Staunch Nation (Staunch) is a sports nutrition and fitness company based out of Australia which sells supplements, apparel and gear, and fitness programs. Staunch was created by Calum von Moger who an Australian pro-bodybuilder and a 3 time Mr. Universe winner.
Staunch is best known for its supplements including pre-workout, BCAAs, whey isolate, and mass gainer. Its fitness programs also have high popularity and have helped people worldwide in transforming their physiques through specific training and diet plans.
In this article we will review Staunch as a company and explore its major products. Additionally, I will discuss my own experience with Staunch’s pre-workout and BCAAs.
Pros and Cons of Using Staunch Supplements
Although Staunch provides an array of high-quality fitness products and supplements there are still some drawbacks to the use of its products. Here, we’ll review the major pros and cons of buying from this company.
An Introduction to Staunch Nation
Calum Von Moger created Staunch Nation to provide people throughout the world with the most amazing line of supplements, apparel and fitness related products. Not only does Staunch’s products allow people to feel and train their best but they also enable people to look their best.
As a professional bodybuilder and prominent leader in the fitness industry Calum realized the huge need for supplements which maximize training and recovery and apparel to aid function.
What Products Do They Sell?
Staunch sells over 20 different supplements, nearly 50 items of clothing and apparel, and provides 3 separate training and diet programs.
For those who are overwhelmed by the variety of items sold on the website we’ve broken down the major types of products sold as well as their specific health and training benefits.
Staunch sells a wide range of supplements including pre-workout, intra-workout, and recovery products. Some of the most popular supplements sold by Staunch include:
- Whey Isolate
- D-Aspartic Acid
- Krill Oil
- Vegan Protein
A majority of the supplements sold by Staunch are vegan or free of animal products. Additionally, most products are friendly for those who are on keto or who are looking to avoid excess carbohydrates or added sugar.
Apparel + Gear
In addition to selling supplements, Staunch also has its own clothing line and sells a wide variety of apparel and gear. Some of the top selling items for this category includes:
- Weightlifting Gear
- Gym Bags
- Shakers & Jugs
Training and Diet Programs
Along with supplements and apparel, Staunch also offers 3 different types of training and diet programs which include the following:
- Master Physique 8 Week Program
- 8 Weeks to Shred Program
- Hourglass Masterclass 6 Week Program
Each of these programs include specific workout programs, access to a full workout video library, full meal plans, access to a private Facebook group, access to certified trainers, and discounts on Staunch supplements.
What are Some of Their Top Rated Products and Best Deals?
Let’s take a look at the top 4 rated supplements sold by Staunch. Each supplement comes highly favored by bodybuilders and average gym-goers alike and can help anyone with fueling their journey to better fitness and health.
Staunch Pre Koala Freak 2.0
Staunch Pre Koala Freak 2.0 is the highest rated and most commonly purchased product made by Staunch. Not only does it provide an energy boost quickly but it also delivers mental focus and maximizes your pump.
Flavors: Peach Mango, Strawberry Pina Colada, Aussie Apple, Blue Baz Berry, Mystery Flavor, and Tropical Mojito.
Recommended Use: One scoop should be taken 20-30 min prior to training.
- B Vitamins
- Citrulline Malate
- Betapure Betaine Anhydrous
- Agmatine Sulfate
- Arginine AKG
- Choline Bitartrate
- Caffeine Anhydrous
- Huperzine A
Staunch BCAA + Hydration
This product is the second most popular supplement sold by Staunch. Staunch claims that BCAA + Hydration is the perfect recovery and hydration complex and that it provides its users with everything they need to beat muscle fatigue and remained hydrated.
Flavors: Peach Mango, White Grape, Honeydew, Pineapple, Watermelon Gummy, Strawberry Coconut
Recommended Use: This product can be consumed at any point during the day but it is generally recommended to take 1 scoop either during or after training.
