Nitro-Tech Hardcore Review

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Nitro-Tech Hardcore is a MuscleTech product for bodybuilders. The protein shake includes common ingredients like amino acids, protein and creatine. The “hardcore” nature of the supplement will depend on the ingredient list.

List of Ingredients

Nitro-Tech Hardcore Pro Series Proprietary Blend: SynthePro (Creatine Monohydrate), AminoFlex (L-Aspartic Acid, Glycine, L-Serine, L-Ornithine Alpha), AminoFX (Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine), AminoChain (L-Threonine, L-Lysine HCL, L-Phenylalanine, L-Methionine, L-Lysine Aspartate), AminoDrive (L-Glutamine, L-Glutamic Acid, L-Proline, L-Tyrosine), Insulogen (Inositol, Taurine, Konjac Flour, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, D-Pinitol), Nitroxen (L-Arginine, L-Arginine Pyroglutamate, Dipotassium Phosphate Anhydrous, Tripotassium Citrate Monohydrate, L-Histidine, Trans-Ferulic Acid, AKG), ENZYPLEX (Papain, Amylase), Protein Blend, Partially Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Concentrate, Hyper-Pure Whey Protein Isolate, Cocoa Powder, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Guar Gum, Carboxymethylcellulose, Soy Lecithin, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Silicon Dioxide.

Product Features

As is the case with nearly all bodybuilding supplements, the ingredient list is full of proprietary blends with long-named ingredients. The basic ingredients in Nitro-Tech Hardcore are amino acids, protein and creatine. This is the base of all workout shakes. In terms of weight loss, the protein and creatine are the two ingredients that will impact weight loss, or gain, the most.

Protein is found in plant and animal sources. Dieters need to consume healthy proteins when trying to lose weight to protect muscles from being broken down and used as energy. Typically, protein shakes will include a hefty portion of protein ranging from 20 to 70 grams. Nitro-Tech Hardcore contains 25 grams of protein which places it right in the middle. The shake mix does have fewer calories than other bodybuilding shakes at just 130 per serving. Exactly 100 of those calories are from protein so the dieter could choose this shake as a meal replacement or snack shake and stay within calorie limits.

Creatine is the next important ingredient for dieters. Creatine helps muscles grow faster, but in order to do that the creatine pulls water into the muscle. This causes the bloating and puffy look many bodybuilders have off-season. For the dieter, this bloating will lead to weight gain not weight loss.

Two pounds of Nitro-Tech Hardcore can be purchased for $27.99 with four pounds priced at $49.99.

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  • Nitro-Tech Hardcore is priced lower than comparable protein shakes.
  • Protein is a healthy part of dieting for weight loss.
  • Total calories per shake is only 130.


  • Creatine will cause weight gain for most people.
  • The shake is made for bodybuilders not dieters.


Protein shakes do not all contain creatine. Creatine is used by bodybuilders to increase muscle growth. There is no need to take creatine when dieting and doing so could cause weight gain instead of weight loss. Dieters may see better effect taking a supplement with green tea and caffeine than creatine and protein.

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