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By Friday of a 12 to 15-hour training and commuting week I'm usually starting to struggle to get on the bike let alone try and do something constructive for the upcoming season. Yet since I've been using Myprotein's Whey Protein Plus I've been riding longer and harder. Impressive results and it tastes good too.
If like me your training regime is not the most structured in the world using recovery supplements is often the only way to keep you progressing. Whey protein has been used in the majority of sports for years and there are plenty of research papers out there to back up the theory. I've tried loads over the years with varying results, so what makes the Myprotein stuff so good?
First up is the taste. It doesn't matter how good the results are if you're going to retch after each mouthful before never making it again. The Strawberry Cream flavour tested here is lovely, it tastes just like a strawberry milkshake with no powder lumps or anything left behind after shaking and mixing. It also comes in Vanilla, Chocolate or Unflavoured.
Myprotein describe the Whey Protein plus as a concentrate made up of 80% whey protein along with fourteen vitamins and minerals, offering a minimum of 40% of your RDA. In their tests it's been shown to increase protein synthesis, speed recovery and improve endurance.
They've also added DigeZyme, a blend of digestive enzymes which helps the body absorb the protein and other ingredients so you get the most out of the drink from a nutritional point of view.
In our own, admittedly slightly unscientific testing I added 25g to 250ml of milk and drank this twice a day as per the recommendations and continued my riding as normal.
Basically I work long hours and have a hectic home life so most of my training takes place on the commute, about two hours a day, a weekend ride of two to three hours and a couple of turbo sessions chucked in for good measure. I'm always running late so a recovery, easy ride never happens with everything being a flat out smash fest. As I mentioned at the start by Friday morning I ache and usually mentally and physically exhausted.
I started taking the Whey Protein Plus on the Monday and by Friday I was still feeling pretty fresh, where I normally would have been on Wednesday (told you this was unscientific) and as far as the Saturday rides went I was feeling strong.
By the time the next Monday came round I was rested and fully recovered to start again.
Price wise it's competitive at £17.99 for a 1kg pouch and following the instructions to the letter you'll get forty servings out of that, a day under three weeks if like me, you take it seven days a week.
Overall the Whey Protein Plus made a massive improvement to my recovery even compared to other products I've taken in the past so it will definitely be part of my training program from now on and into next season's time trial campaign.
It was very palatable as well, a big bonus if you are required to drink it day in, day out. The fact it's very easy on the stomach makes a big difference to if you're on the bike every day.
Pleasant tasting, brilliantly effective recovery drink for even the most hectic training week; worth 45p a serving
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Make and model: Myprotein Whey Protein Plus
Size tested: Strawberry Cream
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Myprotein have designed the Whey Protein Plus powder as a recovery drink that provides vitamins and minerals as well as a big hit of protein for muscle repair. The performance is impressive and very gentle on the stomach too.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Protein (dry basis): 20.3g
Protein (as-is): 19.4g
Each 25g serving also contains:
Magnesium: 189.3mg (50% RDA)
Vitamin C: 40.4mg (50% RDA)
Iron: 7.1mg (50% RDA)
Vitamin E: 6.1mg (50% RDA)
Vitamin B3: 8.1mg (50% RDA)
Vitamin A: 403.0mcg (50% RDA)
Zinc: 5.0mg (51% RDA)
Vitamin B6: 707.0mcg (51% RDA)
Vitamin D3: 2.52mcg (50% RDA)
Vitamin B1: 555.0mcg (51% RDA)
Vitamin B2: 707.0mcg (51% RDA)
Vitamin B12: 1.0mcg (40% RDA)
Folic acid: 101.0mcg (51% RDA)
Iodine: 76.0mcg (51% RDA)
Mixes well in both milk and water with no clumps of powder left in the bottom of your cup.
Brilliant recovery performance and very palatable too.
Gentle on the stomach.
45p per serving is cheap for the performance.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Really, really good recovery results. Minimal muscle aches by the end of the training week.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The taste and performance.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
The Whey Protein Plus is the best recovery drink I've used so far in terms of performance, taste and digestibility. The cost pitches it well against its rivals too.
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!