MusclePharm Energy Drink Review: Energy Sport and Energy Sport Zero

Don’t waste your money on either of MusclePharm’s new energy drinks. One has 39 grams of sugar and the other has 0 grams of sugar and 0 calories per can. Regardless, seeing a health company release an energy drink with 39 grams of sugar is irresponsible and disgusting.

The flavors are okay, but nothing to write home about. The ingredient profile is the exact same as any Redbull, Monster, Rockstar or Nos. The only thing different about this drink line is the addition of Beta-Alanine, but if you want Beta-Alanine in an energy drink, buy VPX Redline, which is 500 times the energy drink MusclePharm: Energy Sport/Energy Sport Zero will ever be, and it’s also cheaper.

Also, the folks at MusclePharm were too lazy, cheap and careless to add the most bioavailable form of vitamin b12, methylcobalamin. They, instead, used what you see in any Redbull, Monster, Rockstar or Nos: cyanocobalamin, which the body cannot even absorb.

MusclePharm was evidently so desperate to join the energy drink game that they rushed this drink line out without doing anything new, interesting or creative. It’s trash. Please pass.

MusclePharm Energy Sport and Energy Sport Zero also has less caffeine than Redbull, Monster, Rockstar or Nos. Only 120 milligrams. That’s pitiful and unacceptable given the overdone price point.

Taste: 2/10; average just as anything else on the market.

Overall: 1/10; nothing to see here… just MusclePharm making a mediocre product just to join the energy drink craze.

If you want a good, healthy, caffeinated energy drink, buy VPX BANG energy or SPIKE energy. BANG has 300 milligrams of caffeine, creatine, glutamine, CoQ10 and amino acids. SPIKE has yohimbe, l-tyrosine, the most bioavailable form of vitamin b12 methylcobalamin (which BANG also features!) and 300 milligrams of caffeine as well.

MusclePharm, you should be ashamed of yourselves for releasing a subpar and underwhelming product. The only thing interesting about your drink is the Beta Alanine, but that’s it.

Consumers and general lovers of energy drinks, please pass. This product brings nothing new to the table. I have officially lost respect for MusclePharm for releasing a horrid product like this to the market.

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The New Monster Energy Mini’s

If you haven’t heard of them, go check out your local Wal-Mart’s energy drink aisle and check them out: Monster Energy has released packs of mini energy drinks. Same product, just in smaller cans, and I have a controversial opinion on them:

These little 8 ounce cans? I would have no problem giving them to a child (of at least 7 years of age).

But then again, I’m not a father, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

However, if I sit here and ask you, “Which would you rather give a child? A can of Mountain Dew or a Monster Energy Mini?”, one is likely to come up with a smart ass response or deflect from the question by answering, “Neither! I’ll give them water!” But really, folks, if it came down to that ultimatum between Mountain Dew or a Monster Energy Mini, which one? I’m sure, 90% of the time, the answer will be, “Mountain Dew! It doesn’t have all of that caffeine in it! And all of that other crap!”

Well, if I recall, a 12 ounce can of Mountain Dew contains 54 milligrams of caffeine compared to about 68-70 milligrams of caffeine in an 8 ounce can of Monster Energy Mini.

Are energy drinks dangerous? You tell me. They can be, if your body’s ability to sort out caffeine is poor, if you are dehydrated or if you are a 110-pound little girl slamming back two 24 ounce Monsters in rapid succession. Just like all things in life, moderation is the penultimate calling. The dose is in the poison or, uh, the poison is in the dose. Whatever.

I Love Monster Muscle

I’ve drank a few more Monster Muscle energy drinks since I wrote this post. I love these things. A whopping 152 milligrams of caffeine and 25 grams of protein at only 200 calories. Again, Monster Energy deserves an A+ for the effort they’ve put into creating this line of drinks given how beneficial they are/could be to athletes. Instead of having to take the time to mix protein powder with water/milk in a shaker cup (and taking the time to thoroughly clean the shaker cup afterwards), these ready-to-drink 15 ounce cans are a hell of a lot more convenient, even if perhaps more expensive in the long run.

(Note: I’m not a detractor of protein powders — I have two tubs of Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard Whey Protein in the flavors of mocha cappuccino and cake batter, which are delicious.)

I have to go a bit out of my way to find Monster Muscle, since none of the gas stations in my town carry it (yet), but it’s worth it. My favorite flavor so far is the vanilla, but all three flavors (asides from the aforementioned vanilla, chocolate and coffee) taste like milkshakes.

Thanks for the great product, Monster.

Let’s see if Rockstar comes out with something similar in the long run. I love the competition between these two companies!

Monster Energy’s New Muscle Milkshakes

After months of waiting for Monster Energy’s new protein milkshake “Muscle” drink line to come around to my area (since I basically live in the middle of nowhere), I spotted the flavors yesterday, and I picked up two vanillas, one chocolate and one coffee.

I tried the vanilla yesterday — absolutely delicious. For 200 calories in a total can, you get 25 grams of pure protein via unfiltered skim milk (and what I presume to also be partly 1% reduced fat milk) in the form of casein protein as well as 152 mg of caffeine per can. This is the best thing Monster has came out with since its Rehab series in 2011. This gives Monster an edge over Rockstar and Redbull since nobody else in the energy drink business is doing this. It’s a damned delicious source of protein for active individuals, and hell, I think I could get my 62-year-old mother to drink this with a breakfast featuring bacon and eggs, because it would really be the perfect protein source to her day, especially if I get her to take supplements like vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 with it, since Monster Muscle contains 50% of the RDA value of calcium, and the combination of D3 and K2 with the calcium will direct it where it needs to go: bones/teeth. I digress.

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I give the new Monster Muscle drinks a 10/10. I’ll be buy a lot more on Saturday. I haven’t tried the coffee flavor yet, but I’m drinking the chocolate one now, and it’s absolutely stellar. I love it. I’m getting ready to go and do some bodyweight exercises in about a half hour or so from now, and while caffeine doesn’t hit me like it used to (after four years and five months of constant caffeine consumption, that’s what happens), it at least wakes me up, and who can complain about a delicious source of 25 grams of protein and 20 grams of carbs at only 200 calories? It’s amazing, especially for athletes. Sedentary individuals? Eh…

Casein protein is slow digesting protein compared to, say, whey protein, so it will stay in your body for a few more hours than what you might think.

I’m impressed, Monster.

Now I can only hope that Sam’s Club will put these out into a 24-count case. I’d easily buy 2-3 cases of them.