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Rapid Fire Relief Review: Does Natural Pain Relief Spray Work?

Rapid Fire Relief Review

JM's Rapid Fire Relief Review

A few years ago, I came across a therapeutic analgesic called Rapid Fire Relief while browsing the vendor tables at the Fox Cities Showdown - Wisconsin's Premiere Bodybuilding Show - in Oshkosh, WI.

It was my first year as a spectator at The Showdown so I didn't know what to expect. You see, I was originally there with hopes of meeting Shawn "Flexatron" Rhoden (who was cool enough to snap a pic with me). Shawn has always been one of my favorite IFBB Bodybuilders. He was there representing the Ronnie Coleman Signature Series supplement brand. 

As an avid MMA enthusiast, I also recognized the former UFC fighter, Kevin "The Fire" Burns, and wondered what brought him to this bodybuilding event. There were numerous vendor tables that were there helping sponsor this marquee event for bodybuilders looking to qualify before heading to the Amateur Bodybuilding Nationals, where aspiring bodybuilders can then achieve their pro cards. As it turns out, Kevin Burns, now retired from his fighting days, was representing his new company, appropriately named Rapid Fire

Rapid Fire Spray is a 100% all-natural topical analgesic pain relief formula designed to alleviate minor muscle aches, joint sprains, inflammation and overall topical pain management. Each 1oz bottle contains approximately 30 uses of 3 sprays per use in two fresh varieties, Lemongrass and Wintergreen. Each contains a therapeutic-grade dose of wintergreen, peppermint, and menthol essential oils.

The 100% natural claim had me immediately intrigued as I was once told by a National power lifting coach that the use of a topical cream like Icy Hot was actually prohibited in competition. And although in online research on the US Anti-Doping Agency website, I have not been able to find that it is still banned, I always prefer to find the natural option.

However, if you're like me you sometimes wonder if the natural products are strong enough to be effective. Well, it just so happened that on the day Kevin Burns was providing a product demo of Rapid Fire Relief, I had the usual pain in my forearm from a heavy bench press session and I wanted to put this stuff to the test.

So he hooked me up with 3 sprays on my forearm and sent me on my way. Happy to say, I felt no pain in my forearm for the entire afternoon! When I passed by his booth again in the evening session, I purchased two bottles of the wintergreen (original) scent. I am now in love this stuff! 

Once I finished all of the product I had originally purchased that day, I immediately contacted Kevin about getting more for myself and to share Rapid Fire Relief on the Just Max Fitness Nutrition website.

Both scents - wintergreen and lemongrass - are available right now on sale for just $16.99.

If you have minor aches and pains from your most intense workouts, I encourage you to try this natural pain relief spray today. You'll find that this natural remedy really does work and you'll feel better about putting it on your skin for that reason alone. What a relief!



Bonus: this Rapid Fire Relief review features a YouTube interview with founder Kevin "The Fire" Burns ...

Let me know what your experience has been with Rapid Fire Relief by leaving a comment in the Facebook section below or to writing your own review on our product page here and tell us what you think of this natural pain reliever!


Joshua Myers, Founder of Just Max Fitness Nutrition

A Comprehensive Review of Blonyx HMB Creatine, HMB Sport and Beta Alanine

Blonyx Product Lineup

The Scoop on Blonyx HMB Creatine, Beta Alanine and HMB Sport by Blonyx Biosciences




Blonyx Biosciences is one of the more refreshing brands in today’s supplement industry. Created for the needs of high-level CrossFit competitors, Blonyx is a relatively small company compared to the industry giants that extend their product lines through the likes of your local GNC store and beyond.

They produce only three products on their current roster, including Blonyx HMB Creatine, Beta Alanine and HMB Sport, but that’s because they selectively market products that actually work!

Many of today’s supplement companies focus much of their resources on coming up with witty product names or a brilliant marketing scheme to get you to buy their products, and this is allowed to happen because of the lack of regulation in the supplement industry in its current state.

Blonyx doesn’t have boast ridiculous names for their products or outrageous claims about what their products can do. They use pharmaceutical grade, often Paleo-friendly, ingredients with no fillers or proprietary blends. Each ingredient used in their products are clearly listed (along with dosage) and has been backed by 10 or more published research studies to show that they are safe and that they do work. There are no tricks or deception tactics from Blonyx BioSciences, just products that produce results.

