All out of protein powder, I decided to purchase a ready-to-drink bottle (more like a cardboard box) protein shake after I finished my shoulder workout. Unluckily for me, I reached for Syntha-6.
Taste: Awful. Just flat out disgusting. You’d think a ready-to-drink protein shake would be better than its powdered form, but you’d be wrong. This is one of the worst protein shakes I’ve ever tasted, and I’ve had some bad ones.
Price: “Why?” was the question I asked myself after I handed over my credit card. $4.58 for 16.9 oz. of this garbage. I should have gone to Walmart and bought a 2 lb. tub of Body Fortress protein for $16 to tide me over until my Optimum Pro Complex Gainer arrives.
Nutrition Facts: 40g protein. 280 calories. 6g total fat. 16g carbs. 4g sugar. Pretty standard stuff.
The Final Word: Avoid Syntha-6 pre-made protein shakes at all cost. I can’t speak for the vanilla or chocolate, but I can’t imagine they’d taste much better.
Are there any ready to drink protein shakes that actually taste good and are moderately priced? Let me know if you’ve purchased any in the comments, thanks!
Creatine monohydrate is an odorless and tasteless powder that can be added to sports beverages or water. Creatine is naturally synthesized in the body from amino acids and helps supply our muscles with energy. Studies have shown that creatine is effective in providing energy for the muscles, increasing the volume of your muscles and enhancing protein synthesis. The Bottom Line: Creatine can increase your strength gains.
I recommend cycling creatine to make the biggest gains. Cycling creatine involves a loading phase, maintenance phase and a non-use phase.
- Week 1—Loading Phase: Take between 20 to 30 grams of creatine for four to five days. Doing so will saturate your muscles with creatine and give you greater increases in strength.
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I emailed the nice folks at Labrada hoping I could get my hands on a free sample of their newest pre-workout supplement SuperCharge! Extreme N.O. They emailed me back saying that they have samples on their page for a minimal cost, but since they don’t have a sample pack of SuperCharge, they will ship me one. About a week later I received one free sample of SuperCharge and one free sample of Power Carb.
Per 320 gram tub of SuperCharge, you get:
- 20 servings
- < 1 g sugar
- SuperCharge Performance blend
- Phase 1- Energy/ Hemo-Dilation Complex
- Phase 2- Strength & Endurance Complex
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The lovely people at CytoSport responded to an email I sent them asking if I could try a few of their pre-workout supplements before I bought them. The next day I received an email asking which products I’d like to try. A week later I was shipped trial packets of CytoSport Fast Twitch, CytoMax, Monster Pump and Muscle Milk. Here is my review of CytoSport Fast Twitch. My reviews of CytoMax and Monster Pump will follow in the next week.
Per 2.04 lb tub of Fast Twitch, you get:
- 40 servings
- 200 mg caffeine/serving
- 0 fat, cholesterol and sugar
- 15 carbs
- Some vitamins
- A hell of a lot of proprietary blends
Dymatize Super Mass Gainer is a weight gainer protein powder designed for hardgainers. Each box is 12lbs. Flavors include: Berry & Cream, Cookies & Cream, Gourmet Vanilla and Hardcore Chocolate.
The following information is for Gourmet Vanilla: Serving size: 2 heaping scoops (334g).
- 16 servings
- 1280 calories, 72 calories from fat
- 8g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 2g trans fat
- 50g protein
- 252g carbohydrates
- 39g sugar
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Jack3d is a pre-workout supplement designed to fuel your workouts with energy, focus and great muscle pumps. But does it work?
- May enhance intensity, strength, energy, endurance, pumps and recovery
- No sugars
- No calories
- No maltodextrin, which can spike insulin levels and make your body store fat
- No magnesium, which at high levels can give you the runs
- No artificial dyes
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