Q5 Labs – Product Review

Q5 Labs is a company I’ve seen and heard a lot about, but I’ve never tried. So, I was fairly delighted when I was contacted by Colin of Q5 Labs to review some of their products. Note that I was not paid in any way for this review, nor am I associated with Q5 at all. All they did is send me some samples for their product and asked me to review them.

Q5 Sample Pack

I’ll be honest, it took me a while to write this review and I’m sure Colin probably thought I wasn’t going to ever post a review. Well, with things like this I like to take my time, test it out, and really see if it works. Why? So that I can give the most truthful, straightforward review possible. With that said, let’s go forward with the review.

Premium New Zealand Whey Protein

To be honest, I really haven’t used much protein. I like to eat clean and I know that many protein brands come from countries with regulations that aren’t exactly up to par. Plus, I really am not good at choking stuff down. I’ve tried protein several times and each time I spit it out everywhere and then go on to wash out my mouth for a couple hours.

When I checked in on Q5 Labs Premium New Zealand Whey Protein, I was happy to see that it’s 100% pure grassfed whey, “the cleanest whey on earth”. I want to know that what I’m putting in my body isn’t harmful, as I’m sure most people do. From Q5 Labs:

Q5 Premium Whey Protein“Amass Whey Premium is clean and pure with only 5 ingredients that you can actually understand. It tastes amazing, and delivers 21 grams of highly bio-available protein per serving. With only 120 calories and barely a single gram of sugar you’ll be getting everything your body needs and nothing it doesn’t.”

As far as taste goes, did I slurp down this protein? No. But, remember the part before where I’ve spit out every protein supplement I’ve tried? I actually didn’t spit out Q5’s chocolate or vanilla protein! Did I love drinking it? Well, no, but that’s not really the point now, is it? All in all, it wasn’t to bad and it was leaps and bounds above other brands I’ve had!

Now, let’s move onto the affects of it. Because it was a small sample, can I attest that it gave me tons of recovery and that I felt a huge difference? Not really. If I did, this reviewer wouldn’t be honest. But, you have to realize that’s not really the point. The point is that it’s protein. The difference is that it’s clean, good for your body protein. So, honestly, why get anything else? It’s your body we’re talking about here!

Warrior Purple & Warrior Green

Like the protein above, because the samples were so small I can’t really say for certain that “I felt amazing after drinking this and this stuff was the reason!” As I said above, that would make me untruthful. But, I can tell you that these products are a huge benefit. So, let’s break them down!

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Warrior Purple was the first of the “vegetabley-fruity-healthy” things I tried from Q5. We all know that dark berries are good for you! We need to eat acai, blackberries, plums, etc. The health benefits of these fruits is well known and documented! As for Warrior Green? How many times did your mother tell you to eat your vegetables!? Obviously vegetables are good for you! Since you know how good these things are for you, let’s see what they contain:

Warrior Purple

  • Blueberry
  • Blackberry
  • Black Cherries
  • Black Raspberries
  • Black Currants
  • Plums
  • Elderberries
  • Bilberries
  • Figs
  • Eggplant
  • Purple Cabbage
  • Acai
  • Camu Camu
  • Mangosteen
  • Goji

Why not go to the store and just buy all this stuff? Because we aren’t all millionaires who can spend tons of money on stuff like that. Often, with regular food, a place to live, and paying for training, we’re left without much spending money to buy a ton of expensive fruit. That’s where Warrior Purple and Warrior Green (don’t have a definitive list of what fruits and vegetables it contains, but I know it’s got tons!) comes in. To buy all of those berries and vegetables would cost a couple hundred bucks a month!

With Warrior Green and Warrior Purple, you get all of those same things for $35 per container at 30 servings. That’s a serving every day of the month at only $1.16 per day!

Now, let me note that these items are not supposed to completely replace eating actual vegetables and fruit, but they can help you get those extra nutrients at a much lower cost!

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As far as taste goes, it’s really pretty good. I mixed it with water, just because I wanted to get the full taste experience, and the flavor reminded me a lot of Koolaid. As I said before, if a ton of vegetables, fruits, and berries are something you can’t afford, this is a fantastic alternative!

Launch Fuel

To be honest, this was the thing I was most excited about, and it did not disappoint! Now, as I said in the previous sections, I received a small sample, but because this was related to energy, I was actually able to test it out and feel a difference. I also apologize I don’t have any pictures of it, but I drank it on the way to BJJ, which makes it kind of hard to take pictures of.

