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.

Advertisements

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.


Advanced Fat Loss Techniques

May 2, 2012

Advanced Fat Loss Techniques

Struggling to lose that last bit of bodyfat, or looking to drop as much fat as possible in a short amount of time? Check out the tips below!

Calorie Cycling

By constantly changing the intake of your nutrients, your body is forced to adapt to the changes by keeping metabolism high and burning optimal levels of bodyfat. For a weekly cycle, try increasing your calorie intake on your major workout days (such as legs and back days), and decrease it on cardio-only days. This will signal your body to build more muscle and burn more fat, as it can’t get used to and adapt to a constant stream of nutrients. Start with a 10% increase/decrease, and adjust the frequency of your low calorie days depending on your results.

Workout Intensity

To keep the metabolism ramped up during weight training, try some intensity techniques. Decrease your rest periods between sets, superset two or three exercises (done back-to-back without rest), or throw in a short, high intensity cardio session (5-10 minutes) between exercises. These will all ensure your heart rate is kept up during the workout, and that your body is burning as much bodyfat as possible.

HIIT Training

High intensity interval training (HIIT) utilises different fuel/power mechanisms within your body, forcing it to adapt to different stresses. Studies have shown that HIIT burns more calories, and more calories from fat than the same length of training at a medium intensity. To incorporate HIIT training, start with work:rest periods of 30:60 seconds, and perform 15-20 minutes per workout. As you get fitter, adjust the ratio of work:rest, and aim for 2:1.

Macronutrient Separation

Many researchers believe that there is a greater tendency for the body to store fat if carbohydrates and fats are consumed at the same time. To combat this, make sure you eat either Protein + Carb meals (best consumed in the morning or around workouts), or Protein + Fat meals (at other times). This will ensure the carbs are used as energy and will not promote further bodyfat gain.

High Protein

Don’t forget to eat a diet high in protein. This will help keep hunger at bay, feeding your muscles and stopping them from deteriorating whilst you are dieting. There are a number of great protein powders available to buy. If you would like more information and a brief review on a new protein powder supplement, created by Mr Gaspari – Myofusion Probiotic Series, click here.

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.


Muscletech Neurocore Review

May 1, 2012

Muscletech Neurocore Review

Muscletech’s launch into the world of concentrated pre-workout powders comes in the form of Neurocore – a ‘Super-Concentrated Pre-Workout Stimulant’. It certainly is concentrated, at only 3.9g per serve – and none of it is wasted on fillers or sugars. It’s all active ingredients.

Ingredient Highlights

  • Creatine HCl – a concentrated form of creatine found in Con-Cret, a much lower dose is needed to achieve the same results as creatine monohydrate
  • Beta-Alanine – Muscletech Neurocore provides 3.2g of beta-alanine at the full serving size of three scoops, the clinically proven dose
  • Citrulline – increases recovery and ATP production in muscles

Taste and Mixability Available in Grape or Fruit Punch flavour, Muscletech Neurocore tastes good without being amazing. The tiny serving size mixes easily into any amount of water.

Strength With 110mg of caffeine and 177mg of geranium extract per scoop, Muscletech Neurocore is one of the more powerful pre-workout powders. At the full serving size of three scoops, you are getting 3.2g beta-alanine, 3g l-citrulline, 3g of creatine hcl, which are extremely potent doses. You will definitely feel the stimulants working at the full three scoops.

Value At less than $1/scoop, Muscletech Neurocore is great value for those looking to kickstart their workouts. Protein King has everyday low prices on all Muscletech products!

Final Word For less than $1 a serve, you wont find a more potent pre-workout. While it doesn’t contain all the beneficial ingredients of Superpump MAX or Assault, Muscletech Neurocore can hold it’s own as one of the better concentrated pre-workout products.

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.


Ladybird Carb Starve Snack Bars

April 30, 2012

Ladybird Carb Starve Snack Bars Review

Ladybird’s Carb Starve Snack Bars are a delicious and healthy alternative to tempting junk food. With Choc Nut and Choc Crunch flavours, and a 30g serve size, Lady Bird Carbstarves are a guilt free snack not just for the ladies.

Ingredient Highlights

  • Slow-digesting protein blend of whey protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, milk protein concentrate and soy protein isolate
  • Only 3.5g of fat and 1.5g of carbohydrates per bar
  • Added vitamins and minerals

Taste In one word: WOW! Ladybird Carbstarve Snack Bars don’t have the usual dry, bland flavour of most protein bars. Both the Choc Crunch and Choc Nut flavours are great, and they definitely taste like they are bad for you.

Strength Over 10g of protein and only 120 calories per bar makes for a great snack food!

Value Since Ladybird Carbstarve Snack Bars are only 30g each, a box of 15 will set you back less than $30. Protein King’s prices are always lowest!

Final Word The best tasting nutritional bar we’ve ever had, and has serious nutritional benefits! Ladybird Carbstarve Snack Bars are here to stay.

 

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.