Here is a closer look at the Blonyx product line up:




Blonyx HMB SportHMB Sport by Blonyx Biosciences: Paleo friendly supplement that contains 3g of HMB, aka Beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (or B-Hydroxy B-Methylbutyrate) per serving in capsule form. HMB Sport is designed to increase muscle mass, strength, and reduce muscle soreness. Choose HMB Sport if you are looking for an HMB supplement without the added creatine.

Blonyx HMB+CrHMB + Creatine by Blonyx Biosciences: As the most popular product in the Blonyx BioSciences lineup, HMB plus Creatine contains the same HMB 1.5g of HMB (per scoop) that is found in HMB Sport combined with 2.5g of creatine. Adding in creatine (easily the most tested and proven dietary supplement) it allows your muscles to work harder with increased stamina by improving the muscles ATP stores. By consuming 1 scoop pre–workout, and one scoop of HMB plus Creatine post-workout you will get your recommended dose of both HMB (3g) and creatine (5g) each day.

 Blonyx Beta AlanineBeta-Alanine by Blonyx Biosciences: The latest product of the Blonyx BioSciences collection is Beta-Alanine, a metabolite of the amino acid Alanine. Beta-Alanine is known to increase Carnosine production in the muscles, allowing you greater muscular endurance to get more out of each workout. The more you can get from each workout, the better end result you will have.

The Blonyx Biosciences brand features high-level CrossFit Games competitors, as well as weightlifting coaches, on their athlete roster because they need to know exactly what they are putting in their bodies and understand the science behind what they are talking. Blonyx Biosciences is a premium supplement brand designed for elite (or aspiring elite) level athletes.

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If you are a peak competitor in strength sports like CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting, or strongman, you will get more out of your training with the entire line up of products. Endurance focused sports such as gymnastics, track athletes, swimmers and cyclists can also benefit.

Blonyx Biosciences has truly positioned itself as premium supplement brand with high quality ingredients, integrity and proof that the products work backed by scientific study! The bar they have set is truly pleasing to diehard fans of the supplement industry, like myself, where often times we can’t tell the real from the fake. Blonyx Biosciences is the real deal!

Let me know what you thought of this Blonyx Biosciences review in the Facebook comments section and feel free to apply the discount coupon code "BLONYX" at checkout to receive an instant 15% off your entire Blonyx order!


Joshua Myers, Founder of Just Max Fitness Nutrition

RIVALUS Powder Burn 2.0 Review and My Experience with RIVALUS

My First-Hand Review of RIVALUS Brand Products, Including Powder Burn 2.0




I first came across RIVALUS and Powder Burn 2.0 at the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, OH. This was my first trip to the Mecca of sports festivals so I didn't really know what to expect.

I simply knew that I wanted to get as many photo opportunities as I could, find out what was coming new to the market and hopefully make some connections with some new brands for Just Max Fitness Nutrition.

By meeting the wonderful folks from RIVALUS I was able to accomplish two of those goals in one conversation (... I would have asked them for pictures too, but then they might have thought that was a little over the top LOL).




After doing my research, I've found that RIVALUS was acquired by the former owners of Optimum Nutrition, Mike and Tony Costello who left the company in 2008 because apparently they weren't fond of direction it was heading in.

So with RIVALUS in-tow they created Nutrivo, LLC - which also runs Rule 1 Proteins brand (for a comparison of whey proteins R1 Protein by Rule 1 vs Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, click here).

I like RIVALUS because they are certified pro-athlete and WADA compliant. As a competitive Paralympic athlete in training, I need products that I know will pass testing at my larger National and International competitions. How much of a shame would it be to "come up short" because of the ingredients in a protein supplement?

Obviously, protein is not on a banned substance list regardless of the particular type that it's composed of, but it could be manufactured in the same facility as other products that are on the banned substance list.

All RIVALUS products are manufactured right here in the USA in 130,000 sq ft. state of the art facility in Aurora, Illinois.

With a slogan such as - "We're Pro Athlete" - you know that they have their customer's best interest in mind.

If you compete with any governing bodies that drug test and need to make sure you're products are banned substance free then you need RIVALUS on your team (and in your gym bag).

If it was already obvious up to this point, I absolutely love this company, brand, and  their people and I can't wait to grow with them.

The only negative thing I can say about this company is actually an assumption: being headquartered down in Illinois, they are probably Chicago Bears fans ... and being from Green Bay, I'm sure you can guess who my favorite team is - Go Pack Go! So, I suppose I can set aside my football allegiance for a good quality supplement.

