The Ronnie Coleman Signature Series will be hitting Australian shores in early 2012, coinciding with the return to Australia of the man himself in April. Considered by many as the strongest bodybuilder in the world during his professional career, he currently holds the record for most number of IFBB wins at 26 and also shares the record with Lee Haney for most number of Mr Olympia’s won at 8.
With such a strong and revered reputation as well as his global recognition, there was no doubt that sooner or later, Ronnie would attach this recognition onto his own line of supplements. After all, you don’t hold world records unless you know a bit about what works and what doesn’t. This 3 part series looks at the three products being offered in his range and what we can expect. Part 1 will look at Ronnie Coleman’s Myo-Blitz.
Ronnie Coleman Myo-Blitz Review
What Is It?
Myo-Blitz is the pre-workout supplement from Ronnie Coleman’s signature range. As with most pre-workout supplements, its primary aims are to improve energy, focus and intensity for a high quality workout each and every time
An initial look at Myo-Blitz and its ingredients gives off the image of a no frills, straight to business sort of pre-workout supplement. The inclusion of commonly used ‘functional energy drink’ ingredients such as B vitamins, Caffeine, Taurine and Glucorunolactone aim to reproduce the increased energy, focus and alertness experienced with consumption of these drinks1.
Myo-Blitz also contains other commonly used pre-workout ingredients such as Phenylalanine and Tyrosine, both amino acids which when lacking or deficient in the body cause symptoms such as decreased alertness and energy levels. The inclusion of Schizandra and Creatine for their ability to increase physical working capacity is also a common trait among pre-workouts.
Difference From the Competition
As with Myo-Blitz, Resurrect-P.M contains HICA or DL-alpha-hydroxy-isocaproic acid, which can help promote muscle growth through its anti-catabolic abilities3. The inclusion of creatine is also a great move to boost creatine levels in the body, a well studied way to improve strength and intensity in the gym as well as muscle growth4. Creatine has also been shown in some studies to promote reduced muscular damage after resistance training5,6.
Myo-Blitz also incorporates a novel new ingredient in the form of Astragalus Membranaceus, a plant commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine for treating diabetes and also to boost the immune system. A recent 2011 animal study3 was able to show improved endurance performance with Astragalus supplementation.
While not exactly different from competition, the use of L-citrulline is a testament to the Ronnie Coleman brand listening to the research, which has begun to shown that l-citrulline maybe more effective than arginine in increasing nitric oxide levels.
Of Particular Interest
An interesting absence from Ronnie Coleman’s Myo-Blitz is the potent stimulant 1,3 Dimethylamylamine (also known as Geranamine and/or Geranium). While 1,3 Dimeth is a potent and effective stimulant, removing it is a good move as a way of expanding its potential customer base due to 1,3 dimeth’s precarious position in the Australian and global supplement and sporting industry’s.
The Black Sheep
An odd addition would be Citrus Aurantium or bitter orange extract. While it is a well known and effective fat loss ingredient4, it seems rather out of place compared to the other ingredients.
Who It's For
Myo-Blitz is a pre-workout supplement for the trainer who wants a boost in energy and concentration without the crashes. A no frills and serious supplement for those wanting a bit more intensity and drive for their current workouts.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series which will look at Ronnie’s version of a testosterone booster. Yeah BUDDY!!!
_1. van den Eynde F, van Baelen PC, Portzky M, Audenaert K. ‘The effects of energy drinks on cognitive performance.’ Tijdschr Psychiatr. 2008;50(5):273-81.
2. Mero AA et al. ‘Effects of alfa-hydroxy-isocaproic acid on body composition, DOMS and performance in athletes.’ Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2010: 7:1
3. Deng ZH and Hu QL. ‘Effect of Astragalus membranaceus polysaccharides on oxidative damage in skeletal muscle of exhaustive exercise rats.’ African Journal of Agricultural Research Vol. 6(17), pp.4086-4090, 5 September, 2011
4. See article on Fat Loss Ingredients: http://www.mrsupplement.com.au/fat-burning-protein