Arnold Schwarzenegger’s image and name are all over the branding and marketing material. We see if the ex-Mr. Universe’s product is as good as promised.
Arnold Iron Cuts Pros
- Clinically proven ingredients
- Some good customer reviews
Arnold Iron Cuts Cons
- Relies upon reputation of Arnold Schwarzenegger
- No ingredients quantities
- Wide variety of side effects
Arnold Iron Cuts Review
Arnold Iron Cuts Facts
- Manufactured by MusclePharm Corp
- Available in 30 or 40 serving sized bottles
- Endorsed by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Many different diet pills and diet programs use the faces of various celebrities to promote their products. Usually this involves an actress or female presenter informing potential customers how much weight they have lost using the product they are being paid to promote.
In a few cases, the images and names of celebrities are used without permission: Oprah Winfrey has distanced herself from Acai Berry products after her face was used in campaigns.
In contrast to this Arnold Iron Cuts are a product named after, and intrinsically linked with Arnold Schwarzenegger: not only does the product use his face, but Arnold’s official website promotes the diet pills, linking back to their official website.
Iron Cuts definitely plays up to the reputation Arnie has for being a professional strongman, who has remained incredibly heavily muscled and strong over a career spanning several decades. Whilst it does not directly state that the diet pill user would end up having a physique like Arnie’s, it is heavily implied, especially by using phrases such as ‘sculpt the body you’ve always wanted’, and ‘if you plan to train like you’re building a legacy, just follow in Arnold’s Footsteps’.
As well as being just one of the products in the ©2013 Arnold Schwarzenegger Series™, Iron Cuts are manufactured by MusclePharm Corp, a huge company that seems to have the support of several other well-known celebrities and athletes.
MusclePharm Corp provide products aimed at all level of exercisers, from ‘weekend warriors’ to professional athletes. Started by a professional athlete in 2003, MusclePharm Corp’s quest is to,
create a superior line of sports nutrition products that are safe, free of banned substances, and formulated, tested and certified under the most stringent conditions in the marketplace today.
MusclePharm are located at MusclePharm Corporation, 4721 Ironton Street, Denver, CO 80239, and provide a contact phone number of 1-800-292-3909.
Arnold’s Iron Cuts has a huge number of ingredients, and so, in order to consume sufficient amounts of each ingredient, users should consume three capsules per day. The suggested dose seems to be to take them together, before a meal or before exercise. For a more intense hit, users can consume up to 6 capsules per day, 3 before breakfast and 3 before lunch.
Arnold Iron Cuts Concerns:
- Relies upon celebrity as main sales point
- Large number of reported side effects
- Lack of ingredients information
What Does Arnold Iron Cuts Claim To Do?
According to the Arnold website,
the combination of ingredients in Iron Cuts helps to stimulate fat burning while protecting the internal environment that nurtures lean muscle. This reduces muscle catabolism (muscle breakdown) and supports muscle anabolism (muscle growth)*—a novel approach to fat burning offering significant benefits.
In other words, Iron Cuts increases the metabolic rate of the body, specifically through increasing thermogenesis. It also contains ‘a muscle hardening and sculpting agent’, and supports what is described as a healthy oestrogen balance and cortisol levels.
So What Is Arnold Iron Cuts and What Are The Ingredients For Arnold Iron Cuts?
Iron Cuts fails to explain the role of each individual ingredient present in the diet pill. In fact, other than a link to a picture of the “supplement facts”, there is no actual mention of what the ingredients are in Iron Cuts, or what they do. Luckily for you, we have researched this for you.
The formula is made up of three different blends, each serve a different purpose: Firstly, the thermogenic and fat metaboliser contains L-Carnitine Tartrate, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Caffeine Anhydrous, Panax Ginseng Root Powder, N-Acetyl-L-tyrosine, Thermodiamine™ (98% Evodiamine), Vinpocetine, and Inositol.
The second blend is the Muscle Building Maximiser, which contains Maca 4:1 Root Extract, AminoShield® Eriobotrya japonica Leaf Extract, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Boron Citrate, Fenugreek Seed Extract, and Pumpkin Seed Extract.
Finally, the Estrogen and Cortisol Metaboliser contains Gymnema Sylvestre Leaf Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Diindolylmethane DIM), Cinnamon Bark powder, Banaba Leaf Extract, and Chromium Picolinate.
Below, we see how some of the ingredients may work:
- Chromium Picolinate: This is used primarily to lower fasting blood sugar levels and to lower insulin levels in people who have type 2 diabetes. In terms of its potential effect upon weight loss, it is possible that taking chromium picolinate by mouth for 2 to 3 months might produce a small weight loss of about 1.1 kg. Obviously this is an incredibly small amount of weight loss, but studies are still inconclusive.
Source: WebMD Resource
- Green Tea Extract: Green tea is high in a group of antioxidants called catechins. Studies have suggested that catechins and caffeine both increase energy expenditure by boosting the metabolism temporarily. However, the metabolic increase caused by green tea is limited. One study found that the use of green tea was not enough to counteract weight gain following a very low calorie diet.
- Caffeine: Caffeine is thought to stimulate the central nervous system, causing alertness, reduced fatigue and a slightly increased metabolism for a short period of time, which can make a small difference to weight loss attempts through regular usage.
- L – Cartinine Tartrate: Supplementation of this ingredient has been found to improve fat oxidation.
- Panax ginseng root powder: Whilst Panax Ginseng is used for all sorts of ailments, and is thought by some to improve athletic endurance, there is no evidence that ties it to causing weight loss.
- Thermodiamine: an alkaloid extracted from unripe fruit from the Evodia Rutaecarpa plant, studies suggest it increases thermogenesis and may aid weight loss over time.
