Cyclone bars

tickMuscle Builder
tickWeight gain
tickStrength enhancer
tickAids recovery
tickBoosts energy
tickCreatine based product
tickPart of the Amino Acid group
tickProtein source
How does it work?
Cyclone bars are a natural way to accelerate muscle growth and gain weight. Popular with anyone wanting to gain muscle size and strength without excess fat, each bar contains a blend of nutrients known to promote muscle growth - including Whey Protein, Creatine, HMB and Glutamine.

Per bar:

Energy: 216 kcal (905kJ)
Protein: 22.2 grams
Carbohydrate: 15.2 grams
Fat: 7.3 grams
Fibre: 4.8 grams Performance ingredients:
Creatine Monohydrate: 5 grams
Glutamine: 2 grams
HMB: 1.5 grams
How does it work?
Cyclone bars make it easy and simple to supplement your diet with several compounds known to promote muscle growth, including Whey protein, Creatine, HMB and Glutamine.

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 now proven 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. Although high-quality whey protein isolate is more expensive to manufacture, these results show just how effective it is compared to casein. Whey protein also lowers stress-induced cortisol levels (the hormone that burns muscle for energy), while casein actually raises cortisol [2].

Most nutrition bars contain cheaper protein sources such as casein, gelatin or soya. Gelatin is often derived from horse hooves. It has a very low biological value, and is missing an amino acid (methionine). If you see "gelatin" listed on the ingredients list of a nutrition bar, there's a good chance that about 3 out of every 10 protein grams in the bar come from gelatin. What this means is that if the bar contains 30 grams of protein, almost 10 grams aren't worth anything. If you're eating two bars a day, you're missing out on at least 20 grams of protein (the same amount of protein in a chicken breast). Over the course of several months, this could seriously affect your progress. You'd literally be missing one protein meal a day.

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 24% and 32% 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].

The benefits of high-protein bars with Creatine were also shown at the Fourth Annual American Society of Exercise Physiologists meeting held in Memphis, Tennesse, where researchers presented the results of an exciting new study showing the powerful muscle-building effects of high-protein nutrition bars containing Creatine [11]. In this study, 39 trained men took part in a six-week exercise programme. The men were given one of three protein bars, three times a day, for six weeks. One bar provided 225 calories with 34 grams of milk protein (including a high percentage of whey). The second bar contained the same number of calories, but 14 grams of protein came from soy protein. Bar three provided 290 calories with 35 grams of milk protein and three grams of creatine.

Results revealed that the men given the milk protein bar and the protein and creatine bar gained more muscle mass than those given the soy protein bar. In addition, ingesting the protein and creatine bar promoted greater gains in body weight, lean muscle, bench press strength, muscular endurance, and a greater loss in body fat than the soy protein and milk protein bars.

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 are an ideal combination for anyone who wants to add muscle without gaining fat. Some evidence for this comes from a research group based in Poland [3]. The results of the study, carried out at the Institute of Sport and Physical Education, show that Creatine and HMB are 39% better than HMB alone at increasing strength, and will also help you build muscle up to three times faster compared to just using HMB.

Glutamine is a nutrient essential for muscle growth, as it's the most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue. Your body is able to make glutamine on its own. However, intense physical exercise, or any form of prolonged stress, can deplete glutamine levels. Without an adequate supply of glutamine, muscle growth takes a back seat while your body simply recovers from your last workout. Studies show that strength athletes (such as powerlifters) have lower Glutamine levels than cyclists or runners [12].

Regular high intensity exercise can lead to a 45% drop in glutamine levels in just 7 days [13]. Glutamine stimulates the synthesis of new protein within your muscle, thereby facilitating new muscle growth, and increasing the size and strength of your muscles by increasing muscle cell volumisation (increasing the retention of water within muscle fibres), in much the same way as Creatine does. One trial carried in the prestigious Journal of Nutrition shows that large doses of glutamine accelerate muscle growth four-fold compared to a placebo [14].
How do I use it?
On the days you train, take one Cyclone bar in the morning and another straight after training. Studies show that you'll build more muscle if you take a protein/carbohydrate supplement within 15 minutes of finishing your last set. On your days off, take one Cyclone bar in the morning, and another bar in the evening.
What results can I expect?
Because they contain several nutrients proven to accelerate muscle growth, Cyclone bars take the guesswork out of nutritional supplements, and will save you both time and effort. Combined with a high-protein diet and programme of regular and intense exercise, it's not uncommon for people using Cyclone bars for the first time to pack on half a stone of lean muscle in the first two weeks alone.

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3. Jowko E, Ostaszewski P, Jank M, Sacharuk J, Zieniewicz A, Wilczak J, Nissen S. (2001). Creatine and beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) additively increase lean body mass and muscle strength during a weight-training program. Nutrition, 17, 558-566
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