1. Why is protein so important?
A: Protein plays a critical role in almost all biological processes. The amino acids within the protein serve as the protein's building blocks. When muscles are broken down from the stress of training, it's the amino acids that facilitate the recovery process, working hard to rebuild and fortify your muscle tissue bigger and stronger.
2. Are American Gainz products regulated by the FDA?
A: Yes, American Gainz products are all considered conventional foods and NOT “Dietary Supplements” by the FDA. As you may or may not know, the FDA is not authorized to review dietary supplement products for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed. This allows the supplement industry to target markets with extreme effectiveness. The easiest way to tell if a product is considered a Conventional Food or a Dietary Supplement is by referencing the back of the package; “Nutrition Fact Panels” are issued for foods, “Supplement Fact Panels” are issued for dietary supplements. The scary truth is that "post market regulated" supplements ONLY get regulated through legal actions as a result of consumers getting sick.
3. What is Tactical Recovery?
A: Tactical Recovery (TR) was our original creation, well before it was realized that "American Gainz" would ever be sought after as a trusted provider of performance nutrition rooted in the local fitness community of Houston Texas. it was designed to actually provide a solution to post workout recovery that didn't include a plastic tub full of lies.
The formula is simple, yet when compared to the competition in the fitness recovery space TR offers value above and beyond the industry's big wigs looking to take your cookies.
The TR base is grass fed whey isolate 100% sourced in Idaho through our partnership with local milk farms. The base alone yields 25 grams of protein per serving along with 5 grams BCAAs naturally occurring. This base is then fortified with another 5 grams of fermented plant based (vegan) BCAAs in 2:1:1 ratio. Essentially we created two products in one, full serving of Whey Protein along with full serving of additional BCAAs.
The value doesn't stop there. The flavor system for TR is all natural with organic sweetener (coconut sugar) and Organic Cocoa used for flavor. The small amount of added organic coconut sugar was chosen to help round out the sweet sensation peaks brought by Monk Fruit & Stevia and also to help kick start replacing energy stores after the workout. The amount of sugar added is equivalent to 2 apple slices.
Lastly, we are proud to announce with the latest formula that TR no longer contains < 1% organic soy as the emulsifier (allows powder to mix in water), but rather the same amount of sunflower is used as the emulsifier! TR contains nothing artificial and absolutely no fillers, gums, blends, or ingredients that sound like chemicals. Enjoy it!
4. Why does absorption matter when talking about the recovery process?
A: The faster protein is absorbed into your bloodstream, the faster it gets to your muscles, helping to produce the Gainz you want. This is why the Whey protein market has exploded over the last few decades, convenience & efficiency.
When athletes approach the American Gainz team with questions indicating they are new to the performance nutrition space; our conversation ALWAYS starts with:
- Do you meal prep?
- Is it possible to achieve your goals through traditional food alone?
- Why are you considering sourcing this type of nutrition solution?
9 times out of 10, we advise dialing in your performance nutrition diet via the grocery store alone. We create products that will no doubt elevate your performance and fitness to new levels, however not doing the basics routinely will prove to be counter productive.
This mentioned, did you know, It takes several hours for whole proteins, such as beef, chicken, or fish, to breakdown and get processed into usable nutrients by your body? For Tactical Recovery, Core, & Strength, we are talking about bloodstream absorption in minutes. This is why adding powdered protein or bcaas to your regiment will almost always serve you well.
5. Talking about "The Big Scoop," why does the size of the scoop matter?
A: Premium whey protein is, by nature, fluffy and light in weight. Our full scoop weighs 32 grams and has a huge volume at 94cc. Now imagine if 32 grams fit into a 74cc volume scoop, ask yourself: Why is that product so dense?
This may be an indicator that fillers, metals or moisture have been added to weight up the product. The reason being, the majority of main stream proteins are bought in terms of dry weight from over seas, more weight equates to greater profit margins for the suppliers.
At AGN, we encourage you to pay close attention to serving size, protein content, and scoop size. The leanest & cleanest proteins are light and fluffy, when mixed with water they should reconstitute the same consistency as fresh wet whey. Whey is light; fillers are not.
