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Controlled Labs Green MAGnitude, White Flood, and Purple Wraath Review By Matt C.
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REVIEW OF CONTROLLED LABS GREEN MAGNITUDE, WHITE FLOOD, AND PURPLE WRAATH
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Controlled Labs Green MAGnitude, White Flood, and Purple Wraath
Introduction to Controlled Labs:
I have just recently completed a review of SizeOn by Gaspari Nutrition which is in my view, the best creatine blend available on the market today. I had received sample packs of various Controlled Labs supplements and I thought that since I finished my creatine cycle yesterday, I would sample the Green MAGnitude creatine and see how it tasted as well as going over a review of the ingredients and various other attributes and try to formulate some useful conclusions based on my one day trial. Of course I should warn readers that I did not consume Green MAGnitude over a period of 30 days and I can only base my review on my knowledge of creatine supplements over a few key categories such as affordability, taste, nutrition breakdown, and other similar qualities. Since I always sampled White Flood and Purple Wraath also by Controlled Labs, I am able to give a pretty good overall picture of the quality of Controlled Labs by the end of this review. As always, I encourage everyone to do as much research on internet message forums as possible before purchasing and using any supplement.
I would recommend that everyone view the links on this page and order the free samples of each of the Controlled Labs products and try them out for yourself. While you will be unable to gauge the effectiveness of a complete cycle of Green MAGnitude, you will be able to get a general idea of the effectiveness of both the White Flood and the Purple Wraath products by using them for a one day trial. I would recommend that you use them during two of your upper body workout days since I find that pumps are easier to sense in the upper body if you are dressed in a t-shirt or a tanktop in the gym. However, it is a personal preference when you will want to employ the use of either product. The Green MAGnitude is worth trying to determine whether or not the taste of the product is tolerable and whether or not you will want to pursue it in terms of a complete cycle.
Introduction to Controlled Labs Green MAGnitude
Green MAGnitude is a creatine matrix volumizer which makes a few big claims on its information page:
- Juicy Green Sour Apple Flavor
- Exclusive Synergistic Creatine Formula
- Instantly Dissolves
- Patented Form of Creatine
- Improve Strength, Stamina, & Performance
- Greater Protein Synthesis
- No Bitter CEE Taste
- Caffeine Free
If these claims are indeed accurate, they are very promising. An exclusive synergistic creatine formula is interesting, but to me, that has more to do with the fact that it is synergistic [presumably with other healthful ingredients], and less to do with the fact that it is exclusive - all companies can make the claim of having an "exclusive" supplement, so I am not concerned with the label, but I am interested in what quality they consider makes it exclusive. The fact that Green MAGnitude comes in a green sour apple flavour is a good thing to me, because I like sour apple and have tried it from other supplement companies for other products. I don't usually have problems with creatine blends dissolving poorly in water, and that is normally something I see more commonly in various protein powders - soy and casein in particular and whey protein sometimes as well. However, it is nice when creatine products dissolve easily, since they can still clump up sometimes. The patent that Green MAGnitude doesn't mean too much to me, but I suppose it is interesting to note that it is unique enough as a blend to merit such a title. The claim that Green MAGnitude will help to improve strength, stamina, & performance is a good thing in my opinion and the claim of enhancing protein synthesis would also be welcomed for the bodybuilders using this supplement. The lack of a bitter CEE taste is something to be hoped for since numerous supplements on the market today have very distinct tastes which I would prefer to have masked if possible, and in certain cases it seems that masking is not possible. The fact that Green MAGnitude is caffeine free is also a good thing for a creatine product in my view. Since creatine is meant to act as a muscle cell volumizer, I had no idea why anyone would consider caffeine to be a good idea to include in it since caffeine has powerful diuretic properties. When you think about that, it would seem that both of these effects are diametrically opposed. If you want to bulk up - use creatine. If you want to cut - use caffeine or any fat burning supplement. Very often fat burning supplements are combined, for example ephedra and caffeine. But to have effects for both mass gain and fat loss seem odd to me and counterproductive. I think that the lack of caffeine in Green MAGnitude is a good thing for this reason.
I mixed the Green MAGnitude with the recommended 6-8oz of water and found that it mixed pretty well. There were not very many clumps as I found Green MAGnitude to be one of the smoother creatine blends that I have tried so far. It did not mix 100% perfectly well, but no supplement ever really does. But in comparison to other creatine formulas available on the market, I have to say that this is definitely one of the more soluble ones out there.
