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Overall
7.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
7.5
Value
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6.0
Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to UXO Supplements for sending it out!
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  October 19, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • 7 Sources Of Protein
  • Builds Muscle
  • Tastes Good
  • Mixes Easily
  • Not Widely Available
  • Too Expensive
  • Low Protein Ratio
  • Higher Carbs And Calories
Special thanks to UXO Supplements for the hook up on this product. One of the newer revelations in post workout supplementation is that a protein blend is more beneficial for you after your workout than an isolate, contrary to the popular narrative and conventional wisdom that was. So a good quality protein blend becomes more of a necessity than just something to take in-between meals or before bed time. Here's a look at how UXO's protein blend product stacks up:

Dosage

Two scoops (one serving) taken after workout.

Ingredient Profile (7.5/10)

UXO's protein blend consists...
Special thanks to UXO Supplements for the hook up on this product. One of the newer revelations in post workout supplementation is that a protein blend is more beneficial for you after your workout than an isolate, contrary to the popular narrative and conventional wisdom that was. So a good quality protein blend becomes more of a necessity than just something to take in-between meals or before bed time. Here's a look at how UXO's protein blend product stacks up:

Dosage

Two scoops (one serving) taken after workout.

Ingredient Profile (7.5/10)

UXO's protein blend consists of 7 different types of protein sources: whey concentrate, whey isolate, milk protein isolate, calcium caseinate, micellar casein, egg whites, and whey hydrosate. A wide array of sources all with variable absorption rates to keep a constant flow of protein being delivered. It's pretty hard to beat the formula as far as a blend goes, the only thing I'd like to see is how much of each protein source we are getting.

Overall you get 24 grams of protein per 44 gram two scoop serving, so you're at a 55% protein ratio which is a little low on the spectrum even for being a blend. 180 calories, 6 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbs, with 4 coming from sugar and 5 as fiber. The carb and calorie conscious consumer or contest prepper will probably not care for this nutritional layout, but for the average Joe like me, it's just fine.

Mixture (9/10)

Despite being a diverse blend, I did not run into any issues with mixing. Your standard few good shakes in a shaker and you were good to go. I used 12 ounces of water with my two scoops and it was nice and smooth and went down easy.

Taste (8/10)

This was an interesting flavor for me as I got the Frozen Cappuccino flavor, something I've never tried before. I was pretty impressed with its flavor and it gave off a nice aroma as well each time I popped off the lid. Since I'm a man and have never had a real Cappuccino I don't know if it tastes like the genuine item, but I imagine it's pretty close based off of its smell.

Effectiveness (7.5/10)

I've said it a million times, but here is a million and one: To me, a protein powder is a foundation on which to build your recovery and nutrition off of. With that, I feel this is a decent product. As I said before it's a little low on the protein ratio spectrum so I do mark down a little for that. I'm not so concerned with the added calories and macros associated with this product, but I do see where that could be a point of contention for some. Overall this product provides a blend of good protein sources, and a healthy dose of fiber so it still manages a respectable score as far as effectiveness goes.

Value (6/10)

As of right now, it looks like the only place to cop this is UXO's own website at $44.99 for 30 servings, or about $1.50 per serving. The price tag is a little high for something that isn't particularly special, so while I did like this product it's availability and price make it something I wouldn't want to go out and purchase as there are equal or greater products at more competitive prices. There is a 20% sale on the website currently, and it looks like you also get a free tub of creatine along with it, so at this sale price and deal I will say that is the exception.

Conclusion and Verdict

UXO's 7 Blend is a diverse protein blend using good protein sources. Although a little low in protein ratio and high in calorie and carbs I still liked it. It's mixes well and tastes good, but the price tag and limited availability ultimately make this a product that I would simply give the "meh" rating to with the caveat that it is not a bad product.


Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to UXO Supplements for sending it out!
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  September 17, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Improved Recovery
  • Mixes Well
  • Not Widely Available
  • Underdosed Glutamine
Thanks to the peeps out at UXO Supplements for providing this and several other products to the TROOPs. You've seen it and read it a million times on this site (and I'm probably responsible for a least a quarter million of those references) that BCAAs are a vital and cornerstone supplement to use. With a seemingly Library of Congress sized amount of documented research on these three essential amino acids, there is no denying the benefit of utilizing these in your supplement/nutritional regimen. With that, here's the breakdown on BCAA Blast:

Dosage

1 to 2 scoops taken peri-workout...
Thanks to the peeps out at UXO Supplements for providing this and several other products to the TROOPs. You've seen it and read it a million times on this site (and I'm probably responsible for a least a quarter million of those references) that BCAAs are a vital and cornerstone supplement to use. With a seemingly Library of Congress sized amount of documented research on these three essential amino acids, there is no denying the benefit of utilizing these in your supplement/nutritional regimen. With that, here's the breakdown on BCAA Blast:

Dosage

1 to 2 scoops taken peri-workout. I mostly took 2 scoops since UXO accidently sent me 2 containers of this but told me to keep them both to review, and I usually like to double up on my BCAAs.

Ingredient Profile (8/10)

No reinventing of the wheel here, this is a BCAA formula in the traditional 2:1:1 ratio providing 6 total grams of BCAA which is slightly above the "standard" 5 grams. Added into the mix is 1.5 grams of Glutamine, which is an underdose in my opinion since I'd rather like to see the dosage more at 5 grams for any real benefit. With this product you also get a electrolyte complex with Potassium and Sodium, as well as a 2.5 mg dose of B6. Apart from the underdose on Glutamine, BCAA Blast has a good profile and even some added goodies that you would want in a BCAA product.

Mixture (9/10)

No problems at all in this area. I would usually mix two scoops in 1 liter of water and I had zero issues with mixture or undissolved powder. A few solid shakes and I was set.

Taste (6/10)

Here's a situation where I should have read the fine print I suppose. I was sent grape flavor, which I absolutely despise. So while it was nearly impossible to keep an open mind, I will say it tasted no better or no worse than any other grape flavor I have ever encountered. Those of you who have dysfunctional taste buds and actually enjoy a grape flavoring should enjoy this and have no problems with it. I would give it a zero for taste just based off of it being grape, however since I must remain "fair and objective" I will rate it at a 6 and call it even.

Effectiveness (9/10)

BCAA are what I like to call a "behind the scenes" supplement. You won't get that gratification of a pump, euphoric feeling of focus or body tingles. You will however get essential building blocks for recovery and muscle growth. As with most adequately dosed BCAA products I felt a decrease in soreness following my workouts. The electrolytes and B6 are a nice addition to have while you're sipping on this during your workouts, to keep you feeling hydrated and to keep you going with a little kick. BCAA products are like pizza, it's hard to screw them up and even if you dothey're still alright.

Value (7/10)

As of writing this it looks like the only spot to grab this from right now is UXO's own website for $29.99 for a 33 serving tub, which comes out to 91 cents per serving. This price per serving is a little on the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to BCAA products. You do get a little bit of an added value with the glutamine, electrolytes, and B6 since this isn't your "basic" BCAA formula. Hopefully if this becomes more widely available the price can level out a little bit.

Conclusion and Verdict

BCAA Blast is a complete BCAA product providing a healthy dose of BCAAs in the appropriate ratio, and even throws in a few extra along with it. While the Glutamine is underdosed in my opinion, everything else is solid about this product from the mixing, taste (if you're into grapebleh), and effectiveness. Though a little bit on the pricier side, it is an effective product. This gets the thumbs up and Shinndigg Seal of Approval!


Full-Container Received through SR TROOPs.
Thanks to Outbreak Nutrition for sending it out!
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  September 1, 2017

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Increased Energy
  • Good Pumps
  • Good Focus
  • Supports Endurance
    Thanks to the peeps out at Outbreak Nutrition for providing this product up for review to the TROOPs. You can't throw a rock out the proverbial supplement market window these days without hitting a "new cutting edge pre-workout". It seems as though every established company and companies that come out of the woodwork hit you with "the next great thing" in pre-workouts. So to stick out from the crowd you have to bring more than hype. Here's what "Pathogen" from Outbreak Nutrition brought to the table.

    Dosage

    1 scoop 30-45 minutes before workout.