Check out the current RIVALUS products that we have in stock like Powder Burn 2.0, a pre-workout with 14 active ingredients and zero band substances!. Keep an eye out for their full product line, including the popular protein items such as Promasil Premium Protein - think BSN SYNTHA-6 but better, MPower, Clean Gainer, and other creatine, weight loss, and hormone support products.

Rival US Logo

Let me know if you've tried any RIVALUS brand products in the Facebook comment section below.


Joshua Myers, Founder of Just Max Fitness Nutrition

Which is the Best Whey Protein Powder? R1 Protein by Rule 1 vs Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard: "Olympics of Whey Protein Powders" Review

Best whey protein powder: Optimum Nutrition vs Rule 1

Which Whey Protein Powder is Really the Best on the Market? Rule 1 R1 Protein vs ON Gold Standard Review


A quick Google search of “Top 10 Proteins on Amazon” and you can see that Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard is far and away the number one selling product on the largest e-tailer on the internet.

It is also #1 on the second largest e-tailer (and JMFN's largest competitor), Bodybuilding.com.

You can go on any number of fitness nutrition websites, or protein review websites, to find ON Gold Standard Protein and see that it is number one on those websites too. On its own site, Optimum Nutrition claims that it is the number one selling protein in the world. This is probably true, but have you ever questioned why ON protein is so highly touted?

I believe it is simply because they were the first premium whey protein manufacturer to brand their protein powder as “Gold Standard” and have done a great job marketing this message to fitness industry.

In any instance, when I have asked someone why they chose ON 100% Whey Gold Standard over another sports nutrition supplement brand, more often than not I simply hear “They are the gold standard of protein powder”, not because they're searching for the cheapest whey protein for sale on the market, the best tasting, or even the best quality protein.

Of course the top medal to win in the Olympics or any sporting competition where medals are handed out is obviously the Gold Medal. As you may know I am striving for the Gold in 2020, but just because I tell you I am training to be the best doesn’t mean I am automatically the best and that I will win the Gold in Tokyo, right?

I need to work hard and prove that I am the best. So why should I assume it to be so for my whey protein powder -- just because the brand tells me so?

As I did some research, I found that there are quite a few protein powder brands on the market that rival 100% Whey Gold Standard in quality.

If I were to hold a Protein Powder Olympics - Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard could win the bronze, maybe even the silver. But they wouldn’t get the gold at my games. The gold would be crowned on the makers of R1 Protein by Rule 1. Therefore, the remainder of this blog post is dedicated to anyone looking for an in-depth Rule 1 protein reviews.

Rule One Proteins was founded in 2014 under the parent company Nutrivo, LLC – the brain trust of Tony Costello Sr. and his son,Tony Costello Jr. Tony Sr is one of the two founders of what is now known as Optimum Nutrition; yes I typed that right, the same company that used to have the best protein on the market.

Brothers Mike and Tony Costello (Sr.), sold Optimum Nutrition to Glanbia Nutritionals in 2008 for $315 million. They both had intentions of walking away from the sports nutrition supplements industry entirely, but when Tony Sr had the opportunity to start Rule One, and create Rule 1 protein powder, it was something he couldn't pass up.

So in creating the number one fitness supplement brand over 22 years, if they were starting over certainly they thought they could create a better version of protein then Optimum Gold Standard Whey.

Would you want to create a better #1 seller than the version you just left? The answer to that question is a resounding YES! But don’t take my word for it. Take a look at the numbers in my product description and this comparison chart:

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(click the image to check Gold Standard ingredients)

In comparing the contents of these whey powder products, both Rule 1 protein powder and Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard are gluten free, have similar consistency and similar flavoring which is good because I think they both taste great.

Being gluten free and having similar consistency are both very important to me as well, but that is where the comparison ends.

In all other major metrics that we should be looking at in determining the quality of our protein powders; like protein per serving, additional BCAAs per serving (super important if you are using your shake as an immediate post-workout recovery drink), and the macro make-up of the powder such as fat and carbohydrates (sugar).

In these "Olympics of Whey Protein Powders", R1 Protein by Rule 1 receives the gold without question. 

So, which protein powder do you think is truly the gold standard of whey protein in your rankings of Rule 1 vs Gold Standard?


Let me know which whey protein powder is your favorite in the blog comments below!


Joshua Myers, Founder of Just Max Fitness Nutrition

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