If you haven't heard of Frank Medrano, he is that guy in almost every impressive fitness video you've seen on social media. His most famous piece of work would be "TRAIN INSANE Calisthenics Workout", a clip on YouTube that's now getting near the eight figure mark. You may also recognize Medrano for his work he did with BPI Sports a while back, however now there is something else you'll come to know him for. Frank Medrano has put together his own line of nutrition products called Function Supplements. The brand have launched with two different formulas, a 35 billion CFU probiotic titled 1NE, and a 2:1:1 BCAA named 2WO which also packs a bit of carnitine into each serving. To make the products stand out a little more than your usual probiotic and BCAA, and to fit in with Medrano's own lifestyle, both Function 1NE and 2WO are all natural and vegan friendly. The two both come in the usual 30 serving sizes, and in the case of the BCAA 2WO you'll have just the one flavor to choose from in watermelon. The place to go to get either of the Frank Medrano supplements is Tiger Fitness, as at the moment they are Function's exclusive retailer.
As exciting as the news was that Muscletech announced vanilla birthday cake as their 20th Birthday flavor for Nitro-Tech, despite us voting for chocolate eclair. The brand made things even more interesting by naming a second taste to be launched for the Performance Series protein powder with mocha cappuccino. Birthday cake is set to go on sale sometime next month, then mocha cappuccino a month later in May. If two new flavors weren't enough Muscletech have actually confirmed that following on from the duo is going to be another option for Nitro-Tech with a yet to be revealed recipe. The brand haven't given any clues or dropped any teaser images, just saying that there will be a third for 2015 a month after mocha cappuccino in June. There is the chance that the mystery taste is another one from Muscletech's Nitro-Tech Wars participants, however we feel if that were the case the brand would've mentioned something about it. The even bigger question to be answered here is whether or not Muscletech will continue on after their June release as by then they will have had a new flavor every month for three months, possibly starting up a limited edition series much like Black Market and their Guerrilla Editions.
Earlier in the week we got confirmation of Betancourt Nutrition turning their once solo supplement Glutamine Plus into a series of complex basic formulas with Carnitine Plus. In the announcement the brand also passed on word of a third product being a part of the Plus line based around an ingredient you probably actually see a lot more than glutamine or carnitine with Creatine Plus. Unlike Carnitine we don't have the facts panel of what will be Betancourt's third supplement for the series, although we do know of what could be all four of its features. As you'd expect Creatine Plus does pack different forms of creatine, two from what we can see, Creapure creatine monohydrate and creatine anhydrous. As well as the patented CinSulin cinnamon and something we've seen a lot of others use in creatines lately, betaine anhydrous. Without the facts panel we don't know the exact doses of any of the ingredients, however looking at Creatine Plus' front we can get at least one number with the creatine blend's total coming to 4g. More information on Betancourt's third Plus product is definitely expected between now and its launch. Which for those that missed the news on Wednesday, Creatine Plus is going to be released a month after Carnitine Plus arrives putting it somewhere in June.
Almost every week now we're seeing a new pre-workout or two, most of which come from up and coming companies. On occasions we do however see veteran brands that have already established their name put together a product for the category, something the well known Magnum Nutraceuticals have just confirmed. At the moment the brand do have a couple of pre-workout competitors most notably their capsule formula Rocket Science and stimulant free supplement Opus. What Magnum have coming next is expected to be a step up from both of those with no mention of the product's name or contents, just that it will be a pre-workout of some kind. The only other word we can get from the rather small image you can see above is "extreme", although that doesn't really help much seeing as every brand that reveals a pre-workout describes it as extreme, explosive or the best ever. Unfortunately the launch month set for the upcoming Magnum supplement is in fact two to three months away, meaning we won't find out how extreme the brand are talking for quite some time.
Our first taste of Prime Nutrition actually came by way of the brand's first Platinum Series supplement Intra-MD, which not only proved to be one of the most unique products we'd ever encountered. But it also managed to snatch a spot on our list of top 10 recovery formulas currently still sitting on there in at number six. We decided to get a hold of another Prime Platinum supplement to see if they could follow-up with an equally impressive performance, resulting in us picking up a tub of the pre-workout Max-HP. Looking at the product's contents it does feature quite a simple set of ingredients, however as we have come to discover simple and unique combinations sometimes do actually tend to work out rather nicely. Today's Max-HP review proves that theory once again, as the Prime Platinum Series pre-workout is surprisingly a little more than effective.
For those wondering whether or not ANS Performance's launch of Amino HP was the offer to take advantage of, the answer is yes. The deal was one of those offers that only comes around every so often which gave those who purchased a full size tub of the brand's new amino formula free trial size tubs of Diablo, Dilate and Ritual. The price on the set was just $29.99, dropped down from Amino HP's regular direct value of $5 more at $34.99. As good as the deal was the one question remaining even after the stack's page expired was just how much would the latest from ANS cost? An answer to that has now come in from Bodybuilding.com, as they are one of the first to put the extremely well dosed amino supplement on sale. It turns out the price is exactly the same as what ANS released Amino HP for, at a cost of $29.99 for a 30 serving bottle of course without the freebies. For those that think that's a little on the high side do keep in mind the product is packed with three times as many ingredients as you'll find in most amino formulas, with each feature's dose based on what you need not necessarily what you want to pay. In the words of Muscle Elements quality supplements aren't cheap, although if you are an ANS fan you'll already know you always get your money's worth.
