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Blonyx HMB+ Creatine Review

(I’m no “nutritionist”, scientist, or engineer, hell I can barely stick to a diet. Don’t expect much technical stuff out of me on this subject matter.)

You don’t see me do very many reviews on supplements because well, I think when it comes supplements, everyone’s experiences will be YMMV  (your mileage may vary). Honestly, I should be a pro on the subject by now, I’ve been supplementing ever since I was a budding kid in high school not knowing that I was actually allergic to whey. Around 2010 is when I really got into taking supplements other than protein; things like pre-workout, nitric oxide, even so called fat burners. The one thing that I never got into was creatine monohydrate. Hell, I even tried kre-alkalyn, just never the real deal. It wasn’t until sometime after I started CrossFit, that I decided I needed to bulk up, and creatine was the way to do it. There’s nothing like your first creatine cycle, I went from a measly 160 to a pretty muscular 170lb, but most of all, I couldn’t believe how much it helped me last throughout my workouts. Since then, I’ve been a believer in creatine being the most effective supplement you can take, even more so than protein!

(I’m not going to go over the benefits of creatine, you can find that here.)

I’ve tried a ton of different brands and I’m not sure if it’s just the law of diminishing returns or not, but sometimes I see results and sometimes I don’t. Like I said, there’s nothing like your first creatine cycle, so maybe that’s what I’m basing things off of. More recently I’d been using a generic brand I found off of Amazon, once again not really seeing a ton of difference in my performance. To me, creatine was creatine anyways. That is, until I was contacted by Blonyx to check out their HMB+ Creatine, a brand and product that I had known of for a long time, but their higher than normal price tags always put me off.  Blonyx products are more expensive for a reason, for which you can find here, but also in my case, because they work.

(ugly 215 pr and 225 attempt, pre-Blonyx)

Starting a creatine cycle in the holiday season was probably not the best time, due to all the parties and food, but I started mine right after my birthday with the 30-day supply lasting me all the way up into mid-January. Prior to the cycle, I weighed 170lbs, which is the lightest and leanest that I’ve been in a few years. Also, I had been off my creatine cycle for about a month, so the timing was perfect. I followed the directions to a T, 2 scoops a day, even on non training days but I didn’t do any kind of loading, and I usually always take my creatine with some kind of carb. My numbers at the start of the test were a 280 clean, 255 jerk, 385 backsquat, 325 frontsquat and 215 snatch (really ugly); the powerlifts had been higher before, but the oly movements were lifetime PR’s.

(225 post Blonyx)

By the time I was done with the Blonyx creatine and after the holiday season, I had gotten to a solid 175lb. I’m not quite sure how much of that was fat and how much of that was muscle. My training remained pretty similar to what I was doing before I started the cycle; I’ve been following Competitor’s Training for about half a year now. Honestly, I didn’t notice my metcon endurance change too much, but when it’s cold, I tend to suck more. My strength however, took a major turn for the better. When it came time to test 1RM’s for the oly lifts in late January/early February, I came up with some milestone PR’s! My snatch went up to the milestone of 225 and it was much cleaner than my ugly 215. I ended up cleaning 300lbs, though pretty ugly, but I was able to easily clean 285 now. Most surprisingly of all, I hit 405 on my backsquat for a lifetime PR that was way easier than any of my previous 400lb lifts that I hit at a heavier bodyweight. Those gains are definitely worth $60, so Blonyx, you’ve made a believer out of me.

(405 post Blonyx.)

Honestly, I can’t tell you if the gains were from the Blonyx HMB+ Creatine or just because of the training cycle I was on, but all last year, my numbers plateaued and I hadn’t PR’d in ages. Could be a placebo effect, but probably not, though YMMV. If I had to say there was something bad about Blonyx’s creatine, it’s that it smells like BO. There’s no taste to it, it’s not the grittiest creatine but it’s definitely not micronized, but man, the smell is really off-putting if you get it onto your hands or just take a whiff of it; purely superficial but that’s really it.

You might think it’s $60 price tag for roughly 60 servings is expensive, like I did, but spending $15 on 2lbs of junk that doesn’t even work is literally like throwing money in the trash. Even worse, you’ll spend all that time trying to finish the product, but time is something you’ll never get back. You’re better off spending your money, time, and energy on stuff that’s proven.

Get your Blonyx HMB+ Creatine here!