The Test

So, not all comparison tests are perfect, but I tried to take out any variable that I felt could cause a major difference. The reason why this review took so long was mostly because of this product. I decided to test it using Saturdays at our academy. On Saturdays we have an open mat class at 10am where everyone pretty much rolls constantly for a good hour and half doing 7-10 minute rounds with a 1 minute break.

To keep the test as fair as possible, I made sure that on Friday night I went to bed at the same time, ate the same thing for breakfast in the morning, and drank the same amount of water. Thankfully for the 3 week stretch I tested we rolled 7 minute rounds each Saturday, so I could get a good understanding of how my energy level depletes.

Saturday 1 – No Launch Fuel

On the first Saturday I rolled 8 rounds, for a total of 56 minutes of actual rolling. Near the end of the 5th round is when I started really noticing that I was beginning to feel tired and loose energy. I continued rolling, because I think it’s important to roll tired sometimes. During the rest of the day I felt a little sluggish, but not to bad at all.

Saturday 2 – Launch Fuel Day

On the second Saturday I guzzled down my bottle of launch fuel about 25 minutes from BJJ. I live 45 minutes away, so I had to do it in the car, which is why I don’t have pictures. Sorry again! On this Saturday I actually rolled 10 rounds, for a total of 70 minutes of actual rolling.

Now, I did start feeling tired and like I was loosing energy around the beginning of the 6th round. But, near the end of the 6th round I started feeling like I was gaining energy again! And it was fantastic, because it wasn’t a jittery, energy spike, it was a level, constant amount of energy. I was easily able to roll all 10 rounds, and I actually felt pretty good for the rest of day!

Saturday 3 – No Launch Fuel

So, the third and final launch fuel test. I thought it would be good to do a last test without launch fuel to make sure that it wasn’t just my cardio getting better. On this Saturday I rolling for another 8 rounds for a total of 56 minutes of actual rolling. Near the middle of the 6th round is when I really started feeling like I was loosing energy and I never got it back. I will say though, that after class I felt pretty good, so I’m not sure if that feeling from the Saturday before can be attributed to the launch fuel.

I will say, however, that during rolling with launch fuel I did get a second wind that was constant and refreshing.

The last order of business is: how did it taste? Honestly, the launch fuel was the best tasting of all the Q5 products I tried. It reminded me heavily of orange juice and was actually good! I drank it with ease.

Conclusion

All in all, Q5 has some great products and supplements. If you want to support a company run by a grappler that puts out clean, healthy products, then Q5 is your company! If you could only get one of their products, well, then I’d highly recommend the launch fuel. It’s pretty awesome!

Want to try out Q5’s products? Check out the links below!

Q5 Labs Website

Q5 Sample Pack (if you want to try it out first)

Q5 Launch Fuel

Q5 Premium New Zealand Whey – Chocolate

Q5 Premium New Zealand Whey – Vanilla

Q5 Warrior Purple

Q5 Warrior Green

 

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Fuji Single Weave BJJ Gi Review (White)

Introduction

I’m one that likes to review things after using them for a while. An item that you herald as the greatest ever the first week you own it, could end up falling apart into a million pieces within a couple weeks. With that said, I have had my Fuji Single Weave for over 12 months and have put it through the ringer.

General Specifications (as claimed by Manufacturer)

  • Medium weight
  • Dual use – hot or cold weather
  • Strong pants
  • True BJJ cut – shorter jacket + well tapered arms
  • Intended to last for years
  • 100% cotton
  • Includes free Fuji patches
Size Chart

 

Jacket

The jacket is well made and all the stitching is clean. The embroidery is also rather nice and it seems to be manufactured well. As was stated in the specifications, it definitely seems like a gi intended to last for years as it shows no signs of slowing down. It has reinforcements in all of the right places. The collar is actually good for a gi this price and is comparable to a Lucky gi collar.

I’m 6’1″-6’2″ and 205-210lbs. One thing I particularly don’t like is the length of the sleeves, especially since the gi top material stretches out noticeably. By the end of class the sleeves are almost covering the first base knuckle of my thumb, which is extremely annoying. Having someone grip your sleeve and your whole hand almost going into it kind of makes it hard to do things. Sure does motivate you to break grips though!

Another thing stated by the specifications was that the gi is good in dual use – for hot or cold weather. While I agree that it’s good in cold weather, I disagree that it’s good for hot weather. In the heat it’s like wearing a sauna around your body, so if you’re looking for a summer gi, go with a lighter one.

One other negative for me, about the jacket, is that the sides wrap to far and the skirt is long. With my belt on, I’d say the skirt is about 4 inches down from the bottom side of my belt, which is rather far. Also, the sides of the gi wrap around me a lot, which makes the top hotter. Each side is literally touching the other side of my body.

