Recently the owners of supplement maker Blonyx reached out and asked if we would review their flagship HMB+Creatine product. I was a bit apprehensive given that Creatine has a reputation for making users retain water and feel bloated. After weighing the pros and cons, I threw caution to the wind and agreed to give Blonyx a thirty day trial.
What Is Blonyx?
Blonyx is a Canadian based supplement company that stresses simplicity, safety and product efficacy. In short, they're trying to establish themselves as an oasis of sanity in the lightly regulated wild west of the supplement market.
The company was founded by Rowan Minnion, a research scientist and CrossFit fanatic (aren't we all?). Most of the key staff members are also CrossFit affiliate owners or coaches.
What Is HMB + Creatine?
Sadly I'm neither a scientist or a doctor, so I'll have to use the definition provided by Blonyx on their site:
Why add Creatine? They've got an answer for that too!
The Thirty Day Challenge
Now that we got all of that science out of the way, on to the product review! I took Blonyx HMB+Creatine as instructed on the package for a full thirty days. The product is a white powder with very little taste. It mixes very well in water which made it easy for me to mix in with my pre-workout.
While I was initially afraid of side effects from the creatine, I'm happy to report that I experienced very little bloating. On the positive side, I felt that the Creating+HMB gave me an added boost during WODs. I also noticed that my muscles weren't as sore or tight as they normally are after a tough workout. That's saying a lot because I've been beating my body up pretty hard following the Dan Bailey programming on Beyond The Whiteboard.
Most importantly, I PR'd my split jerk by 15 lbs and my snatch by 5 lbs during the month! I had stalled on both of those lifts, so it was a real relief to finally get the moving in the right direction again.
Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?
I give Blonyx and the HMB+Creatine product two thumbs up. In my opinion, it performed as advertised and helped me to achieve some new personal bests. The one downside is that a 30 day supply runs about $60 (as of 12/15/2015). That's a bit steeper than what you would pay for a generic brand of creatine at your local supplement shop. The addition of HMB and the company's stated commitment to safety and quality might make that price point more palatable if you aren't on a tight budget.
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Official Blonyx Website: http://www.blonyx.com/