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!