Side Note on Patches

Just a side note, I liked one of the patches so I had it sown onto my gi. After 9 months, even though it was sewn well, the patch started coming apart, so now I’m going to have to remove it completely.

Pants

There isn’t a whole lot to say about the pants. They are your general, run of the mill, gi pants. They have an old school drawstring and are a little baggy, but not to bad. They stretch a little, but it’s barely noticeable, as compared to the jacket stretching out. They to have good reinforcements in necessary areas, such as in the knees. But, that’s about all I can say, as they are just normal pants.

Overall Conclusion

If you’re a beginner with a tight budget or if you’re a beginner that’s unsure whether or not you’re going to continue in BJJ, this is a fantastic gi for you. It will last you for a while and it’s one of the cheapest, long lasting kimonos you can get. But, if you’re a more experienced BJJer, then this gi is probably going to have some things that annoy you. I didn’t really notice them until I became more experienced. This is definitely a white belt gi.

I’d also like to note that I did extensive research on this gi and read many reviews before buying it when I started BJJ. One thing many of the reviews said was that my gi would shrink like crazy, which ended up not happening at all for my gi. I tried to shrink it; I even washed it in hot water and dried it for an hour on high, but to no avail.

Always ask the owner of the place you’re buying your kimono from about sizes, as they’ll know better than the sizing chart. Because people were saying the gi would shrink like crazy and to get a size up, I almost got an A5, which would have been huge on me! Thankfully I asked the owner of the store I bought it from and he set me straight.

Pros

  • Good in cold weather
  • Long lasting
  • Extremely Cheap ($70-$80)
  • Good stitching and embroidery work

Cons

  • Bad in hot weather
  • Material stretches out
  • Gi doesn’t shrink well – so you can’t get a tight fit
  • Patches come apart easily

The Triangle by Ryan Hall

I often hear or read of people having trouble finishing triangles. I’ve heard of people not being strong enough, having legs that are too short, having legs that are too long, or just plain not being able to finish. The best response I have is to post the following video:

If you have the money, I would definitely buy Ryan Hall’s DVD. You can find it HERE. It contains not only how to correctly do a triangle, but it also shows many advanced set-ups. Hall goes so in-depth that I found myself having to watch it in small increments. I highly recommend it if you want to improve your triangle.

Athletic Body Care vs. Defense Soap REVIEW

Information

For this review I’ll be using a rating scale of 0-10 and I’ll be going over several categories, which are: bacteria defense and warnings, packaging, feel, smell and miscellaneous. The final judgement will be determined by adding up the 0-10 scores of the five sections to come up with a total rating between 0-50. The two items I will be reviewing are the Athletic Body Care Power Body Wash and the Defense Soap Shower Gel. At the bottom of each section will be a graph with a rating on the subject for each product.

Bacteria Defense & Warnings

Athletic Body Care

The two main ingredients in Athletic Body Care Power Body Wash are Benzalkonium Chloride and Allantoin.

Benzalkonium Chloride has been declared by the FDA to kill 99.99% of germs. It’s usually the thing used to clean your skin at doctor’s offices and hospitals before a syringe is used. Safe to say, it’s a good germ killer that’s safe for your skin. However, it is toxic if ingested. Solutions of 10% or more are lethal.

Allantoin is used in over 10,000 products as a skin moisturizer. It often increases the water content of dead skin cells, which in turn increases the smoothness of the skin. It also actually promotes cell proliferation and wound healing. It’s also extremely safe for your skin, especially since it is used in: toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoos, lipsticks, sunscreen, and other various cosmetic products.

Athletic Body Care’s lab tests, which were performed by SCI Laboratories, Inc., showed that their product kills 99% of germs without skin irritation.

Defense Soap

The main ingredients in Defense Soap are: Saponified oils of Coconut and Olive, Jojoba Oil, Vegetable Gum/Glycerin Extract, Aloe Vera, TeaTree Oil and Eucalyptus Oil. So, I’ll break each one down.

Coconut, olive, and jojoba oils are often used to moisturize dry skin and to rebuild it. Vegetable gum is used to stabilize and foam. Being used to gel items, aloe vera also has natural pain relievers in it and is often used in burn medicine.

Now, teatree oil is where we get to the interesting part, as there are many claimed uses and many warnings that come along with teatree oil. Teatree oil has been proven to kill bacteria, but when used in low concentrations it can be ineffective. It is also toxic if ingested and the American Cancer Society has released a statement stating, “It has been reported to cause drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, unsteadiness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, blood cell abnormalities, and severe rashes.” On another scary note, teatree oil has sometimes caused hearing loss in animals when it’s entered the ear canal. Whether the same thing happens to humans is unknown.

