UPDATE: Marc Lobliner and I had a fruitful and spirited discussion. He recognized my issues. Marc even offered me a few cans of MTS Whey. I declined, as Lobliner never sold me bunk protein. My issue is with Gaspari and anything I said bad about Marc I hereby repudiate.
Rich Gaspari has stolen money from me by selling me protein powder that was spiked with amino acids. Marc Lobliner of Tiger Fitness began speaking out against amino spiking. Yet now Marc Lobliner has hopped into bed with Rich Gaspari.
I used to recommend Gaspari protein, Myofusion. When I purchased Myofusion, it was my belief that the protein contained whey and caseinate protein.
My belief was based on reading the front of the jug. The jug says, “25G Protein.”
(Rich Gaspari and Myofusion are not to be trusted.)
What is amino spiking?
What Rich Gaspari and Myofusion got caught doing is called “amino spiking” your protein. It sounds kind of complicated but it’s not. Imagine this scenario:
“Hey guys, this is Rich Gaspari here. I want you to buy Gaspari Myofusion protein. Look at the jug. It says 25G protein.”
You look at the advertisement and see the front of the jug. Sure enough, the front of the jug reads:
25 G protein, 52 servings, gluten free, synthetic color free.
Cool, right? Clearly every scoop of protein powder contains protein powder, right?
Not so fast.
If you read the back of the label, you’ll see this:
INGREDIENTS Myofusion Elite Protein Blend (Whey protein concentrate, Milk protein isolate, Whey Protein isolate, Micellar casein), Amino Blend (Taurine, Glycine, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine.)
I thought Gaspari Mysofusion contained 25 grams of protein per scoop. That is what the front of my jug says. What is up with these added amino acids like taurine and glycine?
(“I thought Myofusion had 25 grams of protein.”)
Rich Gaspari allegedly spiked his protein with amino acids. This is known as “amino spiking.”
When you want to test the label claim of a protein powder, you sent it to a lab. The lab will run what’s called a nitrogen content test.
Protein has nitrogen as the backbone. A nitrogen content test is how you measure how much protein is in something. It’s how you measure how much protein you are losing in your urine, is, you measure the nitrogen content.
A nitrogen content test is an inexpensive test. The lab performs a nitrogen content test and says, “The protein meets the label claim. 98% nitrogen. Good to go.”
When you put a scoop of 25 grams of protein you throw that bad boy in there and thinking you’re getting 25 grams of whey protein; no you’re getting some amount of protein and then glycine and taurine. The protein has been spiked with cheap amino acids.
(This is a list of amino spiked protein powder, via Chaos and Pain.)
Several protein powder companies have been sued for amino spiking. If you want to learn how to spot a liar, look at Rich Gaspari’s YouTube video response to amino spiking allegations.
Notice that he does not deny that he spiked Gaspari Myofusion with amino acids. He says, “We followed FDA regulations.” What does that have to do with the question about amino spiking, Mr. Gaspari?
(Rich Gaspari personally addresses the amino spiking claim – NOT!)
Taurine is not a protein.
“Taurine is a semi-essential amino acid and is not incorporated into proteins.” See, Taurine: new implications for an old amino acid.
Since taurine is not a protein, 5 grams of taurine does not contain 5 grams of protein.
If Gaspari’s Myofusion label says it contains 25 grams of protein, then it must contain 25 grams of protein. That protein must come from whey protein concentrate, milk protein isolate, whey protein isolate, and micellar casein exclusively.
You cannot throw in 15 grams of milk proteins along with 10 grams of taurine and glycine and then tell me your protein contains 25 grams of protein per scoop. That’s a misleading and deceitful label claim.
Marc Lobliner from Tiger Nutrition partners with Rich Gaspari.
Mark Lobliner from Tiger Nutrition and Tiger Fitness had an entertaining YouTube Channel that I will now boycott, as Marc has gotten into bed with Rich Gaspari.
Previously Marc Lobliner stood up against amino spiking and spoke out against it. Now Lobliner is a scum bag just like Gaspari.
They are just buddy-buddy best friends now. And what is really going on is this; Lobliner got a lot of goodwill out of exposing the amino spiking. Gaspari got exposed. So he’s using the halo effect of Mark Lobliner to try to build his name up and Mark Lobliner’s not calling him out and saying “I know Rich Gaspari and his products are good.”
Well, maybe they are Mark Lobliner. Maybe his protein is now legit after he got caught.
Once you get caught stealing from people and ripping people off, you don’t get to say, “Well now it’s good.”
Rich Gaspari needs to say:
I’m Rich Gaspari, CEO of Gaspari Nutrition [don’t even say I cheated you just say] I didn’t supervise the facility as I should have. I’m the CEO and I take responsibility. If you’ve ever been ripped off, I’m going to give you two jugs of the new stuff.
That’s what you do when something happens in a company you run. You take personal responsibility. .
Because I got two jugs of stuff sitting on my table and I’ve gone through dozens of jugs of Myofusion. If Gaspari said, “Hey man I take responsibility for not properly overseeing it. I got cheated just like the rest of you; here are a couple jugs of protein,” we’d be good.
Even though I got ripped off on god knows how many proteins, I would have said, “OK. This is a man of integrity.” He’s not doing it. Mark Lobliner’s not doing it.
Mark Lobliner, you are every bit the scumbag that Rich Gaspari is. Whatever goodwill you got, you lost it. It’s gone.
“If you see fraud and don’t shout fraud, you are a fraud.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
A lot of you say, “Mike you’re so combative,.”
Yes, we live in a world where a lot of people are committing fraud. When I see it, I’m going to say something. Because I don’t like it. I don’t like the filth and the dirtiness. I don’t like the fact that I’ve been ripped off by Rich Gaspari.
I was at the Olympia, if I’d have known that Rich Gaspari had spiked his Myofusion protein with amino acids, I would have had an interesting discussion with him.
I want to punch Mark Lobliner in the face. Marc, I know you’re reading this. I would love to get you in the ring for three rounds, 3 minutes each, amateur boxing rules. We can do MMA rules as well. Mark Lobliner you’re every bit the filth bag that Rich Gaspari is.
Rich Gaspari you’re a filth bag.
I’m not some anonymous troll. I am very easy to find and hope that you take me up on my offer.
Watch those wallets and think critically about the world.
UPDATE: Marc Lobliner has responded to my concerns. He does not care if Rich Gaspari cheated you and other consumers in the past.
(“I am concerned with NOW.” – Marc Lobliner, speaking about Rich Gaspari and the amino spiking issue.)
Marc Lobliner offers us all a cautionary tale. His wife openly disrespects him on camera. This is how a man without a backbone is treated.
(Fast forward to 5:21.)