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Reviews by shinndigg




Overall
Overall
9.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
9.0
Value
Value
8.0
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to NutraBio for sending it out!
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  August 6, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Simple Product
  • Good Value
  • Reduces Muscle Soreness
  • Right Ratio Of Aminos
  • No Prop Blends
  • Light Taste
Big thanks and shout out to the peeps at Nutrabio for the hookup on their products to the TROOPs, as well as some other gifts including a shaker and a pen. BCAAs are one of the basic or "staple" supplements that almost every bodybuilding or fitness enthusiast should be using. Yeah, there's nothing flashy or cool about them, but the multitude of benefits they offer certainly are cool. Here's a breakdown of the BCAA product Nutrabio serves up:

Dosage

1 to 2 scoops taken peri-workout.

Ingredient Profile (9/10)

This formula is as basic as your standard white girl with Uggs a...
Big thanks and shout out to the peeps at Nutrabio for the hookup on their products to the TROOPs, as well as some other gifts including a shaker and a pen. BCAAs are one of the basic or "staple" supplements that almost every bodybuilding or fitness enthusiast should be using. Yeah, there's nothing flashy or cool about them, but the multitude of benefits they offer certainly are cool. Here's a breakdown of the BCAA product Nutrabio serves up:

Dosage

1 to 2 scoops taken peri-workout.

Ingredient Profile (9/10)

This formula is as basic as your standard white girl with Uggs and a Starbucks Latte. However some things are classic and basic because they work and stand the test of time, and BCAAs in the 2:1:1 ratio are an example of that mold in the supplement world. The 2:1:1 (Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine) ratio is what most of the studies and research on BCAAs are based on, and the blueprint on which to follow with any BCAA formula. You get that formula, slightly modified in 2.5 grams Leucine, and 1.25 Isoleucine and Valine with this product. That gives you 5 grams of BCAAs per serving which is also the bar as far as a minimum amount of BCAAs you want to take in per serving. Nutrobio's prowess for full disclosure also ensures that you know exactly what you're putting into your body right down to the amount of flavoring used in each scoop. So while this formula is "boring", and "simple", it's effective and has a longstanding history of research and anecdotal evidence behind it.

Mixture (10/10)

It doesn't get much easier than mixing this product; 1 scoop, 16 to 20 ounces of water, shake a few times, booya. No unmixed powder and light to moderate foaming, if only everything mixed this easily.

Taste (6/10)

I received the Tropical Punch flavor for this product. The best way I could describe it is watered down Kool-Aid. It's not great, and not terrible, but definitely bearable and that's all you really need. I am a little more stern in rating since I have had some really good tasting BCAAs that I drink even when I'm not working out because I love them so much. With this however, you get a flavor that easy and light on the tastebuds and is thoughtless to chug during your workouts.

Effectiveness (9/10)

BCAAs are more of a "behind the scenes" kind of supplement. You won't get that instant gratification of a vein busting pump, or an alpha male feeling as with a test booster. BCAAs are more of a "No news is good news" kind of product, if you're taking them regularly, working out hard, and you don't feel overly sorethen they've done their job. That's exactly what you get with this product, and for those extra long or grueling workouts a double scoop serving is perfect to help heal and recover those devastated muscle fibers. My soreness was always at bay while using this, and that's all you could ask for in a BCAA product.

Value (8/10)

Nutrabio's products typically tend to be on the higher end of price since they are on the higher end of quality. This product however finds itself nicely in the realm of reasonable price and value. You can snag this at illpumpyouup for $26.99 for a 64 serving tub, or roughly 42 cents per serving. While still slightly high in the BCAA product spectrum, the full disclosure of Nutrabio ensures you're getting minimal filler and maximum effective product. So I give it a little bump in value since you are getting a quality product at a fair price.

Conclusion and Verdict

Nutrabio's BCAA product is as simple and effective as it gets. A formula that gives you exactly what you need, an easy to mix and drink product, and effective results. This seemingly simple product packs a powerful punch and proves it's worth and value. I highly recommend, give it a thumbs up and the Shinndigg Seal of Approval!


Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Iron Addicts for sending it out!
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  August 5, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Endurance
  • Great When Stacked
  • Prolonged Pumps
  • Swole Effect
  • Vascularity
  • Bad Mix
  • Bad Taste
Big thanks to Iron Addicts once again for providing their products to the TROOPs for review. These pump-inducing pre-workout products seem to be all the rage now, the pump is the elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow everyone is chasing nowadays when hitting the weights. Here's how CT's product performed for me when it came to bringing the pump:

Dosage

1 scoop pre-workout, typically stacked with Iron Addict's Sidewalk Kraka.

Ingredient Profile (8.5/10)

The formula for this product is rather simple when compared to other pump products out there, but sometimes simp...
Big thanks to Iron Addicts once again for providing their products to the TROOPs for review. These pump-inducing pre-workout products seem to be all the rage now, the pump is the elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow everyone is chasing nowadays when hitting the weights. Here's how CT's product performed for me when it came to bringing the pump:

Dosage

1 scoop pre-workout, typically stacked with Iron Addict's Sidewalk Kraka.