- BCAA 2:1:1
- Coconut Water
Staunch Kanga Milk
Staunch Kanga Milk is described as the premier, powerful mass gainer which provides the necessary fuel that your body needs to build mass in the healthiest way possible without all the unnecessary extra ingredients and calories.
Unlike other products which tend to contain excess sugar and fat or hide their ingredients under proprietary labels Kanga Milk contains the right amount of macronutrients and clean ingredients to get the job done.
Flavors: French Vanilla, Milk Chocolate, Cookies & Crème.
- Protein Complex – whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, milk protein concentrate, micellar casein
- Fat Complex – coconut oil powder, coconut milk powder, mct oil powder, and organic flax seed powder
- Carb Complex – maltodextrin, Highly branched, cyclic dextrin (HBCD), sweet potato powder, brown rice bran powder, oat bran fiber
- Muscle Building Complex – creatine monohydrate, BCAA, L-Glutamine
- Digestive Enzyme Complex – protease, bromelain, lipase, lactase, papain
Recommendations for Use: Kanga Milk can be taken at any time throughout the day, although it is generally best to use Kanga Milk prior to and after training. Kanga Milk is generally taken in a serving size of 2 scoops which provides 50 grams of protein, 7 grams of fat and 139 grams of carbs.
Staunch Whey Isolate
Staunch Whey Isolate contains 100% pure whey protein isolate and yields 24 grams of protein, 1 gram of carbohydrates, and 0 grams of fat per 100 calorie scoop. Better yet, this product also contains digestive enzymes to help your body break down and utilize the protein to nourish and strengthen your muscles.
Flavors: Hot Chokkie, Midnight Cereal, Caramel Von Mocha, Vanilla Ice Cream, Mums Pumpkin Pie
- Whey Protein Isolate
Recommended Use: Take one scoop per serving. Best taken 30 min prior to and immediately after training.
Social Media Presence
Staunch has an impressive social media presence and can be found on platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Not only do they post information on their products but they also provide helpful tips on training, nutrition, and healthy living.
Staunch’s Facebook page provides the latest information on Staunch’s newest training programs, a place to connect with other Staunch Nation members, and reviews of their products. The page also contains links to Staunch’s private groups for its members and for those who partake in specific training programs. If you’re interested to see what Staunch is up to most recently in the world of fitness and health check it out!
Staunch also has its own Instagram account which keeps the members of Staunch Nation up to date on what the company’s doing in the bodybuilding word, it highlights specific clients and their progress, and it dials in on the latest trends in training and supplementation.
YouTube: Staunch ; Calum von Moger
Additionally, Staunch can be found on YouTube and its channel provides informational videos on its most popular supplements such as BCAAs + Hydration, Staunch Whey Isolate, and Zero Stim. Calum von Moger is the featured instructor in Staunch’s YouTube videos and helps guide Staunch Nation members in their journey to learning more about supplementation and nutrition.
Calum also has his own personal channel that fans can subscribe to where he dives deeper into other topics such as training specific muscle groups, his comeback to the sport after injury, and interactions with other pros worldwide.
My Experience with Staunch
I decided to test out some of Staunch’s products myself to see if Staunch actually stood up to its own claims.
For my experiment with Staunch I ordered Koala Freak 2.0 and BCAAs + Hydration. Additionally, I also ordered a shaker cup to help mix both of the products with water. After purchasing these supplements I received my order within 3 business days.
Why I Chose These Products
I’ll admit, I’m an absolute caffeine addict and love to get a quick rush of energy before training and I also enjoy sipping on flavored BCAAs throughout the day so both Koala Freak 2.0 and BCAAs + Hydration were essentials for my experiment with Staunch.
Although I love my caffeine fix, I try to limit my consumption of caffeine to 400 mg per serving once or twice per day. This made Koala Freak 2.0 the perfect pre-workout for me since it contains 360 mg of caffeine per serving. Koala Freak 2.0 would be able to provide me with a big enough punch to get me through intense bouts of training without worrying about experiencing jitters or anxiety.
