MusclePharm HardCore Series is officially available for purchase. Post-workout supplement Gainz is one of three supplements to take part in this new line.

Gainz is said to be formulated with “the best ingredients – ‘best’ meaning no BS proprietary blends.” While proprietary blends are generally frowned upon, this doesn’t necessarily mean any supplement void of them contain the “best ingredients.”

I took a closer look at MusclePharm Gainz to see if it is worth purchasing. I was surprised with what I discovered.

What’s Inside MusclePharm Gainz

At first glance, MusclePharm Gainz seems like a fairly basic post-workout supplement. There aren’t any ground-breaking ingredients, just some simple, effective ingredients.

Here’s a closer look at the formula:

BCAA 4:1:1 (6 g)

Branched-chain amino acids are studied for their ability to ameliorate workout recovery, [1] and L-leucine specifically has been shown to boost protein synthesis for enhanced muscle growth. [2]

There should be enough BCAAs in MusclePharm Gainz to combat delayed onset muscle-soreness so you can recover better post-workout.

L-Glutamine (3 g)

This conditionally essential amino acid is often advertised as a muscle-building ingredient, and research shows it has been proven to boost protein synthesis. [3]

I was unable to find an official effective dose, unfortunately.

CarnoSyn Beta-Alanine (2 g)

This ingredient is used to enhance physical performance. Medical professionals indicate that effective doses for improve performance range from 3.2 to 6.4 g per day. [[4]

The amount of MusclePharm Gainz is slightly smaller than the clinically effective dose. Consequently, I’m not sure how effective it is in MusclePharm Gainz.

Creatine Hydrochloride (2 g)

Creatine is one of the most well-studied sports supplement ingredients. Creatine hydrochloride is said to be able to produce benefits in lower doses, but there isn’t enough study and research to back up this claim, as indicated by several online medical professionals.

BioPerine (5 mg)

This ingredient is used for its piperine content, an ingredient supplemented with to increase the bioavailability of ingredients. [5]

I wasn’t able to find a clinical study that confirms an effective amount. It’s likely that BioPerine’s effects are dose dependent, based on weight and size.

How to Use MusclePharm Gainz

MusclePharm Gainz is designed to be taken post-workout. You can mix one scoop with 10-12 oz. of water and drink it after a workout.

As far as timing goes, it’s not as important to drink it immediately after workout. The most important thing is to be consistent with drinking Gainz sometime after your workout. You’ll have to experiment with optimal ingestion times.

I was able to try Gainz for a couple days. I took it in conjunction with protein every night. I did notice that my muscle soreness was somewhat alleviated, although it was still present depending on the intensity and muscle groups worked.

I also take a pre-workout that includes beta alanine, so the addition of Gainz was a nice little boost of muscle-buffering benefits.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad post-workout. I tried the Fruit Punch flavor and it was pretty tasty.

Availability And Pricing

Right now, it looks like MusclePharm Gainz is exclusive to bodybuilding.com. Each bottle provides 30 servings and retails for around $35. That means each serving is about $1.16. Considering the ingredients, the price is on par with other post-workout supplements.

Gainz isn’t a bad post-workout supplement; it just doesn’t have the ingredients in there to make it stand out significantly from the rest. The pricing is decent, so if you are interested in throwing in a post-workout supplement into the mix, you might consider MusclePharm Gainz.

If you’re looking for post workouts with more unique, special formulas, there are definitely some out there, but they are also more expensive.

References

[1] Shimomura Y, et al. “Branchedchain amino acid supplementation before squat exercise and delayed-onset muscle soreness.” Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2010 Jun;20(3):236-44. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20601741

[2] Layne E. Norton and Donald K. Layman. “Leucine Regulates Translation Initiation of Protein Synthesis in Skeletal Muscle after Exercise.” J Nutr. February 2006 vol. 136 no. 2. Available from: http://jn.nutrition.org/content/136/2/533S.full

[3] Coëffier M, et al Enteral glutamine stimulates protein synthesis and decreases ubiquitin mRNA level in human gut mucosa . Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. (2003) Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12702496

[4] Beta-Alanine. WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1222-beta-alanine.aspx?activeingredientid=1222&activeingredientname=beta-alanine

[5] “Substance in Black pepper Increases Nutrient Absorption up to Two Thousand Percent.” Natural News. Available from: http://www.naturalnews.com/024829_piperine_curcumin_black_pepper.html#