Ingredient Profile (8.5/10)

The formula for this product is rather simple when compared to other pump products out there, but sometimes simple can be the most effective route. We start off with 6 grams of citrulline malate, definitely on the higher side of what you will see for this ingredient, and definitely an effective dose. 2.5 grams betaine is up next, yet another effective dose for this particular ingredient. 1 gram hyromax, 1 gram beet root extract and 150mg of Norvaline rounds everything out. This product certainly seems to be geared towards not only pump, but endurance as well with the betaine and norvaline mixed in. The only thing missing that I would have liked to have seen is agmatine, because that is also very effective at those vein busting, blood flowing pumps that we all love. Overall though, this formula is very simple and sound.

Mixture (5/10)

Despite its simple makeup, mixing this product proved to be a little challenging. The directions call for 6 to 8 ounces of water, but I used 10 and still found this to be very gritty and definitely had a lot of unmixed powder at the bottom. I usually had to wait for this to settle once I got to the bottom, then added more water to finish it off. Definitely not mixing friendly.

Taste (5/10)

I received the Watermelon flavor (or Muthaf*kin Watermelon as it's appropriately named). The taste was pretty rough to along with the gritty texture, so overall this was rather un-enjoyable. A lingering aftertaste that was pretty nasty as the cherry on top, so a chaser of water or Gatorade is recommended if you're flavor sensitive.

Effectiveness (9/10)

Alright, so this doesn't mix well and it doesn't taste good. That's two strikes against this product already; however it definitely knocks it out of the park Miguel Cabrera style when it comes to effectiveness and performance. You will definitely feel the blood flowing and the veins popping with this, I experienced some awesome pumps with this, especially when mixed with Sidewalk Kraka. Since this product is non stim you can mix with your favorite conventional pre-workout and go next level on your pumps. Doesn't matter what I was working out: arms, legs, chest, or shoulders, it didn't matter. I was feeling the pump before, during, and after the gym. A pump is always a great feeling that can motivate you to work out a little harder and a little longer, and this definitely provided that spark for me.

Value (7/10)

The going rate on this appears to be $39.99 on many retailers, illpumpyouup, Muscle and Strength, A1, ect. For this you get 30 servings, which comes out to $1.33 per serving. This is a little on the expensive side, especially for a product I would consider a non-essential luxury item. However, if you want to take the splurge and get something to help you feel that almighty pump, you're hard pressed to find a better product that will deliver in my opinion.

Conclusion and Verdict

Sleeve Buster is a very effective product when it comes to delivering on pumps. The pumps are strong, full, and lasting. This product does come with a few negatives in that it does not mix or taste very well. However, if we're talking straight performance, this product shines. So if you can fit it into your budget and you're curious, I say give it a whirl. It's good enough to get the thumbs up and Shinndigg Seal of Approval!



Overall
Overall
8.8
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
9.0
Value
Value
7.0
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to NutraBio for sending it out!
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  July 26, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Enhanced Recovery
  • Reduced DOMS
  • No Proprietary Blends
  • Great Label Information
  • Little Pricey
  • Strong Taste
Thank you to Nutrabio for providing this and many other products of theirs to the TROOPs. One of the most important aspects of a workout and supplementing routine is what is done after you've hit the gym and worked out. So specialized recovery products are a nice luxury to have, as they combine several key elements of post-workout and recovery. Here's a look at Nutrabio's Reloaded Recovery Matrix:

Dosage

1 scoop taken post-workout.

Ingredient Profile (9/10)

Nutrabio may very well have the most detailed and fully disclosed ingredient labels in the supplement industry. Ever...
Thank you to Nutrabio for providing this and many other products of theirs to the TROOPs. One of the most important aspects of a workout and supplementing routine is what is done after you've hit the gym and worked out. So specialized recovery products are a nice luxury to have, as they combine several key elements of post-workout and recovery. Here's a look at Nutrabio's Reloaded Recovery Matrix:

Dosage

1 scoop taken post-workout.

Ingredient Profile (9/10)

Nutrabio may very well have the most detailed and fully disclosed ingredient labels in the supplement industry. Every detail, down to the flavoring is noted and accounted for on their labels, so huge bonus points in that area.

As for the ingredients in this product itself, this is an outstanding and complete profile. Essentially anything and everything you can think of that would be good for a recovery product you'll find in this, here are some highlights:
*8 grams of BCAAs
*5 grams of Glutamine
*1.5 grams Carnitine
*1.6 grams Beta Alanine
*1.5 grams Betaine
*2 grams of Creatine: 1.5 HCL, 500mg Magnapower
*1.5 grams Taurine and Electrolyte Complex
This is a very solid profile that leaves no stone unturned so to speak. A very well put together product.

