. The taste of Restoraid is really nice. Has a fruit punch mixed with lemonade taste that is pretty refreshing. Taste is usually no big thing for me with supplements, but if your going to be sipping on something throughout your whole workout, it helps not to have to choke it down. iSatori did a really good job in the mixability and taste departments. Most of the time I was using two scoops and it mixed and tasted just as good.

          Effectiveness(9.5/10)------------------------

          One serving of this stuff was average, but not better than most BCAA products. Where this really shined was at two servings. I don't know what made two servings far more effective than one, but it was night and day. I used about 80% of the tub at two servings so my effectiveness rating is with using two servings at one sitting(not one serving two times a day). I was able to use it this way about five times a week for about two and a half weeks. During this short time period I really put Restoraid to the test.

          I have been doing Insanity six days a week and lifting 3 or 4 days. I would sip this throughout lifting at the gym and then usually another day or on my off day. I really couldn't believe how well this worked. I'm no stranger to being sore. I'm 34 years old and there isn't a single part of my body that recovers like it used to. I have ran similar workout routines before where I was doing intense cardio/HIIT along with lifting and although I was able to cope, I would feel like a rag doll most of the time. And if you know that feeling, there's really no pre workout supplement or ipod playlist that can motivate a worn down body to perform, so a good BCAA product can really help.

          I wasn't in the best of shape after the holidays when I started all of this, but the short time that I was doubling up the servings I felt like I couldn't be stopped. I would still feel soreness in certain muscles(I don't think there is a miracle product that can fix that), but I never had that full body, hit the bed, leave me the hell alone exhaustion. A lot of time spent feeling like that will hinder your progress when your really killing yourself almost every day. I was quite impressed how recovered my body as a whole constantly felt. This was especially noticeable in how I was able to maintain and increase endurance while lifting and during long cardio sessions. I give this a 9.5 for effectiveness because it simply worked great, and is probably the best BCAA recovery product I have used to date. There's no simpler way to put it.

          Value(7/10)----------------------------------

          This may appear to be a little harsh considering I was just worshiping iSatori, god of recovery but the reason this only gets a 7 is because the labeled serving size was not very effective for the price. Value is very subjective, but I personally can't justify 15 servings per tub @ $2+ a serving for a recovery product. I buy a lot of supplements and I just could not afford to have this as a staple. I was thinking about getting another tub and mixing it 1:1 with some bulk BCAA's, but even if that were to work well I can't give something a good value rating that I have to ration.

          Summary/Overall(8/10)------------------------

          I feel a solid 8 is a really fair rating for this. It works extremely well but gets knocked down some for price and profile. I would absolutely recommend giving this a try, especially considering some may find this effective with one serving. It worked excellent and if I ever see a BOGO or really good price, I will most definitely be stocking up. Or if they beef up the profile but that rarely happens. For now I will probably stick with some of the other BCAA products that are a little lighter on the wallet.

          Thanks for reading- SoCal




          Overall
          Overall
          8.0
          Effectiveness
          Effectiveness
          8.0
          Value
          Value
          6.0
            July 7, 2012

           Pros:
           Cons:
          • Great Taste
          • Not Widely Available
          A big thank you to MuscleBasix for providing me with a tub of Orange Cream AminoBasix. I enjoyed the experience, and appreciate the opportunity. I use BCAA products about 75% of the time, and although I've never been blown away by a single product, they are one of those kind of supplements that you really don't fully appreciate until your not using it. So, let's talk a little about AminoBasix.

          Profile--------------------------------------

          AminoBasix ranks right up there with the other quality BCAA products in terms of dosing and ingredients. A tub comes with 30 servings, a...
          A big thank you to MuscleBasix for providing me with a tub of Orange Cream AminoBasix. I enjoyed the experience, and appreciate the opportunity. I use BCAA products about 75% of the time, and although I've never been blown away by a single product, they are one of those kind of supplements that you really don't fully appreciate until your not using it. So, let's talk a little about AminoBasix.