Don't be fooled and don't settle! #BigScoop
6. Which American Gainz product best promotes weight loss?
A: American Gainz “Strength” is a perfect solution for athletes looking to naturally suppress the appetite with the goal cutting weight and using a protein as a meal replacement. Our casein protein contains a high-quality blend of essential, nonessential, and branched-chain amino acids, and because of its mechanically super sticky nature, it takes several hours to digest (sticks to your gut) leaving you feeling full much longer than typical whey protein concentrates.
Since the launch of Strength, we have been blessed with the highlight reels of before & after progress updates shared from countless aspiring athletes and health advocates. Your stories help drive our community to greatness, Thank You!
7. What is Amino Spiking?
A: Amino Acid Spiking is a best kept secret among the majority of main stream nutritional supplement companies. This practice is shameful at best, for the sole reason of elevating profit margins.
Amino acid spiking is essentially the practice of dumping high amounts of the cheapest, least valuable amino acids into a product in order to cut costs while boosting the total protein content. Did we mention, products created & sold as "Supplements" under the DHSEA are not regulated before sold at your local supplement store.
This means that you’re not getting a complete protein source, but rather ineffective free form amino acids that contribute nothing to support muscle protein synthesis. Be aware of products that are not transparent of their Amino Acid Profiles, or profiles that say “Typical whey protein profile” but don’t say it’s their protein.
We are proud to be transparent with our Amino Acid Profile:
8. As a competing Athlete, do any AGN products contain banned substances?
A:. AGN is committed to providing performance products that are free of all banned substances as per the U.S Anti-Doping Agency. Our Products contain No banned substances, but rather only the leanest premium ingredients 100% made in the USA. One of our brand Ambassadors is Sarah Robles, Team USA Olympic bronze medalist who just recently broke the USA National Record for the C&J (162 kg) at the 2018 American Open. You won't a more bad ass athlete subject to the most stringent WADA drug tests year round as she trains for the next Olympics.
9. How much protein should I be taking per day?
A: The general recommendation for protein intake for active individuals is one gram per pound of body weight. So if you weigh 68 kg (150 lbs) you should try to consume 150 grams of protein per day.
- If your goal is to gain weight we beg you not to waste money on powdered weight gainers. These powdered carbs are literally some of the biggest rip offs in the industry. Stick to buying protein, as protein is generally expensive and making your own whey from the milk at the grocery store will prove to be even more expensive. However, you can purchase dry oats for very cheap, spend the time and blend those oats into powder and add to your protein shake. So cheap, and so effective. For added fats or oils, peanut butter and coconut oil are excellent solutions!!!
- If you’re looking for a protein to support a lean physique, any of our products alone when mixed with water will support this goal. Get shredded!
10. What about the days I’m not training: Should I be taking Tactical Recovery?
A: While Tactical Recovery is specially designed to lock in your GAINZ post-workout, everyday consumption may be expensive, especially if your body isn't demanding it. Instead of driving taking the chopper to work everyday, sometimes its fun to drive the G-Wagon. In this analogy, Core is the G-Wagon and serves as an amazingly healthy and clean product designed for everyday consumption. Both products will get you there, but for non-training days, why waste the jet fuel.
11. Whey upsets my stomach, will American Gainz protein products help with this?
What we have found is that athletes with sensitive stomachs rejoice in the fact that our products contain next to zero lactose and ZERO fillers.
- Note: Unlike like Casein, Whey Protein in general is not 100% digestible, and the remaining undigested whey proponents as they work through your GI tract may cause some unsettling gut reactions.
Most well marketed protein powders unsettle the stomach not because of the whey, but rather the fillers and undisclosed ingredients that make up the majority of the serving. These items include, undisclosed ingredients, processing residue, harsh maskers, and protein blends in general.
We recommend you pay attention to how you feel after you consume anything and everything. With all the intense athletes we work with daily, we have noticed a positive correlation with intense fitness and IBD issues. So If you suffer from any form of IBD, you know how terrible it can be, so please experiment with caution, you are not alone.
12. What American Gainz Product is best for Muscle Growth & Size?
A: Although Whey protein is very popular for many reasons, the protein contained in cow’s milk responsible for the growth potential allowing baby calves to double in size over and over again is actually 80% Casein Protein and only 20% Whey Protein. Whereas Whey is excellent for immediate post workout solutions and kick starting muscle repair, it’s impossible to argue with nature, with the right diet and workout regiment, Casein provides the size. #GetBig