Mixture (8/10)

Whenever products have a lot of ingredients in them, many times the mixture of the product suffers. With this product however, the mixture is actually pretty good. I feel that this speaks to the quality of ingredients used by Nutrabio in this product. I mixed with about 12-14 ounces of water in a shaker cup and there was some slight powder residue left over, but overall I was impressed given the complexity of the formula that it mixed as well as it did.

Taste (7/10)

I had the Passion Fruit flavor for this, and the taste overall was pretty decent. It had a slight sweetness to it, and a very bold flavoring. It might be on the heavy side for people sensitive to flavoring, but I personally didn't really have a problem with it. I used a little more water if I wanted to cut the flavoring. There was a slight aftertaste with this as well, but did not linger for long.

Effectiveness (9/10)

With the effective doses and quality ingredients in it, Reloaded Recovery Matrix hits the spot when it comes to a great post-workout product. I was very pleased with the results I got, even after heavy leg and chest days my soreness levels were down and my overall wellness feeling was up. This was ideal for the semi-cut that I was on at the time with the alternative forms of creatine that cut down on the water retention as well as the L-Carnitine and Taurine. This appears to be a product that would be beneficial no matter what stage of fitness you're on whether it is bulk, cut, or recomp.

Value (7/10)

As of writing this, it appears that Nutrabio's own website is the only place you're going to be able to find this at. The price is at $39.99 for 30 servings, or roughly $1.33 per serving. Since I would consider this a luxury product, and considering the profile and quality ingredients you get with this I think the value pans out pretty decently. It may not be something you could afford to get every month, especially if you're broke like me. However if you feel your recovery slacking, this product would be well worth the investment.

Conclusion and Verdict

Nutrabio's Reloaded Recovery Matrix is a very complete and effective post-workout product that delivers on effective doses, quality ingredients, and awesome recovery results. It may not fit into everyone's budget, but is a nice item to have on hand if you're putting your body through demanding workouts. I give this a big thumbs up and the Shinndigg Seal of Approval!


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

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • No Fillers
  • Super Clean Protein
  • Mixes Well
  • Dissolves Effortlessly
  • A Bit Pricey
  • Sucralose
A big thanks going out to the fine folks out at Nutrabio for the hookup on their products to the TROOPs. Special thanks also for the hookup on a shaker cup and informational reading on the products they sent out, very legit.

I had the opportunity to sample several of Nutrabio's products, this review is going to go in on their 100% Whey Protein Isolate:

Dosage

One scoop taken either first thing in the morning, or post-workout. As noted in a prior review of GTN's Whey Protein, I was in an alternating pattern with that product as well at this one. For example if I took the Nutrabio...
A big thanks going out to the fine folks out at Nutrabio for the hookup on their products to the TROOPs. Special thanks also for the hookup on a shaker cup and informational reading on the products they sent out, very legit.

I had the opportunity to sample several of Nutrabio's products, this review is going to go in on their 100% Whey Protein Isolate:

Dosage

One scoop taken either first thing in the morning, or post-workout. As noted in a prior review of GTN's Whey Protein, I was in an alternating pattern with that product as well at this one. For example if I took the Nutrabio whey in the morning, I would take GTN's whey post-workout and then alternate the pattern the following day.

Ingredient Profile (9.5/10)

A big bonus to Nutrabio for what is probably the most comprehensive and detailed labels in the supplement business. At 25 grams of protein per 30.53 gram scoop (for the Cookies and Cream flavor), this product comes in at nearly 82% protein per scoop, a very good ratio. The protein source is cold processed and filtered whey protein isolate, which is the best kind of whey protein one can get in my opinion. This process ensures the integrity and quality of the protein, and does not denature the product during processing. Zero grams of fat and only two carbs per serving makes this is an ideal protein for the macro-conscious consumer. This product does utilize sucralose for those concerned with the sweetner and flavoring methods used. Overall, a very high quality product that is fully transparent in its content disclosure, big ups to Nutrabio for that.

Mixture (9/10)

It really doesn't get much easier than mixing this product. I typically used a shaker cup with 8-10 ounces of water and it worked like a charm every time. However, even mixing this product with a spoon still results in a nice smooth mixture with no chunks or lumps and no undissolved powder left behind. High marks as well in this area.

Taste (7/10)

I sampled the Cookies and Cream flavor for this product, which is my favorite flavor of protein to go with. The taste while not terrible does leave a little to be desired. The flavor is light, but also a little bland in my opinion. I always mixed this with water, but perhaps mixing with milk can enhance the flavor a little bit. I don't take too much stock in the taste of a product as long as I can tolerate it. While I've certainly had better tasting proteins, this particular product is still adequate in that area.

Effectiveness (9/10)

As far as protein products go, in my opinion the quality of the protein utilized is what makes the effectiveness. With this product you're getting the best and purest kind of protein you can get, which makes supplementing your nutrition and recovery processes a breeze. The fast absorbing whey protein isolate hits you quick and you're feeding your muscles a good, quality, and complete protein. While I've started to stray a bit from using straight isolates post-workout, this is still a decent option for that application and an ideal product for a morning protein or even a pre-workout protein with its quick absorption.