I have tried far better creatine drinks before though and perhaps if I had mixed it with a little less water I would have been able to experience it as sweeter tasting. It had a slightly "dull" taste, much like Higher Power M3 Muscle Bound. The best example I can use to explain what I mean when I say dull is to think of bubble gum which comes in some packages of baseball cards. It is a dull taste in that you can usually vaguely taste the gum, but it either wears off quickly or doesn't have much of a punch to begin with. I think if I try Green MAGnitude again, I will mix it with four ounces of water and see if that makes it more enjoyable/sweeter. I didn't think it tasted very bad, it just was not particularly sweet. I believe it is the L-Taurine and L-Tyrosine which have a very unique taste which I find is something I would prefer to have masked. In fact, most supplement companies do attempt to mask the taste of many of the ingredients contained in their supplements and often you can either still taste traces of the active ingredient or you can taste the masking agent. In any case, Green MAGnitude tasted dull and had a little bit of a distinct taste and aftertaste and in the future I will simply mix it with slighly less water than the recommended serving and see if that improves the taste. To make up for the lack of water mixed, I will consume the additional 2-4 ounces of water just after drinking the mix.
I am not in a position to speak about the effectiveness of Green MAGnitude since I did not use it for a full 30 day period and only used it since I just finished using SizeON by Gaspari Nutrition yesterday. I suppose I wanted to see if I could extend my cycle since I had such a good experience on it and happened to have the Green MAGnitude kicking around. I can only speak for the results I had in the gym which I will discuss below.
Use in the Gym:
In the gym, I trained arms [both biceps and triceps with a little bit of forearms work included] and felt that my workout was one of high quality. However, there was a little bit of contrast in comparison to the time that I used White Flood on an arms day - White Flood is another product by Green MAGnitude and one which I will discuss in depth further in this article. My pumps were adequate and another member of my gym noticed this so I can't complain, but I can't be certain this was the result of the Green MAGnitude or the SizeOn still present in my system or the Purple Wraath that I also used today, lol. All in all, I unfortunately would not be able to distinguish so I should not make a conclusion one way or another.
Basing my overall review on a one day trial of a creatine product is simply not something that would be very informative in comparison to someone reviewing it after using it for 30 days, especially given that I did just use SizeOn and would find it difficult to differentiate between the effects of the two supplements. However, I can say a few things about Green MAGnitude that are worth paying attention to. First of all, at a cost of $25.99 for 418 grams, you get 40 servings [essentially a 40-day supply kit] for a pretty affordable cost. The ingredient profile is pretty sound and the taste is tolerable. I have definitely tasted better creatine supplements out there, but it was alright and not difficult to swallow, just not particularly great. Perhaps average or a little below average in terms of taste. My pump during my workout was quite good, although not the best ever, perhaps a grade or two above average, but a grade or two below my best pumps ever. I cannot rate this product using a scoring system, but I can state that you should check out the links available on this page to order a free sample. After all, there can be no harm if there is no cost to you. I would recommend browsing the internet message forums to learn more about this product.
Controlled Labs White Flood Review By Matt C.
I will begin my stating right off the bat that this is my favourite Controlled Labs product out of all three of them which I have sampled and included in this review. I will go into more detail below, but essentially White Flood is a preworkout nitric oxide and energy enhancer and the type of supplement which you would want to use for a mental boost since it will give you a psychological edge in the gym which you will see manifest in greater pumps and likely greater mental focus in the gym as a result.
I try to be as neutral as possible, but even I too sometimes buy into flashy graphic design on supplements and nice looking product endorsements/advertisements that I read about. White Flood looked to be very fashionably marketed, so I naturally assumed it would be a little above average in comparison to other NO products on the market. Perhaps this worked as sort of a placebo effect which boosted my workout experience while using it! In any case, it definitely appealed to me when I first saw it.
Quickly scanning over the ingredients, I see a list which looks similar to so many other pump enhancing supplements available on the market today in that it contains amino acids, natural caffeine, and arginine. That is all well and good, but the primary ingredient which caught my eye was BETA-ALANINE. It contains 1700mg, and beta-alanine is what I consider to be the single most effective supplement in terms of promoting pumps. In fact, I would recommend a no-name brand bulk beta-alanine powder over virtually any of the brand name and far more flashy NO products on the market. Beta-alanine is a great supplement and one which I consider to be very important if my goal is to achieve a great pump.
