The origin of this product dates all the way back to the 90's. At a very young age, I was mentored by a brilliant man, and I don't use the word brilliant loosely. This mentor happened to be a bodybuilder who was also pioneering a customized degree program from UConn based around Exercise Science and Chemistry. This gentlemen was the first to preach the importance of the Anabolic Window to me. It is at times argued, but universally understood, that within 60 minutes post-workout, your body becomes a nutritional black hole. Your body is ready to suck up everything like a sponge. While training hard, you burn up all of your glycogen and stored nutrients, and afterwards your blood sugar is low, leaving your body starving for nutrient-rich recovery.
I have dedicated my body to science for years, data collecting, and trying every possible post-workout concoction under the sun because of this theory. I have tried all sorts of carb sources from grape juice, to sports drinks, to pure dextrose, and more recently, highly-branched cyclic dextrin. I have tried every single amino acid product known to man in every single dose possible. After 19 years of trial and error, I came up with a formula that kept my pumps for hours and accelerated my recovery, as well as dramatically reducing soreness. This concoction consisted of 5 key elements that I was buying separately and mixing together. I began passing my findings on to hundreds of clients who were either speechless, or overjoyed at what was happening to their bodies. I had what I called "The ultimate post-workout concoction" and I was always excited to share it. I had this figured out when I first started Blackstone Labs, but it wasn't until 3 years later where a fan, who had gotten some advice from me on periscope, reached out to me via email to tell me "Thank you so much, this concoction has been amazing! When will Blackstone Labs be putting this out?"
EUREKA! How could I not put this out? In an industry selling where products with crazy one-word, action-packed names is the norm, I decided to just name the product after the amount of time it took me to discover it... It literally took me 19 years to find this perfect recipe for success and the name has to mean something to me. So to keep it simple, I give you: Formula 19.
The Science behind each scoop of Formula 19:
R3 Carbohydrate Formula, 25g
A scientifically studied blend of 3 different carbohydrate sources designed to be quickly absorbed into the blood stream immediately upon ingestion at a rate much faster then dextrose but without a negative effect on blood sugar levels. The R3 carbohydrate formula will absorb at an accelerated rate but also leave the user with sustained energy like a complex carb source. This is the ultimate fuel for your muscles both pre and post workout.
Glutamine Blend, 5g( L- Glutamine and magnesium glycyl glutamine)
Magnesium Glycyl Glutamine chelate - The only stabilized glutamine in the world, protected by an exclusive patent. Glutamine is an amino acid that serves as a necessary building block for protein in the body. It is also the amino acid lost in the greatest quantity during strenuous exercise. In fact, countless research has shown that glutamine is consistently deficient in athletes during and after exercise sessions. In addition, people suffering from illness and disease have been shown to be deficient in glutamine, which is essential for the body to repair itself. When an individual is in a catabolic state due to strenuous physical activity, illness, injury or nutritional imbalances, glutamine homeostasis can be compromised. Supplemental glutamine is required to restore plasma glutamine levels, protect glutamine stores, and help conserve lean muscle mass. The magnesium glycle glutamine is the first totally stable form of glutamine discovered providing for superior absorption.
Leucine is one of the three Branched Chain Amino Acids and sometimes referred to as the 'main' amino acid due to the most popular benefit of BCAAs (muscle building) being mostly due to leucine. Leucine is an activator of the protein known as mTOR, which then induces muscle protein synthesis via S6K; the other two BCAAs may also activate mTOR, but are much weaker than leucine in doing so (and as such, 5g of leucine will be more effective than 5g mixed BCAAs). This dose of leucine post workout is arguably more important then taking in any form of whey or animal protein source because of the above description.
Alpha Lipoic Acid, 100g
The antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) improves the body’s ability to absorb and convert sugar (glucose) to energy (glycemic control-insulin sensitivity) Thus making it ideal to take with carbohydrates because of its "insulin mimicking effects" Bodybuilders and athletes have been experimenting with insulin since the 90's which is often dangerous or even deadly. The safe and healthy alternative is Alpha Lipoic Acid consumption with all carbohydrate dense meals. This dramatically increases the carbohydrate absorption shuttling all the nutrients with it directly into the muscle.
The balance of electrolytes in your body can be changed easily by sweating, vomiting and diarrhea.Typically electrolytes are severely depleted during intense exercise. Electrolytes and their importance to the human body is undeniable. The body functions and systems they support are vitally extensive. It is difficult for our bodies to survive without them. Cramping as well as muscle soreness is greatly associated with loss of electrolytes. Increasing electrolyte absorption post workout can aid in faster recovery as well as prevention of muscle strains or even tears do to dehydration.