Value (7/10)

The going rate for this across the board seems to be $39.99 for a 2 pound tub with 29 servings ($1.38 per serving) or $79.99 for a 5 pound tub with 74 servings ($1.08 per serving). The 5 pound tub puts this product in acceptable price per serving range for me, but when taken into account the quality of the product you are getting it increases the products value. As the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for", and this product is a perfect example of that. While you can certainly get a better deal on whey protein and even a whey isolate, quality comes with a little higher price tag but I feel that it's worth it.

Conclusion and Verdict

Nutrabio's 100% Whey Protein Isolate is a very high quality whey protein product that utilizes superior protein and production methods. It mixes super easily and absorbs quickly. The only slight drawbacks are a taste that's a little on the bland side and a higher than average price per serving. Overall though I loved this product and look forward to using it again, and I definitely recommend it if you have the cheese to spend on it. Nutrabio shows with this product they are worth their saltor in this case protein. This gets the thumbs up and Shinndigg Seal of Approval!



Overall
Overall
8.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.0
Value
Value
7.0
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to GTNĀ® Fuel Your Performance. for sending it out!
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  July 9, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • No Stomach Issues
  • Tastes Great
  • Builds Muscle
  • Not Widely Available
  • AverageBelow Average Value
Big thanks to the peeps at GTN Nutrition for the hookup on their product, and their awesome care package that included some additional samples and a shaker! Whey protein is no doubt one of the most prevalent and popular supplements out there. Many, if not most lifting enthusiasts utilize it some way, shape or form. Here's how GTN's whey protein stacked up for me:

Dosage

One scoop taken either first thing in the morning or post-workout. A note as to the overlap with Nutrabio's Whey Isolate: I used both products simultaneously, alternating each one between taking in the morning and ...
Big thanks to the peeps at GTN Nutrition for the hookup on their product, and their awesome care package that included some additional samples and a shaker! Whey protein is no doubt one of the most prevalent and popular supplements out there. Many, if not most lifting enthusiasts utilize it some way, shape or form. Here's how GTN's whey protein stacked up for me:

Dosage

One scoop taken either first thing in the morning or post-workout. A note as to the overlap with Nutrabio's Whey Isolate: I used both products simultaneously, alternating each one between taking in the morning and post-workout. For instance if I took GTN in the morning and Nutrabio post-workout one day, then the next day I would take Nutrabio in the morning and GTN post-workout and so on.

Ingredient Profile (8.5/10)

GTN's Whey Protein is a whey blend consisting of whey concentrate, whey isolate, and whey hydrolsate. Despite being mostly a concentrate, it's still at a 78% protein per scoop ratio so the quality is on the good side. 25 grams of protein per scoop, 3 carbs and 2 grams of fat totaling 130 calories per scoop. No added bells and whistles with added aminos or anything, so the concern for protein spiking is minimal. This is artificially flavored and utilizes sucralose for those who look at those aspects of a product.

Mixture (9/10)

Like with most whey proteins, this mixes rather easily and quickly. Just a few shakes in a shaker cup with about 8 to 10 ounces of water did the trick for me, no lumps or clumps and no undissolved powder.

Taste (9/10)

I sampled the Cinnamon Bun flavor for this protein, and man was it tasty. Cinnamon flavors are slowly becoming one of my favorite flavors in protein, and this was no exception. This product has a nice light and sweet taste with no lingering after effects. Very well done on flavor and taste with this,

Effectiveness (8/10)

Like you'll see with almost all of my reviews on protein, I subscribe to the theory that a protein powder is a foundation on which to build your nutrition and recovery on and not necessarily something you should rely too heavily on. This is a good quality protein that will sufficiently fill your needs for nutritional supplementation and recovery if taken post-workout. I personally prefer a blend including whey, casein, and egg proteins for a shake in the morning, but this is still a viable option for that use as well.

Value (7/10)

The least expensive place to cop this appears to be GTN's own website at $29.99 for a 28 serving tub, or roughly $1.07 per scoop. Not the best deal when it comes to a simple whey protein blend, but you can certainly do a lot worse. This product does not seem to be widely available yet, so hopefully if it catches on some deals could be in store for this.

Conclusion and Verdict

GTN's Whey Protein is a simple, yet effective whey protein blend. It mixes well, tastes awesome, and has a decent protein ratio and quality. It's a little on the pricier side when compared for average cost per serving, as there are many great deals out there for essentially the same, if not comparable products on the market to be had. However this does provide enough positives that I give it a thumbs up and Shinndigg Seal of Approval!


Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Redcon1 for sending it out!
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  June 25, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Incresed PUMPS
  • Incresed Focus
  • Increased Hydration
  • Versitile
  • Mixes Poorly
  • Gritty
Big thanks once again to the peeps at Redcon1 for the hook up on their product line to the TROOPs. One of the newer trends on the supplement scene nowadays are non-stim, pump focused pre-workouts. A two edged sword these products can be stacked with a more traditional pre-workout product, or taken as a standalone. Here was my experience with Redcon1's Big Noise:

Dosage

1 scoop taken taken 30-45 minutes before workout. Primarily stacked with Redcon1's "Total War" pre-workout, but also used as a standalone on a few days as a basis of comparison.

