Product Reviews, April 2008: An In-Depth Look At Cold Fusion & NO-XS!

The following is an independent product review of Cold Fusion EX & Higher Power NO-XS. Learn more from this descriptive review about these great NO products!

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Review Of Cold Fusion EX
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Cold Fusion EX LG Sciences Presents:
Cold Fusion EX

There's no waiting with Cold Fusion EX. Take it before your workout and watch your workout explode. Our double dose of the two strongest forms of Nitric Oxide (NO) boosters give you the satisfaction of shirt-busting pumps as your blood vessels dilate and blood races to your muscles.
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My diet has been slowly improving lately, but as of right now, it still leaves a little to be desired overall. As a result of years of training and monitoring my diet, I can now tell with great confidence when a supplement works and when it doesn't.

Cold Fusion EX by LG Sciences is one of those supplements which boasts pretty big claims. Not as big as some of the supplements I've seen, but definitely claims which make the user have high expectations in the product. I will cite these claims below and include my comments based on my one day trial of the supplement:

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Claim #1:
"Cold Fusion EX is the next generation in nitric oxide and creatine formulations designed to give you size and strength gain that surpass any other product on the market today."
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    This is a bold claim, and I can't comment definitively on this based on only a one day trial, but I can say that the quality of my one day use of Cold Fusion EX proved it to be as good as virtually any other NO product I have ever tried, including NanoX9 by MuscleTech and NO-XPLODE by BSN.

    That having been said, there are other variables at play such as rest and diet, not just during the day of training, but for the days prior, so as I said, it's difficult to make a definite judgment, but I can consistently tell when a supplement works well, and this one certainly did.

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Claim #2:
"This product will give you amazing pumps, incredible strength and mass gain from the first scoop."

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    If a product says that it will give you a great pump (or another great result) from the very first scoop, it makes it pretty easy to determine whether or not that company is being honest or not. If it proves that the supplement manufacturer did not make honest claims in such a case, it harms their credibility in all other cases.

    From my vantage point, I definitely achieved a great pump using Cold Fusion EX from the very first scoop. Without a shadow of a doubt, my workout was better than it had been in weeks and the pump lasted for a long time afterwards and slowly tapered off over a matter of many hours. Definitely a great feeling and I would attribute that to this supplement.

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Claim #3:
"Cold Fusion EX is designed to pack on muscular size, while skyrocketing your strength with even the first scoop. These are results that you can feel in the gym and see in the mirror."

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    In order to reap the anabolic benefits of Cold Fusion EX in terms of gaining muscle size, I would need to use it for an extended period of time to benefit from the creatine ethyl ester (CEE), and creatine monohydrate.

    As it is now I consider myself to be somewhat of a guinea pig when it comes to supplements, and don't wish to be using supplements for extended periods of time which is why I review many supplements based on one day or one week trials. I cannot comment on the anabolic potential of Cold Fusion EX, but I can comment on the strength gains.

    My shoulders workout consisted of a maximum of 120 pounds in total for dumbbell presses (60 pounds in each hand). I did these for three sets of 12 reps and one set of 10 reps, and each set was easy for me. That said, I normally lift much heavier weight than that but today I trained at the gym in my university which has giant rubberized dumbbells which are extremely awkward to lift once they get very heavy since they are so big in surface area.


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    The 60 pounders were the traditional steel and iron dumbbells and that is why I only used that weight. Having said that, I think I could have lifted closer to my maximum had I attempted to do so, but the primary benefit I got from Cold Fusion was a massive surge of energy, which affected my well being and my motivation, but I did not notice as much of an increase in brute strength.

    The energy gains do act in some way as a placebo to lift heavier weight than normal, but I was just as happy to lift moderate weight with great energy than to lift much heavier weight. Overall, I enjoyed the workout greatly with that surge in energy.

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Claim #4:
"Cold Fusion EX also increases stamina and energy. While providing for lightning fast recovery between workouts, so it is perfect for both bodybuilders and athletes who are looking to maximize their performance."

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    Cold Fusion claims to increase stamina and energy and I can say that this was definitely the case in the shoulders workout I performed while using it. I was able to maintain high energy levels through my entire workout and this extra energy motivated me to continue to train hard.

    One day has passed since my shoulders workout and I feel as if I could train them again today. That may not be the wisest choice, but I certainly feel like the possibility to do that is out there.

    My shoulders feel very recovered and after an intense workout yesterday, which is faster than normal. I also noticed that Cold Fusion EX contains Beta Alanine, which is a naturally occurring amino acid, which is supposed help with buffering of lactic acid h+ ions.

