For this month’s supplement review, I’m going to take a detailed look at Dymatize’s post workout drink entitled “Post”.
As it stands now, post workout nutrition is a rapidly growing market with just about all the main players producing some form of post workout drinks.
It’s really not surprising since post workout nutrition has become an important part of most active weight trainers dietary plans. In fact, evidence has suggested that our bodies are very receptive to nutrients at this time.
I believe this is due to the increased insulin activity that occurs after intense exercise with the ingestion of macro nutrients such as protein and carbohydrates. Insulin acts as a shuttle service that transports nutrients such as protein and carbohydrates to the muscle cells.
With an increase in insulin activity, there is a higher chance of getting much needed nutrients to your muscle cells after an intense workout. Your body basically acts as a giant sponge after an intense exercise session, which makes post workout nutrition very important. You can read about the science here.
The most important aspect about post workout nutrition is to get your body in a state of recovery as opposed to a state of break down, as in the case with intense exercise. The sooner this is done, the sooner your can get your body growing. I’m not going to get into a discussion here, but suffice to say, post workout nutrition is very, very important to your overall weight training program.
As you can imagine, with the emergence of new scientific evidence regarding post workout nutrition, it has spurned a slew of products from high profile supplement companies such as Muscle Tech, EAS, BSN, Dymatize, Twinlab and others.
One such product is Dymatize’s Post. I’ve been using other Dymatize products such as Xpand and Elite Whey for years and have come to trust the brand. I’ve actually done a complete review of the pre workout drink, Xpand and you can review it at:
Dymatize has been around since the mid ‘90's and have produced a variety of products that include protein powders/bars, pre workout drinks, nitric oxide, weight gainers, energy/weight management, and specialty products. I believe they are based out of Farmers Branch, Texas (Corporate headquarters). The Dymatize brand is a well respected brand which has products in most of the popular retail stores such as GNC.
About 4 months ago, I was in my local supplement shop and looking for a pre workout drink, and came across a new product from Dymatize called “Post”. Since I like the brand, I was very interested in finding out more. Upon an initial inspection, it seemed to have all the right nutrients in a post workout drink.
Right off the bat, I liked the label listing. There are some major brands that won’t list the amount of ingredients contained in the product. I really don’t care for this practice because of two reasons. First, it doesn’t tell me what I’m getting for the amount of money I’m paying for. I want to know exactly how much protein, carbohydrates, fat, creatine, and other ingredients I’m getting. Secondly, it doesn’t give me confidence in the product. If a company can’t list the correct amount of ingredients on it’s own product, what does this say about the product itself? I stay away from all products that use “proprietary” ingredient listings.
Here is the label listing:
Personally, I’m looking for the correct amount of ingredient in each serving. Here’s what I’m looking for in a post workout drink:
• 60 - 80 grams fast acting carbohydrates;
• 30 - 40 grams fast acting protein;
• 5 - 10 grams creatine;
• 5 grams glutamine
Each serving of Dymatize Post is two scoops which means (According to the label) I will receive the following amounts:
• 76 grams fast acting carbohydrates;
• 32 grams of fast acting protein;
• 10 grams of creatine;
• 4 grams of glutamine
This comes pretty close. There are enough active ingredients to effectively kick start my bodies recovery process. So, I paid about 90 dollars Canadian, for two, 3.5 pound containers.
The one thing that really got me scratching my head was the carbohydrates. If you take a look at the label listing, the carbohydrates come from waxy maize. Now, if my understanding is correct, this carbohydrate source comes from a corn starch derivative that is supposed to be a super, fast acting carbohydrate - Even faster than dextrose or maltodextrin. I’m not a 100% sure if this is true or not because it seems the jury is still out on this one, however, I trust the Dymatize brand so I went ahead with a trial of my own.
First let’s take a look at the taste. I’ve always enjoy the lemon - lime flavour so I went with the lemonade version. Now, there are some post workout drinks that taste absolutely horrid!! (Anator P-70?) Which you really have to choke down. Not so with this product. I really enjoyed the taste.
Personally, on a scale of 1 to 5, the taste is about a 4. It wasn’t clumpy or grainy and it was an easy mix. A couple of shakes in a shaker bottle and it was done. Also, there wasn’t a whole lot of residue at the bottom of the mixture, which happens to a lot of other brands.
Alright, does it work? Again, this product has everything I’m looking for in a post workout drink and it delivered the results I was looking for. As with most of the new supplements I try, I give it at least 8 weeks before making any kind of judgement. After 3 weeks, there were some notable differences in my training. Most of my lifts, especially my core movements improved. I simply felt stronger, whether I was in the gym or not. I also noticed that my muscles were feeling and looking “fuller”.
If I had to give it a score based on the results, I’d give it a 5 out of 5.
Alright, after 8 full weeks of using Post, I went back to my supplement store and they stopped carrying it!! What?! A post workout supplement that actually works and they stop stocking it. I guess if you don’t use the right marketing tactics, something just doesn’t sell. Anyways, I’m currently looking around for this product because I will definitely purchase it again.
Now, if there is one downside to this product it’s the amount of servings you get for one tub. The serving size is two scoops which will last you about 13 days. At a price of 40 to 50 bucks per tub, this just doesn’t seem right. From what I hear, the main carbohydrate used in post, waxy maize costs a lot more than it’s cheaper counterparts such as dextrose or maltodextrin. This may be the reason for it’s high cost.
It may be a hard choice for some of us, given our limited budgets. However, for those of you who have some extra cash to spend and are looking for post workout drink that works, give Dymatize Post a shot. I’m sure you’ll love the results.
Overall, I’m going to give Dymatize Post 4 out of 5.
All the best,
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