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Today I would like to bring you a review for a supplement that I have been using just about every day for about two months now with pretty great results. The supplement is known as Xtend by Scivation and, no, it is not a sexual enhancement medication. It is a sugarless, branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) concoction meant to be consumed during your workout, also known as an intra-workout supplement. The value of this product lies in its ability to deliver those miniscule building-blocks of protein(amino acids) quickly to your muscles to create a positive nitrogen balance (meaning that you are anabolic vs. catabolic) Because the proteins have been broken down even further than good ol’ whey protein, the amino acids are shuttled to tired and working muscles even faster. It is great tasting and sparse on caloric content so it is perfect for during your workout to constantly feed those muscles and keep you jumping and pumping. Additionally, you get a nice assortment of electrolytes and citrulline malate to further enhance your power output.  Here’s what’s in the powder:

*For more information on what each individual ingredient powers visit: http://www.scivation.com/XTEND.aspx

**I have provided the link so the actual manufacturer can supply you with all the info you need on each of the individual ingredients.  Knowing what you put in your body is vital and you should always do your research before you consume anything fitness supplement related. I am also in no way, shape, or form affiliated with Scivation and all images, logos, product names used on this web site are trademarks of the owners.

The blend of BCAA’s in the product is optimal and scientifically verified so you know what you are getting is not under-dosed or over-hyped. Scivation provides everything you need to know right on the label and, most importantly, does not utilize a “proprietary blend” that many other companies implement. You know exactly what you are taking-in, no more no less.

But that’s enough build-up (and I highly recommend you view the company site), time for the nitty and the gritty. As I mentioned, I began using the product about  two months ago to fairly positive results. The taste is great and the mixibility is top-notch so getting it into your system is hardly an effort, but actually quite enjoyable. The flavors range from a slightly tart watermelon to an invigoratingly sour lemon-lime and should tantalize even the most discerning taste buds. So now that we have the most practical out of the way let’s move on to the most vital–benefit to you.

As with most nutritional supplements of the kind, a build-up period usually needs to pass before any real noticeable benefit can be noted and expounded upon. This supplement is no different. After the first couple of weeks of use during my workouts primarily which ranged from 3-4 times per week, I began to notice that I could last longer while in the gym. I took notice when I didn’t have the supplement on hand one day and was forced to lift unaided. I tired far quicker this time and was forced to cut the workout short. It is no miracle supplement (as none are) but the fact that I could workout longer in itself proves the quality of the powder, at least for me.

Another benefit that is by far of the most import to my current goal of cutting, or shedding the fat pounds,  is the supplement’s uncanny ability to help maintain the muscle I have worked so hard for while costing me a meager 5 or so calories per scoop. So basically, we have a tool here that allows men and women to primarily lose fat while on a reduced calorie diet, by sparing our calorie-burning muscle and only costing us a few, measly calories. This is accomplished when the amino-acids flood the bloodstream and either enter tired muscles for early recovery or are used by the body for energy instead of having to eat up our current muscle. It truly is a god-send for those of us with a bit of  flabby, baggage under the skin.

Another possible use for the supplement is to sip on the mixture throughout one’s day as an anti-catabolic agent (meaning it keeps your body from burning muscle). This is especially beneficial for those on a low-carb or ketogenic diet. Xtend has helped me maintain more of my muscle during this cut than any other before. By utilizing the product intra-workout and throughout the day on my non-workout days when I would cut carbs significantly, I have never been more satisfied with my progress and have been able to shed mainly fat.

Let me be clear though, and I am sure this statement is a rehash you have heard a thousand times for good measure. This product should not replace solid whole foods and will never replace a healthy diet plan and good fitness habits. It is just another weapon in your Fit Arsenal to maximize the hard work you put in.

The value, what you get versus what you pay, is fair and the effects are fantastic. This is by no means a supplement you “need” but one that you should endeavor to use if you seek the best. Post any questions you may have concerning Xtend or any supplement. Thanks for reading!

***note: there is a debate as to how many calories each serving contains, some state around five; others think even less or none at all. Either way, in my opinion, the amount is so minute that you shouldn’t worry.

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