I found that White Flood mixed pretty well - about as well as the other two Controlled Labs supplements in this review. It may not have been a perfect mix, but it was definitely mixed well enough for my tastes and I can cite no complaints in this area.
I found the taste of White Flood to be better than both Green MAGnitude and Purple Wraath. I tried the "Electric Lemonade" flavour and I thought it was pretty good. I would rate it at least an 8/10 in terms of taste. I have tried better tasting supplements out there, but as far as pump-enducing supplements are concerned, White Flood was pretty good.
I had a great pump in the gym while using White Flood. I used it on arms day and included exercises for both biceps and triceps. I found my pump to be awesome although perhaps a grade below the best pumps I ever get while using a supplement, yet pretty close. Enough that I can score White Flood around an 8/10 or so in terms of effectiveness. I had a great workout and I love using a good pump enducing supplement to enhance the experience.
From my one day trial with White Flood I can say that the experience was positive and I would very likely use it again over a more extended period of time to see if I experience the same results again. I think it is a worthwhile supplement and if you check out the links on this page you will see the option to receive a free sample of it and you can't really go wrong ordering a free sample in since it comes at no cost. Beta-alanine based pump enhancing products tend to be very high quality and White Flood by Controlled Labs was no exception.
Controlled Labs Purple Wraath Review By Matt C.
My aim was to review three Controlled Labs products for the purpose of this article. I felt that it would give me a very good opportunity to guage the overall quality of the company in general, despite not using any of them for extended periods of time. The final Controlled Labs product I am reviewing is Purple Wraath, which is a muscle used to achieve muscle pumps in the gym. Purple Wraath makes several claims:
- Fast absorption/fast acting
- EAA & BCAA
- Caffeine-free ergogenic formula
- Delicious tangy grape flavor
- Natural anabolic environment
- Increase athletic performance, endurance, focus, stamina, and muscle recovery
- Legal, safe, and effective for both men and women
- Stimulate metabolism to reduce body fat
- Explosive strength, power, and energy
- Increase or maintain muscle mass whether cutting or bulking
- Dextrose/maltodextrin free
If these claims are indeed accurate, they are very promising. A fast absorping/fast acting creatine is definitely something to hope for. BCAAs are something I was only really directed towards in about the past year and I find that they have a positive and uplifting effect on my mood, both in the gym and out. For a creatine product to include BCAAs can only be a good thing in my view, since I have heard of no examples of creatine and BCAAs having negative effects when combined in a supplement. The fact that Purple Wraath is caffeine free is also a good thing for a creatine product in my view. Since creatine is meant to act as a muscle cell volumizer, I had no idea why anyone would consider caffeine to be a good idea to include in it since caffeine has powerful diuretic properties. When you think about that, it would seem that both of these effects are diametrically opposed. If you want to bulk up - use creatine. If you want to cut - use caffeine or any fat burning supplement. Very often fat burning supplements are combined, for example ephedra and caffeine. But to have effects for both mass gain and fat loss seem odd to me and counterproductive. I think that the lack of caffeine in Purple Wraath is a good thing for this reason. I will discuss the claim of "Delicious tangy grape flavor" in detail below, but I will point out that grape is generally my favourite flavour as far as supplements such as creatine are concerned [for whey protein, I prefer chocolate]. I believe their claim of a natural anabolic environment refers to the fact that Purple Wraath is a non-steroidal product. In terms of increasing athletic performance, endurance, focus, stamina, and muscle recovery, these are some bold claims, but not necessarily totally unrealistic. Athletic performance has been known to improve for athletes in other sports who use it and in fact, it is banned at the university in my city for its performance enhancing properties. Endurance, focus, and stamina can apply to a number of sports and is also something helpful in terms of gym performance. Muscle recovery is generally a big reason why bodybuilders would want to use creatine. It is a good thing that Purple Wraath is regarded as safe for both men and women, because women too do wish to improve their performance in the gym and in other physical endeavors. The claim of being able to stimulate metabolism to reduce body fat also seems a little counterproductive to me because if that is the case, Purple Wraath would be accomplishing two ends: firstly it would be producing gains in muscle mass and secondly it would be reducing body fat. I have heard countless times that it is impossible to do both at once, yet based on the experience of one of my friends I would say that it is possible - some say it is only possible on steroids, but he was not using them. On steroids, I see a lot of pro bodybuilders go from being small and soft to big and hard in a short period of time, but as a general rule bodybuilding is divided into two stages, one of bulking and a second of cutting. The claim of being able to increase strength, power, and energy is of course welcomed and the claim of "Dextrose/maltodextrin free" is not something that I was particularly concerned with, but it is nice to be informed of the contents [or lack thereof] when it comes to ingredients.