Additionally, Koala Freak 2.0 contains key ingredients for athletes such as B Vitamins, citrulline malate, beta alanine, betaine anhydrous, arginine AKG, agmatine sulfate, and l-theanine. All of these ingredients combined aid with muscular endurance, strength, aerobic performance, and reduce overall fatigue as well as perceived rate of exertion. This product also contains nootropics such as Huperzine A which improves focus and energy.
I also chose BCAAs + Hydration so that I could stay hydrated more easily and also recover more effectively. The combination of l-glutamine and l-alanine along with the electrolytes from coconut water are effective for maintaining proper electrolyte levels during intense training and the BCAAs would promote an anabolic effect on muscle protein synthesis, thus leading to better recovery and increased muscle growth.
Koala Freak 2.0
Reason for Purchase: I chose Koala Freak since pre-workout is my absolute go-to supplement before training. What I liked most about Staunch’s pre-workout was that it contained a generous serving of caffeine and it also came with high amounts of citrulline malate, beta-alanine, betaine anhyhrous and B vitamins. All of these are absolute essentials for maintaining energy and focus and they also create a strong pump in the gym.
Product Details: I purchased a single container of Blue ‘Baz’ Berry Koala Freak 2.0 which came with 30 individual servings and a scoop.
Product Use: I used this product before every training session I took part in for 2 weeks and noticed a difference in my energy levels and overall output almost immediately. I thought the product’s effectiveness may wear off after a few days but was shocked when I still felt its impact just as much two weeks later.
Product Review: I’ll admit, I’m usually skeptical of most pre-workout products and the effectiveness of their combined ingredients but was pleasantly surprised by Koala Freak 2.0. Not only did the
Blue ‘Baz’ Berry flavor taste absolutely amazing but the combination of ingredients gave me the right amount of energy I needed to train hard. Koala Freak 2.0 enabled me to train more intensely and for a longer duration of time than I normally do. Other pre-workout products generally fade off after 30-60 minutes whereas the energy boost from this product lasted for several hours.
Staunch claims that this product is designed to increase performance
during training through boosting energy, magnifying mental focus, improving blood flow, reducing muscle fatigue, amplifying endurance, and increasing muscle power and strength. After using this product for several days straight I can say that this product did all of the above and more and I will definitely plan on using it in the future.
Key Ingredients and their Effectiveness
Function: Convert proteins and carbohydrates into energy and also aid with cellular repair. Female athletes tend to have deficiencies in B vitamins.
Effectiveness : I feel that the B vitamins in this product certainly helped me to have more energy and to heal quicker from training. I assume that they sped up the metabolism of macronutrients since I experienced more energy than normal.
Function: Improves muscular endurance and strength as well as aerobic performance.
Effectiveness: While using Koala Freak 2.0 I felt that I had greater endurance and strength and that my aerobic capacity strengthened as well.
Function: Reduces muscle fatigue and improves endurance.
Effectiveness: This product helped me to bounce back quicker from training sessions and also train for longer periods of time.
Function: Promotes muscular growth, reduces fatigue and decreases cortisol.
Effectiveness: Although I haven’t taken the product long enough to see noticeable muscular gains I have experienced less fatigue and less stress overall.
Function: Promotes amino acid synthesis and protein availability and also leads to greater blood flow to muscles.
Effectiveness: I certainly felt that my recovery improved through greater protein availability from this supplement and that I had a better pump in the gym.
Function: Catalyst for nitrogen oxide production and protein synthesis.
Effectiveness: This product allowed me to have better recovery and a better pump.
Function: Maximizes endurance and supports cognitive function.
Effectiveness: While taking Koala Freak 2.0 I noticed I had slightly more endurance while training, my focus sharpened, and mental clarity improved overall.
Function: Aids weight loss by boosting metabolism and provides energy.
