Review of CytoSport’s New Monster Mass!
Welcome to the first of the new weekly supplement review posts! Before I get started on this week’s review, let me take a few minutes to introduce myself, and provide you a little of my background. I have always been very thin. Before I started training I weighed in at a little over 120lbs, at 6’2”. I am a true ectomorph! I have always been interested in getting bigger and stronger, ever since I saw Arnold, Van Damme and Stallone in films.
I have been training seriously for about 7 years now. My current weight is 186lbs, at about 12% body fat. I am currently cutting, so I want to get my body fat into single digits in the new few months. Over the last 7 years, I have put on around 60lbs, and have learned a lot about how to train, how to eat, and how to supplement correctly to achieve maximum gains.
In my new column on Muscle and Brawn, I will be reviewing a different supplement every week. This week I will be taking a look at CytoSport’s new Monster Mass. This new weight gainer was only released a few days ago, and I have been lucky enough to get a hold of a couple of sample packets.
When I look at weight gainers, the first thing I look for is sugar content. It’s not uncommon for weight gainers to be absolutely loaded with sugar. This is an easy (and cheap) way for supplement companies to increase the calorie content of the weight gainer. Too much sugar is more likely to lead to fat gain than muscle growth. Sugar is turned into energy very quickly, and if your body can’t use it, guess where it’s going – on your waist! Monster Mass scores well here, only 6g of sugar per serving. That’s VERY low for a gainer.
Carbohydrate sources are good. Again, we don’t have much sugar. 71 grams of carbs per serving from Waxy Maize Starch and Maltodextrin.
Each serve has 50g of protein, coming from a protein blend:
• Whey Concentrates
• Whey Isolates
• Isolated Milk Protein
• Glutamine Peptides
• Freform BCAA’s L-Valine, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine
That’s a good mix of fast and slow digesting protein sources, making Monster Mass a very versatile gainer.
If you’ve ever tasted Monster Milk or Muscle Milk, you’d know that CytoSport knows how to make a protein powder taste pretty darn good. No change here, Monster Mass tastes great. I tried it with both water and skim milk, both stood up to my high taste standards!
No problem here. I didn’t try mixing with a spoon, but Monster Mass mixed well in a shaker (around 10-15 shakes) and blender. Both with skim milk and water.
This is Monster Mass’s downfall. There are not many servings per container. Compared to similar gainers, some give you more servings for the money. Depending on your calorie needs, you can decrease the serving size and get a few more servings. Thing to remember is, this is a high quality gainer. You get what you pay for.
At $36.99 for just under 6 pounds, it’s not bad. Not the cheapest gainer on the market, but when it comes to gainers you get what you pay for. High quality carbs, low sugar and a good protein formula make Monster Mass good value for money in my opinion.
Overall, I’m giving it a strong 8/10.
That’s it for this week. If you’ve used Monster Mass let us know what you think in the comments below! Next week I’ll be reviewing MuscleTech’s new Intra-Workout supplement, IntraVol.