Eucalyptus oils are a natural antiseptic and are often used to relieve flu or cold symptoms. It is also an anti-inflammatory and stimulates the immune system. Eucalyptus oils can be toxic to children if 4mL or more are ingested.

Defense Soap’s laboratory tests, which were performed by PetLabs Diagnostic Laboratories, Inc., state, “Defense soap with tea tree oil presents visible anti-dermatophitic as well as anti-bacterial properties as evidenced by zones of inhibition (areas of no growth).”

Winner: Athletic Body Care

They both have their ups and downs, but really, what antiseptic is safe to digest? They both have lab tests that produce the same results as well. The reason Athletic Body Care squeaks bye with the win is because it’s solution (Benzalkonium Chloride) has been used for well over 60 years in hospitals and doctor’s offices and the FDA backs it up as a germ killer. Defense Soap, on the other hand, cannot get support from the FDA. I also think the negative effects reported with Defense Soap’s ingredients outweigh the negative effects of Athletic Body Care’s ingredients.

Packaging

Being a graphic designer, I know the money that goes into packaging. In my opinion, better packaging means you invested more money into your project. So, here’s my breakdown of the packaging.

Athletic Body Care

Athletic Body Care’s Power Body Wash resides in a clear tube with a neat clear top where you can see the wash coming up out of the bottle into your hand. The logo, type face, and images are all arranged in an orderly, clean manner. Really, to sum it up, you would know it was body wash even if there wasn’t a label.

Defense Soap

Defense Soap’s Shower Gel comes in a cobalt blue tube with a black top that’s often used on body washes or shampoos. The logo, type face, and images are all clean and arranged in an orderly manner.

Winner: Athletic Body Care

Athletic Body Care is the clear winner here. Simply, it looks like a body wash. Defense Soap’s brown bottle is just unattractive and their logo, in my opinion, looks like a pool cleaner logo.

Feel

Feel is extremely important to me, as I like to have smooth skin. I used both Athletic Body Care and Defense Soap over a period of two weeks. I used ABC and Defense Soap each after two gi classes and one nogi class (6 classes in total).

Athletic Body Care

After taking a shower with Athletic Body Care, I must say my skin felt very soft. The micro-beads really exfoliated my skin and left it feeling extremely clean. I was also surprised at how moisturized my skin was after showering. I usually wash with Old Spice body wash and have to use a lotion after getting out of the shower. With Athletic Body Care, I didn’t have to.

Athletic Body Care’s lather was also surprisingly good. Like I said, I often use Old Spice and I usually have to go back for more to wash my whole body. Athletic Body Care’s “soapiness” lasted over my whole body. I felt very clean after showing.

Defense Soap

Defense Soap, to me, just didn’t have a good feel. After getting out of the shower my skin wasn’t soft, but instead felt kind of sticky. I must say though, my skin was moisturized after getting out of the shower, which is always good. Defense Soap’s lather, however, was at the same level as Old Spice. I had to make another trip to wash my whole body. The bad thing about Defense Soap is that I really didn’t feel that clean after showing. The stickiness kind of threw me off.

Winner: Athletic Body Care

With Athletic Body Care and Defense Soap my skin was moisturized, which is great, but Athletic Body Care’s product left my skin feeling soft and clean. It’s lather also lasted over my whole body, which just makes things easier.

Smell

Athletic Body Care

I must say, Athletic Body Care’s product doesn’t smell like something you want to wash yourself with. It smells like antiseptic, since it is antiseptic, and that’s not the smell you’re looking for when it comes to body wash. However, after getting out of the shower that smell doesn’t linger and you start smelling clean.

Defense Soap

Defense Soap smelled really good when lathering up. The eucalyptus is what I picked up most and it really seemed to open up my lungs and help me breathe. Like Athletic Body Care’s product, Defense Soap’s eucalyptus smell doesn’t stick around once you get out of the shower.

Winner: Defense Soap

The eucalyptus was really refreshing and helped me breathe, which made Defense Soap the clear winner in this category.

Miscellaneous

The miscellaneous section will have any more information that I believe is applicable to this review.

Shipping Speed

I put in the request for a sample from Athletic Body Care and Defense Soap on the same day within 5 minutes of each other and received both at the same time. Although they both came at the same time, I would say overall shipping time for both was average.

Winner: Tie

WINNER

DISCLAIMER: I was not paid by Athletic Body Care or Defense Soap to do this review. These opinions are my own. I did receive samples from Athletic Body Care and Defense Soap to do this review. If you post this anywhere else, please post with a link back to my original review on https://trainingbjj.wordpress.com. Thank you.