(Special thanks to Blonyx for providing me the product and getting me to a 225 snatch, 300 clean and 405 back squat!!!)




2017 CrossFit Training Shorts Buyer’s Guide

The response from my 2015 and 2016 shorts buyers guide has been amazing. The shorts in both of those guides are still top choices and many of them are still currently being produced. All the shorts in this guide are ones that I’ve gathered since making the last video, and I’m sure I’ll have another guide out by the end of the year. These are all the best shorts that I currently have in my rotation!

For reference: I’m 5’8′, 175lb, size 32 waist typically in jeans! I mainly wear a size medium in my shorts.

Links to purchase all the shorts in this video:



Push Apparel

Myles Apparel


Redline Gear


Flexion Gear

Victory Grips Review

The quest to find the best gymnastics grips might be over! Though I liked the Bear Komplex grips, I was never 100% satisfied with them. My awesome followers put me on to the Victory Grips, and so far I love them. Like most grips, they’re not perfect, but so far they’re the best performing as far as grip and comfort go. Durability has yet to be seen, but I doubt these are going to have any issue there. If you have issues with normal grips, check out the Victory Grips.

Utzy Naturals Essentially-U & U-Omega Review

If you hadn’t already noticed, I don’t do a ton of supplement reviews. Not because I don’t personally use them, but I feel like supplements are generally a YMMV kind of thing. What works for me, might not be guaranteed to work for you, and vice versa. While everyone’s needs are different at the end of the day, I think it’s safe to say that there are a few things that most people could benefit from – a multi-vitamin and omegas.

We all have the friend that will do whatever it takes to get their workout in, but slacks in the nutrition department. Hell, that might even be you. Whatever the case, the saying “abs are made in the kitchen” is for the most part, true. Now I’m not saying that you’re going to get abs by taking a multi-vitamin, but chances are that person that’s slacking in the meal prep department is also not getting in their proper vitamins and minerals. I’m a big supporter of just eating real food to get your nutrients in, but even with the best meal prep, it’s hard to get the proper intake in.

Multi-vitamins are all over the place, but ones that are actually made from quality ingredients are far and few. Utzy Naturals is a brand from people that actually live the life driven to create a premium product. I’m not going to go through all the testing procedures acting like I know a thing about them, but it sounds to me there are some tight tolerances in perfecting the quality of their product. Essentially-U is what Utzy’s dubs their super premium multi-vitamin. For a full breakdown of the ingredients, check their site, but it not only includes vitamins, but also comes chock full of anti-oxidants, macro and trace minerals. It’s multi in quite literally, in order to get a full serving of it, you need to take 6 capsules. What I do is just split them up into 2’s that I take with meals throughout the day. You’d probably be best suited going for the 180 capsule container that will last you a month and auto subscribe to increase the savings.

Omegas are a different story – we actually need to get these from outside sources. Our bodies don’t naturally produce these, so we need to consume them, and yes, you need them. As much as I’d like to have a sushi driven diet, taking a few gel capsules is much more convenient and cheaper.  You also won’t have to deal with any fishy tastes, because these omegas have a lemon flavor to them. To be honest, I didn’t taste anything either way, but I have heard only females can actually taste fish oil and get the burps.  One capsule packed with 430mg of EPA and 290mg of DHA will keep you covered per day. I would go for the savings and get the 120 capsule bottle to keep you going for 3 months.

Back to the whole YMMV thing, I can’t tell you that these multi-vitamins and fish oil will make a difference you’ll actually feel. It’s probably placebo, but I feel better overall when I’m consistently taking fish oil. I’m somewhat spotty with multi-vitamins, but it couldn’t hurt you to take either of them. You’ll just have to try them and come up up with your own verdict. What I can tell you is that Utzy has what they call their empty bottle guarantee: Try it for a month to see if you like it and if you don’t, send it back for a full refund no questions asked. There are a few different ways to purchase, including an auto subscription plan in which you’ll receive a 10% discount. Granted, Utzy sells their products at a slight premium, but you can rest assured that you’re getting some of the best products in the industry.

You spend so much time in the gym and money on equipment, trying to better your health through fitness, so it’s not entirely crazy to invest in quality supplements that will benefit you. You probably spend $54 bucks a month on random stuff you don’t need anyways and if you can save $20 a month, that pays for the 180 count bottle of fish oil.