----Ingredient Profile (8.5/10)---...
Big thanks once again to the peeps at Redcon1 for the hook up on their product line to the TROOPs. One of the newer trends on the supplement scene nowadays are non-stim, pump focused pre-workouts. A two edged sword these products can be stacked with a more traditional pre-workout product, or taken as a standalone. Here was my experience with Redcon1's Big Noise:

Dosage

1 scoop taken taken 30-45 minutes before workout. Primarily stacked with Redcon1's "Total War" pre-workout, but also used as a standalone on a few days as a basis of comparison.

Ingredient Profile (8.5/10)

The profile on Big Noise kicks off with 3 grams of Glycerol Monostearate for hydration support, I've personally had some good experiences with Glycerol in other products and I feel it does a great job of hydrating your body and saturating your muscles. 3 grams is also a pretty healthy dose for Glycerol. Next up in the profile is 2.5 grams of Betaine, a great ingredient that provides an array of benefits that range from increasing the body's natural creatine production to liver and joint support.

This product also features 1 gram of Agmatine for pump and blood flow support, and astragalus and huperzine for focus and nootropic effect. This product covers several key factors in pre-workout supplementation that one can benefit from taking on its own, or amplify whatever traditional pre-workout product they are using.

Mixture (5/10)

The mixture for this product was rather rough in my experience. As per my usual, I mixed this product with a little more water than what the directions call for. The directions recommend 8-10 ounces of water, and I used about 12-14. Even with the extra water this product had a gritty texture and there was a decent amount of undissolved powder awaiting me at the bottom of my cup each time I drank this. This product also tended to foam up a lot as well.

I typically added a little more water when I got the bottom of my initial fill up of using this product and swirled it around to drink up the fair amount of powder that was left over. So this definitely wasn't the smoothest ride as far as mixability was concerned, and the only thing I really would have to say is a negative about this product.

Taste (7/10)

I had the Watermelon flavor in this product. I'm typically not one to make a fuss about flavors of supplements (unless we're talking GrapeI'm still traumatized from terrible Grape flavored cough syrups as a kid). This product had a very light and hardly noticeable flavor to me, and was a little on the sweet side actually much like Total War was for me. To be fair, I did water it down considerably by using almost twice the amount the directions called for. I did not experience any bad aftertastes or otherwise lingering unpleasantness after drinking this. The only thing that was unenjoyable as mentioned before was the gritty texture of this product, but that played no role in the taste.

Effectiveness (8.5/10)

As I mentioned in my review of Total War, the stack of that product and this one Big Noise was the best pre-workout experience I have ever had. Everything you expect from pre-workout supplementation is there, most notably the pumps! If you're looking for an amazing 1-2 punch from a pre-workout, I definitely recommend these two products together!

With that being said, this product still performs pretty well on its own merits. I used this on its own for 5 days as a means of getting an overall perspective of this product. The pumps are still very decent thanks to the Agmatine, and the focus is definitely there as well with the two nootropic like ingredients. Obviously being a stim free product it's not going to give you a kick in the rear to hit the gym, but it will keep you fueled and hydrated thanks to the Betaine and Glycerol. This would be a good product to implement if you are on a break from stims, but still want a little boost for your workouts.

Value (7.5/10)

The best price I could find on this was on elitenutrition.com for $33.99 for a 30 serving tub. That comes out to $1.13 per serving, which is about fair to moderate as far as pre-workout values go. I feel it's absolutely worth the price if you are planning to stack it with Redcon's Total War, so I give it a little bump in value for that. On its own it still holds a decent value as a non stim option for a pre-workout.

---Conclusion and Verdict----
Big Noise is a solid non stim option as a pre-workout, and a rock star when stacked with it's counterpart from Redcon Total War. It would make a great addition to most pre-workout products as it offers it's own unique benefits alone. This is a solid product that gets the thumbs up and the Shinndigg Seal of Approval!


Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Redcon1 for sending it out!
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  June 14, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Great Pump
  • No Proprietary Blends
  • Great Endurance
  • Great Dosages
  • Too Sweet
Big thanks to Redcon1 for providing this product up for review to the TROOPs. Pre-workouts seem to be a dime a dozen these days. It feels like new ones pop up out of nowhere almost every day. Companies need to bring their "A" game when it comes to these pre-workouts to have a product worthy of note. Let's check out how Total War stacked up for me:

Dosage

1 scoop 30-45 minutes before workout. Stacked with Redcon1's Big Noise primarily, but ran a few days on its own as a form of a control for comparison.

Ingredient Profile (8.5/10)

Right off the bat, major bonus points for...
Big thanks to Redcon1 for providing this product up for review to the TROOPs. Pre-workouts seem to be a dime a dozen these days. It feels like new ones pop up out of nowhere almost every day. Companies need to bring their "A" game when it comes to these pre-workouts to have a product worthy of note. Let's check out how Total War stacked up for me:

Dosage

1 scoop 30-45 minutes before workout. Stacked with Redcon1's Big Noise primarily, but ran a few days on its own as a form of a control for comparison.

