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Muscle-Building Product Review: Protein Powders That Work!

The following is an independent product review of STS Pro Muscle Whey XP, AllMax Nutrition AllWhey, and MHP Probolic-SR. Learn more from this descriptive review about these great protein powders!

By: Matt Canning

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Protein powders are primarily purchased by those who wish to consume the requisite amount of protein required for a bodybuilding bulking or cutting diet, but wish to do so in a convenient whey (pun intended).

As a general rule, advocates of weight training and bodybuilding will frequently espouse a diet consisting of 1-2 grams of protein per pound of body weight with some recommending as little as 0.5 grams per pound (one gram per kilogram of body weight). In other words, for a person weighing 175-180 pounds like myself in my current state, 175-350 grams of protein per day would generally be recommended to increase muscular bulk.

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STS Pro Muscle Whey XP Review
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The STS Pro Muscle Whey XP protein is one of many samples that I received at the 2007 Mr. Olympia weekend in Las Vegas. Analyzing the nutritional content briefly, it is roughly what I would like to see in a protein powder: it contains 100 calories per 28 gram serving with one gram of fat, 20 grams of protein, and two grams of carbohydrates.

It does contain artificial milk chocolate flavor in the chocolate flavor and artificial French vanilla flavor in the vanilla flavor which I tried. Overall, it has a respectable nutritional and protein content in comparison with other protein powders and meal replacement/weight gain powders on the market today.

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    I mixed my STS Pro Muscle Whey XP vanilla sample in orange juice and found it to be excellent. If desired, you can also mix protein powder with orange juice and ice in a blender and you will find that it roughly tastes like an orange creamsicle; more of a dessert than a health food supplement.

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    In the case of Pro Muscle Whey XP, I found it had a very slight aftertaste which was similar to that of glutamine, although it does not contain any glutamine and so it is difficult to me to pinpoint the specific ingredient which causes that aftertaste.

    In all fairness, it was very slight and not something that I would likely have been conscious of if not for the fact that I review supplements and take special note of all details when doing so.

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    The protein powder mixed fairly well in a glass with orange juice, putting the protein powder in the glass after the juice was poured. There were some clumps, but overall it was pretty good as far as mixing was concerned. To reduce clumps of protein powder, I recommend a shaker bottle or a blender which will eliminate these problems most of the time.

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    I found this product digested perfectly well and gave me no stomach upset or related problems whatsoever. With that in mind, I would gladly include these shakes consistently as part of my post-workout arsenal.

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    This protein product passed all of my requisite tests in terms of taste, solubility, and digestibility. That said, I would look at the specifics of nutritional content and overall value as part of my decision to include it as a long term part of my bodybuilding nutrition program.

    Since I constantly review various protein powders, I seldom use the same one frequently, but if I wanted to pick just one, I would definitely look at the factors above as part of my decision. Given the price, which is 30 packets, each containing one 100 calorie serving for $39.99, you are looking at a little over $1 per serving.

    For three shakes a day, that works out to $4 per day or $120 per month. Compare that to Bodybuilding.com's house brand Higher Power and their 100% Whey Power which contains 67 servings per container with 133 calories per serving each containing 25 grams of protein. Even BSN Syntha-6, which is a very premium protein, contains 30 servings per container for a price of $26.99. Each serving contains 200 calories and 22 grams of protein.

    Overall, you may find that this is a better bang for your buck, and would then consider other factors in making your choice. To me, the greatest combination of nutritional quality and overall cost effectiveness paint my decision making when it comes to purchasing protein. You should take into consideration all of these factors when making your choice. STS Pro Muscle Whey XP is a good protein powder, albeit, slightly on the pricey side.

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AllMax Nutrition AllWhey Review
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AllMax Nutrition AllWhey is a protein powder which my gym recently got in stock for their juice bar. I routinely purchase protein drinks at my gym post-workout, and sometimes during my workouts too.

I feel that it is important to fill the anabolic window 15 minutes immediately post-workout and I do so routinely via protein shakes at my gym. AllMax AllWhey appears to meet my standard in a protein powder with 130 calories of protein per serving with 25 of those calories coming from protein directly.

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    I have tried both the vanilla and strawberry flavor AllWhey protein flavors and I like both of them. I routinely use the vanilla flavor and my shakes are prepared by mixing one scoop of the powder with orange juice and ice which tastes similar to an orange creamsicle.

    I also tried the strawberry flavor and the shake tasted just as good. I have not tried the protein powder in any other way, but I would imagine it would be equally as good when consumed in any other fashion (with milk or water for example).

