Overview of Pitbull Labs BCAA
Pitbull Labs is a fairly new company in the sports nutrition field that is gaining a lot of steam, and rightfully so, because of the quality ingredients and products they are putting out. They put a NO B.S. logo on all their supplements because they do not believe in proprietary blends and have a 3rd party seal of approval on each of their products. In addition, a portion of their proceeds are donated to charitable organizations designed to re-home Pitbulls across North America. Supplement for a good cause.
Pitbull Labs BCAA is a solid BCAA product boosting 7g of 2:1:1 ration BCAA per serving along with extra ingredients to help with pump, recovery and fat loss. Pitbull Labs BCAA is more expensive than other straight BCAA products, but this is not just a BCAA product, but an all-in-one muscle recovery product containing high quality, key ingredients that justifies the price.
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed Pitbull Labs BCAA on five categories. We first start by looking at it’s ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at the amount of aminos used, as well as the kind of aminos, the ratio and other ingredients involved in the making of this BCAA powder.
We then look at effectiveness. A high BCAA product will be effective. This is generally an extension of the profile section. The higher quality ingredients used at proper dosages, the more effective that product will be.
Then we move into the taste of the different flavors we’ve tried. We grade each flavor separately and average the scores for their overall taste rating. We were able to test out the following flavors: Strawberry Kiwi.
Mixability refers to how well the powder mixes in 12oz of water. We use the shaker bottle test. This would be your typical Blender Bottle with the spiral chrome ball.
Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, effectiveness, taste and mixability in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of BCAA products on the market; both with and without caffeine.
Not all BCAA are treated equally. Some BCAA products use gimmicks when it comes to their ratios (5:1:1 or 10:1:1). The fact is that the 2:1:1 ratio is still the proven best ratio for muscle recovery. BCAA from Pitbull Labs gives you 7g per serving of 2:1:1 ratio BCAAs sourced from vegan sources. What does that mean? That means you are not getting your aminos from bird feathers or human hair. This is also an impressive serving of BCAAs. You are getting 210g of BCAAs per container. A typical daily dosage of BCAAs is 15-20g. No company provides that per serving, which makes this one of the best BCAA servings for intra-workout on the market.
On top of the quality BCAAs you are getting, you also get the added benefit of L-Glutamine. L-Glutamine helps with muscle recovery (it was given to burn victims to increase their rate of healing initially). You get 2.5g of L-Glutamine. To put this into perspective, most recommend you supplement with 5g of L-Glutamine in addition to your protein powder. This is a solid dosage for an intra-workout.
Pitbull Labs goes a step further to provide 2g of Cittruline. This is not a pump product or a pre-workout. But I have seen pre-workouts with less of a serving of the ever popular Cittruline. Clinical dosage of this ingredient is 6g. You’re getting 1/3 of that in an intra-workout. This is real.
As if that was not enough, they give you 1g of L-Carnitine. This has been shown to increase oxygen levels in your body to allow your brain to send signals to commence fat loss. A lot of companies sell a L-Carnitine product dosed at 1g-3g. You’re getting a full dosage in an intra-workout. Solid.
The last ingredient is the increasingly popular 500mg of Coconut Water Powder. This is for hydration purposes. This is the typical dosage we see in this ingredient in this industry. You can buy this in bulk and you’d supplement it at a high dosage, but in this case this is fine.
Overall, this is one of the best intra-workout, BCAA heavy supplements on the market.
As I noted earlier, the typical daily dosage of BCAAs is around 15-20g (200lb person). You are getting 7g here. As far as effectiveness goes, this is as effective as you can get in one serving.
The addition of Glutamine also helps with muscle recovery and effectiveness. The use of 2g of Cittruline shows in your muscle pumps. I use a pre-workout that has 6g of Cittruline and this additional 2g goes a long way. Something not a lot of companies offer in a BCAA produt, but something that makes this more valuable.
You cannot tell the L-Carnitine is working, it’s not an ingredient like Beta Alanine which gives your the tingly feeling.
Regarding hydration, the addition of the Coconut Powder works as you can tell you feel more refreshed and hydrated.
Overall this is an effective BCAA/intra-workout product.
I honestly didn’t think I was going to like this. But I did. It was refreshing. It was tasty. It tastes exactly as you’d think it would taste when you think of strawberry kiwi.
Mixability was great on the Pitbull Labs BCAA. One serving is 16g (more than most pre-workouts). This mixes better than a lot of pre-workouts that have less of a serving size. The powder formula on this is so good that the product mixes fantastic.
This is the one area in which people might have an issue if they don’t fully understand what they are getting. Pitbull Labs BCAA retails for just around $40 for 30-servings. That is $1.33 per serving. Much higher than most straight BCAA products.
It is extremely important to remember that you’re getting L-Glutamine, L-Cittruline, L-Carnitine and Coconut Water Powder along with 7g of fermented BCAAs (high quality). Now, if you’re not interested in that, then this isn’t for you. However, these ingredients do add value and justify the price tag.