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Reviews by stregs




Overall
Overall
7.3
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
6.6
Value
Value
8.0
  November 7, 2018

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Transparently Dosed
  • Good Taste
  • Clinically Dosed
  • Fully Disclosed
  • Clinically Effective Dosages
  • Lack Of Energy
  • Lack Of Focus
  • Pressure Buildup From Mixing

Quick Summary

One of the top SR rated Pre-workouts, Nutrex Outlift had me disappointed and hoping for more.

Introduction

I haven't reviewed on SR in awhile, but I always come to this site when I'm looking for my next supplement, especially with Preworkouts. I workout 4-5 times a week, always after work on weekdays or midday on the weekend. I take my fitness seriously, and use this site to scope out the best supplements for my needs.

I was quite intrigued by this preworkout because of the high ranking and positive reviews on this site, combined with it's fully disclosed an...

Quick Summary

One of the top SR rated Pre-workouts, Nutrex Outlift had me disappointed and hoping for more.

Introduction

I haven't reviewed on SR in awhile, but I always come to this site when I'm looking for my next supplement, especially with Preworkouts. I workout 4-5 times a week, always after work on weekdays or midday on the weekend. I take my fitness seriously, and use this site to scope out the best supplements for my needs.

I was quite intrigued by this preworkout because of the high ranking and positive reviews on this site, combined with it's fully disclosed and good ingredient profile. When I found a reasonable price on Amazon with free Prime shipping, I was sold. My previous 2 pre-workouts, Redcon1 Total War and Death Punch from Hard Iron Labs, were also found using the same criteria.

Ingredient Profile

I was really happy overall with this ingredient profile. It had all your basics clinically dosed and had no proprietary blends. I recognized every ingredient and was pleased with what they were offering.

Citrulline Malate (2:1) 8g
This is one of your staple ingredients, and I'm pleased to see it at 8g. The effects of Citrulline malate are well known, and supplementation has been shown to improve blood flow, helping with reduced fatigue and improved endurance. The clinically recommended dose is 6-8g for sports performance, so Nutrex is spot on with their dosage here.

Beta Alanine 3.2g
Another staple, beta alanine has been shown to improve muscular endurance and offer protection from lactic acid production caused by exercise. The clinical recommended does is 2-5g.

Creapure Creatine Monohydrate- 3g
Creapure is pharmaceutical grade, extremely pure Creatine Monohydrate, so you're getting no fluff here. Now Creatine is one of the most widely researched supplements and has been shown to increase muscular performance. Most people supplement this on their own, myself included, but having a few grams can only help.

Branched Chain Amino Acids (6g)
L-Leucine (3g)
L-Isoleucine (1.5g)
L-Valine (1.5g)

6g of BCAAs in the recommended 2:1:1 is always good to see. For people with low dietary protein intake, BCAAs can promote muscle protein synthesis and increase muscle growth over time. It can also be used to prevent fatigue in novice athletes.

Caffeine Anhydrous (350mg)
A very healthy dosing of caffeine which I love to see. I think 250-350mg is a good sweet spot for a stimulant.

Taurine (2g)
Taurine has been shown to increase blood flow and an effective dose is 500mg-2000mg, so a good solid dosing here.

N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (150mg)
Tyrosine has been shown to effectively improve cognition during exercise. An effective does is between 500-2000mg. This is one ingredient Nutrex underdosed on.

BioPerine- 5mg
BioPerine helps with drug and nutrient absorption in the body which improves the effectiveness of key ingredients.

Taste/Mixability/Dosing

I got the Miami Vice flavor, which I liked. It's comparable to a passion fruit type flavor I'd say. Mixing was easy but this stuff does settle if you don't drink it right away. Not that big of a deal but you can see the separation. Also, as others have mentioned this builds up quite a bit of pressure when you first mix it. You can see the bubbles and foam at the top and it's best to just open up the top of your shaker to let the pressure out before sipping it. I stuck with 1 full scoop the entire time.

Effectiveness

This is where I felt this product was a letdown for me. I had been off of preworkout for 3 weeks before starting this product. I was expecting a big slap in the face on my first scoop back and got next to nothing. Not really any tingles or cognition focus. As I said, I've used Total War and Death Punch before trying this product and those were a lot more effective. I even upped the dosage to 1.25-1.5 scoops and still didn't feel much. I do think the pump was there, but as a stimulant I think this was a let down. It really didn't get me going that much.

