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Whey Protein Review

I have been wanting to write a whey protein review for quite some time now. As you all know, I believe that whey protein is the most important supplement to take, and that’s why I recommend it to everyone that I coach. Now, I’m going to get into how I discovered whey and how it effected my performance.

All through high school, I was the kid who thought that all supplements were bad for you. I used to lift quite a bit in my basement on our workout machine, but that was about it. I never went to the gym, and never benched pressed before. I was in good shape, but not as strong as I would have liked to have been.

When I got a scholarship to play baseball in college, one of the first things that my new coach talked to me about was putting on some muscle. He told me that I needed to get in the gym as much as possible, and wanted me to get on whey protein and creatine to gain some mass. I was very reluctant at first, but that all changed after I had my first team workout. Yeah, it was embarrassing! I’ll never forget it: There was this guy on the team who was jacked, and when I mean jacked, I mean his arms were like 18 inches around! Of course my coach placed me with him for bench press, and I struggled to get up the 50 lbs dumbbells. Here he was, using 110’s, and I couldn’t even get 4 reps with 50 lbs! You have to remember too, though, that I was only about 145 lbs. After that day at the gym, I knew some things needed to change.

I talked to my coach and some teammates, and they all recommended that I get on whey protein and creatine. After doing a lot of research online, I decided to try the whey, but stay away from the creatine for now (I got on it a few years later). The first whey protein that I ever took was Optimum Nutritions Chocolate whey. After a few weeks of taking it, I noticed that I started to gain some weight and was getting much stronger. I believe I was able to put up 8 reps of 65 lbs about a month after I first began taking it. I had also gained 15 lbs in a month! Yes, 15 lbs! I went from 145 lbs to 160 lbs in one month from taking whey protein and working out religiously in the gym. I have been taking it ever since.

So how do I take it? I’m glad you asked! I take one whey protein shake, which I just mix whey protein and either water or skim milk, every morning and once right after my workout as well.

Final thoughts on the whey protein review: If you’re looking to get stronger and need something to boost your protein intake for the day, whey protein is the way to go!


  1. Hi Josh,

    I am 19 and weigh about 138lbs. I have been taking some nitrotech protein and havent seen too much results. Just finished my first can of it. I need some help as to if I should maybe take the amplified xxx weight gainer instead of the nitrotech protein again? I want to build muscle and get bigger at the same time, gain weight. But I don’t want too much weight gainer which will start covering up abs with fat. What method of approach should I use and which supplements?

  2. Josh /

    @Y.N. Since you’re looking to strictly gain weight, you can consider a weight gainer or even creatine. However, make sure you check with your doctor before taking any supplements. Also, are you following P90X?

  3. I was taking creatine for a while then stopped because it just gave me extra boost but nothing else and I took it last week again and started having pain in my right hand after work out, it hurts alot. Its a very weird pain, hard to explain. So I stopped using it and after 48hrs I was fine again without pain. What if I take Whey protein instead of gainer stuff? What do you think. I still want to have lean muscle and I believe the weight gainer would destroy that. I have also heard about casein but not too familiar with that supplement. Could you give me some info on that. Im trying to build a plan to become buff and have lean muscle, gain some extra pounds of weight as well. Nothing too bulky and fat. Thanks Josh.

  4. Josh /

    @Y.N. Whey protein is an important supplement whether you’re looking to lose weight or gain weight. Casein is a slow digesting protein that you take right before bed.

  5. I went out yesterday and bought the mass/weight gainer stuff that hass glutamine and BCAA in it as well and some creatine all inside. Also bought the Whey protein and Jack3d. Is there anything else I might be needing to take? Also, the weight gainer stuff it says 4 scoops of it in the back panel. I find it alot and it fills up almost my entire 28oz shaker. Another question, is the jack3d necessary to take?


  6. Josh,

    Why am I experiencing pain in the right arm, uppper in the muscle area? Its not a sore pain, the different pain that makes my arm weak after my work out. I am drinking a lot of water during work out and through out the day. I never had this happen but started having it for the past few weeks.

  7. Josh /

    @Y.N. I don’t know man. I’m not a doctor, and I recommend that you see one if it’s bothering you so much.

  8. Josh /

    @Y.N. I don’t think there’s anything else you need. Also, Jack3d isn’t necessary. Am I your coach?

  9. Josh thanks for the help and the advice. I appreciate it.

  10. Alberto /

    Hi coah, this question has been wandering my head the last week. As most of the “pre-workout” products (or maybe everyone of them), they all indicate that we should consume them with an empty stomach. Now back to the Whey. Is there any “not to do” indication you would recommend about combining whey and other meals in common? i mean, since i tend to sleep really late, i need my cup of coffee in the morning but i drink it 1 hour after i had my whey serving. The label says nothing about the combination of Whey and Caffeine, but i’m afraid i may be messing the whey formula. Thanks for all the feedback dude. Take care.

