AminoLean is RSP’s answer to the torrent of BCAA and amino acid based workout supplements which have bludgeoned the bodybuilding and sports supplement market in recent years.
BCAAs and amino acids have been popular with athletes, gym goers, sportsmen and sportswomen for a long time due to the fact that were scientifically proven ergogenic supplements (those which improves physical performance/physique) in the early days of such science.
It’s simple really, amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Proteins are the building blocks of muscle tissue…you’ve heard it all countless times before.
The difference is that BCAAs have been studied continually since the good old days and there’s nothing supplement companies like more than ingredients which proven themselves time and time again, and become more versatile with it.
These days, said companies can add claims like – “Leucine triggers mTOR signalling for anabolic muscle growth” or “Valine competes with tryptophan in the brain and wins, which reduces fatigue during exercise” or “Isoleucine promotes fat burning and prevents fat storage.”
All of these claims have some weight to a certain extent, but for us there’s no real need to keep up the hard-sell where BCAAs are concerned – we know they work and they are good for several reasons (which we’ll get to) but it’s whether they are included in the supplement at effective quantities, and furthermore, what additional ingredients are paired with them to make the product more powerful or diverse.
Those are the real points to consider when you are looking at one of these workout supplements.
Let’s see if RSP have got it right with AminoLean…
Promised Benefits of AminoLean
AminoLean is intended to help the user:
- Build Muscle
- Boost Energy Levels
- Burn Fat
It’s essentially an all-round workout formula – like most supplements in the same category – and a change from the usual stimulant riddled pre-workout drink mixes that are also available.
BCAAs are a prominent feature of the formula because they have roles to play in all of the above advertised benefits. What makes BCAAs unique in the amino acid group is their structure, which allows them to be used directly inside muscle tissue as a source of fuel for contraction force and repetition endurance.
Leucine is famous for its ability to stimulate the mTOR pathway in the muscle growth process. In short: it triggers protein synthesis, thereby helping you grow muscle from your resistance training and stemming the flow of catabolism.
Isoleucine, another BCAA, has been shown (in early research) to promote the usage of stored fat as fuel. Additionally, it may prevent the storage of new dietary fat.
Valine has a unique and different effect when supplemented. During exercise, we experience the effects of increasing serotonin levels, which ultimately makes us tired. Valine actually competes with tryptophan – the fatigue hormone that serotonin increases – in the brain, and more often than not wins. This victory means that tryptophan is blocked from having its effect. Thus, Valine can be viewed as having an anti-fatigue effect.
AminoLean actually contains the full spectrum of essential amino acids, the effects of which range from increased blood flow to improved cognitive function. All good benefits during a workout.
On top of this, there is a dedicated “Weight Management Blend” that includes ingredients associated with a reduction in body fat.
Finally there’s an energy and focus element in caffeine, sourced from the green tea (in the weight management blend) and Theobromine.
Key Ingredients and Formula Potential
The following equate to 7.8g of AminoLean (2 scoops / 1 serving).
Amino Acid Blend – 5,000mg (5 grams)
- L-Taurine, Beta Alanine, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine, L-Glutamine, L-Citrulline, L-Arginine, L-Tyrosine, L-Histidine, L-Lysine Hydrochloride, L-Phenylalanine, L-Threonine, L-Methionine
Weight Management Blend – 1,500 mg (1.5 grams)
- Conjugated Linoleic Acid Powder, L-Carnitine L-Tartrate, Green Tea Extract, Green Coffee Extract
Natural Energy and Focus Blend
- Caffeine (from green tea above) and Theobromine
Important to Note: There are 30 servings per container. A single serving is 2 scoops. RSP warn users against exceeding 8 scoops in a 24 hour period OR 6 scoops in a 4 hour period.
We have no problem with the Amino Acid Blend. There’s not much you can do different than what RSP have here.
The Weight Management Blend has a couple of good ingredients in L-Carnitine and Green Tea but they are more useful to us here as energy providers than fat burners.
Side Effects and Health Considerations
This supplement should only be used by adults who exercise on a regular basis.
Those who should not use AminoLean are Pregnant and Breastfeeding women, Children, Elderly people and those suffering from a medical condition which precludes the use of such supplements (check with your doctor), and those who are on prescription meds (again, check with your doc).
The average user should be fine with this product but we’d exercise caution and start with a single scoop (half serving) to assess tolerance.
Conclusion and Recommendations
AminoLean is a solid supplement for energy and faster recovery/growth from a workout. It’s not a dramatic difference in terms of muscle increase but the pre-workout and intra-workout effects on power levels are decent enough.
We’d prefer not to have the weight management blend in there to be honest. It seems RSP just want to put that stuff in everything but really, you just become immune to their effects if you have them in all the supplements.
The BEST workout supplements in the Amino Acid and general workout energy/muscle class are those manufactured by BLACKWOLF.
Blackwolf have dedicated their business to these types of workout products and they have the biggest and most effective (huge 30 gram scoops!!) blends of ingredients.
Follow the link below to read more about Blackwolf if you need something to fuel some hellish workouts.