Thursday, July 4, 2013

Tri-Products: Tri-Pep Powder Product Review

Thanks to all the TriBlogger Followers, the site has been approached to do some product reviews. These reviews are not paid for other than them providing the materials for review. As my goal is to make this site about the readers, I plan to share the love of the products with interactive bloggers. I also think having different people reviewing products will keep reviews interesting and honest.  (so keep the dialogue open with me here, on twitter, fb, instagram.. and I might ask you to review some products!)

I asked Mike of First Ever Tri-Friend fame (and is 23 days; 19 hrs & 25 minutes from IMLP when i published this.... but who's counting), to review some supplements provided by Best Price Nutrition; here is his review:

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Who doesn't like amino acids?  Carbon.  Hydrogen. Oxygen.  Nitrogen.  Yes, please.

Tri-Pep: Branch Chain Amino Acid Powder (provided by Best Price Nutrition) for ChiTriBloggers .  I was not paid in anyway shape or form and am not affiliated with the company (nor or any of my family members or friends).

With a name like Tri-Pep...it's got to be good for triathletes, right?  So let's break it down...the powder claims to:

So two weeks ago I was approached to do a product review on
  1. Improve Exercise Performance
  2. Accelerate Post Workout Recovery
  3. Preserve Lean Muscle Mass
Despite the name, I am pretty sure the intended market is more body builder athlete.  Something no one will ever confuse me with.  However, there seemed to be some benefits to be investigated.
Background:  I'm three and a half weeks out from Ironman Lake Placid.  As any good triathlete would know, I'm in the peak weeks just prior to taper.  My volume is high.  My intensity is high.  I can't eat enough.  I can't stay awake.  My life is pretty much a cluster at this point.  So it seemed like the perfect time to throw one more new thing at my body.  
Marketed as a dietary supplement, Tri-Pep is "ideal for any consumer who demands superior quality, uncompromising results, and is looking to increase lean muscle mass, strength, and maximize physical enhancement...guaranteed."  Bla, bla, bla...the real questions:  HOW DOES IT TASTE?!?!?!?  Short answer...not bad.  

Available in 4 Flavors:
Lemonade, Grape, Watermelon & Unflavored
The back of the packet has instructions for how much powder per oz of water.  I recommend making sure you hit this number correctly.  They suggest different amounts based on your ultimate goals from the product. 
No suprise, I was focused on using the power as post workout recovery.  Coming off workouts ranging from tempo runs, long runs, hard bike intervals, long rides of 4-5 hours, and a mix of short swims and long swims.  So pretty much everything.
I used the powder a few times as stand alone (just water) and a few time in my post workout smoothie. No surprise that the powder went in the smoothie unnoticed.  As a stand alone drink, it was refreshingly smooth and had a decent taste.  Ironically, the "unflavored" had a very green tea flair to it...and was probably my favorite.  I actually put it in my green tea one day as a late afternoon drink.  Thumbs up.
So, next question:  DID IT WORK?  I've got no idea.
I've got to say I had no adverse reactions to the powder.  I will also say, that I have had excellent recovery throughout training for IMLP.  Last week was no different.  As an AP statistics teacher, a sample size of 1 is obviously meaningless.  However, I will gladly finish the samples provided to me and will consider purchasing some in the future. All in all...good product!

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