    Whenever I train my shoulders, lactic acid problems hurt me the worst. I have very little problems with lactic acid burn training any other muscle group, but almost always with shoulders, and this has been the case since I began training in the fall of 2000. However, yesterday I had very few problems with it, and without any further information to persuade me otherwise, I am compelled to believe this was due to the beta alanine present in Cold Fusion EX. So far, I can say with certainty that Cold Fusion lived up to the hype.

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Cold Fusion Lived Up To The Hype.

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Claim #5:
"All the ingredients in Cold Fusion EX are [backed] not only by clinical and research trials, but in the real world by top level athletes and bodybuilders."

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    While I am not doubting that there is clinical research on the ingredients in Cold Fusion EX (and I know for a fact there is), I do wish that more supplement companies would cite some of the studies in their ads or on the product packaging for reference.

    Gaspari Nutrition is one company which consistently does this, and I am grateful for that. There are many studies done on creatine monohydrate and a cursory of online scientific journals proves this, but it would be nice if a few names of studies were provided, just for reference sake.

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Claim #6:
"While not every person will experience it, for most people you will feel the tingle that tells you Cold Fusion EX is hard at work pushing you past plateaus and to new levels of size and strength!"

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    Cold Fusion EX worked for me within 10-15 minutes which is also what is to be expected according to other packaging claims. While walking to the gym, I felt my skin tingle, predominantly in my upper body, including the back of my hands, my face, and my ears.

    At first it freaked me out a little, until I remembered that LG Sciences claimed that Cold Fusion EX does exactly that. I can say that motivated me a little extra seeing as I was certain at that point the product was working for me. Through my workout, it was proven more and more that this was the case.

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    Since I had fruit punch flavor, I decided to mix Cold Fusion EX in fruit juices, and I picked cranberry and apple juice. I also mixed a little water in it as well, and I was quite pleased with the taste.

    It had a distinct "healthy" taste, since it is very difficult to make supplements taste like treats when they have so many healthful ingredients in them, but it came pretty close and I have to say, if I were to use it on a long term basis, I would definitely look forward to my daily dose. That said, it is not the type of drink which I would want to have multiple times daily, but very few supplements are.

    It has a unique but pleasant taste, similar to many other good tasting supplements, which is enjoyable to drink, but not something I could see anyone wanting to drink like juice. Definitely superior to most NO products in terms of taste though - NO products are notoriously bad tasting and it was refreshing (literally) to see an exception.

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    This is one supplement which fulfilled all of its claims from my vantage point, including some of the more extravagant ones. I definitely felt a tingle as it started to work in the time span it claimed it would, and I had a superior pump which was not only superior in the gym, but which lasted for many hours after my workout was complete while very slowly tapering off.

    My workout only lasted 45 minutes, but I felt the product continuing to work for an hour after that was evident in the tingling sensation which remained in my upper body, hands, and face, during that time! I suspect I could have trained for that additional hour and enjoyed the same effects during that time as I did during my 45 minute workout.

    Cold Fusion EX's fruit punch flavor tastes very good and I enjoyed drinking it. It was one of the best NO products I have ever tried, and I have every reason to believe that if used for an extended period of time (30 days), anabolic benefits would likely be seen as a result of the creatine it contains.

    This is definitely an A+ supplement in my mind and one which I look forward to using again.

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Review Of Higher Power NO-XS
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Muscle Milk Higher Power Presents:
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The Higher Power NO-XS is the latest and most advanced Nitric Oxide precursor available in a supplement form. Several choices have surfaced in recent months that provide a L-Arginine based nitric oxide product.
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Recently I decided to review as many possible products as I could in the areas of protein and weight gain powders, creatine formulas, and nitric oxide supplements. I had been using supplements since I began training in the fall of 2000, and had used a number of the aforementioned products between then and 2004, with the exception of NO products, which I had not heard of at that time.

Although I made consistent gains during that time, I had brainwashing coming in from all angles - on one hand the ads in the magazines suggested that bodybuilding supplements would help a person go from zero to hero in virtually no time, and on the other side of the coin, members of various internet bodybuilding message boards were saying that supplements do nothing and are primarily placebos or snake oil. I bought into that type of information after being a huge follower of the message boards from 2001-2004 and finally in 2004 stopped using supplements.