I found that the previous two Controlled Labs products which I reviewed in this article both mixed quite well in water and Purple Wraath was no exception. It mixed very well and while it had some small clumbs here and there, they were hardly significant and could have quite likely been dealt with entirely through harder shaking of the bottle. I can cite no complaints in this category and felt that Purple Wraath was quite good in this regard.
Purple Wraath was very similar to so many other pre-workout supplements = in other words, not very good! It had a distinct taste which was clearly difficult for Controlled Labs to mask because it was quite noticeable. I drank the "Juicy Grape" flavour and I tend to enjoy all grape flavoured beverages. That said, I also tend to generally not particularly like all pre-workout blends. The grape flavour did not really counter the distinct taste and overall I would rate Purple Wraath a 5.5/10 in terms of taste, but perhaps an 8/10 in terms of taste compared to so many other pre-workout blends available on the market. I suppose in all fairness to Controlled Labs, I should put things in some context.
I can comment on the effectiveness of Purple Wraath based on my one day trial, but to be honest I would like very much to try it again. The reason why is because it said on the label that you can consume it before, during and/or after your workout. As a result, I decided to drink it DURING my workout. I did find that it kicked in during my workout, but it wasn't until I was in the locker room changing and getting ready to go home that I really felt it kick in! When I got home it was kicking in fully and I felt that I sort of wasted the effectiveness by not taking it PRIOR to my workout. I have had experience with beta-alanine products before and I find that the best way to determine whether or not they are working is to see if you sense a tingling sensation and a flush feeling in your skin. I felt both of this, but more towards the end of my workout and after my workout. As a result I would like to try Purple Wraath again because I suspect I would be able to more adequately gauge my results.
Having said that, I can comment on the effectiveness of this product. First of all, I should point out that I also used this product during an arms day [alongside Green MAGnitude] to see how it compared to White Flood. I can say that my pumps were not as strong this time out compared to when I used White Flood. My pumps tended to fade faster in the gym in between sets than they did while I was using White Flood. However, since it kicked in fully after my workout was complete, I was more keenly aware of the hardness of my muscles after my workout was complete.
All in all, I can say that Purple Wraath worked well but did not work as well as White Flood, but I recommend that you take it BEFORE you begin your workout. I would recommend about 15-45 minutes pre-workout. 30 minutes is a good amount of time I think. I would further state that pretty well all beta-alanine supplements should be consumed during that timeframe pre-workout in order to maximize their effectiveness. I will also state that every beta-alanine based supplement that I have tried has been excellent and I have no reason to think Purple Wraath would be any exception and that the key to experiencing these results would be to drink your Purple Wraath beverage pre-workout.
Overall, I felt that Purple Wraath had good effects and I would gladly use it again. I didn't particularly care for the taste, but that is normal for pre-workout supplements. 45 servings for $33.99 works out to $0.76 per single serving which is a pretty decent price. I felt that the effects would have been even BETTER if I had consumed it about 30 minutes pre-workout and waited to feel it before I began my workout. I can tell by the tingling effects it had under my skin that it would have made a great supplement - also beta-alanine supplements have ALWAYS delivered great results for me. So overall I would have to reward Purple Wraath a 9/10 and I will definitely be using it again.
Final Thoughts on Controlled Labs Green MAGnitude, White Flood, and Purple Wraath:
Based on my samples of these Controlled Labs products, I would have to consider it a pretty solid company and one which I will want to see other products from. I am not in a position to adequately comment on Green MAGnitude, but I can state that White Flood did what it promised to do and that Purple Wraath definitely gave me the sensations of effectiveness during my workout and even moreso after the fact. Everything considered, I think Controlled Labs may be a company that I seek products from for a full 30 day cycle. They do not have a protein powder or a gainer powder, but they do have a multivitamin and other interesting products which I might want to include in that cycle. All in all, I had good experiences for my Controlled Labs trials and will gladly use these products again.
If you want to get more information on these two products, check out http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/clabs/mag.html, http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/clabs/flood.html, and http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/clabs/purple.html and you will find out what you need to know.
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