          Profile--------------------------------------

          AminoBasix ranks right up there with the other quality BCAA products in terms of dosing and ingredients. A tub comes with 30 servings, and dosing, like many others is based on weight. Women up to 125 lbs are suggested to take 1-2 servings per day. Men up to 200 lbs and women over 125 lbs are suggested to take 2-3 servings per day. Men over 200 lbs are to take 3-4 servings per day.

          1 serving- 12.6 grams
          AminoBasix Blend- 10,500mg
          Sodium 35mg
          Potassium 42mg
          L-Leucine 3500mg
          L-Glutamine 2500mg
          L-Isoleucine 1750mg
          L-Valine 1750mg
          Taurine 1000mg

          Electrolyte Blend: 210mg
          Sodium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, and Potassium Chloride

          Taste(9/10)/Mixability(8/10)-----------------

          As mentioned, I had the Orange Cream flavor. I found the taste very enjoyable. I'm fairly picky about the taste of intra workout products because ultimately I would rather be drinking water, but had no problem drinking this stuff. I never used more than two scoops in a 28oz blender bottle filled with water. This combo was just perfect in the taste department. I could see the 3-4 scoop range being a little sweet. I found mixing AminoBasix to be fairly easy. As long as you don't expect to add the powder and water and immediately start chugging, your fine. Otherwise your gonna get a big gulp of leucine. I would mix this up, let it dissolve about 5-10 minutes, and it was good to go.

          Effectiveness(8/10)--------------------------

          I dosed AminoBasix at approx 2 scoops just about every time, and always intra workout. I used this dosing protocol because I found 1 scoop would most likely not be effective enough, and 3 or more not realistic, because I would never dose an intra product so as only get 10 servings out of the tub. The way I see it is, if a product can't deliver at what I think is a reasonable amount, then it's not a good product. Having said that, I found AminoBasix to be right on par with most other quality BCAA products, such as Xtend and MBCAA. My recovery was always well above that of not taking a BCAA product. I have yet to find a product that makes me not sore the next day, but I'm not sure it that exists. To sum it up, AminoBasix was very effective and did just what it was supposed to.

          Value(6/10)----------------------------------

          I gave AminoBasix kind of a shot to gut in this category, but I can explain. First of all, I find BCAA products one of the easiest of all supplements to judge value. Most of them do not use prop blends, therefore you can see exactly what you are getting and it usually comes down to simple math and maybe a couple of added goodies that you may like in the particular product. A couple of reasons AminoBasix falls a little short in value are: First, it is hard to find. There are only a couple of websites I have found that sell it, and although this is probably due to them being a smaller company, I don't like to have to order from an unfamiliar site just to get a BCAA product. Second, the average price of this is about $25. There is one site that has it for $18 and change, but the site does not look very professional and has no reputation on SR.com, therefore I don't count them when determining value. Now, $25 is not a bad price, but this is a competitive supplement category, and the bottom line is, you can easily find other products cheaper, and more importantly, in larger, more cost effective sizes. If MuscleBasix could get this stuff on some more prominent websites for about $20, that would be good. A 90 serving tub for about $50, would be great.

          Overall(8/10)--------------------------------

          Although my rating slightly dipped in the value category, this is none the less a very solid product and can hold it's own with some of the better BCAA products on the market. It tasted great and performed just as expected. The value is subjective, so if a few more bucks for a quality product doesn't bother you, I would absolutely give this a shot.

          Thanks for Reading- SoCal



          Overall
          Overall
          4.0
          Effectiveness
          Effectiveness
          3.0
          Value
          Value
          4.0
            July 5, 2012

           Pros:
           Cons:
          • Cool Looking
          • Motivational Reminder
          • Inaccurate
          • Expensive
          Alright guys, well here's a review for an interesting and unique product that doesn't get talked about much, but I feel needs to be introduced to everyone. The Nike Fuel Band. Although this review is ultimately a "buyer beware", I will be thorough about the few positives and many negatives.

          About the Product----------------------------

          The Nike Fuel Band is what I would consider a fitness motivating tool. The way it works is, you wear the specially designed wrist band(slightly thicker than a Livestrong bracelet) throughout the day or just during physical activity if you wo...
          Alright guys, well here's a review for an interesting and unique product that doesn't get talked about much, but I feel needs to be introduced to everyone. The Nike Fuel Band. Although this review is ultimately a "buyer beware", I will be thorough about the few positives and many negatives.