Effectiveness: The caffeine in this supplement definitely boosted my energy significantly and allowed me to stay focused on the task at hand.
Function: Serves as a stimulant and acts quickly.
Effectiveness: I felt energy within 20 minutes of taking Koala Freak 2.0 and noticed that my ability to sprint improved.
Function: Serves as a bronchodilator and provides cardiovascular and cognitive benefits through improved blood flow.
Effectiveness: Koala Freak 2.0 provided both cardiovascular and cognitive benefits. My endurance improved and I also experienced mental clarity and better focus.
Function: Nootropic used for increasing alertness and energy.
Effectiveness: I definitely became more alert and had better energy using this product.
Function: Increases reaction time, attention, and focus as well as reduces jitteriness.
Effectiveness: Although I couldn’t tell much in respect to improved reaction time, I definitely had slightly better attention and focus. I also did not experience jitters at any time.
Pros vs. Cons of Koala Freak 2.0
Overall Thoughts on Koala Freak 2.0
I think Koala Freak 2.0 is a great product for those who can stand higher amounts of caffeine and who are looking for a product that contains a wide variety of key ingredients for optimal athletic performance. Although some of the concentrations for certain ingredients were low, such as Huperzine A, I still felt the physical and mental side effects of the supplement and believe that it helped immensely with training and keeping my mind focused throughout the entire duration of my sessions. The flavor wasn’t overbearing like other products and the product was actually refreshing to take. I highly recommend using Koala Freak 2.0 as a pre-workout supplement and I look forward to using it as much as possible in the near future.
BCAAs + Hydration
Reason for Purchase: I selected BCAAs + Hydration to aid with recovery and to have intra-workout supplementation. I generally feel that my training sessions last much longer and are much more effective taking BCAAs than without taking them so this was another product I absolutely had to try. I also feel that BCAAs generally allow me to recover much faster between training sessions and that I don’t feel as drained that next day after taking them.
Product Details: I purchased a single container of Honeydew BCAAs + Hydration which came with 30 servings.
Product Use: I used this product both intra-workout and post-workout for a period of 15 days.
Product Review: I felt that the combination of BCAAs along with coconut water powder helped me to stay hydrated far better when compared to taking BCAAs alone and the flavor was very light and pleasant. I really enjoyed using this product and felt that it helped me to train longer and exert more effort.
Key Ingredients and their Effectiveness
Function: They have an anabolic effect on muscle protein synthesis and reduce muscle degradation. They also improve endurance and training longevity.
Effectiveness: The BCAAs in this product definitely helped me to improve overall recovery and I felt that my endurance and ability to train for longer periods of time did improve slightly.
Sustamine (L-Glutamine and L-Alanine)
Function: Improves hydration and reduces rate of perceived exertion.
Effectiveness: BCAAs + Hydration definitely improved hydration and I didn’t feel as exhausted after training as normal.
Coconut Water Powder
Function: Works to combat dehydration after training.
Effectiveness: The coconut water powder in this product was refreshing and it allowed me to stay hydrated.
Pros vs. Cons of BCAAs + Hydration
Overall Thoughts on BCAAs + Hydration
I definitely recommend this product for athletes who struggle with recovery or with staying hydrated. The product was easy to take and I looked forward to taking this supplement each day. Honeydew was a light yet sweet flavor to try and I recommend it for those who are looking to take flavored BCAAs that don’t taste too strong or leave a weird aftertaste. I can’t think of any drawbacks to using this product except that it tastes so good that you’ll accidentally go through it too quickly from drinking it so often.
My Final Thoughts on Staunch
I thoroughly enjoyed using Staunch’s products and I’m interested to try grab a hold of more as soon as I can. Although its supplements are slightly more expensive than competing products and contain fewer servings I still suggest giving them a try. The high-quality ingredients contained in each product as well as the many flavors available definitely outweigh any cons you might experience with these products.