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  • Giant Sports BCAA Review

    GIANT SPORTS – Giant BCAA (12:1:1 Ratio)

    Giant sports have made their impact on the supplement industry with their 'Delicious Protein Elite' & 'Delicious Casein' products. After their great success, Giant Sports have branched out into other supplement categories. We previously reviewed 'Giant Rush' which was their pre-workout/fat burner. Now they've come back with their Giant Sports BCAA intra-workout supplement. So, lets get into it then, shall we?

    Taste & Solubility -

    This is a big one for Giant Sports. Having to compete with their 'Delicious' range of proteins and caseins, nailing flavour is now an expectation. For the review we sampled Pineapple (also available, Green Apple & Watermelon). Taste is definitely a personal judgement; as for me I prefer my intra-workout to not be overly sweet. Although an easy way to overcome this is to just add more water (tips & tricks ladies and gents). The actual taste itself was quite accurate, which is nice. As far as solubility goes, the whole shake went down a treat with no clumpy bits or grainy texture. Overall, this section scores a 4/5. Really pleasing to drink!

    Breakdown –

    So, the biggest selling point for the Giant BCAA's is the 12:1:1 ratio. Boasting a Leucine heavy dosage per scoop (6g Leucine, 500mg Isoleucine & 500mg Valine). Now we all know the importance of Leucine in regards to bodybuilding (protein synthesis, reduce fatigue etc.), which is why this ratio stands out so much.

    The scoop breakdown is as follows –

    Leucine – 6000mg

    Isoleucine – 500mg

    Valine – 500mg

    Vitamin B6 – 1.3mg

    Sodium – 40mg

    Potassium – 120mg

    Now this is all available on the back of the product, which means that there are no proprietary blends, winning! While we're on the subject of winning, this is also banned substance free! Which is great for anyone competing in any type of sport who is concerned about what type of supplements they are taking.

    Cons –

    There aren't many cons when it comes to this product. However the first that jumps to mind would be the price factor. Most BCAAs tend to go for about $1 p/scoop, with Giant BCAA sitting at about $1.33 p/scoop. This isn't unreasonable when you factor in the big name brand, along with the breakdown of the actual product. However, we can see how this may throw some people off. Secondly, and this may have influencing factors, but there seemed to be a slight chemical aftertaste when drinking the BCAAs. Whether it was the shaker I was drinking it out of or the water fountain at my gym was producing some funky fluids, I couldn't help but shake the aftertaste. However, when you've got a supplement with less fillers & additives (bonus), the trade off is the flavour may become overpowered by other factors (no bonus).

    Value for Money –

    Sitting at roughly $1.33 p/scoop, this does not seem unreasonable. It does sit on the mid to high range of the scale. However as stated above, when you factor in the name that backs the product & the Leucine heavy blend, it seems a fair price to pay.

    Conclusion –
    Overall, the aftertaste wasn't that bad. It was pleasant to drink & great to have during workouts. Whether it was placebo or not, the extra Leucine definitely made me feel like I could go that 'extra bit' during my training! Giant Sports are on a roll so far with their products! Smashing it out of the park with Giant Rush & now rolling out GIANT BCAA, it seems that Giant Sports are a Giant 2 for 2 with their Giant products they've put forward to review. Now, the word Giant is starting to sound funny in my head. Get down to our shop for a taste test and judge it for yourself!

  • Rule 1 Product Review

    Rule 1 – Protein (Isolate)

    Rule One Proteins has hit Australia! Coming over from the States, Rule 1 is still relatively new to the market & is squeezing its way onto our shelves.

     

    Taste & Solubility -

    Rule 1 mixed extremely well in the shaker. With no fillers, creamers or gums there was little to make it clumpy. The texture was smooth to drink, however a little on the 'watery' side. This is an unfortunate downside to having such a clean and pure protein.

    Taste is definitely a subjective topic, however for me there was no real WOW factor. For the review, we sampled 'Lightly Salted Caramel' & overall scored a 3.5/5.

     

    Breakdown –

    R1 Protein is one of the purest whey proteins available with having almost no fat or carbs and zero creamers or gums in it. R1 Protein is largely composed mainly of whey protein isolate, with whey protein hydrolysate making up a small portion of total protein.

