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!
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.
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.
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!