What’s up friends? First of all, thank you for all the love and advice on yesterday’s post. It’s SO good to know I’m not the only one who struggles with these issues.
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Disclaimer: I was provided these products free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
And now I have something cool to share with you…. a review of the new Vitacost ARO Black Series Products! I have worked with Vitacost before and loved it, so I was excited when they offered me the opportunity to try out their brand new line of supplements.
They sent me a whole collection of products to try. I’m going to tell you about them individually. Let’s start with the Pre-Workout Concentrate (not pictured above because I left it at the gym)
I have used pre-workouts off and on before. I find that working out early in the morning I sometimes need a little oomph to face the WOD. I have used coffee simply for the caffeine, but sometimes it’s hard to down a cup in the rush of getting out the door. This helps me wake up and get energized, ready to work out hard. I’m not a huge Pink Lemonade fan, but this doesn’t taste that bad.
ARO Glutamine is a great supplement to help support recovery and defend against muscle fatigue. This isn’t something that you need but it is something that can help. With tough WODs back to back some days I need a little extra help with recovery. It’s easy to mix and the fruit punch flavor is nice too.
ARO Creatine is a supplement to help enhance muscle performance during high-intensity exercise. To be honest I’ve previously stayed away from creatine because it sounded so manly. I gave it try though. I like what Vitacost has to say about it: “Creatine, found in meat and animal products but also made naturally by the body from amino acids l-glycine, l-arginine and l-methionine, serves as an important source of chemical energy for muscle contraction. Once it reaches the muscles, creatine is converted to phosphocreatine (creatine phosphate) and ultimately becomes ATP (adenosine triphosphate)—the body’s primary source of energy” This flavor was one of my favorites out of the bunch and it mixed easily with water.
ARO Amino plus BCAA is probably the supplement I used the most. I notice a significant difference in my soreness/recovery time without Aminos. I drink it during and after my workout. It helps maintain optimal performance during exercise and promotes muscle recovery following exercise. The Price on this is a steal – we were using Aminos that costed nearly TRIPLE this!
ARO Whey Protein Complex in Chocolate Peanut Butter – Holy yum. Most of the protein I’ve tried before is either chocolate or vanilla. I love that this was chocolate peanut butter! I used this within 30 minutes of waking up to get me through my workout before breakfast. Having the protein in your system first thing jump starts your metabolism. It has 20g of protein and 200 calories per serving. Sad to say this one is almost gone, I loved it that much. ha.
ARO Casein in Natural Chocolate – Casein is something I’ve just started experimenting with. It is a slow releasing protein, as opposed to Whey which is a quick digesting protein. I take it before bed so my muscles get fuel even while I’m sleeping. Casein is far thicker than Whey, so I just mix it with water.
All in all I really love the whole line of products – and I love that they are at affordable price points. Vitacost has been so awesome to provide me with these products to review AND they want you to try them out for yourself. One of you will win a $25 gift card to spend on Vitacost.com!
Have you tried any supplements?