Value

This is currently on Amazon for 44.99 for 30 servings with prime shipping. At the time I bought it there was a 20% off coupon bringing my price to $35.99, which I think is fantastic for a 30 serving tub. Even at the $44.99 price. you're still getting good (not great) value at $1.5/serving. As a fully dosed supplement, I still think that is solid. Add in the fact that this qualifies for prime shipping, you really come out ahead as other sites will be about $5 and several business days for the product to ship and get to you.

Side Effects

I had no side effects. I usually drink about 2 cups of coffee during the day, and I supplement Creatine on my own as well. No upset stomach or anything. The foam at the top could possibly make you burp if you ingest a lot of air while downing this but for me I had no problems.

Conclusion

Overall, this was a decent preworkout but I will be looking elsewhere. I've bounced around a few different products that I know this one just wasn't for me. I was a little disappointed as I had very high hopes after reading all the positive reviews. Perhaps it's just missing one or two ingredients that I don't know of, but I like to see a bit more of a pick me up in my pre workout and I just didn't get that from this.



Overall
Overall
8.0
Effectiveness
Effectiveness
8.0
Value
Value
8.2
  March 4, 2016

 Pros:
 Cons:
  • Builds Muscle
  • Good Value
  • Quality Product
  • Strength Increase

    Introduction

    I got a 2.2lb (1000g) tub of this from a friend a while back. I'd never used a pure Creatine supplement before this, but had always been interested in incorporating it into my routine. I had used a preworkout and a post workout protein blend that both had some Creatine in them, but this was my first pure Creatine supplement.

    Ingredient Profile

    10
    1 serving size: 5g of 100% Micronized Creatine Monohydrate (Creapure)

    Creapure is a form of Creatine Monohydrate that is considered to be the purest and finest quality of Creatine Monohydrate on the market today. So ...

    Introduction

    I got a 2.2lb (1000g) tub of this from a friend a while back. I'd never used a pure Creatine supplement before this, but had always been interested in incorporating it into my routine. I had used a preworkout and a post workout protein blend that both had some Creatine in them, but this was my first pure Creatine supplement.

    Ingredient Profile

    10
    1 serving size: 5g of 100% Micronized Creatine Monohydrate (Creapure)

    Creapure is a form of Creatine Monohydrate that is considered to be the purest and finest quality of Creatine Monohydrate on the market today. So seeing that is very good.

    Micronized means that the creatine molecules have been divided or cut up, helping to increase surface area and therefore absorbtion compared to regular creatine monohydrate, leading to better possible results.

    No other fillers, just good, plain old Creatine Monohydrate.

    Taste/Mixability/Dosing

    There wasn't any foul taste with using this product. It didn't really taste like anything. I often would mix this with just water post workout in a cup and use a spoon to stir. This method for mixing wasn't too effective. After mixing it fast with the spoon I would have to drink it quick otherwise it would settle down at the bottom. I found it mixed much better in a shaker bottle. It was hard to tell how it mixed when I combined it with milk or protein powder, but I didn't see any at the bottom of the cup so I took that as a good sign.

    For dosing, I stuck to one serving of 5g a day. I didn't do a loading phase, and frankly, I found that some people think that a loading phase isn't necessary anymore. I was also worried about retaining water weight too, and being that this was my first time using creatine, I just decided to stick to 5g a day. Occasionally I missed a day, and sometimes I wouldn't use it on rest days from the gym. I also did not cycle this supplement, and continued with 5g a day.

    ----Effectiveness--
    I had decent results from using this. I do believe it aided in my strength gains in the gym and helped out with my recovery. It wasn't an enormous impact, but a solid one and I am positive it helped me with my strength gains. It's hard to tell whether not doing a loading phase and cycling impacted the effectiveness of this product for me as I didn't try that out. As I said, I only stuck to 5g a day. I did not have any weight gains from increased water retention. I used this product for several months and did not gain any weight while taking it, however my strength and the amount of weight I could lift did go up. I also did not notice any decrease or noticeable difference on days when I missed a dosing or went several days without taking a dosing.

    Value

    As I said, I got a 2.2 lb (1000g) tub from a friend. The bigger size you get, the better value you will get. Online, the cheapest available for a 2.2 lb (1000g) tub is at AllStarHealth for $19.39. However, that does not include the $5.95 shipping cost. Amazon also sells this for $23.75 and that is with Prime shipping.

    For the amount of servings you get in a tub of that size, this is a great value and will last you several months.