Ingredient Profile (8.5/10)

Right off the bat, major bonus points for a fully disclosed label and no prop blends! There are a few ingredients in the profile that stand out to me, first off being the 6 grams of Citrulline Malate. A very healthy dose, and among the highest you will find on the market today. Next is 3.2 grams of Beta Alanine, which is the "Magic Number" as far as a dose of this ingredient goes. 1 gram of Agmatine Sulfate and 1 gram of Taurine, and to round it out a 250 mg dose of caffeine. The caffeine is a little on the low side for me as I prefer at or around 300 mg, but the Agmatine and Taurine are both in adequate amounts. There are a lot of potent ingredients in this profile in adequate to exceptional doses, and this product is a good option for people looking to go the creatine free route. This is a very well put together product.

Mixture (8/10)

I mixed this with a little more water than normal, the directions on this product call for 8-10 ounces of water and I used 12. This mixed up pretty well with only a small amount of undissolved powder. The foaming was moderate, but wasn't too bad.

Taste (7.5/10)

I sampled the Watermelon flavor in this product. This had a little sweeter than normal taste to me, not off-putting however it was noticeable. The sweetness also left a little bit of an aftertaste, but again not necessarily a bad thing. This was an easy product to chug before hitting the gym.

Effectiveness (8.5/10)

When I evaluate a pre-workout, I like to look at what I call the 5 points of performance: energy, strength, endurance, focus, and pumps.

Energy: This product is a little light on the caffeine as I mentioned prior. Folks who are stimulant tolerant as I am may not experience as strong of a feeling
of energy, the added Taurine does help a little though. I wasn't lethargic, but not quite to the "amped up" level. I give energy a C+.

Strength: Being a creatine free pre-workout puts this at a little disadvantage as far as strength goes in my opinion, this product is geared more towards endurance. I didn't really notice any significant increases or boosts in strength. So for this category it gets a C-.

Endurance: One of the highlights of this product is the endurance factor, the Beta Alanine and Taurine work well together to promote endurance. Beta Alanine is one of my favorite supplements, and using it in adequate doses makes a significant difference in my eyes. This product was no exception, I give this an A for endurance.

Focus: One of the greatest feelings in the world is getting that tunnel vision and that "In the zone" feeling. I didn't quite reach that level with this product, however I did notice a slightly increased feeling of focus during my run on this. Focus gets a B.

Pumps: The other category this product shines in. 6 grams of Citrulline Malate and 1 gram of Agmatine hit you with some real nice pump action. The pumps you feel with this product are great, however when you stack with Big Noisethe pumps are other worldly, no joke. The best pumps I have ever felt in my life came from stacking these two products, the kind of pumps that are almost painful. Even on its own though, the pumps are excellent and it gets an A+.

Value (7/10)

The best price I can find is on Amazon for $33.99 for a 30 serving tub, this is specifically for the Watermelon flavor. The going rate appears to be $39.99 elsewhere. At the $33.99 price it comes to $1.13 per serving, which is about middle of the pack as far as per serving price goes. With the quality ingredients you get though, this adds to this products value slightly.

Conclusion and Verdict

This product is a hard hitting pre-workout for pumps and endurance. All the other facets are there to a degree, and this is one of the best well rounded products I have used as far as pre-workouts go. I could go for a little bit more caffeine, and perhaps a version with creatine in it but overall this product gets the thumbs up and the Shinndigg Seal of Approval!



Overall
Overall
7.8
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.5
Value
Value
9.0
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Iron Addicts for sending it out!
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  June 11, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Good Value
  • Reduces Muscle Soreness
  • Improved Recovery
  • Bad Mixability
Big thanks going out to Iron Addicts for hooking up their products to the TROOPs. BCAAs are one of my favorite and most used supplements. A supplement that's beneficial at essentially any time, BCAAs in my opinion should be a staple in anyone's supplement regimen. Let's take a look at what CT Fletcher's brand of BCAAs brings to the table:

Dosage

2 scoops, sipped on before, during, and after workout.

Ingredient Profile (8/10)

For most BCAA formulas, the profile is pretty cut and dry. This particular formula goes a little bit beyond basic. Each scoop gives you 6 grams of...
Big thanks going out to Iron Addicts for hooking up their products to the TROOPs. BCAAs are one of my favorite and most used supplements. A supplement that's beneficial at essentially any time, BCAAs in my opinion should be a staple in anyone's supplement regimen. Let's take a look at what CT Fletcher's brand of BCAAs brings to the table:

Dosage

2 scoops, sipped on before, during, and after workout.

