I don’t know about you but when I think about building muscle and getting huge multi vitamins often mentally take a back seat in my supplement regimen. You buy your protein powder, creatine, pre workout formula, maybe some glutamine or BCAA’s, and if there’s enough left over in your supplement budget you may pick up some multi vitamins but only if they’re under $10, right?
Well, here’s the deal; training or not, we simply do not get the required vitamins and nutrients needed from food alone. This leads to my Animal Pak review.
Another thing to consider is that regular vitamins are for regular people. This won’t cut it for you if you’re training with all-out intensity. Our bodies demand more than that which these days most every major supplement company has some sort of multi vitamin or training pack in their product line. I want to talk about one of the training packs that’s been around longer than any other one and that’s Universal Nutrition Animal.
I’m not going to run through the long list of ingredients in Animal Pak for the sake of redundancy; you can Google the label for that info. Let’s just say Animal Pak is loaded with a ton of ingredients.
Now usually I’m skeptical when I see a long list of ingredients on the label of any supplement. This is often an enticement of fillers to make you think you’re getting more for your money. Well, for one Universal has been around since the early 1980’s so that speaks for itself (man, I could totally be a spokesperson for Universal).
Needless to say, I trust the brand Universal. Back to the ingredients, it’s obvious that Animal Pak is much more than just vitamins and minerals. It’s also packed with an amino acid complex, energy complex, performance complex, antioxidants, and digestive enzymes. Animal Pak is designed to prevent nutritional deficiencies and activating the muscle building and recovery process. I’ll discuss this further in my Animal Pak review below.
Animal Pak Dosage
It’s said that you need to take Animal Pak with some sort of fats (preferably healthy fats) as some of the vitamins are fat soluble so I normally take my AP with my 2nd post workout meal which is usually 3-4 whole eggs and oatmeal.
Keep in mind I train early mornings so this is actually my first whole food meal of the day (my first meal is a protein shake, which is immediate post workout; I just prefer to take any multi-vitamins with whole food meals).
If I happen to be taking Animal Pak twice a day, which per the label two packs per day is one serving, I’ll take my second with my dinner which is a whole food meal. It’s rare that I’ve ever taken it a day though. On weekends, or non-training days, I’ll just take Animal Pak with my breakfast. Anytime of the day is ideal as long as it’s taken with food.
My Animal Pak Review
Although I have taken Animal Pak off and on over the years I’ve started taking it in the beginning of 2011 consistently. In short, no other multi or training pack I’ve taken compares AP, in my opinion. As I stated in the beginning, this type of supplement tends to be last on the list for many (including myself from time to time) and when you run out it doesn’t seem to be a huge priority to order another right away. But if you’re training hard this should be a priority.
I want to also reiterate that you need a quality product, not just any cheap bottle of multi’s. Animal Pak isn’t just a multi vitamin; there’s a hefty load of essential ingredients for optimal health and to help you build muscle. In all reality, Animal Pak should be right up there with whey protein in regards to priority.
Animal Pak Review – Pros:
I have more energy in general and just feel better overall. I don’t recall ever getting sick while taking Animal Pak either (although I rarely get sick anyway). I like the fact that it contains not only mega doses of essential vitamins and minerals but also the complexes for energy, performance, aminos, antioxidants, and digestive enzymes (I know I just went over this in the last paragraph, but I feel this is a vital point).
Animal Pak Review – Cons:
None. I don’t really have any complaints about Animal Pak. Some people don’t like the fact that there’s a ton of pills to swallow and I’ve heard a few others gripe about the price. Neither of these are issues for me. I’d be concerned if you could jam all of this into 1 tiny little pill and as far as price, you often get what you pay for.
I must mention that Universal Nutrition has be around since 1977 and still has a hardcore following. There’s a lot to be said for a company thats been around and still thriving this long. And most of Universal Nutrition’s supplements work well for me.
As far as my Animal Pak review, this has become a staple in my supplement regimen. I do try different supplements from time to time. But I always end up going back to Animal Pak.
Train with Passion,