    ----Ingredient Profile (8.5/10)---...
    Thanks to the peeps out at Outbreak Nutrition for providing this product up for review to the TROOPs. You can't throw a rock out the proverbial supplement market window these days without hitting a "new cutting edge pre-workout". It seems as though every established company and companies that come out of the woodwork hit you with "the next great thing" in pre-workouts. So to stick out from the crowd you have to bring more than hype. Here's what "Pathogen" from Outbreak Nutrition brought to the table.

    Dosage

    1 scoop 30-45 minutes before workout.

    Ingredient Profile (8.5/10)

    First things first, this product has full ingredient disclosure with no proprietary blends. Hopefully this will become the standard someday for supplements, but for now any company that goes full disclosure on their product ingredients has my respect in that regard. The formula is pretty good as well when you take a look at it.

    First off you'll get 5 grams of Citrulline Malate per scoop, which is a decent amount for this ingredient. If you're really picky, like I am, than you'd like to see more in the 6 to 8 grams per scoop range for Citrulline Malate. Nevertheless though still a decent dosage. Next up is 3.2 grams of Beta Alanine, which is the "magic number" when it comes to Beta Alanine as that has been proven to be the clinically effective dosage. Next up is 1 gram of Agmatine Sulfate, which is my preferred dosage of this ingredient and definitely a hearty amount. This product features 350mg of caffeine which will make even the most tolerant stim junkies feel at least feel a bump, and a few nootropic ingredients with choline, theobromine, and Juglans Regia.

    Overall this product has a solid formula that doesn't really cut in corners with the ingredients it uses. This is also creatine free for those that want to take a break or supplement their creatine elsewhere.

    Mixture (9/10)

    A simple mixing product, a few shakes in a shaker cup and you are all good to go. One of the best mixing pre-workouts I have ever used in terms of no left over and undissolved powder.

    Taste (8/10)

    I got to sample the "Double Barrel Berry" flavor, which appeared to be a blue raspberry flavor with a twist. It did not taste like any other blue raspberry flavor I have ever tried and was actually pretty enjoyable. This was a little tart tasting, but that's right up my alley. A good flavor to try for anyone interested in this product.

    Effectiveness (8.5/10)

    Now to what really matters, does this product work? As I do with any pre-workout I evaluate now, I grade it from the 5 points of performance I feel are most vital in a pre-workout: energy, strength, endurance, focus, and pumps.

    Energy: 350mg of caffeine is enough to give just about anyone with a pulse a little jolt of energy. I am highly conditioned with stimulants and pre-workouts and I still managed to experience a nice boost of energy after taking this before the gym. Those less tolerant in stims should definitely feel this. Energy gets an A-.

    Strength: Being a creatine free pre-workout, you will not experience much as far as strength boosts over the course of taking this product. Creatine free pre-workouts definitely have solidified their niche in the supplement world, but will not do much as far as assisting in increasing strength above what you would be able to do under normal circumstances. So strength category gets a D-.

    Endurance: You will feel the tingles with this for sure, I definitely did! A clinical dose of Beta Alanine provides you the aid you need in endurance. I was able to knock out those crucial last few reps in a set each time and was able to keep coming back for more. Endurance gets an A.

    Focus: The plethora of nootropic ingredients serves well in providing a calm and focused feeling. Nothing out of this worldly or tunnel vision like, but a noticeable increase in focus. I did not feel the jitters or the spaz out like feeling you can get when you intake a bunch of caffeine or stims, so focus gets a B+.

    Pumps: 5 grams of Citrulline Malate is a decent sized dose, and provides good pumps. Add in 1 gram of Agmatine and you have a good formula to get the blood pumping and veins popping. Pumps also gets a B+.

    Overall, this product excels in many facets of what I consider vital in a pre-workout and is a strong and effective product.

    Value (8/10)

    The best place to find this at appears to be A1 at $34.99 for 28 servings, or $1.25 per serving. Perhaps slightly high in price, but a fair value when you factor in that you are getting clinical or adequate doses of most of the ingredients.

    Conclusion and Verdict

    Pathogen is a solid pre-workout product that will hit you with great, energy, pumps, focus and provide solid endurance support. It's got clinical or adequate doses of all effective ingredients, is a viable creatine free option, and is fairly priced. Also mixes and tastes well. I give this product a big thumbs up and the Shinndigg Seal of Approval!



    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!
    (Show run details )
      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!




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