Ingredient Profile (8/10)

For most BCAA formulas, the profile is pretty cut and dry. This particular formula goes a little bit beyond basic. Each scoop gives you 6 grams of BCAAs in the traditional 2:1:1 ratio (3 grams leucine, 1.5 grams of isoleucine and valine). In addition you also get 2 grams of glutamine, which is a low dose in my opinion as 5 grams is typically the number you look for when supplementing glutamine. 1 gram of Taurine, which is an adequate dose in my opinion. The formula rounds out with 500mg of pomegranate extract for antioxidant support, and 250mg tart cherry powder for anti-inflammatory support.
I like the inclusion of the antioxidant and anti -inflammatory ingredients, this is an aspect often overlooked by many people (including myself). Not to many sports supplements include these types of ingredients, so this makes this more of a unique product than your standard BCAA product.

Mixture (6/10)

I mixed by two scoops of this product with 24-28 ounces of water. There was always some un-dissolved power and the texture overall was very chalky and powdery, especially when you got to the bottom of the cup. I always had to give this a good shake or swirl before sipping on this.

Taste (7.5/10)

I actually tried two flavors in this product since I was using two scoops at a time and wanted to give this a fair run. Fruit Punch (or Fruit F*ckin' Punch) and Watermelon (or Muthaf*ckin Watermelon). Fruit Punch tasted like the red or Fruit Punch Gatorade to me, which I enjoyed. The Watermelon flavor was decent and not too overpowering. Fruit Punch gets an 8, and Watermelon gets a 7, so I will average out the overall score for this product to a 7.5.

Effectiveness (8/10)

Where it matters most, this product is very practical and useful. Sipping on this throughout your workouts will give you all the benefits of BCAAs; Improved recovery during, decreased soreness after, peppered in with a little energy and endurance bump from the Taurine. I had a few disruptions in my normal workout flow and schedule during my run on this, but I was always able to recover in time for the next gym session while on this product. As for the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients I can't speak too much on the effects as it is not something I consciously take note of or pay attention to. Overall though, this product performed up to the standard I'd expect a good BCAA product to.

Value (8/10)

The best deal out there currently on this is a BOGOF deal at A1, this is where I purchased my additional tubs of this product at. Giving you two 30 servings tubs at $34.99, or roughly 58 cents per serving. The $34.99 price tag seems to be the average price on other retailers, so the A1 deal is hot for the taking while it's still going on. At normal price I'd rate this a lot lower for value since you'd be over a dollar per serving. However anyone interested in this I'd urge to take up on this deal while it's still active.

Conclusion and Verdict

This product was up to snuff so to speak as a BCAA product in my opinion, while it is underdosed in glutamine I still experienced decent recovery and decreased soreness during my run on it. This product also offers an aspect not found in many other sports supplements with the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support. With the great deal on A1 right now for this product, I'd say try it out if you're intrigued by it. This gets the thumbs up and the Shinndigg Seal of Approval!


Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Iron Addicts for sending it out!
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  June 4, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Great Label Design
  • Mixes Well
  • Too Expensive
Big thanks to the peeps at Iron Addicts for the hook-up on their products, including this one. I will be completely honest; I had no idea who CT Fletcher was before using this product. After some Youtube research though, I have to say I'm impressed with his story and his work ethic and demeanor. You can definitely get motivated after watching a video or two of his. Does his protein meet the intensity of his videos though? Let's take a look:

Dosage

One scoop taken primarily post-workout, taken first thing in the morning on off days.

Ingredient Profile (7.5/10)

Each 32 gr...
Big thanks to the peeps at Iron Addicts for the hook-up on their products, including this one. I will be completely honest; I had no idea who CT Fletcher was before using this product. After some Youtube research though, I have to say I'm impressed with his story and his work ethic and demeanor. You can definitely get motivated after watching a video or two of his. Does his protein meet the intensity of his videos though? Let's take a look:

Dosage

One scoop taken primarily post-workout, taken first thing in the morning on off days.

Ingredient Profile (7.5/10)

Each 32 gram scoop gives you 24 grams of protein, which 75% protein per scoop. A pretty solid ratio, and about the minimum you would want in a protein powder. The protein is a blend of whey protein concentrate and whey protein hydrolysate. I know a lot of people may knock a protein that is mostly concentrate, however I feel that concentrate can offer some benefits. Concentrates tend to hold more intact major subfractions of whey protein than with isolates or hydrolysates, unless they are cold pressed. The calorie counts are usually a little higher with concentrates; however with this you're at 130 calories per scoop with 2.5 grams of fat and 3 carbs. This may not be ideal for those who are very strict on their macros, but for the average gym bro or gentleman this product is set up nicely with faster absorbing hydrolysate and moderate absorbing concentrate.

Mixture (9/10)

A few shakes in a shaker cup and you are set to go. A nice and smooth texture that you'd expect from a whey protein with no chunks and minimal residue left behind when you finish. I was very pleased with how this product mixed up and it's texture.

Taste (8/10)

The flavor I received was name "Crenshaw Chocolate", a clever name for sure. This is your standard chocolate flavored protein though, it won't blow your taste buds away but it won't disgust you either. It's comparable to a chocolate protein from any other major brand (ON, Dymatize, Muscle Pharm, ect.), so for those of you like me that don't like to stray into exotic flavors, this product is safe for your consumption.

