As I mentioned in an earlier post where I gave my impressions on ProteinCo’s Pre-Workout Drink, I also got a chance to try out their Amino Recovery! I want to mention right off the bat that ProteinCo did NOT cheap out on this formula or the serving size of it. 80g of quality ingredients in EACH serving; in contrast, most post workouts these days seem to be about half that serving size or even less. Some companies call their BCAA + Glutamine blends “post workouts”. In reality, a BCAA + Glutamine blend is more of an intra-workout shake, you will still want to take your post-workout afterwards. Keep in mind that after a workout your glycogen levels are drained and your muscles torn (assuming it was an intense workout) so you need simple/fast absorbing carbs and protein to begin re-fueling your body so it can repair those muscles efficiently and effectively. This is where Amino Recovery comes in, its 50g carbohydrate blend consisting of waxy maize, dextrose, and maltodextrin is perfect for replenishing those glycogen stores and increasing the absorption rate of the 28g anti-catabolic blend consisting primarily of amino acids and creatine.
Yes, maltodextrin is technically a complex carb but the carbohydrate chain it is made up of is very weak and broken down extremely easily by your body and thus makes it’s absorption rate just a fraction slower than dextrose. As far as the waxy maize starch goes, waxy maize is designed to bypass the stomach to shuttle amino acids, creatine, and other nutrients effectively – cool huh?
Amino Recovery, as noted earlier, features a 28g anti-catabolic blend consisting of select amino acids such as BCAA’s; which do wonders for muscle repair. Along side these amino acids you also get creatine, Siberian ginseng, and as an added bonus you even get some electrolytes thrown in there for hydration! So, as you can see, on paper this is a seemingly perfect recovery supplement…
Did it live up to it’s label?
Simply put – Yes! You will not be disappointed with Amino Recovery. Take a full serving after an intense workout and you WILL notice the difference in comparison to if you only had a simple protein shake, or BCAA supplement. My first time using it was after a cross fit workout, which are designed to push your limits to the max, and the next two days I didn’t feel near as sore as I usually do. Yes, you still will feel sore; I don’t think they have come out with a supplement that will heal you like superman yet, but Amino Recovery by ProteinCo will suffice until they do.
Taste wise? I had the vanilla flavour and it was very sweet tasting but still easy to drink. To adjust the sweetness you can just add more water, I generally do not use a lot of water in my shakes which is why I found it so sweet. You can tell their is a good amount of waxy maize in it just by the texture when mixed up; if you have ever had waxy maize before then you will know what I mean. If you haven’t then just wait until you do and it will all make sense, a very unique texture. My favourite quality about the flavour is that it doesn’t leave a bad after taste in your mouth like many other recovery drinks do!
Overall, this is an excellent post workout formula and you can get it from ProteinCo Canada for just $39.95 (15 servings). 15 servings may seem a bit low but keep in mind that they are 80g servings; not just half servings like many other companies have…
PS. To save 10% on your first order from ProteinCo.ca use the following coupon code: “10proteincotr” – This means Amino Recovery will only cost $35.95!