  11. @Alberto. I actually don’t think that caffeine is going to have an effect on the whey protein. If it doesn’t say anything on the label, then I wouldn’t worry about it.

  12. David /

    Are mass gainers okay? Or should they be avoided?

  13. @David. Mass gainers are fine if your main goal is gaining mass.

  14. David /

    Do you take supplement vitamins as well?

  15. @David. Yeah, we use the Vitamin Pack.

  16. Alberto De Andrade /

    Hi Josh, I want to know if im doing the Doubles training, when i should drink the morning whey protein shake? Before the Morning workout or after the morning workout? If after, should i take another whey protein shake in the night after the another workout? And its there a problem having the protein shake with the breakfast?

    Best Regards.

  17. @Alberto. You want to take your whey shake after the workout, not before. Also, there is nothing wrong with taking another one later in the evening after your second workout. Have you thought about getting the Recovery Formula? Really, that’s what you need to be using post workout.

  18. Alberto De Andrade /

    I wish i can get it, but i cant, i took the P90X DvD’s from a friend, but in My Country we have Cambiary Control ( i think that the way to say it ) and we can’t have free dollars ($) to make payments on inet, also i ask for it in a fitness center where i buy my whey protein and they dont sell it..

  19. Nabil Kiango /

    I know that this is an old post but i’m curious about something. When you say gain weight do you mean that you become fatter or you gain muscles and therefore more weight?

  20. @Nabil. Not fat, but muscle.

  21. Hi Josh! I was wondering what brand of Whey I should get? I’m 17, on my second phase of p90x (doubles) and I want to gain muscle but also burn a few extra pounds in my midsection. I saw your video on Youtube and you mentioned Isopure. I went to GNC and they said Isopure is great, but that Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 would be better. I trust your opinion more than theirs haha, so I just wanted to get your opinion. Remember, I’m not looking to strictly gain muscle, but burn extra fat as well. Also, I have already gained a good bit of muscle during my first phase of p90x, so is there any way to ensure that I won’t lose muscle doing all the extra cardio that doubles entails? Sorry for such a long comment haha.

  22. @Zee. Hey brother! I want you to think about something for a minute. You went to GNC and they recommended THEIR BRAND over another, anything strange there? I never go to GNC for that reason because they are told to push their brand. Anyways, Isopure is a good one, but lately I’ve been using a better one, Sunwarrior Chocolate Vegan Brown Rice Protein. It’s better quality! Also, since you’re doing doubles and don’t want to gain muscle, you’re going to have to increase your calories by about 400-500 per day, unless you already did so. If you’re taking the right supplements at the right time, that will help as well.

    Have you actually made me your Beachbody coach yet?

  23. No but I’d love to! What would that mean if I did? And where can I do it?

  24. @Zee. As your coach I’m just here to help you through the program and answer any questions that you have! It’s free to sign up, and here’s the link!

  25. Amir ibrahim /

    Hey coach , am 15 years old boy and 194 cm tall , 80 kg , I have a good body shape but no muscles , I think that whey protein may help me have a good body , I play basketball and I go to the gym , tell me what should I do and how long would it take to see thw results ( I work really hard ) please

  26. @Amir. Are you following P90X? Have you talked to your parents or doctor about starting a workout program? If not, you need to!

  27. joseph /

    hey hii !!!! im pradeep joseph …. until 19 i was a bit lean with some fat …. and then i used some local mass gainer got good results but ended with a tummy and fat now …. after that i took a long break … now stared taking cretin …. so here i am … i need to get ripped …… plzzz can u guide me to some protein…. i about to take whey protein and i ordered muscleblaze fat burner….!!!!! wat should i do to loose fat and get ripped…

  28. Josh /

    @Joseph. OK, stop worrying so much about protein! What you need to do is get on a program like P90X, follow the diet, and take the recommended supplements. If you want results, that’s the way to do it!

  29. hey coach am 17 yrs old and 183 cm and 130 lbs am too skinny , yesterday i enter a gym and i also by a whey protein , i just wanna ask if i work hard and eat more and taking protein how many kg i can gain in 1 month

  30. Josh /

    @Yoni. It all depends! What program are you following? You need to look into Body Beast, Beachbody’s mass gaining program!

  31. can i use whey protein for fat loss/weight loss

  32. @Sean. I have been using whey protein for about 10 years now. Are you going through a Beachbody program like P90X?

  33. I’m taking muscleblaze mass gainer & am a regular gym goer,i workout on morning,in which time i should take it?is this product covers my biceps and all?plz reply

  34. So you’re looking to gain mass? If so, I usually take it 2-3 times during the day, once in the morning, once after my workout, and another as a snack throughout the day.

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