Not all post-workout supplements are created as 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.
Phormula 1 Flavors
Phormula 1 comes with different flavors that will surely be perfect for different taste buds. Here is the list of flavors that you can choose from :
Chocolate Mint Cookie
Key Lime Pie
Loop D Fruit
Root Beer Floats
I did my research to make sure that this supplement really works, 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.
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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, protease-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.
Here's what I found in an afternoon's internet search. 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 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.
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 keywords 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, then 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 the “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 bodybuilders are on.
Phormula 1 Side Effects
There were no reported side-effects on this product yet. But, those with allergies should be cautious with this warning:
Allergen warnings: Processed & produced on equipment that processes Milk, Egg, Soy, & Wheat. Contains Milk & Soy.
If you have taken this product and had experienced any side-effects, please leave a comment below.
Phormula 1 Reviews
It was very overwhelming to see the number of reviews Phormula 1 received. Currently, it has 6,184 total reviews and still has an average of 5 stars.
You can check the list of reviews here.
Most of them really love the taste and flavors. They also say that this was really a great product and it was the nest protein they had. Though the customers have different favorite flavors, they all say that t really tastes great. Some say that they feel full after drinking a cup of it. They also claim that it can be mix with water easily and it does not crumple. Als, there are also reviews that they do not feel bloated after taking it.
Check some of the reviews to give you an overview of how satisfied they are with Phormula 1.
Phormula 1 Conclusion
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 I 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.
Buy Phormula 1 Online
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