Best Of: Post Workout Stacks
Top 5 Post Workout Stacks

If you’re anything like most dedicated bodybuilders, it’s not uncommon that you’re looking to get as much muscle mass as you can with your training program.

Now while having the right workout routines – both in terms of endurance and strength training – in your checklist plays a key role in pulling the whole thing off, the post workout stack that you go for can also easily make or break your chances of achieving the results that you’ve always wanted.

See, your muscle fibers tend to get in a jumble after pumping iron. Their glycogen and insulin levels take a nosedive and there’s also the possibility that the proteins they’re made of are going to wear down sooner or later if they won’t get the replenishment that they need.

But what’s really interesting is your muscle fibers are at their most receptive to nutrients, particularly in terms of growth and recovery, during this state. And according to scientific studies, they will remain to do so for approximately 45 minutes after your workout.

Missing out on this “window of opportunity” will significantly affect your chances at achieving the mass that you’re hoping to realize.

So if you’re still finding it rather tough to pick your ideal stack, here are our top 5 post workout stacks for serious mass that you should try as soon as you can:

5. Gold Standard 100% Whey + Vital1ty

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Whipping up a serving of whey shake after going through a lot of punishment at the gym isn’t just a refreshing treat, but also provides your muscles with the essential protein they need to pick up the pace on recovery and growth.

Each serving of 100% Whey Protein Gold Standard contains a solid 24 grams of protein, which is already quite a hefty amount when it comes to giving your muscles the much needed protein boost they’re craving for after you work out.

Top it off with the 5 grams of creapure creatine monohydrate – a key ingredient that is seen to help amplify muscular strength, muscle fiber size and lean body mass – that you can get in Vital1ty, you’re on your way to achieving that serious mass.

4. Syntha-6 + Micronized Creatine

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Considered as one of the best tasting brands in the whey protein lineup you can get your hands on these days, Syntha-6 not just comes in more than 10 delicious flavors including Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Vanilla Ice Cream and Cinnamon Bun, but also 22 grams of protein as well as essential fatty and amino acids with each serving.

Creatine has gathered quite a following of dedicated bodybuilders for its being a clinically proven ergogenic aid that promotes enhancing the synthesis of protein, promoting muscle recovery, improving muscle growth via cellular hydration and even taking energy levels up a notch. Micronized Creatine or micronized monohydrate creatine isn’t just your usual creatine, but actually its bulked up cousin.

Just imagine how combining the two would help you get the mass and bulk that you’re aiming for.

3. Phase 8 + CREagyn

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At its simplest, you’re going to get a substantial 26 grams of milk-derived proteins with each scoop of Phase 8 that you’re going to load up on. Besides replenishing the protein levels that your tired muscles lost while you were pumping iron, these milk-derived proteins also supply a sustained-release of amino acids that support muscle growth and development.

Phase 8 also flaunts a variety of flavors like White Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Milk Chocolate as well as Cookies & Cream to suit a lot of tastes when it comes to how they’d like their whey protein blends.

On the other hand, CREagyn is a stim-free strength accelerator that contains magnesium chelated creatine, a more diverse form of creatine that won’t just help intensify muscle cell volumization to improve your pump, gains and strength, but also take ATP synthesis up a notch.

2. Combat Powder + Creatine Drive Black

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For starters, Combat Powder contains a whopping 25 grams of protein. And just to sweeten the deal a bit more, it also contains 5 different varieties of protein, namely whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, whey protein hydrolysate, micellar casein and egg albumin, to really get the job done in terms of infusing your muscles with the stuff they need.

As for Creatine Drive Black, it is basically designed to provide the safest, purest and most concentrated creatine monohydrate to only give you the ideal dose and loading phase every time you use it. Aside from significantly improving your pumps and strength, getting those serious gains will become easier when you’ve got these two in your checklist.

1. Ignition + Phormula 1

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As for the top post workout stack that you can go for when it comes to getting the serious mass you’ve always wanted, we’ve saved the best for last. Let’s kick things off with Ignition.

Compared to other post workout supplements, it doesn’t just provide simple carbohydrate sources that are quickly absorbed by the body like fructose and sucrose. Ignition is packed with 100% pure dexanhydrous glucose, a type of ultra-refined monosaccharide that immediately goes in the bloodstream without having to be digested first.

And what’s really awesome is dexanhydrous glucose spikes insulin levels 6 times that your regular carbohydrate sources. You’re not just restoring your body’s ideal glycogen levels when you take Ignition, but also stopping catabolism in the process.

Phormula 1 is a low temperature processed whey protein isolate composed of the highest quality hydrolyzed and predigested whey protein fractions.

Apart from being formulated to give your muscles all the protein and other essential nutrients they need after going through a tough workout routine, this product is also designed to be assimilated by the system faster than any other protein source. It is super fast, super effective and probably the best tasting protein we’ve ever tried. Seriously. No wonder why most dedicated bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts are going for this whey protein isolate.

For serious mass gains, you can take 1 scoop of ignition along with 1 to 2 scoops of Phormula 1 immediately after you lift. Just imagine how much easier it will be to achieve results when using these two together.

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