ISSUE 98 - April 2, 2012 social networks YouTube Facebook Twitter

This Month's Expert:

This is Rafael Rebello's final week with us and he does not disappoint. He continues from last weeks position but finishes with a dynamic cartwheel and a choke. It's important to keep a good base when landing and maintain pressure and a good grip on your opponent's collar. Watch it and make it your own!.....

Rafael Rebello

This week Rafael "Formiga" Barbosa shares with us one of his secrets from reverse half guard. If you want to know how to attain the reverse half, check out one of our former experts Ricardo Liborio in the archives. When Formiga swings his leg over, he makes sure to pinch his knees together which keeps his opponent's leg and hips trapped. This power play is simple but may be the missing piece for your reverse half guard...WATCH NOW >

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Pete Roberts

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Gaspari Trial: MyoFusion Probiotic Series (Chocolate).

By Jason Clement: The Gaspari Guinea Pig

myofusionThis week, we are reviewing Gaspari Nutrition’s “MyoFusion Probiotic Series” protein powder.    I have to say, I have had a blast testing Gaspari’s products.  Having used a few different protein powders over about two years, I have some sort of vague reference to compare this product to.  Admittedly I have only used the low quality one or two brands that can be found in the vitamin isle at your unnamed one stop shopping center.

Immediately you’ll notice that Myofusion has a unique offering in that it contains probiotics to support digestive health.  If you are not familiar with probiotics, they are live bacteria culture’s that upon consumption, set up shop in your digestive tract and aid with digestive health.  Probiotics can be acquired by eating various foods such as yogurt, cheese, sauerkraut, and even wine and beer.  There are also many supplemental sources of probiotics that can be found at your local pharmacy.

Another unique aspect to Myofusion is what they refer to as their “six stage protein blend.”  Nowhere on the label is this product referred to as a whey protein concentrate, or whey protein isolate.  Gaspari simply states that this is a protein powder, and with closer investigation on the label, it is obvious that this is not a whey protein supplement.  The “six stage protein blend,” is a combination of whey protein concentrate, brown rice protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, egg albumin, milk protein isolate, and whey protein hydrolysate.  These all combine for what is 24g protein per 39g scoop.   What this means is that you are receiving multiple sources of protein, all of which absorb at varying rates.

The solution does contain 9g carbohydrates per scoop, accompanied by 2g of fat.  This is slightly higher in carbohydrates than other protein powders I have used prior, and is something to take into consideration for those who are super strict about their carbohydrates.  For the majority of people, especially those practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, this should not be an issue.  It is also gluten free, meaning it is acceptable to the growing populace that support a glutenfree lifestyle.  The product is sweetened primarily with sucralose, and is aspartame free.  I would have liked to have seen stevia as the primary sweetener in this product, simply because it is a natural source, and not an artificial sweetener.  However sucralose does not seem to be as heavily scrutinized as aspartame, and it is used in almost all protein powders, so this is only a minor criticism....READ NOW >

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