    In each 29 gram scoop, there are 25 grams of protein made up from various BCAAs, making this a potent and powerful post workout shake. The low carb, no fat & fast acting protein mix is great for anyone trying to lean down or keep off unwanted fat. With only 100 calories per serve, this shake will definitely fit into your daily macros!

     

    Cons –

    The biggest downside to Rule 1 Protein is the watery texture and lacklustre flavour. Although drinkable, there's nothing better than having an amazing tasting post workout drink to reward your hard work! Unfortunately this doesn't deliver that. However, for the serious trainer who is concerned about quality, flavour is rarely a concern anyway.

     

    Value for Money –

    Rule 1 Protein sits roughly at $2 p/scoop, which for a WPI of this calibre is actually quite reasonable, beating many other competitors in the price department.

     

    Conclusion –

    Rule 1 Protein has its pros and cons, which can go either way depending on an individual's preference. The high protein content makes it great for recovery after exercise. Along with the lack of creamers and gums making it a clean source of nutrition, Rule 1 Protein definitely sets itself apart from the rest of the herd. However, as always, the best way is to come in and try it for yourself!

  • Rule 1 R1 Protein Product Review

    Rule 1 – Protein (Isolate)

    Rule One Proteins has hit Australia! Coming over from the States, Rule 1 is still relatively new to the market & is squeezing its way onto our shelves.

     

    Taste & Solubility -

    Rule 1 mixed extremely well in the shaker. With no fillers, creamers or gums there was little to make it clumpy. The texture was smooth to drink, however a little on the 'watery' side. This is an unfortunate downside to having such a clean and pure protein.

    Taste is definitely a subjective topic, however for me there was no real WOW factor. For the review, we sampled 'Lightly Salted Caramel' & overall scored a 3.5/5.

     

    Breakdown –

    R1 Protein is one of the purest whey proteins available with having almost no fat or carbs and zero creamers or gums in it. R1 Protein is largely composed mainly of whey protein isolate, with whey protein hydrolysate making up a small portion of total protein.

    In each 29 gram scoop, there are 25 grams of protein made up from various BCAAs, making this a potent and powerful post workout shake. The low carb, no fat & fast acting protein mix is great for anyone trying to lean down or keep off unwanted fat. With only 100 calories per serve, this shake will definitely fit into your daily macros!

     

    Cons –

    The biggest downside to Rule 1 Protein is the watery texture and lacklustre flavour. Although drinkable, there's nothing better than having an amazing tasting post workout drink to reward your hard work! Unfortunately this doesn't deliver that. However, for the serious trainer who is concerned about quality, flavour is rarely a concern anyway.

     

    Value for Money –

    Rule 1 Protein sits roughly at $2 p/scoop, which for a WPI of this calibre is actually quite reasonable, beating many other competitors in the price department.

     

    Conclusion –

    Rule 1 Protein has its pros and cons, which can go either way depending on an individual's preference. The high protein content makes it great for recovery after exercise. Along with the lack of creamers and gums making it a clean source of nutrition, Rule 1 Protein definitely sets itself apart from the rest of the herd. However, as always, the best way is to come in and try it for yourself!

  • Giant Sports Giant Rush Review

    GIANT SPORTS – GIANT RUSH

    PRODUCT REVIEW

    Giant Rush…well I'm not going to lie, the name says it all. This power packed pre workout, with only 3 main active ingredients mind you, will take your training session on one wild ride!

    Taste and Solubility –

    So for the test drive, I went with the 'Raspberry Rush' flavour and I was very surprised with the taste, it almost reminded me of a non-fizzy creaming soda, so a big bonus there!

    I was pleased to not have any grainy bits, it mixed extremely well and went down a treat!

    Breakdown –

    As I said above, Giant Rush only has 3 active ingredients which are: Anhydrous Caffeine (200 mg), Kigelia Africana Extract (125mg) & Dried White Tea Leaf extract (Bai Mudan) (25mg).

    Now the big star is the Kigelia extract which gives us DMHA, which is the new substitute for DMAA, which many of you will remember was banned from many pre workouts.