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    My shakes are mixed in a blender and they have always mixed no problem, with no clumps of inconsistencies in the blend. I have always enjoyed the consistency of the AllMax shakes.

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    I have been drinking AllMax shakes consistently now over the last month and have had no problems whatsoever with their digestibility. I should point out that I almost never have any problem with digesting any type of food, and supplements are no exception, and neither is the AllMax protein powder, which has so far proven to be very good in this category.

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    This protein powder has passed my tests and I continue to drink them post-workout at my gym as I described above. For those wishing to determine if this protein powder is right for them to include in their nutrition programs, I would advise you to view all the details of this product and further explore the cost effectiveness and nutritional content of this mix and decide if you feel it is a good one or not. I do not have any negative things to say about this protein as I deem it to be quite good.

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Review Of MHP Probolic-SR
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These days there are more and more protein products being developed which state that they can assist in ways above and beyond the normal convenient way to help people get protein and healthy nutrients in their system. They say that they offer aids above and beyond those traditionally linked to protein powders, making them more specialized and theoretically more desirable to the average fitness buff of weight training enthusiast.

Probolic-SR by MHP offers a patented micro-feed technology system which is said to be the biggest breakthrough to date in the world of protein supplements.

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The purpose of this system is to provide a continual supply of amino acids for 12 hours after initial consumption. This is the equivalent of a slow drip IV of nutrients which supplies a regulated dose of high concentrations of critical five amino acids so that you always stay in an extremely anabolic muscle building state and not in a catabolic state. This is also the reasoning behind why using Probolic-SR would be beneficial over an extended period of time with regular consistent usage.

Probolic-SR does make one fairly exceptional claim which I have to say makes me question the accuracy somewhat - Probolic-SR claims to increase the bio-availability making full 100% utilization of every gram of protein, allowing every last bit of the 20 grams of protein per scoop.

Some statements are pretty bold and I am the type of person who demands a scientific study to be present immediately to back such statements. Without seeing one present, I give statements like that very little credibility, at least initially.

Be very wary of claims made by supplement companies or anyone else for that matter, since it is not always easy to know who has a vested interest in the success of supplements. Scientific studies whose results of reproducible results are the best sources of information available when making an accurate assessment of a supplement's efficacy.

MHP claims to have put four years of research and development before coming out with Probolic-SR which they claim to be a major breakthrough in protein supplementation.

While they claim to enhance bio-availability of the protein, as well as amino acid levels, and nitrogen retention for maximum anabolic effects, all of which are fantastic for muscle gaining purposes, I still don't see any scientific studies on Probolic-SR to confirm any of this. And what sounds pleasing at first glance, may be unfounded and not worthwhile to assign any credibility towards.

Probolic-SR claims to have both anabolic and anti-catabolic potential due to the increased bio-availability of the product as well as the overall quality of the protein.

The science is pretty simple - positive nitrogen balance must be present in order to result in muscular hypertrophy, and this occurs when your body retains more nitrogen from protein than it loses through the process of nitrogen-excretion. Probolic-SR's formula apparently assists in maintaining this anabolic state via positive nitrogen balance.

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    In addition to protein, carbohydrates, and fat, Probolic-SR contains the following amino acid profile:

    This is very interesting and this may also explain some of Probolic-SR's more bold claims. Certainly it has a solid amino acid matrix.

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    I ordered the vanilla flavor for Probolic-SR and thoroughly enjoyed it. If I was in a hurry, I would consume the shake in water or milk mixed in a cup, which is always my least preferred way to drink a protein shake or gainer shake. That said, it mixed fairly well.

    The second method which I used to drink my Probolic-SR shakes was in a blender, and in one case, mixed the Probolic-SR powder with Optimum Nutrition's Serious Mass chocolate powder for a shake, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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    I found that my Probolic-SR shakes were somewhat on the grainy side, which was reminiscent to me of SIZEON Grape Blast by Gaspari Nutrition, mixed with water. Just a slight grainy texture, but nothing problematic, and that was only when mixed with water or milk. Blended in a blender, I thought Probolic-SR shakes were great.

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    Probolic-SR by MHP met all of my standards that I seek in a protein powder in terms of nutritional content and taste. In addition, Probolic-SR comes with a free Victor Martinez DVD from Bodybuilding.com while supplies last.

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    For the price of $24.99 for two pounds, that is a good deal, but for that cost without a DVD, that would be a little on the steep size compared to other leading protein products. That having been said, the DVD did seal the deal for me, and those who are interested in bodybuilding DVDs or who are fans of Victor Martinez might be interested in purchasing Probolic-SR for that reason. All in all, I was pleased with Probolic-SR and look forward to continuing to use it as time passes.


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