Cyclone

tickMuscle Builder
tickProtein source
tickWeight gain
tickStrength enhancer
tickAids recovery
tickBoosts energy
tickCreatine based product
tickPart of the Amino Acid group
How does it work?
Cyclone is a natural way to accelerate muscle growth and gain weight. It's very popular with athletes who want to build muscle size and strength, including sprinters, rugby players, bodybuilders and regular gym users.

Per 60 grams (1.5 scoops):
Energy: 230.4kcal (962.4kJ)
Protein: 30 grams
Carbohydrate: 21 grams
Fats (including MCTs & EFAs): 4.68 grams

Performance ingredients per daily serving (120 grams)
BIOMAX™ whey protein: 60 grams
Dextrose: 40 grams
Creatine Monohydrate: 10 grams
Glutamine: 10 grams
HMB: 3000 milligrams
Potassium Bicarbonate: 1000 milligrams
Sodium Bicarbonate: 1000 milligrams
Beta-Ecdysterone (97%): 80 milligrams
Bioperine: 10 milligrams
Chromium chloride: 400 micrograms
MCTs & EFAs: 8 grams

How does it work?
Whey protein
Whey protein is a form of protein derived from milk. It has a very high biological value, rich in essential amino acids, and is also low in fat. Many athletes use whey protein for its beneficial effects on muscle growth and the strength of the immune system. The evidence for whey protein continues to grow each month, with scientists showing that it's almost six times more effective than casein at improving exercise performance [4]. Scientists from Australia have also shown that whey protein isolate (the same kind of high-quality protein used in Cyclone) is far superior to casein for muscle growth [6]. Test subjects using whey isolate gained over 10 pounds of muscle, while those using casein gained only 2 pounds.

Dextrose
The term dextrose is used to describe the six-carbon sugar D-glucose. Better known today as glucose, this sugar is the chief source of energy in the body. Dextrose is also an immediate source of energy, and is very effective at driving nutrients such as Creatine and HMB into muscle cells.

Creatine
Creatine supplementation has been shown in a number of studies to enhance maximal strength and accelerate gains in lean muscle mass [7]. For example, test subjects given Creatine for 12 weeks in combination with a weight-training programme gained more strength in the bench press and squat, respectively. What's more, they also gained twice as much lean muscle, despite the fact they did no extra training [8]. These kind of results are typical for most people using Creatine. A study published in the prestigious journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise showed that just five days after using 20 grams of Creatine daily, test subjects gained an impressive 3.1 pounds of lean muscle [9].

Glutamine
Glutamine is a nutrient essential for muscle growth, as it's the most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue. Doctors and clinicians regularly use it to treat patients with illness, injury or infection [13]. Not only does Glutamine play a vital role in building muscle, studies also show that glutamine boosts growth hormone levels, helping you burn fat faster. As little as two grams of glutamine can double growth hormone levels after just 30 minutes [14].

HMB
Every muscle in your body is made up of millions of muscle cells. When you exercise, these cells are subject to tremendous amounts of stress. Think of them like a car tyre - when you train, you create several punctures in the tyre. Proteins then leak from these damaged cells until they are repaired several days later. In simple terms, HMB plugs the leaks in muscle cells, leading to greater gains in lean mass, muscle strength and a reduction in muscle damage during periods of intense training. HMB has been the subject of scientific scrutiny since the mid 1990's, and several studies report impressive findings. For example, Dr. Steve Nissen and a team of researchers followed a group of men for three weeks [10]. Gains in lean muscle were almost three times greater in the group using HMB. In addition, muscle strength doubled in the HMB group. HMB and Creatine is the ideal combination for anyone who wants to add muscle without gaining fat. Research shows that the combination of creatine and HMB is better than HMB alone at increasing strength, and will also help you build muscle up to three times faster compared to just using HMB.

Bicarbonates
Bicarbonates are referred to as "alkaline" salts. This means they have the ability to neutralise or counteract acids. Both potassium and sodium bicarbonate can reduce acid levels in the stomach, increasing the uptake and absorption of various nutrients such as Glutamine and Creatine.

Beta-Ecdysterone
Russian scientists believe that Beta-Ecdysterone has a dramatic and powerful effect on increasing protein synthesis, leading to faster gains in muscle size and strength. One study by top Russian researchers compared Beta-Ecdysterone with Dianabol, which is an extremely powerful anabolic steroid. The study shows that both Beta-Ecdysterone and Dianabol increased the size and strength of the muscles [11]. Russian research published in the Scientific Sports Bulletin shows similar results [12]. A group of 78 elite athletes were assigned to one of three groups. The first group made no changes to their diet. Group two consumed a high-protein diet. Group three combined a high-protein diet with Beta-Ecdysterone. The group making no changes to their diet lost muscle, while athletes on the high-protein diet showed a slight increase in muscle mass. However, those using protein plus Ecdysterone showed a 6-7% increase in lean muscle tissue with a 10% reduction in fat.

Bioperine®
Bioperine® is a standardized piperine extract obtained from the fruits of the black pepper and/or long pepper plants. It has little effect on weight loss, lean muscle gain or sporting performance. Rather, the main effect of Bioperine® is to enhance the bioavailability of various nutrients consumed with it.

Chromium chloride
Chromium is an essential trace mineral that helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels. Both human and animal studies show that chromium supplementation increases fat loss and promotes a gain in lean muscle tissue [15]. Chromium polynicotinate, chromium picolinate and chromium chloride are the most popular forms of chromium supplement. When taken as part of a nutrition and training programme designed for weight gain, chromium will help to divert calories away from fat storage and towards muscle gain. Some bodybuilders also report that chromium gives them greater pumps, vascularity and muscle fullness.

MCT's
Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are a class of fatty acids found in coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and butter. They are different from other fats in that they're digested and absorbed much faster than conventional fats (in fact, as rapidly as carbohydrate) and are immediately available for energy. MCTs can be used by people wanting to gain weight and muscle without gaining fat.
How do I use it?
On the days you train, take one serving of Cyclone in the morning and another straight after training. Studies show that you'll build more muscle and recover faster if you take a protein/carbohydrate supplement within 15 minutes of finishing your last set. On your days off, take one serving of Cyclone in the morning, and another serving in the evening.
What results can I expect?
It's not uncommon for Cyclone users to gain up to 7 pounds of muscle in the first two weeks of use. This, however, depends on the individual, and results do vary. For Cyclone to be most effective, it should be combined with a high-protein diet and programme of regular resistance exercise.

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