What’s up guys and gals!
Today I’ll be reviewing MusclePharm’s new product, Amino1. Amino1 is available in four flavors: Cherry Limeade, Fruit Punch, Lemon Lime, and Orange Mango. This review will be on the Cherry Limeaid flavor.
So What Does Amino1 Claim to do?
- Increased endurance and energy
- Can be used anytime, day or night. No sugar or caffeine
- Ultimate hydration System
- Muscle Sparing
- Perfect mixability / no clumping
- Promote recovery from training sessions
Okay, Let’s get into the good stuff!
I really like the ingredient profile MP put together for this product. They went in a slightly different direction than other BCAA products on the market and added a hydration element. They also kept it real and didn’t add a bunch of filler/fluff.
- a whopping 10 grams of amino acids!
- 3:1:2 ratio of BCAAs
- Coconut water powder, alanine, LCLT, taurine, and citrulline malate,
- All of the essential electrolytes: potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, and calcium
My only complaint with this formula is the lack of l-leucine. At only 1.5 g a serving, Amino1 leaves more to be desired. Besides that, the inclusion of electrolytes, nitrates, and coconut powder should have me coming back for more.
My usual thoughts on how a supplement tastes is: Mehh, whatever. It’s not undrinkable.
But MusclePharm really knocked it out of the park with the Cherry LimeAid flavor. After my first sip, I said to myself, This is one of the tastiest supplements I’ve ever tried! And after finishing the bottle I would still consider it the best tasting intra-workout supplement I have tried.
It tastes exactly like Cherry Kool-Aid!
Also, there’s no overwhelming medicine taste or nasty aftertaste.
I like the taste of this much better than the other intra-workout supplements on the market, like Purple Wraath, Intrabolic, Xtend, etc, etc.
Having said that, I have to say one thing: Amino1 is pretty strong/sweet at the recommended dose and I use more water than MusclePharm recommends. The last thing I want while I workout is a strong/sweet drink, I like it on watery the side. Amino1 calls for 12-16 oz and I use 24-32oz.
I’m keeping the rating at a 5 because while it’s too sweet at the recommended dose, I have no problem adding more water and I love the taste. I also tend to add more water than the recommended dose with almost every powdered supplement I take.
No problems in the Mixability department. For my first serving I did use the recommended 12oz of water. It mixed extremely easily; I only had to give it a few quick shakes and everything was good to go. There was a tiny amount of froth that went right away after a minute or two. Also, everything inside the shaker was completely dissolved, and no tiny particles were hanging around the bottom of the shaker.
My strength went up quite a bit during my time on Amino1, but I didn’t notice any real change until nearing the end of my bottle.
My training style was that of high volume, high reps, and little rest. I was incorporating super sets, drop sets, giant sets, and progressive sets. As I neared the end of my Amino1 bottle, I noticed that I could increase the weight on certain exercises while hitting the same target rep range.
This is where this supplement really shines in my opinion. Like I stated above, I was training for high reps/low rest. I would normally burn out pretty fast implementing this kind of training, but with Amino1 my endurance went way up.
To get an example of my training during Amino1, check out how I was starting my leg days.
135 x 15 (no rest) 155 x 12 (no rest) 185 x 8
1 1/2 minute rest
185 x 8 (no rest) 155 x 12 (no rest) 135 x 15
Before starting Amino1, this was brutal and sometimes I would fail. After taking Amino1, I was able hit each rep and the lactic acid build-up wasn’t as intense.
Also, during my bike riding cardio sessions, I was able to ride harder and travel further.
Couldn’t be happier with the endurance Amino1 gave me!
I didn’t notice any crazy energy boost like I would from a stimulant based pre-workout. But I did notice a subtle increase in energy while working out.
My recovery in-workout was solid!
As far as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), I didn’t feel or notice a difference until I was nearing the end of the tub (I used the smaller 16 serving tub).
This month my training was intense to say the least, I wake up and it feels like I was in a car accident (I’m sure you know the feeling!) Supplementing Amino1 has helped me recover, but I didn’t notice these effects right away.
I first noticed the product working after an intense leg workout, without Amino1 this workout would have caused massive DOMS, but because I was talking Amino1 on a daily basis the pain wasn’t as bad and didn’t last as long.
Don’t expect this to be some kind of miracle supplement. You’ll still get sore and need proper diet to recover.
The 15-serving bottle seems overpriced at its current cost of $1.00/serving, while the bigger, 32-serving bottle is more reasonably priced at $0.75/serving. The best value is there 50 serving option which comes out to $0.70/serving.
Let’s compare the price of Amino1 with similarly-sized bottles of other intra-workout drinks. Xtend is priced at $.061/serving, and Purple Wraath is priced at $0.57/serving. So while the price of Amino1 is reasonable, I feel it could be more competitive.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
I give Amino1 an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5. It’s definitely one of my new favorite intra-workout supplements.
One thing I really loved about it was it didn’t give me dry mouth or make me extremely thirsty during training, like other intra-workout supplements tend to do.
Right before using Amino1 I finished a tub of Controlled Labs Purple Psycho. I responded much better to Amino1 and wouldn’t buy Purple Psycho again.
Amino1 stood up to its claims and gave me great endurance, improved strength, and was extremely delicious to drink.
Would I Recommend This?
While I don’t believe intra-workout supplements are all that necessary, and by no means are they going to turn you into superman or get you jacked, I enjoy taking them and they give me a slight edge in the gym.
My experience with Amino1 was great and it actually exceeded my expectations. Plus, it tasted great and worked for me.
Do you love Amino1? Hate Amino1? Yet to try it? Comment below and let me know what you think.