Not all post workout supplements are created equal – and choosing the right one is just as important as the workout itself, and the maximum results one can get from it. I didn't realize this, and fortunately just in time, until a buddy introduced me to Phormula-1, a whey protein isolate powder from 1st Phorm Nutrition.
I must admit though, that not being the average worked-for-him-it-should-work-for-me type of guy, I didn't grab the first tub off the shelf or click for an online supplement store shipment straightaway. I believe that keeping healthy and fit and getting optimum results from exercise and performance training includes watching out for what goes into my body before, during and after any activity. Mostly, it's to make sure the supplement really works as a supplement in supporting and enhancing my workout efforts, and not setting me off-track or even suffering a setback.
So I did my research, which for me simply means reading the nutrition label (usually in fine print, but not in the Phormula-1 packaging) and spending some time on my computer to understand what the entries mean in plain English.
Well, let's not let all that research go to waste. Here's my take on Phormula-1. This will be the “technical” part. I did do the actual taste-test trial, and I'll tell you about that too.
Phormula-1 Ingredients (and what they mean)
Phormula 1 is packaged in a tub of 32 servings per container. A scoop of the powder contains: 0 fat, 1 g carbs, 23 g protein, 230 mg sodium, 5 g BCAAs (branched chain amino acids)
And here's how the ingredients list reads:
Phormula-1 Matrix: An ultra bioavailable rapid assimilation protein formula containing a blend of [Low Temperature Processed Cross-Flow Micro-Filtered Whey Protein Isolate with 100% Hydrolyzed Isolated Whey Peptide Fractions (providing di-peptides, tri-peptides, oligo-peptides, alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin, immunoglobulin, proteose-peptone and glycomacropeptides)]
And the rest of it reads: citric acid, natural and artificial flavor, acesulfame potassium, neotame, sucralose, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Blue #1.
An afternoon's internet search and here's what I found. In words better understood by a layman body-builder, the Phormula 1 Matrix is basically a whey protein isolate. Whey is a substance contained in milk, which contains protein and which can be extracted and processed into any of three forms: whey isolate, whey concentrate, or whey hydrolysate. What differentiates these three is their levels of protein, with whey isolate containing the highest level of almost pure protein, leaving leaving out the rest of the milk substances such as lactose, carbohydrates, fats and cholesterol.
Nutritionists have found that the protein in whey isolate is most bioavailable, or very rapidly absorbed by the body, and contains very high concentrations of the amino acids that are found in muscle tissue and which are utilized for tissue repair.
Phormula-1 Results and Benefits (what this means for me)
Taking a whey protein isolate supplement such as Phormula 1 after a workout is thus supposed to ensure that the body gets not just the nutrients necessary after the body has gone through physical activity but, and more vital to body-building, that the muscles put to work during any workout get the protein boost needed for muscle tissue repair, recovery and growth.
The Phormula 1 key words that leaped out at me are “rapid assimilation” and “amino acid retention”. This means, the body gets the protein it needs fast – when it needs it most, which is after a tough body-building workout – and that the amino acids necessary for the repair of muscle tissues (which are unavoidably strained or damaged during even regular exercise) are infused and kept in the muscles – at maximum rate and capacity.
That's important to me, because when else do you need rapid protein absorption, or a protein rush, and the amino acids to repair muscle tissue, than after a strenuous workout. Some experts call this the “window of opportunity” to get the most benefit from a post-workout supplement. I call it simply getting the right substances my body needs, at the right time – and quickly.
So sure a well-rounded post workout meal that will give the body the nutrients it needs helps, but think how much benefit one can get from a Phormula 1 protein supplement right after muscle workout. I'm thinking that “ultra bioavailable” feature means the body gets it faster than the meal digestion process. And because it's a whey protein isolate, it's practically carbohydrate-free and works totally well with and not upset a low-carb diet, which is what most body-builders are on.
Phormula-1 Pros & Cons
On the plus side, this is my own take on Phormula 1:
• A variety of flavors like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and the newest Chocolate Mint Cookie available so you're not stuck with a classic but boring supplement. I've tried and stayed with the fruit flavors, alternating the watermelon and fruit punch.
• Easy to dissolve, in a blender or by very brisk stirring. Opt for the blender though for a smoother drink.
• Phormula 1 can be stacked with other products, also by 1st Phorm Nutrition, so it's not a stand-alone supplement and can be supported by other more specialized partner products.
Just a few minuses I have to point out, more to clarify:
• Phormula 1 is not a fat-burner so if you're looking for workout support in terms of fat loss or weight loss, this may not be the preparation for you.
• The supplement cannot be used as a meal replacement preparation as it does not have all the nutrients needed.
• The product could cause allergies to those sensitive to milk, eggs and soy products.
Final Review of Phormula 1
Ok, I admit I was really convinced to try Phormula 1 not just by my workout buddy but a review I came across, which got me curious. “I am on my third tub of it and I like it. It is a nice change from the typical chocolate or vanilla flavored protein.” A new flavor is enough reason to dare a switch in my book.
So, try it I did, and overall I'd say Phormula 1 works in the way it claims to. I've tasted and experienced the results – felt it so far, but am looking forward to more visible results in a few more weeks. On the post workout nutrition product shelf, I'd still reach for a tub of Phormula 1 when I'm done with this pack. I'd also recommend stacking it with a carb powder like Ignition.
Also, I managed to find a link to get you free shipping on this product as well, in case you wanted to try it out for yourself. Unsatisfied? Get a 110% money back guarantee on all 1st Phorm products.
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