ActivLab BCAA Xtra is “The very first amino acid preparation in the form of a canned drink !”
ActivLab are the first company in the supplement game producing products like these ,the research and development that produced this product was so thorough and challenging that the manufacturing and canning process has in fact been patented by the brand.
The two main issues the team came across while developing BCAA Xtra were the formula clumping and separating , however these are not a problem in the final product.
I have been testing this product for a week and have generally been consuming two cans a day , one on the half and hour walk to the gym and the other during my training session . I have also drank a can first thing in the morning and a few times during periods without food.
Each can contains the optimal ratio of 2:1:1 ,Leucine :Isoleucine:valine. Thats 4g of BCAA per 250ml can . This is a very good concentration of amino acids and will aid recovery and prevent muscle breakdown when consumed at any time of the day . In addition to this the drink is carb and fat free , which is a weight off anyone trying to cut’s mind.
Its convenient just to throw a couple cans in your gym bag and be on your way and no need to mess around with loads of powders ,pills and extra shakers ! Saving you time ,effort and thought !
The only issue I had with the convenience aspect was that when in the gym and using during workout (as most BCAA products are designed for ) the can becomes an issue . I have knocked one over , my training partner had knocked one over and a random guy searching for plates knocked one over ! This is why most people take shakers or bottles in the gym , as most people are way too consumed by their workout to worry about my open can. I did eventually resort to decanting a couple cans into a shaker .
Despite this criticism it has come to my notice that Activlab do produce a very similar bottled amino acid product , which we will be looking at soon.
Ok , so the taste . The first can I tried I ,strangely ,wasn’t overly impressed .however after this I really enjoyed the taste , especially when in the middle of a session , I very much look forward to the refreshment of BCAA Xtra ! It tastes better than any other amino acid powder I have used and doesn’t have that chemically taste that so many do . It is slightly carbonated which very much adds to the overall refreshment , although did have issues with burping during a few sets !
This is by far the best product I have tested in the BCAA category so far , it is just a shame that you need so many cans for one session , the fact there is only 250 ml leaves you thirsty after the first half an hour and so on a few occasions I reluctantly filled my shaker up with my old BCAA drink to compensate.
Great for long sessions, recovery and periods without nourishment !Overall it is clear that this product ,when it gains some recognition is going to change the market and we will probably see many more on the way trying to imitate what ActiveLab have achieved , but until then they are the market leaders in prepared BCAA drinks. I was thoroughly impressed and the few criticisms I have are mostly logistics that may well be solved by the aforementioned bottled product .
Let us know what you think and wether you have tried this product.
If you would like to try go to www.activlab.co.uk