    DMHA is similar in many ways, and in some aspects more beneficial. Couple the intense focus, increased strength, elevated mood from DMHA with the 200mg of caffeine per serve and you have yourself a very potent pre workout.

    At first glance, seeing 3 ingredients on the list I was a little worried whether or not It would be enough to fuel my workout, but Giant Rush has proved 'Less is More'.

    *Note, while testing this I accidentally used x2 servings because I didn't read the fine print on the sample packet which read 'x2 servings per packet'. Read the label kids.

    Anhydrous Caffeine – 200mg p/serve

    Caffeine is a staple in any pre workout and 200mg is enough to give you the up and go to have an amazing gym session, but also not too much that it will keep you up at night. As always, know your limits if you're sensitive to caffeine.

    Kigelia Africana Extract (DMHA) – 125mg p/serve

    DMHA is definitely the star of this pre-workout as we now, after 4 long years have something that can replace DMAA, which was banned from pre-workout products around 4 years ago.

    Apart from giving amazing focus, drive, determination and overall making your feel somewhat 'invincible', DMHA may also help with increasing 'Episodic Memory', which basically means it may help you remember how you solved previous problems, increasing your productivity.  This, along with anti-fungal properties & potentially treating Urinary Tract Infections shows that DMHA is more than a one-trick pony stimulant.

    I think it's safe to say the 125mg dosing is more than enough along with the 200mg of caffeine, these two alone create the powerful pre-workout!

    Bai Mudan White Tea - 25mg p/serve

    Bai Mudan is a variety of white tea made from the younger leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant that gives a fuller, more rounded flavour than the other well-known form of white tea Bai Ho Yinzhen.

    White tea leaves contain caffeine, although much less compared to coffee beans. Benefits of regular tea consumption are pretty straight forward in regards to fat burning and overall health. The Bai Mudan in Giant Rush may assist with fat burning.

    Having 3 active ingredients, which are predominantly, derived from plant extracts, with such a big impact…just wow. It's nice to have a supplement that has NOT gone over the top with ingredients.

    Cons –

    Although packing a punch, this is a high stim pre-workout, so for those who are sensitive, this may be a little bit too much to handle.

    Also, going back to me mistakenly taking x2 scoops, I'm still wide awake at midnight writing this review when having taken it at about 5pm. This is almost a pro and con, at least I'm getting stuff done right?

    Lastly, the lack of vasodilators doesn't exactly deliver a skin ripping pump like some other pre-workouts. Giant Rush will actually make you work for the pump!

    Value For Money –

    Sitting roughly above $1 p/serve, value for money is actually quite reasonable for a high stim PWO. However if this was my main pre-trainer, I would see myself stacking this with a non-stim vasodilator. In my opinion, this is what you need to really create the 'full package' of skin splitting pump and an intensity of the gods type of workout.

    Conclusion –

    Well, to say the least, Giant Sports has given us DMHA for all of those still reliving the glory days of DMAA and still chasing the feeling of it. For this we thank Bruce Kneller for giving this gift back to the fitness industry!

    Giant Rush will give you just that, especially after 2 scoops! This is a no-bull PWO and will give you a kick up the a** to get sh*t done, to put it bluntly.

    Focus, intensity, power, drive, motivation, sweat and hard work is what it will empower you to do, at what I believe to be a fair price for something that tastes quite nice!

    Make sure you come in and try it out and let us know what you think.

    Now, I'm off to go deep clean my house and run around the block a few times until this wears off.

    Click here to grab Giant Rush from our store!

  • Pro Supps Mr Hyde Review

    Introduction

    Pro Supps Mr Hyde is on our shelves and is flying off them as quick as they come in, so I've decided to go out and put this pre workout to the test and see what so special about it!

    The reason why PS has been able to produce such a potent energising pre workout is due to the fact that instead of trying to mix a supplement for 'The Pump' and energy, PS have split these two defining factors into two different supplements (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde). Each one specifically focusing on one main goal. In saying that, Mr Hyde isn't just full of caffeine and off you go, I'll dive into that in just a bit, but for now, let's get to the good stuff!

    TASTE & SOLUBILITY

    For the product testing, we had Mango Passionfruit, however there are a wide variety of flavours within the range.

