I received creatine, pre-workout concentrate, amino, glutamine, casein, and whey protein complex. These are all items from the ARO Back Series. Some of these items I don't have an interest in using seeing as how they won't fit in with my health and workout goals. For example, the creatine. I decided to give them to my husband to try since he already uses creatine and would love to try some of the other products I can't use. I'll give his review on it soon.
Vitacost Aro Black Series Whey Protein Complex Plus
Flavor: Chocolate Peanut Butter
A protein supplement is part of my daily diet when I am working out 5-6 days a week. I eat a lot protein in my foods, so I usually opt for protein supplements that have less than 30 grams of protein. This claims to have 20 grams. This is a thick powdery substance and it was hard to mix with water. Anytime I mixed a powder substance with any kind of liquid, I always had trouble with little chunks of powder that won't dissolve unless you use a shaker, a blender, or something else that would shake it up really good. Seeing as how this is a thick powdery substance... I expected to deal with that issue. I didn't care for the flavor I was given. It had a horrendous taste. It might taste good to the peanut butter lover, but not for me. It tastes a bit like peanut butter and I hate peanut butter. If I ever bought this in the future I will opt for the vanilla flavor.
Vitacost Aro Black Series Pre-Workout ConcentrateFlavor: Pink Lemonade
This is not something I would use on a daily basis. I would take this supplement only on days when I am seriously dragging with no energy. On days where I don't feel like working out and I have to push myself to not only workout, but to get through the workout as well. Doesn't matter how healthy you eat and how active you are... we all get those days where we are just dragging through the day and feeling sluggish. I have tried everything from energy drinks to energy shots and I hated them all. They gave me a boost, but not without the jitters hours after taking it, and I can forget about the cola energy drinks! They mess me up pretty badly! I feel like total crap hours later. The flavor I was given is one of my favorites. It doesn't taste the best, but it tastes pretty good for a supplement of this sort. It mixes very well with water. The directions tell you to mix 1 scoop with 8 oz water and that you can use up to 3 servings per day. This product also contains caffeine which is something I usually stay away from during the weight loss period except for the occasional cup of coffee. It states under the warning label that each serving contains as much caffeine as about 2 cups of coffee. I loved the boost I got and no jitters afterwards. I took it a few hours before my workout on a day I seriously need some energy to push through my workout. Not only was I able to get through it, but I was able to work 2 times harder during. After my workout I still had tons of energy and cleaned my entire house which was lacking lately due to my energy levels and well.... I was feeling super lazy, lol. Sometimes, either my workout suffers or my household chores suffer when it comes to lack of energy on some days. This is definitely something I will be adding to my list of health/fitness tools.
Keep a lookout for the 'part 2' posting.
Disclosure: I have received these products free for product review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.