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MusclePharm is one of the biggest and best known companies in the supplement business, so the recent announcement of a new line of products known as the ‘Hardcore Series’ has caused a great deal of excitement. All products in the series are transparently dosed and devoid of proprietary formulas. Diesel is a blended protein, and along with pre-workout Wreckage and post-workout formula Gainz, make up the first release in this new line. Does Diesel live up to its hardcore brand name?

MusclePharm Diesel Highlights

  • Transparently dosed
  • Low fat & Carb
  • Added Glutamine

MusclePharm Diesel Ingredients and Dosage

Like MusclePharm’s best known protein, Combat, Diesel is a protein blend, but in this case the brand has stuck with whey. Diesel is one of the only protein blends on the market to declare the relative amounts of each component protein, so we know that each serve features 15g of whey isolate, and 10g of whey concentrate, accompanied by 5g of glutamine, 3g of carbs (1g sugar, 1g fibre), 1g of fat. Each 35g serve comes in at 140 calories.

MusclePharm Diesel Pros & Effectiveness

With protein spiking accusations flying round, and proprietary formulas hiding underdosed ingredients, transparency has become a massive issue in the supplement world. MusclePharm has attacked this head on with the inclusion of a full ingredient panel on their new product line. Listing the exact amounts of each protein type in a blended product is quite rare, and this level of detail makes the product very attractive to serious trainers and to those people who have an interest in supplement timing.

Glutamine is known to be one of the most important amino acids in the muscles, and can make up almost 60% of the free amino acid pool in muscle tissue. Glutamine is heavily depleted during intense exercise, so it stands to reason that the type of serious trainer who is going to be attracted to a range like Hardcore is also very likely to be supplementing glutamine to prevent catabolism, maintain immune health, and stay in top form. MusclePharm has included a solid dose of this important amino in every serve.

Overall, this is a good quality, well formulated product that fits in well with the move toward simplicity that a lot of brands are undertaking. Because Diesel is low in fat and carbs it is versatile enough to be used by people who are bulking, and also those on a cut.

MusclePharm Diesel Cons & Negatives

Protein spiking has been a big issue recently, and public opinion of amino-enriched proteins is currently at a low point . Although the formulation of Diesel is 100% transparent, and glutamine is a functional addition that will be welcomed by many people, now could be a bad time to launch a protein like this onto the market.

Glutamine is also the main point of difference for Diesel. While many are likely to applaud the convenience of this product, people who aren’t sold on the added glutamine have a wide variety of good quality whey blends to choose from, including Optimum Nutrition’s best selling 100% Whey Gold Standard or Elemental Nutrition's great value 100% Whey which features the added benefit of whey hydrolysate and peptides.

MusclePharm Diesel Taste & Mixability

MusclePharm has forged a reputation for flavouring, and Combat regularly and deservedly rates a mention when the best tasting proteins are discussed. Such conversation inevitably turns to which of their many flavours is the best – MusclePharm made something for everyone with Combat. Unfortunately this is not the case with Diesel, which comes in an uninspiring choice of chocolate or vanilla. This is a very small issue and both flavours mix easily and taste great. We are hoping this limited flavour range is just a start.

MusclePharm Diesel Overall Verdict

MusclePharm has done something new, in creating one of the most transparently dosed proteins on the market. Diesel is a versatile product that can accompany any stage of muscle building. This quality product will appeal to serious trainers who appreciate the added benefits of glutamine and the convenience of a single product.

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