So two weeks ago I was approached to do a product review on Tri-Pep: Branch Chain Amino Acid Powder for ChiTriBloggers (awesome website) and the awesome lady who runs it Nicole Kesten. I was not paid in anyway shape or form and am not affiliated with the company (nor or any of my family members or friends).
With a name like Tri-Pep...it's got to be good for triathletes, right? So let's break it down...the powder claims to:
- Improve Exercise Performance
- Accelerate Post Workout Recovery
- Preserve Lean Muscle Mass
Despite the name, I am pretty sure the intended market is more body builder athlete. Something no one will ever confuse me with. However, there seemed to be some benefits to be investigated.
Background: I'm three and a half weeks out from Ironman Lake Placid. As any good triathlete would know, I'm in the peak weeks just prior to taper. My volume is high. My intensity is high. I can't eat enough. I can't stay awake. My life is pretty much a cluster at this point. So it seemed like the perfect time to throw one more new thing at my body.
Marketed as a dietary supplement, Tri-Pep is "ideal for any consumer who demands superior quality, uncompromising results, and is looking to increase lean muscle mass, strength, and maximize physical enhancement...guaranteed." Bla, bla, bla...the real questions: HOW DOES IT TASTE?!?!?!? Short answer...not bad.
Available in 4 Flavors:
Lemonade, Grape, Watermelon & Unflavored
The back of the packet has instructions for how much powder per oz of water. I recommend making sure you hit this number correctly. They suggest different amounts based on your ultimate goals from the product.
No suprise, I was focused on using the power as post workout recovery. Coming off workouts ranging from tempo runs, long runs, hard bike intervals, long rides of 4-5 hours, and a mix of short swims and long swims. So pretty much everything.
I used the powder a few times as stand alone (just water) and a few time in my post workout smoothie. No surprise that the powder went in the smoothie unnoticed. As a stand alone drink, it was refreshingly smooth and had a decent taste. Ironically, the "unflavored" had a very green tea flair to it...and was probably my favorite. I actually put it in my green tea one day as a late afternoon drink. Thumbs up.
So, next question: DID IT WORK? I've got no idea.
I've got to say I had no adverse reactions to the powder. I will also say, that I have had excellent recovery throughout training for IMLP. Last week was no different. As an AP statistics teacher, a sample size of 1 is obviously meaningless. However, I will gladly finish the samples provided to me and will consider purchasing some in the future. All in all...good product!