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Gaspari Nutrition is a company that is owned and operated by former body builder, Rich Gaspari. Mr. Gaspari has won countless pro body building competitions including the first Arnold Classic and has come in second place in the Mr. Olympia competition. Suffice to say, he’s one of the most successful body builders to ever grace the stage.
Mr. Gaspari has long since retired from competitive body building and has developed a successful supplement company called “Gaspari Nutrition”.
Gaspari Nutrition has a full line of products that includes the popular “Super Pump 250", “Myo Fusion Protein”, and “Size On”.
Size On is probably their most popular supplement. One of the reasons for it’s popularity is because it's not strictly a pre or post workout drink but rather an “intra” workout drink. It’s a workout drink that you sip on during your workout.
The main ingredient is a creatine salt called creatine gluconate.
In theory, creatine gluconate is supposed to be rapidly absorbed by the body. In fact, it’s supposed to be the fastest acting creatine salt on the market today.
As we all know, creatine is an amino acid that helps with the production of ATP within the body.
We also know that creatine works best when it’s taken with a simple sugar such as dextrose. Take a look at the more popular creatine cocktails on the market today such as Cell Tech (Muscle Tech), and Phoshpagen HP (EAS), and you’ll see that the creatine is mixed with super high levels of dextrose, which is a very simple sugar.
In the case of Cell Tech, each serving is paired up with 75 grams of dextrose! That’s a huge blast of sugar. With each of these products, creatine monohydrate is mixed with a simple sugar - Dextrose.
With creatine gluconate, the sugar (glucose) is actually bound to creatine at the molecular level to form one salt. Actually, the creatine is bound with a gluconic acid molecule but for all intent and purposes, it’s a simple sugar.
What does this mean? It means the potential for creatine absorption by the body is greatly enhanced which means more muscular energy. Remember, this is theory and has not been proven in actual studies.
So what got me interested in this type of drink? I think it was the fact that after my first compound exercise such as the squat or dead lift, my muscles are pretty much obliterated. 5 sets of hard and heavy squats totally kills your thighs. I was looking for a drink that could allow me to stock up on fast acting energy and allow me to keep lifting heavy. The description of this product definitely fit the bill.
I also remember going through an IronMan magazine and seeing an independent review for Size On by one of the contributing authors. In this review, the author (I can’t remember the name!) was absolutely raving about this supplement.
The review seemed very genuine and unbiased so I decided to give it go. I headed down to my local GNC and forked out about 60 bucks (Canadian) for the “Arctic Lemon Ice” formula. I have to admit, it’s pretty pricey.
What were my results?. According to the directions, you need to mix one scoop with 16 to 20 ounces of water and drink as you workout. According to the label, noticeable effects should be present within 3 days and up 90% total effectiveness should be reached by day 7 and total effects after 30 days of steady use.
In my experience, strength gains usually starts to kick in after a week of steady use. Well, the effects from this formula kicked in after about 4 or 5 days of steady use.
What I really noticed with this formula was my increase in energy during my workouts. Now, I’m not sure whether or not I can attribute my increase in energy levels to either the creatine or the sugar but either way, I noticed a difference in my workouts.
My strength levels increased after about 4 or 5 days of steady use and my energy levels increased with each workout. After about two weeks of steady use, there was a noticeable difference in my strength levels.
You have to remember that with each supplement experiment I do, I keep everything constant. I know that if I introduce other supplements with the experimental supplement, my results will be skewed.
What I’ll do is keep my supplement schedule constant for about 2 to 3 weeks and than introduce only one new supplement at that time. Everything is kept the same including my diet, training, and rest patterns. This way I know for sure if a supplement works or not.
With this experiment, I was taking a vitamin/mineral pak in the morning, and my usual protein drinks. No other supplement was used during this period. After using Gaspari’s Size On, there was a noticeable difference in my strength gains. However, the strength gains were comparatively similar with other pre workout formulas that I’ve used in the past such as Dymatize’s Xpand and NOZ Supercharged.
However, there is one thing that I’ve noticed that makes this supplement different to the other creatine cocktails that I’ve tried and that’s energy levels. My energy levels were noticeably higher than normal.
Usually, I attribute this to a placebo like affect for the first couple of days because your body is expecting this sort of reaction. However, after week two, my muscular energy levels were still quite high. After week two, my muscles felt great.
I was quite impressed. However, there is a downside. After about 3 weeks of use, I was finding that it was getting harder to drink this formula. I find this formula doesn’t break down enough to allow for a smooth drink.
I found myself having to wash this stuff around in my mouth before I drank it. After a set of heavy squats, you need some water to drink. I tried drinking this stuff and it doesn’t work. After 2 weeks or so, I started to bring my own water.
I think this is a pretty good supplement. In terms of strength gains, it was comparable to other products that I’ve tried such as Xpand and NOZ. In terms of taste, it was ok. You have a choice between Wild Berry Punch, Arctic Lemon Ice, and Grape Blast. I enjoy the Arctic Lemon Ice flavour. As for energy in the gym, this product is a winner. I think this is what separates it from other creatine products. There’s no question about the energy boost you get in the gym with this product.
Do I recommend Gaspari’s Size On? I think if you're looking for a little more energy in the gym, you might want to give this product a try. I suggest you don’t rely on this product as your main fluid choice in the gym.
You might want to bring some water with you or regularly visit the water fountain. I also suggest you sip on this drink as your workout and not try and guzzle it.
I give this product a grade of: B+
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