Effectiveness (8/10)

In my opinion, a protein powder is meant to be a foundation on which to build your nutrition and recovery on. With this product you're getting a protein that while a little heavier in other macros compared to what an isolate gives you, provides whole proteins and its full range of aminos and subfractions. You also get some faster absorbing protein to help your recovery and protein synthesis kick into action. I always felt satisfied chugging this after a workout. The artwork on the bottle is pretty awesome too; it looks nice sitting on top of your fridge or counter. It will definitely get your friends asking, "What's that?"

Value (6/10)

The going rate for this appears to be $39.99 on multiple outlets (illpumpyouup, A1, Muscle and Strength). This price is for a 28 serving tub, which comes out to $1.42 per serving. That's pretty high for a regular protein powder in my view. I realize hydro-whey costs a little bit more, but this is still a pretty steep price tag to me. A1 currently has a promotion where you get a free shake cup with your order, so if you insist on trying this you can at least get a freebie out of it too. There are comparable options at a much more reasonable price in my opinion though.

Conclusion and Verdict

This is essentially your typical whey protein blend, no fancy bells and whistles. If you can grab this on a sale I'd say it's worth trying, but otherwise there are far better deals out there for the same product pretty much. So while this looks cool, and is the official protein of a certified boss like CT Fletcher this product gets the "meh" rating.



Overall
Overall
8.5
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
9.0
Value
Value
7.0
  May 18, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Improves Recovery
  • Hydrates
  • Mixes Well
  • Slightly Expensive
I've been fortunate enough to get to try out several of Redcon1's products via the TROOP, this one however I opened up the wallet and spent my own greenbacks on to try out. BCAAs are one of my cornerstone supplements, and probably the supplement I use the most. One of the positives about BCAAs is you can take them pretty much any time and they are beneficial. Here's my breakdown on Breach:

Dosing

2 scoop mixed with Redcon1's Cluster Bomb and taken as a peri/intra-workout drink. Better known as the "Gym 40".

Ingredient Profile (8/10)

A fairly simple formula with a few twi...
I've been fortunate enough to get to try out several of Redcon1's products via the TROOP, this one however I opened up the wallet and spent my own greenbacks on to try out. BCAAs are one of my cornerstone supplements, and probably the supplement I use the most. One of the positives about BCAAs is you can take them pretty much any time and they are beneficial. Here's my breakdown on Breach:

Dosing

2 scoop mixed with Redcon1's Cluster Bomb and taken as a peri/intra-workout drink. Better known as the "Gym 40".

Ingredient Profile (8/10)

A fairly simple formula with a few twists in this product, but sometimes simple is effective. Fully disclosed product label, so bonus points for that. This profile starts off with 5 grams of BCAAs per scoop in the traditional 2:1:1 ratio; 2.5 grams Leucine, and 1.25 grams of Isoleucine and Valine. 1 gram each of Coconut Water Powder and Glycerol for hydration support, 1 gram of Taurine for endurance support and a 400mg electrolyte complex of 240mg of potassium and 160mg of sodium.

I like the simplified approach to this product with the emphasis on hydration; this makes it an ideal intra-workout product.

Mixture (8/10)

As noted above I used this along with Redcon1's Cluster Bomb HBCD carbohydrate product. I mixed them both together with 40 ounces of water in my creation I dubbed the "Gym 40", which was nearly twice the amount of water called for the two products together. Since BCAAs tend to be a more fine powder that dissolves quickly the grit in my concoction I attributed to the HBCDs I was using with this, and I used this on its own a few times as well and it mixed just fine.

Taste (7/10)

I got the Strawberry Kiwi flavor in this product to coincide with the same flavor I got in the Cluster Bomb. Taste overall was decent, but not great. No terrible surprises or lingering aftertastes and the flavoring is mild and not overpowering.

Effectiveness (9/10)

This performed up to par with what a good BCAA should do for you when utilizing as an intra-workout. Improved recovery time and reduced rest breaks during workouts. I was pumping out workouts at or around the 2 hour mark during the course of my use with this product, and I experienced some excellent recovery periods. Definitely felt well hydrated as I was never really thirsty during my workouts, and made adequate stops at the urinal. I rarely ever went over the minute mark for rest breaks. On its own, it's great as a drink to sip on throughout your workout. Combined with Cluster Bomb this made for a superb peri/intra workout mix.

Value (7/10)

When I bought this, it was on a BOGOF at A1. But that deal has evidently come and passed. So the cheapest spot to nab this looks like Tiger Fitness at $32.49 for 30 servings, or $1.08 per serving. A decent price considering all you get, but perhaps slightly on the high side for a BCAA product.

Conclusion and Verdict

This is a legit and solid BCAA product either on it's own or stacked with HBCD or other carb energy source. Provides excellent recovery and hydration, and is easy to mix and drink. This gets a solid thumbs up and Shinndigg Seal of Approval!




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