If the brand's reflective image wasn't enough proof, where fans could clearly make out peanut butter cup as the next flavor for the popular Select Protein Powder. Then today's untouched PES picture should be what you're looking for which has also brought with it confirmation on when the brand will dropping the supplement's fifth flavor. As you can see above peanut butter cup is indeed the name of the latest taste coming from PES, one that will officially go on sale through the brand's insider group next Wednesday. Fans who were on the PES insider list when they last launched a new addition to Select Protein will know the brand can put together some awesome deals when they want to, which a few months back in December saw blondie Select introduced for just $20 per 27 serving 1.85lb. While the offer this time around is likely to be different, maybe a sale on the larger double size 54 serving or even some kind of stack special. We do know you will need to get in quick and to do that you will need to be on the PES insider list. If you're not subscribed already be sure to do so on the brand's website and keep an eye on your inbox next week Wednesday morning.
It wasn't too long ago that PhD Nutrition teased and released their 1140 calorie mass monster Advanced Mass, which is now available in most places with two sizes to choose from a 2.7kg 9 serving and a 5.4kg 18 serving. While the brand have since dropped one other Advanced Mass alternative with their four flavor sample pack, it doesn't quite measure up to PhD's next Advanced Mass spin-off. To help give fans the chance to consume as many calories as they can on the go the brand have put together the Advanced Mass Flapjack, somewhat of a mass gaining bar. Strangely enough we don't have a description to go with the upcoming PhD supplement, we do however have its facts panel going over the 120g product's macros. Squeezed into each Advanced Mass Flapjack you get 28g of protein, 59.7g of carbohydrates (10.2g sugar, 5.2g fiber) and 14.1g of fat (6.26g saturated), all coming to a suitably massive total of 460 calories. Compared to the brand's regular Protein Flapjack fans are basically in for a lot more of everything with about 45% more protein, around 70% more carbs, and just short of twice as much fat. When the Advanced Mass Flapjack does eventually arrive, PhD will have two flavors to choose from chocolate peanut and double chocolate, leaving the presumably above average price as the only detail left to come.
A lot of PES fans were quite jealous when they saw the supplement their favorite brand put together for fans down under, with the two flavor Erase Pro. While it was produced just for Australia which usually means the formula has to be edited quite a bit, PES made no changes to their original Erase Pro only adding to the product with solid doses of d-aspartic acid and agmatine sulfate. The brand have now once again put together another supplement for their distributor down under Flush Fitness, although this time they've built on a product the area already have. Looking to take things a step further PES have unveiled Alphamine Advanced, a sequel to Alphamine that unlike Erase Pro was edited a fair bit for Australia. Compared to its predecessor's seven ingredients Alphamine Advanced carries over just three with caffeine, higenamine and taurine. As for the rest of the formula the brand have in fact packed six more features synephrine, n-methyl tyramine and citrus auraptene. And its three most important ingredients AmentoMax amentoflavone, what's being promoted as a yohimbine alternative with boldine, and cirsium oligophyllum highlighted as 20 times more powerful for fat burning than caffeine. Some locations in Australia are already stocking PES Alphamine Advanced, with most valuing the new version a little higher than the old at around $70. It is also worth pointing out for those that want to go hunting for the supplement, you will have more than a new name to look out for as the brand have updated both Alphamine's formula and packaging, giving it the same standout chrome label as Amino IV.
Not too long after the Arnold Classic we got a bit of a teaser from EVLution Nutrition who warned that they had four new supplements on the way. Two of the products were said to be individuals following in the footsteps of the brand's other white label supplements, one of them being BCAA 5000 which Bodybuilding.com do now have available. The other one we're not too sure on, however today we've got an update on the more exciting side of what EVL have coming, confirming one of the much more complex formulas as a type of ENGN. When looking at the image above you may leap straight to the idea of the new pre-workout being the reformulated original we've heard so much about, with a nice new label to match. Surprisingly that is not actually the case, as the brand have confirmed that the different type of ENGN is not an updated version of any kind. The mystery leaves us in the same situation as we were in last year when the brand teased an industry first that later turned out to be ENGN wrapped in a color changing label. This time around it could once again be a number of things with our same guesses applying such as an all natural edition, color changing powder like what Black Market did, a caffeine free version, or maybe even a pump based ENGN. In our last update we were told there would be a wait of about one and a half to two months before the complex products started to arrive. That estimation now puts us down to at least a month before we can get our hands on the alternate ENGN, with no doubt more information due to be released leading up to its launch.