A couple months back, I wrote a short post talking about HMB supplementation and the WIDE variety of responses you can find about the Leucine metabolite. Since that time, I was introduced to Rowan, owner of Blonyx, who sells an HMB+creatine supplemental product. He seemed like a great guy who believes fully in his product, and ultimately he agreed to send along some product for me to evaluate.
Before I started, I did a bunch of research on the product. Some people seem to have good responses while others really see no changes at all (good or bad). One variable that actually had some research on it was a study showing that efficacy of HMB was dependent upon vitamin D levels being above 30 pg/ml. My most recent tests didn’t show any issues but I took 1000 IU/day of D3 before getting started just to be sure to try and control for that factor..
My first impression is that Blonyx is a very high quality product: I’ve only found two types of creatine based products that do not cause me to have minor bloating, the first is MRM creatine which I’ve been recommending for a while now. The second one was Blonyx’s HMB+Creatine. Very happy with that to say the least… its hard to find a high quality supplement line these days that doesn’t put some filler in their products so kudos to Blonyx on that front.
During the time I was taking Blonyx, I was in a mass gain phase trying to go from about 181-184 to a solid 190 pounds. I’m generally a very hard gainer but over the month with Blonyx, I hit 190 once and stayed consistently around 187-189.
As for the actual lifts, I have seen some nice PR’s during the month I was taking Blonyx.
1) Strict Press PR of 195 (15 lb PR)
2) Front squat PR of 305×5.
3) Muscle up PR of 14 and pull up PR of 62.
4) Tied a strict HSPU PR of 40 unbroken.
Now, based upon the mass gain, I would expect the strength numbers to have increased to some extent as a result of the extra mass, but a 15 lb press PR was completely unexpected. Additionally, to add 7-8 pounds of mass while still improving on gymnastics movements was unexpected as well.
As far as feel, I didn’t notice any difference in energy during my sessions but overall I’m very happy with the results I had during the month on Blonyx. Like I said before, it seems like people either LOVE products with HMB or have no response with it. I still don’t really have a good understanding of why that is unfortunately. That said, I think giving it a shot for 30 days is worth it if you’re looking to take your game to the next level.