Posted on 02 May 2013
4 min read
Summer means one thing for bodybuilders up and down the country:
Getting topless at every possible opportunity.
Grocery shopping – topless.
Lunch break at work – topless.
Nightclub dancefloor – topless.
Funeral of a beloved relative – topless.
And with “suns out guns out” weather just around the corner (although I live in the UK so I’m not holding my breath), I wanted a protein supplement that would help me pile on some serious brassiere-snapping, pant-wetting muscle.
Hurricane XS is a muscle-building supplement combining protein, carbs, creatine and glutamine.
The “all-in-one” nature of Hurricane makes it the perfect sell for people like me who just can’t be arsed to buy and take everything separately.
Aside from maybe a good multi-vitamin and some Omega-3s, this is the only supplement you’ll ever need in your quest to build muscle.
It is available in a range of flavours (including “unflavoured”) and comes in 2.5kg and 5kg bags, priced £34.99 and £64.99 respectively.
The exact ingredients comprise a combination of whey protein concentrate and isolate (fast-digesting protein – great for muscle recovery/repair), creatine (one of the most well-researched supplements proven to help strength gains), glutamine (for minimising the breakdown of muscle), and dextrose/ultra-fine Scottish oats (a mixture of quick and slow-digesting carbs).
If you haven’t noticed already, it’s basically the Myprotein equivalent of Maximuscle’s omnipresent Cyclone supplement.
So much so, they barely made an effort to differentiate it (Cyclone/Hurricane).
On an unrelated note, anyone else notice that the names of supplement products are becoming increasingly ominous?
Hurricane, Cylone, Grenade Thermo Detonator…
I’m looking forward to the release of “Optimum Nutrition Genocide” sometime soon…
The nutritional stats, per 70g serving (2 ¼ scoops), are as follows:
|Carbs (of which sugar)||22g (15g)|
|Fat (of which saturates)||2.6g (1.3g)|
While the sugar content might look a little high (sugar – boo! hiss!), bear in mind that this is chiefly derived from the dextrose.
As a supplement designed for those undergoing vigorous training, the dextrose in Hurricane XS is there to optimise post-workout muscle recovery.
In scientific terms, dextrose has a high glycemic index which provides a high-insulin spike and helps to refill depleted muscle glycogen stores.
The majority of Hurricane XS reviews on the web seem to be having a pop at its taste.
Just take these wining little boffins here for example.
Now, let’s get one thing straight, taste and texture is certainly not a strong point of Hurricane XS.
It has a powdery texture and is very sweet and sickly.
But does that honestly matter with a product this good?
Personally, I don’t buy supplements because they taste like a plate of duck foie gras and caramelised quail.
It honestly baffles me the sheer amount of bodybuilders who buy supplements and then grumble about the taste.
It’s like taking to TripAdvisor to complain that your “Club 18-30 Fantasy Apartment Complex” in Kavos was a little bit on the manky side.
The most important consideration with any supplement should be its ability to help you achieve your goals effectively – if it tastes great then that’s just a bonus.
I used Hurricane XS for around two months, taking it two to three times a day, usually in the morning, post-workout and before bed.
I experienced noticeable size and strength gains within the first few weeks, plus I also noticed much better recovery times.
And the end results were even more impressive, as I put on 5kg of pure lean muscle and was able to add 12.5kg to my 5×5 squat PR (was working through Stronglifts at the time).
The main USP of Hurricane XS is that it is basically Cyclone – but much cheaper.
At £34.99 for 2.5kg it is more than half the price of Cyclone (£77 for 2.7kg) and boasts practically the same ingredients.
What’s more, it’s often on sale at Myprotein.com, so be sure to stockpile whenever this happens.
Hurricane XS is a supremely effective (if not especially palatable) all-in-one supplement to aid lean muscle growth.
What really sets this product apart, however, is its excellent value-for-money.
At half the price of Cyclone it’s an absolute steal!
Ultimately, Hurricane XS is one of the best supplements I’ve ever reviewed and without doubt my favourite product from MyProtein.
Be sure to order you Hurricane XS by visiting the Myprotein website – you won’t regret it.
And don’t forget to check out our Myprotein discount code page while you’re at it, as you’ll be able to snag a bargain on your shop.
Until then, lift smart and lift strong!
Have you tried Hurricane XS?
Thinking of giving it a go?
Hit me up with your thoughts in the comments section below!