KINOBODY SUPPLEMENTS REVIEW: LEGIT OR SCAM? (SCIENCE-BASED BREAKDOWN)
If you are wondering whether Greg O’Gallagher’s supplements are any good, this article is for you.
We will go through the four Kinobody supplements and analyze the ingredients, dosages, price, and effectiveness.
To be clear, this is not an anecdotal report from a gym newbie who used BCAAs for three weeks and thinks they gained five pounds of muscle from it.
Instead, this is a no B.S. review. We will base the entire analysis on quality scientific research so that you can make an informed decision on whether the products can benefit you.
Kino Collagen is a protein powder. Interestingly, Greg was against protein powders before he sold supplements, but given that he now offers a protein powder product, that is no longer the case.
Sure, people are allowed to change their opinions, especially when they have new data that might contradict their previous beliefs. But this change in sentiment is interesting to note.
Regarding whether protein powders are beneficial, they definitely can be helpful. They help you meet your daily protein needs, such as if you’re a person who doesn’t get enough protein through your diet alone.
However, there is nothing magical about a protein supplement compared to a food source like eggs, dairy, meat, or fish. It does not have any unique benefits. It is just a convenient form of protein, and there are many other ways to get it through various food sources.
That said, let’s go over Greg’s product. It contains bovine collagen derived from grass-fed beef.
Greg lists many benefits of collagen protein on his sales page. These include that it will support your skin, joints, tissues, cartilage, cardiovascular system, blood vessels, and gut health.
There is some truth to the claim that collagen can improve skin health. But the other claims are more questionable, and Greg also does not cite any references to support them.
Regardless, let’s be real here: Greg’s audience is not buying protein powder from him because they want to maintain their glowing skin. They buy it because they want to build muscle (and because they’re likely a fan of Greg himself).
Greg’s content is about building a lean and muscular physique. And guess what: for muscle growth, collagen is one of the worst protein sources you can supplement with.
That is not just my opinion. All you have to do is look at the amino acid profile. While collagen does have all nine essential amino acids, the amounts are meager compared to other protein sources.
To be more specific, look at the leucine content. Leucine is the main amino acid for triggering muscle protein synthesis, and you generally need about three grams of leucine to maximize protein synthesis for a given meal.
Twenty grams of collagen, however, has only about half a gram of leucine, and is roughly 3% leucine. The most common protein sources are around 8% leucine, and whey protein is about 12%, which is very high.
But it does not end there. Not only is collagen a poor muscle building supplement based on its amino acid profile, but it is also one of the most expensive options.
Kino Collagen is $40 per tub but only has 21 servings per container, with each serving containing 20 grams of protein. That is much more expensive per gram of protein than what you would pay for a whey or casein product.
In conclusion, collagen is a very low-quality source of muscle building protein for a very high price.
The foundation of Kino Gains is a combination of creatine monohydrate and l-carnitine l-tartrate (LCLT).
- Creatine gives you a slight boost in strength, work capacity, and intramuscular water volume—making your muscles look “fuller.”
- LCLT has some data showing an increase in performance and recovery, and it also raises androgen receptor density.
One serving has five grams of creatine and two grams of LCLT. Those are clinically effective doses, which means that you will get enough of the compounds to reap the benefits.
The product also contains zinc. Many lifters can benefit from zinc because this mineral gets lost through sweat, meaning that gym-goers need more of it than the average Joe.
Zinc is also important for many bodily functions related to your fitness results. For instance, it’s crucial for testosterone production, protein synthesis, and metabolism.
Greg’s supplement offers you fifteen milligrams of zinc, which is a decent amount. The problem is that he does not state in which form that zinc comes.
That is important to know because there are many different types of zinc, some of which have a low bioavailability. An example is zinc oxide, which your body cannot absorb effectively.
Many companies include zinc oxide in their products because it is the cheapest form of the mineral, and that helps them save money. But as a result, you will take something your body cannot use.
Finally, the product contains choline. The sales page claims that this organic, water-soluble compound flushes feminizing hormones out of the body.
I checked the literature and could not find convincing evidence that choline reduces estrogen or helps eliminate it. Again, Greg does not list references to support his claim. So, I would not put much stock into it.
All in all, choline is a questionable supplement. The evidence on it is not that convincing. The most common use for it is aiding cognition, but even the data on that is mixed.
The standard dose is 250 to 500 milligrams. Greg’s product contains 500 milligrams, which is good as it is a full dose. The only issue is that you usually want to raise your choline intake slowly since choline affects everyone differently. You might now want to jump straight into consuming 500 milligrams because too high a dose can cause negative side effects like headaches and nausea.
So, if you are using this product, I would start with a third of a scoop to be safe. Then, you could scale up to half a scoop, and then a full scoop. You’ll probably be fine either way, but better safe than sorry.
Overall, Kino Gains is okay, although it has some issues. It is pricey for what it is, we don’t know what type of zinc it contains, and the inclusion of choline is questionable.
Kino Octane is a decent pre-workout supplement, although it does have a couple of flaws.
Interestingly, the formula is quite similar to our RealScience Athletics pre-workout, PureForm, but with a few differences.