    Pre-workouts aren't known for their flavour, however the Mango Passionfruit flavour is hands down, THE BEST tasting pre workout supplement I have ever taken! Even when mixed with extra supplements (Agmatine Sulfate, L-Carnatine, D-Aspartic Acid & Creatine HCI) to give an added boost, the flavour did not falter! When taken on its own, it dissolved easily in water with no 'grainy bits' left at the bottom of the shaker.

    BREAKDOWN
    So first of all, one of the big factors I like about Mr. Hyde is that they don't 'hyde' their ingredients behind a 'proprietary blend'. Which, if you're someone who likes to know exactly what & how much of something is going into your body, IE all of us, this is extremely helpful to know.

    Now Mr. Hyde, being the 'Energiser Bunny' of the two Pro Supps Pre Workouts, it's chock full of caffeine to give you that boost you need before a big session with a whopping 300mgs per serve! However, the most amazing part about this is the fact that there is no 'crash' that a lot of Pre-workouts tend to give you.

    As I've said earlier, there's more to Hyde than just caffeine, so I'll go through those for you just now:

    Beta-Alanine – 2500 mgs:
    Increases Aerobic endurance so you can train harder for longer
    Creatine HCI – 1000 mgs:
    Ahh creatine, the old fan favourite! The HCI chain doesn't have the same 'bloating' effects commonly seen with creatine monohydrate. Which means you'll look more vascular and have a more defined or 'hard' appearance.
    L-Leucine 500 mgs:
    L-Leucine is considered to be the most important amino acid in bodybuilding as it is the principal AA in regulation protein synthesis in our muscles.
    L-Citruline Malate 500 mgs:
    L-Citruline Malate helps to reduce fatigue and improve Aerobic & Anaerobic endurance to allow you to train for longer.
    Agmatine Sulfate 500 mgs:
    Agmatine is derived from L-Arginine, which many know to give great pumps while exercising. Agmatine has these properties, and may also protects the brain from toxins and strokes.
    Caffeine Matrix 419 mgs:
    The best for last, with the most obvious use. This is definitely the fun stuff and the star of the show!

    Judging by this impressive mix of ingredients, we can see Mr. Hyde isn't just a one trick pony with the caffeine, however it also has some other great supplements for amazing pumps and longer, more focused Workouts!

    For first time users, the tub does have a disclaimer to leave a buffer of at least 5-6 hours from taking before going to bed as this is such a potent pre-workout. Personally I would start with half a scoop to test your tolerance, and them ramp it up to a full scoop from there.
    In all honesty, with taking Mr. Hyde, i have had one of the best Workouts I've had in a long time. With focus, energy and endurance all at their peak, I was able to push bigger numbers than usual and train for longer. The part I liked the most, the effects did NOT wear off after continual use. Each time was as potent as the first, which is obviously important as other products tend to lose their potency after constant use.

    CONS
    I'm not one for negativity, but there's always two sides to a coin. So for My. Hyde, it's biggest feature may also turn some users off the product. As it is high in stimulants, some people have been known to actually have the reverse effect and instead of a boost of energy, the opposite may occur and may experience fatigue. This may be caused by stressed out adrenal glands from potentially excessive coffee or stimulant consumption throughout the day. Apart from getting the 'tingles' from Beta-Alanine and feeling wired after taking Mr. Hyde, there's honestly not much else negative to say!

    VALUE FOR MONEY
    The price of a quality workout, time and time again...well, there is no price for that as that means more gains and bigger pumps! This is exactly what Mr. Hyde delivers. For a 30 serve PWO, you are paying a little but more than average, however, from the field test, we've discovered that Hyde is anything BUT average! For the price you pay, you're getting bigger and better Workouts and to us, I think that's what's important

    CONCLUSION
    Mr. Hyde is not for the faint hearted. With its packed ingredients list, caffeine content and the ability to turn your workout into the likes which you've never had before. For those that want an explosive Pre-Workout that's going to push them to their limits and take them beyond, Mr. Hyde is what you need in your life. Right. Now! If you're coming in store or shopping online for a strong pre-workout, you know what to look for!

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