          About the Product----------------------------

          The Nike Fuel Band is what I would consider a fitness motivating tool. The way it works is, you wear the specially designed wrist band(slightly thicker than a Livestrong bracelet) throughout the day or just during physical activity if you would like, and it tracks your movement with what Nike calls an "accelerometer". The accelerometer measures your movements and categorizes them into steps taken, calories burned, and NikeFuel earned. All of this information can be seen on a digital readout on the bracelet along with the time of day. There is also a "fuel meter" that tracks a preset goal, and displays it with light bar that cycles from red, to yellow, to green depending on how much of your goal has been obtained. Similar to the Nike+ products, the information on the band can then be synced to a computer, Iphone, or Ipad to track your progress, set future goals, and compete with others in the Nike community. The bracelet is rechargeable with a USB port and comes with a stand to do so. Nike claims 4 days between charges, but I've experienced about 2-3 days. It is water resistant, but not waterproof. I have always worn it in the shower with no problem, but take it off for the pool. It also comes in three different sizes to make it possible to get a precise fit. The Fuel Band only come in the color black.

          Effectiveness(3/10)--------------------------

          Nike really missed the mark with this particular product. The Fuel Band supposedly tracks dozens of activities, such as walking, running, dancing, and basketball. What they don't tell you is that it tracks activities that are not what we would consider "activities". For example, driving, typing on the computer, having a beer at the bar, reading a book, and so on. Basically, the technology in this thing is so sketchy that it tracks and gives you "fuel" for things that are not considered physically demanding. Tracking these things would not be an issue if it tracked the different activities with any accuracy or measured them proportionately to one another. By Fuel Band standards, you can play a round of golf(with a cart), and burn the same calories and accrue the same amount of fuel as jogging 5 miles. I am not exaggerating this example. I did these two activities and had almost identical outcomes on the Fuel Band. The distance tracking(steps taken) is way off as well. A 5 mile run usually comes in at about 3.5 miles on the Fuel Band. I should have thought about it when I bought it, but how accurate could this thing be when it's just measuring your arm movement. Keeping this in mind, obviously the Fuel Band is pretty worthless for things like weight lifting, bicycling, and the elliptical machine. Bottom line, this thing ended up being more effective as a cool looking watch than a fitness tool.

          Value(4/10)----------------------------------

          I payed $150 for this. I'm not usually an impulse buyer, but that is exactly what this was. Had I researched this product, I doubt I would have made the purchase. If the Fuel Band was able to live up to the claims, it would be a very valuable tool, but it simply doesn't, so $150 for a nifty looking watch bracelet doesn't quite make a good value.

          A Few Positives------------------------------

          I thought it necessary to mention a few good things about this product, even though as a whole it was a FAIL. First of all, there is tremendous room for improvement with this. I feel if it incorporated a heart monitor to help more accurately count calories, that would be a big step forward. This along with GPS for distance accuracy would really bring the Fuel Band to a new level. I have a feeling Nike is getting a lot negative feed back on this thing, so with a little more technology incorporated, a Fuel Band 2.0 could be really cool. Another positive about this is that it is pretty cool looking and has kind of an initial "wow" factor when people see it. Lastly, although it does not function as advertised, just wearing it, and being aware of having it on, can be a motivating factor to be more active throughout the day.

          Overall(4/10)--------------------------------

          Obviously, my experience with the Fuel Band has been disappointing to say the least. I would not recommend it, unless perhaps you would like to use it to measure one specific activity at a time. That is not how it was designed, but that is the only way I can see it being useful. Since purchasing, I have seen other people wearing them and stopped them to ask their experience. It seems like "disappointed" was the overall opinion, but there were some people I have talked to that liked it, which I can see happening if you don't realize how inaccurate it is, thus reaching your goal fairly easily every day. Nike had a cool concept with this, but needs to go back to the drawing board.

          Thanks for reading- SoCal





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