The primary ingredients in Kino Octane are l-citrulline, caffeine, l-theanine, and ginseng. We, on the other hand, use citrulline malate, caffeine, l-theanine, and l-tyrosine.
Greg claims that their product is superior to alternatives because it has pure l-citrulline instead of citrulline malate. In reality, the research is far more supportive of citrulline malate for high-intensity exercise.
The malic acid in citrulline malate has benefits on its own. That is most likely because it aids ATP regeneration. In this regard, the research does not support the idea that pure l-citrulline is better.
That is why we use citrulline malate in our pre-workout formula. Studies show that it boosts performance during high-intensity exercise.
Aside from l-citrulline, Greg’s product has caffeine combined with l-theanine. This is an excellent combination for increasing energy and alertness without giving you the jitters.
The product also has Siberian ginseng, although there is limited evidence that this compound benefits exercise performance or body composition. L-tyrosine is probably a better option.
Overall, Kino Octane is reasonable. One great thing is that it has a small number of ingredients. There is no need for a crazy combo of eight to twelve ingredients as is the case with most pre-workouts.
The product also contains proper dosages and has no proprietary blends, and the amount of caffeine is on the moderate side.
Two downsides are that the product is a bit pricey, and you have to subscribe to an auto-ship program. This means you cannot order a one-off bottle and have to sign up for a subscription.
There is nothing wrong with a subscription plan. Companies can offer their products however they want. But some people might find it annoying that they must email or phone the support team to cancel.
All in all, Kino Octane is a decent pre-workout. Although based on the current scientific literature, PureForm is superior.
PureForm is also less expensive, and you do not have to subscribe to a renewal program to buy it. You can click here to check it out, and use the coupon code “RSA10” to save 10% on your first order.
This product contains BCAAs, which stands for branched-chain amino acids. That is a group of three essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine, and valine.
BCAAs are one of the most popular fitness supplements that are available. Gym-goers often claim that BCAAs boost muscle growth and recovery. But despite its popularity, the research is less convincing.
One study found that taking BCAAs post-workout was no more effective at improving recovery after a high-volume squatting workout than consuming sugar.
Another study concluded that “when combined with heavy resistance training for eight weeks, supplementation with 9 grams a day of BCAAs 30 min before and after exercise had no preferential effects on body composition and muscle performance.”
In other words, BCAAs do not enhance muscle growth, recovery, or gym performance. You are flushing your money down the drain on this stuff.
The reality is that you will get all the BCAAs you need to maximize muscle protein synthesis as long as you consume enough protein through your diet.
Dumping more on top of that will not supercharge your gains. There is a limit to what your body can use. Going beyond that will not benefit you.
Furthermore, BCAAs are not “anti-catabolic.” So, they do not have any special benefits for fasted training either. For an anti-catabolic response, you would need the full spectrum of essential amino acids and not just isolated BCAAs.
Consuming only BCAAs is like calling construction workers to a site but not giving them raw materials to build something with. That is why it is better to take an essential amino acid blend instead of BCAAs if you train fasted.
(Keep in mind that BCAAs and EAAs contain calories, so you are not even truly fasted if you take either of those. This is fine because there is no specific benefit to training fasted anyway.)
Thus, I do not recommend BCAA supplements. You are better off consuming a whole protein source around your workouts, such as whey, casein, eggs, meat, or fish.
That is especially true when you consider that Kino Aminos is not even a true BCAA supplement to begin with. The product contains a 7:1:1 ratio of leucine to isoleucine and valine.
This goes against the regular ratio of 2:1:1. Normally, BCAA products have two milligrams of leucine for every milligram of combined isoleucine and valine.
I do not know why Greg and his team have formulated the product like this, but many other companies do this because leucine is the cheapest BCAA, which helps them save money.
Also, leucine is the most marketable BCAA. since it’s the one that most people have heard of. And that is why putting more leucine into their formula might help their marketing efforts.
So, that higher ratio lowers production cost and makes the supplement sound better on paper. But in reality, it will not enhance the product’s effectiveness.
Now, some people say that they take BCAAs because it helps to reduce muscle soreness. And while there is research to support this, those studies compare BCAAs to a placebo.
It is no surprise that taking BCAAs is better than taking nothing. But by consuming a regular whole protein source after your workouts, you will get enough BCAAs to reap all the benefits.
Some people also say that BCAAs increase energy levels during training sessions. They claim that exercise causes fatigue by increasing brain levels of tryptophan and serotonin.
BCAAs are supposed to blunt that response by preventing tryptophan from entering the brain. In reality, this would only be a concern during long and exhaustive exercises like running a marathon.
It will not happen during a standard weight training hypertrophy workout, especially not if you follow a low volume workout routine like the ones Greg promotes.
Besides, Greg has said that he used BCAAs before and saw little to no benefit. So, I don’t think he can claim now that he believes they increase energy during training.
At the end of the day, BCAAs are a throwaway supplement. They are one of the biggest scams to have ever entered the bodybuilding supplement industry.
Here Is The Bottom Line
I am not telling you to buy or not buy Greg’s supplements. That is a decision you should make based on your situation, goals, and preferences. I just hope that this overview helps you make an informed decision.
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