At the 2007 Arnold Classic I decided to ask certain booths if I could obtain samples of their products for review. I met Tom who is the national sales manager for Gaspari Nutrition and he gave me a full tub of SIZEON, which I used with reluctance, not expecting to make any gains. As it turned out, it worked perfectly well and I have since been using supplements fairly consistently (with breaks) in the year which has followed.

Nitric oxide products are a type of supplement which has recently gained popularity. While the anabolic benefits of NO supplements is lower than creatine products and in many cases not present at all (nor meant to be), they are still great to use for the motivation they provide.

When you get such an incredible pump at the gym, it motivates you to eat properly and go to the gym more consistently. In my case, it has always been the case in my brief history with NO products and I am sure that in the future I will feel the same way.

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    Most recently, numerous L-Arginine based nitric oxide products have come on the market, promising to trump the quality of regular NO products. These new products are meant to increase the rate of absorption and thereby increase muscle pumps, strength, and endurance (the primary goals of NO products).

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    NO-XS by Higher Power attempts to replicate a pH delivery system created by MRI with their initial product NO2. NO2 works through a patented delivery system whereby the pH-adjustment triggers the body to produce bicarbonate. Bicarbonate is a natural buffering agent which slows the passage of L-Arginine AKG which in turn creates a prolonged release.

    The end result is that a steady result of active ingredient is absorbed over an extended period of time which in turn increase levels of nitric oxide and they remain elevated throughout the gym, resulting in an increased and prolonged pump, as well as higher levels of absorption, muscle pumps, strength, and muscular endurance.

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    In addition to producing high quality products which attempt to be among the best in the market, Higher Power also always tries to keep their prices low. The idea here is that you will get a premium product at a low price, something which many companies attempt to do and something which I can say quite honestly that Higher Power has been doing.

    Below I will outline my use of NO-XS and if I think it has lived up to its claims or not. I always shoot for honesty in my reviews, and if I think a supplement is no good, I will definitely say it.

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    I first used NO-XS on back day. NO-XS does not make big claims regarding increased strength and merely states that "NO-XS goes to the absolute limit, surpassing all others, providing the ultimate in absorption, muscle pumps, strength and endurance." I did deadlifts at the beginning of my workout, starting with 135 and 225 pounds for quick warm-ups at 12 reps each set, and followed that up with 315, 365, and 405.


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    I did 315 just for a few reps to feel the weight and get a gauge for my strength of that day. Given how easily I handled the weight during that set, I imagine I would have been able to do at least 12 good reps. I next did 365.

    The last time I did 365 I only managed three reps and that was only one week before this workout. Three weeks prior to that I did 365 for five reps, so I wasn't sure what kind of strength I would have. I did 365 for an easy five and think I had 6-7 reps in me altogether.

    Next I went up to 405, but could not lift it due in part to being tired at that point in the workout, and in part due to my grip giving out, which I think was the primary cause. I should have managed at least two reps even at that point in the workout, so I know to buy chalk next time to help my grip. My grip is strong, but when your hands sweat it makes it difficult to properly grip the bar, no matter ho strong your grip is.

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    Overall, I can say that my strength was above average during this workout, especially in light of the fact that I could only deadlift 365 for three reps the previous week and had the strength to do it more than double the amount of reps this time out (although I stopped at five, I really should have done another two more). However, I don't think my recovery had improved at all compared to not using a supplement.

    I do attribute not being able to do 405 to my sweaty hands and poor grip, but as my workout progressed, I did not feel as though my recovery in between sets was above average. I have used enough NO products at this point to know when a product works and when it does not and recognize very subtle differences in exercise intensity and energy levels, including rates of recovery.

    As I progressed with my back workout and did other exercises, my recovery was not particularly above average. That said, NO-XS does not make specific claims regarding recovery and simply about muscular endurance, and I can say that my endurance had improved, although not to the degree that other NO products help it to improve. The boost in strength was certainly noticeable during my workout though.

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    I took a break from NO-XS to sample another product for a day which I reviewed recently called "Cold Fusion EX" by LG Sciences. I used NO-XS again for my biceps and triceps workout and was as pleased with it as I was during my back day, if not more pleased. I do not think it is as good as Cold Fusion EX however, which is one of my favorite NO products thus far, and in some sense, NO-XS was at an automatic disadvantage since I reviewed it in such close proximity to what I would consider an outstanding A+ supplement, and it is hard for other supplements to live up to such standards. That said, my biceps and triceps workout went quite well and having only had one meal in the day before working out and drinking a reasonable amount of water, but not what I would consider ideal, I think my pump and endurance were both very good.

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