I first heard of these products from Nic Peterson on Facebook. He is the owner of Relentless Performance in Florida and has been a supporter of Game Plan for quite some time since they were GI Nutrition.
As time wore on I saw more strength athletes and coaches signing up with the company to use and promote their line. I was curious about this company so I did a little looking at their product line and then reached out to Nic. He put me into contact with one of the owners, Chris Karsos, and we had a great conversation about their products, their business philosophy, their devotion to quality and random other Northeast USA things.
See, they are Jersey guys, so it was an instant hit for me right off the bat.
First off is ingredient quality. The protein and Focus Food bars are all-natural and made with grass-fed whey. I can tell you right now that I don’t necessarily give a shit about grass fed or not, but a lot of people do.
I care about taste, value and how it sits in my stomach. This protein goes down incredibly easy, tastes “clean” and doesn’t make my stomach feel like it is stuck in a storm at sea. I know a lot of you know what I mean by that. When you buy a cheap whey, drink it and they feel like you drank a gallon of milk on a lactose intolerant gut; its a bad feeling.
Take a look at the ingredients they have in their whey protein:
Hormone Free Protein Blend (Instantized Whey Protein Isolate, Microfiltered Whey Protein Concentrate), Dextrose, Natural Vanilla Flavors, Xanthan Gum, Stevia, Salt. Contains: Milk.
Not a goddamn chemical name contained. For those that desire a clean protein, you cannot go wrong here. Game Plan takes pride in this fact, as evident by the ingredients and the conversation I had with Chris.
The Focus Food bars were designed by Joe DeFranco and have nothing artificial in them whatsoever. The bar is low in fat, low in sugar, 18 grams of protein and contains 115mg of caffeine with 1500mg of tyrosine. Grass fed whey, clean carbs with a kick. They taste very good so that adds to it.
I mean other bars on the market will taste better, but they are also glorified candy bars. These do taste good, but they are not protein bars by Met-Rx which are loaded with sugar. Let’s face it, you don’t need a protein bar to taste like a Nutrageous bar, if you want that, eat the goddamn candy bar.
You can choose to buy a bar which tastes close to a Reese’s bar but is basically a cheat meal for many, or you can buy a bar that has ingredients like this:
Grass Fed and Organic Protein Blend (Grass Fed Whey Protein Isolate, Grass Fed Whey Protein Concentrate, Organic Rice Protein, Organic Pea Protein), Maltitol, Glycerin, Chocolate Chips, Inulin, Organic Cocoa Powder, Organic Quinoa Crisps, L-Tyrosine, NuVous™, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate Flavor, Organic Vanilla Extract, Caffeine. Contains Milk.
Tell me, which one do you think is better?
If you chose the bar that has these ingredients:
Soy Crisps (Soy Protein Isolate, Tapioca Starch, Salt), Corn Syrup, Chocolate Flavored Coating (Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Cocoa Powder, Whey Powder, Nonfat Milk Powder, Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla), Almonds, Raisins, METAMYOSYN® V100 Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Dried egg white, L-Glutamine), Glycerin, Soy Protein Isolate, Natural Flavors, Crystalline Fructose, Salt, Vitamin and Mineral Blend (Ascorbic Acid, D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Tricalcium Phosphate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Gluconate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Cyanocobalamin), Xanthan Gum, Soy Lecithin, Peanut Flour, Wheat Germ.
Well… take away the added vitamins you should be taking with whole foods and a daily pack, you have a protein bar where soy is the primary protein, 28g of sugar and 13g of fat.
Remember, supplementation is the key word.
Their pre-workout is Pump and it isn’t going to make you feel like your body is about to explode. I know some of you crackheads may love that feeling but that kind of blood pressure spike really isn’t the best thing for you.
Pump does a great job of waking you up and helping you get through the workout. If you really want an extra boost, stack it with a Sizzle pill. I did it the first day I tried the product and it rivaled any pre-workout on the market. Pump is amazing alone (which is what I use) so an extra pill isn’t necessary most days unless you absolutely need it.
The Daily Life pack is a multi-vitamin, greens and EFA support meant to supplement your diet. Remember that key word, supplement. Daily vitamins aren’t meant to replace and they shouldn’t be so potent that you don’t absorb all that vitamins they contain. There is more than enough evidence showing that excessive vitamin consumption MAY be harmful. As in the case of lifting and eating, more isn’t always better.
I know you will say, “but I am a lifter, I need the extra nutritional support” and yes you do, which is why food is the number one thing you need, followed by supplements. This is what I am impressed with about the Life pack, they aren’t overdosed by any means.
When it comes to BCAA support, this line delivers. Recovery is loaded with 6g of BCAA and 5g of creatine per two scoops for a great post-workout recovery drink. It can be used during workouts if you want to.
Now that I pumped them up to the point of doing the selling for them…. Visit my Game Plan page for a 10% discount, all the time, to get a hold of these great products and try them out for yourself. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions and I will do my best to help.
What do I take?
AM – One sizzle pill with a Focus Food bar
Pre-workout – carbs with one scoop of Game Plan Whey and Pump
Post-workout – Gatorade with 2 scoops of Recovery and one scoop of Game Plan Whey
2 Daily Life packs per day (recommended serving)
They have other products you can check out, but these are what I take religiously and I will continue to.
Great company run by good guys and a fantastic product.-----
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