When MET-Rx was founded in 1991, there weren't nearly as many supplement companies as there are today. The brands that were around during that time period had to do great things to be noticed by consumers.
When MET-Rx came out with METAMYOSYN, an exclusive protein blend it not only got them huge recognition, but lead them to break new ground on developing meal replacement shakes - an integral part of their business today!
Now 20 years later MET-Rx is as a much a part of the supplement world as they've ever been. As the title sponsor of the "World's Strongest Man" competition on ESPN television, as well as developing new products to push the barriers of physique development, it should come as no surprise that they are Bodybuilding.com's newest Supplement Company of the Month.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager and well known writer Matt Weik told us about where MET-Rx has been and more importantly, where they are headed in the future.
Can you please tell our readers how MET-Rx began?
Founded in 1991, MET-Rx® Engineered Nutrition revolutionized the sport nutrition industry with a high protein, meal replacement shake fortified with an exclusive protein blend called METAMYOSYN®. Developed by a physician based on metabolic research, METAMYOSYN protein is a highly bio-available fuel that supports muscle and strength. METAMYOSYN changed sports nutrition forever when it was introduced to the world's top athletes and celebrities.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background in the industry?
I am the Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager for MET-Rx/Pure Protein/Worldwide Nutrition. I've been employed with the company for 4 years, but have been working for MET-Rx as their online board rep with Bodybuilding.com since 2002.
I have a passion for the industry and have been writing for many well known websites and magazines for years with a global following. I am a certified personal trainer as well as a certified sports nutritionist. My background stems from a BS in Kinesiology from Penn State University and have been changing lives through personal training for over 10 years.
What are some of your top products right now?
Met-Rx Top Products
Are there any new and exciting products that MET-Rx is coming out with soon?
We have a lot of new and exciting things that we are working on, however the one that will hit the market first is going to be (shhhhhh … don't tell anyone, haha) a new pre-workout product. It is being designed to promote blood flow and vasodilation. It is a stim-free product, so for those who aren't fans of pre-workouts that make you shakey or give you jitters, this will be a great product to take prior to exercising.
The profile allows for a great workout, along with the benefits of helping your post workout meal flow right into the blood stream and into the muscles. There are three types of arginine that are being looked into for the final formula along with some potential specialties such as ginko biloba extract, korean ginseng, butcher's broom, horse chestnut extract, niacin, and a couple other goodies.
Is there any other big news about MET-Rx that you would like to share with us?
We sponsored the 2011 World's Strongest Man contest again. Our MET-Rx Magazine is doing amazing and is completely free to anyone who would like a copy. Those looking to grab a free issue can go to www.metrx.com and subscribe on the site to get issues mailed directly to their house (even previous issues are available) every time a new issue is released.
Has MET-Rx sponsored anybody and if so how have they impacted the company and the industry?
We have sponsored many athletes throughout the years and all of them played an instrumental part in helping us grow within the industry.
Currently we have a handful of athletes who have made a huge difference in the direction of our company. We still have some bodybuilders and a World's Strongest Man in our arsenal, but recently we acquired some women who have been changing the face of female physiques.
Along with the women, we have one of the largest fitness models in the world as well as an up and comer who has a very bright future.
Below is the list of our current athletes:
- Marcus Haley (IFBB Pro Bodybuilder)
- Brian Yersky (NPC Bodybuilder)
- Mark Felix (World's Strongest Man Competitor)
- Nicole Wilkins (IFBB Pro Figure Competitor)
- Nicole Nagrani (IFBB Pro Bikini Competitor)
- Greg Plitt (America's Top Fitness Model)
- Bobby Khan (Bodybuilder/Fitness Model)
Let's say a customer comes to you that is just starting out and can only afford one product. Which one do you recommend and why?
If someone was looking for only one product and was just starting out, the best option would be MET-Rx Ultramyosyn Whey. Whether you are looking to put on size, maintain your size, or lose stubborn body fat, protein may help you get there.
Protein can help repair muscle fibers, so no matter what your goal is protein can help you rebuild post workout. This protein powder can be used pre and post workout and also can be utilized between meals or to help reach your macronutrient requirements for the day.
This protein powder can be used pre and post workout, and also can be utilized between meals as snacks or to help reach your macronutrient requirements for the day.