- Maca root extract: Whilst it is best used to treat erectile dysfunction, maca root is also used to boost the rate of muscle growth.
Source: WebMD resource
- Cinnamon: Several studies have found a link between cinnamon and the regulation of blood glucose levels, and it may play a small role in improving insulin sensitivity. In terms of its effects upon weight, this area has been under researched.
So What Does All This Mean?
The ingredients in the first blend are designed to increase thermogenic activity in the body, burning an increased number of calories and fat as well as creating heat. Some have been proven clinically to increase fat oxidation in the body, such as L-cartinine and green tea, although their strength and effectiveness vary.
Other ingredients are thought to boost the production of testosterone in the body, which can aid muscle growth indirectly, in people who are performing the correct muscle-building exercises. The cortisol-lowering ingredients are actually blood sugar lowering ingredients, suggesting that they actually counteract the effects of cortisol, rather than lowering the actual levels of cortisol in the body.
Does Arnold Iron Cuts Have Any Side Effects?
Looking at customer reviews, there is a wide range of reported side effects. The number of people who have reported side effects is significant, but they definitely do not make up the majority.
These side effects include boosted energy levels, disrupted sleep, increased sweating, jitteriness, mood changes, increased levels of aggression, and flatulence. However, most of the users who did report a side effect, only reported one or two, and many more people reported no side effects at all.
Some users have reported an increase in their sex drive; this is a combination of the increased levels of testosterone in the body, and the use of the ingredient panax ginseng, which is often used to treat erectile dysfunction and in herbal alternatives to Viagra.
One user experienced headaches on the days he did not take the product; this could be a sign of being in caffeine withdrawal, especially if hydrating does not lessen the headache. Caffeine is physically addictive, especially for people who have addictive personalities, and side effects such as this are not uncommon after the regular and prolonged use of diet pills.
This product is not designed for women: it is designed to boost testosterone levels, which can results in mood swings and other side effects in women.
It may also be too strong a product for some women, and contains one ingredient that lowers oestrogen levels.
Any Arnold Iron Cuts Reviews From Customers?
Iron Cuts has received a significant number of reviews on body building forums, as well as a number of mixed reviews on Amazon.
Some customers felt there were little or no results for them, following use of the product. One customer wrote:
After using 3/4 of the bottle I have not been able to notice anything other than a headache on days I don’t take it. Not sure why this is. I am pretty disappointed in this line as Arnold’s name is on it and I had high expectations.
Other customers described it as weak compared to other cutting-style fat burners, with few or no effects to be seen.
Some consumers seem to have had much more success; it is also these reviews that seem to post in more detail about the side effects, weight loss results, and other factors that may have affected weight loss. Those who have seen the most results with the product definitely seem to be the regular gym-goers who are looking for a temporary boost to improve their physique, primarily by burning off fat to reveal the muscles underneath. Comments include:
I sweat so much during my cardio and was lifting weights like I couldn’t before.
did not make me look like Arnie lol but very happy with results.
Numerous customers have noted side effects, especially relating to the supposed testosterone boost the product causes. Customers have felt more aggressive and moody, with family members mentioning their changed behaviour.
Customers have also mentioned in their reviews the odd sort of side effects that normally would not be mentioned by any marketing webpage: One customer wrote:
Did nothing except give me weird smelling farts.
whilst another wrote:
Got absolutely nothing out of this except burps that tasted like tea.
So Does Arnold Iron Cuts Work?
For men who are looking for a diet pill that will aid weight loss, this may not be the best option. It is more of a cross over between a diet pill and a supplement more suitable for frequent gym goers to assist during a cutting stage.
It seems to work the best for men who are already following rigorous physical training programs, who are looking to lose body fat following bulking up. Having said that, there are people who have not noticed any results, and others who state that results are seen much slower with iron cuts than with other products aimed at the same specific market.
Where Can I Buy Arnold Iron Cuts?
Arnold Iron Cuts can be bought from a number of different retailers, at various prices. Multi-buy offers can be found at Arnold.com, including a buy 2 get 1 free offer. Bottles are available in two different sizes, of 90 or 120 capsules, representing 30 or 40 servings respectively.
At Arnold.com, the smaller bottle costs $39.99, whilst the larger bottle costs $49.99. The products are also available Amazon and numerous body building sites.
What About A Guarantee
There is no money back guarantee offered on the product at this time.
Overall, Arnold Iron Cuts do not quite live up to the claims made on its official website, or to the reputation that Arnold Schwarzenegger has amongst the bodybuilding community. This is not suitable for women, and is most likely not the best choice for anyone who does not work out regularly. Some of the ingredients may also help to improve recovery time following exercise, making it ideal for men who are exercising daily.
What does concern us is the large number of people who have reported side effects, as well as the large range of side effects that have been reported. This is probably because of the huge number of ingredients present in the diet pill. One of the more unsettling side effects is mood changes because of hormonal changes caused by the various ingredients. This will affects not only the user, but the people around them too.
The proprietary formulas means that we have no ingredient quantities for any individual ingredient, meaning that it is difficult to assess what results and side effects can be expected. For example, it is impossible to say how much caffeine is in the product, and so we cannot say if users should avoid other sources of caffeine or not. Probably the best course of action is to slowly build up the use of the pills, especially if the consumer is considering using the maximum daily dose of 6 capsules.
Value for money appears to be pretty good at the suggested daily dose, but using the maximum of 6 pills a day will seriously affect the value for money, as the smaller bottle would then last only 15 days, and the larger bottle only 20 days.
We feel that Arnold Iron Cuts relies too much upon the image of Arnold Schwarzenegger and his excellent reputation amongst the body building community. Without his image, this product would not have been so successful, and would probably be regarded as a medium strength product that results in a wide variety of side effects.