USPlabs Jack3d Review

May 10, 2012

USP Labs Jack3d (Jacked) is one of, if not the best selling pre-workout powder of all time. There is a reason – it’s powerful!

Ingredient Highlights With only six active ingredients, the small serving size of 5.5g delivers quite a punch. AAKG is included for NO production, creatine for strength and cell volumising effects, beta-alanine for increased muscle performance and recovery, caffeine and DMAA for an energy stimulation, and schizandrol for its mood enhancing effects.

Taste & Mixability Jack3d keeps coming out in new flavours, it’s tough to keep track! Grape bubblegum tastes great, as does lemon lime, and the tiny scoop dissolves in 300ml of water with no issues.

Strength This stuff is powerful! The combination of caffeine, DMAA and schizandrol makes each dose a very strong one. Most people can use one scoop for a while until they build up a tolerance. The warning to never take more than 3 scoops in a 24 hour period should be followed!

Value One of the cheapest pre-workouts available on the market, Jacked provides 45 potent scoops per tub, which is enough for 45 workouts for most people. That works out to be less than $1/scoop at Protein King’s price!

Final Word A powerful, well-priced and simple product, USPlabs Jack3d will help you power through your workouts.

Yours in Health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken as a replacement for advice from a qualified healthcare professional. Prices are subject to change.


Muscletech Hydroxystim Review

May 8, 2012

Muscletech Hydroxystim is a super-concentrated thermogenic product, utilising just a few key ingredients to assist your weight-loss and energy boosting needs.

Ingredient Highlights

  • Caffeine – a staple of all fat burners and pre workouts, caffeine is one of the most clinically-supported ingredients on the market. Muscletech Hydroxystim contains 100mg of caffeine per capsule, approximately equivalent to a cup of coffee.
  • Bacopa – a fairly rare ingredient in fat burning and energy products, this ingredient has several studies backing its’ ability to improve cognitive function, memory retention and focus.

Strength With 100mg of caffeine and 176mg of geranium per capsule, Muscletech Hydroxystim is an extremely potent product. It can be taken pre-workout for an energy boost, or anytime before cardio for increased fat-loss. The full serving size is 3 capsules, which should give anyone a big kick.

Value Available in 18, 110 and 200 capsules per bottle, there is a size that suits anyone’s budget. At the recommended dosage of one pill per day, the larger size will last longer than six months. Protein King heavily discounts their Muscletech Hydroxystim!

Final Word A no-nonsense fat burner and energy booster, with minimal ingredients providing maximal strength, Muscletech Hydroxystim is a good addition to anyone’s supplement arsenal.

Yours in Health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken as a replacement for advice from a qualified healthcare professional. Prices are subject to change.


Musclepharm Assault Review

May 3, 2012

Quickly becoming one of the most sought after brands in the supplement world, MusclePharm has stuck with the ‘full dosage’ pre-workout powder, with their best selling Assault.

Ingredient Highlights

  • Anti-Fatigue Blend – with beta-alanine and citrulline malate
  • Strength Domination & Recovery Matrix – containing creatine monohydrate and Con-Cret
  • High Performance & Energy Blend – containing taurine, caffeine, l-tyrosine and white tea leaf powder

Taste & Mixability Musclepharm Assault is available in five fruit-based flavours. All are quite sweet (depending on how much water is used), and mix really well. Orange mango is really tasty!

Strength At the serving size of 23g, you should definitely feel MP Assault working. With so many ingredients though, you are probably better off going for the full serve of 46g to get the maximum benefit from the range of ingredients.

Value There are 32 x 23g servings in each tub of Muscle Pharm Assault, which is enough for more than a month. Even at double the serving size, it should last a few weeks, and at just $49.95 at Protein King, MusclePharm Assault delivers a host of benefits at a great price.

Final Word One of the better ingredient lists of any pre workout on the market is contained in MusclePharm Assault. Being ‘banned substance free’, it is safe for all competing athletes to use, and is sure to boost energy levels, enhance recovery, delay fatigue and assist lean muscle growth.

Yours in Health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken as a replacement for advice from a qualified healthcare professional. Prices are subject to change.


Gaspari SuperPump MAX Review

April 26, 2012

With the recent emphasis on concentrated pre-workout powders, it is encouraging to see a new product counter the trend and release a fully dosed supplement. Gaspari’s new SuperPump MAX claims to be the ‘concentrate killer’; instead of relying on stimulants such as high caffeine or DMAA doses, supplying full clinical doses of key ingredients such as Leucine and L-Citrulline.

Ingredient Highlights

  • Branch  Chain mTOR Stimulation Blend – although the exact ratios of the three BCAA’s are unknown, 2g of Leucine per scoop of MAX is an important benefit of this product that the concentrated powders cannot include in their products. At the full dosage of 3 scoops, MAX will provide almost as many BCAA’s as many standalone amino acid supplements.
  • Nitric OxiENDURANCE Complex – the combination of L-Citrulline (rather than arginine) and Carnipure will promote strong levels of Nitric Oxide production
  • PhosphoDRIVE Signalling Complex – combining Creatine Monohydrate with Magnesium-Creatine Chelate promotes better performance than creatine alone and increases muscle cell hydration

Taste and Mixability
With eight flavours to choose from, there is something for everyone. We liked Pink Lemonade best. At only 16g per scoop, the powder dissolves easily into 300ml of water.

Strength
At the minimum dose of one scoop, SuperPump MAX might not give you the jitters like a concentrated product would. At the full three scoops, you are getting a good amount of caffeine, and unless you have a super high caffeine tolerance, you will be feeling it. Even at the lowest dose, you are getting good amounts of key ingredients.

Value
One tub of SuperPump MAX has 40 x 16g scoops, which will power 40 workouts at the recommended serving size. At three scoops per serve, you are getting around 13 workouts out of the tub. Most people will use one-two scoops per workout which should last at least a month. At Protein King’s price of $49.95, it is great value.

Final Word
The ingredients in SuperPump MAX suggest you will not only have a great workout, but you’ll get the further benefits of delayed muscle soreness, faster recovery and higher strength levels that they provide. Could this be the ‘concentrate killer’ it claims to be? We think so.

Yours in Health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken instead of advice from a qualified healthcare professional.