My Personal Review Of Muscle Tech's "Gakic"
Muscle Tech has been around since the mid 90's with their famous muscle stack introduction of creatine 6000 ES, Meso Tech, and Hydroxycut.
I remember first hearing about Muscle Tech back in 1994 when a buddy of mine said that I absolutely had to get this stack.
He said that it worked like magic! I didn't listen because I was hooked on probably the best creatine supplement that I have ever tried. Anyways, the product that I was using went out of business and that product line was stopped...Why oh why...
Anyways, I gave the Muscle Tech stack a shot and what do you know, it worked. I was very pleased with the results, despite the super high price. I was a college student at the time and didn't have two dimes to rub together but somehow, I always scraped up the cash. When something works, no matter what, you have to stick with it (Remember that).
Alright, so here I am 13 years later with the same company but different product - Gakic. I first heard about Gakic a year ago when Muscle Tech went on a marketing blitz for their new product line.
I think the following products, Gakic, Leukic, and Anator P70 were introduced. At first, I didn't know what the hell Gakic was. However, after some research, I found out some pretty interesting things about:
glycine-l-arginine-alpha-ketoisocaproic acid calcium - For Short...Gakic.
When a supplement company states that there is research behind their product and it has been clinically tested, take them up on it and find the research. I did just that and went to the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal. I found a bunch of entries with regards to Gakic as well as different studies for it's use with different types of exercise.
There were two studies that caught my eye. They were:
1) High-intensity dynamic human muscle performance enhanced by a metabolic intervention.
2(12):2102-2108, December 2000. STEVENS, BRUCE R.; GODFREY, MICHAEL D.; KAMINSKI, THOMAS W.; BRAITH, and RANDY W.
2) Glycine-Arginine-[alpha]-Ketoisocaproic Acid Improves Performance of Repeated Cycling Sprints. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
36(4):583-587, April 2004.
Here it was, two independent, clinical studies done on a substance that was claimed to improve athletic performance by it's manufacturer. In fact, if you have ever read the label of Gakic, it says it will add an...immediate 10.5% increase in strength. That's a powerful statement because who wouldn't like an immediate 10.5% increase in strength. That would mean that if I was bench pressing 185 pounds last session, this session I would be able to do 10.5% more or roughly 205 pounds this workout.
That's quite a jump and I'm sure those of you who are reading this now are scratching your heads.
Alright, I read the reports and this is what I found out.
The first study was to find out if Gakic had any effects on muscle performance (strength, work, and fatigue) under exhaustive, high intensity activities. The study used 13 individuals who were either given a placebo or Gakic. The results of this study showed that;
oral GAKIC treatment increased muscle torque and work sustained during intense acute anaerobic dynamic exercise; additionally, it increased overall muscle performance by delaying muscle fatigue during the early phases of anaerobic dynamic exercise.
In other words, this study showed that Gakic improved muscle strength and endurance.
The second study was to find out if Gakic had any effect on prolonged anaerobic exercise - Cycling. In this study, they used 10 men over two sessions that were separated over 7 days. At random, each were given either a placebo or Gakic. Subjects were given 11.2 grams of Gakic or a placebo.
The men did 10 second cycle sprints separated by 1 minute rest intervals.
The study showed that Gakic increased muscular work capacity by actually slowing down the decline in overall power for this exercise. In other words, the men who were using Gakic were able to power through when fatigue set in.
Both of these studies were quite interesting considering these were independent studies. As for me, I wanted to try this product out to see if it would give me a 10.5% increase in strength. So, I bought a couple of bottles of Gakic and began my little experiment.
Now, Gakic comes in two forms, a powder form and tablet form. I went with the tablet form. So, I followed the label accordingly and took 8 tablets (10.2 grams) 45 minutes before high intensity exercise. The company only suggests you take Gakic on days you work out so I took the supplement roughly 3 times per week. To keep the experiment on the level, I kept everything the same including other supplements I was taking. I didn't introduce any other supplements and I kept my training the same.
What were my results after 15 weeks of steady use? Fantastic. Most of my lifts increased in the first 3 weeks of use. After the 8th week, I was seeing steady improvements in all my lifts. By the end of my cycle, I was quite impressed with the results. Now, I don't use any fancy equipment to measure my progress but I do know when something is working.
Now, I know Muscle Tech is a supplement juggernaut and all you see these days is Muscle Tech ads but you know, independent clinical studies are about as concrete as your gonna get. You can't hide from these results. The best thing I can say is that the supplement worked for me.
I'm not going to say that you have to go out this instant and buy Gakic because I don't know your dietary habits or workout discipline. The best thing I can say is that if you're a serious, hard working trainer looking for something that can help improve your lifts, this is a supplement you may want to try. Buy enough for 8 weeks and you decide if this supplement is worth it.
All the best,
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