    Side Effects

    None

    Conclusion

    This is a great Creatine Monohydrate product as it is Micronized and uses Creapure. It's extremely pure and is a very good value. I had decent results and would buy this product again. There are several different types of creatine available, with many involving a molecule being attached to the creatine to help with absorbtion. Whether it helps or not, it will be much more expensive compared to Creatine Monohydrate. Being that this was my first pure creatine supplement, I do not know how this product compares to other similar or different creatine products. I enjoyed the results I got from this product and found the value to be worth it. I recommend this product for someone looking for a solid creatine supplement.


      February 26, 2016

     Pros:
     Cons:
    • Builds Muscle
    • Tastes Great
    • Good For Bulking Or For Meal Replacements
    • Awesome With Milk!

      Introduction

      (About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
      I found out about SR from an online search a while ago when I was trying to find an unbiased, reliable website with reviews on different supplements so I could pick the right supplement for me. I am writing this review because I am a frequent lurker on this website, yet have never contributed, and would like to share my knowledge and experiences with others on here and help the SR community grow! My current fitness goals are to put on lean muscle mass and get stronger. Not really focusing on a bulk, but would like to see the scal...

      Introduction

      (About yourself, 1-3 sentences maximum)
      I found out about SR from an online search a while ago when I was trying to find an unbiased, reliable website with reviews on different supplements so I could pick the right supplement for me. I am writing this review because I am a frequent lurker on this website, yet have never contributed, and would like to share my knowledge and experiences with others on here and help the SR community grow! My current fitness goals are to put on lean muscle mass and get stronger. Not really focusing on a bulk, but would like to see the scale go up some as my lifts go up. I plan on reviewing other protein powders, preworkouts, a creatine supp I'm currently taking, protein bars, and a multivitamin.

      Ingredient Profile

      Serving size: 1 scoop (35g)
      Calories: 150
      Total Fat: 6g
      Saturated Fat: 2g
      Total carbs: 9g
      Sugars: 2g
      Protein: 16g

      The protein blend they use is listed under the ingredients as : Protein Blend (Calcium Sodium Caseinate, Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Lactoferrin, L-Glutamine, Taurine).

      For what you're paying for, I think this is a solid blend. 16g of protein and 15g of carbs+fat. It's a protein blend, and I would say that they cover that with what they have listed and the macro distribution.

      Taste

      I had the chocolate flavor of Muscle Milk. I really liked this flavor. It absolutely tastes like chocolate, and when added to milk, I think I'm drinking chocolate milk! It's still great with water as well. No complaints with this category.

      Mixability

      The mixability of the Muscle Milk is questionable. If you add it to water or milk in a cup and try using a spoon to mix it, you're gonna have big clumps and it won't completely mix. HOWEVER, because I really loved the chocolate taste, I didn't mind the clumping that much because it still tasted great! If you use a blender or shaker bottle, it mixes totally fine and there isn't clumping. So it just matters on how you prefer to mix it.

      Dosing

      I used Muscle Milk at different times of days in different amounts depending on several things. I largely used it not only as a post workout protein shake, but also as an additive to my milk or water at meals to help boost my calorie count. So sometimes I would go with 2 scoops post workout, or just 1 scoop to my morning cup of milk in the morning to give me an extra 150 calories. One thing I would caution is that it can be a bit heavy, especially when added to milk. I usually have a tendency to drink it really fast because I love the taste, but if I do that with 2 scoops I feel a little bloated. Better to just not chug it all at once in my opinion.

      Effectiveness

      I thought the Muscle Milk was pretty effective. I think this category is a bit hard to rate since it's hard to tell how much the protein helped in your recovery and muscle building, but I used this as post workout shake and as a supplement for extra calories at meals and put on 70lbs of weight total to my big three (bench, squat, deadlift) so I think it was pretty effective. Again, not sure if I think that's due to the supplement or just the type of program I was following in the gym. As a blend, it acts as it is advertised and seemed to fit my needs.

      Value

      Muscle Milk can be bought at a great value, more so when you buy larger tubs. A 5lb tub can be bought for around $39, which I think is a great value for a protein blend.

      Side Effects

      I had slight bloating when consuming 2 scoops very fast.

      Conclusion

      Overall, I think Muscle Milk is a good buy at a great value. It's a protein blend that is very versatile and can be used not only as a post workout shake but also as an added supplement at meals to help you get your macros or give you more calories. The chocolate flavor is extremely tasty and I would buy this product again.




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